EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
THE DO'S & DON'TS
LUXURY CUSTOM PREFAB HOMES COSTS VS.
BUILDING YOUR HOME ON A CARIBBEAN
USING LOCAL BUILDING CONTRACTORS
PREFAB HOMES VS. LOCAL CONSTRUCTION METHODS | CARIBBEAN ISLANDS INFORMATIVE ARTICLE
MAIN TOP 10 ADDED BENEFITS
USING OUR ECO GREEN PREFAB BUILDING SYSTEMS
PREFAB HURRICANE AND EARTHQUAKE SYSTEMS ARE THE STRONGEST MADE WITH H-GALV SOLID STEEL FRAME AND CONCRETE FIBER FOAMED CEMENT INSULATED PANELS
1.../ FASTEST CONSTRUCTION TIME: MOST ACCURATE FAST ASSEMBLY TIME IN THE ENTIRE BUILDING INDUSTRY WITH OUR PATENTED PREFAB BUILDING SYSTEMS.
2.../ COST EFFICIENCY OF PREFAB, ON TIME | ON BUDGET: MOST EFFICIENT COSTS DUE TO HUGE TIME SAVINGS OF ONSITE ASSEMBLY | NO COSTLY WEATHER OR LONG YEAR LABOR COSTS OR MATERIAL DELIVERY DELAYS OR EVEN STOLEN MATERIALS OFF THE JOB-SITE.
3.../ ADDED STRENGTH PREFAB WALLS | FLOORS | CEILINGS: ALL ARE INJECTED WITH INDUSTRIAL STRUCTURAL INSULATING FOAMED CONCRETE BONDED WITH GALVANIZED STEEL FRAME AND CONCRETE FIBER BOARDS: WHICH WILL COMPETE AGAINST FORCES OF A HURRICANE CAT 5 LIKE NO OTHER MODERN BUILDING SYSTEM.
4.../TERMITES AND INSECTS: ENTIRE PREFAB STRUCTURE AGAINST INSECTS: THAT KEEPS YOUR HOME DRY AND FREE OF TERMITES | ANTS | VERMIN | SINCE ALL CAVITIES ARE ENTIRELY INJECTION FOAM CONCRETE FILLED AT FACTORY. NO OPEN VOID SPACES WITHIN BUILDING WALLS | FLOORS AND CEILINGS.
5.../#1 INDUSTRIAL FIRE RATING: YOU CAN USE A PROPANE BLOW TORCH ON OUR ENTIRE PREFAB STRUCTURE EVEN AT 700 DEGREES CELSIUS AT ANY DIRECT POINT FOR HOURS WITHOUT EVEN BEING ABLE TO START A HOUSE FIRE GUARANTEED. AND YES WE HAVE VIDEOS TO PROVE IT.
ALL PREFAB STRUCTURES HAVE A MINIMUM 2 HOURS MIN. FIRE RATING ON BOTH EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR PREFAB WALLS | FLOORS | CEILINGS.
6.../ HURRICANE TYPHOON WINDS | WITHSTANDS 200 + MPH WINDS WITH OUR PATENTED UNIQUE GALVANIZED SOLID STEEL FRAME AND SANDWICH STRUCTURAL CONCRETE FIBER PANELS FOR ALL OUR PREFAB SYSTEMS.
7.../ EARTHQUAKES: ALL OUR PREFAB BUILDING SYSTEMS ARE APPROVED AND RATED FOR UP TO RICHTER SCALE 9 EARTHQUAKES.
8.../ HEATING AND COOLING: 3 TIMES HIGHER ENERGY SAVINGS OFCONVENTIONAL CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES AND IS SPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR LOW MAINTENANCE UNDER HARSH SUN OR TROPICAL WET WEATHER CONDITIONS KEEPING YOU HOME COOL IN THE SUMMER AND WARM IN THE WINTER AND MOST IMPORTANTLY DRY ALL YEAR ROUND.
9.../ NOISE INSULATION: PREFAB CONCRETE INDUSTRIAL FOAMED INSULATED OFFERS THE BEST NOISE DAMPENING VALUE IN THE ENTIRE BUILDING INDUSTRY.
10.../ INTERNATIONAL HOMEOWNER WARRANTY: WE OFFER STANDARD 10 YEARS WITH OPTIONAL UPGRADED 20 AND 30 YEAR PREFAB WARRANTIES THE VERY BEST IN THE ENTIRE BUILDING INDUSTRY. THE BEST PART IS YOUR ANNUAL FIRE AND HURRICANE INSURANCE POLICY COSTS ARE ALSO REDUCED AS A ADDED BENEFIT.
YES OF COURSE THERE ARE MANY MORE BENEFITS BUT THESE ARE THE MAIN ONES
MODERN PREFAB BUILDING TECHNOLOGY FAST SIMPLE INSTALLATION | LOW COST AND VERY ENERGY EFFICIENT
ALL OUR SYSTEMS ARE SPECIALLY ENGINEERED FOR THE MOST EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS ON EARTH AGAINST | TERMITE ROT | FUNGUS MILDEW | SPORES DAMPNESS | WATER LEAKS | RUSTING | 200+ MPH HURRICANE WINDS
9 RICHTER SCALE EARTHQUAKES
IF SAFETY AND COMFORT OF YOUR FAMILY AND INVESTMENT IS PRIORITY #1
THEN OUR PREFAB CUSTOM BUILT SYSTEMS ARE THE LOGICAL COST EFFECTIVE AND TIME-SAVING BUILDING CHOICE.
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Before we begin let us introduce you to
ConstantinebyDesign and our services we provide.
A LEADING ECO GREEN COMPANY
FOR THE ENTIRE BUILDING INDUSTRY.
WE ARE PART OF A NEW MOVEMENT
TO REDUCE GLOBAL ENERGY USES AND COSTS INCORPORATING NATURAL ECO-GREEN CLIMATE ENERGY
USING THE MOST ADVANCED BUILDING
ENERGY CONSERVING TECHNIQUES.
DEVELOPMENT DESIGN CONSULTANT SPECIALISTS
FOR MOSTLY PRIVATE OFF-GRID ISLANDS | ECO GREEN DESIGN | GEOTHERMAL |
INCORPORATING SOLAR |
WIND TURBINE | OCEAN WAVE ENERGY | D - SAL AND HYDRO PLANTS USING ONLY SUSTAINABLE RENEWABLE ENERGY | BIO WASTE DISPOSAL SYSTEMS
TESLA POWER-WALL AND WIRELESS ELECTRIC CHARGING PARKING GARAGES AUTOMATIC RECOVERY SYSTEMS
ConstantinebyDesign is a very different Architectural | Design | Supply Company. Specializing in full turnkey services: including Design | Product Supply and Luxury Custom Prefab homes and Commercial building construction in the Caribbean with complete full 10 to 30 Years Installation Warranties.
We specialize in Prefab Homes | design | Hurricane building materials and construction. The Prefab process provides better quality control of materials used | with complete turnkey services that save you time and money. We accomplish this by reducing Project Management and labor costs | supplying wholesale building material pricing and providing the shortest possible complete turnaround times for the entire construction of your new home to be completed.
ConstantinebyDesign supplies its clients with only top quality products at wholesale prices. Making them available to almost everyone that is serious about their home's safety and quality of living. ConstantinebyDesign also focuses on creating the very best affordable selections and design choices for your personal lifestyle.
We believe the money you earn should go into your project with the best return of your investment. The same way we would build our own home. We look for the best methods and hurricane engineered products with the fairest pricing, buying from only quality manufactures & product suppliers. This is why we can offer a wide variety of products and PREFAB Hurricane Building systems solutions that can most certainly meet the requirements of almost all clients and their budgets.
ConstantinebyDesign PREFAB Homes are On-time | On Budget, so you can enjoy your home and investment faster and spent it where it really counts which is in the quality finishes of your new home.
CONSTRUCT YOUR ENTIRE HOUSE IN A MATTER OF
6 to 8 MONTHS
CONTACT US FIRST AND SAVE MONEY AND TIME
100 % - GUARANTEED.
ConstantinebyDesign Hurricane Engineered Prefab Homes are built using top quality products from around the World, finished from only manufactures that we trust, and have an excellent track record with customer services and warranty.
All products are engineered to work for the specific environment and are designed to last the length of time. This is why we offer our customers a 10 | 20 | 30 Years, an International PREFAB Home Warranty.
ConstantinebyDesign PREFAB builds philosophy is simple, to construct much higher quality homes and supply superior products for the same amount of money that you would have spent using conventional local building methods and products.
We are not here to build cheap quality houses even though we do supply PREFAB Homes for low-income housing projects as well. We are here to build top quality luxury custom homes that will grow in value with the local real estate market at 10 percent every year so your investment is sound and your selected design and products are the very best engineered for your environment that money can buy at direct wholesale pricing.
There is no reason to buy an old house when you can afford a brand new Luxury custom PREFAB designed home, made just for you, your family, and your real estate market.
So know you know what we provide for services. So let’s have a more detailed look at Construction building costs in the Caribbean.
Please note: Before we even start these are general approximate costs and comparisons to build new homes that will provide an excellent guide for new home buyers, purchasing land in the Caribbean Islands. The exact costs will greatly depend on home design | material finishes selections and the type of land built on. So best, we recommend contacting us or one of our local dealers directly with your requests to discuss your project in greater detail.
DESIGNING | SELLING AND SUPPLYING HURRICANE IRMA AND MARIA
RELIEF VICTIMS IN THE CARIBBEAN
200MPH+ HURRICANE - EARTHQUAKE RATED
ENGINEERED HOMES START AT $175 USD P/SQFT.
per square foot price
HOT DIPPED GALVANIZED | SOLID, I - BEAM STEEL FRAME
STRUCTURAL CONSTRUCTION FIBER CEMENT PANELS WITH INSULATED FOAMED CEMENT ARE REQUIRED FOR ENTIRE
FOR HOUSE SHELL ONLY
that is the Roof, exterior, and interior walls with
plumbing and electrical pipes inside walls.
naturally, every home or project design has
different costs and the final price can only be determined
once the Architectural Drawings have been completed
and submitted to our suppliers and factories
to quote on.
AVERAGE BUILDING STRUCTURE
1500 SQFT. IS ERECTED IN ONLY 10 DAYS.
POST-H-GALV. STEEL REINFORCED LIGHTWEIGHT CONCRETE PANEL STRUCTURE WITH FOAM INSULATED CONCRETE FIBERBOARD EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR FOR FLOORS, WALLS, AND ROOF PANELS. ALL ELECTRICAL CONDUITS AND PLUMBING PIPES RUNS ARE ALREADY INSTALLED IN WALLS - BUT NOT CAN NOT BE HARDWIRED OR CONNECTED FOR BUILDING CODE AND TRANSPORT REQUIREMENTS.
N.I.C = NOT INCLUDED
BUILDING PERMITS | EXCAVATION | CONCRETE FOUNDATION | FORMS AND / OR CONCRETE FOOTINGS | WATER CISTERN | SEWAGE TANK | HURRICANE WINDOWS AND DOORS | INTERIOR DOORS | KITCHENS, AND CABINETRY | FLOORING | TILING | PAINTING BUILDING | ROOF SHINGLES OR METAL PANELING OR MEMBRANE | INTERIOR FIXTURES | APPLIANCES AND FINISHES | SHIPPING LOCAL TAXES | DUTIES, AND INSTALLATION COSTS ALL ELECTRICAL OUTLETS AND HARD WIRING AND PLUMBING FIXTURE HOOKUPS N.I.C, WHICH NEED TO BE PRICED OUT AND SELECTED SEPARATELY BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY MATERIAL AND COSTS OPTIONS AND WILL DEPEND ON THE LEVEL YOU SELECT.
WE CAN HOWEVER SUPPLY N.I.C ITEMS AS AN OPTION IN OUR DESIGN | SUPPLY AND COMPLETE TURN-KEY V.I.P BUILD PACKAGE.
OPTION B. YOU CAN MOST CERTAINLY DO THE FINISHING OF YOUR HOUSE BY YOURSELF
OR BY USING YOUR LOCAL TRADE CONTRACTORS.
WE PROVIDE ENDLESS BUILD AND DESIGN OPTIONS THAT BEST SUITS YOU AND YOUR BUDGET COST AND TIME FRAMES.
WE EXCEED ALL LOCAL ISLAND BUILDING CODES WORLDWIDE AND FULLY COMPLY WITH ALL BOTH NORTH AMERICAN AND SOUTH AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN STANDARDS
So let’s begin from the starting point of your new home or project.
Land Purchasing: Cost differences of the construction build-out
First of all, the biggest cost will depend on the type of land selected, meaning the type of terrain and topography whether it is waterfront or mountain slope that is steep or flat, rocky or sandy, marshland, or dry soil. They all have many variables in the homes site preparation costs that vary immensely and you should take this very seriously into consideration before purchasing any type of land.
Main points to consider:
Is there proper: Road Access | city water connections | city utility power | septic | or all needed connections from main island road services that are so important otherwise you will pay that to create your own off the grid workable system | quality work labor force available in the area | local on island building machinery is it available or needs to be barged in | local island taxes | import duties | land transaction costs to state a few?
Please contact your local real estate agent to help you with all these very important required information and especially contact us before you buy any land so we can help you directly, as well to help save you money.
Rule number #1 for any real estate transaction the most important is Location, Location, Location, cannot stress this enough. If your property is very costly and difficult to get to, it will not rent as easily, as an easily accessible property. Please only buy waterfront or Mountain ocean panoramic view properties. These types are the only ones that rent well. (these are 99 % of rentals) that are always rented out, that are making at least $5000 to $15 000 USD per month rental income because the house sits on a beautiful waterfront, white sandy beach with direct water access, and a view that looks like a million dollars.
But do not rule out Mountain views, with the stunning panoramic sun, open spans of aqua blue ocean views that extend from morning to evening with cool breezes and lush green tropical surroundings. You must always consider in the Caribbean the sun rises in the East and sets in the West, so for buyers and renters, their first choice is always the West ocean view or West oceanfront properties for sunsets and white sandy beach access, preferably directly in front of your home or rental property.
This is the best advice from all the years we have built developments and custom homes all over the world, especially in the Caribbean. People always want waterfront beachside no matter what, this is their first choice and these properties rent the quickest especially during the holiday seasons of Christmas | New Year’s | Spring break | Easter Holidays, and Thanks Giving peak season vacation times…
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THIS RESIDENTIAL PREFAB HOME WAS COMPLETED IN 2 MONTHS
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PREFAB HOMES CREATE ABSOLUTE ELEGANCE WITH OUR MODERN OPEN DESIGNS
PREFAB HOMES ABSOLUTE ELEGANCE WITH OUR TOP QUALITY FURNISHING AND FINISHES
HURRICANE ENGINEERED PREFAB HOMES
WITH SIMPLE 2 WEEKS TO BUILD TO THIS POINT
WE ALSO CAN OFFER
THE COMPLETE TURNKEY BUILD OUT OF THIS BRAND NEW PREFAB HOUSE 1500 SQ.FT WITH ALL FINISHES, MATERIALS, AND INSTALLATION INCLUDED AS PER CUSTOMER SELECTIONS.
2 BEDROOM | 2 FULL BATHS | 1 GUEST BATHROOM
VERY OPEN DESIGN CONCEPT
COMES WITH OUR STANDARD
10 YEARS WARRANTY
PRICES AND COSTS WILL VARY DEPENDING ON DESIGN AND MATERIALS FINISHES YOU SELECT BUT THE HURRICANE PREFAB ENTIRE SHELL STRUCTURE STILL STARTS AT $175 USD P/Sq.Ft.
THIS CAN BE YOUR DREAM HOME OR ANY DESIGN YOU WANT FOR LESS COSTS AND BETTER CONSTRUCTION QUALITY
PREFAB HOMES CREATE DOUBLE YOUR PROFITS WITH HALF THE TIME TO BUILD AND YOU GET WAY HIGHER QUALITY FOR YOUR MONEY
Rule number #2 Uniqueness of your House and property Design. Don’t think for one minute if your home is the same as everybody else’s around the island that yours will get higher rental income or a better price in selling. The truth is today people want different, new more open concepts, modern design and these homes are still rare in the Caribbean real estate market, so they sell very quickly. Think of it this way, if there are 100 new cars of the same style and only 1 car that is totally different, new and modern on the island which one do you think will sell first and get the most money for it. If you guessed the new modern one then you guessed correctly. We are going by what most of our customers, real estate’s agents are saying. They want new home construction offering modern open living that rents better and much higher both in downward and upward trend vacation destination selling markets.
Now the final decision comes right down to design, price and quality of construction of your home. Otherwise, when it comes to selling your house the costs to renovate your house from the new buyer will be deducted from your suggested selling price. This is done to meet their needs for new updated design and quality finishes. So you might as well do it right the first time. The main idea is to get people super interested in your new home to rent it or purchase it. So better to design it with a new modern look for the up market. Clients typically only design around their needs, but you also need to think of the average buyers’ needs because all houses will sell at one point and you want to maximize your sell ability and rental ability to create larger profits, so you can also get a excellent return on your investment.
Rule number #3 Return of investment, AirBnB and rental potential, preferred properties have good access to local shops, bars | restaurants and Grocery stores | Local amenities | simple easy access to the Airport and connection flights to all major US and European Airports. I can tell you living in the Caribbean is wonderful, but living on at least 50 percent of the islands over the last 20 years and visiting almost 85 percent of them, one thing to really consider is easy access by airplane | ferry boat or water taxi, because if you need to fly into a island and then wait for your next flight to continue to connect to another island the costs and delays are high and especially if you are travelling with your entire family. I know flying to Europe and the U.S. is a full day now and it can be the same to all the islands. So this is why you need to really think and plan this all out. Are you going to fly in for a weekend or a week or are you living there for 3 months or full time year around. From a renters perspective the faster, easier to get to the final destination, is more time they can enjoy their holidays, instead of waiting several hours for connecting flights to local island. Which by the way, can be easily missed and are generally only twice a day. Once in early morning and once in the late afternoon. However, Connecting flights on the islands are getting much better, offering several connection flight schedule services throughout the island chains now, but still varies from island to island and most importantly can be very, expensive at $170 to $250 usd one way trip per person and private charters for $2300 to $2500 usd with a small prop aircraft. So do your research and make sure you have all the facts well thought out especially if your renting out your new home to help pay off the mortgage that will add to your monthly living income with your rental property investment. Lots of people will not come back if it is hard to get to and expensive to reach your rental property.
Buying your very own property on an Island is a wonder experience and provides the freedoms and liberties of living in paradise at a much slower pace of stress free, healthy living. Picking your own fruits from the trees, fishing of your own dock off your beach or taking a quick boat ride to a secluded Cay and see nobody all day, or swimming and sunbathing with not a care in the whole world makes it all the worthwhile.
But, do not expect all things to work like back home, the same way. It simply, is not what Island life is about. It is about taking things back to basics, living a stress free life in an environment that fills your day with sunshine, warm winters, sea breezes, great island friends and great local, low key places to hang out and to meet new people and friends from all walks of life, from around the World.
This is your chance for you and your family to make your own little piece of paradise and live a truly stress free way of life. Every day for the rest of your day’s think about it, not a bad way of life, I must say and it is truly worth it, yes it is 100 percent worth it, living on a paradise island. We think you should have the most professional | stress free | shortest turn around building time of your new home so you can start enjoying your PREFAB designed home within 6 to 8 months time.
HOT GALVANIZED - SOLID STEEL REINFORCED CONCRETE CUSTOM SIZED PREFAB PANELS
WITH FOAM INSULATED INTERIORS IN ALL FIBER CONCRETE WALLS, FLOORS CEILING PANELS
FAST SIMPLE | ROCK SOLID HURRICANE PROTECTION |
LOW COST | PRECISE | PREFAB CUSTOM | SIMPLE INSTALLATION BOTH BY HOMEOWNER OR BY CONTRACTOR
FASTEST AND MOST ACCURATE - EFFICIENT PREFABRICATED HOME SYSTEM OUT IN THE MARKET TODAY.
THE FACTS: The Comparisons | Do’s and Don’ts
COSTS OF CONSTRUCTION AND LAND PRICES:
The cost of construction throughout the Bahamas and Caribbean Islands is about the same using our PREFAB Homes, but with using conventional building construction methods the costs vary from island to island. The skill level of labor available directly influences the costs and the materials local contractors have to select from will certainly make a huge difference in the quality and engineering used for your home.
ConstantinebyDesign, designs, and supplies a variety of PREFAB Building systems solutions that are best suited and specially engineered over years of experience so we can meet the most challenging environmental and design demands with almost all clients’ budgets in mind. This is especially effective and is the best option for difficult limited island access locations and other remote areas around the World.
Land prices vary greatly from Island to Island with the easiest access islands in the Caribbean being the Bahamas. The most cost-effective ones to build are on EXUMA and ELEUTHERA.
These two beautiful islands are probably the best and lowest land prices in the Caribbean at the moment and best of all, have all local utilities, city water, and amenities that you could ever need. Of course, the Exumas have also some of the most beautiful white-sand beaches and calm turquoise waters in the World.
Many private islands in the EXUMA chain have extra access costs and without your own plane or boat have very little amenities to offer tourists or vacationers throughout these island chains. The Exumas consist of many private little islands, many for sale, and are the vacation homes of many famous people.
In regards to construction just as importantly local building contractors and equipment available are very scarce and would not be able to build cost-effectively either. I mention the Exumas because so many clients ask our opinion of them. If you have a strict budget and want to build anyways, well PREFAB construction will save you a good amount of money on complete turnkey building. Especially for totally remote islands with very little infrastructure to be had and very little local trades, supply stores, if none at all.
Most building materials are ordered and brought into all the Caribbean Islands by Tropical Shipping since they have the monopoly share and coverage of the entire Caribbean.
Some other Islands to consider right now for easy access and great deals still to be had are
ST. CROIX U.S.V.I have daily flights from the continental U.S. and Europe.
Beautiful 1 acre lots waterfront, beachfront lot: half-acre properties starting as low as $65,000 US Dollars to $159,000 US for 1 acre beachfront with an ability to build your very own private boat dock. That is some of the best prices to be had in the Caribbean for English speaking, using safe British law or the US law system for the islands. We recommend these islands as developers first and foremost as they are showing the most promise and safest returns on land and property investments.
Before you buy anything consider this when buying because you know your land is only as good as what has been shown to you but there are so many other factors to consider which again we will happily and free of charge walk you through all the proper steps of purchasing a perfect piece of land that is safe and won’t have any problems for building cost-effectively when you are ready to start your project. Next, a very important point is to purchase land that is sold through a reputable Real estate company that has shown you and will guaranty land freehold titles on the property you have selected. Do not go by a local saying, oh! yes, it’s my family's land and I can sell it to you. This happens so many times and You will lose your deposit because it really is not owned by that person's family or it has so many local families involved that have interests claiming it as their families' land too.
Now of course lets look at the French and Spanish territories islands, bin there done that, but they come with so many other issues, the French with their super high property taxes and the Spanish islands with the most corrupt governments policies and taxes local corruption. We will not recommend you this especially because of their legal systems. It can really end up costing you a huge amount of stress and money that does not even protect your property investment.
The Caribbean Islands are truly beautiful no matter where you buy and build we are just saying from our experience as developers we want to advise you on better safer options and pay off and make you a lot of money.
Please ask us first before you purchase any land or buy on a Caribbean Island so we can help list you the truthful unbiased pros and cons of that land and Island. We want you to be successful that is what Caribbean Life is truly about and it will save you a lot of stress and headaches and you will love what we can do for you.
COMMON MISTAKES WITH BUILDING IN THE CARIBBEAN:
The most common mistakes that Expats or foreigners think, is that building costs should be the same costs like back home, but this is truly not the case and you need to keep in mind there are so many variables that need to still be considered. These extras costs will also need to be calculated and factored in when building any style of home throughout the Caribbean islands.
Example of our Typical Details -
Architectural Floor Plans...
So let’s walk through some of the most important points, together.
1./ Building on an Island does not have the same resources and qualified construction trades readily available at a moment’s notice like back home. All products need to be container shipped in from the Continents. So shipping in materials and specialized trades are the first important point of building on the islands because almost everything is shipped in which is subject to shipping charges, duties, and port fees.
2…/ What's the step first you ask? after purchasing land to start building? You will need to hire an Architect, an Engineer, a Land Surveyor, and find reputable and trustworthy local contractors for all construction projects. Either way, no matter, if you select PREFAB Homes or Local Island, built, even if you are intending to build you home by yourself this is required.
2.A./ Using Local Island Professionals things still need to be worked out all ahead and it will end up costing you a lot more for less quality at the end because you are buying from local supply stores and General or local contractors that have their markup already added into all materials for the build price.
3…/ The entire and complete build-out process of your project will be much faster with PREFAB Homes opposed to using traditional local builders. A minimum of half the time normally required is by using our prefab system. This will be your most valuable asset for you using any of our PREFAB systems over conventional local building construction. This is because the quality of materials selected and used are specified from the beginning and bought at factory direct wholesale prices. Then your PREFAB Home is efficiently constructed in the factory with certified-trained technicians to meet the exact quality of design and finishes desired by you for your home or project.
This service is simply not available on the islands with all your materials being exposed to the elements of the rain, sea salt, and sun using conventional island construction methods. Half of your products already have damages to them even before they have been installed. This is do to the local job sites' limited storage space. The local island-building construction process simply cannot compete in quality control and the huge wholesale buying power of factories. This is because local contractors are all buying already local imported building materials that have the taxes, shipping, duties, and retail mark ups included on those building products already.
When local island contractors are purchasing from the local island-building stores or yards they are paying imported retail prices for the lumber, concrete, and on the limited selection of finishing products available in the island supply stores. Then naturally they need to mark up your required products for your project again to cover their needed overhead costs and business profits.
This normal standard way of doing business is simply not cost-effective, nor is it providing you the best product options. Yes of course PREFAB Homes have to pay local taxes and duties as well but are generally half of those buying from an Island Building Store.
If you live on the island year-round and you are working on a job you simply will drive down to the local island-building store and buy what you need and take what you can find or select from what the local building store or supply yard has to offer. Local contractors do not want to think about shipping and delivery; it is too much time loss, so they work with what’s best and easiest to work directly with the local Retail Building store.
4…/ Let’s look at the basic construction cost values to provide you a better idea between PREFAB Constructed Homes and Local Island, Built Homes:
Ultimately the price difference will be in the endless variety of selections and quality of the overall design and building products used from start to finish during the construction of your home.
You select the materials, not the builder, with our Luxury Custom PREFAB Homes.
Cost comparisons using Both a PREFAB Home or local island built Home of 1000 sq.ft. or 93 sqm. can cost as low as
$150,000 USD for basic built. Non - Hurricane, Typhoon Rated Built structure
to $375,000 USD for something that is middle of the line. Which is the starting price minimum starting price range we offer our customers.
To $540,000 USD for higher-end.
and for super high-end homes it just goes up from there well over into the millions.
The time required to construct your home from start to finish will also vary because PREFAB offers endless options with different prefabricated building styles and quality of building materials to suit your tastes and budget.
Most importantly to you will have a much faster turnaround on delivery times and the endless selections of top quality Hurricane Systems to select from that are simply not available throughout the Caribbean nor are our Hurricane and Earthquake Engineered Prefab Homes through almost all Islands, local building contractors.
Local building contractors will build generally using local island methods that have been passed down through family generations. This we can guaranty 100 %, homes built by Local Island professionals take way longer to build, and by using local building suppliers materials they simply cannot match our PREFAB Home quality, safety and finishes.
This is why ConstantinebyDesign offers full complete custom turnkey solutions with in-house Architecture and Interior Design services, wholesale purchasing of special Hurricane engineered products, and Hurricane and Earthquake Engineered PREFAB Homes.
This complete service Includes managing and ordering of all interior finishes installation and quality control, custom-designed and supplied by our experienced professional staff and manufacture suppliers using only certified factory trained technicians and trustworthy professional installers.
Example of our Typical Construction Details -
Architectural Prefab Concrete Floating Piles... the very best and safest solution for elevating your home above ground. ConstantinebyDesign Copyrighted 2020.
TYPE A: BASIC LOW COST HOUSING WOOD CONSTRUCTION COST - PREFAB OR USING A LOCAL ISLAND BUILDER.
Costs can be as low as $80 USD per square foot for low cost, wooden housing, non insulated walls with a non insulated sheet metal roof and with wood frame construction set on posts and concrete pad footings. Windows typical are louver glass windows or Bahamian wood shutters if you decide to build it yourself with additional no labor costs.
You also could use prefab wood trusses with plywood roofing and asphalt shingles like typically used in the USA. For around $90 to $100 US. Per square foot price. But these types of typical construction are not fire rated, hurricane rated, moisture and rot proof, and will not stand up to the new super mega hurricanes that are 200MPH+ sustained winds.
TYPE B: MODEST CONCRETE HOME USING 6 TO 8 INCH WALLS- CONSTRUCTION COST- FOR PREFAB OR USING A LOCAL ISLAND BUILDER.
A concrete block construction with prefab roof 2x4 wood trusses framing should cost between $133 to $150USD per square foot.
TYPE C: CONCRETE HOME CONSTRUCTION COST - USING A LOCAL ISLAND BUILDER.
An average basic home will cost around $250 to $325. But this is using commonly available, standard quality range of products. Please note that concrete homes in the Caribbean the cubic yard cost is generally twice the cost of the US or European concrete cubic yards for NOT good quality concrete. ( which is riddle with natural sea salt making the concrete very weak. Most local island concrete plants do not import the needed fresh water NON CONTAMINATED SAND for good quality required building construction, but rather are mixing in salt water contaminated sand which is why you see so many homes with huge rust marks running down the exterior walls or white cancer powder markings on the house walls both on the interior or exterior sides.
We know this trick is used by many concrete companies throughout the Caribbean islands from our experience over many years building down in the islands we have seen may buildings from other contractors who were so post to be the best built, but all failed or have lots of structural problems leaving the end customer holding the bag. You can literally use a nail to carve out the concrete walls which proves it is totally unsafe and structurally unsound. Especially during a earthquake or during a hurricane structural flaws could open up completely leaving catastrophic results of your home.
Look at Hurricane Irma and Maria and now Dorian causing over 95 Billion + USD last year in damages and it will cost now 4 times for every US dollar spent originally to rebuild the mess because everybody said they build properly using the best available materials with no problems ever.
What most Local Builders', Architects and Engineers fail to tell you is that their buildings are built using mostly locally sourced materials that they have only to select from.
Locally is not good quality just look at the average built home on the islands and see what they look like after a few years! Then when it comes to warranty what they don’t know or even care if you can even find them. Try having a called returned, when you have found problems. Expect to wait months and better to track them down at a local beach bar. But anyways when there is a real problem no one is there to be found and you are there holding the bag alone.
We at ConstantinebyDesign want to sleep at night and we want our clients to do the same with our PREFAB Homes and Hurricane Engineered Products, this is why we love what we do and so will you, by providing better designed Low maintenance, Low Energy consuming Hurricane engineered buildings and higher rated hurricane products that will look like new 10 years later 100% Guaranteed.
That is why we can offer our standard 10 years International Home Warranty for our Prefab Homes.
In Conclusion : Most of our Hurricane PREFAB Homes are built with a safe budget of around $200 to $325 USD P/ Sq.ft. price.
Middle to high class PREFAB Homes which are top quality homes better than average newly constructed homes with excellent quality finishes and products can cost between $275 to $450 US Dollars P/ Sq.ft.
For luxury, high end, Villas the cost can be well over $800 to $1000 USD per square foot and simply goes up from there, the sky is the limit depending on what type of products your designers and/or Architects select for interior and exterior finishes and furnishing.
So know you can see all price construction cost comparisons. The basic building costs of the Caribbean are much higher than practically all of United States, European countries and Canadian Provinces and are higher now especially after Hurricane Irma and Maria of 2017 due to higher prices of materials due to low supply and high demand… So the majority of homes in the Bahamas and throughout the Caribbean were made over 20 years ago and more and more out of concrete block, or poured concrete cause alarming concerns of the structural failure and internal rebar rusting causing huge foundation structural flaws. Remember, these homes go through some of the toughest storms, with constant wind and sand and salt blast all year long and like all things have a shorter life span due to these extreme climatic conditions.
This is why we specially designed and engineered our Hurricane PREFAB Homes made out of Fiber lightweight Insulated Concrete panels – with a solid Hot Galvanized H- steel frame for the entire building structure and main frame construction. These are the strongest and safest constructed homes out there in the market and building industry period and are built in a quality controlled factory environment that exceeds all local Island building codes at every level.
Only with ConstantinebyDesign: You can select many types of high quality products and Hurricane engineered systems and have them all delivered on time | Designed totally Custom to suit your building budget and have the peace and mind that all was properly engineered and quality control from the start to finish and built to completion using quality factory trained technicians that studied there trades for 4 years in accredited Building trade schools.
SUMMARY: - USING # PREFAB HOMES OR A # LOCAL ISLAND BUILDER.
What are the main differences between PREFAB costs and using a local island contractor?
1../ The cost is usually the same using both methods at the end. However using our PREFAB Homes you will save half the amount of time to build your #DreamHome, Receive 3 times the quality of materials and have the stress-free building experience due to our faster delivery time allowing you to move into your brand new hurricane engineered #DreamHome in 6 to 8 months from start to finish.
2…/ The Labor costs savings using PREFAB Homes over conventional building methods will be put back into your home product and material quality, not into Management and laborers' pockets that worked there for a year and a half building your home. The Same PREFAB Home comparatively will be completed with 6 to 8 Months.
3…/ PREFAB Materials used are not readily available on the islands so you will have the best materials for the best price selections of finishes that were quality controlled and assembled in a covered factory, by trained factory employees using the latest and newest engineering systems and CNC machinery.
4…/ Home Warranty PREFAB Homes come standard with 10 years with optional 20 and 30 year International Warranty programs and for most local builders it is 1 year only.
5…/ Shipping various types of materials in many different containers using local builders will cost way more. Selecting all-in-one turnkey packages with PREFAB Homes will have the minimum amount of shipping container costs needed to complete the project by using specially engineered high-quality materials that will reduce project delivery time and material cost.
6…/ Disposal of waste on the islands is very expensive and PREFAB Homes come to you finished so there is only the protective wrapping waist to dispose of, that’s it.
7…/ Electrical and Plumbing fittings and connections must be done as per the local building codes during construction with certified and approved local contractors anyways. But with PREFAB Homes we already include the running of all wiring pipes and plumbing piping in the walls so there are no damages, leaks, or breakages that can happen during construction due to labor error or missing or miscalculated materials.
8…/ Bottom line using the PREFAB process vs. Conventional Building process is not just about being able to build cheaper. It is about building faster, more efficient higher-quality homes or projects with less time and labor involved, putting the money back into the things that really matter to you, your home, and your investment. PREFAB is the safest, quickest most cost-efficient way to build in the Caribbean possible. PREFAB savings stay with your home in return supplying higher quality materials for less overall costs and time to construct. This is what saves on costs enormously. The cost of using local Contractors to build high-quality and finding quality trades locally will simply cost way more and take way longer to build and manage during the entire construction time of your home.
9../ If you are looking for the most cost-effective high-quality ways to build your home or project using the newest strongest Hurricane and Earthquake engineered materials without having to take the time to hire many different professionals like Architects, Engineers, General Contractors, Sub trades and more, then ConstantinebyDesign complete turnkey services with Hurricane PREFAB Homes are a perfect package solution for you and your home that guaranteed safe solid investment returns.
10../ Return on Investment: Brand new homes are worth a lot more than old used homes, in the Caribbean. Your investment to purchase land and the cost to build your home will be worth at least one-third to double in the present local real-estate market if you follow the experts. Here is a perfect example of homes we have designed that were built on spec. with the land and PREFAB house construction costs of around $550,000USD to $800,000USD, that sold for $1,200,000 USD.and $1.900,000 USD.
So the bottom line that makes investment profits all worthwhile is to design original new top-quality Luxury PREFAB homes. You only need to go online and see what types of homes are available for these prices and see that the quality of most locally built constructed homes in that price range are just tear downs. As a matter of fact, the current market shows lots of 2.6 Million Dollar homes and up for island inventory for sale but $800,000 to $1.800,000 is very low in inventory and with a great quality built and designed project would sell extremely quickly on the right Caribbean Island.
You simply need to investigate the hot spots and the new upcoming trends. If you are serious about building speculative homes or Project developments and are interested to make a lot of money, the Caribbean is one of the hottest markets right now with so many new hotels being built at the moment like never seen in the past 30 years.
Contact us directly for more information and consult with our group so you will soon understand how developers and house speculators make amazing tax-free money every year in the Caribbean. One thing is for sure having your money sitting in your bank or at home will certainly not get you that type of investment return as with buying Caribbean Real Estate. The Rich and Upper middle classes always invest in real estate in the best climate hotspots. For the winter it is the Caribbean Islands and in the summer it is in the Mediterranean.
Thank you for taking the time to read this article. We hope it has inspired you and given you the needed knowledge to make a well-informed decision with building your next dream home in the beautiful Caribbean Islands or some other remote tropical paradise located in the World with better cost-efficient designs using PREFAB Hurricane Homes | Earthquake Engineered building Projects or by using High-quality local Island building Contractors.
We want you to succeed by having a professional honest non-stressful experience that will make you a lot of money and delivers on every one of your expectations fast and efficiently so you can enjoy the fruits of your new dream home as soon as possible.
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