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You can join that list by making a comment below or sending an email to trevor@buildingincostarica.pw or texting me at 8691-7575.

My private newsletter covers our current activities as well as information and education gearedspecifically towards our prospective clients.

It is preferred that you open up a dialogue with us to start that relationship by introducing yourself.  We can be much more helpful if we know a bit about you so as to add some guidance on your journey to your dream home of exceptional quality.


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Newsletters — 22 Comments

  1. Please add me to your newsletter. Very very interesting site pack with information for Costa Rica. A winner! Happy to have found out this site!

    • Trevor,

      Pleas add me to your newsletter. I want to use your firm to construct a 3,00 ft^2 home in Nosara in about 2 years. Like the detail and straight forwardness of your site.

      Regards,

      Barry Walker

  2. Hi,

    I stumbled upon your site doing research for home designs for our future home on a lot we purchased in the Puriscal area. I read your e-book and I was extremely interested in your experience and knowledge. As a fellow Canadian, I will definitely be in touch as our project gets closer to fruition(3-4 years).

    Although I am not an expert in any of the construction fields, I am definitely hands on and have accomplished many DIY projects. I am quite comfortable doing plumbing, electricity, general construction, etc. and can appreciate everything you have said.

    I would appreciate being added to your newsletter distribution list.

    Thank you,
    Richard

  3. Please add me to your newsletter. My wife and I purchased some property in Chontales in the mountains overlooking the Pacific. We want to build a modest home (1100 sq.feet) with 2BR’s and 2 Baths.
    We want our future home to honor the beautiful landscape found in this part of CR and thus be part of the landscape. We want openness and visual balance. Our home will be all about outdoor living. We want indoor and outdoor spaces to meld seamlessly. We are not fond of spaces built around the needs of air conditioning and instead would lean toward building spaces around natural breezes and designing verandas around the arc of the sun.
    My wife stumbled upon your website and we have been doing a lot of reading…some very interesting and informative reading to say the least!
    We want to built in the very near future. We will be in CR from 4/25 through 5/2 and would love to meet with you/your staff and show you our property. I agree with you…that is the only way one can get a full understanding of what opportunities the land offers from a design standpoint. We have some design ideas we can share with you if you’d like, just let me know.

    Thank you
    Mike

    • Mike,
      Thank you for your request and contact.
      In order to get to know you better can you add to this info. where you are from, what you do and when you want to build and/or live here?
      The next step would be to do a skype conference to get acquainted and discuss home design in greater detail. These calls go anywhere from 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours depending on the detail and questions the client brings to us as well of course to get to know each side of the table.
      Where is this I have never heard of this what I suspect is a village but considering there is hundreds of them hidden in them thar hills that is hardly surprising. We cover much of the country but I don’t know every nook and cranny as yet?
      I have attached my most recent newsletters since I do not put them on the site or make them public. If someone visits our site but never starts a conversation they don’t get to hear what we are up to in the most recent or detailed of situations where I name names as you will see herein attached.
      Thank you for your request and contact.
      In order to get to know you better can you add to this info. where you are from, what you do and when you want to build and/or live here?
      The next step would be to do a skype conference to get acquainted and discuss home design in greater detail. These calls go anywhere from 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours depending on the detail and questions the client brings to us as well of course to get to know each side of the table.
      Where is this I have never heard of this what I suspect is a village but considering there is hundreds of them hidden in them thar hills that is hardly surprising. We cover much of the country but I don’t know every nook and cranny as yet?

      Trevor

  4. Interested to receive your newsletter. We have a lot near Sugar Beach close to the town of Flamingo. Would like to hear more about your building process. Thanks!

  5. Hi Trevor,

    I recently sent you the photos of the new home for sale in San Rafael de Heredia that lacked GFI’s. I would like to receive the newsletter.

    Thanks,
    Dan

    • Thanks Dan and I did indeed check out the lack of GFI’s in a $265,000 home and contacted the seller to ask him about it. His only comment was, “well you can add them.” Yeh after someone has been electrocuted it is a tad late. IF one bought a $265k Ferrari would one expect it had functioning airbags. This is an overlying attitude here that even though a home is expensive it is okay if it has fundamental critical flaws and ones that are clearly dictated by the code here. The plans for this home called for GFI but no one put them in since they were not important. Wonder if that is what you would thinking of as your child lays there with a stopped heart? This is a perfect example of why codes exist and why where and when possible it is a pretty dam good idea to follow them. Versus this story of a cheap bastard choosing to risk other people’s lives to save the typical $120 a home out of a $265,000 budget that is a whooping .04%. Like the architect/engineer who signed off on this house or the contractor or electrician did not know GFI’s are the law. Take note dear readers there is no jurisdiction in the first world that would have allowed this home to ever be hooked up to the grid to get electricity.

      It also leads one to question what else was missed that would make up critical infrastructure of a home???

      Actually we can remove that question as when you look at this deck it is very obvious as well as very dangerous and of course does not pass code as it clearly endangers what will be the victims of such callus disregard to home safety. You want to buy a home from someone like this?

      The following is my email exchange with the seller of this overpriced crap.

      Hi,

      For the moment the house doesn’t have GFI but it will be very easy to hook it up.

      On Saturday, March 15, 2014 9:37 AM, Trevor Chilton wrote:
      Hi,

      On Mar 21, 2014, at 12:11 PM, craigslist 4373343283 wrote:

      Are you selling electrical equipment or looking to buy a house?
      ( I guess this is an apology for selling crap to the unknowing public)

      No I am just busy laughing at what is considered here to be a house and what is not a house.

      Trevor Chilton

  6. Hello Trevor,
    Thanks for the three hours you took to talk to me on Skype, I sure learned a lot about your construction methods and hope you will be the operation constructing our home. Could you please put me on your mailing list.
    Thanks, John Newton

  7. Trevor,
    I’m interested in buying a lot and building a home in the Dominical or Ojochal areas. Wouldn’t it make more sense to have you look at any potential lot I’m considering building on, prior to purchasing it, if I would like to have you build the home on it as well?
    What ideas do you have on incorporating a cistern system for supplementing any existing water supply? Seems like with the amount of rain here, it would only make sense. Also, what are your ideas on using solar panels for heating water at least? Cost effective?
    I would like to be added to the mailing list as well.
    Thanks,
    Richard Rose

    • Richard,
      Yes that would be infinitely smart certainly smarter than the average bear that shows up here trying to deal with land promotors who often are nothing but sharks and sadly many who are just disguised scum bags.

      Bare with me and I will give you a perfect example from just this past week at Portolon 15 kms north of Dominical. WE had an interview with a Canadian client who wanted us to look at the lot he had already bought to see how to develop it. I showed up at the project after two appointments the first during which the developer when he saw my van that I use for work and transporting our employees and said “that will not make it up the road.” Now he has taken the clients money yet did he offer to take me to the lot? NO! First off I would call that being an uncooperative prick but here is the rest of the story. If you have built a project that requires a 4 x4 just to get into it there is something seriously wrong. If you know what you are doing you know when you build roads like this that you have to hard surface the steep spots with asphalt or concrete or paving stone it is not rocket science. Without this the owners lives will be difficult as well any of their guests for ever more. I do not believe you should ever buy where access is difficult this comes back to bite you in the ass big time. Plus these are just signs of much bigger problems that you can never escape if you make less than good decisions and especially in figuring out the signs of a good developer versus a greedy jerk.

      I went back a second time and the manager was too busy to come take me to the lot so I wasted 2 hours of my time chasing after jerks. The bigger message here is they are also building homes so they make any outsiders be treated with disguised disdain yet full of smiles while really sabotaging the effort as they don’t want anyone else building in their project or cash cow as they see it. He at that time advised me that the HOA had made a rule that you could no own a 2 wheel drive vehicle. ABSOLUTELY ABSURD! Hell why raise the bridge when we could just lower the river. Fix the dam roads for everyones use rather than bandaging bad design or simply being cheap pricks who do not invest in proper roads. Ah lets not forget these types of roads are bloody dangerous for you and your visitors. News flash it rains here so this gets infinitely worse than April’s scenario. After 13 years we can and do see games like this being played and quickly can assess for clients if they are heading for problems or not or especially to bring forward future problems that a new comer would never see until it is way too late.

      I already sent all of Michael’s contact numbers so you call him and he will help however he can and possibly take you to other options that you are not aware of. There is two projects in the area that I do like and of course like what the owners are and especially what they are not. Both of these are very close to where he lives in Platanillo one of which is where we are building our next home for Larry and Cindy Smith. After all the bizarre circumstances we have experienced over these years I now treat developers and land sellers guilty until proven innocent hence I accept no excuses or bad ideas and advise all clients to run like hell if any of the signals appear.

      My hats off to you for being infinitely wise in asking for advice of veterans and ones who are not in the land selling game to give you the unvarnished truth.

      Regards,
      Trevor Chilton

  8. Hi Trevor,
    just received your 4 May 2014 email today (8 May). I would appreciate access to your newsletters which you listed in your email.
    I will email you separately re Skype conference times.

    Regards, David

  9. I am so happy to have found your site. My Tica wife and I have purchased some property in the Arenal area and are in the planning stages for our retirement home. We have some preliminary ideas as to the style of house we’d like to build (2 story with high ceilings and a “bridge” upstairs that overlooks the greatroom).
    Please add me to your newsletter list and let me know if you build in Arenal.

    Thanks,
    Al

    • Yes Alan in fact up to my ass in alligators trying to keep up with my new builds as well as two others of new teams that are now working in the Guanacaste to keep up with the demand. Hence no time to keep updating and editing the website which is a major time commitment. I will eventually get to it as I have all the data but posting it is very consuming.

      But thanks for noticing and asking.

      Regards,

      Trevor

  10. Hi Trevor,

    I´ve been binge reading/watching your Home Diaries as well as reading your ebook. I am in total agreement with your commitment to quality and building in an eco-friendly way.

    My wife and I have property in Guapiles on the Rio San Jose and we hope to begin the process of building our own modest dream home in 2017. We are currently living in the Orotina area but after the holidays, we plan to begin the process of assessing the property and getting the infrastructure in. I would love to talk with you more about your work, ideas and feasibility of working in Guapiles. Please add me to your email list. Thanks.

    Sincerely,

    Ray Erickson and Mercedes Alvarado

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