Situated on the front ridge line of Rancho Rio Montana is our home, Hacienda la Trinidad, completed in May 2008. The design, single story and spread out along the ridge, was calculated to take advantage of the views and to give every room in our home an equally stunning vista. In designing Hacienda la Trinidad we had three overarching criteria: 1. as "green" a design as possible. 2. Live as close as possible to the out-of-doors. 3. Use as many local materials and craftspeople as feasible. We believe we succeeded pretty spectacularly. The “green elements” we were able to incorporate into the construction of our house include a planted roof which allowed us to eliminate air-conditioning, solar hot water and a glass free design.
By building without a foundation and hugging the natural contours of the ridgeline, we were able to minimize the displacement of earth which helps with erosion control.
The public spaces of Hacienda la Trinidad all have wooden shutter systems which allow every room to be completely opened to the Pacific Ocean on the horizon and mango and rice fields in the near distance. A very large covered outdoor dining and sitting area complete the blurring of indoor and out. Virtually all of the wood used in the construction and furniture was harvested from our Ranch. Pochote, Guanacaste, Cedar, Teak and Cana Brava can be found throughout the house.
In addition to the large outdoor covered living and dining space, la Trinidad is comprised of 4 bedrooms, each with its own full bath and each opening up onto the deck and substantial infinity-edge, bi-level pool. The master suite has its own private deck as well as a stone tub and the large guest suite can accommodate three or more.
For us, though, one of the greatest joys of the whole construction project was the discovery of the incredible local craftspeople and artists who worked on the house. Pingo built all the furniture (using Mission inspired designs), closets, doors and shutters. Oscar fabricated all of the metal work you see in La Trinidad from the fabulous chandeliers found in the dining and living rooms, to the whimsical pot and pan rack in the kitchen to the beautiful lanterns found throughout the house. Javier did all the stenciling you see and Manual created the beautiful painting in the kitchen as well as working with his colleagues to carve the amazing Balinese inspired wood work you see in the cupolas. Marco helped design the landscaping and supplied all the plantings. All of these talented folks live and work in the Nosara and Garza area.