SELECTING YOUR LAND SITE
When deciding on which
land to purchase do ensure that you consider the restrictions present
especially in regards to land size. Do ensure that land property
you purchase may acommodate the construction of septic tanks, water
PLANNING THE HOUSE
Belize is a very hot country
and it is very important to keep this in mind during construction.
If you are seeking to enjoy the outdoors (your garden, your farm
land etc.) you may wish to build a covered verandah which is rather
popular in the country. Most country or farm land homes are usually
built with air flow in mind especially where natural breeze is
found such as in Cayo or any coastal
Plans with full cross-ventilation
are recommended. Most energy saving properties are built in the
style of the Mexican Homes which provide half wall structures throughout
the property. AC or Ceiling fans are easly found in the country
at most hardware stores if you desire them.
RAISED HOME OR ON THE GROUND
Pros of building a raised house: Greater protection from floods
(not really present), Better view of the outdoors and neighborhood,
helps keeps insects and animals away, and unrestricted access to
airflow for your rooms. Nevertheless do keep in mind that it is
a more costly venture.
Most individuals once they have constructed a raised home proceed
to utilize the space below thier home for storage area, garage
area (shelters the vehicles from the effects of the heat and rain)
or as a workshop. This saves time and money.
CONCRETE or WOOD
This is a concern of personal preference.
Constructing your home with wood is far less costly than concrete
construction; however, maintenance is a must which at times becomes
costly. Similarly, some prefer to have a wooden home as they claim
it is a lot cooler in the midst of the high heat in Belize during
the summer. Also, wooeden structures do not seem to hold up very
well in the instance of a hurricane.
To construct your home with concrete is a bit
more expensive but requires less maintenance.
Should you purchase a property and require a quickly
built home on it, you may always purchase a mennonite home built
from wood. These are easily purchased for less than $10,000 usd
and can be prepared on site or built in the Cayo District and then
reassembled on your property within a week.