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PROJECT ADVISORY

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INSURA N CE, EM P LOYM EN T, RECONSTRUCTI ON – W HAT YOU NEED TO KN OW

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LAST MONTH WAS UNEXPECTED to say the least… First, we ask your forgiveness for this issue’s tardiness; the events of September with the extremity of two severe weather aberrations have left a historical imprint that we did not envisage. Hurricanes Irma and Maria destroyed lives and the tragedy has been one of the most emotive events among the islands in years. Coming through this experience is the initiation of a road to recovery and restitution. We hope that all of you are starting to get back to some stability among the varying losses profoundly felt. We were deeply convicted over publishing this edition—our first ever special—specifically because the content we’d planned is now even more significant than ever before. We retitled this issue to the Reconstruction and Renovation Special, being more apt for our circumstances. You will find much of the material in this month’s magazine relevant to the rebuild effort we have to undertake. Packed with a wealth of knowledge from industry experts across the property market industry, we’re hoping this will offer insightful, inspiring, and impactful guidance. This issue is crucial granting best construction practices, hurricane learnings, and resources available to help in rebuilding the BVI to return stronger than ever. Being sensitive to the hurricane aftermath, we’ve changed the original content plan for this special edition. We’ve done our best to ensure the features are appropriate for our islands’ current circumstances and we will publish the remaining content at a later date. We would like to conclude by expressing our gratitude to our sponsors of this special issue. We’re grateful for your professional input in creating this month’s publication. In Association Sponsor

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Habitat Editor Debi is among the Caribbean’s most prominent interior designers, decorated with NCIDQ certification and heading one of the region’s most versatile full-service design firms.

Food Editor Kayleigh is the Coldwell Banker/BVI Villa Rental Property Manager and Villa Chef. She loves to work with fresh island produce and looks forward to sharing fun recipes with you in Delish.

Stephen Leslie France Stephen is freelance editor, working with VIPY for six years. He can be found at stephenlesliefrance.com

Paul is a Senior Associate at Harneys’ Private Client Department. He advises corporate and private clients as well as financial institutions on a range of commercial and residential property matters.

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VIRGIN ISLANDS PROPERTY & YACHT is usually published eleven times a year (February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November & December/January), however, due to Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the magazine will temporarily be published bi-monthly (January, March & May 2018) and reviewed thereafter, by aLookingGlass Limited, Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands. © Copyright 2017 by aLookingGlass Ltd. All pieces reproduced in this issue are under prior copyright by the creators or by the contractual arrangements with their clients. Nothing shown may be reproduced in any form without obtaining the permission of the creators and any other person or company who may have copyright ownership.

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When it’s time to redecorate

VP Bank’s expertise present all you need to know about financing your construction development

Getting to grips with the perfect design of each room in your property

THINGS WE LOVE

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FUNDING YOUR PROJECT

Progressing after the unexpected

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HURRICANES’ IMPACT

Multiple professionals weigh-in on what we need to contemplate in designing a property

HURRICANE IRMA

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DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS

Harneys offers stellar guidance with the recovery effort

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PROJECT ADVISORY

Understanding the key stages of construction for prudent development of your project

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RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION

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Hurricane Irma

Progressing from the unexpected WO R DS BY ST E P H E N L F R A N C E

P H OTO G R A P H Y BY A LO O K I N G G L A S S

IT WOULD BE FAIR TO SAY that at the beginning of this summer, the majority of us never expected two life-changing weather anomalies— Hurricanes Irma, and Maria—to impact our beautiful islands so definitively; Hurricane Irma being the most devastating to the Virgin Islands, and Hurricane Maria to our beloved neighbours in Puerto Rico. It’s difficult to know how to digest the magnitude of what has occurred; early September saw people lose loved ones, homes, businesses, and livelihoods across the Caribbean, forming a rare, regional catastrophe.

Nelson Mandela—a man renowned for the incredible adversity he faced—once said, “Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward.” However, it is without question that this is not going to be easy. At VIPY, and in our community, all we can do is try to keep moving forward, learning, progressing, developing, sometimes with two steps forward, and three steps back. But we must keep persevering with the goal of recovering to become stronger than we were before.

We intend to support BVI residents even more than ever, going forward with clear guidance on how to rebuild with best practices in construction, design, off-grid solutions, and prudent product choices. We will look at these subjects in-depth in our December issue. For now, the Virgin Islands community needs to pull together at this time and both the BVI Premier— the Honourable Dr D. Orlando Smith, OBE—and the Governor—His Excellency, Augustus Jaspert—had strong messages in their speeches regarding rebuilding our islands.

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LEFT Surprise and disbelief filled BVI residents in the aftermath of the storm

On September 25, 2017, live on ZBVI Radio, the Premier said, “This hurricane that hit us is the scale we have never seen before; it was a Category Five, and it was really devastating…just before that, we had intense flooding, again, such as we never had before in the BVI…global warming is definitely affecting us and we now have to look at where we are as a country and make the adjustments to suit the times in which we live.” The Territory of the BVI is in a period of recovery, attempting to take and apply as much wisdom from the situation as is possible. “We have to take lessons from what has happened, certainly with Irma and review our building codes,” said the Premier. “We have lost and received damage to about 70 percent of our buildings, and that now gives us an opportunity to build smarter and stronger.” There is a strong sense of unity in this overwhelming ordeal with clear goals to collaborate in the reconstruction effort. A press release from the Premier on September 27, 2017, added to the progressive direction. “Considering our long-term goals to rebound from this disaster, we have started to establish relationships to foster our rebuild,” said the Premier. “On Sunday along with Minister for Communications and Works, Hon. Mark Vanterpool and Governor Augustus Jaspert, I toured the Pockwood Pond power plant with the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development’s, Secretary, Priti Patel. The Department for International

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Development - DFID is the United Kingdom government department responsible for administering overseas aid. During the tour, Ms. Petal had an opportunity to see firsthand, the hard-working efforts of both our BVI Electricity Cooperation engineers and the UK’s Defense Force Royal Engineers to restore electricity to our islands. “Sunday, I received some good news that reminds us that we will rise again,” continued the Premier. “Our very own Tortola Pier Park was given the Port of the Year Award for the 2017 Sea Trade Awards. While to some this might seem simple, it

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is a reminder of our ingenuity and also comes as some encouragement that with persistence, hard work, and strength, we will one day soon return to prominence. Even as we go through this time, I have faith that God will continue to bless the Virgin Islands.” The Governor’s comments—also on September 27, 2017—projected to the community and the world a forward-thinking diligence that the islands will be taking. “Walking through Spanish Town, I was able to see marked improvements from my previous visit last week; the togetherness of

the community continues to shine through,” said the new Governor, who took up his appointment in August. “The Deputy Governor and I thanked the volunteers in the distribution centre, as well as the hard-working public officers for their efforts to date.” There is a clear acknowledgement of the obvious in residents’ minds —this recovery will be long, but the process is a daily motion that will see the Virgin Islands rebuilt stronger and greater than before. “I continue to be proud of the community spirit of togetherness that I see displayed daily,” concluded the Governor. “With all of our collective efforts, we will see the Virgin Islands bounce back even stronger than before…May you continue to be united as we work together to rebuild the Virgin Islands…And may God continue to bless us all in this Territory.” ■ #BVISTRONG

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The Impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria Crucial advice about the recovery effort W O R D S B Y PA U L M E L L O R , S E N I O R A S S O C I AT E — H A R N E Y S P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y B R O A D S W O R D C O M M U N I C AT I O N S A N D N A N N Y C AY R E S O R T & M A R I N A

HARNEYS WEATHERED THE passing of Hurricanes Irma and Maria and we are pleased to advise that our BVI office has now reopened with all teams and practice groups providing client service as before the storms. Our lawyers are physically on the ground, permitting quick and comprehensive response to client queries in our usual timely, commercial, and solution-oriented manner. Now that the immediate threat posed by the storms has passed, attention inevitably must turn to recovery and how best that recovery may be facilitated. We have set out below a summary of some of the pertinent issues.

Insurance Many business, property, and motor vehicle owners will have the benefit of a policy of insurance against which

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they may submit a claim for loss and damage incurred as a consequence of the storms. While the majority of claims should as a matter of course be processed without the need for legal assistance, our lawyers are available to assist with the claims process and to liaise with the local insurance companies, if required. Please ensure that any damage is properly recorded and items in respect of which a claim is to be made are not discarded. Be sure to read the policy carefully and be aware of any exclusions and time limits within which claims must be submitted.

Yachts The insurance issues summarised above are as relevant in the context of yachts as they are for other types of assets. Where existing yachts are

ABOVE This photograph is taken just 23 days after Hurricane Irma, demonstrating the huge progress that has been made by Nanny Cay Resort & Marina LEFT Yachts being recovered and restored in Nanny Cay

damaged beyond repair, many owners will be interested in acquiring new vessels for which there may be a requirement for assistance in relation to financing, ownership structuring, and registration. In the latter case, the Virgin Islands Shipping Registry is operational and is accepting new applications for registration.

Employment and Immigration Most businesses in the BVI will have been negatively impacted by the storms, at least on a short-term basis and may have a requirement for staff

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The recovery effort will require time and patience

to work flexibly until a sustained improvement in business prospects. For some businesses such as those involved in construction, haulage, and vehicle repair, this will no doubt be an exceptionally busy time with a corresponding requirement for additional staff. Such businesses should ensure that they make use of robust employment contracts and have a detailed understanding of those aspects of the Labour Code that are particularly relevant for staff working in such circumstances, including payment of overtime, rest periods, and limitations on hours of work. An understanding of the work permit application process will be essential where staff with specialist skills are required to assist with the recovery process and appropriate staff are not available locally. The Labour Department has announced that work permit applications for certain workers will be expedited, particularly those involved in the relief effort. In relation to existing work permit holders, the Government has announced that there will be a grace period of up to three months for the holders of work permits to regularise their immigration status following the expiry of their work permits. This will be of particular help to many of those work permit holders that are temporarily away from the BVI.

Property Reconstruction Many homes and other properties in the BVI sustained significant damage. A multitude of home and property owners will have repair and refurbishment of their properties at the forefront of their minds.

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Some property owners will consider this to be a good opportunity to remodel or extend their homes. Property owners that hold their properties pursuant to a NonBelongers Land Holding Licence are reminded to review their licence carefully before undertaking such work. It would be typical for such licences to be subject to a condition that any alterations to the property (which would result in the property no longer matching the description of the property in the licence) will require the prior consent of the Cabinet of the Virgin Islands.

Customs Duty Items that are imported into the BVI typically attract duty at a rate between 5% and 20% depending on the nature of the item in question. To facilitate the recovery effort, the Government has announced that Customs duty will be waived in relation to the importation of certain items from 3 October 2017 until 31 December 2017, including: – Food; – Generators; – Clothes and shoes; – Building materials; – Electrical and plumbing fixtures and materials; and – Household furniture and appliances.

Business Development Fund The Government has announced the establishment of a business development fund whereby businesses will be entitled to apply for loans to assist with their recovery efforts. We expect the Government to announce further details of this scheme shortly. We are hopeful that this initiative will enable many enterprises to recover and reopen for business.

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For more information on legal or practical matters arising from the impacts of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, including any of the matters identified above, please contact Sheila George, Johann Henry, or your usual Harneys contact.

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BCQS INTERNATIONAL ARE THE largest development consultancy in the Caribbean. Originally established in the Cayman Islands in 1969, the company opened its British Virgin Islands office in Road Town, Tortola in 1997 and recently celebrated ’20 years in the BVI’. The company is made up of highly skilled and professionally qualified practitioners, whom together offer the optimum balance of global experience and local knowledge. If seeking assistance with a residential construction or renovation project, they’re the onestop shop for all your requirements.

HOW CAN BCQS HELP A CLIENT WITH THEIR FINANCE OPTIONS FOR A CONSTRUCTION/ RENOVATION PROJECT? BCQS has a strong working relationship with all of the leading mainstream banks and can advise on the relative benefits of each with respect to interest rates, loan terms, loan to value ratios, and projected monthly payments. Once a bank is selected, BCQS will work with the bank in preparing a comprehensive valuation that will give an opinion of the undeveloped land value, the estimated cost to construct the residence, and the projected open market value of the land and residence upon completion. The valuation report will then be used as the basis for preparing bank drawdowns throughout the construction process to ensure interest payments on the interim construction financing are kept to a minimum.

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Firstly, they would advise on the actual site selection in terms of identifying the most appropriate site with respect to ‘fit for purpose.’ In other words, tackling questions like: does the aspect and orientation of the site optimise natural sunlight and the prevailing breeze? Will the view from the completed residence be clear and unobstructed? How will that view be affected if the surrounding properties are developed? Also, how will the elevation and gradient of the site impact on the construction cost? Finally, what are the infrastructure requirements of the site, in terms of providing vehicular access and main’s utilities? Secondly, BCQS would be able to give you an accurate valuation of the site’s market value to assist in making a realistic offer and negotiating the final purchase price.

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HOW COULD BCQS AID PROPERTY DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS? During the design process, BCQS’s main role is to ensure the design develops in line with the client’s budget. This involves the preparation of cost estimates/checks at each design milestone, which are usually established as conceptual design, design development, 50% complete construction documents, and 100% complete construction documents. If at any point during the design process a cost estimate/check highlights a deviation from the established budget, BCQS would host a value engineering workshop to work through a serious of suggested revisions to the design to put the project back on track with respect to overall budget compliance.

WHAT MAKES BCQS SPECIAL WHEN DEALING WITH THE CONSTRUCTION DETAILS OF A PROJECT? What BCQS bring to the table during

the construction phase of a project is risk mitigation and cost optimisation. Whether you choose to employ a general contractor or use BCQS as a construction manager, BCQS will manage the risk out of the project by identifying all potential risks at the outset of a project and proactively managing them out of the process as the construction proceeds. With respect to cost, either via competitive tendering or negotiation with preferred contractors and venders, BCQS’ in-depth knowledge of the local market will ensure you achieve value for money throughout the procurement of the construction works and subsequently for any variations or change orders that arise during construction.

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HOW DOES BCQS SPECIALISE IN RENOVATION PROJECTS? BCQS believe the key to any renovation project is the upfront surveys/site investigations. Spending a little more upfront on establishing the exact condition of

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ABOVE Oil Nut Bay, BVI the existing structure—building fabric and MEPF installation—will ultimately save a lot more money during the actual renovation work. BCQS always recommend a full survey be undertaken by a structural engineer and services consultant so that any potential surprises that could arise during the renovation process are taken off the table before the work commences. BCQS also advises using the renovation as an opportunity to upgrade the property to Dade County compliant or an equivalent enhanced building code, so that post-renovation, the property can withstand a major catastrophic event. These processes may lead to clients having to reduce renovation scope or increase budget, but it’s far better dealing with either option at the front end and not mid-renovation.

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WHERE DOES BCQS’ SPECIALISATION LIE IN DEALING WITH POOLS AND LANDSCAPING? With respect to pools, landscaping, and other site works’ components, BCQS have a huge amount of experience in dealing with the construction, design and cost control of large site work packages, given the amount of consultancy work we undertake in the resort hotel sector. We have a thorough understanding of the constructability and design of hard and soft landscaping installations, albeit on a much smaller scale in respect of the average single-family home.

WHAT CAN BCQS DO WITH REGARD TO PAINTING AND DECORATING OPTIONS FOR A CLIENT? With respect to painting and decorating options, again given the amount of

consultancy work we undertake in the resort hotel sector, we are familiar with all of the ‘in vogue’ or ‘state of the art’ finishing techniques and materials. As such, we know where to procure all of the latest materials and more importantly we know exactly how much they should cost.

WHEN DEALING WITH INTERIORS, WHY WOULD AN INDIVIDUAL CHOOSE BCQS TO AID THEIR OPERATION? Based upon our experience in the luxury resort sector, we are very familiar with all of the latest trends in interior design. We know what can be procured locally or what needs to be imported in terms of both speciality materials and skilled artisans and again most importantly, we know what the price points should be for such specialist interior work. ■

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Introduction In order to obtain financing for a construction or renovation project, the first step is to form a clearly defined architectural plan on the proposed construction development and/or renovation project. In order to create such detailed plans, you’ll have to engage with an architect, a project manager/quantity surveyor as well as a contractor. The architect will detail the plans on the basis of your requirements. Once this is completed, the contractor can provide an estimate on the proposed cost of the development. We recommend obtaining at least three independent quotations for comparing construction proposals. Once you have this information, you can sit down with the bank to discuss the financing requirements. It’s important to meet with your financing bank at an early stage so that you’re aware of all requirements. Once the project has started, stay within your intended project budget. It’s often tempting to change the designs and plans, however any changes to the original plans will incur additional costs. It’s therefore significant to have your plans as well as budget clearly defined at the start. This allows you to avoid either disappointment in development time or costs associated with your new home.

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There are in total six licensed banks in the British Virgin Islands. Not all banks offer the same options for financing. Some will have specific requirements whether related to financing of condominiums, construction financing versus the purchase of a home, owner occupied versus rental properties, and holiday home versus residential home. Therefore, it’s important to verify what kind of financing options the bank you desire to work with offers.

Some known banks actively involved in real estate construction financing are Banco Popular, FCIB, and VP Bank.

Application forms and documents for financing A typical review for construction financing will include the following: • A Personal Financial Statement (PFS) to be completed. This will include information on both personal income from employment or business, savings accounts, investments, properties owned, and other debt for either mortgages or credit facilities • The items listed in the PFS will require supporting documents for income, rental income, liquid asset and securities listed. This will typically include a confirmation of salary, a statement of bank account not older than three months, and a confirmation on other loans and debt. If you are a business owner, the bank will usually request confirmation on assigned salary/shareholding/ dividends payable, or bonus eligibility for the business • A ‘Short Vitae’ or CV with the background of the borrower to understand their background and business activities • If the financing request is for a construction loan, the bank will require an appraisal report for land and when ready, architectural plans with value upon completion (from an appraiser in the BVI) • For foreign investors, the bank will require a certified copy of the Non-Belonger Landholder’s license (application is on condition of land purchase) and if the property will be rented out, the bank will require a confirmation of the trade license and expected forecast on rental income if this is to be considered for the repayment of the loan

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Financing Options

Checklist for Financing TO CONFIRM YOUR FINANCIAL POSITION: • Personal Financial Statement (PFS) for the applicant • Supporting documents of income and assets listed on the PFS • Tax returns for two years (if applicable) • Short curriculum vitae of borrower

FOR THE DETAILS OF THE CONSTRUCTION DEVELOPMENT:

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• Updated appraisal report for the proposed security of the land • Copy of deed/Certificate of Title • Land holders license (if applicable) • Valuation upon completion of the proposed home • Architectural plans • Approved building plans • Contractor’s estimate and agreement • Builder’s permit and builder’s risk insurance

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The standard financing option for a home development in the BVI is a ‘construction loan product.’ This is a loan whereby you will use the equity of the land purchase to develop your new home. Before you start, create a budget as well as plans on what your requirements are with regards to your home development or refurbishments. On the basis of your requirement, the architect will be able to prepare the required drawings. The contractor will prepare a detailed construction contract outlining the various phases of development to be completed. A quantity surveyor will determine the various stages of completion and will create a value upon completion as well as a ‘draw-down’ schedule. This will confirm the percentage of completion against the available budget and construction loan. Once a construction phase has been completed (i.e. cistern, first floor, etc.) a payment request is made to the bank. The bank will verify the completion and confirm payment to the contractor. The typical development time for a home is around 18 months. During this period, the construction loan increases in size and is charged interest. Once the home is completed, a professional valuation is done to confirm the earlier prepared ‘valuation upon completion.’ At this stage, the construction loan is converted to an amortised loan whereby you will start repaying on a monthly basis both interest as well as capital for a defined period of time. Typically, this is up to 20 years on an interest rate which is either variable or fixed depending on the agreed terms.

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TOP TIPS • A  RRANGE YOUR TEAM of professionals for your project before you start. The team will typically consist of a realtor, legal counsel, architect, contractor, quantity surveyor and most importantly, your banker. •  P REPARE THE FINANCING REQUIREMENTS ahead of time so that you’re aware of your available budget when you start your home design. •  P REPARE ALL THE DETAILED CONSTRUCTION PLANS and obtain the required valuations. •  I F YOU’RE UNABLE TO REGULARLY VISIT the construction site, allow for regular updates from your architect as well as contractor to make sure the home is developed according to your expectations. •  A LLOW FOR ADDITIONAL FUNDS to complete your home. These typically include landscaping, furniture, and perhaps other unforeseen expenditure in interior design. ■

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The beauty of architecture and design is unscripted.

It can take the shape and form of a future concept, or embody the aesthetics of a bygone era. It can be colourful, abstract, or sublime. In its finest form the finished composition will exist as a timeless creation that is both functional and holistic; a space for one to live, play, relax, and entertain. These elements have been successfully arranged in the esteemed Brandywine Estate Bayside Residences, a newly built enclave of waterfront homes perched along the rim of the turquoise sea in the unspoiled British Virgin Islands. Easily one of the most exquisite modern day treasures to be found anywhere in the Caribbean, the property brings a refinement to an otherwise bucolic community on the main island of Tortola. Born out of adoration for the history and culture of these 60 islands and cays, the visionaries behind Brandywine Estate Bayside Residences – along with renowned Sotheby’s International – placed much thought and consideration into offering homeowners a sophisticated tropical escape while maintaining the essence of the environment.

One of the key benefits of making Brandywine Estate Bayside Residences your island home is the fast and straightforward route to the island’s epicenter, a mere 10-minute drive or sail to boutiques, museums, landmarks, and restaurants. The heart of town is also where locals and travelers intersect for shopping, dining, live music, and events held during the year, and the place to source your everyday living conveniences. The main ferry docks for persons seeking to island hop to resorts and sister islands are located in either direction. Brandywine Estate Bayside Residences has made an impact in sustainable living and design. As a development that embodies the forefront of change, persons seeking to own a piece of this Caribbean real estate will want to reserve their lot today for the experience of a lifetime. Contact Maritha Keil at BVI Sotheby's International Realty via email: maritha@bvisir.com or telephone: 1 (284) 340-5555.


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DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS Brought to you by OBM International BVI I N F O R M AT I O N P R O V I D E D B Y M A R V I N E . F L A X – O B M I N T E R N AT I O N A L , D E B I C A R S O N – I N T E R I O R D E S I G N E R N C I D Q & A R T I S T, A N D R U S T Y H E N D E R S O N – AV L P H O T O G R A P H Y C O U R T E S Y O F O B M I N T E R N AT I O N A L A N D AV L LIKE ALL THE SECTIONS within this guide, design considerations are a significant part of constructing or renovating your home. Astute planning is key, so here are some steps to escort you through contemplation over your home’s appearance.

Architecture The process of creating a new structure is an exciting one. The initial phases of design are for the property buyer to explore their needs, budget, site conditions,

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and overall vision for their project. It is important to establish a qualified professional design team, who are revered and renowned for their communication skills. An architect is integrally involved with guiding your decisions. From large choices—determining the appropriate spot on the property in order to capitalise on views and airflow ventilation—to finishing touches—such as specifying types of light fixtures and door hardware that reinforces your home’s

character—an architect is your best friend. Just about every decision in the building or redesign of a home requires your architect’s input. During this process, your architect should become your trusted advisor for everything designrelated, coordinating all consultants, vendors, and tasks related for all the professionals required to build your dream home. Design and construction is a wondrous collaboration of skills and

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talents, but communication is vital to this process; the expressed strengths of each member of the chosen team are to be maximised. An individual should do as much research as possible prior to meeting an architect. Research at the onset of their project will help them understand what appeals to them from both a design and cost standpoint. There are several design related websites such as Houzz, Pinterest, and ArchDaily. They exhibit excellent examples of completed spaces for all design tastes that will help guide you to understand what your dream home will look and feel like. Visit the websites and if possible, the completed homes of the architect you would like to work with. Meet with them to get a sense of their listening and project management skills, as well as their design abilities as this will prove very beneficial to the flow of the process. Communication is critical to a smooth homebuilding project. It’s significant

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for you to ask and understand how your architect will not only manage your project, but communicate with you along the way. Keep printed copies of what you prefer and dislike regarding styles and finishes to show your architect’s design team, so they clearly comprehend what you’re seeking. This step will ensure your home is not only amazing, but is a reflection of you. A home can be the biggest investment you can make; therefore, it is good to retain the services of an experienced, passionate architect who will steer you in the right direction, creating environments for you to live out your dreams. Architects become much more than designers of dream homes. Frequently, an architect will be the focal point of your homebuilding project, translating your desires into intimate, personal, and functional spaces that feel exactly as you’d imagined.

Code & surveys In the BVI, we work to local and international codes. Surveys are executed to establish the property details as it relates to land and potentially existing structures. Land surveys establish the property lines, set-backs, and existing features to highlight in the landscape. As an architectural team seeks to protect their client, some of the most important codes are those that relate to health and safety for the occupant. Property structure surveys identify the current conditions, challenges, or advantages of elements that will affect your project scope.

Project & cost management, timeframes & scope of work In working to identify the scope of work, your vision for your project and any potential conflicts will be significant to your success. You can minimise delays with a strong organisation, a fundamental

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management approach, and in making confident well-advised decisions. As the scope of work is identified, the project timeline is outlined and reviewed. A professional will advise you on the anticipated timeline based on their experiences in the local market. The timeline for construction should take into consideration the typical weather patterns for the seasons, holidays, and logistics for manoeuvring materials to your project site. Delays or shortages of resources can cause an impact to your timeframe and costs, so this design consideration includes time and financial attributes.

aspects of your structure. Think of this part of your project as the bones of your building; it’s very important to have a good infrastructure and foundation. During the construction process, the structural engineering team works alongside the architects and contractors to ensure the quality, durability, and performance in our seismic and hurricane active region; this is considered in conjunction with codes and local environmental requirements. Good structural engineers will have comprehensive knowledge of typical construction methods and materials supplied in our region.

Structural engineering

Quantity Surveying

A structural engineer is a crucial member of the professional disciplines of design in your project. They are able to advise you in all

The exercise of a Quantity Survey (QS) grants power to you and the project management team to identify and control costs.

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A QS will provide a ‘line item’— a unit of information in a document, record, or statement, shown on a separate line of its own—against supply and labour. This gives you a clear picture of what’s driving the costs. This is also a valuable tool during the construction process to monitor the budget and spending.

Specialist design – interior/kitchen/lighting/MEP (Mechanical, electrical, plumping)/ AV (Audio visual) The entire team is important to work together to the goal of a complete design solution for you. Interior design is the element that analyses the function and safety in a space, in the structure or any defined space for the inhabitant. The team will work together with you in detail to establish not only the scale or footprint of a space that is

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required, but all the components of the function or activity that occurs in a space. From the concept of the desired atmosphere to highlighting the nuances of the details, a qualified designer will be a great asset to you. In the beginning phases, they work with you in detail to identify design elements for success and work through the project from documentation to installation phases. They assist in implementation down to the last details. The BVI has many resources for specialty consultants and with the help of your architect, engineer, and interior designer, you can identify where specialists are able to add value to your project. Consultants in equipment and often specialty product suppliers will be able to advise based on their knowledge of product, experience of installation, and durability for the application. This can range from lighting, audio-visual, to alternative energy and more. To ensure reliability and save a lot of money, the best way to integrate technology into any property is to plumb it in at the beginning. If you don’t, it will be extremely expensive and messy to chip out the concrete and try to add it in later. The key difference is having

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components that are connected by a wire, rather than wirelessly, which is especially problematic with concrete construction. For example, it’s good to place a WiFi radio in every room to ensure good signal, but each radio needs a wire that runs back to a central location. If you don’t have this wire, there’s a very good chance the signal will be weak and Internet speeds will be slow. The first thing to do when designing the home is to ask yourself a few simple questions and relay them to the architect. Where do you need Internet, music, television, and possibly surveillance? For more advanced homes, you might need to ask yourself about lighting control and automated shades. At this stage, that’s all you need to do. To get a detailed proposal and drawings for construction, you would need to engage a company who will map out where the conduits should go and provide you with a detailed proposal. The architect typically calls the company a few months before the drawings go out to bid. There are many idiosyncrasies with integrating technology in the BVI. We suggest engaging someone as early as possible to get the essential conduits roughed-in at the very least.

Investing in quality materials and construction methods, will extend the life and value of your design. Maintenance and the projected need for replacement are top considerations in our corrosive environment. Working with team members, suppliers, and installers that are well-versed in our challenges will have great impact on your sustainability. An ill-prepared home owner may face issues e.g. If a hurricane rated door requires a very deep threshold, but you’ve not made provision for that in your architectural drawings, when your floor slab is poured, you will have a potential cost and installation issue.

TOP TIPS • INTERVIEW YOUR POTENTIAL ARCHITECTURAL TEAM and give yourself the opportunity to connect with them in the journey of a shared vision to makeyour dream come true! •  L EARN FROM OTHER PROJECTS in your area. Let your architectural, construction, and management team show you success stories in your region •  I N THE ESTABLISHMENT OF YOUR TEAM, be an open communicator with any challenges, your budget, design concerns as well as your expectations and desires •  W ORK TOGETHER to establish best means and times for communication about your project for the process to run more smoothly ■

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CONSTRUCTION OF YOUR property is comprised of key stages. It’s prudent to have an awareness when overseeing the development of your dream home, witnessing the translation of plans to production. This means staying in close contact with your building contractor on a daily basis to ensure the development of your dream home is kept on track, on budget, and that any issues are resolved immediately. Consistent communication is vital in addition to building personal awareness regarding the circumstances surrounding the construction procedure. Building procurement, planning and building authority approvals, in addition to an overall structured timeline constitute the major components of the construction stage. Rufred Forbes & Associates a building construction company local to the BVI, offers the following advice and top tips which if taken will ensure you secure optimum results in quality, value, and time-saved on the construction of your home or renovation project.

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Building Procurement— Self-Management The key to successfully managing your own project is to build a strong relationship with your CORE players, this consists of your Architect, Engineer and Contractor. Whether this is your first project or your fifth, management of such an undertaking will no doubt be challenging to say the least. To surmount this, we recommend that you implement weekly meetings and periodic progress reports in addition to forecasted progress reports to ensure everything goes according to schedule.

Bill of Quantities This document shows the breakdown of costs associated with the building of the project. It is extremely helpful for both the client and the contractor. It allows the client to gain a better understanding of the different components of the building process and creates a level playing field insofar that it enables a fair comparison of the rates supplied by the contractors.

Knowing your Contractor Your architect and engineer will more than likely have contractors that they will recommend you use. Get to know and evaluate each of these contractors individually. Meet with them and request a portfolio of recently completed works, which are comparable to the type of project you are about to undertake. This will allow you to get a full picture of the quality of work offered; you will also have the opportunity to relay any concerns you may have regarding the project. A site visit is always a bonus! This will help the contractor gain a better grasp of the layout and provide a more accurate rate.

Tender Documents After you receive the bill of quantities

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from your project manager, the tendering process will commence. This involves the provision of the full set of construction drawings and bill of quantities to your selected contractors for pricing. In this field, having more is best. We suggest that you consider the bids from a few contractors—at least three—to ensure a fair comparison.

Negotiation If your preferred contactor’s bid is too high, you can utilise the art of negotiation to ensure the ball lands in your court. There are a few ways to go about doing this. One way of doing this is to meet with your preferred contractor to discuss if there are opportunities to crunch costs or to minimise expenses within the bid. Another way to cut costs is to source the finishing elements and components yourself. This would leave you with only the installation costs from the contractor’s side.

Getting Started After acceptance of the bid and finalisation of a contract between you and your awarded contractor, it is customary that a mobilisation payment be issued. This is an advance payment which will be repaid by the contractor over the course of the contract. It consists of 10% of the contracted sum paid to the contractor, which enables them to procure materials, the insurance bond, and the setup of a site office and staging area.

Planning and Building Authority Procedure The Planning and Building Authority procedure is not particularly onerous, but does need to be considered ahead of time. The property owner must appreciate that such procedures need to be followed and an adequate amount of time should be allowed

to get through the process. Typically, you will first apply for planning permission, based upon a basic set of floor plans and elevations. It is usual for your architect/designer to guide you through this process as they will have—hopefully—designed a house in the past that is in compliance with all of the planning regulations. Once planning permission has been obtained, the architect/ designer will then move forward with the construction drawings that will actually be used to build the house. These will typically include structural drawings and MEPF drawings, (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Fire Protection). Once complete, these construction drawings will be submitted to the building authority who will review and ensure the drawings comply with all local codes. Again, your architect/designer would usually steer you though this process. Upon receipt of the building authority’s approval, you will be ready to break ground and start the construction phase.

Sample Timeline

During the Building Process

Structurally Sound and Quality Control

Familiarise yourself with ‘Requests for Information’ or RFIs so that you’re not alarmed when they arise, because they will. During the building process, there are many times when issues will emerge requiring clarification. In the event that this happens, an RFI will be raised and sent to your architect or engineer for explication. This may lead to change orders or variations being made. There’s no need to be alarmed, however these requests will be sent to yourself as project manager/client for approval, should variations be necessary.

When self-managing a project, ensuring that the contractor sticks to the drawings provided is essential to its success. Not only should the architectural drawings be followed in great detail, attention must also be paid to both the Structural and MEP drawings to avoid mishaps later on in the process. This may result in the disbursement of additional funds to rectify errors that may cause undesirable changes to the design of the property. One way to avoid this is to ensure that an inspection is carried out

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For an average size, single family home, allow an overall timeline of eighteen months – six months of pre-construction activities and twelve months of construction, broken down as follows: Pre-Construction Conceptual Design Design Development Submission to Planning Authority Construction Documents

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( 8 weeks, but can commence when planning submission is made)

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before every major pour of concrete. Your engineer is responsible for ensuring that your property is structurally sound, inspection and subsequent approval is then carried out by the Building Authority. Things to look out for are; correct rebar spacing and sizes, and structurally sound blockwork; ensuring that there is concrete filling in each block that contains a rebar. Another way to protect the overall design of your property is to arrange weekly or bi-weekly meetings with your architect to ensure that what was designed is built as specified.

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TOP TIPS •  FAMILIARISE YOURSELF with your core team players: These consist of your Architect, Contractor and Structural Engineer. Maintaining a strong line of communication is the key to a successful project. •  A FULL SET OF CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS should contain: an architectural set (including door & window schedules and the finishes’ elements & components), a construction set, a structural set, a mechanical, electrical, and plumbing set (MEP) and a finishes specifications book or outline construction specification booklet. Provision of these to the selected contractors, will ensure you get the most accurate quote for your project.

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•  E STABLISH HOW MUCH BANK FINANCING you can get, if required, and ensure the total amount of equity and debt is more than the total budget and thus inclusive of contingency •  T RY AND BUILD TO AN ENHANCED BUILDING CODE, such as Dade County. This will inevitably increase the construction cost of your home, but should result in reduced home insurance premiums and will give you much greater peace of mind, should the island be subjected to a catastrophic event. •  T HE LOWEST PRICE isn’t always the best price. You should accept a bid based not only on its price, but also on the expertise and qualifications of the contractor. While keeping your base budget in mind, consider which contractor meets all of the qualifications for

your project. Then consider the costs. Remember, there’s always room for negotiation. • I F YOU CHOOSE THE SELFSUPPLY ROUTE for construction, be sure to consult with your awarded contractor to ascertain the schedule and corresponding dates by which the materials/ items should be on site. In this scenario, liability lies with you and any delay caused is likely to cost you additional funds, as time spent waiting is still time spent. •  E NSURE THAT THERE ARE NO SNAGS in the building process. Always ensure your architect, and engineer inspect and sign off on the structural elements, MEP components, and design layout before each major concrete pour. They are the individuals responsible for quality control throughout the building process. ■

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The Caribbean’s unbeatable backdrop make an outdoor space a favourite one to renovate

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THE TRULY ‘PERFECT’ HOME is hard to come by, unless you’re building from scratch. Even then, chances are you may want to update that custom home over time.

Perhaps you’ve found an imperfect property in a perfect location. Maybe your Caribbean home just needs a refreshing change. Whatever your reasons for wanting to update your

home through renovation, these ideas will help you choose what and how to renovate, as well as what projects will give you the biggest bang for your buck.

A well-designed outdoor area can greatly extend your living space. When choosing an outdoor renovation, keep the elements top of mind. A new deck, gazebo, or patio area may quickly become a favourite place to relax. The Caribbean’s unbeatable backdrop make an outdoor space a favourite one to renovate and turn into a really beautiful place to call home.

Living The living room should be just that —a comfortable place to live. A design session with an interior designer could be a great way to help you clarify what you want from the space, even if you eventually want to do the work yourself. The top ways to make a renovated living area feel brand new are to focus on updated decor, seating for family and visitors, and electronics and entertainment. Having a dollar figure in mind becomes important in this room, as electronics tend to eat up a lot of the budget.

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Kitchen The kitchen truly is the heart of any home. If you love to cook or entertain, your friends, family, and guests all end up gathering there to eat and enjoy each other’s company. This tendency for everyone to gather in one place is something you should put at the top of your list when considering which room to renovate. Think about how the flow of the kitchen will work, so that you as the homeowner get the functionality you want out of the space while maximising efficiency. Deciding what items go where will also help you determine what kind of appliances are appropriate. One of the best ways to get a big

‘wow factor’ in the kitchen is with high-quality cabinets. By choosing a beautiful design, colour, and eyecatching detailing, the other elements of the kitchen will complement the entire design aesthetic. A renovation’s total timeline is also reduced when design details like cabinets and appliances are determined.

Bath If there was ever a space that should be relaxing, it’s the bathroom. From turning your master bath into a spa-like oasis, to offering a bold pop of colour in the powder room, renovating a bathroom can make a big design difference in the home.

Consider how you want your bathroom to feel and function. If a family bathroom is used for quick showers after trips to the beach, keep lines clean and simple, choose a user-friendly toilet, and a simple ‘vanity’ to avoid clutter. Make it easy for people to get in and out. For a more luxurious experience, choosing an elegant faucet or showerhead will create a sense of peace and calm in a master bath. A really fantastic shower can make the bathroom feel like a five-star hotel. Frameless shower doors and a huge variety of tiling and stone options give a shower an expensive, elegant, and truly customised feel.

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TOP TIPS • PRIORITISE While it may not be as ‘fun,’ the most pressing projects should come first. In the long run, fixing a leaking roof will be more important than getting new cabinets. • TIMELINE Know when you’d like to have your project finished; then be flexible. In general, you can have everything you want, but in a timeline different than your original vision. If you want to stick with your timeline, you may have to make design compromises elsewhere. Choosing the right time of year

will save time, money, and also ensure the job gets done right. • BUDGET Whether your budget is big or small, let the way you want your rooms to feel dictate what you’re willing to spend. Choosing one ‘big-ticket’ item and then opting for more moderate materials for the rest of the room can keep a renovation affordable. • SPACE No matter your total square footage, a renovation can improve the way you live in your spaces. Small space solutions are more available than ever, and large rooms can be enhanced

with paint, artwork, and other decorative elements. • MATERIALS Make sure your renovation is done right by choosing the right materials for your specific project. Don’t skimp on this aspect of the renovation, as the wrong materials may mean you have to revisit the project again too soon. • CONTRACTOR CHOICE Many contractors don’t do it all. Getting recommendations from trusted businesses and friends will help you choose the right person for your project. ■

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NOTHING CAN CHANGE THE look of a home faster than a fresh coat of paint. Whether your entire home needs a refresh or you simply want to update a room with a bold pop of colour, these ideas, tips, and tricks will help you get the look you’ve been dreaming of.

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Colour Inspiration It’s hard to know what colours will stand the test of time, and equally hard to know what colour trends are popular at any given moment. The experts at Sherwin Williams have created three collections of beautiful colours that will serve as popular, trendy options in 2018 and will stay beautiful for years to come.

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SINCERITY COLLECTION This beautiful collection of muted greys and browns are the hottest neutrals that will also look great in any room. Some blush pinks are included for pops of colour and this entire collection will create a soft, soothing feel throughout the home. UNITY COLLECTION Fitting in beautifully with the global melting pot of cultures in the Caribbean, the Unity collection offers bold tones of sunset red, flamingo pink, and peacock blue. Paired with muted browns, these colours celebrate the connection of discovering new cultures and new places. CONNECTIVITY COLLECTION A modern collection of bright hues, these greens, blues, and purples are perfect for anyone wanting an off-themoment colour update for their home.

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How to Choose Colours It’s one thing to love a colour on the paint card, but it’s another thing to paint an entire wall or room and actually live with that colour. These ideas can help you choose the best shade for every wall in your home.

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LIVING ROOM This room should be comfortable and ultimately, liveable. If your furniture, rugs, or artwork has large shapes or patterns, choose a colour that coordinates with the most prominent hue. Today’s trendiest neutral is grey; it allows for any accent colours—muted or bright— to really shine! KITCHEN This room is one of the most-used in the home, so make sure the colours will weather well with everyday wear and tear. Let the light in the room—both natural and artificial— help you determine which shade will look best at any time of day. BATH Consider first the main function of a bathroom. A powder room won’t be used every day but will be the main restroom for guests, so bright colours and patterns can work here in creating a fun and playful space. MASTER BEDROOM This area should be the most restful in your home, so choose a colour that is not

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only serene but one that you actually like. Don’t be fooled into thinking a bedroom has to be a neutral shade though. Bold colours can still take centre stage, just consider using a lighter tint to keep the look soft and more peaceful.

Selecting the Right Paint Paint technology has come a long way since your parents or grandparents painted their home. Most paints come in oil or latex based versions. The glossier the paint, the easier it will be to clean. Consider what wear and tear the walls in a particular space may get when choosing your paint finish. A high-gloss finish should be used on an area you want to accent, such as cabinetry or wood. Flat finishes are best for low-traffic areas and ceilings. Semi-gloss and satin finishes work well in rooms that may need the occasional wipe-down, such as kids’ rooms or dining areas.

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Paint for Decks and Outdoor Areas Not only does the interior of a home need a periodic refresh, but outdoor areas can also benefit from a fresh coat of paint or stain. Decide first on what you wish your deck or patio to look and feel like. Stains with a higher lustre finish offer better UV protection, which will extend the life of a deck in the Caribbean sun. Choose a paint or stain that can also withstand the humid climate, as well as offer a decent degree of water-repellence.

Preparation is Key Painting a room takes some time. After choosing your colour and paint, actually preparing the walls or

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surface correctly can dramatically change the outcome of your project. First, cleaning the wall will give you a fresh start (yes, walls can get dirty). Next, repair any minor holes or damage to walls with filler and sand them down to reduce any textural differences. Once the surface is ready, taping the area well will save time and headache down the line. Take the time to actually remove light switch covers and electrical outlet plates. Be sure that furniture is removed or covered with tarps or drop cloths, and don’t forget to cover flooring as well. If painting over a dark wall or simply to create a brighter, fresher end-product, consider priming the wall before adding the chosen colour.

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TOP TIPS • CLEAN BEFORE YOU PAINT Yes, you can and should clean your walls before you paint. A simple swipe of a microfiber cloth can take dust and minor dirt off a wall and make it a better surface for paint. For walls that need more serious washing, be sure to allow time for them to dry before painting. • HAVE A PLAN Try to tackle one room at a time. Your project won’t feel as big or overwhelming when you know you can complete it in a single weekend. Depending on what you’re painting, plan to begin with ceilings, then move to walls, and paint trim last. • BE PATIENT Even the best plans don’t often go off without a hitch. Set aside adequate time for preparation, painting and drying. By allowing the paint to dry and set well, there is a smaller chance of needing touch-ups later. • RULE OF THREE Avoid becoming overwhelmed by choosing three colours per room. Sticking to the rule of three will help the room look cohesively put together. The rule of three should be 60% (wall colour), 30% secondary colour (an accent wall or upholstery) and 10% home decor accents. • STIR THE PAINT Be sure to give the paint a good mix before pouring it into a tray. Don’t dip your brush or roller directly in the paint can as the colour may not be evenly distributed. • CHOOSE THE RIGHT TOOLS Rollers come in various thicknesses and are preferable for large areas and hard-to-reach spots. Brushes are good for painting furniture and also offer greater control for detail work. ■

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DESIGNING A CARIBBEAN HOME can be one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do. Creating a space for you, your friends, and family to relax, laugh, and create memories allows you to gain everything you wish from a home and truly make it your own. These interior styles are not only

palaces, Balinese style incorporates traditional shapes full of curving lines and natural materials. This style seeks harmony with nature, fitting in beautifully with the island mentality. Bamboo, teak, and stone are all materials that not only create a stunning aesthetic, but blend well with the Caribbean environment and can hold their own against the elements. This ancient style also stems from the concept of having a space or ‘zone’ for different parts of life, lending itself well to creating functional spaces for how you live. Intricate carvings on wood pieces offer texture and sophistication that may not otherwise stand out. With large, open windows, these spaces are flooded with natural light and allow for island breezes to flow freely, keeping a home fresh and cool.

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Nothing says ‘island style’ like nautical elements and a whimsical nod to the sea. A coastal style is filled with light, bright furniture and accents, combined with ocean treasures like shells, coral, rope and driftwood.

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Whitewashed wood furniture and natural fabrics keep the coastal theme cohesive and create a relaxed look. While some coastal and nautical styles can be overtly ‘seafaring,’ there’s a way to incorporate boating, sailing, and ocean pieces into this style without it looking too kitschy. Maintaining clean lines and light colours with bolder accents keep everything tied together while offering a sense of calm to any space. Tropical plants can easily be implemented to bring an outdoor element indoors. Soft lighting enhances a cosy, inviting feeling to any room. With stunning views of the ocean right outside, this style feels right at home and an extension of the sea.

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Caribbean Style Island living is outdoor living. Large windows let sunlight and Caribbean air inside, while outdoor furniture gets the brunt of the salty air and rain, in addition to direct sunlight. Choose furniture that can stand the test of time, or that can be easily refinished so that the elements don’t become a costly reason to replace or remodel often. For example, teak wood is resistant to termites and rotting in the damp humidity. A hard, oily wood, it can easily be cleaned to look new again.

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TOP TIPS • W EATHER THE ELEMENTS by selecting the best materials to withstand harsh conditions. New synthetic furniture has been designed to sit in direct sunlight and be mixed with waterproof cushions from Sunbrella and Sunproof. • U SE COMMERCIAL FABRICS for rental properties like Sunbrella that can withstand damage and regular washes from sandy, wet, ‘suntan-lotioned’ bodies sitting on the furniture. Having an extra set of pillows or covers will make for quick replacements should something irreparable happen.

• R EVIVE A SPACE WITH LINENS, since soft furnishings are the easiest way to liven up a property without splurging for a complete remodel. New bedding, throws and blankets, curtains, and rugs can freshen up a space quickly and cheaply. • C ONSIDER YOUR DESIGN TIMELINE When looking at floorplans with architects and builders, breaking ground is the time you should start to narrow down furniture requests and making orders. Everything takes time, especially in the Caribbean. Custom orders must fit into supplier schedules and you should allow for shipping consolidation, shipping time, and customs clearance.

• F INISHES AND MAINTENANCE Once the right pieces to withstand the elements have been selected, don’t forget that finishes eventually wear off due to water, high sun exposure, and salt. Polyurethane products for outdoor items can be very effective. Don’t forget to inspect regularly and reapply when furniture starts looking tired. • M IX IT UP The Caribbean is a melting pot; a collective mix of different nationalities and cultures from all around the globe. Don’t be afraid to throw in an unusual coffee table or a statement painting on the wall to serve as conversation starters and to make a home your own. ■

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WE COULDN’T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU… Virgin Islands Property & Yacht wishes to thank the following people for their contribution of industry knowledge for our Special Edition. Without you, we could not have brought this valuable guide to life.

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STEPS AWAY FROM Little Trunk Bay, this classic and timeless British colonial beachfront villa has five suites, each furnished with custom-made teak furniture. A great room, office/library, dining room and fully-outfitted kitchen offer spacious and elegant entertainment areas. A 45-foot ocean-front infinity pool, observation deck and lighted tennis court are set within over an acre of tropical gardens. The property is proximate to The Baths, Virgin Gorda’s famous destination, and two unspoiled beaches, Little Trunk Bay and Valley Trunk Bay. A private movie theater, daily maid service, exercise equipment and gym and a chef (upon request) complete the villa’s offerings.

DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS Debi Carson – Interior Designer NCIDQ & Artist Marvin Flax – Managing Director, OBM International Rusty Henderson – Managing Director, AVL

CONSTRUCTION Cortez Forbes – Rufred Forbes Associates Kieron Harry

RENOVATING David Thomas & Eno Soman – Clarence Thomas Limited

PAINTING AND DECORATING Azeez Guilliano – Caribbean Colours

INTERIORS Roy Keegan – Arawak Interiors

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