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Malena Kruger of Ola Verde SA – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
It is easy to remodel in Nicaragua because of the relatively low cost of labor and materials.
 
However, before remodeling you first need the original architectural plans so that you don't demolish an important pillar or break a water pipe. The original owners should have them or at least they should know where you could find them.  If this is impossible because of the age of the house, a good building contractor can analyze the house and give you advice as well as a price quote. It is always better to find a "master the obra", which is a builder that brings his team of experts with him, rather than looking for individuals yourself.
Carlos Roman Gutierrez Solis of Casa Granada Properties – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
I’ll tell you about remodeling in Granada, Granada, Nicaragua colonial home, sidewalk view – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingNicaragua, 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.  
Russell Newman of RusSELL Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
We own a huge colonial home in Granada Nicaragua and I will never forget the week that I employed 5 Nicaraguan hard laborers to do some 'gruntwork'. All 5 total cost US $35/day i.e., each one was happy to work for $7/per day. So to remodel, labor is very inexpensive. The issue is to find someone who knows proper construction and be the foreman.
 
And also, take note that there are very serious codes of standards in the colonial cities in Nicaragua such as Granada. You would want to consult the historical department of the city prior to altering any major colonial areas in your home. Once you have changed the standard colonial look and design of your home, you will find that the value of the home has decreased considerably...check with the local building department before altering a typical colonial home.

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