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Mary Ann's Tropical Building Page

This is the web site for the three villas that I built on Anguilla and the villa that I am renovating in St Barts (see Azu Villa Renovation Page), plus tropical construction tips and resources as well. These construction projects started in 1997, although land acquisition and architectural planning started in 1995. Every stage of the construction is recorded here.

We rent the villa in St Barts and the guest cottage in Anguilla (La Vanda) and the villa at the top of the Anguilla property (Mimosa), but we keep the beachfront house and pool for our own use. And we have created a name and web page for the overall completed property: Bellamare

For details on the main Anguilla beachfront house, visit the Residence Construction Page.

For the technology center, visit the "Clubhouse" Construction Page.

And finally, for the guest cottage, our first attempt at construction on Anguilla, visit the La Vanda Construction Page.

-- Mary Ann Green

Construction Tips

Saturday, April 30, 2005   Permalink

Questions About Kitchen Cabinets

Paul Walter writes:

I stumbled upon your website looking for cabinets that work in the tropics. My wife and I live in Kailua, HI and need to replace the kitchen cabinets as the builder used cabinets board. Yes, they soak up moisture. I like your louvered cabinet concept. Did you use solid wood and paint them?
Thanks. Aloha.

Mary Ann replies:

Yes I did paint marine plywood.

I keep thinking they could make press board for cupboards that was waterproof. They do Trek decking (plastic and wood saw dust) which is completely imprevious to the weather. So far I don't know of any such pressboard. Maybe one of my readers at Beachshack will know the answer.

Send ideas to

Update: First reply to our cabinet question:

Hi Maryann, I'm the person building the home at Blackgarden Bay and I recently found out about a company ( who make 1" thick semi-custom kitchen cabinets for boats and outdoor kitchens. They come in a number of sizes, door styles and colors. I am getting samples sent to me in New Jersey from a woman named Terry who works for the company (they are located in Florida). Look at their website and let me know what you think.

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931 Shoal Bay Beach,
Shoal Bay,
Anguilla, Eastern Caribbean
Fax: 264.497.3295
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