Creating a completely new product in the company’s portfolio is usually a tedious and expensive process. However, entrepreneurs can make this task much easier thanks to the European funds that guarantee support well beyond the design phase. And the finale could be projects like a year-round waterfront home that would shame many expensive hotels with its design.
Faced with the constantly increasing cost of renting a holiday home, more and more people are deciding once and for all to opt for a summer house or buy a year-round house. In the case of villages by the sea or on lakes, an important selection criterion is of course the distance from the house to the nearest beach. No wonder that houses built directly on the water are gaining in popularity. Thanks to this solution, we can enjoy the beautiful view without even getting out of bed.
Floating houses are getting bolder into Poland. Domestic companies are also taking them over
A house on the water is not only perfect as a base for multi-day trips, but also as a home all year round. These are offered today equipped with all necessary facilities, including electrical and sanitary installations. Some homes even have their own driveway, so we don’t limit ourselves to one location.
Purchasing a newly built apartment complex costs us much less than building a traditional brick house. At the same time, it should be borne in mind that the subsequent use of such a facility is not a cost-free operation, not to mention the fee for renting a place in the marina. And although we do not need to apply for a plot or building permit, mooring also involves certain formalities.
Houseboats These are usually quite simple constructions that rarely catch the eye any longer. Of course, there are manufacturers on the market who decided to break out of this pattern and focus on original design in addition to product quality. One of these is the Polish company Roto-Tech, which designed and launched the Home-R water house.
On an area of 52 square meters there is a living room with panoramic windows, a kitchenette, a separate bedroom with a large bed and wardrobes, as well as a large bathroom and a multifunctional arch room. Users can also take advantage of two terraces located at the bow and stern. According to the manufacturer’s guarantees, up to six people can live comfortably in the floating house all year round. And last but not least – all electronics in the apartment building are solar powered.
From design to implementation. European funds help turn the concept into a real product
Roto-Tech is active every day in the plastics processing industry. In the catalog we find, among other things, small boats and sailing boats made of polyethylene. As part of the work on the floating apartment building, the company received funding from Intelligent Development Operational Programfrom the pool of funds allocated to supporting modern design in companies (competition Design for entrepreneurs, perspective 2014-2020). The co-financing value was 795,650 PLN, a the cost of the whole project was PLN 1,769,970.
A project whose end result is houseboat Home-R is divided into three phases. The first was to conduct a pre-audit to determine the company’s design needs and potential. Subsequently, a strategy for further actions was agreed, detailed targets were specified and tasks were established.
The second phase involved strict design work in collaboration with designers. Analyzes and tests have been carried out and an initial product concept has been developed. On the basis of the prepared studies, a detailed design project was prepared, taking into account the rapid serial assembly of houses in various installation variants. An executive design has also been made.
The third phase focused on implementation, ie the construction of a prototype in the form of a demonstration house on the water. During this phase, the company received advisory support in the field of testing a new product. Among other things, guidelines for the final acceptance tests.
In addition to the Smart Growth program, the program was another source of grants for innovation through design Eastern Poland† Both programs have already exhausted the pool of funds, as the prospect of funding EU funds for 2014-2020 is coming to an end (projects can still be implemented until 2023, but most calls for proposals are not announced due to exhaustion of available resources). Subsequent programs for the period 2021-27 are waiting to be launched and under the next program for Eastern Poland, i.e. European Funds for Eastern Poland, grants for innovation through design will return. Entrepreneurs operating in 5 Voivodeships of Eastern Poland and (a novelty) of Mazowieckie Voivodeship, excluding Warsaw and nine neighboring poviats, will be able to benefit from this.
The authors of the program assumed that innovations through modern design are easier to implement and involve less risk than projects based on R&D work, hence this kind of “disability” for an even less developed region.
How does it work and what are subsidies for innovation by design? It involves a combination of specialist advice, support in the preparation of a design project with an investment grant for the implementation of the prepared project. The grant covers the advisory phase as well as the investment and implementation phase.
When will this offer be available? We should know the details by the end of the summer.