“Villa Equinox was built in as environmentally-conscious a manner as we could afford. We really attempted to build this home with as much care and as low impact as possible.” Nelson Uzzell, Owner
A lot of the excavation was done by hand with pick, shovel, and sledge hammer. We had an abundance of rock on this site, and I started building before Trackhoes and rock breakers had made their way to the island. Most of the rock you see here was from this lot, broken by hand, and then carried by hand to its final destination on the property.
All power tools used to build the house were run by solar electricity. For about seven years, we were totally off the grid. The power poles didn’t even extend up the hill until 1998, so we had no choice. We connected to the grid in 2001, and we now power the property with both WAPA (the local utility company) and a solar assist. (ask for clarification on this)
Just like all houses on St. John, we have a large rainwater cistern. The only water we get is from rain, and when it runs out, we have to buy truckloads of inferior water up the hill. It is very expensive, and luckily something we never had to do when just our family lived here.