Bainbridge house takes to the waves to escape demolition

It might have appeared that a liveaboard was trading his humble quarters for more palatial digs when the floating 3,400-square-foot home drifted in to Eagle Harbor on Tuesday.

Instead, the barged-in abode was, in the words of its new owner, a giant recycling project. Destined for the dump, the home was rescued by Geoff and Candace Daigle. They promptly planted the 19-year-old house on a plot they’ve owned for years at the head of the bay.

For my story on the move and plenty of photos from Larry “Beijing” Steagall, click here.

And for more info on house moving, check out the Web site of B.C.-based Nickel Brothers, the company the Daigles employed to uproot, haul and plant their home.

The Nickel Brothers’ site features dozens of homes available in south British Columbia, the Seattle-area and Port Townsend that might qualify for a historic home plaque. But, as islanders saw with the Cave House on Ferncliff Avenue and the Hoskinson House at the corner of Madison and Wyatt, walls saturated with history are no protection from the wrecking ball.