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    Questions you might have before building or remodeling your home

    Building or remodeling a home is the perfect opportunity to create the dream home that exactly fits your family’s needs.  Here are some answers to the Frequently Asked Questions a prospective builder in Baja always has.
    What is the construction price per square foot?
    It is not easy to fix a price without a specific project or design. Based on several cost and estimate exercises, the cost per square foot may range from $140 USD to $280 USD and depending on finishes and special details. Dramatic retaining walls are not included and should be quoted separately.
    What is included in the construction cost per square foot?
    Foundation, structure, masonry finishes including: Mexican travertine floors, smooth gypsum plastered walls & ceilings and cement-sand smooth finishes on exterior walls, interior and exterior painting, 10,000 liter capacity water cistern, electrical, hydraulic, plumbing and air conditioning installations, carpentry (main and interior doors, vanities and closets), aluminum window framing, handrail ironworks, basic landscaping and standard size pool & equipment.
    How difficult is to build on a steep lot?
    Building on a steep lot is always a challenge since the physical inclination of the natural ground and the construction maneuvers are more complicated than on a flat Lot. However, the final result and views that can be achieved are breathtaking and invaluable.
    Is the architect the builder?
    Not necessarily. The Designer Architect and the Builder can be two different people or companies. In some cases, the architect is from mainland or abroad and the builder uses his local experience and adapts the project to be built using regional materials.
    How do I get money to the builder for construction works and costs?
    Typically, a bank account on the owner´s name is opened. This account is managed by the builder and controlled by the owner depositing money by wire transfers over a previously established construction contract.
    Do I need to be living nearby during the construction process?
    Not necessarily; however, periodic on-site visits need to be scheduled for the owner to understand the process, review results and to make decisions on certain items that require to be checked on site.
    How much does it cost to add a pool?
    Based in past experiences, the cost of adding a pool depends on the size, finishes and complexity of the pool structure, it is safe to budget a standard size pool between $30,000 and $50,000 USD, which will include construction and equipment.
    Which space should I spend most money on?
    A suggestion would be those areas where you spend most of the time: such as a great room (living area, dining, kitchen) and always the master bedrooms and bathrooms.
    How much will it be to replace floor tiles to travertine?
    Existing flooring removal and 24”X24” travertine tile generally will cost $8.00 USD per square foot.
    How much would it be to add an elevator?
    Based on our previous experiences, you should consider paying about $80,000 USD to add an elevator on a two-floor-plan house, including rough construction, finishes, installation and equipment.
    What is the cost of building a 2 car Garage?
    An addition for an enclosed 2 car garage could be built for $25,000 – $35,000 USD depending on the complexity of the project and finishes.
    It is important to note that each area and region varies on topography, services and costs. The above is a standard guide and serves as an idea for what you could expect. At Riveras Building by MCA we have experience in designing and building all types of properties around BCS and are happy to put our expertise at your service.
    For more information send me an email to, visit or call me to the office 624.143.0202
    By: Architect Fernando Felix / Riveras Building by MCA

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