Building a house in Brazil (Armação dos Búzios, RJ)

Fellow member,

I've always found this forum helpful so far. Maybe some of you can help me along further in regards to some questions I have about building a house in Brazil. Maybe some of you have experience in building a house and have gone through some of these stages yourselves. All the help and comments would be much appreciated :)

Here are some specifics:

- The location would be in Armação dos Búzios, specifically in a gated community - click link on the left to see location

- The land is available to us (within the family). Transfer of ownership should be relatively easy, i.e. we are not buying the land from a random third party.

- The land is 15m x 30m (width by depth), thus 450m2 total.

- My wish would be to have a two-story house and a pool.

- The minimum square meter requirement in this community is apparently 100m2. It would be great to have something between 120m2 and 150m2, spanning over two-stories.

- The house would be a holiday house for us. We would probably visit once or twice a year for 2-4 weeks per visit. The rest of the period we are looking into letting the house to holiday renters. The long-term goal (5-10 years) is to sell the house for a profit.

- We have a Brazilian family member on location who could oversee (parts of) the construction of the house and pool.

- As for budgeting, I have yet to finalize this once I learn more about what everything costs. I hope to learn more about pricing through this forum. The numbers I have read online sometimes seem to good to be true.

General questions:

KIT HOUSES
I have heard and read a bit into so called kit houses - most of the ones I found online are made of wood. What is the general opinion on these?

Some seem relatively cheap and my worry is that these would not live up to the European standards that we are used to. That being said, and having been to Brazil plenty of times, many things won't live up to the European standards we are used to, so I've learned to come to terms with this :)

Does anybody have a good experience with kit houses, be it wood or brick?

ARCHITECTS
I've been told that many people build houses through architects. Apparently, they tell the architects their rough idea and plan and the architect goes to work, and in most cases even organizes workers and contractors etc.

Is it really as easy as this sounds? Furthermore, what would be an acceptable fee/price for an architect to design a 150m2 two-story house?

COSTS
Considering we already "own" the land - would a construction of a house (be it brick or wood, or a combination) be possible for around 100.000 BRL? (excluding pool)

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I have plenty of other questions in regards to these topics, but I believe once I get a discussion rolling I am sure other things will come up and be answered.

Thanks in advance to anybody with help - this is much appreciated!

Kind regards,
Fred

Wow a lot of good questions. I really cannot help in other areas.
I know not many wood houses here and length of time to build is a nightmare here and insect and wood damage of the sub-tropical area.
I would have loved a wood framing at least, just for moving (adding) electrical outlets.
We have an older home and have nice wooden floors which can not be repaired due to the outlawing of the certain type of wood.
I even had issues replacing a wide and thick pool built in bench, because of the large pieces of wood is no longer available in Paranal. So went with laminated smaller boards

fred2brazil :

Fellow member,

I've always found this forum helpful so far. Maybe some of you can help me along further in regards to some questions I have about building a house in Brazil. Maybe some of you have experience in building a house and have gone through some of these stages yourselves. All the help and comments would be much appreciated :)

Here are some specifics:

- The location would be in Armação dos Búzios, specifically in a gated community - click link on the left to see location

- The land is available to us (within the family). Transfer of ownership should be relatively easy, i.e. we are not buying the land from a random third party.

- The land is 15m x 30m (width by depth), thus 450m2 total.

- My wish would be to have a two-story house and a pool.

- The minimum square meter requirement in this community is apparently 100m2. It would be great to have something between 120m2 and 150m2, spanning over two-stories.

- The house would be a holiday house for us. We would probably visit once or twice a year for 2-4 weeks per visit. The rest of the period we are looking into letting the house to holiday renters. The long-term goal (5-10 years) is to sell the house for a profit.

- We have a Brazilian family member on location who could oversee (parts of) the construction of the house and pool.

- As for budgeting, I have yet to finalize this once I learn more about what everything costs. I hope to learn more about pricing through this forum. The numbers I have read online sometimes seem to good to be true.

General questions:

KIT HOUSES
I have heard and read a bit into so called kit houses - most of the ones I found online are made of wood. What is the general opinion on these?

Some seem relatively cheap and my worry is that these would not live up to the European standards that we are used to. That being said, and having been to Brazil plenty of times, many things won't live up to the European standards we are used to, so I've learned to come to terms with this :)

Does anybody have a good experience with kit houses, be it wood or brick?

ARCHITECTS
I've been told that many people build houses through architects. Apparently, they tell the architects their rough idea and plan and the architect goes to work, and in most cases even organizes workers and contractors etc.

Is it really as easy as this sounds? Furthermore, what would be an acceptable fee/price for an architect to design a 150m2 two-story house?

COSTS
Considering we already "own" the land - would a construction of a house (be it brick or wood, or a combination) be possible for around 100.000 BRL? (excluding pool)

---

I have plenty of other questions in regards to these topics, but I believe once I get a discussion rolling I am sure other things will come up and be answered.

Thanks in advance to anybody with help - this is much appreciated!

Kind regards,
Fred

With that size of a lot, you can indeed construct your house of R$100,000. The minimum cost of a house construction in that area is R$20,000 ( a kit would fit in this amount). I don´t know if there´s a regulation of your gated community of the amount. The average cost house construction in that area is
R$86,279. Architects range from R$2,600 to R$13,000. Average being R$5,538.

Kits usually are smaller in size at around 50 square meters. If you use wood you should opt for "madeiras de lei" which are termite resistant. Some concrete kits can go to around 100sq. meters.
So it´s up to you. RJ has very high temperatures during summer so I would opt for brick construction -
the bricks laid flat for thickness of insulation. Better for temperature maintenance during air-conditioning operation. Brink construction is more attractive for renting during summer and also sells
way much better than wooden construction when it´s time to market it. Your price would vary according to the quality of materials used and the duration (period) of construction.

Architects do arrange for contractors to execute the project. Usually one company or business has all of them in-house. Very easy.

robal

Here´s a link for price estimates.

https://www.habitissimo.com.br/orcament … sa-26450#1

robal

Great information Doc

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