Tips for preparing your Caribbean home this hurricane season.
Every year between June and November, inhabitants of the Caribbean Islands brace themselves for yet another hurricane season. Thankfully, we still have a few months before the rains, lightening and thunder signal the start of the 2019 hurricane season.
Preparing your home and yourself will not only save lives, but also a lot of money in post-storm home repairs. Many a times we take warnings for granted and assume that any of the other islands in the Caribbean chain will be the one it goes over, however, ideally during the hurricane season our homes should always be at least half hurricane-ready. 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 →
Moving to the Caribbean can take years of planning and research. Photo Credit : Caribbean Land and Property
Modern technology makes moving home in, or to, the Caribbean easier
Moving to paradise doesn’t always mean you’ll stay in the first place you pick. Many people from Europe and North America choose to leave home and set up their house in the Caribbean for a variety of reasons. Some people move for the beautiful climate and gorgeous natural beauty.
Other people may move for employment reasons or to keep the cost of living low. Whatever the motivation, in today’s world, the availability of technology can help make moving easier. Relocating to the Caribbean, these days, is no longer a case of jump on the first passing ship with your trunks! It can be a lengthy process involving years of research and planning. Very often we overlook just how much we can utilise the internet and certain apps to facilitate our travels. Here, lets take a look at some of the ways in which technology is used to facilitate moving to and within the Caribbean. Continue reading →
Is Artificial Grass The Right Choice For Your Caribbean Home?
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? Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
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 →
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.
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 →
You have considered moving to an island retreat in the Caribbean. Living on an island can be an exciting time in your life, a great new way of living, filled with many opportunities and changes in lifestyle. What you need to consider as well, however, is that such change is challenging and it should be approached responsibly and carefully. By doing this you can ensure a proper and smooth transition. Continue reading →