PREFAB HOMES COSTS 

BUILDING YOUR HOME ON A CARIBBEAN

ISLAND

ALSO USING LOCAL BUILDING CONTRACTORS 

DO YOU WANT PRECISE CONTROL OF QUALITY FIT AND FINISH | CLEAR ON BUDGET FINANCES AND ON-TIME DELIVERY.

ARE

THESE IMPORTANT FACTORS

FOR YOUR NEXT PROJECT?

 

 

WE HAVE YOU COVERED WITH OVER 60

YEARS OF WORLDWIDE SERVICE

EXPERIENCE

 

 EUROPE | CARIBBEAN | SOUTH AMERICA | AFRICA | ASIA | ISLANDS OF THE PACIFIC AND ATLANTIC OCEANS | 

DELIVERED ON TIME | ON BUDGET.  

WE BACK ALL OUR WORK WITH INTERNATIONAL

 

10 YEAR HOME WARRANTIES 

MOST PROJECTS ARE COMPLETED WITHIN

6 TO 8 MONTHS START TO FINISH

INCLUDING | MANUFACTURING | SHIPPING | COMPLETE INSTALLATION

Before we begin let us introduce you to Mother Company

ConstantinebyDesign Ltd. and the services we provide.

ConstantinebyDesign is a very different Architectural | Design | Supply Company. Specializing in full turnkey services: including Design | Product  Supply and Prefab homes and Commercial building construction in the Caribbean with complete full 10  Year  Warranties.

We specialize in Prefab Homes | design | Hurricane building materials and construction. The Prefab process provides better quality control of materials used | with complete turnkey services that save you time and money. We accomplish this by reducing Project Management and labor costs |supplying wholesale building material pricing and providing the shortest possible complete turnaround times for the entire construction of your new home to be completed.

ConstantinebyDesign supplies clients with only top-quality products at wholesale prices.  Making them available to almost everyone that is serious about their home's safety and quality of living.  ConstantinebyDesign also focuses on creating the very best selections and design choices to reflect your personal lifestyle.

This is why we can offer a wide variety of products and PREFAB Hurricane Building systems solutions that can most certainly meet the requirements of almost all clients and their budgets.

ConstantinebyDesign PREFAB Homes are On-time | On Budget, so you can enjoy your home and investment faster and spend it where it really counts which is in the quality finishes of your new home.

ConstantinebyDesign Hurricane Engineered Prefab Homes are built using top quality products from around the World, finished from only manufacturers that we trust, and have an excellent track record with customer services and warranty.

 

All products are engineered to work for the tropical environment and are designed to last the length of time. This is why we offer our customers a 10 Year, International PREFAB Home Warranty.

ConstantinebyDesign PREFAB builds philosophy is simple, to construct much higher quality homes and supply superior products that last for generations to come and provide you a 1 stop shopping experience that gets you into your brand new dream home in half the time.

We are not here to build cheap quality houses even though we do supply PREFAB Homes for low-income housing projects, as well.  We are here to build top-quality homes that will grow with the local real estate market at 10 percent every year so your investment is sound and your selected design and products are the very best engineered for your environment that money can buy at direct wholesale pricing.

There is no reason to buy an old house when you can afford a brand new custom PREFAB-designed home, custom-made just for you, your family, and your real estate market.

So know you know what we provide for services.  So let’s have a more detailed look at Construction building costs for the Caribbean. Please note:  Before we even start these are general approximate costs and comparisons to build new homes that will provide an excellent guide for new home buyers, purchasing land in the Caribbean Islands. The exact costs will greatly depend on home design | material finishes selections and the type of land built on. So best, we recommend contacting us or one of our local dealers directly with your requests to discuss your project in greater detail.

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HURRICANE AND EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERED PREFAB HOMES LIKE THESE 

STARTING AT

$175 USD P/Sqft.

per square foot price

AVERAGE BUILDING STRUCTURE  

FINISHED INSTALLED IN ONLY 10 DAYS.

INCLUDES

POST-H-GALV. STEEL REINFORCED LIGHTWEIGHT CONCRETE PANEL STRUCTURE WITH FOAM INSULATED CONCRETE FIBERBOARD EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR FOR  FLOORS, WALLS, AND ROOF PANELS WITH WATERPROOF WHITE ROOF SEALER MEMBRANE. HURRICANE RATED WINDOWS AND DOORS ALL ELECTRICAL CONDUITS AND PLUMBING PIPES RUNS ARE ALREADY INSTALLED IN WALLS - BUT NOT HARDWIRED OR CONNECTED.

 

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WE EXCEED ALL LOCAL BUILDING CODES AND FULLY COMPLY WITH ALL  BOTH NORTH AMERICAN AND SOUTH AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN STANDARDS

N.I.C = NOT INCLUDED

BUILDING PERMITS | EXCAVATION | CONCRETE FOUNDATION | FORMS AND / OR CONCRETE FOOTINGS | WATER CISTERN | SEWAGE TANK | BUILDING INTERIOR FIXTURES | APPLIANCES AND FINISHES  | SHIPPING  LOCAL TAXES | DUTIES, AND INSTALLATION COSTS | ALL ELECTRICAL OUTLETS AND HARD WIRING AND PLUMBING FIXTURE HOOKUPS, N.I.C 

WE CAN HOWEVER SUPPLY N.I.C ITEMS  AS AN OPTION IN OUR SUPPLY AND COMPLETE TURN KEY V.I.P BUILD PACKAGE

So let’s begin from the starting point of your new home or project.

 

Land Purchasing:  Cost differences of the construction build-out.

First of all, the biggest cost will depend on the type of land selected, meaning the type of terrain and topography whether it is waterfront or mountain slope that is steep or flat, rocky or sandy, marshland or dry soil. They all have many variables in the home's site preparation costs that vary immensely and you should take this very seriously into consideration before purchasing any type of land. Please contact us about the land before you purchase it.

Main points to consider:

Road Access | city water connections | city utility power | septic | all needed connections from main island road services are so important otherwise you will pay through the nose to create your own workable system | quality work labor force available in the area | local on island building machinery, is it available or needs to be barged in | local island taxes | import duties | land transaction costs to state a few. Please contact your local real estate agent to help you with all these very important questions especially, or contact us before you buy any land so we can help you directly, as well to help save you money.

Rule number #1 for any real estate transaction the most important is Location, Location, Location, cannot stress this enough. If your property is very costly and difficult to get to, it will not rent as easily, as an easily accessible property. Please only buy waterfront or Mountain ocean panoramic view properties. These types are the only ones that rent well. (these are 99 % of rentals) that are always rented out, that are making at least $5000 to $15 000 USD per month rental income because the house sits on a beautiful waterfront, white sandy beach with direct water access and a view that looks like a million dollars. But do not rule out Mountain views, with stunning panoramic sun, open spans of aqua blue ocean views that extend from morning to evening with cool breezes and lush green tropical garden surroundings. You must always consider in the Caribbean the sun rises in the East and sets in the West, so for buyers and renters their first choice is always West ocean view or West ocean front properties for sunsets and white sandy beach access, preferably directly in front of your home or rental property.

This is the best advice from all the years we have built developments and custom homes all over the World, especially in the Caribbean. People always want waterfront beachside no matter what, this is their first choice and these properties rent the quickest especially during the holiday seasons of Christmas | New Year’s | Spring break | Easter Holidays and Thanks Giving peak season vacation times…

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THIS LUXURY PREFAB HOME WAS COMPLETED IN 12 WEEKS

 

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PREFAB HOMES CREATE ABSOLUTE ELEGANCE WITH OUR MODERN OPEN DESIGNS

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PRICES AND COSTS WILL VARY DEPENDING ON DESIGN AND MATERIALS FINISHES YOU SELECT BUT THE HURRICANE PREFAB STRUCTURE STILL STARTS AT $175 USD P/Sq.Ft.

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Rule number #2 Uniqueness of your House and property Design. Don’t think for one minute if your home is the same as everybody else’s around the island that yours will get higher rental income or a better price in selling. The truth is today people want different, new more open concepts, modern design and these homes are still rare in the Caribbean real estate market, so they sell very quickly. Think of it this way, if there are 100 new cars of the same style and only 1 car that is totally different, new and modern on the island which one do you think will sell first and get the most money for it. If you guessed the new modern one then you guessed correctly. We are going by what most of our customers, real estate agents are saying. They want new home construction offering modern open living that rents better and much higher both in downward and upward trend vacation destination rentals and selling markets.

Now the final decision comes right down to design, price and quality of construction of your home. Otherwise, when it comes to selling your house the costs to renovate your house from the new buyer will be deducted from your suggested selling price. This is done to meet their needs for new updated design and quality finishes. So you might as well do it right the first time. The main idea is to get people super interested in your new home to rent it or purchase it. So better to design it with a new modern look for the up market.  Clients typically only design around their needs, but you also need to think of the average buyers’ needs because all houses will sell at one point and you want to maximize your sell ability and rental ability to create larger profits, so you can also get a excellent return on your investment.

Rule number #3 Return of investment, AirBnB and rental potential, preferred properties have good access to local shops, bars | restaurants and Grocery stores | Local amenities | simple easy access to the Airport and connection flights to all major US and European Airports.  I can tell you living in the Caribbean is wonderful, but living on at least 50 percent of the islands over the last 20 years and visiting almost 85 percent of them, one thing to really consider is easy access by airplane | ferry boat or water taxi, because if you need to fly into a island and then wait for your next flight to continue to connect to another island the costs and delays are high and especially if you are travelling with your entire family. I know flying to Europe and the U.S.  is a full day now and it can be the same to all the islands.  So this is why you need to really think and plan this all out.  Are you going to fly in for a weekend or a week or are you living there for 3 months or full time, year around? 

 

From a renters perspective the faster, easier to get to the final destination, is more time they can enjoy their holidays, instead of waiting several hours for connecting flights to a local island. Which by the way, can be easily missed and are generally only twice a day.  Once in early morning and once in the late afternoon.  However, Connecting flights on the islands are getting much better, offering several connection flight schedule services throughout the island chains now, but still varies from island to island and most importantly can be very, expensive at $170 to $250 usd one way trip per person and private charters for $2300 to $2500 usd with a small prop aircraft.

 

So do your research and make sure you have all the facts well thought out especially if your renting out your new home to help pay off the mortgage or that will add to your monthly living income with your rental property investment.  Lots of people will not come back if it is hard to get to and expensive to reach your rental property.

Buying your very own property on an Island is a wonder experience and provides the freedoms and liberties of living in paradise at a much slower pace of stress free, healthy living. Picking your own fruits from the trees, fishing off your own dock walking on your beach, or taking a quick boat ride to a secluded Cay and see nobody all day, or swimming and sunbathing with not a care in the whole world, makes it all worthwhile.

But, do not expect all things to work like back home, the same way. It simply, is not what Island life is about. It is about taking things back to basics, living a stress free life in an environment that fills your day with sunshine, warm winters, sea breezes, great island friends and great local, low key places to hang out and to meet new people and friends from all walks of life, from around the World.

This is your chance for you and your family to make your own little piece of paradise and live a truly stress free way of life.  Every day for the rest of your day’s think about it, not a bad way of life, I must say and it is truly worth it, yes it is 100 percent worth it, living on a paradise island. 

 

So making the right choices can have the most professional | stress free | shortest turnaround building time of your new home so you can start enjoying your PREFAB-designed home within 6 to 8 months time.

HOT GALVANIZED - SOLID STEEL REINFORCED CONCRETE CUSTOM SIZED PREFAB PANELS 
WITH INSULATED FOAMED CONCRETE INTERIORS ALL ENCASED IN A FIBER CONCRETE WALLS, FLOORS, AND CEILING PANELS.
 
 FAST SIMPLE | ROCK SOLID HURRICANE PROTECTION |
 COST-EFFECTIVE | PRECISE | PREFAB CUSTOM | SIMPLE INSTALLATION CAN  BE INSTALLED BY THE HOMEOWNER OR BY A LOCAL CONTRACTOR
 
FASTEST AND MOST ACCURATE - EFFICIENT PREFABRICATED HOME SYSTEM OUT IN THE MARKET TODAY - DESIGNED AND ENGINEERED EXCLUSIVELY BY OUR TEAM. 
 

THE FACTS: The Comparisons | Do’s and Don’ts

COSTS OF CONSTRUCTION AND LAND PRICES:

 

The cost of construction throughout the Bahamas and Caribbean Islands are about the same using our PREFAB Homes, but with using conventional building construction methods the costs vary from island to island. The skill level of labor available directly influences the costs and the materials local contractors have to select from will certainly make a huge difference in the quality and engineering used for your home.

 ConstantinebyDesign, designs and supplies a variety of PREFAB Building systems solutions that are best suited and specially engineered over years of experience so we can meet the most challenging environmental and design demands with almost all clients’ budgets in mind. This is especially effective and is the best option for difficult limited island access locations and other remote areas around the World.

 

Land prices vary greatly from Island to Island with the easiest access islands in the Caribbean being the Bahamas. The most cost-effective ones to build on are on EXUMA and ELEUTHERA.

 

These two beautiful islands are probably the best and lowest land prices in the Caribbean at the moment and best of all, have all local utilities, city water, and amenities that you could ever need. Of course, the Exumas are some of the most beautiful, but if you are buying a private island the extra access costs without your own plane or boat and very few amenities to offer tourists or vacationers throughout these island chains can cost you into the millions.

 

The Exumas consist of approx. 345 private little islands and Cays, many for sale and are the private islands vacation homes of many famous people.

 

In regards to construction just as importantly local building contractors and equipment available are very scarce and would not be able to build cost-effective either. We mention the Exumas because so many clients ask our opinion of them. If you have a strict budget and want to build anyways, well PREFAB construction will save you a huge amount of time on a complete turnkey building for the Caribbean or a totally remote island.  Local islands offer very little infrastructure, local trades, supply stores if none at all. Most building materials are ordered and brought into all the Caribbean Islands by Tropical Shipping since they have the monopoly share and coverage of the entire Caribbean.

Some other Islands to consider right now for easy access and great deals still to be had are

ST. CROIX, U.S.V.I that have daily flights in from the continental U.S. and Europe.

Beautiful 1 acre lots waterfront, beachfront lot: half-acre properties starting as low as $65,000 US Dollars to $159,000 US for 1 acre beachfront with an ability to build your very own private boat dock in some cases. That is some of the best prices to be had in the Caribbean for English-speaking, using safe British law or the US law system for the islands. We recommend these islands as developers first and foremost as they are showing the most promise and safest returns on land and property investments.

  

Before you buy anything consider this when buying because you know your land is only as good as what has been shown to you, but there are so many other factors to consider which again we will happily and free of charge walk you through all the proper steps of purchasing a perfect piece of land that is safe and won’t have any problems for building cost-effectively when you are ready to start your project.

 

Next, a very important point is to purchase land that is sold through a reputable Real estate company that has shown you and will guaranty land-free hold, clear titles on the property you have selected.  Do not go by a local saying, oh! yes, it’s my family's land and I can sell it to you. This happens so many times and You will lose your deposit because it really is not owned by that person's family or it has so many local families involved that have interests claiming it as their family's land too. it will only become a legal costly endless mess. Find another property!!!

Now lets of course have a look at the French and Spanish territories islands, bin there done that, but they come with so many other issues, the French with their super high property taxes and the Spanish islands with the most corrupt governments policies and local taxes corruption. We will not recommend you this especially because of their legal systems. It can really end up costing you a huge amount of stress and money that does not even protect your property investment. The Caribbean Islands are truly beautiful no matter where you buy and build we are just saying from our experience as developers we want to advise you on better safer options that pay off and make you a lot of money in return.

Please ask us first before you purchase any land or buy on a Caribbean Island so we can help you with the truthful unbiased pros and cons of that land and or Island. We want you to be successful that is what Caribbean Life is truly about to enjoy and it will save you a lot of stress and headaches and you will love living on any island.

COMMAN MISTAKES WITH BUILDING IN THE CARIBBEAN:

 

The most common mistakes that Expats or foreigners think, is that building costs should be the same costs like back home, but this is truly not the case and you need to keep in mind there are so many variables that need to still be considered. These extras costs will also need to be calculated and factored in when building any style of home throughout the Caribbean islands.

So let’s walk through some of the most important points, together.

1./ Building on an Island does not have the same resources and qualified construction trades readily available at a moment’s notice like back home.  All products need to be container shipped in from the Continents. So shipping in materials and specialized trades are the first important point of building on the islands because almost everything is shipped in which is subject to shipping charges, duties and port fees.

2…/What's the 1st step first you ask, after purchasing land to start building? You will need to hire a Architect, a Engineer, a Land Surveyor and find reputable and trust worthy local contractors for all construction projects.  Either way, no matter if you select PREFAB Homes or Local Island built, even if you are intending to build your home yourself.

2.A./ But,  when using PREFAB Homes or Local Island Professionals things still need to be worked out all ahead or it will end up costing you a lot more at the end by buying from local supply stores and or local contractors.

3…/ The entire and complete build out process of your project will be much faster with construction times required for PREFAB Homes. This will be your most valuable asset for you using any of our PREFAB systems over conventional local building construction. This is because the quality of materials selected are used and specified from the beginning and purchased at wholesale prices. Then your PREFAB Home is efficiently, constructed in the factory with certified trained technicians to meet the exact quality of design and finish desired by you for your home or project.

This service is simply not available on the islands with all your materials being exposed to the elements of the rain and sun using conventional island construction methods. Half your products already have damages on them even before they have been installed. This is do to local jobsite limited storage space. The local island building construction process simply cannot compete in quality control and huge wholesale buying power of PREFAB Homes. This is because local contractors are all buying already local imported building materials that have the taxes, duties and retail mark ups on those building products already.

When local island contractors are purchasing from the local island building stores or yards they are paying imported retail prices for the lumber, concrete and on the limited selection of finishing products available of the island supply stores. Then naturally they need to mark up your required products for your project up again to cover their needed overhead costs and business profits. This is the standard business practice, anywhere.

This normal standard way of doing business is simply not cost effective, nor is it providing you the best product options. Yes of course PREFAB Homes have to pay local taxes and duties as well.  If you live on the island year around and you are working on a job you simply will drive down to the local island building store and buy what you need and take what you can select from what the local building store or supply yard has to offer. Local contractors do not want to think about shipping and delivery; it is too much time loss, so they work with what’s best and easiest to select from.

4…/ Let’s look at the basic construction cost values to provide you a better idea between PREFAB Constructed Homes and Local Island Built Homes:

Ultimately the price difference will be in the endless variety of selections and quality of building products used from start to finish during the construction of your PREFAB home.

for something that is middle of the line.

  • $340,000 USD. is a basic starting price.

  • For super high-end homes, it just goes up from there well over into the millions.

  • We do not design or build homes under $500,000 USD.

The time required to construct your home from start to finish will also vary because PREFAB offer endless options with different prefabricated building styles and quality of building materials to suit your tastes and budget. Most importantly, you will have a the much faster turnaround on delivery times and the endless selections of top quality Hurricane Systems to select from that are simply not available throughout the Caribbean, nor are our Hurricane and Earthquake Engineered PREFAB Homes through almost all Islands local building contractors.

Local building contractors will build generally using local island methods which have been passed down through family generations.  This we can guaranty 100 %, homes built by Local Island professionals take way longer to build, and by using local building suppliers materials they simply cannot match our PREFAB quality options.

This is why ConstantinebyDesign offers full complete custom turnkey solutions with in house Architecture and Interior Design services, wholesale purchasing of special Hurricane engineered products and Hurricane and Earthquake Engineered PREFAB Homes. This complete service Includes: managing and ordering of all interior finishes, installation, and quality control, custom designed and supplied by our experience professional staff and manufacture suppliers using only certified factory trained technicians and trustworthy installers.

TYPE A: BASIC LOW-COST HOUSING WOOD CONSTRUCTION COST - PREFAB OR USING A LOCAL ISLAND BUILDER.


Costs can be as low as $65 to $80 USD per square foot for low-cost, wooden housing, non-insulated walls with a non-insulated sheet metal roof, and with wood frame construction set on posts and concrete pad footings. Windows typical are louver glass windows or Bahamian wood shutters.

This also could be done with prefab wood trusses with plywood roofing and asphalt shingles like in the USA.  For around $90 to $100 US. Per square foot price.

 

 

 

TYPE B: MODEST CONCRETE BLOCK HOMES USING 6 TO 8 INCH WALLS- CONSTRUCTION COST- USING A LOCAL ISLAND BUILDER.

 Concrete block construction with prefab roof trusses framing should cost between $133 to $150USD per square foot.

 

TYPE C:  CONCRETE HOME CONSTRUCTION COST - PREFAB OR USING A LOCAL BUILDER.


An average basic home will cost around $250 to $325 per sqft. But this is using commonly available, standard quality range of products. Please note that concrete homes in the Caribbean the cubic yard cost is generally twice the cost of that in the US or Europe and the quality of concrete supplied on islands is 35% less strong. If it costs less, then the local island concrete plant is not importing the needed NON CONTAMINATED SAND required,  but rather is mixing in saltwater contaminated sand which is why you see so many homes with huge rust marks running down the walls or a white cancer powder markings on the house walls both on the interior or exterior sides.  You can literally use a nail to carve out the concrete walls which proves it is structurally inferior. Especially during an earthquake or during a hurricane structural flaws could open up completely leaving catastrophic results for your home.

Look at Hurricane Irma and Maria causing over 95 Billion USD in damages and it will cost now 4 times more to rebuild the mess. 

We at ConstantinebyDesign want to sleep at night and we want our clients to do the same with our PREFAB Homes and Hurricane Products, this is why we love what we do and so will you, by providing a better-designed Hurricane engineered building integrated with higher-rated hurricane products that will last.

In Conclusion: The starting price of our turnkey Hurricane PREFAB Homes are built with a safe budget of around $250 to $325 USD Per/ Sq.ft. price.

 Middle to high-class PREFAB Homes which are top-quality homes better than average newly constructed homes with excellent quality finishes and products can cost between $375 to $450 US Dollars P/ Sq.ft.


For luxury, high-end, Villas the cost can be well over $800 to $1000 USD per square foot and simply goes up from there, the sky is the limit depending on what type of products and furnishings you select with our Interior Designers and/or Architects.


So now you can see all price construction cost comparisons.  The basic building costs in the Caribbean are much higher than practically all of the United States, European countries, and Canadian Provinces and are higher now especially after Hurricane Irma and Maria of 2017 due to higher prices of materials…  So the majority of homes in the Bahamas and throughout the Caribbean were made over 20 years ago and more and more out of a concrete block or poured concrete cause alarming concerns of the structural failure and internal rebar rusting causing huge foundation structural flaws.  Remember, these homes go through some of the toughest storms, with constant wind and sand and salt blast all year long, and like all things have a shorter life span due to these extreme climatic conditions.

This is why we specially designed and engineered our Hurricane PREFAB Homes made out of Fiber lightweight Insulated Concrete panels – with a solid Hot Galvanized H- steel frame for the entire building structure and mainframe construction. These are the strongest and safest constructed homes out there in the market and building industry period and are built in a quality-controlled factory environment that exceeds all local Island building codes at every level.

With ConstantinebyDesign you can select many types of high-quality products and Hurricane engineered systems and have it all delivered on time | on budget and have the peace and mind that all was properly engineered and quality control from the start and built to completion using quality factory-trained technicians that studied there trades for 4 years in accredited Building trade schools.

So there you have all in a nutshell, the truthful facts in black and white of building a home on a Caribbean island. 

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