|By roy Doyon (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #5) on Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 5:10 pm:|
I've just purchased a lot in Sabal Palms and now I need some information about building a house. I'd like to find some house plans and gather some information about good quality contractors. I'm thinking of having someone put in the foundation and then doing some of the building myself. Regardless, I'll have to build the house in stages. At the moment house plans and the name of contractors would be really useful and I'd appreciate any assistance I could get. Thanks
|By Rob van de Vechte (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #8) on Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 5:54 pm:|
Hi Roy, You will notice that when you ask around here that we have about 12000 contractors (same nr as citizens) who do better then the others. Building on Bonaire is completely different because depending on the area the ground is different. I can give you some addresses but think I have to email them to you becuz it's not allowed to advertise on Bonairetalk. you can email me at email@example.com
|By Cynde (Moderator) (Moderator - Post #289) on Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 6:51 pm:|
Roy, congratulations (and welcome to Bonaire Talk)
|By Bonaire Bound Kelly (in 4 weeks) (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #4355) on Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 9:40 pm:|
Also check with Ann Phelan who lives in Bon and has recently built a very lovely home.
|By Rob van de Vechte (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #9) on Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 10:22 pm:|
|By T-Shirt Divers John and Sue (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #401) on Friday, June 30, 2006 - 10:03 am:|
Where is Sabal Palms?
|By Rob van de Vechte (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #10) on Friday, June 30, 2006 - 11:09 am:|
Sabal Palms is located on the road from Belnem to Sorobon.
|By Ann Phelan - www.bonairecaribbean.com (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #2317) on Friday, June 30, 2006 - 12:48 pm:|
I live near Sabal Palms..great area to power walk up there...lots building up fast. I would love to share my experience. Everyone told me DON'T DO IT..buy a ready made house..my foundation went up in Nov. they took a Xmas break for 5 weeks and Jan. - July it was done. I moved in July 1. I had no septic for 2 weeks but it was a blast. My one year anny is tomorrow. It was a wonderful experience. I had two Dominican men build my house. You have to be very careful who you choose. Email me for more on my experience: firstname.lastname@example.org
|By Carole B. (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #5677) on Saturday, July 1, 2006 - 1:07 pm:|
Happy Anniversary and congrats, Ann! Carole
|By Carl Pflanzer (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #293) on Saturday, July 1, 2006 - 1:17 pm:|
We were very pleased with our architect/project manager, Elton Augusta. Email email@example.com. Speaks 4 languages fluently and will provide a free consultation.
|By Teresa Hemphill (BonaireTalker - Post #17) on Wednesday, July 5, 2006 - 9:28 am:|
|By roy Doyon (BonaireTalker - Post #15) on Wednesday, July 5, 2006 - 2:30 pm:|
Thanks to everyone for the information. I appreciate it very much. To Teresa and Carl: Thanks for the name of a contractor, I'll be in Bonaire in August and I'll check with him - Carl also recommended the same contractor. Teresa, my lot number is 90 - south east side of the development. I'm saving up my pennies and hoping I can start building plans very soon.
|By pat murphy (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #908) on Wednesday, July 5, 2006 - 5:23 pm:|
teresa, how is your place going? i remember when you and karen were there picking out tile and lighting fixtures. i'm sure i'll run into karen at the dive shop here in the states this summer. good luck...hope to see you back on bonaire next winter.
|By Teresa Hemphill (BonaireTalker - Post #18) on Thursday, July 6, 2006 - 7:58 am:|
|By scott and sharon barlass (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #274) on Saturday, July 22, 2006 - 5:45 pm:|
|By Suzie Mulvey (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #1) on Tuesday, July 25, 2006 - 1:32 am:|
We need advice or suggestions. My husband and I hope to buy a home on Bonaire but we do not know where to get financing. I have checked with mortgage companies and banks in the USA but they will not finance a construction loan then convert it to a mortgage, for an out of the country property. Does anyone know of a financing institution in the US that they have used to purchase their home in Bonaire? We thank you for any suggestions.
|By Kevin Wayne Williams (The Great Escape) (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #187) on Tuesday, July 25, 2006 - 7:16 pm:|
I have never heard of anyone being able to use a home in Bonaire as collateral for US or Netherlands based loan. MCB Bonaire holds the mortgage on my hotel. They are happy to finance local property, but you will find the rates much higher and terms much shorter than US rates.
|By Randy Greene (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #1) on Sunday, November 19, 2006 - 5:22 pm:|
My husband and I bought a lot in Santa Barbara. We are considering building and would like advice on construction costs and where you picked out materials and stoves,ref. etc. How does tax structure work and is there a US/South American Retirement population starting.Any advice would be helpful randy
|By Marji Keith (BonaireTalker - Post #38) on Monday, November 20, 2006 - 8:57 am:|
I was able to get financing from Fortis Bank in Curacao. I think they have just recently begun to give loans for homes on Bonaire. (I don't know about construction loans).
|By randy inbody (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #4) on Monday, December 18, 2006 - 12:01 am:|
Hi- we recently bought a house on Bonaire that needs repair. we emailed a contractor but were told it was the busy season and they could not do it right away. we considered a trip to do the work ourselves, and want to know, when we get there---what is the availability of building supplies, mainly plumbing,--pipe, fittings, wrenches-shovels, picks etc.? Could we reasonably expect to be able to walk into a hardware store, buy what we need and go do the work in a few days? Or are plumbing supplies hard to get? Thanks Randy
|By Kevin Wayne Williams (The Great Escape) (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #266) on Monday, December 18, 2006 - 12:32 am:|
Basic building supplies are reasonably available on the island. We periodically run low on concrete, though.
|By Ann Phelan - www.bonairecaribbean.com (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #2565) on Monday, December 18, 2006 - 7:24 am:|
Randy, everyone shuts down til mid January really. Not much building now. It's best to come here and CAREFULLY select who to work with. It's pricey to get tools and supplies vary according to the season. Kooymans's and Playa Trading as well as Caribbean Fastener have most tools you need. Have fun and good luck.
|By randy inbody (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #7) on Thursday, December 28, 2006 - 10:41 pm:|
Can anyone tell me if there are building codes on new construction? Also if you have to have a permit to do remodeling or repairs on existing houses? Does anyone use pvc pipe on the island? Thanks Randy
|By michael gaynor (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #2385) on Friday, December 29, 2006 - 4:19 pm:|
There are codes, inspections, permits, etc just like any other country...PVC is readily available.
|By randy inbody (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #8) on Saturday, December 30, 2006 - 12:43 am:|
Michael- thanks for the info- we bought a house and it needs a new water line from the meter to the house, and maybe even in the house. My wife and I are coming in March to access what needs to be done.
|By michael gaynor (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #2386) on Saturday, December 30, 2006 - 9:13 am:|
Generally, plumbing needs permits and inspections. What you are talking about is repair and you should not have a problem. You could contact WEB and ask but sometimes it is better to just do the work and as long as it is on your property and does not interfere with anything before the meter, you are pretty safe to just do the work.
|By Kevin Wayne Williams (The Great Escape) (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #272) on Saturday, December 30, 2006 - 10:12 am:|
As Michael says, repair generally doesn't require permits. House main lines are typically 3/4" copper with compression fittings. You will see a lot of compression fittings here compared to the norm in the states. Partially a European influence, and partially because trying to solder in a 30 knot wind is annoying. I gave up on soldering outside after putting in a 50 meter gas line and having to relight my torch upwards of 30 times.
|By randy inbody (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #9) on Saturday, December 30, 2006 - 9:51 pm:|
Kevin-Michael: thanks for the info. How high is the water pressure from WEB? Would PVC handle the situation? Or is this not a good idea? thanks Randy
|By Kevin Wayne Williams (The Great Escape) (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #275) on Saturday, December 30, 2006 - 10:25 pm:|
Not very high, and PVC certainly could handle it. That said, I only see copper used for feed lines, and PVC/ABS for drain. I suspect it's a code requirement.
|By Rob van de Vechte (BonaireTalker - Post #26) on Sunday, December 31, 2006 - 8:13 am:|
the grey pvc will not hold very long and when used in the sun, gone in a couple of years. please use copper to avoid problems.Kevin gave you the right advise. You could slide a pvc pipe over the copper one which goes from the meter to your house so avoid damage.
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