posted by on April 25, 2012
In early February the activity in the Portof Port Townsend picked up as Monroe House Movers prepared to move the 400,000 pound floating home built by Little & Little Construction. On February 7th the home made it across the Larry Scott Trail, but the process was delayed overnight so the launch could be timed with an outgoing low tide. A crowed of nearly 100 people of all ages returned the following evening to watch Monroe House Movers use a crane truck and small tractors to winch and pull the home onto the tidal flats.
At 5 AM on February 9th, Captain John Nesset, piloting the R/V Cascade, pulled while Captain Randy Charrier in the tug Ed Nelson pushed the floating home to its temporary dock at Point Hudson Marina. At the new location Little & Little, finished some interior detail work and the interior of the home was painted. Once all of the work was done it was a waiting game to get favorable weather for the trip to Lake Union.
At 5:30 AM on March 18th, the home left Point Hudson pulled by the R/V Cascade and guided by Ed Nelson, and began a fourteen hour journey to Lake Union. A small crowd gathered to watch the home pass through the Ballard Locks.
Once the home arrived at its floating neighborhood on Lake Union, Aqua Dive Services took on the puzzle-like operation of moving the homes around to place the new floating home at its slip by the dock. All of the other homes then had to be returned to their locations. To get a sense of all of the work watch this time-lapse video.
Little & Little Construction has been involved with this floating home for ten months and it is delight to know that the family that owns it is now living in it. As with all of our projects, we worked with some tremendous partners. Moving a floating home was new to us, though, and we were in good hands every inch of the way on land and on sea.
posted by on February 18, 2012
The Floating Home is resting in a temporary location in Port Townsend’s Point Hudson Marina. You can follow the story of the launch through the stories that appeared in the Peninsula Daily news and Port Townsend Leader. Anticipation built as we prepared to launch. The process halted overnight and resumed the next afternoon. It arrived at Point Hudson early in the morning of February 9th. Click one of the links to read the article and browse the Lake Union Floating Home page to see a photographic timeline of the construction including new photos.
The home will remain at Point Hudson for approximately another week as some interior work is completed including painting and built in furniture. Once the work is complete, and the weather cooperates, the home will be transported to Lake Union in Seattle. Once on site utilities will be connected and the home will be balanced.
Jeff Chew from the Peninsula Daily News produced this video about the launch of the home.
posted by on December 28, 2011
The Floating Home being constructed by Little & Little in the Port of Port Townsend Shipyard was featured on the front page of the Real Estate section of the Christmas Sunday edition of The Seattle Times. The Seattle Times ran the original story by Jeff Chew and added additional photographs by Greg Gilbert. The Seattle PI also ran the story online with additional photographs by Debra Swanson.
posted by on December 16, 2011
Little & Little began a construction project in the Port of Port Townsend shipyard in May. Amongst the big beautiful ships such as the Leader IV, Rich Passage I, Big Kitty, and Muskrat, something seemed different about what Little & Little was doing. It was not a schooner or a shallop. It was not a yacht or a yawl. The unusual shape and all that concrete made it clear it was not something you usually see in the shipyard.
“What are you building?”
We were asked that question so many times that we hung a sign on site that announced “A Floating Home by Little & Little Construction”. The floating home has taken a recognizable shape and we are now working on the interior details and finish carpentry. The home will be completed in January and towed to its new home on Lake Union.
Jeff Chew, from the Peninsula Daily News, wrote a great article about the floating home that you can read here.
posted by on November 8, 2011
We recently had a visitor to our office in Port Townsend. Nicholas Johnson, reporter and photographer for the Port Townsend Leader, sat with us for an hour to discuss business. The Port Townsend Leader is going to do stories on local businesses and we were featured in the paper on October 26, 2011. Nicholas asked many questions about the boom and bust that we have experienced the past few years. We also discussed the floating home that we are building in the Port of Port Townsend Shipyard. Nicholas showed a genuine interest in Little & Little Construction and the Port Townsend and East Jefferson County Communities. You can read his story Down, But Not Out here.