The smartest way to choose the best outdoor living experience Zane Pedder offers is to go to visit his home. It is across the bay from Mumbai, a few minutes from the Mandwa Jetty, where he has created his own outdoor living experience. And no, he does not live in a tent.
Zane calls his business Tropical Paradise and that’s what he has created around his home. It stands where a ceramic factory once stood, but today it speaks of a different way of life. To sell his idea, he began by installing gazebos, pavilions, timber homes, tree homes, and similar structures around a swimming pool on a lawn. He then invited people to come over and experience what he had to offer and since then, there has been no looking back.
Zane loves the outdoors and it shows. His bookshelf is filled with books on horses and quite a few about timber houses. It was while looking for the ideal timber house that the idea called Tropical Paradise was born. Today he provides some of the best outdoor structures for the garden, terrace or any other open space.
The structures are made out of various tropical hard woods sourced from Indonesia and special galvanised steel that can handle the Indian outdoors with its harsh summer and monsoon and mild winters. Zane told us that these structures are all weather proof and have a life span equivalent to any brick and mortar structure. His office is one such structure which is over 7 years old and yet looks as good as new.
He pointed out to the intricate thatched roofing and the wood and explained that these structures have been used in Indonesia for centuries and have only gotten better with the use of modern technology. He has a team of local craftsmen who were trained in Indonesia and if need be he also gets the best craftsmen down from Indonesia for specific projects.
He has installed over 140 outdoor structures from gazebos to cottages all over India on beaches, farmhouses, wildlife resorts, watch towers and even several right in the middle of urban jungles like in Mumbai. Housing societies find the ease of construction and the sturdiness a big plus and opt for them to be installed in their recreational areas.
Whatever the terrain, urban or coastal, hills or the back of the beyond, there is a reason why these structures are popular. It’s because the Tropical Paradise structures are categorised as temporary and impermanent, thus having no FSI or CRZ stipulations. And if the structures are enclosed in glass and air conditioned, they can be used all year round, year in and year out!
For over seven years it was mostly different types of wooden structures that Zane built. Structures made from licensed, kiln dried and termite treated timber.
Frost resistant Merbau wood for structures in the Himalayas and places with high temperature and seasonal variation like Jaipur and Delhi. Bengkirai (Indonesian Teak) and coconut wood were used for the coastal installations.
However, now he has even sturdier and increasingly popular steel structures that allow even more comforts. And believe it or not, they are classified as temporary but can outlive some of the traditional brick and mortar homes!
Speak to Zane, you never know what outdoor living experience awaits you.
Text & Photos By Gopal Ms