Compact, portable, modular home designs for the Caribbean and The Bahamas, modular prefabricated light steel frame homes from Bauhu, specialists in off site construction solutions
Palmetto Cottage
  • hurricane resistant light steel frame kit homes for the caribbean and bahamas
  • Factory built, Hurricane resistant,light steel frame kit homes for the caribbean and bahamas
  • Factory built, Hurricane resistant,light steel frame kit homes for the caribbean and bahamas

The Palmetto Cottage is a particularly attractive 'Caribbean Colonial' cottage design offering open plan living accommodation, a master bedroom with en suite bath/shower room, a compact kitchen/dining area and shady covered terraces. This home can be supplied with a mezzanine ‘room in the roof’ accessed from the open plan living area creating a second bedroom, office or den. Please see The Palmetto Plus home design for full details.

What you get
Bauhu homes are manufactured and pre-assembled at factory level to ensure an engineered finished product and an accurate component supply. All parts of the building envelope and interior decoration items are assembled together as a ‘kit’ to provide a complete building package ready for assembly on site.

Below is a non exhaustive scope of supply:
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    Lightweight galvanized steel structure for external walls and internal partition walls (frames) according to structural calculations for the building type. The external wall frame composition is engineered according to structural calculations. These calculations take into account typical usage loadings and conditions specific to the build location. Assessment of suitability for specific construction locations should be carried out by competent local engineers instructed by the buyer.

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    External wall fibercement sheathing, waterproofing membrane, Rockwool wall insulation, fibre cement plank external siding and decorative fibre cement corner boards, window frames and sills. The light steel frame of the building is wrapped in a constructive coating of cement board and a rain screening membrane. The final finish is provided by textured render finish or ‘Hardie’ type siding/cladding planks. Opening trims, window sills, fascia panels, soffits and corner boards are supplied in smooth finish cement board pre cut for final finishing and assembly on site.

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    Galvanised steel roof structure, trusses and purlins with fibre cement constructive cladding and waterproofing membrane. Fibre cement soffit and facsia boards, rain gutter and downpipes. Suspended ceiling hanger system, plasterboard ceiling, glasswool ceiling insulation. - Pitched roof buildings are supplied with light steel roof frames and trusses, a vapour control membrane and a cement board constructive coating, leaving a watertight finish in preparation for a final roof covering in polymer resin or galvanized steel roof sheets.

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    Interior wall Rockwool insulation, Fire resistant gyproc dry lining, Water resistant gyproc dry lining - Rockwool insulation matting is used to fill internal wall cavities providing thermal insulation and soundproofing. Exterior and interior paint, decorating materials and equipment. - Gyproc panels are applied to both sides of internal walls and inside outer walls. Water resistant gyproc is used in wet areas. Decorating equipment is supplied as part of the building package.

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    Class A uPVC doors, windows and sliding doors with double glazed units. Composite external doors. - Internal doors are supplied as complete door and frame sets together with liners and architrave profiles. Doors have multi-point locking system for maximum security and peace of mind and are pre finished but can be painted if alternative colours are required. Door furniture and hinges are stainless steel or chrome. Impact resistant laminated glass is provided in high wind climatic locations.

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    Sanitary ware and plumbing installation equipment. - The sanitary ware package is premium quality white ceramic and all equipment is supplied according to bathroom layouts shown on individual house design floor plans. Taps, shower and bathroom equipment accessories are polished chrome. Shower bases are designed to be tiled flush to floor finishes or incorporate a shallow ceramic tray. Shower enclosures and wall tile finishes are not provided.

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    First and second fix plumbing installation materials. - First fix plumbing installation equipment for water distribution throughout the building and second fix connections and fittings for installing sanitary ware. Any outside or under slab installation is not included. Hot water tanks or water heaters, water treatment and water softening equipment are not supplied as part of the sanitary ware package. External connections to services and waste are excluded.

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    Electrical installation materials, cable, conduit, switches, sockets – Bauhu homes are supplied with standard electrical system materials. Cable, sockets, switches, data points and fused consumer units are included according to specific house designs. All cables are run through flexible plastic conduit contained within the thickness of the steel frame walls and ceilings. Temporary lamp holders are supplied to provide site lighting during construction. Light fittings, heating and cooling equipment are excluded.

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    Detailed building plans, structural calculations, manufacturing and assembly drawings. Installation drawings and assembly instructions are provided. Packaging and preparation for transport. Prices indicated on this website for building components are net of VAT (if applicable) and net ex works (excluding transportation). The compant reserves the right to make amendments or substitutions to the building componants and technical specifications if required.

What you don't get

Things that need to be prepared before delivery of a home

Light steel frame homes are designed to be erected on a concrete slab. Foundations, footings and a concrete slab should be prepared before the building arrives. We provide detailed site preparation instructions and concrete slab plans to enable local engineers to design a foundation suitable for local ground conditions.

Sub slab services (water, power, waste and rainwater drainage) should be integrated into the ground works. Site preparation work should be completed by local contractors prior to the arrival of the building.


This video shows a Caribbean Cottage being assembled in the factory

The unique, patented, interlocking insulated steel frame panel system is incredibly easy to assemble allowing this building to be erected in less than one week.

Our team can install the building or it can be assembled by local contractors with the help of full installation drawings, which are supplied, under the supervision of our experienced technicians.

Assembly of Bauhu buildings is uncomplicated and does not require any specialist equipment or particular skills. The use of local labour under the supervision of our staff is likely to provide the most cost effective method of assembly.


Delivery to anywhere

This building fits inside a single 40'HC standard shipping container and can be shipped anywhere in the world by sea or by road. Shipping to most Caribbean sea ports costs in the region of $5500. We would be pleased to provided shipping services but prices are unpredictable and difficult to estimate without a fixed delivery date. However, we do not seek to profit from transport services so please be assured that we will obtain the most cost effective service at the time of delivery on your behalf.

The building is packaged at the factory and loaded into suitable transport for delivery direct to the work site. The building arrives on site with all of the components required for the complete installation.

Good to know

Resistant, Durable, Practical

Steel is resistant. Steel represents incomparable resistance not only to high winds and seismic activity, but also moisture, fire, corrosion, storm, termites and similar pests. The steel building structure is protected by a galvanized coating generally accepted within the steel industry to provide a time to first maintenance of a minimum 100 years. With a highly effective galvanization process, light gauge steel profiles resist even the most humid regions.

Steel is durable. Steel displays the strongest resistance to earthquake. The strength of steel is unquestionable, 21 times more flexible than timber and 10 times more than reinforced concrete (concrete + steel reinforcing). Ideal in poor ground areas, lightweight with a low ratio of specific weight to carried load.

Steel is practical. Light gauge steel frame construction is a rapid construction system. The main carrier system is established in residential type constructions within one week regardless of weather conditions. Turnkey construction can be as short as 2 months. A specific “construction season” does not exist. Reinforced concrete is not required, except for base. Buildings are factory pre-produced for rapid delivery meaning short lead times, minimum time on site, rapid and practical assembly without highly skilled labour or specialist equipment.

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