I’ll tell you about remodeling in Granada,
Nicaragua, a colonial city where I live that is trying to maintain its colonial flavor.
If you have a colonial house, you will have to keep the flavor of the house. If you buy an old colonial home in Granada, Nicaragua, you’re going to find adobe walls and you’re going to find a house that was built anywhere from the 1700s to the 1800s, which is when the houses were built in the center of the city.
If you try to do modifications to improve a colonial house in Granada and perhaps to make it more modern in how it functions and contemporary in style, you need to submit the blueprints to the city. City personnel will then check the property and see where its located, which helps to determine how restricted you will be in terms of how much you can do with it. For instance, you cannot do a second story in front of the house. If the facade of the house is colonial, you’ve got to keep it colonial. You can change the color, the door, or make bigger windows and doors, and if you need a ramp for the garage and you have a living area that can function as a garage, you can do that. You can also put a swimming pool inside the house, but it needs to be a long piece of property or if the house has two patios, you can put the swimming pool in the second patio, but not in the first one. What you can do with the house depends on the shape of the house, what is its layout, and its distance from the main plaza.