Building / construction inquiry

I stumbled on the Hotel piedras y olas website the other day and i fell in love with the architecture of the hotel. I cannot for some reason stop visiting the website and i would love to build a home that looks exactly as the ones built there. I plan to purchase some property in Ocotal and i hope i can find a good architect that could perhaps build something that looks exactly like the Hotel huts. Can anyone give me a good idea of how i can accomplish this? Maybe there is a an architect within the Nicaliving community that can help me.

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You should visit

I stayed in one of these suites 2 years ago. The staff is great and the rooms are gorgeous.

This website can be very helpgul to you http://www.pangeapartnership.org/index.php

Strawbale construction. you basically design a house with 16" thick walls.

I was going to attend a class of theirs, just never got around to it.

and the architect is a Mexican guy by the name of "Pepe" Tercero, hes is located out of Managua. If you contact the hotel they will give you his email address.

YOUR EXPERIENCE

jOSH, SINCE YOU'VE STAYED AT THE HOTEL, WHAT WAS THE OVERALL QUALITY OF THE CONSTRUCTION? DO YOU SUPPOSE THE HOUSE MUST BE BUILT WITH THOSE SPECIFIC MATERIALS (STRAWBALE) IN ORDER TO LOOK THE WAY IT DOES? WILL THE STRUCTURE HANDLE A QUAKE? ALSO, DOES THE HOUSE SEEM FRESHER WITH FREHSHER WITH THOSE TYPE OF MATERIALS? I WONT BE GOING TO NICA TILL THE ELECTIONS COME AROUND SO I WANTED TO LEARN A LITTLE SOMETHIMG FROM A PERSON WHO HAS ACTUALLY BEEN THERE. THANKS FORE THE INFO.

Museum in SJDS

I was also told that they were going to build a Museum using the same construction in SJDS. Im not sure whatever happened with that.

Straw Bale Construction

Hi Geo,

Straw Bale Construction has been around for a while, now. It has been written about extensively, & there are schools/workshops in the US that teach you how it's done. It is a very worthy, inexpensive alter native building method. If you want more info send me a private email.

Pelican Eyes

Well, The suites are built out of the strawbale and the houses are built different, some strawbale construction within.

The Construction is unique but there are other ways of making the same appearance. The walls have a lot of bumps and rounded edges, gives it a real soft feel.

The Roofs on the suites are done with Corrogated metal and have a strip of Corrogated plastic running through the center, as a skylight.

Basically the strawbales are impaled by rebar which holds everything together, they also place Reinforced columns within the walls every so many feet, just like most construction in Nicaragua with any materials. Only difference I see is fewer horizontals bands reinforced by concrete and rebar. So earthquake wise they can be safe if built right.

Only catch is that they dont support second stories, so you would have to put more reinforced columns in to do the work.

These 16 inch strawbales, plus the stuccos and cement coatings that have been applied to the outsides of these walls give them a high insulation value, but honestly there was 2 A/C units on my suite one next to the front door and a second one hanging off the roof. They seemed to be running quite a bit, but this was a HUGE room with high ceilings and a metal roof so I can't really tell you much about how well it worked.

The room is setup so that you walk up a few steps to where the beds are the Bathroom is on the entrance level. The 2 king size bed platforms have been built into the ground, I believe outof strawbale. This is kind of nice for the staff, no sweeping under the beds.

The rooms and houses along with the entire site is done very organicly (not as in Organic foods) and it makes it really relaxing.

At the time I stayed at this Hotel a few months after it had opened it cost $90 a night for an off season suite, from what I have heard this price has gone up quite a bit.