Modern Marbella villas can be both eco-friendly and luxurious

Outdoor seating at Villa Ligera

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

How to Write an Architect’s Brief for Marbella Spain

Custom design villa

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?

Marbella port

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?

A technical architect onsite 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

How to choose your architect in Marbella

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

Questions to ask your Marbella Architect about their fees

An architect drawing up plans for a villa in Spain

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

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