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Tico construction is very different from US built homes

Tico construction is very different from US built homes

Estimated Reading Time: 4 Minutes Did you know that Tico construction is very different from US-built homes? I’ve seen opinions from expats who think they know but don’t. We DO have construction codes here in Costa Rica, BUT they’re only a bit different. If you don’t believe that, check out the INVU construction regulations. And…

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5 Reasons to Hire the Architect Before Buying the Building Lot

Estimated Reading Time: 11 Minutes Why should you hire the architect and begin the planning process before buying the building lot?  The vast majority of our customers don’t even talk to an architect until they want to start building the house. Hiring an architect before buying the building lot they fell in love with is…

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Your Standards versus the Local Standards in Costa Rican construction

Estimated Reading Time: 9 Minutes Did you know that the standards in Costa Rican construction are probably different from the ones you are used to? The successful construction of housing in Costa Rica depends on the efforts of hundreds of tradesmen and thousands of building materials all assembled at the right time in the right…

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Elimination of Steel in a Costa Rica Home Structure

A Costa Rica home structure needs to be strong enough to withstand the earthquakes. Nonetheless, it is possible to eliminate steel and to use a green solution. Laminated Wood or Bamboo beams for rafters and joists. These are a far superior solution for structural needs when building a Costa Rica home, that although be it…

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Avoiding the main construction safety pitfalls

Construction safety is not taken very seriously in Costa Rica. The word ‘pitfall’ is particularly appropriate in the construction industry, where falling into an open pit is one of the genuine risks faced by some contractors. While many people might associate the word itself with the risk of a collapsing mine shaft, it actually dates…

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