If you don’t look closely, you might think the two heritage homes hovering over a street in the Strathcona neighbourhood are floating.

However, according to an article in The Vancouver Sun, the houses are actually part of a project that aims to restore historically significant homes and bring them up to environmental standards. Currently, the homes are propped up by wooden cribbing, causing them to hover over the ground below.

In the article, superintendent Josh Klein said, “We’re trying to bring this type of thing into Strathcona here. Building smart, building green, looking toward a better future for all of us.”

The ground the houses previously rested on was excavated earlier in the year. Built in 1892, the homes were sitting on a slope. The slope has now been dug away to make way for new foundation.

The homes are being restored to LEED platinum standards. They will include an air-source heat pump, a hot water recovery system, solar panels and “responsible waste management”.

Photograph courtesy of Les Bazso, PNG

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