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 Finca Las Brisas ecocommunity center

 

We have completed phase one of our community center, which includes a guest cabaña, two apartments, laundry and storage areas, temporary kitchen, a small rancho and large rancho for large gatherings and just hanging out. We picked the best lot in the community for this center with a spectacular 360 degree view. The Pacific Ocean and Playa Samara in front and the hills and mountain behind it.

 

We explored many possibilities and worked hard to find the right architects, project manager and project team for the community center. We have and continue to work hard to build a sustainable and green community center. We are using mostly local resources of both materials and labor. Most our materials fit historically with cultural look and feel. We will be solar powered and we are being environmentally responsible in all of our material selection and use. We are making improvements to the local community along the way. Our community center meets most any criteria of an eco-center. 

 

The design of the community center was driven by these goals:

 

A place for people to stay. Suites were built for residents and their guests.

 

A place for people to work. Internet service, office and laundry facility are provided.

 

A place for people to socialize. Large kitchen, open areas, decks and infinity pool facility social gathering of all kinds.

 

Most of all, we want to create a place that people come to enjoy each other, the surrounding natural habitat and the beautiful views of Playa Samara and other costal areas.

 

 Sustainable practice

 

We were able to utilize a very high percentage of local renewable materials and resources for our construction to date.

 

Aside from the concrete and block used for the base of the casitas (we had to cut earth here due to grade), we have been able to source must of the materials on site or from surrounding farms. This includes: palm thatch (re-grows every year), teak (local farm raised), sand/gravel (from Carrillo beach area), form lumber (dead trees from farm), Madera negra posts for rancho (blow-downs from adjacent farms, these were pulled out with oxen).

 

The roof for the casitas was constructed with re-claimed antique barrel tile from Nicaragua. All the 2nd floor walls are built of earthen plaster over heavy wire mesh. Our earthen plaster consulting expert tells us our soil is the ideal type for this process and he spent several days on site during one August training our crews on how to properly apply the mixture. Wide roof overhangs keep the casitas cool and protect the plaster from heavy rains. Interiors will be finished with teak beams and floors along with other re-claimed downed hardwood lumber for trim work.

Most all of our workers are from the neighboring village of Naranjal.

 

 Current status

 

Currently we have completed Phase I of three phases. To be completed are the community kitchen and pool area. The designs in the drawing to the right do not include the lower area rancho, pool and cabina areas.

 

The large rancho is completed and provides a focal point for community activities. The space consists of three areas, each for different activities – dining, lounging/living area, and pool patio/outdoor area. Our “out of sight line” solar power system with panels positioned on the hillside below is completed for this facility.   

 

The second and third phases of the community area will consist of our naturalized and virtually chlorine-free infinity pool, large commercial-style kitchen and bar area, and pergola and deck extensions surrounding the rancho. With the opening up of the utilities market in Costa Rica 3G internet access is available.

 

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Someone asked us once "How far do you have to walk to get to movies and shopping?" This is a rural experience, it is rugged, it is about nature.

So the answer is "A very very long way."

 

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Wood stacked in our community center for building the guest quarters

 

 
 


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Located (near Playa Samara, Playa Carrillo, Playa Garza, Playa Buenavista, Playa Guiones, Playa Nosara, Playa Ostional, and Playa San Juanilla) on the Nicoya Peninsula overlooking  the Pacific coast of Costa Rica

 

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