Sundancer Blog – Bob Faucett
If you are reading this, you are likely familiar with our home on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. We bought the home in 1998 and over the years did extensive renovations. Carol Ann and I plus our children and grand children have enjoyed Sundancer and St. John in the years since. In addition, when we were not using Sundancer, our home was shared as a vacation rental home by scores of couples and families over the years. Perhaps you are among them. Many of you returned to Sundancer year after year and looked upon the home as your own. We have been greatly edified by your accolades and friendship.
If you are new to Sundancer, you can see the website of the home by clicking here.
You may also be aware that on September 6 of last year, our home was destroyed by hurricane Irma. Carol Ann and I were on St. John during the storm but fortunately stayed elsewhere in a secure home with good friends Dave and Robin Conro, owners of Cimmaron Management who manage Sundancer for us. For the story of our experience during the storm and the destruction of Sundancer, click on the “Hurricane” pop up on the home page of Sundancer.com.
Here is what Sundancer looks like today.
So, here we are eight months later. Some of you know that our son, Rob is a successful General Contractor in Central New Jersey. He operates R Faucett Construction. Rob’s wife, Na’ama is a successful licensed architect who operates BINYAN Architecture Studio. Rob and Na’ama are both very talented and work both together and independently.
You may be able to guess where this is going. Rob and our daughter Sherri (who many of you know also) have been traveling with us to St. John since they were preteens. Our five grandchildren have been coming to Sundancer since they were born. Thus, our family connection is strong to the Island and to Sundancer.
Rob, Na’ama, Carol Ann and I have decided to rebuild Sundancer in the same location, but even bigger and better. As I write this, Rob and Na’ama are on St. John. Na’ama finished the preliminary drawings and they have submitted the application for the first of two permits required to rebuild. This first permit takes about a month to complete. Once approved, then the actual building permit comes next.
Here are some of Na’ama’s renderings:
Sundancer II will have three bedrooms, three and a half baths (with three outdoor showers I might add!), a large great room, a covered outdoor dining and lounging area plus a pool and hot tub. Rob and Na’ama have done a wonderful job on the design.
We are going to use a somewhat different building system known as SIPs. SIPs are Structural, Insulated Panels. Panels are custom made in a factory and consist of a “sandwich” of two outer panels laminated under high pressure to a dense foam interior. Most outer panels are plywood or OSB particle boards. That won’t work in St. John because of the termite issues. The panels we will use utilize Magnesium oxide boards (MgO) on the outside of the sandwich which is a concrete product that is fireproof, impermeable to water, termite proof and other benefits. They are a finished surface for the interior walls. They will be custom made for us according to Na’ama’s design at a factory in Virginia and shipped in a container to St. John. We are hoping to rent an apartment to house the folks who will help construct the house. This type of construction is said to go up very quickly.
There is much more to tell about the story and I will continue to provide further details and updates on this blog as the process unfolds. If you would like to be notified when new updates are added to the blog and to have a chance to share your comments, simply subscribe and you will get an email notification when new items are posted.