Eco House Design “Casa Heliconia” 

Eco House 4 - Casa Heliconia - Costa Rica Green Real Estate Size: 210m2 (2180ft2) [79m2 (822 ft2) inside, 130m2 (1352 ft2) outside]
Price: $210,000
Type: 2BR/2BA

Features: Integrated kitchen/living area, polished cement finish, local hardwood accents, sliding aluminum windows with both glass and bug screens. Large outdoor decks, both covered and uncovered.

Description: This house is designed to have the primary living space on the second floor, which many local Ticos have done for generations… so something like a cement stilt house. This keeps the upstairs cooler, provides a better view, and there are far fewer bugs. Each inside space also has at least one outdoor space that connects to it with large doors and windows, creating the indoor/outdoor feeling that living in the tropics is all about.

One of the upper decks has a wood beam covering on it called a “ramada” which can be grown over with vines to create additional shade. This feature will also help to provide a perfect space for meditation, yoga or just enjoying the view. The bottom side deck could also be used as a covered carport.

Options: The “ramada” can also be left out of the design, to keep it as a great star-gazing deck. In the future, it would be very easy to finish either of the bottom decks by just adding walls, to create additional living space or bedrooms.

Example of tropical green building / sustainable design Eco House 4 – Image #1 – Two hammocks can be easily strung from the wood posts on the second floor.
Example of tropical green building / sustainable design Eco House 4 – Image #2 – Cement spiral staircase shown, but there are many other options for stairs. The top cleristory windows help light up the house in the morning.
Example of tropical green building / sustainable design Eco House 4 – Image #3
Example of tropical green building / sustainable design Eco House 4 – Image #4 – Note the outdoor bathroom/shower and the bathroom/laundry tower on the left, are covered with vines, to keep the walls cool.
Example of tropical green building / sustainable design Eco House 4 – Image #5
Example of tropical green building / sustainable design Eco House 4 – Image #6 – The wood trellis (also known as a Ramada) can have flowering vines, or even fruit such as passionfruit.
Example of tropical green building / sustainable design Eco House 4 – Image #7 – Top/Inside view without roof. Because the house has no hallways, it’s very efficient.
View of Eco House #4 Eco House 4 – Image #8 – Built-in cement sitting area. Cushions can be made for this to make it more comfortable, and the backrest angled.
View of Eco House #4 Eco House 4 – Image #9 – The house is designed to maximize the view and indoor/outdoor feeling in every part.
View of Eco House #4 Eco House 4 – Image #10
View of Eco House #4 Eco House 4 – Image #11

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