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Advice on pre-fab building of small resort duplex villas

Posted by Gordon Rodland on January 1st, 2002 07:30 AM

I am retired and my wife will retire in next 5 years. Just beginning to plan on building a small resort on Crooked Island, Bahamas, on 6 acres of beautiful beach site and ridge overlooking Winding Bay. Initially, need to build a temporary construction site for lodging of labour, who will for the most part be imported from Nassau or Long Island. Temporary construction site to house labourers and contain dorimtory-type sleeping quarters with baths and kitchen facilities. This initial facility to later be converted either to storage facility, main clubhouse/office, our (private) home on site, and/or small staff house for permanent management staff (expat cook, maid - perfect for a couple). We plan on starting with perhaps 3 duplexes (6 suites) well spread out, each with private patios or decks overlooking sea, and within short walk of clubhouse/office. Latter to include main dining room, entertainment lounge with bar, library, TV, PC's with Internet, etc. Also, across main road, eventually a grocery store/gift shop for local residents as well as guests. Suites to include 1 and 2 bedrooms with bath, kitchenette, living room, and outdoor deck or patio. No TV or a/c in rooms, but ceiling fans for cooling. Casual, Caribbean design, colourful, comfortable but simple.

We intend to attract upscale tourists interested in eco-environment, bone fishing, deep sea fishing, bird watching and nature trails. Facilities to include all water sports, e.g., snorkeling, diving, boating. There is not much for guests to do, other than enjoy nature, peace and quiet, water sports, swimming, fishing, bicycling, walking, etc.

Need to consider pre-fab customized units in lieu of concrete block exteriors. Buildings design must be hurricane-resistant, and termite-treated paneling and/or termite-resistant materials.

Looking for ideas, specifically including advice on pre-fab vs. standard materials alternative building cost and suppliers of pre-fab designs. All materials to be imported/barged from US or Canada under duty free exemptions, thus shipping cost a major factor, suggesting purchasing all materials up front with one shipping.

Perhaps,you can point the way on how to start. Thanks.

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