Living in The Netherlands is probably quite different from living in the United States or Australia. Many of our homes are built in brick, whereas in the US the main construction material is wood. One reason for this is the fierce climate there, with tornados and winter storms. Wood makes it easy to rebuild your home. The much milder sea climate of The Netherlands makes it more feasible to build homes from sturdier materials. Using the abundance of water, Utrecht also has a high number of water homes. Recently, floating homes (see picture on left) have been created in The Netherlands. These houses float and are thus able to follow the tides in Dutch waters.