Joel & Robin Globus
Tequila Sunrise Villa
Lovers Cove on Dropsey Bay
Sandy Hill, Anguilla BWI
We can't begin to thank you enough. What an uncomfortable feeling it was, just thinking about building on a Caribbean island while living in the U.S. After helping us decide on the right piece of property for our new home, you guided us through the approval process with the government to be a foreign land holder, listened to what we wanted for our dream villa, and translated our thoughts into drawings. You and your associates really understood what we wanted and showed us in 3D what it would look like. You reacted in such a positive way and made changes as we progressed through the building stages. I know that all the trades appreciated your guidance and input from positioning the villa on our property with the sun, wind, and view in mind, to the final touches. We heard so many horror stories about building; we kept waiting for the shoe that never dropped. All of our villa guests are amazed from the first moment when they enter our home through the Provence farm doors into the courtyard and look across the Great Room as their eyes take them over the infinity pool, beach, and ocean, onto the mountains of St. Marten in our back yard. In addition to keeping the construction within our budget you gave us exactly what we wanted. Thank you, thank you, and thank you.
Robert and Loren Pearson
Forget the books or horror stories about buying or building in the Caribbean! Our experience with Sunset Homes has been positive from start to finish. The thoughts of building a home from a distance can be intimidating but this was not our experience with the staff at Sunset Homes. Guided by Sugar George and Janine the staff at Sunset Homes utilizes the latest technology to maximize communication between parties in a timely and efficient manner. They also provided additional information and encouragement about building in the tropics. This initial experience resulted in a desire to continue the relationship with Sunset Homes and we contracted with them for the design and layout of our home in Anguilla. Sugar George patiently listened, advised and ultimately designed the home of our dreams. Sugar George's amazing artistic talent, his extensive product and building knowledge and contracting experience combined with the efficient Sunset Homes staff meant we were in the best of hands from beginning to end. We run a family construction business in the states and can say without reservation that Sunset Homes was the perfect choice.
Your first obstacle when building on Anguilla is the haughty certainty your "friends" will express when they tell you, "What are you, nuts? It's hard enough to build a house in your own hometown; how do you expect to handle something in another country, thousands of miles away?".
How to respond? With deep, cleansing breaths? Or, for sure, with fervent prayer.
Although both are useful, building your dream house is entirely possible, practical, and attainable, so long as you do your homework.
One caveat (as we lawyers are wont to say): There are no guarantees about anything, except the maxim, "What can go wrong will go wrong." If you lack resilience, good nature, good humor, and a sense of adventure, then don't do this (if you lack all those characteristics, move to Florida; we want fun people on Anguilla). Final caveat: even if I sound like I know what I am talking about in this article, it is better to be lucky than good. We were incredibly lucky and had one of the most positive and gratifying experiences of our lives. Our best luck was finding Ian "Sugar George" Edwards, but more about that later.
In December 2001 my wife, KK, and I were fortunate enough to obtain a unique and spectacularly situated piece of land at the western end of Shoal Bay East. We now needed a house that would do justice to this phenomenal location. So, we needed a designer/contractor who could do justice to such a house. Continue read...
Sue and Joe Polak
Almond Tree Villa www.axabwi.com
After visiting Anguilla for the first time in 1996 we had a dream to make this island our home. The dream could not have become a reality without the help of true construction and development professionals like Sugar George and Janine Edwards of Sunset Homes. Their services and direction were instrumental in the success of our project. Sugar consulted with us on our planned renovations and new construction. The Sunset Homes engineering team took our hand drawn concepts and worked them into the new villa we had imagined. They handled all the necessary Government approvals. We wanted Sunset Homes to handle the construction of our project as well, but not wanting to exceed their limitation, Sunset Homes instead recommended an exceptional contractor who completed the villa as we had imagined. The Sunset Homes team represents the highest level of professional talent to be found in Anguilla. There is simply no better Construction and development team on the island.
John and Val Barker
The Barkers met the Edwards in 2003 when they were looking for a contractor to build "Le Bleu", the third villa in the Barker's original Little Harbour Estates property development concept. The Barkers and the Edwards quickly discovered that they shared a passion for Anguilla and a desire to create a company that would build the island's most prestigious and luxurious vacation homes in the most desirable locations. The Signature Villas Collection was born. "We saw Ian and Janine as younger versions of ourselves" recalls John. "Their enthusiasm and commitment to standards in design construction and most of all, genuine business professionalism and ethics, attracted us to work with them".
Meads Bay Beach Villas The Sunset Homes team is simply the best design, development firm in the Caribbean. I have worked with Sugar George and Jan for more than a decade and have the highest regard for them both personally and professionally. Their creativity and leadership in designing and building Meads Bay Beach Villas is largely responsible for us winning the 2012 Trip Advisor top Island Resort in the world. I'm delighted to give Sunset Homes my highest recommendation.