Green Building

 Geoff McCabe

Sustainable Forestry and Reforestation

Sustainable Forestry and Reforestation

Sustainable development requires wood, but at the same time we love trees, so finding a plan to sustainably plant and harvest trees is essential for an eco-village that’s attempting to be as self-sufficient as possible. There are several issues to consider: Forestry Using Native Species It’s very popular to plant Teak and Melina trees in […]

 Geoff McCabe

Treehouse Hotel Project

Treehouse Hotel Project

In the heart of the eco village, we plan to build a treehouse hotel and retreat center. The basic idea is to put the treehouses on metal towers, upon which can grow vines, and surrounded by trees, to make sure they are safe in case of wind and treefalls. On the second level of each, […]

 Geoff McCabe

Vetiver Grass in Costa Rica – Sacate Violeta

Vetiver Grass in Costa Rica – Sacate Violeta

Vetiver Grass, known here as Sacate Violeta “Purple Grass” is one of the world’s most useful and essential plants, and an essential component of sustainable living. Originally from India, it many hundreds of years ago, it spread to other parts of Asia, where it was discovered to be very useful for erosion control. It’s now […]

 Geoff McCabe

Greenbuilding Projects

Greenbuilding Projects

Tropical Greenbuilding is a passion of mine since I arrived in Costa Rica in 2004, and I’ve wanted to start a center to do research into alternative building materials and techniques for many years. Finally I have my chance with Rancho Deliciso. You can see some of my tropical green-building architecture on two past projects […]

 Geoff McCabe

Costa Rica TreeHouse – Montezuma

Costa Rica TreeHouse – Montezuma

The Sacred Geome-Tree House is now available for you to experience.  It’s listed for short term rentals with a 2 day minimum.  The price is $79/night (Nov-April).  Special green season offer: (May-Oct) $69/night, $375/week!  It’s a very unique experience and the view is quite amazing.  Please email TreeHouse@RanchoDelicioso.com for more info and reservations. The tree house is […]

 Lisa Rubin

Volunteer Garden

Volunteer Garden

A few weeks ago we decided to build a garden specifically for the volunteers to grow their favorite foods in. In an effort to be resourceful we decided to use old glass bottles from the recycling center to create the garden boundaries. The next step was designing the garden- we created a shape that would […]

 Geoff McCabe

Geodesic Dome

Geodesic Dome

Now called the “Passion Dome” because it’s covered with passion fruit vines, originally we assembled my geodesic dome that I brought from the United States. It needed a lot of repair, and have improved it by adding one meter in height, making it taller give is more space at the bottom, since before, it didn’t […]

 Geoff McCabe

Icosahedron Treehouse Construction

Icosahedron Treehouse Construction

Joseph had initially thought to build this sacred geometry structure on the ground, but then when checking out the tree’s in the area.  These 4 lovely Malinia trees in a circle called out to him.  One branched out in such a way that made a perfect 5 sided chalice if you will.  A perfect holding spot […]

 Geoff McCabe

Yoga Shala at Rancho Delicioso

Yoga Shala at Rancho Delicioso

Finally after years of talk, wishes, and planning, we have a beautiful yoga deck here at Rancho Delicioso. Click here for a Calendar of Classes and Events. It’s a bit over 8×8 meters (over 700 ft2), large enough for 24-25 people to do yoga. Construction Details The first thing you may notice is that the […]

 Geoff McCabe

Shade Structure for Growing Vegetables

Shade Structure for Growing Vegetables

  Updated March 6, 2015 This project we consider to be a big failure!!! It works great in dry season, but the problem was that in the rainy season, the mesh lets in all the rain, but not enough light or sun. This led to extremely humid conditions that most plants could not tolerate. Fungus […]