I have found the solution to building a good home in Ecuador. An Ecuadorian corporation, Mobusa Company, manufactures a completely unique modular home system that fits my stringent requirements. They produce the parts and pieces, I provide the labor and supervision.
Donald Adkins, the owner of this company, Mobusa, is from North Carolina and a good friend of mine. He moved to Quito 6 years ago at the request of the Ecuadorian government to develop a method of building safe, affordable housing suitable for living in an environment prone to earthquake activity. Traditional construction methods based on adobe brick and or masonry covered cinder block walls are insufficient to resist seismic forces and collapse quickly during strong rapid movements of the earth. Building on construction technology that originated in Austria (EVG 3D Process), Donald Adkins set up his first factory in Quito. A second factory is under construction in Manta, and a third will break ground in Cuenca very soon.
We will be constructing a 1200 sf 2 bedroom 2 bath one story home here in Cotacachi. We expect to lay the foundation on Monday 8/15. I will record the entire building process digitally and post it here for your review.
Julia and I will build our own home using this same process.We expect to keep our costs under $45/sq ft turn key, not including land. We expect to build our 2000 sq ft home in less than 30 days, from start to finish. I will offer construction services using the Mobusa process here in Cotacachi, in Cuenca and on the coast.
Below are the benefits of welded steel wire panel construction in summary form. Please review the several videos on Mobusa's web site and send me your questions. (choose English translation). Click the link below.
~gale and julia
Benefits of our system of construction:
|Earthquake Proof||Up to 10 on the scale of Richter|
|Tropical Storms||Withstand winds up to 300 km|
|Fire Resistant||2 hours fire resistance|
|Save Electricity||Thermal Coefficient U .35W/m2K|
|Design Flexibility||Architectural Design Unlimited|
|Reduced Construction Cost||Low prices and accessible|
|Low maintenance||Reduced maintenance costs|
Rapid Construction System
|25 houses completed per day|