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Artificial grass and your Caribbean home

Is Artificial Grass The Right Choice For Your Caribbean Home?

Natural lawn at Jacoway Inn.

Natural lawn at Jacoway Inn.

Sometimes life is unfair, even in the world of lawn grass! Some homes are blessed with gorgeous views and poor quality soil while others may not have spectacular views but, they have rich, fertile soil. On most Caribbean islands you have the option of specialists help and even buying fertile soil however, if you are on a slope in the dryer areas that won’t help and can be costly.

While some places in the Caribbean can easily achieve perfect lawn grass others struggle to keep them alive. Even with irrigation and sometimes the help of specialists gardeners, certain soils are just poor and can be made worse by the elements of nature, wind and sun! Mother nature itself can be destructive to Caribbean lawns, hurricanes can destroy years of hard work in an instant. What options are available when all else fails and your beautiful Caribbean villa needs some green around it?
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From Dominica – Jacoway Inn, Part 3

Overlooking the Gardens below from the top floor balcony.

Overlooking the Gardens below from the top floor balcony.

The Jacoway Inn, Dominica : Storming Back To Business, Part 3

The day before Cat 5 Hurricane Maria hit Dominica on the night of September 17th 2017, views from the lovely gardens of Jacoway Inn were somewhat restricted by the tall hedges of shrubs and trees, providing shade and privacy.

This changed overnight, and now eight months later the property boundaries of bright oranges, yellows and greens of tall crotons are regrown. Before long, overlooking the surrounding banana gardens and the few neighbouring homes will only be possible from the upper floors of the Inn.
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From Dominica : Jacoway Inn, part 2

Jacoway Inn Gazebo

The Gazebo

The Jacoway Inn, Dominica : Storming Back To Business, Part 2

Inland, behind the bayside village of Calibishie resides the main part of a very international community along the several spectacular ridges and valleys which lead down to the beach and bay. New, architecturally designed expensive homes are dotted along the ridge summits amongst banana gardens, grazing cattle, and borderless, family smallholdings, enjoying panoramic views to the village below and the Atlantic beyond.

Up here, the hurricane blasted trees take their time to grow new branches, but on the ground, good husbandry has ensured that all the massive, dead branches have been cleared away and recycled elsewhere. Continue reading

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From Dominica: Jacoway Inn, part 1

Red Rock beach at Calibishie

Red Rock beach at Calibishie

The Jacoway Inn, Dominica : Storming Back To Business

The deep blue Atlantic Ocean gleams under a hot Caribbean sun. The cool, sweet tradewinds blow a cleansing breeze into the beachfront mainstreet of Calibishie adding to the recuperative sense of regeneration found throughout the lower village and the surrounding community in the hills behind.

It is late May, and eight months after catastrophic Category 5 Hurricane Maria dealt a mighty blow to Dominica, and this northern seaside village of Calibishie seems to be showing the rest of the island how to ‘get over it’ and get back to the business!
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Gadgets for Caribbean Roofers

toolbox-caribbean-roofing-supplies-150Technology plays a pivotal role in the day to day running of many business, homes and personal lives in the Caribbean. Today’s ever changing technological environment encourages inventors who are constantly revealing new products and gadgets geared at making professional and personal lives more efficient, practical, convenient and adaptable.

The more common gadgets are found in education, marketing, sports and networking however, the quiet occupation of roofing does have its own “gadgets collection”. Roof installation entails a number of different processes, and manufacturers are continually coming up with new tools to make the modern roofer’s job more efficient. Here are some old and new tools that just might come in handy when you’re next roofing a Caribbean villa. Continue reading

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New Roofing Technology for Caribbean Metal Roofs

StealthBond Roofing Adhesive

StealthBond Roofing Adhesive

Many Caribbean Villas experience, at some point or another, the effects of wear-and-tear on metal roofs which can range from; rust to leakages! It is inevitable that the essential part of the home, which takes on the full force of nature – allowing us a dry night’s rest, will at some point start loosing the ability to continue its amazing, protective job!

A common cause and source of weakness in the roof tend to be the holes from the nails or screws used to keep them fastened to the frame of the home. Those holes, overtime and from exposure to water and sunlight, start deteriorating thus reducing the durability of the metal roof. But, what if there was some way to remove this “weakness”/”disadvantage”? and perhaps, lengthen the life span and functionality of your metal roof? Continue reading

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Five Ways To Trim Your Caribbean Villa’s Utility Costs

Five Ways To Trim Your Caribbean Villa’s Utility Costs

clp-blogWe are  all familiar with the evolution of Caribbean Villas and how comfort in the villas, during the summer, have changed. The older designs have huge wooden windows and doors which allow air and light freely inside – they also allow the ever changing, wide range of Caribbean moths which come out to play during summer nights. The more modern villas, those constructed over the last 10 years have catered to cool indoor air circulation with the windows and doors shut. This modern method is called air-conditioning and while it can prevent the un-welcomed winged friends, it can also be quite costly! Continue reading

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6 Reasons to Choose Metal Roofs

Southeastern Metals

Southeastern Metals

Looking at a new Roof? 6 Reasons to Choose Metal.

Comfort and safety are primary concerns when building a home, it is therefore vital that the materials used during the construction of your home, particularly in the roof, are strong and durable – two characteristics which can withstand the challenges of our tropical weather.

Timber, plastic, concrete and a variety of recycled materials are some popularly used roofing materials in the Caribbean. However, Metal roofing still is a particular favorite and many architects, contractors and engineers swear by it!  And for many good reasons!
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Caribbean Underwater Volcanoes in Camera

Caribbean Underwater Volcanoes Captured on Camera

Caribbean Underwater Volcanoes threaten sea level property

Caribbean Underwater Volcanoes threaten sea level property

Robert Ballard is no stranger to new discoveries.  His first big break came with the Titanic now he is doing it again.  This time he is exploring fault lines and underwater volcanoes in the Northern and Eastern Caribbean,  an underwater version of Tony Robinson of Channel 4 ‘Time Team’!

To most of us, plate tectonics, volcanoes and fault lines mean nada, however to Ballard’s team of 31 scientists this will mean getting to grips with the underwater threats to the Caribbean region.

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