3 Ways to Simplify Eco-Friendly Plumbing Solutions for a Caribbean Home
Marine and coastal ecosystems are important in the prevention of coastal erosion. In order to protect the countries of the Caribbean and the millions of people who live there, it is important to find eco-friendly ways to construct homes without damaging the natural habitats. When constructing a home in the Caribbean, it’s important to engage in eco-friendly practices that can help ensure precious lands and habitats aren’t damaged, and one way to achieving this is by developing plumbing solutions and processes to suit. Continue reading →
Choosing The Right Type of Foundation For Your Caribbean Home
The type of foundation used in your Caribbean home will require careful thought. Photo Credit : Caribbean Land and Property
The increased risk of extreme weather is just one reason why a solid building foundation is becoming more important now than ever before.
A lot of thought must go into deciding what type of foundation will be best for your Caribbean home. Determining factors include available budget, personal needs, soil type and weather conditions. If you are building on a sloping lot in Dominica, you may, for instance, not be able to use a slab foundation while the high water table in certain parts of Barbados may ruin your plans of a basement foundation.
By having a closer look at the three most common forms of foundation you will be able to better ascertain which type will be best suited to your own personal needs. Continue reading →
Bahamas Villa Photo Credit : Caribbean Land and Property
According to the Caribbean Environment Programme, the effective management of wastewater is a huge challenge in the Wider Caribbean Region with up to 85% of untreated wastewater currently being discharged in rivers, bays and seas.
Grenada roof with guttering. Photo Credit : Caribbean Land & Property
The cistern system utilised in the Caribbean is one of the most innovative and cost effective ways of capturing and storing large quantities of fresh rain water.
For the everyday Caribbean home owners, the cistern is merely an addition to the house. But, in fact, when we examine the secret life of a cistern – its appreciation is deepened and this multifaceted, pivotal part of every Caribbean homes’s functionality becomes simply – a blessing! Many islands experience water shortages during periods of low rainfall or unexpected water interruptions from the local water boards and then – old faithful, heroically, steps in and saves the day or even weeks! Continue reading →
Five Ways To Trim Your Caribbean Villa’s Utility Costs
We 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 →
Quartzite is a great alternative to mass produced ceramics and other common flooring options where durability and natural beauty are required.
Finishing touches to the floors of Caribbean properties can be a hectic phase for homeowners. The choice of flooring material is always dependent, firstly, on whether it is an indoor space (kitchen) or an outdoor space (garden paths or pools) and secondly the type of material that will give the best finish.
By choosing quartzite, you have a solution that gives both a first class finish and that is durable both indoors and outdoors. Additionally, it is easily accessible being available in Trinidad and Tobago!
5 Steps to create a Net-Zero Energy Home within the Caribbean
Creating a Net-Zero home
Moving to the Caribbean gives one the automatic option of living in harmony with nature. No, I don’t mean using large glass windows to bring outside in! We are talking about the harmony which nurtures, rebuilds and strengthens the environment that we live in.
You don’t have to attend the G2 Summit and place a vote to make your contribution – start with these simple five steps and create a Net-Zero Energy Home within the Caribbean Continue reading →
The Caribbean islands are still far too dependent on imported fossil fuels for household, government and commercial energy supplies.
The region has some of the world’s most expensive per unit cost, which creates an economic vulnerability and fossil fuel dependency on other nations who don’t have the Caribbean’s best interest at heart. Caribbean energy consumers pay between four to five times as much per unit of electricity as the continental USA and Europe. As an example Aruba used to spend 16% of its economy on importing 6,500 barrels of diesel fuel a day to generate electricity to serve 110,000 people.
This is changing, and as a result there are opportunities opening up on all the islands for alternative energy technology supply and support.
Earthbag Construction for Circles and Curved Designs
Earthbag construction is used for several very good reasons but one of them is the ability to create structures that are made up from flowing curves.
These curves can be on the horizontal, such as an elegantly curved wall. Or they can be compound curves where the structure curves in both the horizontal and vertical plane at the same time, such as a dome structure.
To obtain the beauty of these curves with other traditional building materials used in the Caribbean is difficult.
Masonry can be arranged to create curves and if you are willing to pay for expensive form work it is also possible to create curves with poured concrete. However most other building materials are much better suited to creating straight vertical walls, and used for the majority of construction projects in the Caribbean.