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Topsider Homes... Custom Hurricane-Resistant Prefab Home Building in the Bahamas & Caribbean

Built on an ocean front point on North Andros in the Bahamas, this piling home was designed and
engineered to be low-maintenance and hurricane-resistant. Click HERE to view the houseplan.

Since 1968, Topsider Homes has designed and shipped quality prefab homes and building materials packages for Bahamas and Caribbean home building

Combination pedestal and two-story hurricane proof house design. Cat Cay, Bahamas.

Custom hurricane-resistant pedestal and two-story combination house design. Cat Cay, Bahamas.
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We know and understand home building in the Bahamas and Caribbean. Years of experience makes Topsider uniquely qualified to deal with the many challenges of Bahamas and Caribbean construction. We understand issues ranging from import duties and customs clearance to remote site shipping logistics and the realities of designing and specifying structures that withstand severe tropical climates and can be built by local labor.

Your Topsider Homes Package can include as much or as little as you wish. Topsider typically supplies the "weather tight" shell components for each house, including windows, exterior doors and decking, plus interior aspects such as framing, interior doors, cabinets, countertops and flooring. Many individuals building in the Bahamas and Caribbean also take advantage of our "one-stop shopping" approach and ask us to provide everything from bagged concrete to appliances.

Free Cost Estimates provide budgetary guidance. Once we know about your proposed building site, design preferences and price range, we will prepare a No-Obligation Free Cost Estimate for the Topsider design concept that most closely fits your needs. Estimates include a detailed quotation for the Topsider home package delivered (with estimated import duty and taxes), along with an itemized estimate of local construction costs. And once you enter the design phase, as your custom design evolves, revised estimates are provided with each revision, ensuring that you remain in control of the scope and cost of your new home building project at all times.

This luxury hurricane proof Topsider Home, built ocean front, on Cat Cay, Bahamas, provides safety against storms and an exceptional island living experience.

This luxury hurricane proof Topsider
Home, built ocean front, on Cat Cay,
Bahamas, provides safety against
storms and an exceptional island living experience.
Click HERE to view the house plan.

Our team becomes your team - from start to finish. Our services package is unmatched. Your team will have an overall Project Manager, a Design Coordinator and a Client Services staff member (whose role is to coordinate your project during the manufacturing, shipping and building phases). From the design phase through builder recruitment and assistance, to house completion, our job is not done until your home is done. This comprehensive support package is particularly valuable when building in a remote location.


Bahamian Flag

The Family Islands Development
Encouragement Act Makes This the Best Time
for Building in the Bahamas

Bahamian government legislation - Extended until June 30, 2026 - helps home buyers save on imported house building materials shipping to select islands.

Bahama Beach House on Short Pilings built on South Andros, Bahamas

This ocean front hurricane-resistant home built on short pilings enjoys 360° views. South Andros, Bahamas.
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Building in the Bahamas provides key benefits to home buyers through the reduction and elimination of duty fees on
a variety of building materials, appliances,
and fixtures.

Customs duty on building materials for home construction has been reduced, thus significantly reducing the cost of building a new home or renovating an existing one. The legislation states that import duties on a number of building materials such as plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), insulation, wooden hurricane shutters, aluminum and wood doors, wooden windows and cement board have been reduced or eliminated altogether.

If building a home on an island that is not import duty exempt, the average import duty rate for building materials is 35% with a 10% Value Added Tax (VAT).

Homeowners who desire to build green will also reap significant savings with a flat 15% import duty on energy-saving home appliances, energy-efficient windows, water-saving toilets and low-flow shower heads.

These islands are now, and will continue to be, Import Duty exempt: Andros, Cat Island, San Salvador, Long Island, Rum Cay, Sweeting's Cay and Water Cay (Grand Bahamas), Grand Cay and Moores Island (Abaco), Crooked Island, Long Cay, Acklins, Ragged Island and Cays, Mayaguana, and Inagua.

These islands will also be exempt through June 30, 2026:
Abaco, Bimini and Grand Bahama Island (East and West Ends.)


NOTE: Other conditions and interpretations may apply, so do not rely solely on the above information without first verifying it for your circumstances with the Bahamia Governament's office.

All building components and materials for this remote building site are supplied by Topsider and barged to their destination on North Andros, Bahamas.
  
This magnificent luxury home, built in a remote location on North Andros, Bahamas, is shown during construction.

This magnificent luxury home, built in a remote location on North Andros, Bahamas, is shown
during construction. All building components and materials were provided by Topsider and barged
to the building site. Topsider specializes in custom designed and highly engineered hurricane-
resistant low-maintenance houses for remote locations worldwide.

Click HERE to learn more about the comprehensive services we offer for our off-shore clients.

Popular Elevated House Plan Concepts

Popular Elevated House Plan Concepts Click HERE to View More Two-Story Elevated House Plans Click HERE to View More One-Story Elevated House Plans Piling Home Houseplan PGE-0308, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 1,360 sq. ft. House Plan Piling Home Houseplan PGTE-0101, 3 Bedrooms, 2 1/2 Baths, 1,820 sq. ft. House Plan Piling Home Houseplan PG-2104, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 1,250 sq. ft. House Plan Piling Home Houseplan PD-0221, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, 700 sq. ft. House Plan Piling Home Houseplan PGT-2105, 3 Bedrooms, 2 1/2 Baths, 1,600 sq. ft. House Plan Piling Home Houseplan PG-0308, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 1,980 sq. ft. House Plan Piling Home Houseplan PD-0428, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 1,250 sq. ft. House Plan Piling Home Houseplan PG-2108, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 1,095 sq. ft. House Plan Piling Home Houseplan PGT-0304, 4 Bedrooms, 2 1/2 Baths, 1,600 sq. ft. House Plan Piling Home Houseplan PG-0303, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 800 sq. ft. House Plan Piling Home Houseplan PGT-2103, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 2,060 sq. ft. House Plan Piling Home Houseplan PGE-0205, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 1,525 sq. ft. House Plan
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Hurricane-Proof Homes - Maximum Storm Protection
Topsider Home's tropical climate prefab homes and house materials packages include treated lumber, stainless steel and galvanized fasteners & hardware, low-maintenance sidings like HardieBoard and LP's SmartSiding, high-impact glass windows and composite decking.
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Topsider prefab homes have stood the test of time throughout the Bahamas, and in the Virgin Islands, Antigua, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, St. Martin, Belize and Panama. Our beach front stilt and pedestal homes are designed to withstand high winds, storm surge and salt-air coastal climates.
Rebuilding Your Home after a Hurricane
Topsider Homes' hurricane-resistant features are the result of a unique blend of modern engineering and state-of-the-art building technology, combined with a time-proven post & beam building system. Our homes have sustained direct hits from the worst hurricanes of the past half century.
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