Costa Rica Sustainable Architecture, Design, Custom Homes, Consultation.
Designing Custom Homes -
Eco friendly custom home and house designs, blueprints for sustainable living in Central America. Many Costa Rica and Panama architects love to build with concrete block, concrete and rebar - costly to nature and your pocket too. You should consider the environmental costs associated with building with poured concrete and harvesting precious rainforest hardwoods. Nature teaches us to go green by turning your vision into your dream home and a model for sustainable building. You can still enjoy the beauty of tropical teak hardwood floors and cabinetry, bamboo accents and Bali style reed ceilings. Sustainable building begins by using mature construction grade Guadua bamboo, combined the rich textures of natural woods, stone and ceramic. Stucco walls and curved details throughout floor plan. My new way of building large custom homes with Guadua bamboo truss system are affordable and durable long lasting homes and sustainably built structures. This construction method reduces your construction carbon footprint as much as 40%-60%. Durable earthquake proof engineering that holds up to the harsh climate, hot sun, salt, rain, humidity and insects.
My custom home designs include high ceilings, outdoor patios and showers, stone, ceramic floors, bamboo details and aerodynamic features to keep you cool at night. My clients enjoy spacious kitchens, convenient laundry and shared baths to make each home private, secure, unique and cozy. If your property or homesite is near sensitive environmental areas, you should consider pre cast concrete, eco modular designs and green building methods . Your custom home blueprints should be a model of sustainable building in your community. Before breaking ground, consider all building options as your new beach hotel, lodge or Costa Rica eco resort will need to demonstrate sustainability in the competitive rental market. All of my design and build projects are custom home plans and designs for stucco, teak homes in Costa Rica and Northern Panama. Luxury, tropical home plans and floor plans for living and retiring in Central America. Experiencing nature in the rainforest, my philosophies are deeply rooted within nature. Birds and bugs teach us the importance of cool morning breezes, northern light and enjoying shady areas in later part of day. All new custom home designs, hotels or eco-resorts should be designed with these priorities in mind. Building cool in tropical climates of Panama or Costa Rica, architects and designers should create comfortably spaces based on existing breezes and shaded areas.
Hiring an architect in Latin America can be a complex and confusing experience for most expatriates and retirees moving to Costa Rica or buying property. Dealing with a fancy architectural firms is expensive and generally you don't get the house of your dreams. No one want to sit in a hot room with no air movement and no cold drinks ! Floor plans and house plans by Costa Rican architects in San Jose can be square and boring.
I have consulted several architectural firms in San Jose and David, Panama, discussions sustainable building methods and the importance of creating local employment within rural communities. All of my designs and homes built have been permitted by Costa Rican and Panama Collegio of engineers. Permits issued shortly thereafter. I Draft all plans in Spanish and/or English. I work with you more on a personal level as your consultant and start your home designs and floor plans based on your answers to your questions, lifestyles, customs, habits, family size and the future uses of your project. Then matching it up with your building site considering, surrounding views, breeze, N.E.S.W. direction of sunrise. I also advise Costa Rica architects about on sustainable building in Central America . topics such as water catchment, filtration, geothermal, passive energy and I find new uses for old refrigerators, coolers, axles, tires and things thrown away.
Working together on line
Many of my clients in Costa Rica and Panama choose to work from photographs shared over the internet, sending images of their property and making notes with regards to North, East, South and West. Once my questions are answered, property photos reviewed. I spend a few hours sketching and drafting up a few conceptual sketches all to scale and then sending floor plan ideas though e-mails. Usually 10-25 hrs of consultation and conceptual sketches.
But only after a deep understanding of your projects needs, I can most certainly bring your project from a conceptual level to an affordable project on paper. My consultation can bring clarity to your project, a new understanding of size, dimension that fit your lifestyle, family size and budget. Each design challenge overcome throughout the entire design process.
Complete set of blueprints include
passive cooling ideas
When we are finished, you'll have dozens of eco friendly ideas, revisions, and finally a complete set of plans in just a few weeks. Finished blueprints demonstrate durable, comfortable and affordable ideas. I can help you from a conceptual level for as little as $ 500-$ 1000. This includes 12-24 hours of drafting @ $40 pr. hr. and e-mailing images, photographs back and forth@ $20 pr. hr.
Usually in just a few e-mails and a few drawings, you can have a few nice concepts of floor plans and house designs at a very affordable fee. I have several ways to proceed towards working together. Usually a few photos and a phone call or two gets your project on paper and off to a good start.
Work on line together with photos, property and building site dimensions, answering my questions, determining views, N.E.S.W and prevailing direction of breeze are the main requirements to getting started. You may call me for a free consultation, or send me a few photos and we can discuss your project more in depth. Minimum fee to start - $500
Bring me to your site. We'll spend 5- 6 hours at your site and an additional 5-6 hrs. in consultation and creating a few sketches to review, site map and identify resources in community. Generally by the time the site visit is over, you've got some great floor plan ideas, site sketch and new information about building green and affordable.
Conceptual Floor Plans - 14 - 26 hrs. drafting )
Initial fee $500- $1000 min.
( includes custom floor plan ideas and conceptual elevations)
Small Cabin or studio home / 750 - 1200 square foot home
35-45 hrs. drafting - $1400 - $ 1800
One level custom home / 1200 - 1600 square foot home
45 - 70 hrs. drafting - $1800 - $2800
2 level custom home or small rental units
70-100 hrs - $ 2800 - $4000
Larger design projects can be upwards of $6000 - $8000 for multi unit developments or green Mcmansions. Your home can be priced out for building once your final blueprints are completed. I can provide material lists, finish schedules and complete construction documents in Spanish, English and Spanglish. I can also recommend engineers that work with soil, drainage and bamboo. Many clients prefer to work via e-mail versus invest the money to pay my travel expenses. Travel costs vary from $250 - $1700 depending on planes, trains and automobiles. My travel time is billed at $20 pr. hr. Depending on the size of your eco project or custom home design , I can conceptually get your home drawn to scale on paper , designed affordably and priced to build competitively. I offer good solid sustainable architectural advice.