Guana Construction sits at the center of The Good Life Bahamas footprint, dedicated to designing and building both developments and individual custom homes.
At Guana, we often start before the pursuit of property, before there is a plan, while it is all just an idea: a possibility. We assist with the design of the home from the ground up. It often begins with a conversation and ideas of beautiful elements; elements that somehow need to find their way into the home. The sketch takes form, with creative ideas from both you and our team, and after a few iterations of input and rework, a plan is born.
About Guana Construction
Mark P., High Trees Exuma
"It was an incredible experience working with the Guana Construction team and The Good Life Bahamas. Together, we took a dream and made it a reality. Our home, The Salt House, has surpassed our expectations." - R. Hall
From Our Clients
“It had long been my dream to find the perfect plot of land. That was the hard part. The easy part was putting my trust in the hands of Guana Construction.It is no mean feat building on a Caribbean Island but Peter Whitehead and his team were instrumental in the success of the project from the very first meetings around design concepts, design development, materials sourcing and once plans agreed did all the heavy lifting, all the trouble shooting and delivered HighTrees House into my hands on time and on budget. That is something you can rarely say for a construction company anywhere in the world”
Rob H., The Salt House
Peter J. Whitehead
Born and raised in the Bahamas to a half-Austrian, half-Uruguayan family, Peter attended his early school years in Nassau. He finished high school, first in a Salzburg, Austria boarding school, then in Montevideo, Uruguay. After completing a BA at the University of Pennsylvania, he moved back to the Bahamas to learn the ins and outs of the family construction business. During those early years, Peter also pursued a long-distance law degree from Concord Law School. He was awarded his JD in 2008.
His post-collegiate years were spent working, surfing and studying. As one could imagine, it's been a good life. Physically working and project managing on-site gave him a very different, unique appreciation for the process and building methods used in Bahamian construction. Having influence over those methods and their designs, then experiencing first-hand the frustration and difficulty of many accepted techniques, has encouraged Peter to explore more progressive, cutting edge construction technologies from the ground up. These methods allow Guana Construction to build with more efficient techniques, resulting of course, in a more cost-efficient home designed to stand the tests of time and weather.
Having become a tour guide of sorts at a young age, Peter truly enjoys the magic of seeing Exuma through the eyes of those who've never experienced it before. Introducing a guest to fishing, wakeboarding, surfing or driving a boat has always been so much fun for him. His infectious enthusiasm is proof. As time passed and the opportunities grew, creating Guana Construction and The Good Life | Bahamas to help others enjoy the Exumian life was a natural progression.
Design and Collaboration
A good home should be far more than the sum of its parts. An amazing home should resonate with its surroundings and also deep within us. It should feel right. If designed well, spaces should be the appropriate size, all connected with a natural and effortless flow. If designed well, the light and the breeze should always feel right. Spaces both inside and outside of the building should elicit the response, “This is perfect. You can leave me right here.”
A home is about the quality of each day lived in it, the interactions, and the experiences that happen in it that it lends itself to; both in and out of doors. Every space acts as its own little theatre where life plays out. If well designed, conversations in the kitchen are comfortable and can last hours. If well designed, outdoor living areas are so welcoming, one can lounge in them for hours and even days. If well designed, the transition from the house to the surrounding natural environment is made with ease. If well designed, you can experience the beauty of your surroundings while enjoying the shelter of the home, taking in the view and island breezes from different living spaces. Good home designs should be resourceful and practical, imaginative yet functional. A great design is the difference between just owning a building, or owning a magical, comfortable, enjoyable home; A home that brings elements of the inside out as well as the outside in. A home that allows you to enjoy the best of the people with you and the nature around you.
While building custom homes is our niche, Guana is actively involved in larger developments and infrastructure work. From designing custom homes, to obtaining government permissions, to installation of the infrastructure required for new subdivisions, Guana is both uniquely positioned and competent to work through and assist in every step of these processes. If you have any construction needs in the Bahamas, we have the depth and breadth of experience to help you create and build your vision.