Green Building

 Geoff McCabe

Casa Deliciosa For Sale

Casa Deliciosa For Sale

I currently live in Casa Deliciosa, which is a “recycled house” remodeled from a dilapidated real estate office that was on the farm when we bought it. This ultra-modern (some would say “crazy”) shape was designed by a local Costa Rican architect. Honestly, I used to drive past this place and hated it, so I […]

 Geoff McCabe

Recycled Bottle Gardens

Recycled Bottle Gardens

Next to Rancho Delicioso is the area’s recycling center, most of which currently comes from the town of Montezuma, but also from Santa Teresa and Malpais. We can use plastic bottles from the center to build cool and innovative gardening projects. We’re hoping to find an inspired genius to build something remarkable to show the […]

 Geoff McCabe

White paint roof cooling experiment

White paint roof cooling experiment

I’m currently living in a recycled house that we call Villa Delicioso, and it has been extremely hot inside, even with 4-inch fiberglass insulation, an overhanging roof, an attic space, and all the windows open. Years ago, an architect here told me that ONLY bright white paint will keep a metal roof cool, and our […]

 Geoff McCabe

Volunteer House

Volunteer House

The volunteer house has two wings, featuring: – Two sleeping lofts, and two single bed/sofas, so a total of 6 people can sleep here. – Two toilets – Two showers – Each wing has its own kitchen, so meals can be prepared in one, while volunteers work in the other kitchen on projects such as […]

 Geoff McCabe

Living Structures Project

Living Structures Project

Ever since I moved to Costa Rica and learned that with many tree species, you can cut off a branch, stick it in the ground, and it will grow into a new tree, I had the idea to try this here with some of the popular local trees, such as Melina or Madera Negro, both […]

 Geoff McCabe

The Costa Rica Adobe Project

Currently we’re focused on organic farming and permaculture, but we are planning for three sustainable construction projects in the future once we have enough volunteers: Adobe Technology Re-Invention For hundreds of years, people built in Costa Rica using adobe. There are still old churches made with this material around the country, but this great eco-friendly […]

 Geoff McCabe

Living Shade Garden Unit

Living Shade Garden Unit

    When I discovered that “grillos” (grasshoppers) were killing our baby tomatoe seedlings, I needed to think up a solution fast, so we built this “living shade structure” in one day. The result was this structure, which uses the following materials: 8 sheets of corrogated tin (3.6m) 9 madera negro living fenceposts (3 meters) […]