House Plans, Home Designs, Eco Logical house designs in Costa Rica.
Here are a few environmental impacts and considerations to keep in mind. One should always consider natural resources closest to your community and building location.
The people that live in your community are your greatest resource of wisdom, knowledge and where sustainable materials are available.
Building with Guadua Bamboo -
Bamboo trusses are excellent support systems for floors and ceilings, earthquake resistance and stronger than standard conventional poured concrete structures. There are examples in Columbia of bamboo structures over 500 years old. Bamboo has certainly earned its reputation as the most sustainable construction resource on the planet. As lumber and hardwoods are becoming scarce, bamboo is becoming the only option for eco-development, construction and especially remodeling your existing house into something fun and exciting.
Building with Concrete-
As you drive along the coastline of Southern Costa Rica, heading towards the Osa Peninsula, you'll see dozens of small prefabricated concrete homes in rural central America, schools, and public buildings all built from precast concrete panels. This style of concrete construction uses 70-83% less sand and gravel than conventional block and poured concrete methods of concrete construction. Using custom poured concrete precast and customized concrete pilings to support your structure is truly the best way to get the benefit of water resistant surfaces on the lower levels of your home while taking advantage of wood and bamboo accents on your walls, windows, doors and second floors. Wood and bamboo add warmth and richness to the coldness of concrete precast construction.
Precast Concrete -
On average, you can save 50% of your concrete construction cost, by using a poured paver system. This old world system has been used since the beginning of time as all cobblestone streets in Europe are built in this manner. For those of you that live near the beach, these concrete pilings and wall panels are perfect for adding on to your existing beach house. remaining within compliance to sensitive beach laws governing the zona maritima / maritime zone. High tension pressurized pre-poured concrete panels requiring 83% less sand and gravel, also means that the trucks that are in our precious rivers and watersheds, removing sand and gravel for our construction needs, are also in the rivers 83% less, making it truly the most sustainable method for building with concrete.
Quarried Sand and Gravel vs. River Dredging
If you can find a source for quarried sand and gravel, you have eliminated 98% of your negative footprint to build your home or eco-project. Precast, pre-manufactured and prefabricated homes made from concrete, wood and Styrofoam insulating panels, stuccoed and painted and supported by bamboo. Walls and support systems are certified to be the most affordable, practical methods when using concrete and considering alternatives to conventional concrete pouring methods.
Building with Wood -
Here in Southern Costa Rica especially the Osa Peninsula, conservation and wildlife preservation is widespread. The days of commercial lumbering in the rain forest have been over for a few years now, however with each new ex-patriot moving into Costa Rica, there is a high demand for lumber, and most people love their hardwoods. We are fortunate enough to live in a country where sustainable materials are abundant. All over Costa Rica and Panama you can find mature Teak farms and sustainable plantations selling wood, lumber and flooring from sustainable plantations in Southern Costa Rica and on the Caribbean side. On occasion you can also find eucalyptus, pine and almond woods.
Many Costa Rican subsistance farmers have planted teak on their properties many years ago and their families are struggling to make ends meet. Paying local farmers a reasonable price to cut and transport your teak to your job site or project is the most sustainable building option when building with wood in tropical America.
Supporting your local community -
Buying teak and sustainable hardwoods creates jobs and supports rural farming. Not only for Costa Rica but for Panama and all of Central America. Most of the rain forest of Central America has been deforested. Teak, Pine, Eucalyptus and Melina wood types are the only sustainable choice when designing custom built homes, and considering building a Custom home, hotel, eco development in Southern Costa Rica . Consider you most precious natural resources first. Buy local, hire local.
Custom Homes in Costa Rica made from Teak and Bamboo. Bamboo should only be cut during the week of the full moon and during the months of January through April. Cutting, caring and treating your bamboo at the right times of the year is one of the most important factors that go into a life long lasting house made from bamboo. Here in Southern Costa Rica, on the Osa Peninsula exist dozens of mature bamboo groves, sturdy and mature Asper, Atar or Guadua bamboo cane for our construction projects. There are six or eight species of bamboo growing here in Southern Costa Rica and in the Northern province of Chirique in Panama.
Prefabricated bamboo trusses and wall systems are the perfect solution to building in sensitive environmental areas, such as the maritime zone in Costa Rica. I design and build sustainable eco-homes and beach houses here on the Osa Peninsula, construct hotels with eco friendly philosophies. Most of my floor plans, custom home designs and blueprints can be prefabricated as in the example of our Lapas Nest Treehouse in Southern Costa Rica, where we used every single type of recyclable product imaginable including bird cages BBQ grills, old tires, car axles, recycled rebar, broomsticks and a dozen other renewable resources making the Lapa's Nest treehouse possibly the greenest and most sustainable 6 story house built in all of Latin America.
Before breaking ground on your new custom home in Costa Rica, Panama or Central America, look for sustainable materials in your own backyard. I'm an experienced sustainable living consultant alternative thinker and I find inexpensive ways to build sustainably in Central America. I enjoy designing environmentally balanced homes, always with new home designs in Southern Costa Rica and Panama. Affordable Green building demonstrated in Costa Rica and Panama.