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Prepping Your Caribbean Home for Extreme Weather

Preparing a Caribbean Villa's roof.

Preparing a Caribbean Villa’s roof.

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

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Plumbing for a Caribbean Home

Caribbean property near the coastline

Caribbean property near the coastline

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.
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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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Artificial grass and your Caribbean home

Is Artificial Grass The Right Choice For Your Caribbean Home?

Natural lawn at Jacoway Inn.

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?
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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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Building with Quartzite Stones

Building with Quartzite Stones in the Caribbean

White Quarzite tiles

White Quartzite tiles

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!

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Energy Efficient Caribbean Home

5 Steps to create a Net-Zero Energy Home within the Caribbean

Creating a Net-Zero home

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

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Agouti The Celebrity Gene

Agouti The Celebrity Gene turns Cat into Tabby

The lowly Caribbean Agouti, which always gets to my growing broccoli before I do, turns out to be a big cheese in the science of genetics!  In future I will have more respect whilst planning ways to prevent them using my vegetable garden like their own!

Agouti the celebrity gene

Agouti the celebrity gene: An agouti munching on a guava

The Agouti gene which governs banding and spotting on mammals is so-called after the dark unusual fur colouring, (brown streaked with grey)  found on the genus Dasyproctidae.  The genus covers a large group of about 12 different types of South American rodents, known to us more commonly as the Agouti.

Back to the gene; some cats are tabby because of the Agouti Gene, some horses are bays, and some dogs have sable and tan points, all to do with recessive and dominant genes!  Tigers, leopards and zebras are all effected by it and the list goes on.

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Pests in Paradise

Even in paradise it’s not always paradise.

Last week my house was invaded in the evening by a massive swarm of mosquitoes. I’ve never really been troubled by them before but this battalion came on thick and fast and are the size of flies! They whine, they bite and they suck blood – all of which are offenses punishable by death.
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Nature Air – Costa Rica's Carbon Neutral Airline

Costa Rica’s Carbon Neutral Airline

A few months ago I wrote about the problem of airline emissions being worse in the tropics. I’d love to be reporting to you now that things have changed, the problem is solved and we can all live happily ever after but unfortunately not. Climate change is real and a huge challenge for the Caribbean and the entire world.

However, the optimist in me still wants a positive story so I’m posting about one airline who is actually addressing the climate change issue head on and striving to make a difference. Nature Air in Costa Rica has been a ‘zero emissions’ airline since 2004. No, they are not running their planes on air but they do offset their emissions by paying local landowners to preserve threatened portions of the rainforest. According to the company they have saved about 500 acres in the Osa Peninsula which has equated to an offset of 20,000 tons of carbon dioxide.
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