Facts at a glance
  • Location: Urbanización "Carib-Playa" (Marbella, Málaga)
  • Built Area: 136 M²
  • Plot Area: 593 M²
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Reception rooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 4

Our client is a very smart lawyer who grew up in the Soviet Union. She now lives in Belgium with her Dutch husband. He is a professional in the property industry and provides renewable energy systems to commercial clients.

They are now the proud owners of a beautiful carbon zero villa in Las Chapas. You can see the photos of the inaugural party. It is close to the beach and some 10 minutes’ East of Marbella.

This is what she wrote to us when we finally extracted the licence of first occupation out of the impossibly bureaucratic Marbella town hall. We helped our client through the endless bureacracy and problems wih connecting the mains services as the story below relates.

“Dear Alba, (an architect with EVH) you make my day!!!! You can now really put it on your official track record that you have won over the Marbella bureaucracy and it is quite a performance! I am enormously grateful to the whole team and to you personally for pushing this difficult matter through these difficult times. We are now celebrating with the whole family the happy end of 3 years building saga which you have made into rewarding experience, our sincere thanks for that! Svetlana & Co”

The villa is a popular holiday let and provides them with a rental income. It is available as a try-before-you buy model. It is a savvy financial investment.

They have lowered their carbon footprint and that of their tenants. It is energy certificate A.
The villa is very comfortable with open plan spaces that allow you to move seamlessly between the inside and shaded outside terraces. It has underfloor heating and as much cooling in the summer as they want all powered by free energy from the sun.

The property has all mod cons, including a heated pool, fire pit for those balmy evenings and sea views from the first floor.

The Story
The story began with an extensive evaluation of the legal status of the building licence. No new building licences are allowed in the area but there was an existing building licence from 12 years previously. We were able to establish, after many weeks of research, that the licence was still valid.
We also proved our client with costs estimates so she could evaluate the financial risks and opportunity and negotiate the right price for the plot.

Then we had to adjust the existing design to improve the aesthetics, make it energy efficient, and keep a lid on costs.

You may notice from the photographs that we incorporated a timber frame roof. All the finishes, the windows, the floors, tiling, doors, bathrooms, the details of the swimming pool (contra flow system, cover, heating) were researched in detail so our client could make the decisions on what she wanted and how much she wanted to spend.

We liaised with her interior designer and garden designer so she was able to get exactly what she wanted.
Water and electricity were not provided directly at the site and the supply to neighbours was also out of compliance with the regulations. We dealt with all problems related to liasing with the neighbours and the supply companies.

We supervised the installation of the photovoltaic panels and battery system that provide all the villas energy needs even though it has all mod cons installed. Even such details as the heat from the air conditioning is recycled into the hot water system. The temperature of each room is controlled individually.

Full Cost Analysis Available: (not published here to protect our client’s privacy).
If you contact me then, with our client’s permission I may be able to let you see a full cost analysis so you can compare with your own project.

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I also can give you the detailed specification of the PV renewable energy system, the cost of the system, the energy savings and payback period.

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