I have some thoughtt that I jotted down as we are in the process of also building or Cynthia style home on the island of Aruba.
Building in Aruba
1ST let me thank my wife of 32 years for letting me pursue my dream.
2nd I must give thanks to Cheryl and her good friend Kathy for a lot of good useful information and time and patience with me.
The contractor that we selected has made the process pretty easy and we have had our moments but I feel we have had more good times then bad.
As the owner of B Homes told me when we purchased the land and I asked the usual question how long does it take to build a house here. He said you see that little house there or that big house either way plan on a year. Patience is a must don't listen to time lines just follow construction as much as you can.
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I hope this information helps as you make your decision.
Let me try to put this story in some sort of order. My wife and I purchased a piece of property land approx 2 years ago and am now in the middle of construction of our home.
There are a lot of issues that pop up before and during construction that 1 must be aware of.
I will only tell of what we did and it may or may not work for you.
After you decide on the style of home you want to build sit down and look around your own home
and look at your design. Please make sure that certain item make it to your drawings. What you say! Thinks are different in Aruba.
Create your own spec sheet to send out with your bid. Let the contractors know they are competing
interview your builders and talk to others that have used them. people will tell you the way it is.
1 Type of windows. Aluminum, the nice cedar ones or Vinyl I think they are called UVPVC. Some of the larger contractors use Bista Bonita aluminum windows Single pane with either a colonial or Britteny style grilles. I highly suggest if you go with these windows to go in and speak to Fritz or the owner Louris Hagen. You will find that there are other glass options available to you Such as Lo E and even Casement windows made out of Aluminum.
Cedar Windows look very nice and do add a ertain amount of charm to your home. However cedar also requires maintenance and the screens in many instances have to be removed to open the windows
2 Hot water at what faucets do you want it make sure it is on the print the locations you want hot water.
3 How are you going to heat the hot water by a conventional gas tank hot water heater or an on demand hot water heater.
4 Location of electrical outlets and switches how many were heights of outlets and switches.
5 phone and cable jacks.
6 heights of outside spot lights
7 are you going to mount your Airco outside high or close to the ground. There are switches that need to be installed outside before the stucco is applied.
8 placement of tiles on the floors do you want a diamond pattern in one room or another.
You have to ask a lot of questions do not assume any thing.
If the contractor tells you this is the way in Aruba ask is it that way in Aruba or is it your way. You may find you can have it your way.
9 ask what type of roof tiles they are using or that a side trip to Kooymans and go out the back door and look at the many styles available to you. If you want a particular style specify what it is you want before going to bid.
10 interior doors what style do you want ask what is included or specify again before going to bid
11 colors of paint if you want each room a different color specify you do not have to tell what color you want just that each room will be different.
12 Plumbing a simple thing like a toilet in Aruba has to be given consideration.
Remember H2O is quite expensive my calculation has it at aprox. 2 and a half US cents per gallon.
So water saver toilets and shower heads are a must.
Septic system I suggest an extra holding tank for the sinks and showers in the Bath rooms. This water can then be used to water your gardens. I also gave my contractor a drain to install in the top of this holding tank to catch rain water.
13 If you are going to have a washer and dryer you may want to have a little room on the outside of your house for these appliances and make sure the room locks.
Also in your contract identify who is paying for construction power. Electric is quite expensive and it goes at the whim of Elmar and the price of oil. It cost again approx. .45 florin cents per KWH.
If you are paying for this and you are 2-3000 miles away you may find you are paying for electric the carpenter is using to build you neighbors house. Or your carpenter may trade a day's use for a bag of cement. They are all connected and it is just the way it is. However you may want this is your name and just deduct it from the final payment. It may make it easier in the end when you need the power in your home.
More to come
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