Category Archives: Longbay

TC Millwork Recent Renovation

Longbay Beach House Powder Room

Longbay Beach House Powder Room

All Images by Steve Passmore via Domino Creative
TC Millwork has had a remarkably busy last year.  Early in 2012 our millworking division was hard at work on this incredible renovation.  A beautiful house located on Longbay Beach had seen many changes over the course of it’s history but new owners had a striking contemporary vision for it’s future.  While we refinished many of the doors and windows to coordinate with the overall look, much of the interiors were completely gutted and re-envisioned, which gave us the opportunity to create several custom woodworks.  These varied from clean lined combination open shelf and cabinet door vanities to imaginative designer furnishings like the oversize sofa swings hung from the octagon shaped sitting room and the live edge walnut slab kitchen island.
Longbay Beach House Renovation Bathroom Vanity

Longbay Beach House Renovation Bathroom Vanity

Longbay Beach House Renovation Salon Sofa Swings

Longbay Beach House Renovation Salon Sofa Swings

Longbay Beach House Renovation Living Room Doors

Longbay Beach House Renovation Living Room Doors

Longbay Beach House Renovation Bathroom Vanity

Longbay Beach House Renovation Bathroom Vanity, Mirror, and Door

Longbay Beach House Renovation Kitchen

Longbay Beach House Renovation Kitchen Island, Table, Arch Door, Console, Door and Window Refinishing

Longbay Beach House Renovation Bedroom Headboard and Nightstands

Longbay Beach House Renovation Bedroom Headboard and Nightstands

Longbay Beach House Custom Coffee Table

Longbay Beach House Custom Coffee Table

To see more of our contemporary renovation work, please visit our Pinterest Portfolio.

Weekend Worthy Causes

Image via guardian
This weekend is full of fab events supporting great causes.  Firstly the Ladies Hat Luncheon at the beautiful Regent Palms Resort.  Tickets are $75 and include champagne and Pimm’s cocktails, lunch, couture hat fashion show, and live and silent auction.  All proceeds go towards new classroom space for the Holy Family Academy Mission School.
The brand new Giggles is celebrating their second location with a fundraiser for Enid Capron Primary School.  Please stop by and grab a giggler anytime from 9am to 3pm!
On Sunday, “the 6th Annual Windvibes Kiteboarding Tournament and Beach Party will be held on Long Bay beach near the Shore Club. This year’s event is presented by Big Blue Unlimited. The wide array of events will encompass many of the Turks and Caicos’s sports including kiteboarding, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, and swimming with Race for the Conch. All proceeds from the stand up paddleboarding races will go to the TCSPCA. Less competitive events will include log throwing, a flipper race, potato sack race, and kite pumping competitions. You don’t need to be a kiteboarder to get involved!
Pre registration is required for kiteboarding, kayaking, swimming and stand up paddleboarding races. Space is limited. Reserve your place now!
Check out facebook.com/windvibes
Contact 342-2941 for more info”
Info via enews
   Above images via hopelevin
Support your local kiteboarding and watersports community, the amazing young lady who pours her heart and soul into planning and organizing this event year after year, and the tcspca, this beach party is not to be missed!

The Bleach is Back

I do hate to be the bearer of bad news.  Last July I stumbled on loads of bleach bottles washed up on Longbay Beach.  I took a month long inventory which tallied over 50 bottles of bleach and notified the DECR of the findings, concerned that they were evidence of illegal lobster catching.  Now, nearly a year later, the same trend has emerged.  After the windy and unusual weather of last week, the beach has accumulated a great deal of seaweed and amongst it, litter. LOTS of litter.  Scattered within all the garbage (mainly plastic), have been these dreaded white squeeze bottles.  In two days of rubbish runs I have collected just shy of 50 bottles.  However, for one of the first times in the 8 years I have been cleaning up the coastline, I was not alone one morning with my big bag o’ trash!    There in front of me was not one person, but two, with a giant trash bag between them, collecting garbage on their morning walk. I almost cried I was so ecstatic!  This nice couple who were staying at Villa Esencia and I had a chat and they too had been picking up many of these bottles and guessed that they had seen around 15 in addition to mine.  Sincerest gratitude to this couple who spent their very valuable vacation time making the Turks and Caicos a cleaner, greener place.  I have just spoken to a conservation officer at the DECR and hope that our marine police can determine the origin of these bottles and hopefully prosecute the criminals if indeed they are being used for foul purpose. 

Fieldguide Fridays – Bearded Cactus

 Easily spotted “bearded” tips of the Dildo Cactus, Longbay, image by Larry Steensland

 The most common species of cactus in the Turks and Caicos Islands is locally known as Dildo Cactus, Pilosocereus Royenii.  The tubular shaped branches often display white tufts at the tops, giving it another common name, “Old Man Cactus” or “Bearded Cactus.”  It is native to the Caribbean and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.  They resemble trees in that they are often seen towering above the rest of the local vegetation reaching at heights over 20 feet tall.

A now labeled beautiful specimen on the  longbay-beach-barn nature trail.  Amazing that all those branches are supported by the single stalk.

Longbay Beach Barn

The Longbay Beach Barn sits on a .93 acre lot on Cheshire Hall Circle.  Built by TC Millwork in 2010, the 40′ x 60′ 2,400 square foot building has been designed to be multipurpose.  There are three 20′ x 40′, 800 square foot bays separated by solid wood tongue and groove framed walls and oversize sliding barn style doors. 

The first bay has been utilized as the great room, featuring a kitchen and both living and dining areas.  Solid mahogany 9’6″ tall bi-fold doors, spanning 12′, open out to the surrounding nature.

 A temporary subdivision within the first bay sections off a bedroom, bathroom, and laundry for privacy.

The second bay currently is utilized as guest quarters and an art studio.

The third bay currently acts as a garage however, with this much open space (you must see in person to grasp), this bay, as well as the others, could serve a wide variety of fantastic purposes; a unique and charming residence, a kiteboarding/windsurfing eco-lodge, a hobby/art/yoga studio, a private workshop, a luxury car/boat collection storage, or even the ultimate industrial cool bachelor pad.

The framework is solid steel, rated for 160mph winds.  The roofing consists of Long Span III 26 gauge steel 36″reinforced rib panels, which means the beach barn will be a safe haven during hurricane seasons to come.  With the heavy rains of the 2010 and 2011 seasons, not an inch of water entered thanks to an additional 6′ of fill compacted on the property before the foundation was laid. There is insulation throughout the ceiling and within the sub floor to the unfinished loft space, which could easily be turned into an incredible attic apartment.

For the eco minded, the building is outfitted with large gutters and drainpipes which feed a 15,000 gallon cistern for collection of rain water.  Even during the dry seasons, this cistern has yet to run empty, saving thousands of dollars in water usage.  The building orientation was placed to maximize the trade-winds; the side and rear 9′ tall custom entrance doors and 6′ x 6′ large operational louvered windows (painted white cypress), create an amazing airflow which keep the space cool even in the hottest August or September months.

One of the many highlights of the property is the picturesque footpath/nature trail to the beach.  This 12′ wide easement, one of many public beach accesses within the Longbay Hills subdivision, borders the eastern property line.  There is a small private pathway to the trail from the property, which is a swift seven minute walk to the beach.  The footpath is framed by native stones and features many of the diverse indigenous plant, flower, and tree species indicative of our rare Dry Tropical Forest.

Camille from Provo Ponies on a horseback ride on the nature trail.
 At the end of the nature trail one arrives at this serene and uncrowded beach.
“Long Bay Beach is a large stretch of coastline on the south shore, with beautiful white sands and hardly any visitors. The water is warmer on this side and the waves are shallow and calm, providing excellent swimming opportunities.  Vacationers who are hoping for a taste of seclusion in Turks and Caicos could find that Long Bay Beach suits them perfectly.  Travelers may want to keep in mind that despite Long Bay Beach’s lack of seclusion , it is also one of Turks and Caicos’ beaches furthest from the crowds . This makes it an excellent choice for families and groups of friends that would prefer a bit of activity at the beach but choose to avoid the crowds.”
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Longbay Beach is also world famous in the sport of kiteboarding.  SBC Kiteboard Magazine describes it as, “Waist-deep for miles; side-on-wind; flat water; best spot to ride freestyle and freeride.”
 Above two images by Federico Bigazzi

At $325,000 the Longbay Beach Barn is an incredible square footage value for the price.  This additionally includes all plans for a future main house on the peak section of the property.  Please see the listing on tcrea #1200165