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Casa Maria: 764 Square Foot Vacation Home in Costa Rica


Larry contacted us to show us his gorgeous creation, the Casa Maria. He built this vacation home about four years ago in Costa Rica for less than $60,000.

Including the loft space, the home comes to 764 square feet. It’s built out of cypress wood, and has asphalt roofing. Underneath the neat curved roofline of the house is a carport and laundry room. The main living space is wide-open with couches, a fireplace, kitchenette and pool table. There’s a bedroom and a bathroom, as well.

Enjoy the photo tour of Larry’s wonderful small home!

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Costa Rica Vacation Home for Less Than $60K

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Images via Larry Windes

There’s a small kitchen area and a pool table.

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This is a gorgeous fireplace.

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Images via Larry Windes

A staircase takes you up to the loft.

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View from the loft.

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Here’s the entryway.

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Images via Larry Windes

The ceiling looks like a boat in many ways.

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Images via Larry Windes

Here’s the house from a nearby mountain.

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This is the floorplan for the home.

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Images via Larry Windes

Highlights:

  • The house is 764 square feet livable including the loft.
  • One bedroom and one bath.
  • Sleeps 6 comfortably with two on the sofas, two on the loft, and two in the bedroom
  • It is made of reinforced concrete and concrete block at the lower carport and laundry level
  • Upper area framed and sided with cypress, which is a local softwood.
  • The roof is asphaltic composition shingles.
  • It is in the cool mountains at 7130 feet above sea level.
  • The fireplace is a 200-year-old design by Count Rumford.
  • It was completed about four years ago at a cost of less than $60,000 USD.
  • Built by larrywindes.com.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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  • Sheila
    December 4, 2020, 10:15 pm

    This is beautiful! Love this home.

  • David S Laker
    December 4, 2020, 11:20 pm

    As much as Costa Rica construction can be inexpensive, there is no way you could put this up for $60k–not even if you did it yourself and all the help was free.
    It is very lovely and has a professional architectural design in itself worth many thousands which we won’t count.

    • James D.
      December 5, 2020, 3:27 am

      Yeah, it would seem unlikely, especially as Costa Rica has some of the toughest and most stringent building codes in the world. Everything is built to the seismic code that allows a house to withstand an 8 point earthquake… But that’s why they can be hit by a 7.2 and then go about their day like nothing happened…

      Though, it’s still possible to build within $100 per Sq Ft, just usually won’t look anywhere near as nice as this… But it is a small structure and it looks like it’s built like a cabin, meaning no insulation, etc.

      • Larry Windes
        December 6, 2020, 1:34 pm

        See my comment to David above. And yes, Casa Maria is well insulated.

        Larry

        • James D.
          December 7, 2020, 5:48 pm

          Costs I’m willing to believe, not easy to achieve there but it can be done… But well insulated, nope. Especially not with the roof and all the glass you used in the design…

          Probably has good thermal mass, though, and is in a good location with low temperature variations… So probably works fine for anyone staying there, being by the equator has it’s advantages and not all structures need to be well insulated to work well in the environment they are designed for…

          A very impressive accomplishment regardless…

    • Larry Windes
      December 6, 2020, 1:31 pm

      Sorry David you are decidedly wrong about the cost. It is as I said.

      Larry

  • Laurie
    December 5, 2020, 12:13 am

    Is this home in Costa Rica for sale?

    • Larry Windes
      December 8, 2020, 4:22 pm

      The home is not for sale to my knowledge.

  • Gustavo Camacho Jiménez
    December 15, 2020, 6:53 am

    Excelente la propuesta Larry. Yo vivo en Costa Rica camino a los Volcanes Irazú y Turrialba.
    Se que el costo de $60 K en la construcción es posible . Saludos

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