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Mary Ann's Tropical Building Page

This is the web site for the three villas that I built on Anguilla and the villa that I am renovating in St Barts (see Azu Villa Renovation Page), plus tropical construction tips and resources as well. These construction projects started in 1997, although land acquisition and architectural planning started in 1995. Every stage of the construction is recorded here.

We rent the villa in St Barts and the guest cottage in Anguilla (La Vanda) and the villa at the top of the Anguilla property (Mimosa), but we keep the beachfront house and pool for our own use. And we have created a name and web page for the overall completed property: Bellamare

For details on the main Anguilla beachfront house, visit the Residence Construction Page.

For the technology center, visit the "Clubhouse" Construction Page.

And finally, for the guest cottage, our first attempt at construction on Anguilla, visit the La Vanda Construction Page.

-- Mary Ann Green

Construction Tips

Thursday, November 08, 2001   Permalink

Work on the Kitchen. The kitchen is the last remainng room to finish in the main house.


The outer wall has a large window opening on the pool. Under the window is a curved counter. The corian top will extend out the window, making a bar/serving area near the pool as well.


The opposite wall contains the stove, sink, dishwasher and refrigerator. The stove is a six-burner DCS gas stove, modified for use with propane.


The dishwasher is a low-water, low-noise Bosch.


The fridge is a tall, builtin GE Monogram. It is 42 inches wide and 24 inches deep (so it matches the counter depth).

Wednesday, November 07, 2001   Permalink

New Web Site: Sunset Homes

Contractor Sunset Homes on Anguilla now has a web site with interesting material on all the pages.

An Email About Mangoes.

From Catherine Myers ( in Melbourne Florida and Andros, Bahamas.

We have several species of mango trees. Here are my thoughts on each:

We have a keitt, which gets some nasty thing on the leaves and fruit which is black. We don't get much fruit either.

We have Julie, which is the miniature mango.

We have a glenn. Its wonderful, large and very sweet, kinda like a cross between a tangerine and a nectarine, tons of fruit.

We have an Edward, the very best taste and very prolific, not a good shipper, so not used in commercial groves, stays smaller

We have a Baleys marvel, very tall, very good, taste more like oranges we think.

We have a carrie, small fruit, ok taste

We have a kent, large fruit, but the squirrels eat all the fruit, have never tasted it, also late producer, also tall.

Whe worse tree is the Tommy Atkins, used by commercial growers because it ships well, its not good at all. If this is the only tree available and you don't love mangoes, get it but really its not good.

The edward is the best, followed by glenn, Baleys marvel, then carrie, then kent, then keitt (because of the black spots) We first got smaller trees, maybe 5 gal size cost about $39.00, but they were so small we were thinking it would be forever to get fruit. So then we got the largest trees we could buy, about $79.00 each.

I don't know gallon size, but it took two of us and a van to get them home and it took 5 years to get any fruit. We planted in '96 and '9. Now both the largest and the smaller trees are all the same size.

We use old cd discs to scare off the squirrels, who otherwise eat and ruin a lot of fruit.

But remember, mangos don't like salt air... The Fairchild Tropical Gardens in Miami are world famous mango growers in our area. You need to go to your local plant wisdom source and ask about growing mangos on the beach.

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Anguilla, Eastern Caribbean
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