Building Costs in the Southern Zone of Costa Rica

Lots in the South Pacific of Costa Rica are priced to sell and this is great news for those looking to build their dream home in paradise. And I did just that, in just three months, I built our own ocean view home in Dominical. So how much does it really cost?

What to expect when you’re building in the South Pacific of Costa Rica
Building costs are really relative to the type of property you are looking to construct. Whether it is a small guest house or large villa I cannot emphasize enough the importance of keeping a tight budget and finding great builders.

For a property like ours expect to pay between $100-$150 a sq. ft. for your construction using quality materials and workmanship.

Our builder worked on a set fee and brought 2-3 estimates from different hardware stores to ensure we got the best deal. Any savings that were obtained with the purchase of materials where passed on to me as he was working on a set fee. The contract stipulated a specific date for completion and this ensured our home had risen out of its foundations and was habitable in a little less than 3 months.

No Short Cuts and Plenty of Planning

Our house was built to schedule because we had a motivated crew that knew what that were doing. Although our builder was from Colorado I know plenty of local constructors that I would recommend in a heartbeat.

Electrical installation and plumbing works followed regulation, and there’s not cutting corners with this. We were also advised to carefully consider the element of rain when building our home and this was integrated into the design prior to construction rather than being added on as an afterthought.

I would highly recommend building your own house rather than buying even though I am the first to admit it is not without hassle.

That being said my wife and I enjoyed the process of our build and would do it again in the blink of an eye. I would say that the most challenging thing about this whole process has been trying to find the right furniture to put in the house with our two beautiful kids.

John Wieland

John Wieland

John currently believes that this is the best time in history to being a buyer in Costa Rica. He studies global markets and the flow of funds meticulously and is seeing an upswing. He is currently working with Haute Living Magazine to promote a higher quality of luxury homes to discerning clientele throughout the US. He is rigorous in his pursuit to expand such marketing efforts and visits prominent markets like Los Angeles, Miami, New York and more to build upon his network of affluent brokers. As the President of Coldwell Banker Costa Rica’s nine offices, his #1 Priority for his franchisees’ is training. With an ever-changing industry, he carefully reviews the performance of each office and is committed to helping each succeed. He is committed to growing the brand in Costa Rica from nine offices by implementing systems and a useful business tools that brings all the offices together. A visionary and consummate professional, John saw the benefit of starting an alliance amongst other brokerages and in 2008, spearheaded Southern Pacific Alliance of Realtors (SPAR). Although this may be his most challenging work, the sustainability of this business model has already proven to be a tremendous success and benefit for the area brokers. He has built networks spanning multiple countries and is committed to providing the highest level of client service. John, a self-proclaimed wine snob, currently resides in Playa Uvita where he often chooses wine from his hidden stash while his wife prepares something fantastic to pair with it. They continue to travel and visited Spain and Germany and also enjoyed a trip to visit family in California & Arizona. He has purchased a couple properties this year and has plans to build their family home next year in Ballena. An avid golfer, he was able to tick off Torrey Pines in San Diego and PGA Championship in Palm Beach from his bucket list. He is currently reading such books like “The One Thing”, “Business Adventures”, “Tomorrow’s Gold” and “The Clipper Ship Strategy” while also finding time to play the guitar for his wife and daughter.” Keep an eye for his new love of writing on his blog and other various industry platforms.