These solar powered, floating homes could be the future of housing

A staggering 4.2 million Americans could be displaced by rising sea levels in the next 100 years, according to a Nature Climate Change study.

But a floating home could help you continue living safely along a coastline.

California-based Terry & Terry Architecture has designed floating concepts that it feels could very well be the future of housing down the road. Scroll down for a closer look.

Called the Tidal House, the floating home is still very much in the conceptual phase. But interestingly enough, the design was inspired by oil rigs, of all things.

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'We can take such a crude (thing)... and turn it around to find a more positive way of using that technology,' Alex Terry, a leading architect at the firm, told Tech Insider.

Like oil rigs, the homes would be built with retractable feet that can plunge into water and attach to a pier or the bottom of a bay.

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'I suspect, to be realistic, it's more designed for bay water or lagoons or estuaries,' Terry said. 'I think open ocean would be a little more challenging.'

The current Tidal House concept comes with three floors that fit a living and dining area, four bedrooms, and two bathrooms. There's even a deck that can fold out for sunbathing.

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There would also be room for a garden on the side, Terry said.

Terry envisions the homes coming with an at-home battery system like the Tesla Powerwall that could store energy collected from solar panels on the roof of the house.

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There would also be a rain filtration system on the roof so you would always have clean drinking water.

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Although the Tidal House could be used to live off a coastline, Terry said he could see building the homes in areas prone to flooding so people could live without constantly worry about recurring damages.

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There are other use cases for the Tidal House too. 'This could be converted into a little hospital too -- it's a decent size and it could be bigger or smaller,' Terry explained.

Terry said a Tidal House big enough to fit two families would cost around $2 million, but that price could drop if there was enough demand.

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'We're at this point where we like to see the response in the public,' Terry said. 'And then maybe, at a certain point, we will pursue it a bit more aggressively.'

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