Home Building In The Bahamas – Start Before July 2017 And Save Up To 45% On Import Duty & Tax

Home Building In The Bahamas

Select islands in the Bahamas are Import Duty and Tax exempt. But this moratorium expires June 30, 2017. These islands include all of the Exumas, Long Island, Andros, Cat Island and others. Click HERE to view a complete list. There is a lot to do between now and mid-2017 if you want to beat the deadline and save. It all begins by contacting us or requesting a FREE Cost Estimate.


Beachfront home builders in the Bahamas


This small, efficiently built beach house built on Great Exuma, Bahamas, has two living spaces.

Uniquely Experienced in Home Building in the Bahamas

Bahamas luxury oceanfront beach house


The owners of this home enjoy the peace and serenity of beachfront living in the Bahamas. Click HERE to view this home’s photo album.

We provide in-house design, consulting engineering, and then fabricate high-quality building components based on an easy-to-assemble panelized approach. Local builders assemble the components. We take the technical lead for permitting, builder recruitment and project coordination.


Topsider Homes have been built throughout the Bahamas for over 40 years. We understand the challenges of building there and have developed a comprehensive package of services to make the home building process efficient and predictable.

Unique Bahamas houses on Cat Cay

This beach front Topsider home is a combination of a two-story house and a pedestal foundation design built on Cat Cay Island in the Bahamas. Click HERE to view more photos of this home. Click HERE to view more photos of this home.

High Quality, Low-Maintenance Hurricane Homes
Ideal For The Bahamian Environment

In addition to the natural strength of our massive post & beam structural skeleton and 2×6 panelized framing, each Bahamian home is built with low-maintenance materials. These include LP SmartSiding® and HardieBoard™ siding, stainless steel and galvanized fasteners used in the manufacturing and assembly processes, and treated lumber throughout – and often composite decking with stainless steel cable railings. Windows are high quality vinyl framed with high impact glass and the entire design of each house is engineered to withstand hurricane force winds.

Bahama Home Building House Plans

Import Duty and Tax Free Building in the Bahamas will Expire in June 2017

This Topsider prefab home was built on the island of South Andros in the Bahamas. Topsider has been shipping prefab homes to the Bahamas since the 1960s.

In 2008, the Bahamian Parliament voted to make select islands Import Duty and Tax Free for new home construction.  This incentive, intended to stimulate jobs through tourism and construction, expires in June 2017.  Exempted islands include: Andros, Cat Island, San Salvador, Long Island, Rum Cay, Sweetings and Water Cays (Grand Bahamas), Grand Cay and Moores Island (Abaco), Crooked Island, Long Cay, Acklins, Ragged Island and Cays, Current Island (Eleuthera), Mayaguana, Inagua and Exuma.  This exemption amounts to saving of as much as 35% on Import Duty and 10% additional Tax on the value of imported building materials.  If you intend to beat the June 2017 deadline and take advantage of the Import Duty and Tax Exemptions, getting started now is critical.  Builders are already booking jobs into 2017 and by year-end 2016, finding a builder at any price may be a challenge.


Topsider’s unique Post & Beam, panelized building system is ideal for remote Bahamian building locations.  Our services include in-house design, consulting engineering for local building permits, builder recruitment, shipping logistics and job-site builder coordination.  Most importantly, Topsider Homes’ high quality prefab house structures and panels are easily and quickly assembled.  (Click HERE to watch the simple assembly sequence of a short stilt-pier home.)

Save Up To 35% Import Duty in Exuma (Bahamas) If You Build Your New Topsider Home by Mid-2021!


Exuma is now Import Duty exempt, but only until June 30, 2021!  Previously, under the Family Island Development Encouragement Act, a handful of Bahamian Islands, including Long Island, Cat Island, Andros, Rum Cay, San Salvador, Crooked Island and others (click HERE to see complete list) were the only islands exempt from duty on building materials – also ending mid-year 2021.


If you are considering building on Great Exuma or Little Exuma – or on any of the other duty exempt islands, there has never been a better time or reason to get your home building project underway.  With a limited number of reliable builders available on these islands, many are already booking projects into 2020. Builder availability will become an issue as 2020 approaches – so time is of the essence if you wish to beat the deadline and save up to 35%!

Topsider Homes has been building in the Bahamas for 50 years.  Because we understand the Bahamas and the challenges there, we have developed a unique and comprehensive approach and package of services for our clients.  It begins with FREE Cost Estimates for any of our more than 250 online house design concepts, so that prospective clients have a starting point from which to work for design and budgetary consideration.  These estimates include the cost of Topsider’s delivered house package plus a detailed breakdown of estimated local construction costs. 

This beach front Topsider home is a combination of a two-story house and pedestal home design built on Cat Cay, Bahamas

This beachfront Topsider home is a combination of a two-story house and pedestal home design built on Cat Cay, Bahamas.

This ocean front short pier or stilt hurricane house is a good example of the type of Topsider homes built in the Bahamas.

This oceanfront short pier (stilt) hurricane house is a good example of the type of Topsider homes built in the Bahamas.

Once clients are comfortable with a preliminary design and budget, we begin the “design phase” during which we develop house plans and detailed building specifications. This is followed by construction documents (blueprints), engineering and other technical data and details needed for builder bids, building permits and so on. This is all handled in-house by our design and technical staffs.  Also during the design phase, we recruit and pre-qualify builders to bid on projects – a process we oversee and coordinate.  We have many experienced builders in the Bahamas, but we regularly recruit new ones so that clients have a good selection.

Topsider Homes prefab two-story house built on Great Exuma Island, BAHAMAS

This small, efficiently built Bahamas house has two living spaces and was built on Great Exuma, Bahamas.

This private family estate features three elevated ocean front houses built on Great Exuma, Bahamas

This private family estate features three elevated oceanfront houses built on Great Exuma, Bahamas.

Once all the plans and builder bids are in and the costs tied down (including items such as water-catchment, septic, power to the building site, etc.) clients then engage us to fabricate the pre-engineered house components in our factory for shipment.  But our services don’t stop at our door, we take the technical lead for building permits and approvals, arrange all logistics and coordinate the ongoing project with the local builder until it is complete.

We understand building in the Bahamas. Our homes are designed to be low-maintenance, hurricane-resistant and efficient to build by local contractors. All of this ensures a higher level of cost control and quality than the typical “stick built” construction approach.  Topsider offers a comprehensive package from design and materials to project coordination, but all of these important elements and steps take time. With the June 30, 2021, deadline looming on the horizon, now is the time to get in touch with us and begin the preliminary steps to get the ball rolling!