Custom-Prefabricated Jungle Homes

Your home in Costa Rica is too important to risk on outdated building methods and a painful construction process that leaves you with a low quality home.

Overcome this by building the smart way.

Let’s Build Your Home in Nosara In 3 Simple Steps

Choose Your Starting Model

Choose from one of our existing designs or start from scratch.  Our team offers full service design & engineering.

Discuss Design Mods

Want it fast and now?  Skip this step.  Want to customize it?  We can do that too.  We will go over those options with you.

Let’s Build It

Once the final design is nailed down, we’ll run everything through our fabrication process, load it in a container, then erect it in Nosara.

Our build times are faster than everybody else and less painful for you.

Result: You have a higher quality home because it was built the smart way.

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Why Prefabricated Homes?

The Jungle Home System was created for a private island community we’re developing in one of the most remote and complicated building environments in Central America.

This challenge forced us to deconstruct the home building process to understand a few things.

Why do expat homes consistently take so much longer than planned, cost so much more than expected, and result in a product whose quality is so low that it would never be accepted in North America or Europe?

If you’ve spent any time looking at the homes in Nosara or talked to people who have actually built their home, you’ve probably asked yourself the same question.

We created the Jungle Home System to solve this problem.

We rely on advanced engineering, ruthless planning, and better quality materials to build the highest quality homes in Nosara.

We do this by pre-fabricating all of the important components, so that when they arrive at your job site, they are ready to erect like lego.

In short, it’s the only reliable way that you can build a high quality home in Costa Rica.

Pre-Fab Doesn’t Mean Generic

“Created” might actually be too simple of a word – the homes are endlessly adaptable, can be customized and expanded to change with your environment, and blend beautifully with the landscape surrounding them.

Not created, then. Grown.

The Jungle Homes are the only eco-friendly luxury home that can be expanded, contracted, refinished and reborn to fit your needs over time. They’re also low-impact on the surrounding environment, making them one of the only structures that lives harmoniously with its surroundings not only after it’s built, but during its entire construction.

Your Home Will Be the Opposite of Generic.  It Will Be a Showpiece

OK, we admit it.  We are design geeks who love nothing more than beautiful, tropical-modern designs.

And we hate the bland junk that constitutes “design” in most of the expat homes we see.

Is stunning design important to you?

We work with the top architects in the region to design the Jungle Homes.  Then we can customize them for you as much or as little as you want.

So why not build on top of our system and have high quality and great design rolled into one?

Jungle Homes Are Not For Everyone

We are not the lowest cost builders in town.  And we aren’t trying to build for the masses.  We build for the top end of the market.  For people who believe that big value does not mean lowest (corner cutting) price.

If you feel that better quality and better design, and peace of mind during the build is more important than trying to save a few dollars per square foot, then read on.

Pre-fabricating and importing materials is hard in Costa Rica.  Working with lower skilled labor than you find in other countries is not easy.  That’s why the market is dominated by low quality, corner cutting work.

We exist to help you solve those issues.

If you don’t pre-fabricate your home, then you are trusting the skill of the local workers and the quality of the local material providers.

The evidence is pretty clear in the market that it’s incredibly important to choose well.

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Jungle Loft Models

Our Jungle Lofts are designed to capture the beauty of the Nosara paradise while providing luxury, comfort, and the ultimate in modern eco-friendly living.

The Jungle Lofts are the ideal of model development in Latin America, and are designed to blend seamlessly with the landscape. They’re also incredibly easy to build and adapt without harming the surrounding environment.

Your custom-built home with all amenities starts at just $175,000. In addition to the high quality materials in our standard packages, you’ll also have the option to add fresh water filtration, remote monitoring systems, composting toilets, misting systems for cooling, and much more.

Your Jungle Loft is infinitely adaptable.

Available Models

1 Bedroom

Size: 1 bed | 1 bath
$210,000

Our 1,500 square foot, 1 bedroom comes with plenty of covered outdoor space for your Costa Rica lifestyle.

2 Bedroom

Size: 2 bed | 2 bath
$

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El Sagrado Model A

Size: 3 bed | 2.5 bath
$349,000

The 3 bedroom Jungle Loft is your perfect Costa Rica getaway. With a lockable garage, 2,500 square feet, and huge glass walls, it’s your inside-outside living paradise without sacrificing practical convenience.

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Atalaya Model A

Size: 4+ bed | 3.5 bath
$529,000

The 4 bedroom Jungle Loft is your perfect Costa Rica getaway. With over 3,800 square feet, huge glass walls, floating stairs, it’s a perfect family home that’s full of gorgeous architectural lines.

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5 Bedroom

Size: 3-5 bed | 3.5 bath
$665,000

Our 4,570 square foot, 3 bedroom comes with an upper garden terrace so you can enjoy those amazing jungle & ocean vistas.  Can be reconfigured for 4 or 5 bedrooms.  Perfect to enjoy with friends and family.

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Why Jungle Homes

Stunning design.  Fast and painless building process.  Environmentally friendly home that’s higher quality than you’ll get with outdated building methods.

After living in the tropics for more than 10 years, we’d had enough of seeing our friends experience a nightmare of a building process.  Only to be left with a home that was nowhere close to what they thought they were getting.

So we decided to start building homes.  Let’s build yours together.

Off Grid

Your Jungle Home is ready to add on the most advanced solar power technology available.

Eco Friendly

Engineered to minimize waste, light steel is sustainable building methodology. The platform concept reduces the amount of earth removal to nearly zero, thereby preserving your site’s environment.  There are also plenty of lots in Nosara where a slab makes sense and our designs allow for that.

Tough

The homes galvanized steel construction is durable in the demanding tropical environment. Rest easy knowing that your home is safe from termites, mold, and rust.

Fast Construction

Construction times are dramatically reduced with our cutting edge engineering processes. For the finished homes, all of the materials pre-cut and pre-drilled before arriving to your land.

Modular

The modular design allows you to add additional platforms and transform your house over time.

Passive Cooled

Designed to be comfortable with minimal energy inputs. This is not an area where you want to compromise when you’re in an off-grid, tropical environment.

Custom Design

Have an idea of the type of home that would best serve your pursuit of a richer life?  We’re here to help you construct it.

There are some limitations on what is possible in this environment and with this design structure; for example, some building materials simply won’t last in a humid tropical environment.

Allowing for living harmoniously with the Nosara environment, however, we’ll gladly help you design the home of your dreams.

Adaptable Building System

Our Adaptable Building System is an incredibly flexible, eco-friendly approach to design. The column-supported foundation eliminates the need to move dirt for your foundation, and light steel allows us to create a sturdy, durable framing system with a low impact on the environment.

Galvanized steel stands up well in a demanding tropical environment, keeping your home safe from termites, mold, and rust.

The Adaptable Building System allows you to create an infinite variety of possible structures with the minimum environmental impact. It’s a completely unique engineering process, and we’ve never seen anything like it before.

You’ll be able to shift and adapt your home over time without causing damage to the your land or lengthy build times for yourself – and because all of the materials are designed to work together, the end result is always beautiful to behold.

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Low Maintenance & High Efficiency

We’ve experienced plenty of maintenance nightmares in the tropics.  Your Jungle Loft is built with high grade, high strength steel that’s been laser cut specifically for your site. You’ll sleep better knowing your protected from bugs, mold, and rust.

Rest easy knowing that every aspect of your Jungle Loft has been well thought through and designed with the aim of providing the best building system possible for the Nosara environment. Here are a few of the important ones.

The Framing Structure

One of the most important decisions that you’ll make when buying a home is the material that you use for it’s structure. You have 3 basic choices here.

Wood – Wood is the lowest cost method, but its very difficult to maintain in the tropics.  Termites and mold are a never-ending battle in a wood framed structure in the tropics.

Concrete Block – Block is the still most widely used system in Central America, but that’s changing fast because the cost of block has risen exponentially over the last 10 years.

Though block lasts a very long time, it’s horribly inefficient.  Construction times are 300% longer with block under normal circumstances.

Steel – This is the obvious choice for Nosara.  This is the obvious choice for Central America.  We chose steel because it far exceeded our parameters in several ways.

It’s Environmentally Friendly

We love efficiency. With light steel, all of the materials are laser cut off-site before they are loaded into the container. All of the holes are pre-drilled as the steel runs through the forming machine.

This means that when you get it to the site, it’s ready to be bolted together like lego. Reduced waste and faster construction times are better for the environment.

There is no site waste and it has a high strength to weight ratio. Fewer deliveries mean less emissions.

With steel, there are no trees to cut or large concrete plants to draw from the local rivers.

Low Maintenance & Long Life

The typical maintenance problems with homes in the tropics have to do with bugs, mold, and rust. Bugs don’t eat steel and it doesn’t mold. Because light steel is zinc coated, its corrosion factor is greatly reduced.

We have seen homes that were famed in light steel sit unattended in the jungle for decades and still look as good as they day they were built.

It’s the Lowest Risk Way to Build in Central America

When building, risk comes because of material cost overruns and construction delays. This is greatly reduced with light steel. We use a computer based program to calculate all of the components needed for the home. So the amount of material needed isn’t something that a builder is guessing at. It’s pre-determined by the engineers and precision manufactured at the factory.

Further, because the builder isn’t measuring, cutting, or drilling on site (remember that’s already done at the factory), construction times are less than half of normal building times.

This means less opportunity for unexpected labor overruns. That’s how you lower your construction risk.

We have seen homes that were famed in steel sit unattended in the jungle for decades and still look nearly as good as they day they were built.

It’s Cost Effective

Steel is more expensive than wood for framing and less expensive than concrete block. However, that’s the end of where wood ends the cost question. Wood building requires skilled carpenters that barely exists in Central America. This results in unexpectedly high construction costs.

Sure, you’ll have lots of concrete block builders give you low costs on the front end. But we’ve just seen too many Central American projects go 300% or even 500% longer than expected. Those laborers might have a low hourly rate, but it certainly adds up as the months go on and on.

The Roofing System

The Jungle Loft roofing system is a critical component for several reasons.

It’s the Best Place for Solar Panels

The farther away your solar panels are, the less efficient they become. Cabling to a farther away location also gets expensive. Putting the panels on your roof just makes sense.

Great Insulation

The roofing system comes with an 4 inch thick piece of insulation sandwiched in between the panels. This goes a long way for preventing heat being passed inside your house.

Its Angle is the Best Passive Cooling Design

Don’t go to sleep on this one. Otherwise your home is going to be so dang hot at night, you won’t be able to sleep! The shape of the roof and clearstory windows are intentionally designed to force the warm air out of the home.

And of course we love the tropical roof lines with teak ceilings underneath!

More on That Passive Cooling Design

Over the years we’ve personally experienced how important this is in the tropics. Off-Grid kilowatts are expensive.  Heck, On-Gridd kilowatts are expensive in Nosara! And air conditioners are pigs when it comes to electrical consumption. So you want a design that reduces the amount of A/C that you need.

That’s why we work with passive cooling experts specifically to aid in the design of the Jungle Lofts

It’s roof line and operable upper windows are only a few of the design decisions that were made to keep cool air moving in and hot air moving out of your home.

How The Process Works

Building your Jungle Home in Nosara is straightforward and painless.

Choose your model, make the initial payment, and our team of experienced shippers and builders will handle it for you.  We can also customize the home layout and materials to fit your plans.

If you want a completely custom design, we work with top architects in the region to create custom designs that work with our  Jungle Home system.

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Get started today by filling the contact form below and we’ll answer any questions that you have about the process.

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