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July 2010
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Governer's Point

I love historic houses. It might be genetic. Both my mom and younger sister work for non-profit historic preservation organizations, and my older sister owns a gorgeous, 1930s, Victorian-style house w...
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Local Partnerships

Rob Wassell is the director of Caribbean Technology and Cay Electronics, both are BVI companies established in 1980 with Caribbean Technology becoming the land-based division of the marine-based produ...
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Invisible Design

“The buildings curve along the crescent of the beach in small clusters, tucked away among coconut palms and sea grape trees and altogether camouflaged by the lush vegetation.”
Archit...
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Articles
Designer's Notes
Designer

In the fall of 2006, I received a resume from Cedar School administration for a proposed week-long internship candidate. The resume consisted of two pieces of plain white paper with black ink and bullet points—all in Times New Roman Bold. Not the typical resume format for a graphic designer. That's because the intern applicant wasn't a designer. He was Richard George, and his graphic...
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Exterior Design
Exterior Design

What do eco-sensitive design and 171 species of birds have in common? Probably not a question you’ve given too much thought to, but one to consider. As the sun peeks over the horizon, and the alarm clock buzzes you out of your island slumber, stop for a moment and listen.

Not just to the everyday mundane sounds but to the voices of nature. Did you know that on the British Virgin Islands ther...
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The Water's Edge
The Water

The Final Touches  -  From the May Property Guide:
We had six days left before the pool was to be used by some of the client’s guests. We had less than a week to lay the limestone, apply a pebble finish, and install multicolor LED lights and energy efficient Variable Frequency pumps. More on that next time…

And We’re Back…
A few days before installation, we had re...
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Decorating Outdoors
Decorating Outdoors

In contrast to many tropical locales that display patio furniture in pinks and purples, the trend in outdoor decorating in the BVI is to create comfortable, liveable outdoor spaces in colour palettes that don’t compete with the surrounding vistas.

One option for this type of unobtrusive design for homeowners or decorators who still want to incorporate colour into their outdoor furnishings is...
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Green Living
Green Globe Summit

As the tourism and hospitality industries become more sophisticated, and travellers everywhere become increasingly aware of the potentially harmful impacts of mass tourism on the planet, an urgent need has arisen for improvement in the sustainability of the planning, design, management and operations of hotels, resorts and other travel and tourism companies and related businesses.

When planning a ...
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State of the Market
State of the Market

Tourism  -  At the 14th Annual Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference held in Puerto Rico in May 2010, guest speakers reflected on the uncertainty facing investors in the Caribbean region in the near term. While tourism arrivals began to show signs of recovery in the fourth quarter of 2009 and the first quarter of 2010, it was forecast that the deep discounting of hotel room r...
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Property Law
Property Law

Property owners generally enjoy an unrestricted right in the use of their property. As such, they are free to use their property however they choose, including making changes to the external features of a building and the natural surroundings.

However, in some instances there are exceptions to this general rule. One such instance includes where there are restrictive covenants in existence over a p...
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