An Interview with Nicaraguan Architect, Herman Gallegos


After a quick visit to our property and with nothing more than copies of the topographical drawings and our wish list Nicaraguan Architect Herman Gallegos has designed a beautiful modern 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bathroom home for us.

A home that is even better than we could have imagined!

Once finalized and complete we’ll publish our floor plan and interior renderings for you to check out, but for now we are super excited to share some exterior views of our home with you.

For a larger view just click on any one of the 3 images below.

 

We couldn’t be more happy with our decision to hire Herman as our architect and are thrilled to introduce him to you today. In this interview he provides insight to his work and our project. He also shares some helpful tips for hiring an architect in Nicaragua.

Can you tell us a bit about your design process and how you bring a project to life?

To bring a project to life for me depends on the typology of it, whether it’s a private residence, office space, commercial, religious, etc. It’s imperative for me to analyze how the users would interact with the structure and the feelings or sensations that the building transmits. You always want your spaces to be comfortable and fit for their special use. Natural lighting and cross ventilation are very important, especially in countries like Nicaragua where we sometimes have very hot temperatures.

I always like to sketch out a basic floor plan or even start it on the computer. Depending on the lot and the style of the project I always have something already pictured in my mind and I just start drafting. Once I have the floor plan ready and approved by the owner I immediately start working on the elevations (3D). Sometimes I make changes to the floor plan in this stage too, depending on the proportion and the scale I want the building to have – mostly location and sizes of windows, openings, etc.

What about Elisha & Gordon’s project interested you the most? What were the biggest challenges with their project?

What I really like about Elisha and Gordon’s project is their enthusiasm. I like that we’re not designing a house, but actually a home where the walls will be filled with good memories and good vibes.

The only challenge might have been the best use of space to make it functional yet comfortable. It’s a small lot with some difference in levels from the road to the back (part of the mountain). I decided to create a lower level for parking and steps up to higher ground and with this have the house look even bigger from below.

What is it about your job that gives you the most satisfaction?

There are two things that satisfy me the most about a project. First, I like it when the finished product is exactly the same as I had envisioned it. I like it when the spaces flow correctly and when I see the light coming in with play of shadows and textures. Secondly, what gives me even more satisfaction is to see that the clients are happy and proud of their project. That is the best advertising anyone can have.

Is there a particular project you’ve worked on that you’re most proud of?

Of the projects I’m most proud of so far would be the Spanish Cultural Center of Nicaragua (CCEN) in Managua and the Santa Cruz lofts in San Juan del Sur.

What advice would you give to someone who is looking to hire an architect in Nicaragua?

When looking for an architect in Nicaragua I would suggest to see their work first. Make sure they know what they’re doing because sometimes architects like to design projects without any construction background. This can end up being very costly to the owners. It’s imperative not only to have good design ideas, but also to know how these ideas can be built logically.


You can see more of Herman’s work on his website
http://www.hermangallegos.com. You can also find him on Instagram.

Thanks so much to Herman for making the first phase of building a house in Nicaragua stress free, easy AND fun!

We Bought Land in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua!

buying land san juan del sur

– Champagne Toast: Barrio Frente Sur, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua – February 10, 2017

Gordon stands on a lot at the edge of town. He surveys the view of town and the bay of San Juan del Sur. A cool breeze comes off the surrounding hills. The plot of land isn’t large, but plenty big enough to build the oasis him and Elisha have talked about.

This is a no brainer. The location is good. The view is good. The price is right. And the investment potential? Amazing! Done deal. Let’s go to the lawyer’s office.

Elisha stands next to Gordon. Off in the distance she hears roosters crowing. A dog barks loudly in protest to the intrusion. The barrio is a little rough around the edges; far from picturesque. The view of town and the bay is partially blocked by a tree in the neighbor’s yard.

I don’t know. Am I ready to live with the noise and hustle in-town living brings? Do I really want to start from scratch and go through the process of building a home in a third world country? I need to give this some serious thought!

Gordon was ready. Elisha gave it some serious thought. And on February 10, 2017 (with good friends and champagne) they toasted to buying land in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua!

…to be continued…

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