Building a home is like conducting an orchestra and the builder/conductor is responsible for bringing every member of the team as well as all the materials, together in harmony.
The difference between construction tradesmen and musicians, is that the musicians are trained professionals who desire to improve themselves. In the construction industry, especially in Costa Rica, the average worker has very little desire to improve and therefore needs to be consistently trained and supervised in order to achieve the harmony necessary to complete a project up to the expectations of the owner.
A builders primary role is to organize, construct and complete a project according to the specifications that the owner has selected. In order for the builder to accomplish this, the owner needs to know what he or she wants to be installed prior to beginning the project.
As a means to assist homeowners with the building the materials selection process, most professional builders recommend detailed construction specifications as an integral part of the building contract.
The construction workers that the builder must supervise, begin their work early every morning and are installing building materials a minimum of 8 hours per day, six days a week. These local laborers even with an experienced foreman, are not capable of building to the quality standards most foreigners are accustomed to.
The typical local laborer does not understand quality construction standards from other countries and they think that many of the items foreigners include in their residences are not necessary. They can install the wrong materials or install the specified materials improperly if they are not consistently supervised by a builder who understands their culture and can communicate with them in their language.
Without a professional builder and clear and concise construction specifications, building costs will more than likely increase, as work needs to be re-done in order to correct the mistakes that were not up to the specifications of the owner.
If you contract with a builder who understands what you expect and can communicate with you in your native language as well as with the construction workers in their language, then your home will more than likely turn out the way you anticipated.
The writer, Tom Rosenberger has lived and worked in Costa Rica since 1992 and from his travels throughout the country inspecting land and construction he has acquired a wealth of knowledge about home building in Costa Rica. If you have questions and would like to contact Tom click here.