Gusset house

At Little Thatch I had been studying  a gbook I had bought on Carpentry. I was especially interested in the chapterr on building costrruction details. In one chapter I saw an ad by the American Plywood Corporation. T ad was touting their booklet on “Rigid Frame Construction”. It said that this type of constructoion was fast, inexpensive, and very strong.

It was so strong that it only needed two sides…open at the front and rear! The picture showed  an open airplane hanger. Inside was a Piper Cub…drive in onje end…and out the other! I was impressed and sent away for the booklet.

Marie and I decided this was what we needed to build our little house on Jost Van Dyke. It would be 16 feet wide, 28 feet long, enclosed, with a door at each end.

The construction is unique. The studs and rafters are joined by gussets. Two of these units are then joined at the peak by another gusset.


George and his wife, Marie, sailed professionally, chartering boats in the Bahamas, then in the Virgin Islands. They then leased an uninhabited island, Little Thatch, in the British Virgin Islands, and turned it into a small hotel. After six years, they left the island and bought a lovely beachfront property on Jost Van Dyke (BVI) where they built Sandcastle Hotel and the original Soggy Dollar Bar. George is now the author of Incredible Virgin Island Adventure: A True Story.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *