So, you are living the dream with your house in the Caribbean and are loving life from a luxurious pool deck overlooking turquoise waters – well that’s the idea our friends outside of the Caribbean will always have!
However, reality can be slightly different and we do have to worry about the maintenance of our gardens, gutters, cars etc, like everyone else. In the Caribbean whether you are an avid gardener or not, the surrounds of your home have to be kept neat and tidy otherwise it will quickly become a nightmare of vines and new species of bugs. So, here are a few ways that you can keep your garden in tip-top shape without over working and leaving ample time for enjoying the Caribbean sunshine. 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.
While current and prospective home owners can do very little about larger sources of waste like, factories and refineries we can certainly make a big difference by controlling our domestic sewage. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
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! 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 →
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 →
Our Carib ancestors idea of a little feng shui in the home or in ceremonial structures like the traditional carbet, would be the ‘Zemi’ or iconic representations of their many Gods and spirits. Essential ones like the Gods of food, weather, wealth and health would be carefully placed to enhance the space and its creative energy, or represented on portraits or carvings on interior and exterior finishes including chairs, tables, pillars and eating utensils like the Calabash bowls.
Most of this living space art tradition is now lost sadly, but any modern Caribbean home could and perhaps should pay a little homage to the peoples who were here before us with a small benign weather icon outside on the verandah or wealth Zemi over the front door!
Some people are worried about living in older houses as they are conscious of the spiritual energy of previous owners, this includes the arrangement of the furniture, and also the garden space beyond the walls of your home. 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.