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Floating house on Fontana Lake is Atlanta expats' dream come true

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Supported by 16 floats, this dwelling runs on solar, battery power


For more than one year, a Georgia Tech graduate and her husband have been living in a tiny house on the lake in the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina.

Quite literally — ON the lake.

In 2015, Anya Khalo and Justin Hershoran built a home in a cove of Fontana Lake with a 500-square-foot interior and 400-square-foot exterior.

The dwelling sits atop the lake’s rippling surface on 16 encapsulated foam floats. Each one can hold up 2,200 pounds.

Most of the windows are sliding glass doors to optimize natural light and airflow. The shed-style roof was also designed to circulate air.

Much of their homestead is battery powered. To cook and heat water, they use propane.

"We sourced everything that is used to operate under 12v," wrote Hershoran in an email to Curbed Atlanta.

They’ve got 300 watts of solar power and two golf-cart batteries, which he said is enough to power a small refrigerator, 15 lights, as well as having some leftover juice to charge iPhones, laptops, water pumps, and underwater fishing lights. Sounds like the MacGyver of tiny floating houses.

And ah yes ... fishing. This place seems like a freshwater angler’s dream.

So many other questions come to mind when seeing the (below) photos too. Like: Do you ever just wake up and jump in? Do you ever get sea (lake?) sick? On a scale of 1-10, just how awesome is it to be you?

For more about this family’s floating home, check out their blog.