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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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Puerto Rico Concrete Manufacturer Introduces New Eco Method

Puerto Rico Concrete Manufacturer Carmelo Introduces New Eco Construction Method

Puerto Rico Concrete Manufacturer

Puerto Rico Concrete Manufacturer – SCIP Construction

Several architects and contractors in the Puerto Rico have turned to a non-conventional method of construction. Although it has been in the market for over three decades, it is relatively new to many of our local Puerto Rico clients and contractors and the wider Caribbean construction industry.

In Europe it is a familiar practice and preferred by contractors.  This is mostly due to the time and cost savings implications both for the contractor and the end user.  Moreover, it is a system that provides for a much cleaner and eco friendly construction. The pre fabricated system is known as Structural Concrete Insulated Panel or SCIP.

 

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Caribbean Earth Bag Home Construction

Caribbean Earth Bag Home Construction  – Rum Cay Bahamas

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Caribbean earth bag home construction – Rum Cay Bahamas

Imagine building the castle of your dreams on a Caribbean island with…sand!  I don’t mean adding sand to cement and making a concrete home.  I mean from the pure materials at hand, in this case coral sand from dredging.  Introducing a couple who built their earth bag home in the Caribbean.

Builders, NGOs, research institutes, and governments are discovering the potential for using earthbags in affordable housing and emergency shelters. But so are those wanting to build a home for themselves and their families using local materials leaving as smaller carbon footprint as possible. Continue reading

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