moving to costa rica

Many people like you, who want an affordable  home in the tropics, have asked questions about concrete walls but also wonder about drywall systems…are they safe? Are they strong enough to resist high impact loads, rain, sun and moisture?
Let me tell you that the answer is yes: the use of drywalls with plasterboards or fiber cement boards as internal and sometimes external walls, is gaining popularity among private residential projects. If used correctly it can provide a risk free solid construction.

Lamina verde installed on exterior ceilings

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Columns already located according to plan, view from north east

Hello followers! Here we are at another work week. This time I am going to tell you how to save time and money when you’re building a house. Time is money some might say…

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Hello everyone from beautiful Costa Rica! Here we are on our second week of work, full with advances. This post in particular might interest you, since we are going to talk about the particular situation with foundations we encountered this week.

Clay like soil type over hummus layer (darker one)

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Hello everyone! I am very excited to announce the beginning of what will be a very exciting process, that some of you might want to follow.
My client, the contractor and I started to build a compact 2 story single family home with a steel frame structure and drywall system.
Why is this attractive? Why will I post every single detail about building this home and why is this interesting for you? Because you might want to build your next house in a simpler, faster, environmentally friendly way, in a tropical modern style. Prove us wrong if we spend more than 4 months building a compact but comfortable  126 squared meter space for living in one of the most exclusive places of the world: Costa Rica mountains in the Central Valley.

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  • FDI Magazine recently listed Costa Rica in second place on ” The country of the future for foreign direct investment” in Central America and the Caribbean…
  • Just 3 points below Puerto Rico…
  • Costa Rica is best described as a country with economic potential, great human resources, excellent life quality (this fact deserves an entire blog to describe it…) infrastructure, great business environment and having one of the best programs to attract investments into the country.

I can’t wait for us, my client and me, to touch ground on this project. He have had such a flowed design phase, that we expect construction to be the same.
At first, we were just starting to know each other. Now we have such a great relationship, that it makes it easier for me to work with Cristian. It’s amazing, but when hiring an architect you wouldn’t believe how personal it can turn out…
As I was listening to Cristian’s  specific ideas, I started to lay out some initial lines in my head.
When I showed him my sketches, he didn’t agree at first on the proposal. So we started to mix our ideas together, and the result was fantastic. We were both satisfied!
We ended up with a compact home. We didn’t want to have a big footprint on the lot, and the Earth too. We chose to have  big eaves for rain and sun protection, and the house is elevated 45 ctms from the ground, to allow ventilation from below and avoid earth stuffings because of the poor terrain composition. We are actually achieving some savings here on additional materials, and we are applying on of the basic passive strategies of our local communities: elevating the house from the ground.
Now, we are counting on ” Zacarias” ( our builder) to be part of our team, and to follow our energy…we are going deeper on CD’s, budget, construction program, interior design details….also working hard on wood ( cedar) details for the kitchen, furniture, stairs, bathroom and benches.

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