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Mary Ann's Tropical Building Page
July 1, 1997
My husband Bob and I have acquired land on a Caribbean island where we plan to design and construct our home, a technology center, and a guest house. These pages record our plans, resources, ideas, problems, and progress.
Since the previous report of June 1st, 1997 we have begun preparing the property for construction.
Hints: Click on any small picture to see it larger and visit the Site Map for previous and future progress reports, house plans, bookstore and references.
The property is solid rock, so large trees and bushes will only grow where you provide a hole in the ground.
The truck in this picture is our construction truck for
Rather than spend a lot of money on full grown trees, we decided to put the money into bigger holes in the ground and plant smaller trees earlier. Plants grow very quickly in the tropics.
Another reason for digging the holes now is that digging shakes the ground and we don't want to crack the foundation walls.
Hole digging is done by a huge hammer machine called a priestman, where other countries might use dynamite. Blasting with dynamite is not allowed in Anguilla, which may be a good thing considering the Anguillians preference for do-it-yourself projects.
We had two hammers to get the job done quickly: one from National Trucking and another from Rayme Lake.
The 24 Hour BackHoe Man stopped by the site, left a card. We hired him and his 4-wheel drive backhoe because he could keep up with the two pounders and could get into very tricky spots. He offers a 24-hour service, so if you have a backhoe emergency feel free to call him at any time.
We did find one new supplier, Homespot Woodworking in Puerto Rico, that makes louvered doors and windows with brass hardware, including framing at the end of each louver. The quality looked good, if you like that mix of wood and metal and if you think the brass won't decay at the beach.
But we do have a generator, which we have used once. We wanted to paint the roof of the office container reflective white to cut the heat more and stop the rusting. We used three software engineers for this job: Griffin on the roof to spread the paint, Bob to hand up the refills of paint, and Johanne (MIS manager at Anglec and Griffin's wife) to mix the paint using a 10KV generator to power an electric drill. Considering our respective salaries, this must be the most expensive container roof in the Caribbean.