Thursday, January 10, 2008

this is a handmade home built with local renewable resources. the framing is dendrocalamus asper and guadua angustifolia (timber bamboos) . the roof is thatched with suita palm leaves.
local hardwoods were used in the floors and finished with linseed oil. most of the joinery utilizes hardwood pegs and hemp rope lashing. the living area is 885 square feet and there is another 105 square feet of porch below. the site was chosen to capture the ocean breezes which frequent the area.

tropical fruit grove

the property is 8.78 acres 30% of which remains in tropical forest. the balance is former pasture being converted to permaculture fruit forest. plantings include coconut, breadfruit,jackfruit,rambutan,mangosteen,lang sat,durian,banana,avocado,pineapple,rollinia,mango,orange,mamey sapote,black sapote,canistel,miracle fruit,sugar cane,papaya,ginger,tumeric and soursop.
the house currently uses rainwater catchment and a composting privvy.

the diving pool


the property is bordered by a year-round creek of indescribable majesty. waterfalls and swimming holes are a 2 minute walk from the house. there are over 500 meters of magic to explore.

walking from the stream


el balcon

buenas vistas

at 1000 feet temperatures are always mild

loft bedroom

the house has an open floor plan with 2-3 sleeping spaces.


this is a non-electric home. we use candles at night and find ourselves going to bed early and waking up with the birds .


living area

sliding tatami doors

flora and fauna

some common animal sightings on our land are toucans, cusingas, parrots, blue morpho butterflies, hummingbirds and frogs.

casa natural