The Thames River is notorious for flooding and damaging homes built in its flood corridor. It is also known for providing some of the most scenic and beautiful places to build a home. How can you eliminate the damage of floods while still building a fantastic home in the flood district? BACA Homes is testing a new amphibious home concept that allows the home to float up as the water rises. The home is built on a below ground concrete block that rises as the underground reservoir fills with flood water. The entire house can rise 2.7 meters during a flood to reduce damage from flood waters, or hopefully eliminate it completely.
Builders in flood prone areas around the world are watching the project carefully. This new concept could allow homes to be built in flood prone areas without resorting to putting them on stilts.