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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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Buying An Investment Property In The Caribbean?

Thinking of Buying An Investment Property In The Caribbean: Who Can Help?

Plenty of savvy investors make the decision to invest somewhere in the Caribbean every year. On the island of Barbados alone, property is the asset class of choice among 61% of investors, and is much more popular than funds and other options. And it’s easy to see why: people are always looking to live in this part of the world – the weather and lifestyle offers a timeless appeal. Continue Reading Here --->>

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Prepping Your Caribbean Home for Extreme Weather

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 here --->

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Caribbean Design AwardWorking on a new project? Why not share your designs and skills with the region?

The Caribbean Design Awards aims to highlight the many highly skilled architects, designers and builders in the Caribbean region. The center is located in Antigua  and is open to the general public, featuring the competition's winners and bringing awareness to the public about the designers from the Caribbean region.

"The benefits you get both as a designer and a company when you participate in a competition is incredible, you have proven that your skills stand out from the rest of your colleagues in your branch; clients love to work with award winners!" Mr Kaj Ransvi, CDA Founder

Contact Caribbean Design Awards for more information and registration.

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Caribbean ConstructionThe Caribbean construction industry has relied on various types of screw fasteners to build just about every commercial and residential property you see. While screws are commonly used in the Caribbean, they are not always required when it comes to installing metal roofing panels.

Typically an architect or builder decides on a specific design for a project, including the roof, then homeowners get to choose the type of roofing material they want (be it asphalt shingles, tile, or metal).

Homeowners generally lean toward aesthetics with little interest in how the roof will be installed. But, from now on roof installation,  maintenance and performance after installation should rank pretty high on a Caribbean homeowner’s selection of roofing materials process.

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Decorating Concepts for Your Caribbean Villa

Caribbean VillasWouldn’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?

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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? 

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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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