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    Default Chip, coulsd you clarify the 4th paragraph, please?

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    Fourth, a cost estimate will be need to be done by the mastro AND his fee that he will charge and how much time he will take. For four months work a fee of RD120,000 to RD200,000+ will be more than reasonable. To keep this in perspective, most maestros will be making RD15,000 a month for their services - good pay in the DR so what you will be paying them will be a very good pay and you will still be saving tons of money. It may be prudent to have a lawyer create a contract to sign explaining the terms and such and DR1 has many references for such.
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    What is the RD$ 120K-200K "fee" exaclty for and how does this relate to the RD$15K/month he is taking for his services or doesn't it?

    Thanks for the excellent post BTW... J-D.

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    What is the RD$ 120K-200K "fee" exaclty for and how does this relate to the RD$15K/month he is taking for his services or doesn't it?

    Thanks for the excellent post BTW... J-D.
    The RD120-200K fee is what you will pay to have the maestro do a cost estimate and manage the construction of the project. The RD15K per month is what a maestro makes typically. These numbers are from a Dominican maestro who is a good friend of mine.

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    Default For Santo Domingo West I know a good and honest maestro

    I have builded myself a two stories house for my family in Los Alcarrizos.

    I am very satisfied and would be glad to recommend the maestro who has done the job.

    Just contact me at: franberu@yahoo.fr

    I am canadian and I speak english, french and spanish.

    My wiife and two kids are dominicans.

    By the way, the reputation of Los Alcarrizos, partly builded by medias, is not factual. I am in a quiet sector with very good neighbords.

    Have a good day.

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    Chip,

    I'm in the design stage of my house, to be done by an Architec of course, although I have a pretty good idea of my wishes (even did a model using pc software). Can you recommend/point me to a reasonable Architect to do the official design. I am in the Santiago area, but I guess a design can be done anywhere in DR.

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    Hi There
    I live near Cabarete, have a large garden and want to put a wooden kit summer house in the it Does anyone have advice where I can get something like that and also garden statuary.
    Thanks
    Lucien
    Last edited by Lucien Morgan; 08-16-2007 at 06:11 AM. Reason: to expand the post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip00 View Post
    The RD120-200K fee is what you will pay to have the maestro do a cost estimate and manage the construction of the project. The RD15K per month is what a maestro makes typically. These numbers are from a Dominican maestro who is a good friend of mine.
    Is the RD15K per month on top of the (INITIAL) RD 120 -200K FEE

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    Quote Originally Posted by americanized View Post
    Chip,

    I'm in the design stage of my house, to be done by an Architec of course, although I have a pretty good idea of my wishes (even did a model using pc software). Can you recommend/point me to a reasonable Architect to do the official design. I am in the Santiago area, but I guess a design can be done anywhere in DR.

    You might want to contact Hillbilly. His daughter-in-law, I believe, is an architect, though I'm not sure about that.

    Texas Bill

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    Franberu
    Can you give me more information about the person you are recommending?
    I have a piece of land, not in so good neighborhood, but I think is time to start putting block by block. Thank you.

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    Default Homebuilding in the DR the inexpensive (Dominican) way

    An update on my house building project the inexpensive way.I am building a modest,1200 ft 1 floor house,3 bedroom,1 bath, in El Limon,Samana.Here are a few prices I have paid so far.
    1.First of all,the land belongs to my wife,so no cost.
    2. 2000 blocks@.20 pesos each=40,000 pesos
    3.Barilla=9200 pesos
    4.Arena and rocks=3200 pesos
    5.Cement except for roof,80 bags at 200 pesos each=16000 pesos
    6.Man who supervised and dug the foundation of complete house,800 pesos a day,took him 4 days.=3200 pesos
    7.His helper,250 pesos a day.=1000 pesos.
    8.Same man laid the blocks,7 pesos a block,for any blocks 1/2 to whole,smaller,nada.He is doing about 100 blocks a day,So far,he has house almost done except for roof.1600 blocks=11200 pesos to date
    9.his helper,250 a day=4000 pesos.
    10.Here in El Limon,no fees of any kind such as architech,permits,etc...
    just do it.
    11.food and Presidente,Rum for additional help thay just showed up for food and drink,,did some cleaning and dirty work for block layer, =8000 pesos

    total so far
    95,800 pesos.=about $3200. USD
    roof will take about 40 bags of cement,and may need a little more dirt and barilla,but will have a better idea next month,as I am doing this on a month to month basis,the Dominican way.When the outside walls are done and the roof,it will have been about 18 months.Another year and it should be completely done for less than $12,000 USD
    bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaguarbob View Post
    An update on my house building project the inexpensive way.I am building a modest,1200 ft 1 floor house,3 bedroom,1 bath, in El Limon,Samana.Here are a few prices I have paid so far.
    1.First of all,the land belongs to my wife,so no cost.
    2. 2000 blocks@.20 pesos each=40,000 pesos
    3.Barilla=9200 pesos
    4.Arena and rocks=3200 pesos
    5.Cement except for roof,80 bags at 200 pesos each=16000 pesos
    6.Man who supervised and dug the foundation of complete house,800 pesos a day,took him 4 days.=3200 pesos
    7.His helper,250 pesos a day.=1000 pesos.
    8.Same man laid the blocks,7 pesos a block,for any blocks 1/2 to whole,smaller,nada.He is doing about 100 blocks a day,So far,he has house almost done except for roof.1600 blocks=11200 pesos to date
    9.his helper,250 a day=4000 pesos.
    10.Here in El Limon,no fees of any kind such as architech,permits,etc...
    just do it.
    11.food and Presidente,Rum for additional help thay just showed up for food and drink,,did some cleaning and dirty work for block layer, =8000 pesos

    total so far
    95,800 pesos.=about $3200. USD
    roof will take about 40 bags of cement,and may need a little more dirt and barilla,but will have a better idea next month,as I am doing this on a month to month basis,the Dominican way.When the outside walls are done and the roof,it will have been about 18 months.Another year and it should be completely done for less than $12,000 USD
    bob

    Including the finishing? Flooring, kitchen, bathroom etc?

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