- Where does the idea of the KayFlô House come from ?
- What is KayFlô House ?
- Who is the KayFlô House for ?
- How mobile is the KayFlô House ?
- What does life on water mean ?
- What to do in case of a climate event ?
- How to maintain the KayFlô House ?
- How do the ecological systems work ?
- Is the KayFlô House suitable for cold countries ?
- How to buy a KayFlô House ?
- How is it delivered ?
Where does the idea come from ?
"At first I wanted to create a mobile floating house for my family so I called on Gildas Plessis Yacht Designer who accompanied me on this initial project."
When I saw the enthusiasm that this concept caused, I pushed the reflection much further with Yacht Concept Laurent Da Rold and Franck Darnet Design leading to an industrial project. I am also convinced that the KayFlô House is a habitat solution of the future, with regard to the rise of waters that will affect many countries in the decades to come "
Jean-Marc Salpétrier, inventor of KayFlo.
What is the KayFlô House ?
The KayFlô House is a floating house built by professionals of the nautical sector and approved to CE norms.
In regards to the Law it is a ship, so it can be positioned on anchor or dead bodies according to the sites or docked in a marina.
It was designed as a house, with large volumes, generous ceiling heights, brightness as well as wide openings on the outside.
With its 107 sq m (1152 sq ft) distributed on 3 levels, it allows to accommodate 8 to 10 beds to the maximum with 4 double rooms and possibly a bench bed in the interior living room.
About 25 people can be on board.
Who is the KAYFLÔ house for ?
The KayFlô House is for professionals (check PRO page).
And also for particulars, especially for people who :
- Are looking for a second home on the coast
- Are searching for an additional rental income
- Desire to change lifestyle. Seeking freedom, mobility and beautiful scenery
- Wish to live in a sustainable and ecological house
- Are in love with the sea and want the comfort of a modern house
How Mobile is the KayFlô House ?
With the KayFlô House, you can safely navigate from one island to another, from one port to another in sea conditions corresponding to category C of European Certification construction. According to this certification, the category C of construction allows you to sail with force 6 conditions, that is to say winds of 50 to 65 km / h and waves of 4 meters maximum.
The navigation category is the responsibility of the owner of the KayFlô House. Its definition depends on the country. Under the French regulations, this is defined by the maximum distance to a shelter. There are 4 categories of navigation: Basic up to 2 miles of a shelter (3.7 km); Coastal up to 6 miles (11 km); Semi-offshore between 6 and 60 miles (between 11 and 110 km); Hauturier beyond 60 miles (beyond 110 km).
What does life on water mean ?
From a practical point of view :
The autonomy of the House KayFlô in water and energy allows its inhabitants to anchor freely without having to return to a marina. Afloat, the connection to the earth is done with a small boat. Life on board is that of a house, with the sea as a garden.
From a tax point of view:
The KayFlô House if it is registered in France implies an annual fee (called francization). There is no notary fee or registration fee, there is no property tax and no housing tax.
What to do in case of a climatE event ?
The KayFlô House is designed to ensure the safety of its occupants in navigation category C. In the event of a storm, it must be sheltered in a marina or sheltered cove.
Because of their positioning at sea and their mobility, KayFlô solutions provide better security in the face of earthquakes and tsunamis than hotels and houses by the sea.
How to maintain the KayFlô House ?
The KayFlô House has been designed to minimize maintenance.
The structure is made of polyester covered with gelcoat which is cleaned with water. Today the first boats built in the 1960s with this material still exist if they have been properly maintained.
Maintenance of the paint of the hull (antifooling) will depend above all on the need for mobility. If you are planning little mobility with your floating house then you will not need to go out before 3 years. A dry dock of 3 days will suffice. With a copper-resin based antifooling you will be able to stay at least 6 years without getting out of the water.
The exterior woodwork is replaced with synthetic materials that have a similar look and feel for greater durability.
As for the renewable energy systems, solar panels have a lifetime of about 20 to 25 years and on-board wind turbines will have an average life span of 12 to 15 years. The batteries are without maintenance they have a lifespan of 5 to 7 years.
How do the ecological systems work ?
The KayFlô House is autonomous in energy :
The autonomy in energy relies on solar, wind, a battery park and on a perfect control of the consumptions. Exact sizing of the system will depend on the location of the installation, the sun exposure, the wind and the inhabitants requirements. If the energy need is very high (washing machine, heating, air conditioning for example) a thermic generator can occasionally bring the extra energy. The systems are located in technical volumes independent of the interior parts.
The KayFlô House is autonomous in water :
The rainwater is recovered and the gray water is recycled. The two waters are then mixed and then filtered. The reservoir system can store a total water volume of 4 cubic meters (1056 US liquid gallon). Exact sizing and autonomy are linked to the need and the rainfall of the place where the KayFlô House is located. If the rainfall is low and the need for water is high then a desalinator can take over.
Black water treatment system, zero discharge :
The toilet system turns black water into dry material. This compost must be deposited in a waste disposal center.
Is KayFlô suitable for cold countries ?
Yes it is designed for cold countries. We use a thicker glazing, a thermal insulation reinforced at the level of the hull. The electric heating system and hot water are provided with a diesel generator. The rear deck / veranda can be closed with a removable system.
How to buy a KayFlô House ?
The contract to acquire a KayFlô House is inspired by the contract of VEFA "sale in the future state of completion" vastly in the European real estate market, in France for example.
It offers 3 main guarantees :
1. Reimbursement of funds if the KayFlô is not completed
2. Completion of construction
3. The solidity of the construction
HOW IS THE KAYFLÔ HOUSE DELIVERED ?
The KayFlô House is delivered turnkey, without furniture as for a house. It is delivered with all its econological systems *: water, energy, water treatment, LED lighting.
The kitchen is equipped with faucets, sink, worktop and storage cabinets. The bathrooms are equipped with faucets, shower, washbasin and its furniture. The furniture is left to the customer's choice. House-style furniture is perfectly appropriate. This can be fixed or placed on the ground.
There are several options for customizing the Kayflô House.
* Definition of econological by the inventor of the KayFlô House, Jean-Marc Salpétrier:
"This means that KayFlô House is economical and ecological.
Accessible : A purchase price which is much cheaper than the coastal real estate or a boat of equivalent volume. The KayFlô House is also delivered with its energy systems energy: solar panels, wind turbines, water treatment, natural ventilation. Ecology is also about building durable, sustainable and easily "renewable" house.
On all these points, economic and ecological meet, hence the 100% "econological" character of the KayFlô House. "