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    Default Looking to Build a Home

    We're looking to build a home in the Santiago area. Fortunately, we already have the land which I
    heard has increased in value.

    Nothing fancy...we're budgeting 50k USD. Hopefully it's doable

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    In this country as is the case elsewhere, you do not always get what you pay for. It is important to know what you want and to make sure that the builder knows what you want before you turn them loose to create their vision of what they think they can get away with as they look to maximize their profit margin.

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    There is or was a guy on here named chip that might help.

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    Cdn_Gringo,

    You hit it on the nail.. Thank You for your advice..I hear you...

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    Should be do-able. Good luck.

    My advice - make your design with plans to insulate later on the exterior. You can later do a section at a time and also do it yourself. Makes for a much more comfortable interior and big savings on AC.

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    Listen to the Dominicans and try and do things "the way they are back home". There is a reason for doing things the Dominican way! We have a space between the roof and the wall so all of the hot air escapes. Not only do we not need aircon, we have no fans either - the house is cool (well we are at 1500 feet which helps). Termites eat wood - even supposed treated wood - as I discovered when I insisted on a wooden staircase rather than a concrete one. Make sure the house is earthed (something to do with a hole, salt and a metal stick). Get all of your permissions in place from the local authority to save problems and major bribes down the road. Stick to the law re your construction workers in terms of working hours, payment levels, payment dates and insurance. First stage is to get a good maestro. Where is Chip when you need him??!!

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    I meant don't try to do things as they are done back home!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matilda View Post
    I meant don't try to do things as they are done back home!

    Matilda

    I understood what you meant. And you are correct. When building anywhere, you use formulas and methods that have already stood the test of time in that environment and with materials that are readily available.
    Which in the DR, is masonry and concrete.

    The plastic soda bottle houses are just plain silly.

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    Thank You all for your worthy advice
    All the Blessings
    Much Appreciated!

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    Last edited by SteveK; 02-17-2019 at 05:22 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveK View Post
    Thank You all for your worthy advice
    All the Blessings
    Much Appreciated!

    SteveK
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    If you can figure a way to get ahold of Chip, he would be a great help to you. He's ex-military civil engineer. https://r.search.yahoo.com/_ylt=AwrE...xleCsLBa2qNSw-

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