Modern Marbella villas can be both eco-friendly and luxurious
Designing a modern villa in Marbella has amazing benefits for new home builders in terms of how far you can make your budget stretch. But it’s easy for those looking to invest in the region to become so enamoured with the design choices available for the home of their dreams that they overlook the factContinue reading
Complete Modernisation of a 196Os villa near Marbella
This is orginally a 1960s villa that we have completely renovated. We opened up the inside to make a large open plan kitchen living room with access directly onto the shaded terrace. The appearance, energy efficiency, and ergonomics have been completely transformed.Continue reading
How to Write an Architect’s Brief for Marbella Spain
Remember Mr Spock from Star Trek? He was able to exchange minds with someone so that both he and they had a complete understanding of what is happening in each other’s mind: a mind meld. Having melded they join forces to defeat the common enemy. Mr Spock would have made a good architect because whatContinue reading
Living in Marbella: Is it the best place to live in the world?
While the benefits of building an energy-efficient villa in the south of Spain are clear, many of our clients are keen to know what living in Marbella is actually like. Having travelled all over Spain (and in fact the world) and spent time in lots of different cities both for personal and professional reasons, we’veContinue reading
What does a technical architect do in when you build a home in Spain?
Technical architects also known as aparejadores play a vital role in construction projects and their presence is required by law. The career path for a technical architect is somewhat shorter than for a normal architect ( a university degree and practical training). Some Spanish architects call themselves arquitectos superiores, rather pompously, to distinguish themselves fromContinue reading
How to Choose Your Architect in Marbella Spain 3 min video
Quick 3 minute video with the basic facts: Author: John Wolfendale Bio: John is a founder of Eco Vida Homes and is passionate about bringing modern design and construction practices to Spain. He believes a home which is warm in winter and cool in summer is largely a matter of design and selective use ofContinue reading
This is one important way to improve the energy efficiency of an existing building
The photos below show the Eco Vida Homes VH team applying external insulation to a renovation project in Guadalmina Marbella (SATE: Sistema de Aislamiento Térmico por Exterior). In a conventional building you can typically lose 30% of your heating and cooling energy because of poorly insulated walls. The cost isn’t just financial. Better insulation makesContinue reading
Questions to ask your Marbella Architect about their fees
This blog post is one of a series of three. The other two are “Questions to ask your Architect about their Experience” and “Questions to ask your Architect about Your Particular Project”. Architects can charge whatever they like. This hasn’t always been the case and in the past their fees have been stipulated by theContinue reading