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 →
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 →
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.
Building concrete and steel homes contributes significantly to greenhouse gasses which are without doubt destroying the life of our Caribbean sea. Wood, which is strong and flexible makes a winning alternative, especially when the lumber is properly harvested and managed in a sustainable way. Modern wooden structures are extremely strong and skyscrapers of timber are now being designed and built instead of using our resources up in concrete and steel.
We don’t do enough recycling in the islands, for very good economic reasons that I cannot dispute. In recycling, economies of scale are paramount, and in small communities its an insurmountable problem.
Nevertheless there are several recycling companies that we have found in the region and we are looking for more to compile a complete list. One in Trinidad does takes scrap metal, which is my particular concern, especially with regards to old cars and trucks.
Recycling Caribbean Cars to Make Roads
I have a theory that if we filled all the potholes in our Caribbean roads with the abandoned wrecks that line them, we could kill two birds with one recycle, so to speak!
It is only a theory! A civil engineer would tell me, don’t be silly! Combining several completely different construction materials like concrete, asphalt and various metals needs serious levels of engineering, and it has to be done right. My reply would be ..but it cannot be worse than it is now!
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.