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About our Team

Gayle Scafe, the inventor of the concrete forming system we often use, is retired now and lives on his island in Belize in a house he made of concrete and conch shells with his wife, Dona, after many years in earth sheltered, underground and masonry construction building. Now as, their children, grandchildren and extended family, we carry on the traditions of building as many generations before us. We have long been a family of makers, planners, artists and designers. We love building your beautiful projects!

 

​What makes us different is we work hard to manifest YOUR ideas with attention to the details, so you get what you want. Our crews travel to your building site and give you the fire and disaster resistant earth shelter, underground and above ground concrete structures that serve as the foundation for your dream projects. Whatever your style or preferences, we adapt our building systems to meet your needs.

Contact us to discuss the support you seek: buildearthshelter@gmail.com

Build the lifestyle you want. Start by living in more sustainable & beautiful environments that express your values & supports your ambitions & priorities...

Our Services

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What we offer:

  • Our team has the most talented and experienced architectural, 3D modeling and construction consultants from reputed universities who support sustainable and quality building practices.

  • We listen to you carefully and provide a customized consulting service focused on your specific needs.

  • We have years of experience and keep good connections with the local authorities to understand the updated rules and regulations!

  • We have a good link up with the legal authority, so if any problem occurs, we find your best solutions.

  • When you notice any kind of problem, we are ready to chat with you and satisfy your concerns.  

We can also offer concrete and other types of supportive building systems and products to build earth sheltered, underground and above ground buildings and wine caves. Supported by our traveling building crews and design services you now can build what you want with minimal complexities and efficient costs.

Once we understand the scope of your projects we advise on your choices available. Our team members listen to your specific project requirements and guide you through the your considerations from site analysis before your land purchase to construction documentation, permitting and construction supervision.
 

DESIGN SUPPORT & CONSTRUCTION SUPPORT WHEN NEEDED:

  • Architectural Design, varied scales, types, styles... from concept, sketch, & 3D models to plan sets...

  • Architectural Programming & Scheduling

  • Greener Interior, Exterior, & Landscape Design 

  • New Projects & Additions 

  • Project Concepts, Development, & Implementation

  • Sustainable Designs Standards

  • Minimal to Comprehensive Design Support

  • Construction Crews with Concrete forming systems come to your building site and set up and pour the basic concrete shells for your Custom plans.

CONSTRUCTION SERVICES

 

  • Constructibility Analyses 

  • Contract & Construction Plans & Permitting Documents

  • Cost estimating & Scheduling 

  • Construction  with Supervision 

  • Construction Inspection 

  • Project and Contractor Scheduling Administration and Coordination

  • Advise on local finishing sub-contractors as required

  • Advise on best materials & methods

PLANNING & BEST PRACTICES & MATERIALS ADVICE

 

  • Sustainability Plans fom a Home to Businesses, Schools & Wine Caves

  • Smart Growth 

  • Planning Studies 

  • Cost Estimates and Analysis Energy 

  • Zoning Ordinance Review

  • BUILDING SYSTEMS with Greener Standards

  • Site Planning and Engineering 

  • Structural Analysis & Design 

  • Heating- including passive solar...

  • Ventilation

  • Air Conditioning 

  • Interior/Exterior Lighting

  • Electrical Power Emergency 

  • Systems Plumbing/Sanitary 

  • Energy Audits/Conservation 

  • Systems Green Roofing 

We offer these services and have many resources to help you find your best solutions and sustainable materials. We are committed to developing high quality green solutions, so contact us and ask questions about you specific needs and ideas.

We know how to get high quality designs and standards delivered to your project that can include local services, labor, and materials for greener and often less expensive choices or advise on how you can do things yourself. Whether your taste is rustic or high finish we support your project to a level that can become your unique work of art. 

After meeting and discussing your project you decide freely whether our team is right for you. No hard sales pitch - one meeting typically clarifies if working together is a good fit.  You don’t have to be wealthy to afford us. Clients often tell us the time and money they saved from our advise more than covered our fees.

This team creates many types of projects from smaller to spacious eco-conscious energy conserving homes, businesses and housing developments. These spaces can be nestled in Nature, with passive solar orientation, have alternative power sources, beautiful sustainable floors, etc... From a spacious covered wrap-around porch or vine covered trellis to traditional, vernacular, or ultra modern style homes and even whole village complexes clustered around lush garden settings with nature views are some of the many choices you may consider when using our team.

WE FIT OUR SERVICES TO YOUR NEEDS & BUDGET:

This design and build team provides you with a level of service that is difficult to find in most firms. Because we have found integrating services is more efficient in time and money and increases the quality of projects, we offer construction, permitting and design services and products and project construction management that can coordinate the complex components of many types of projects. We know how to save you time and money.

Our professional team members can develop and coordinate the processes of construction, architecture, interior design, fabrication, BIM/CADD, permaculture gardens, community planning and eco transition projects on a variety of scales. Our experience, attention to detail and eye for quality design ensures good results that compliment’s and supports Your Vision so you create what you want.

 

To learn more about our team & other projects go to  https://judesteele.wixsite.com/portfolio-resume >
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Interior & Landscape Design, Rendering, Modeling & Construction Services available - Modern to Traditional

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Previous Clients & Projects: 
 

The Rouse Company

International Development

French Country Living Stores

Tommy Hilfiger

Coca Cola

JC Penney

Cameron Seafood Market 

Heartlight School 

Baltimore Orioles

Rocky Mountain Development

Crestone Medical Center

The French Bistro

Alexander Julian

Georgetown Cotton

Friar’s Point Condominiums

Maya Moon Resort
Harvest Hills Center
Skorba Country House Hotel
La Reina Wellness Spa
Sprint
Metalist

Solon Architects
Treasure Trove Jewelry
International Council SC
San Jeronimo Development
City of Milford, CT
Green Peace
VIA Design

Collaborative International SMA
Villa Dona Boutique Hotel

Robert Young Associates

Woodland Hills Arts Colony

Valdes Arts Residences

Neimen Marcus & other retailers

Beau Vigne Winery

Tolay Springs Winery 

Bustamonte Vineyard Estates 

Algarobbo Beach Village Resort

Shogren Design Group
Kendall Jackson Winery

Jess Jackson Family Estates

VIA International Art Foundation
Sacks Vineyard Estates
Smirnoff Bayview Residence

Hammonds Residence
Saskia Sound Studio
VIA ARTS & DESIGN Residencies
Valdas Loft Apartments

Zara Villas
Weiss Design
Andrew Stein  Gallery & Residences
Snyder House and Studio
Kaplan Townhouse
Kelly Farm House Restoration

Richardson Beach Condominiums

Shishova Beach House
Gelb Residence
Podesta Residence
Terra Dome Corporation
Tivis Estates
River House Winery 

Belize Development Resources

Indigo Beach Boutique Hotel

56 Residential Projects-

Architecture, Interiors, Landscape

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