Now that the project is completed (well, almost), we call the property "Bella Mare" . You can see many more pictures on the Bella Mare web site: www.bellamare.ai
Start clearing building site
Excavating, trying to plan a pool
Foundations and Cisterns
Slabs and foundations, wooden floors
Insteel Walls Vs Concrete Block Walls
Guest Bedroom/Living Room Roofed
Roofing the main house
Roofing the master bedroom
Roofing the porches
Curved ceiling, eyebrow, ...
Windows, garden courtyard
Curved window box
Start the pool
Faces of workers
Generator building, master bath, pump room
A new living room added
Living room doors and windows
Vanishing edge, wood work
Coralstone, Concrete Sconces, Color Stucco
Painting - More Color
Awning Windows and Rectractable Awning
Bathrooms and bath gardens
The Pool Is Done
The Kitchen is Functioning
Front Door, Doors/Windows, Cisterns
In the pool at sunset
Final Kitchen, Issues of Large Openings
In the view above, you can see that the most public spaces are to the right (living room, pool, outdoor dining) leading to the existing gazebo and the beach access. The most private space is to the left (east) in the master bedroom suite which is up a few steps, has a private veranda.
The structure to the right of the master bedroom contains two studies and a kitchen. Next comes a swimming pool and then the living room pavillion, which can also be a guest villa, since it has a full bathroom.
Dining will be outside in various places, or inside the living room pavillion in bad weather.
The house is basically one room thick, allowing every room a view and a breeze. Starting from the left, the elevation above shows:
The elevation from the east side shows the height of the master suite relative to the rest of the living area. What it doesn't show is that the living area is 26" above the floor of the gazebo.
Updated April 2000
Imagine you are entering the floor plan show above. The visitor's entry is from the south and road side (bottom of the plan). You will enter near the pool through a garden. You are immediately back outside in our courtyard with a view of the ocean and of the sandy beach over the pool.
To the left is the living room. To the right is the arbored dining area, the kitchen, and a porch on the waterfront. Further to the right inside the building are the two studies and up some stairs is the master suite. The master bath has a walled garden off it.
If you walk straight ahead through the courtyard and down a few stairs, you reach the beach gazebo and then the sand beach.
The hot afternoon sun is on the West, the cooling breezes are from the Northeast and the East. There will someday be a neighbor house up hill to the East and there is already a restaurant to the West and closer to the water. The house looks straight out to sea and up a sand beach due North.
If you've ever looked at a North American electrical blueprint, this one will appear very cluttered. That's because the blueprint has to show every outlet and light and number the circuits. In North America you usually only indicate the lights and switch locations and the code determines the outlets and the electrician determines the circuits. Here in Anguilla we don't have licensed electricians, or electrical inspectors, or electrical codes. [Update: things are changing - we have inspectors now!]
And to top it off, the electrical is more difficult to install here due to the concrete construction. In a wood frame building, the electrician comes in after the framing is done and wires the whole house. All walls are exposed and little preplanning is needed during framing. With a concrete building, the electrical lines have to be laid in the floor before you pour the concrete!
Bellamare Villa, Anguilla
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Bellamare Villa: www.bellamare.ai
Azu Villa: www.azuvilla.com