San Fuego Residence, Aruba

San Fuego Residence in Aruba is a small development located near the center of the island. It is also at one of the highest points on the island. The houses being built here have the advantage of fronting a brand new concrete road as well. Lot sizes range from 1,000 square meters to over 3,000 square meters (about 1/4 to nearly a full acre.) I made this short video to show three houses under construction. You’ll see the foundation of one, roof details of another, and a complete roof on the final one. People ask me about home construction here in Aruba and I hope this video answers some questions.

The fortunate owners of these homes will soon be enjoying the steady breeze and beautiful views that can be found in San Fuego. I would build a two-story home here because from the second floor it is possible to see all the way to the Caribbean. Similarly, this would be a great place to have an amateur telescope to view the stars and planets. Many nights are clear and given that there aren’t many houses in this area, there is very little light to ruin your star gazing.

Having a home in Aruba is a wonderful thing, especially if you find a place like San Fuego which is more “authentic” than a huge development in other spots. Here things are quiet, casual, and welcoming as opposed noisy and hectic. Choose your vacation home wisely, don’t compromise your goals, and do frequent inspections during construction.

Bon dia from Aruba.

Published in: on January 12, 2009 at 12:05 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Roof Tiles and Styles

At last we’re ready to put the roof on a house in Aruba. You have your choice of tiles here. Some are the standard, uniform Spanish clay tiles. Others are the glazed blue “Dutch tiles.” Lately they’ve been importing ones that look rustic. Whatever your choice, tiles are a great way to keep the weather out. Here’s a look at a house that’s going to get those blue tiles.

The above photo is a little difficult to work with. It’s the house in the back of the photo where you see the blue tile on the upper roof and lower roof is ready for installation. The roof in the foreground is sheet metal, which can be a good, economical alternative for this climate. Nothing beats the look and durability of those glazed tiles, however. At least in my humble opinion. The next photo shows some of those rustic tiles, here used on a front wall and entrance gate.


And then there are the flat tiles used below to cover awnings on the side of a house as shown below. This dresses the house up and gives it a classy, totally finished look.

So we’ve gone from the foundation to the roof. Next weekend, I’ll post about some of the internal issues, like water sytems, electrical, and so forth. In the mean time, we’ll stop into some restaurants, a few hotels, and maybe a run to the beach or something. Thanks for stopping by.

Ready for the Roof

Now that the foundation and walls have gone up, we’re ready to frame out the roof. Since you don’t have to worry about the snow load in Aruba, the framing is a bit lighter. My own house is framed lighter than I prefer, but it’s been on the house for over 20 years without a problem (wood knocking sounds) so I’m going to leave well enough alone. Just the same, these photos will go on to show clay tile roofs that are built to newer, and better, standards. Here’s a house with the cross members in place.

That V shape looks like the man is ready to put a dormer in there or something which would add some character to the house. Either way, this is a good start. Some roofs are built with internal trusses that allow for a cathedral ceiling inside, such as this one.

Do some finish work on that and stain it nice and you’d have a great feature on the inside. On the outside, the cross members are covered with plywood, then tar paper, and then the slats that accept the tiles, as shown in the next photo.

The roof is all ready to go. Here’s a closer look at those tiles.

 I’m a big proponent of clay tiles as a roofing material. They’re durable, reflect the heat, low maintenance, and look great. Some houses in Aruba have switched to asphalt shingles. I don’t think this is a wise move. The sun here is brutal and those shingles may be cheaper but there’s no way they’re going to stand up to sun. You’ll be replacing them or dealing with leaks.

In the next post, I’ll show a couple of roofs with different styles of tiles just for fun.

Published in: on July 19, 2008 at 11:26 pm  Comments (1)  
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