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Why You Should Be Thinking About a Timber Frame Home

Let’s face it, living anywhere in the Caribbean is a dream come true, so why compromise your lifestyle with a house that is less than perfect?

Opting for a timber frame home will not only be as breathtaking as the island its built on, but it also has several other benefits that other style houses can’t compete with.

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Not only are the materials of timber frame homes lighter and easier to handle, measurements do not have to be perfectly exact to still produce a perfect result. Applying sheetrock, plywood and other materials comes as a less daunting process due to the versatility of timber material. Continue reading here

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Technology plays a pivotal role in the day to day running of many business, homes and personal lives in the Caribbean. Today’s ever changing technological environment encourages inventors who are constantly revealing new products and gadgets geared at making professional and personal lives more efficient, practical, convenient and adaptable.

The more common gadgets are found in education, marketing, sports and networking however, the quiet occupation of roofing does have its own “gadgets collection”.

Roof installation entails a number of different processes, and manufacturers are continually coming up with new tools to make the modern roofer’s job more efficient. Here are some old and new tools that just might come in handy when you’re next roofing a Caribbean villa. Continue reading Gadgets for Caribbean Roofers.

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Carib Build Caribbean Real Estate ShowThe 1st International Caribbean Building, Construction & Real Estate Exhibition, CARIB BUILD and REAL ESTATE SHOW, will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, from 19- 21 September 2017. The event will be organised by AME Trade Ltd.

CARIB BUILD will showcase the major construction projects taking place in the Caribbean & allow companies to bid for new ventures.

It will also allow companies in the building industry to promote their products and services to launch new brands, expand their sales distribution network and even target consumers directly. The CARIB Real Estate Show is a window of promotion for all types of housing in the Caribbean region, allowing buyers to find out how they can get on or climb the property ladder.

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Going green in Grenada

Renewable Energy in the CaribbeanGoing green is good for our planet, our health and even better for our economies! So when one island within our region contributes to that we must all join in and support.

Grenada deserves a thumps up for putting words into action!

Come 2020 it is expected that; 20% of Grenada's energy consumption will be renewable, electricity costs will be stablised and over 500 typical Grenadian homes will be powered through Clean energy. #GoGrenada #GreenerGrenada

This new project will generate enough energy to offset more than 1,200 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2). “By diversifying our energy portfolio to bring more renewable energy online, we can help achieve our goal of 20% renewable energy by 2020, stabilise electricity costs, and contribute to a greener Grenada", said Mr. Hosten. Continue reading here

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SEMCO Caribbean Steel Traditionally, Caribbean home builders are always inclined to build using wood or concrete. But, recently there has been an increasing turn towards including steel in the construction of homes.

Southeastern Metals Diamond Steel Framing is a cost-effective, quality alternative to more traditional framing materials.

Lets explore some of the benefits of using steel, as opposed to lumber. Firstly, It is a very econimical option because Diamond Steel Framing saves time, money and labor costs and is a more energy efficient choice over traditional materials. Additionally, compared to traditional wood framing, Diamond Steel Framing won’t burn and can easily meet one hour fire ratings. Furthermore, it is durable -it will not rot, warp, twist, bow, crack, split, swell or shrink. Steel framing is termite and insect proof and made of the most durable framing material. Ease of installation and quality finish are two other great advantages of using this option!

Contact SouthEastern Metals to find out more information on the option of using Diamond Steel Framing in your Caribbean Home!

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Caribbean Roofing AdhesiveHistory has taught us how easily many simple, everyday, questions can lead to revolutionary new products, ideas and lifestyles. Like, "why don't we move to the caribbean"?!

Well, maybe not that one! But, here is one question which resulted in a new product and technology being developed and advanced.

“Has anyone ever considered a way to glue down metal roofing so you don’t have all those screws?” The question which gave rise to the innovative technology of roofing adhesive!

The research and development team at StealthBond was challenged with this task, and a method to install traditional 5V Crimp metal roofing without screws was born. StealthBond is the metal roofing industry’s first concealed adhesive system utilizing structural adhesive technology. The proprietary fastening method is hidden and concealed. Brilliant, right? Continue reading here.

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Caribbean ArchitectureThe role of an architectural photographer may appear to be simply; take photographs of a home or project; a forgivable, popular, misconception! But what happens next? Do property owners frame their photos? Possible. But, what happens from the end of the photographer?

The art and skill required in using the lens to capture the details and character of a Caribbean building is merely a part in the role of an architectural photographer. Being able to share the eccentricities  of buildings with other architects, home owners and humans is essential to the work of an architectural photographer. 

Few publications have been made solely dedicated to sharing the beauty of Caribbean architecture - but that is changing now.

"A key strategic LUMIS objective is to promote the publication of contemporary architecture in the Caribbean".

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Editors PickComfort 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 Here

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Lumis PhotographyWhen designing a home in the Caribbean the views are always taken into consideration, determining the position of several rooms and the arangement of spaces. 
But overlooking Jamaica's capital, Kingston, who would think that with a two-storeyed building you'd need a ziggurat formed structure to capitalise on the views?
"Designed by architect Errol Alberga to capture the panoramic view of Kingston, Jamaica and its harbor beyond. The main design feature of the house is the large cantilevered sunscreens that follow the exterior glass openings and the ziggurat plan form".
Thanks to Brian Lewis, designs pushing the edge of contemporary Caribbean Architecture are captured!
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Wax Emulsion for Hardwood DecksUnsightly cracks in the wood of a brand new deck can make it appear a lot older and worn than it really is.
Premium Brazilian Decking has the solution to that problem - Ipe Seal!
Ipe Seal is a wax emulsion sealer proven to increase the structural integrity of hardwood decking. Once applied to freshly cut, exposed wood end grain, Ipe Seal creates a bond that extends the life of each deck board while also preventing end-checking (splitting) and unsightly cracks. 
One quart of end sealer covers approximately 500 square feet of decking. 
The end seal is a dual protection product, it stops excess moisture from getting into your boards while at the same time helps prevent your wood from drying out and cracking!
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Using glass to set a romantic, light or fiery ambiance!
In the Caribbean, bottles are everywhere! Green Bottles, red bottles, beer bottles, wine bottles and more bottles!
Because little emphasis is placed on the recycling of glass bottles and even fewer opportunities are available - its something we can get our hands on easily.
Well, after the construction crew has left (on the Friday, you threw the 'I appreciate your hard work party') collect the bottles and add further creativity to your workmen's handy job!
Glass can make for very romantic, light or fiery ambiance.. just see this.
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Tiger Wood for Caribbean ConstructionPremium Brazilian Decking has in stock a limited amount of Tigerwood (2X4 and 2X6).
Tigerwood is a beautiful reddish brown color, with prominent darker stripes running through some of the boards.

It is kiln dried and is approximately 2 ½ times harder than Oak with an approximate 40 year life span, making it an extremely durable wood which is resistant to mold, mildew and insects.
After installing Tigerwood decking, it might be a pale shade but if you want a darker color - do not put a finisher on, allow the sun to bring out the color in the deck.

Place your orders today, remember stock is limited!
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Building with Quarzite Stones
Caribbean construction using Quarzite StonesQuartzite 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. Continue reading here.
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Hassell Free Shipping of Caribbean Construction MaterialsA common question and source of worry when moving to the caribbean is, "How am I going to get my materials and furniture to the Island?". 

Worry no more...

Hassell Free Export provide commercial and individual customers with quality procurement, storage and shipping services for construction materials.

With over 10 years of experience, Hassell free shipping is capable of handling this phase of moving to the Caribbean.  Whether you want one package or an entire container, the same exemplary service will be provided.

Let their experience work for you. Leave the hassle up to Hassell Free Shipping!

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Most office spaces in the Caribbean, through the earlier centuries and even towards the early 20th century, epitomised 'square' and 'rectangle. These days however, the aim is to make the office spaces as modern as possible and using the most eye catching or least expected materials to enjoy conversations with the clients..
I suppose a beautiful distraction in the form of a creatively designed and built office space helps with getting the contracts. Afterall when you're peering through glass windows from the remains of an old container, enjoying endless views of the ocean and city line, the thing furthest from your mind would be...'I don't want these guys designing my home'!!
So, why not try a container shipping office, not only will it rid you of that beloved container but you can also save space indoors by utilising the convenience it offers. Get ideas and inspiration from Lewis's most recent photograpy expedition in Jamaica!
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