The Eco Vida Homes Concept

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

Here are our 4 brand promises

  • We’ve got your back. The busines environment in Spain is different Take a look at what our clients say about us.
  • You’re in charge of the design Our job is to make YOUR vision a reality.
  • You’re in charge of the costs: We have a METHOD for staying on budget
  • You lower your carbon footprint All our villas are energy certificate A

The Eco Vida Homes Method

If you boil it down to the essential Eco Vida Homes is a methodology and an ethical code. It’s what make us different to our competition and its why our clients prefer us.

Take a look at our purpose and our values in the section below.

Qualified sincere clients can have access to:

  • Back of the Envelope Cost Guidelines
  • Plot Finders Service
  • Plot Evaluation Service
  • Real Costs of Recent Projects
  • EVH Method for Staying on Budget
  • Example Heads of Terms
  • Example of a Detailed Specification

Purpose and Values

Our purpose is to lead a movement. If we have higher ethical standards than the competition, a better method than the competition, and make energy efficient buildings mainstream (not a niche) then the competition will have to imitate us. We will have an effect on the industry way beyond the villas that we ourselves design and build.

EVH Values

  • Integrity Matters
  • Think like a client
  • Spirited Fun
  • Be Quick but Dont Hurry
  • Employees are Critical
  • Small Details are Huge
  • Take Care of Each Other

We have an internal document with examples of what each value means in practice. We use this document to remind ourselves who we are.

We are ethically regulated by the RICS of London.

Where We Operate

  • Costa Del Sol: Marbella, Benahavis, Estepona, Sotogrande, Nueva Andalucia, Elviria, Mijas, Fuengirola, Malaga, Rincon de la Victoria
  • Costa de la Luz: Cadiz, Sotogrande
  • Costa Tropical: Nerja, Almuñecar, Salobreña, La Herradura
  • Costa Blanca: Valencia, Cullera, Denia, Altea, Benidorm
  • Madrid and surrounding area

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.

Perhaps above all we are very straight. What you see is what you get. Here we are in a video. Take a look.

We are two Architects three Technical Architects and a Chartered Surveyor as follows

  • Domingo Cardenas Muela: Registered Architect.
  • Alba Jimenez Herraiz: Registered Architect
  • Fran Chacon Martinez: Technical Architect and Contractor
  • Ivàn Castro: Technical Architect
  • Almudena Martin: Technical Architect
  • John Wolfendale: Chartered Surveyor

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.

We have teams on the ground on the Costa Blanca covering Alicante and Valencia and also in Madrid.

Free Plot Appraisal:

We do a plot appraisal without charge. I think in our business this is probably the most important thing we do. It’s essential for our clients, probably more than they think, and it gives us a chance to show case who we are.

In this article we describe why it’s so essential for the purchaser of the plot. It’s also true that we benefit from offering this service.

There are some limits to the free plot appraisal. As I am sure you will understand we could spend all of our time doing free appraisals for people. When we speak I will explain what these are.

Plot Finders Service

We may be able to help you find a plot.

We work closely with a small number of Estate Agents who are prepared to put up with us pointing out the disadvantages of a plot as well as the advantages.

And we come across quite a few plots that are not generally available on the market through our operations generally.

So if you are looking for land for sale in Marbella let us know and we can give you all the details.

Contact and Meetings:

  • We offer a single point of contact throughout your journey with us and that is John Wolfendale
  • The first face to face meeting will most likely be at your plot or some land 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 don’t run an office quite simply because it would be an unnecessary expense. We are a lean organisation and we keep costs down so we are price competitive. Most of the time we are out and about supervising works and meeting clients.
  • We like to meet you on site where we can discuss your home’s orientation……. what the view might be at breakfast, vehicular access, neighbours and so on.
  • Meetings can be in English or in Spanish

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. http://www.bayfieldtraining.com/

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.

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

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.

Get in touch
Contact us to discuss building your villa in Spain.