Eco Vida Homes

We believe that everyone should have a thoughtfully designed, energy efficient, home.

We also believe that the home building industry in Spain simply isn’t responding to the needs of the Northern European who wants to build a home in Spain.

“If you want a smart looking home, with modern layout, which is comfortable and energy efficient, you have to build your own because there are hardly any there.”
John Wolfendale

  • Stylish beautiful homes designed for Mediterranean living. The gorgeous climate allows the outside living spaces to blend with the inside. We believe spaces should flow together and improve your way of living. We like to create moods for different moments of the day.
  • Affordable: If green homes are only for the elite, we are never going to make the difference in carbon emissions that we need to. Everyone should have a home that is healthy, efficient, and beautiful, without having to pay celebrity prices.
  • Client Experience: We stand between you and all the problems normally associated with self build in Spain. A building project can seem a daunting prospect in a foreign country where the legal system and business practices are different to Northern Europe. Dealing with an architect, a builder and a project manager, all in a foreign language can be expensive both financially and emotionally. We produce everything from one source. In addition you get the peace of mind that comes with a single point of contact, the assurance of a reliable and clearly articulated schedule, and the confidence that your project is being thoughtfully managed.
    “It’s like Grand Designs only without the drama”
    John Wolfendale
  • Start to Finish Design & Build: We are committed to reducing stress by streamlining the process. There is an orderly journey from start to finish. We start with pre-researched plots. We are careful to set expectations correctly. We are clear with you about what we need from you and when and we keep you well informed throughout. We believe this should be a rewarding collaboration throughout.
  • Peace of Mind: we are regulated by the RICS of London that require impeccable ethical standards from their members: – Read Here

Contact and Meetings:

  • We offer a single point of contact throughout your journey with us and that is John Wolfendale
  • The first step is a telephone appointment with John Wolfendale
  • The first face to face meeting will most likely be at your plot or at a plot you are thinking of buying. If you are ready to move to Step 2 the first meeting will be on site with our architectural team as they work with you to conceptualize the best home for your land.
  • We can meet by appointment at our offices in Granada C / San Anton 72, Planta 4, Oficina 8, Granada. If this seems like a long way we are in Marbella and on the Costa de Sol all the time as we have projects between Salobreña and Sotogrande so we can always arrange to meet you.
  • If it is necessary we can hire a meeting room at at Avenida Ricardo Soriano, 72, 29601 Marbella, Málaga, Andalucía.
  • In the meantime please understand that we don’t spend your money on expensive offices. Our track record and glowing testimonials from satisfied clients speak for themselves. We like to meet you on site where we can discuss the solar orientation, views, layout, and other physical features of your villa.
  • Meetings can be in English or in Spanish
  • We may make notes at our meeting, and ask for your confirmation in writing that you agree them, for clarity and confidence.

Architectural and Technical Team

Our team has an impeccable reputation for honesty, commitment, and hard work. We can show you the glowing testimonials we have received from delighted clients, the homes we have built, and how much they cost. Please contact us for these details that we keep restricted to maintain privacy of our clients.

Eco Vida Homes is an integrated team of independent professionals: architects, surveyors, engineers, and builders. As such

  1. Our work is synchronized so we find the best solution quickly, and we implement it as a team, saving time and money.
  2. It makes life easy for you as you are not involved in juggling different architects, builders, project managers etc.

Each member of our team is regulated by their respective professional bodies. Our architects, engineers and builders all individually carry professional indemnity insurance.
Our charges are demonstrably better value than those you will find elsewhere.

In addition we make a personal commitment to act always, and advise you, in your best interests.

We offer architectural, project management, and building services, from Cádiz to Salobreña including Marbella and the Costa del Sol.

A Single Point of Contact

John Wolfendale is your primary contact in the team. He is a British qualified Chartered Surveyor with over 23 years professional experience in southern Spain.

John graduated in Land Economy from Magdalene College Cambridge, in 1984. Before moving to Spain he had a successful career in the commercial property investment market in London, and later Madrid working with Postel (now Hermes), Chartwell Land (Kingfisher) and Continente (Promodes).

John has prepared a course in Sustainable Development in conjunction with Bayfield Training aimed at the London Commercial Property Market.

How Much Does It Cost?

Your big question at the beginning is how much will it all cost and what do I get for my money?

Many people in the industry discuss the cost of building a house as if they were buying apples at the grocery store….this much per square metre or that much. This is a gross over simplification because there are some big uncertainties that can only be resolved when we get started such as:

  • The topography of your site: is it flat or on a slope?
  • The condition of the subsoil: how strong do the foundations need to be?
  • Landscaping and swimming pool: pergolas, terraced outside spaces, changing rooms, the paving round the pool, the pool itself, can vary greatly.
  • Finishes: windows, floors, doors, etc. can vary enormously in quality and cost.

So this is how we solve the problem:

  • We show you examples and costs of projects that have been completed by our team (see below).
  • We meet on site to discuss any particular issues that may apply to your site.
  • Our building team, that have an intimate knowledge of how much things costs are involved from the outset, meeting you to discuss the costs and benefits of different options before you spend a lot of money on architectural fees.
  • We are systematic in getting you the answers you need to make informed decisions. We are careful to manage your expectations correctly.
  • We ask you for and we commit to work within a budget that you, once you are informed, set us.

To discuss how much it may cost set up an appointment with John Wolfendale.

Projects Completed

We can show you a range of villas that have been built buy our team for example in Benahavis Madroñial Marbella, Guadalmina, Marbella, Nuevo Andalucia Marbella, Iznajar, and Salobreña and other locations.

We don’t publish these projects on our website because our clients have specifically asked us to preserve their privacy. However, they do allow us to show the examples to serious clients that are ready to move forward so that we can show case our work so please dont hesitate to ask.

Call us to discuss how much your project might cost +34 958 990 964

Design Principles

Inside Outside Living
We’ve all come to Spain to enjoy the fabulous weather. The air is healthy and clean and the views inspiring. That’s why we consider the outside to be as important as the inside because that is where you will spend a lot of time dining, cooking, and relaxing. We create inside outside spaces where you can enjoy the lovely climate.

A Space for Each Moment of the Day
We like to create spaces for different moods at different times of the day: sunrise at breakfast, a drink at sundown, and spaces for reading, relaxing, and conversation.

Our homes are open and airy with tall ceilings, lots of natural light, spacious and balanced ventilation.

Many of our clients from northern Europe like a large open plan living space with tall ceilings, which makes the best of the views and the terraces and garden, for cooking, living and dining. This is often missing in Spanish designs where the kitchen is in a separate room and little thought is given to the ergonomics of the spaces.

We like to introduce soft, stylish textures to create a sense of well being and warm atmosphere. We find many Spanish designs have predominately cold hard surfaces.

It Makes Financial Sense

Our Homes Cost Less to Run
Your heating cooling and water costs will be between 40% and 60% less in one of our homes compared to a conventional home in Spain.

Our Homes are Worth More
Studies show that people will pay 20% more or over for an “eco home”

Our standard home should get Energy Certificate C or B.

Our Homes are Future Proof
As the effects of climate change become ever more startling government and EU regulations are getting tighter. From 2019 all new builds have to be carbon zero. Market values will reflect the extent to which your home complies. A significant financial investment should be future proofed.

Build Costs
The build costs are the same as a conventional build of the same quality

It’s Simple; One Team For Everything

We solve all problems from one source

  • Architecture
  • All licences and permissions and bureaucracy
  • Construction

We simplify the whole process. You deal with one integrated team.

Eco Principles

Comfort & Health:
There’s nothing quite like being warmed by radiant under floor heating. It’s like being warmed by the sun and quite different from other forms of heating your home. All the surfaces in the house radiant the correct temperature.

Good sound insulation, external walls, internal walls, and windows make your home a calm place to live and be respectful of each other’s privacy.

A healthy home is a happy home. We design for healthy internal air conditions free from mould, dust bites, and toxic materials which aggravate allergies.

We can install smart meters which ensure your home is always at the right humidity and temperature for you.

Energy Efficiency
We design for energy efficiency. This includes the careful orientation of the rooms, window placement, and shading to maximise solar gains in winter and minimise them in summer.
We use high performance insulation and windows and make sure there are no thermal bridges to keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer.

Sustainable materials:
We favour the use of locally sourced sustainable materials which are renewable, recyclable, easy to maintain, and long lasting. We offer renewable energy systems.

John Wolfendale of Eco Vida Homes has written a course in Sustainable Development in collaboration with the leading training company Bayfield Training aimed at the international commercial property industry.