Our latest major reno is complete.

Total remodel and new pool.

Need a cool refreshing pool?

We just completed this pool in Merida as part of a much larger renovation project. Having built well over 100 pools in the Yucatan we have the experience to build yours. Give us a call for a quote

Our latest home build in Conkal

We just finished this custom home in Conkal. The delivery was only slightly delayed due to Covid related construction closures and was delivered on budget as agreed to in the estimate. Plans were drawn to include the customer specific specifications. If you are considering a new build or reno, now is the time to book it for 2021. Give us a call and lets get your dream home started.

Construction is underway again

No Doubt that Covid 19 caught us all by surprise and that of course stopped a lot of projects in their tracks. Well we are now allowed to continue and have been hard at work this week on our latest project in Conkal.  If it is now time to think about your retirement. build we would be glad to speak with you.

 

 

Now is the time.

If you have a project in mind, now is the time to give us a call. We are just finishing several major projects and have crews coming free.

New beach front home in Santa Clara

Putting the final touches on a new beautiful home with pool in Santa Clara. We can design your house from the ground up, get all the approvals required and build your dream home.  Contact us today to reserve your build.

 

 

 

Ever wonder how houses are built here? Follow us to watch a build

This is your chance to follow a tear down of the old and rebuild of a new beach house located in Chelem. Our customer and friend John Swartz has given us the contract to demolish the old  structure and build a new spectacular seafront home. It took time to get all the associated permits, but we are now away to the races.

John has decided to chronicle the build as it proceeds on Facebook

Watching this build, is perfect for those of you that want to do this process at some time for yourselves or maybe you will want to buy this project when finished. Either way follow the link and see how a well established construction company builds in the Yucatan.

After all we are your Yucatan Construction Specialists and this is just one of our many spectacular builds and you can follow from the ground up.

Just follow the link https://www.facebook.com/CasaSeaEstaChelem/

You have not heard from us in a while, we are busy.

Here is a random sampling of just a few of ours works in progress. If you are looking to start a project let us know early, so we can put you on our schedule. Updates to these project will be posted shortly

 

Latest major reno finished

This reno was a major project. The original house was mamepostria (stone) we moved walls, extended the terrace, expanded the kitchen and in reality nothing was left untouched. Everything new from the ground up, with new pool and court yard surround. Steps to the roof give the perfect spot to take in the sunset, or just sit on the Ocean side terrace and enjoy. The stone faced seawall protects the house in the event of a storm.

Can I build a second story?

One of the questions we get asked all the time, is can I build a second story. The simple answer is yes anything is possible, but it may take time and money. A lot of people assume a house made of block, is ready to take a second story as is and that is not true. A lineal meter of block wall can load a compressive weight of 750 kilos Which is not a lot when you are talking cement block of the original wall, new beams, new walls and an extra concrete roof. The second story in reality is supported by columns and beams and this is where extra time and costs are involved. The big question is how were your existing colums made and what weight were the footings designed to hold.

There are basically 3 types of columns used in Yucatan homes.

Sanct columns are the weakest they are just interlaced block with a piece of rebar in the center filled with a slurry of very wet concrete or mortar

Next is columns reinforced with Armex, Armex is a reinforced square tube made of a wire rings and thin rebar. the Armex mesh is filled with concrete for strength.

Best of all is rebar positioned in a square pattern so that the long lengths form the corners of square tube and that is tied to gether at close intervals with reinforced wire. Some times Armex is reinforced with rebar on the corners for additional loading capability. the column is then filled with concrete which should be vibrated to remove air pockets.

 

 

 

The next issue is the footings for the columns and how large they are. Obviously a small footing will not disperse a large load into the ground. The footings need to be large enough to support the wieght of a second story, with out sinking or twisting.

 

 

So the question, can I add a second story, is not an easy one to answer without knowing how the house was built. The good news is poorly built columns can be replaced, but it all adds to the time and cost of construction.

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