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Posted By: Captain B

Reliable Builder - 02/01/09 11:52 PM

Does any know if the company Storm Engineered Structures is still in business? I am looking for a reliable builder for a home on ambergris caye.
Posted By: ckocian

Re: Reliable Builder - 02/02/09 01:04 AM

I don't think the company ever made it beyond the idea stage. Miss 'Lena is a member on this forum and she hasn't posted in quite some time. The company founder had a good idea and a noble purpose but I think it went the way of many ventures undertaken in Belize and never got into production.
Posted By: ron

Re: Reliable Builder - 02/14/09 06:46 PM

I'm currently building a house on Caye Caulker with a builder from Belize City who has built a number of houses in San Pedro and CC both in wood and concrete. His name in Rhett and his number is 501-663-3931. I'm very happy so far although we're only about 1/3 of the way complete. I'm a builder whose done architectural work in many different countries so have some knowledge about construction and the problems every project encounters. If you want more info PM me.
Posted By: Pedro1

Re: Reliable Builder - 02/14/09 08:10 PM

I am building a 30 room all with ensuite bath on a concrete platform the rest plycem and wood and the whole project will take 14 weeks sq ft 8000
no problems at all
Posted By: RathaBnBelize

Re: Reliable Builder - 02/15/09 03:58 AM

These units with an average of almost 267 sq. ft..apartments or hotel rooms?
Posted By: Pedro1

Re: Reliable Builder - 02/15/09 06:49 PM

actually studios and they are for locals who want to rent long term -they pay their own elec and water and must have letter of recommendation from their employer-small and cheap-my point was/is that it is not very difficult to build in Belize-you must order your supplies in advance/micro manage and then everything falls into place-
Posted By: Captain B

Re: Reliable Builder - 02/16/09 08:25 PM

Thanks for the info on building. I have my own plans and would like to build a small place to retire approx. 1100 sf wood 2x6 walls Metal roofing any idea on cost per sf. SP area I own the lot.
Posted By: RathaBnBelize

Re: Reliable Builder - 02/16/09 09:27 PM

I'm sure there is a huge demand for those Pedro. Most people spend their time outside anyways.
Posted By: ron

Re: Reliable Builder - 02/16/09 10:56 PM

The cost per sf varies a great deal whether you build in the states or Belize. Are you buying your wood in SP or do you drive up to Spanish Lookout or Orange Walk and get the wood milled for you and then shipped down to SP. Then you have to decide what wood are you going to build with Cabbage Bark or Santa Maria just to name 2. They cost different. Most houses in SP and CC are built with 2x4's rather than 2x6's. As PedroI said you have to micro manage the project and constantly check what your doing. If you know little my guess is you will get very frustrated and that's if you get a good builder. A bad builder will get you poor. Best bet is to spend at least a month or so in SP talking with builders and with people who've had houses built for themselves.
Posted By: Captain B

Re: Reliable Builder - 02/17/09 12:34 AM

I used to build homes in the states now I teach drafting and design along with engineering at the high school level.
When I start building I will be there everyday checking. The thing I have to brush up on is the type of woods to build with.
Is their any info on that online?
Posted By: SP Daily

Re: Reliable Builder - 02/17/09 12:38 AM

You can buy treated pine, milled accurately to commercial standards. Good stuff...
Posted By: Captain B

Re: Reliable Builder - 02/17/09 12:58 AM

I used to build homes in the states now I teach drafting and design along with engineering at the high school level.
When I start building I will be there everyday checking. The thing I have to brush up on is the type of woods to build with.
Is their any info on that online?
Posted By: Captain B

Re: Reliable Builder - 02/17/09 01:03 AM

Who sells the pine?
Posted By: belizegial

Re: Reliable Builder - 02/17/09 04:12 AM

Where are you based Captain B?

I hubby teaches drafting and woodwork in our local high school.

Posted By: belizeonthebeach

Re: Reliable Builder - 02/17/09 04:14 AM

All of the dimension TP standard lumber has been imported for a few years now.
It is the same price as the local TP but the local stuff is much stronger and the size is not the same--hence you cannot mix and match if you are building a wood structure.
Also, Having an ex teacher\homebuilder on site every day will probably add $50 a SF to the cost of the house.
Just kidding--maybe wink
Posted By: Katie Valk

Re: Reliable Builder - 02/17/09 02:32 PM

Pine Lumber is in Belize City and on the Western hywy near the turnoff to the Mtn Pine Ridge.
Posted By: Captain B

Re: Reliable Builder - 02/17/09 09:28 PM

Home base for now is Ocala Florida
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