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Architecture and design around the Caribbean.

Caribbean Home Foundations

Choosing The Right Type of Foundation For Your Caribbean Home

Caribbean Homes and foundations

The type of foundation used in your Caribbean home will require careful thought.
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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.
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Decorating Concepts for Your Caribbean Villa

Caribbean Villa Photo Credit : Caribbean Land and Property

Caribbean Villa
Photo Credit : Caribbean Land and Property

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if summer vacations could last all year round? Imagine waking up and strolling out to sip a cold passion fruit juice on your rustic veranda, or coming home after a long day at work to relax beside blue waters in the shade of a palm tree?

Well, while that dream is in the pipeline, how about using these Caribbean design ideas to get yourself ready, for when you are ready? Continue reading

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Metal Roof Screw Fasteners: Friend or Foe?

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The Caribbean construction industry has relied on various types of screw fasteners to build just about every commercial and residential property you see. While screws are commonly used in the Caribbean, are they are not always required when it comes to installing metal roofing panels.

Typically an architect or builder decides on a specific design for a project, including the roof, then homeowners get to choose the type of roofing material they want (be it asphalt shingles, tile, or metal). Homeowners generally lean toward aesthetics with little interest in how the roof will be installed. But, from now on roof installation,  maintenance and performance after installation should rank pretty high on a Caribbean homeowner’s selection of roofing materials process. Continue reading

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Tips to Achieve a Breathtaking Caribbean Bathroom

BVI Villa Photo credit: Caribbean Land and Property

BVI Villa Photo credit: Caribbean Land and Property

Caribbean bathrooms are some of the most beautiful and unique bathrooms there are. Many of these bathrooms have views of incredible sights or are completely open to the beauty around them.

Caribbean bathrooms are not the traditional four-wall enclosed rooms, but open areas that focus on beauty and relaxation. Use these 5 tips to achieve your very own Caribbean bathroom. 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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Building with Quartzite Stones

Building with Quartzite Stones in the Caribbean

White Quarzite tiles

White Quartzite tiles

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!

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Architects vs. Contractors: Who to choose for your next Caribbean Home?

Architects vs. Contractors: Who to choose for your next Caribbean Home?

Homes in the Caribbean, have for many years, been constructed to suit individual preferences. Reconstructing your existing or new home in the Caribbean from a scratch heavily depends on your choice of hiring a contractor or an architect. Some people believe architects are the best choices for their home projects while others trust the expertise of contractors to finish their home construction projects.

There are some questions to ask yourself before constructing a new home. One of them is whether to hire a contractor or an architect?
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Energy Efficient Caribbean Home

5 Steps to create a Net-Zero Energy Home within the Caribbean

Creating a Net-Zero home

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

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