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Man builds a fully self-sustained island home from junk that’s been recycled for reuse
This is seriously impressive.
Sasha Alonzo
07.21.22

Have you ever been curious about selling your home and moving off the grid? What about selling most of your material possessions to live a simpler life?

A man by the name of Shadow did exactly that and now he’s giving us a tour of his home.

It might sound like bliss to some yet make others cringe. For Shadow, this has been his way of life for 17 years.

He set out to live a life surrounded by nature while protecting wildlife and the environment.

How it started

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A lover of the environment

Shadow’s 2-story floating island was constructed entirely of reclaimed and salvaged materials. His main purpose is to protect the Widgeon Slough area in BC, Canada.

To Shadow, this area is in danger of being developed and therefore he does all he can to eliminate his carbon footprint and impact on the land.

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A paradise that floats

Shadow’s floating home has everything from a kitchen and bathroom to a compost area and floating garden. He doesn’t use money and lives completely off the land.

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It’s not all easy living

Shadow told Exploring Adventures that one of the most important things to consider is heating.

He makes sure to stockpile as much wood as possible so that he stays warm during the cold winter months.

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Has everything you need

What Shadow has built is pretty amazing. He has constructed his entire home from materials he has reclaimed.

He earns a little bit of money from recycling cans. This kitchen looks like it could be in any home.

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He still makes trips into town

Occasionally, Shadow does venture out to pick up needed supplies or to visit a friend in town.

He told Exploring Adventures that it takes up an entire day to go to town and back because of his remote location.

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Using trashed barrels for good

Shadow told Exploring Adventures that there are always barrels washing up that he gladly takes to repurpose.

He grows all his own food so they come in very handy for growing a wide range of vegetation.

He even has a wastewater filtration system using layers of grasses and husks.

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He has his own office space

There are numerous rooms on his floating island including a study where he does research on the native plants and wildlife.

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A super stocked pantry

He is certainly well prepared with his homegrown fruits and vegetables, however, he does have a pantry of dry goods just in case.

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The floating workshop.

When you have a home constructed of reclaimed wood and discarded materials, you need a good workshop to store your tools.

Shadow has everything he needs to maintain his home.

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Comfy and cozy

A cozy lounge area is perfect for the long winter months.

Shadow told Exploring Adventures that he loves to watch movies during the winter and has a pretty decent collection.

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Not completely alone

Although he feels most at peace being surrounded by nature, Shadow does have a few chickens hanging around that provide company as well as food.

All his effort and hard work are for the benefit of the land and wildlife living in the area.

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YouTube screenshot - Exploring Alternatives

Shadow is staying put because he feels he is needed.

“As long as this place needs me, this is going to be my post that I’m going to protect.” – Shadow told Exploring Alternatives.

See Shadow’s home for yourself in the video below. Could you live like this?

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By Sasha Alonzo
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Sasha Alonzo is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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