Well, building is not easy, no matter where you are in the world. It is much easier to buy property already established; you know what you are buying. Costa Rica changed a lot within the past few years in terms of availability of good, quality construction materials, reputable contractors, and construction companies, especially in more remote areas like on the beaches.
An existing structure or an older home might not provide what is possible today. Let’s put it this way, if you can’t find what you are looking for out of the existing possibilities or you have to make too many compromises, we recommend that you think about building.
Fortunately, in Costa Rica there is a defined process through which an intelligent Buyer and builder should proceed. In addition, there is a licensing body for architects and engineers, which also sets standards for fees should you decide to build.