Are Shipping Containers Suitable for Housing in Costa Rica?

Shipping container homes are a hot topic lately and the models that I’ve seen here in Costa Rica that are finished and suitable for living, currently cost from $25,000 up to $50,000, without the property, building permits, concrete foundations or sanitary, electrical and water connections. Because shipping containers were manufactured to transport products in all … More Are Shipping Containers Suitable for Housing in Costa Rica?

If buying a house in Costa Rica, get roof inspected — and maintain it

The lack of rain recently has reminded me to accelerate my summer projects of exterior maintenance issues. Costa Rica is located between 9 and 12 degrees from the equator, and exterior building products deteriorate from exposure to intense ultraviolet radiation and the subsequent water infiltration that occurs in cracks and where contraction and expansion of … More If buying a house in Costa Rica, get roof inspected — and maintain it

Construction and Housing Expo will offer homes to the public

Real estate developers and other trade professionals will be offering housing to the public for as little as $45,000 to as much as $1 million at the 2016 Construction and Housing Expo, which begins Wednesday in Belén. If you’re interested in purchasing housing, the Costa Rican Chamber of Construction recommends that you follow these guidelines … More Construction and Housing Expo will offer homes to the public

Uncontrolled Land Development Causes Property Damage and Loss of Lives

Over the years there have been various publications by the Costa Rican government institutions responsible for disaster planning and prevention that warned of the risks of landslides and floods in the San Jose Greater Metropolitan Area, (GAM). In 2010, in the densely populated area near San Antonio, Escazú, twenty people were killed by a mudslide … More Uncontrolled Land Development Causes Property Damage and Loss of Lives

Costa Rica’s Residents Waiting for Land Use Management Plan

Municipalities in the Greater Metropolitan Area, GAM, and government authorities at the National Institute of Housing and Urban Development, INVU, are debating the scope of a new land use plan, known as POTGAM, proposed by INVU to regulate urban growth within the GAM. The biggest issue being debated, is whether the new plan is compulsory … More Costa Rica’s Residents Waiting for Land Use Management Plan

Security Systems and Home Protection Considerations for Costa Rica

I‘ve been exposed to many types of security systems from building custom homes for discerning clients during the past 30 years and I’ve designed and installed a multitude of security systems, safes and safe rooms into the walls and floors of dwellings. Most of my clients have wanted various types of security devices and personal … More Security Systems and Home Protection Considerations for Costa Rica