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November 2010
Features
Water Treatment

Water Treatment:
Using Natural Resources as an Integral Part of Filtering

By Owen Waters

When I was growing up, I lived in and visited countries where water was considered a precious resource. The lack o...
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Architect's House

The Architect’s House
By Steve Fox, Managing Director, OBM International

When designing his own house, where does an architect begin? After 30 years designing homes for clients in the BVI, Tim Pec...
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Lemon Grass Villa

Lemon Grass Villa in Cane Garden Bay
by Traci O'Dea

“Cane is more than just a beach, it’s a beachside town.” –from BVI NEWBIE

If you have ever glanced at one of my articles, e...
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Editor's Notes
Editor

Welcome to the November issue of Property Guide.

Season is here. I'm not sure if I'm ready for everything that means. Cruise ship season, charter boat season, snowbird season and even the holiday season have arrived. Visitors are trickling back to the BVI—many who have been here before and some who may even be ready to take the plunge and purchase property in the islands that have tre...
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Winter Greens
Winter Greens

Winter Greens
By Dawn Southgate

Now that the intense heat of summer has broken, what better time to start planning some green improvements to upgrade your home?

If you’re still trying to figure out which project to tackle this winter, here’s a list of my top 10 home improvements that are easy on the environment, offer possibilities to offset you carbon footprint by reusing, recycling and ...
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When to Call a Pro
When to Call a Pro

When to Call a Professional
By Chris Conway of CSE engineering Ltd. and Thor Downing of Roger Downing & Partner Co. Ltd.

Although many of us have a desire to “do it ourselves” whenever possible, there are times when you should call in an engineer and seek professional advice.

Recommended occasions to call an engineer, architect or interior designer:

You are buying a house.
The engineer...
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The Red Cross
The Red Cross

Painting the Red Cross Red
By Traci O'Dea

In March of this year, BVI Red Cross Office Manager and Disaster Coordinator Deniese Gardener, along with her staff, painted the wall in front of the Red Cross building a shade of maroon which is not the standard hue for international organization. “After we started painting,” she said, “we realized that it wasn’t the right red, b...
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Upsize to Upgrade
Upsize to Upgrade

Upsize to Upgrade
By Erick Oeseberg, Poolworks

When I opened my mail the other day, I looked at the last month's electricity bill, and I was pleasantly surprised. You must be wondering about my sanity.

As unlikely it may sound, for the first time in four years, my monthly usage had dropped by the equivalent of a good lunch with friends. This change had occurred since I replaced my pool pump with ...
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Blues about Green
Blues about Green

Got The Blues about Being Green?
By David Blacklock

Standing in line at RiteWay recently, I found myself gazing admiringly at Abby O'Neal who was at the next register. For the first time I could remember, I saw a real person using recyclable shopping bags. Now, I realize that Ms. O'Neal is in the recyclables business and, if anyone, she ought to be seen to use these bags. But I swear she mus...
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Kiddie Table
Kiddie Table

Graduating From the Kiddie Table
by Traci O'Dea

The season of enormous feasts has officially commenced. Canadian Thanksgiving just passed; American Thanksgiving is this month. After that begin the work parties and open houses and seasonal celebrations of Christmas, Chanukah and New Year’s.

I plan on swimming and running twice as much this holiday season because I’m certainly not going...
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