Cayman Island Home Building – Import Duty Savings Extended Until 2020

The Cayman Islands have extended the Import Duty Moratorium for building materials on Little Cayman and Cayman Brac until 2020 – and the 15% savings on Grand Cayman.

Import duty significantly impacts the cost of home building. These changes mean that building materials will come in with no import duty on the Sister Islands and reduced rates on Grand Cayman — where previously the import duty was between 17% and 22%. This is a great opportunity to save on your new home costs and to have that extra value built into your new home once the import duty is reintroduced.

This low-maintenance hurricane-proof house is elevated on short piers (or pilings) and is one of many Topsider house plan ideas for building in the Cayman Islands. Click HERE to see more photos. Watch the video HERE.
New home building materials shipped to Little Cayman and Cayman Brac are Import Duty Free until 2020 – and only 15% on Grand Cayman. If you intend to build there, Topsider Homes makes it easy to get started. And with unparalleled services like in-house design, engineering, builder recruitment, permitting and logistical planning, we help make sure your building project goes smoothly.

There are many steps to new home building in the Cayman Islands, beginning with selecting a design concept and then followed by preparing construction drawings and engineering, recruiting builder candidates and receiving their bids, government approvals and permits – and of course, manufacturing the home components by Topsider and shipping. None of these steps happen overnight, so we encourage clients to get started with the preliminaries as soon as possible.

Topsider Homes has been building in the Caribbean Islands for over 45 years. With our unique post & beam, panelized building system, we make it easy to build in the Cayman Islands. As experts in island home construction, our homes and beach houses are designed to be low-maintenance, hurricane-proof and quickly and efficiently built by local contractors. This ensures a higher level of quality and cost control than with typical local “stick built” house construction methods.

Each Topsider Home comes with a comprehensive services package, including design, engineering, builder recruitment, technical assistance for permitting and approvals, logistical and project planning and coordination. We make it easy to build in remote areas, and have been doing so throughout the Caribbean for more than 45 years.

To get started building your Cayman Islands dream home, follow this link to select a house plan concept and get to a no-obligation Free Cost Estimate – or simply click on one of the design collections featured below.


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

Topsider Homes Makes it Easy to Start Your New Home Building Project

Since 1968 Topsider Homes has designed and shipped thousands of homes throughout the United States and internationally diverse locations ranging from the Bahamas to the Arctic Circle.  No matter where your home building project is located, our in-house design and technical staff, together with our many free services ranging from builder recruitment to building permit assistance, will help make your project go fast and smooth.

Topsider's Project Managers help our customers fine tune and customize their home designs to meet lifestyle and budget requirements.

Topsider Homes is a building system company that provides in-house design, consulting engineering and prefabricates custom home building components, all based on a unique post and beam, pre-engineered home building approach.  Our services are extensive and include assistance with all types of permitting requirements and approvals, logistical planning, builder recruitment, project coordination and much more.

All new home building projects start with house plans. Topsider Homes’ approach involves two stand alone steps – the first being the design phase and the second, the building phase.  We encourage clients to start the design phase as early as possible, so that they can get the preliminaries out of the way early in order to allow as much time as possible to prepare for the building phase.

For more information about getting started click HERE.