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BelizeBreeze23
7/31/2022 16:40 EST

I am interested in building with earth blocks. Is there anyone in Belize who has done this or knows a reputable contractor? I will be living in an eco-friendly self-sustaining community in Cayo-Carmelita Gardens. Also looking at constructing with concrete insulated forms. Same question-who does this?

What is the cost of a septic system, cistern, and solar for an 800 sq ft one bath home for 2 people?

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gamelin
8/1/2022 16:54 EST

We're originally from Canada. We came to Belize to escape those wonderful Canadian winters! CG had been on our radar for a few years, I had found them online and then when my husband and I attended a Live Overseas conference in Texas, the developer and his son had a booth and were presenting on Belize. So they made our short list.

Challenges? Hmmm.... I guess at first it was the heat and humidity. We're acclimatized now (we don't have AC). Other than that, not many challenges. This is a developing country so things aren't what we are used to in US or Canada, but having lived in Zambia, I'm assuming that that won't be an issue for you.

But I will forewarn you, if you or your mother have any serious health issues, the medical infrastructure in Belize is not very strong. Most people go home for serious medical issues or they go to Mexico.

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BelizeBreeze23
8/1/2022 16:35 EST

Hello! Yes, I lived in Zambia where earth blocks were used a lot as an inexpensive way to build, but can't find anyone in Belize that knows about them. I hope to come down in Nov, for the Discovery Tour but came to Carmelita Gardens in Feb.2020 and really like the whole concept of an off-grid community.
Where are you and your husband from? I'm in Colorado and hope to be moving to Belize within the year with my mom who is 88. I want to build a 2 bedroom home 750 sq ft inside and 350 outside. Trying to get all my ducks in a roll. What are some of the things you've found to be the most challenging?

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gamelin
7/31/2022 20:54 EST

Well hello neighbour! My husband and I live in Carmelita Gardens (moved here in October 2020 and rented while we were having our home built). We have a 1BR/1BA house of 832 sq ft including our screened-in front porch and back terrace. Our home was built from Covintech which is a concrete-covered styrofoam-mesh material. We have a 6500 gal cistern, solar panels etc. if you want to dialog with a Carmelita resident, I’m available. As to earth block homes, are you the same person who asked the question on the Cayo Belize Expat page?

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