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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.
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.
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Technology Makes Moving to the Caribbean Easier

Moving to the Caribbean can take years of planning and research. Photo Credit : Caribbean Land and Property

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.
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The Importance of Effective Household Plumbing

Bahamas Villa Photo Credit : Caribbean Land and Property

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.
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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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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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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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Wooden Kit Homes in the Caribbean

Wooden Kit Homes in the Caribbean

Caribbean Kit Homes in Wood

Caribbean Kit Homes in Wood

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.

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Roof your villa with Designer Metal

Roof your Caribbean villa with Designer Metal

Antigua Sea View Home

Antigua Sea View Home

Old fashioned corrugated iron and metal roofs used to lack style and design, and gave a building a rather shabby and downtrodden look. Somehow next to tiles, shingles, or concrete roofs they always made the building look like the poor cousin.

Not any more! Things have changed, and the metal roof (no longer iron) has come into its own. More adaptable than other materials it can have its own intrinsic design or mimic other materials whilst retaining its own special qualities. Continue reading

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Recycling Caribbean Cars to Make Roads

Recycling Caribbean Cars and Trucks to make Roads

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.

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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!

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Earthbag Construction for Curved Designs

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.

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Earthbag Construction

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.

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