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What do you do in the winter with your Aqua Home?
All of our models are built for four season occupation in Canada. Our galvanized structural steel framed and composite clad barges are designed to remain in the water all year round in selected appropriate locations.
How do you deal with sewage issues?
Our models come standard with Canadian made waterless composting toilets which have been on the market for more than 40 years. Septic or holding tanks are not necessary with these systems.
What happens to grey water once it is created from dishwashing, showers, laundry etc.?
Grey water holding tanks are standard on all models. Overnight, as you sleep, this grey water is filtered through our 5 stage filtration process making it reusable for the majority of your water needs.
What mooring fees should I expect?
Mooring fees vary depending on your mooring location. Our 2023 research of mooring fees through out Ontario marinas found a maximum fee of $150 per linear foot per year plus HST. Our average barge width is 30', which would require $4500 + HST per year in this case. Additional fees for electrical, water, cable and other accessory utilities may be added.
Are there any other monthly fees or maintenance fees that would be subject to owners such as yearly or one time billing that could arise?
This depends entirely on your mooring site and the management and ownership of that site.
Are the homes covered by Tarion warranty (or any other)?
We are licensed Boat Builders and build and register our Models as Boats (with Hull Identification Numbers HIN). We build to Marine Building Codes, so Tarion does not apply. We stand by our quality and are offering a lifetime warranty on the barge (never needs painting or maintenance, powerwashing from time to time if you choose to) and standard metal roofing and siding warranties if you choose to have these finishes. All other appliances etc. included in the Model will have manufacturers warranties.
Are the home subject to a home inspection?
For insurance purposes the insurance company will most likely require an inspection before agreeing or quoting you insurance costs (we do have an insurance company who has agreed to offer coverage after we explained the difference between our building technology and common Floating Home building ways). The Models are insured under a special category known as Floating Homes.
What legal documents are part of the process to protect both parties? Does it close through a lawyer like a house purchase?
We have a Vessel Purchase Agreement that is filled out and signed by both parties. If a buyer chooses to have their lawyer check out the transaction, they can do so at their own expense.
How is the Aqua Home Heated and Cooled?
Efficient electrical powered heat pumps that both heat and cool are standard on all Aqua Homes. Most of our designs also consider cross ventilation and convection currents for cooling in the summer. If you want additional heat for the winter we suggest a small pellet fed stove for those Polar Vortex times. We can also create fully off grid systems if you choose to heat your Aqua Home that way.
What comes standard with the Aqua Home?
When an interested buyer begins their research we provide them with Standard and Optional inclusions lists. The final Vessel Purchase Agreement will have listed all options and changes to the standard that were agreed upon by both parties.
How are the Aqua Homes powered?
A variety of ways are available to power an Aqua Home. If you are moored in a marina with services you may hook up to those. If you prefer to be more independent and Off Grid (think RV or Boat) we can do that too. Hybrid systems can also be designed and built into your Aqua Home. We are always shopping around for new, Earth friendly innovation and hope to have small under barge water turbines on many models where a regular current exists, and we can hook you up with solar, wind and generator power.
Is there a weight capacity over and above the building such as furnishings or add in’s etc.?
The weight capacity depends entirely on the size of the barge chosen, and we will be happy to discuss those parameters with you.
If one decides to have a regular water using toilet system installed, does the toilet need to be pumped out?
As a standard, we build with waterless composting toilets, if you want a regular system, yes you will have to arrange black water pumped out, and yes you will have to have a black water tank installed, unless a direct sewer line is available at your location.
Is there community by-laws of an association such as 55 years and older or regulations that would keep the adjacent homes and area to a specific standard?
This completely depends on the mooring site of your choice, and the owner and management preference, and as with any municipality bylaws and other such regulations, nothing is ever permanent, they change over time (waters are mostly under Federal Marine Regulation - it would be the access or parking area etc. bylaws that may change). We have a specific standard in mind for the areas we are lightly developing and we can discuss those with you if you are keen to continue move forward to investigate the possibility to live on water.
With the homes narrowing some water courses do you foresee pushback from residents, municipalities, provincial and federal government etc?
We choose to develop Aqua Villages in areas where we have been invited to do so, and we hope to build positive relationships wherever we go. Most water surfaces, unless on private property are owned by the Crown, and any boat can be moored on those waters if it does not interfere with commercial or recreational traffic on water, and those boats/Aqua Homes are properly maintained, occupied the majority of the time, and pose no harm to the surrounding environment. Marinas are designed and built to have boats moored in them, so nearby residents are accustomed to that.
Where do you place the homes?
Aqua Homes are placed in locations that are somewhat protected from big winds and waves and from potential moving walls of ice at spring breakup time. Decommissioned gravel pits, small lakes and ponds in rural areas are also ideal. Currently we have various locations available, Wallaceburg, Amherstburg, LaSalle, Lambton County and other pending sites. Some customers come to us with private property water access possibilities, some are marinas, some are more natural less developed areas.
Can the Aqua Homes be moved once they are placed in a specific location?
That is one of the conveniences of Aqua Homes – they can quite easily be moved from location to location on the water. The cost to move them will depend on the distance, crew needed and difficulty of the passage to the new location.
Does the purchase price include the moving price?
This depends entirely on the distance from our production facility and whether they are delivered on water or as a kit on a truck, and then assembled on site. These details are explained during the purchase process.
What is your Ambassador Program all about?
We offer the opportunity to selected Aqua Home owners to attract and showcase their Aqua Homes to potential buyers, at their convenience. If new customers do decide to purchase an Aqua Home because of this promotion, the Ambassador is given a commission, upon the completion and closing of sales, that they were directly responsible for. More details are supplied to Aqua Home owners who indicate interest in this program.