In the past 3 years, Costa Rica has seen a massive influx of international tourists choosing to relocate and call this country their home, either during the winter months or year round. Many of them are choosing to forgo the traditional construction process and are opting for modular housing.

You’ve probably seen it all over social media- the cool, futuristic looking domes, tiny homes, converted shipping containers and more. They have a unique aesthetic and have become a worldwide sensation for Airbnb business owners and homeowners alike.

Here we’ll dive into why that is and how you can join the movement.

Modular Housing features


One of the main reasons is that modular homes are typically portable. This avoids hassle from municipalities regulations around concessions and building codes. When a structure is portable, most of the time they are accepted by local governments, regardless of whether or not your property has legal building permits. 

Another factor contributing to the popularity of modular homes is their efficiency, both in cost and time. Because the components of modular homes are often built in a factory setting, they can be constructed quickly and with a high level of precision. This can save time and money compared to traditional on-site construction methods. 

Building in Costa Rica can be impacted by a myriad of factors- from weather to holidays to cadence of work, there is no shortage of reasons why your building project can get delayed. Modular homes can be significantly faster in their assembly. 

Additionally, modular homes are often built using high-quality materials and are designed to be energy-efficient, which can save homeowners money on their utility bills.

A common feature exploding all over Costa Rica, specially in Santa Teresa, is rooftop gardens, which act as a natural coolant to the interior as well as create an integrated, organic look to the home.

The ecological benefits speak for themselves, as modular housing is increasingly popular and typically use recycled materials such as shipping containers, which may otherwise end up in landfills or worse. 

Finally, modular homes are typically very customizable, allowing homeowners to choose the layout, features, and finishes that they want. Design is more important than ever, and using modular housing allows for a refreshing visual shift in Costa Rica, one that inspires a new way of thinking for a new way of living. 

Questions on how to integrate this innovation into your next project? Contact one of our agents and we will guide you in the right direction on how to add ecological, esthetically pleasing and functional housing for your dream home.