Paradise Portugal 4U
Mex da Carregacao, Lagoa 8400-141, Algarve, Portugal, davidfes@247fes.com, +351920322043
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Paradise Portugal 4U



Your Bespoke second home in Paradise. For long weekends, for your holidays, for retirement, for your kids or partner, or to escape winter?

Or at some point maybe even permanently?

Live Better With A Second Home In The Sunniest Year-Round Place In Europe.

Live Your Dream Now: in Paradise Portugal, with its "endlessly lovely people" verified

 

You can have your MobyDream™ anywhere - even in the globally popular Algarve


trueBESPOKE™ Paradise Portugal 4U


Please note: Paradise Portugal 4U don't do "prefab". And we don't have "model" homes and "floor plans" that you can "customize".

Because YOU are the customer. And WE build your custom dream home 100% bespoke: Only for you.

 

Because no one else has your dream. And so no one else should have your home. It's unique to you. And uniquely yours.

Forever yours, if you order a MobyDream™. Because your MobyDream™ can move with you wherever you'd like to move next verified

 

If you can choose: Do you prefer Bespoke or Prefab?

Your Bespoke Dream Home - Forever Yours

Contact Paradise Portugal 4U


Mex da Carregacao, Lagoa 8400-141, Algarve, Portugal

+351 920322043 Normal Work Hours
davidfes@247fes.com

Please note that part of our construction process causes such extreme noise that we may not hear your ringing.

Where to find us:

Once we have our new highly visible Algarve premises, you will have the opportunity to drop your message into the gate's letter box if you are driving by.

If your enquiry is from abroad, please send an email instead.

 

Paradise Portugal 4U's Pictured Pinterest Presence: https://www.pinterest.com/paradiseportugal

You may like to check out our huge and ever growing Pictured Pinterest Presence (or PPP :-) with over 100 boards and 1000s of informative Portugal photos or "pins", including:

  • Introducing you to all Portuguese towns
  • Portuguese food
  • Portuguese wine and Wine testing
  • Portuguese Cakes & Sweets
  • Portugal's best places to visit by region
  • Portugal's top beaches for different preferences
  • Relaxing holidays and Action holidays
  • Family holidays and Gourmet holidays
  • Nature Parks and Waterparks in Portugal
  • Most Magical Castles etc
  • Golfing in Portugal
  • Hiking trails
  • History & Landmarks
  • Portuguese Customs & Lifestyle
  • ... and so much more!

 

Get in touch now, if you'd like to have your second home in Paradise too?
Start with where you want your own new bespoke home, and what size and layout you'd like?


Good to know Paradise Portugal 4U


Did you know?

You don't need to own land already: MobyDreams™ are unique in so many ways, incl. a MobyDream™ comes with its own inherent foundation.

So if the local municipality does not require a soil foundation, you can legally and safely live in your MobyDream™ on rented land even.

Paradise Portugal 4U (PP4U) is happy to find you a great plot of land, whether to rent or to purchase: it's an option of our trueTURNKEY™ offer.

Because PP4U is unique in so many ways too.

 

There are many more fascinating insights. Just talk to us?


Competitive Advantages Paradise Portugal 4U


PP4U's (for many customers) very welcome Construction Differences are all good to know but what may matter to you most are our advantages over some or all market comrades that can actually benefit you as the customer.

Right?

So here we highlight those benefits with an asterisk *:0

  1. trueBESPOKE™ home or other dwelling *
  2. trueTURNKEY™ services (if the customer values that) *
  3. Globally relocatable1 at minimal cost2 (if a MobyDream™) *
  4. Natural and regrowing materials used3 (unless a customer does not value it) *
  5. MobyDreams™ get tested like no other home even before the owner moves in *
  6. Not necessary to buy a plot of land outright4 *
  7. Almost any size, layout, and design: including designs thought-to-be "impossible"6 *
  8. MobyDream™ can be ordered with basement, of any type *
  9. Allergy-neutral steel structure *
  10. Passive7 ventilation solutions for energy free humidity control and room climate *
  11. Passive heating and cooling for low energy climate control8 *
  12. Earthquake-proof and hurricane-proof (if the customer values that9) *
  13. Flood-proof (if the customer values that) *
  14. 100% energy self-sufficiency10 (if the customer values it) *
  15. Offgrid capability11 (if the customer values it) *
  16. Solar water heating (if the customer values it) *
  17. Fast construction in as little as 8 weeks subject to size/complexity (if the customer values it) *
  18. Movable louvers or fixed breeze blocks to control sun radiation exposure12 *
  19. Natural and energy-saving illumination solutions without heat generation *
  20. Green roof and/or green exterior walls (if the customer values it) *
  21. Vertical indoor garden walls13 (if the customer values it) *
  22. Handicapped conform (eg wheelchair) if requested - no extra fees! *
  23. Temporarily and/or permanently expandable home14 (if the customer values it) *
  24. MaxSafe™ (incl. camouflage if the customer values it)15 *
  25. TrueWarranty™ above and beyond warranty on traditional new builds *
  26. Underfloor heating16 (if the customer values it)

 

Or in short: a proven sustainably built bespoke eco home, as it's often called.

 

0 Please be aware that the list here is a comparison with the mode of residential home construction offers in the market: the most common type of offers found when going through the search results, regardless of the builder's construction approach.
That some market comrades offer an individual benefit on its own is obvious.

1 Agreed, easy and cost-effective relocatability of residential homes and other dwellings is so unheard of that it may require quite some time "to sink in" before every would-be customer can see the benefits.

2 At minimal cost is true: The sturdy structure of a MobyDream™ is a combination of ocean shipping containers, unless the customer's dream features a different structural base.
Then we would weld a brand-new steel structure with the same twist lock capability so that the home's modules remain relocatable nonetheless.
So why at minimal cost?
Billions of goods are transported globally every year in ocean containers, and if it wasn't the most cost-effective method then companies around the world would have opted for a different method to relocate the goods.

3 More precisely: 1) regrowing, 2) natural, 3) locally sourced, and/or 4) recycled building materials, in this order.
Because, that the steel structural base and a good number of other materials aren't "regrowing, natural, or locally sourced" is clear to anyone with common sense. The sustainability of the overall construction approach is what matters.
To many hopefully?

4 Indeed, the potential requirement of the individual municipality aside, a MobyDream™ may well be the only permanent residential home that does not require a foundation, as it comes with its own inherent foundation that withstands all seismic conditions.
And since with a MobyDream™ home it is perfectly possible to make no landscaping changes at all and to move with home without leaving a trace in the soil behind, a customer with more temporary location preferences can decide to first rent an unused plot, instead of investing a chunk of money to buy it.
"Rent land anywhere and go or stay".
What the property industry's propaganda marketing likes to hide to nail the sale: Renting property can build more wealth than buying it, regardless whether you rent land with house on it or only land and you bring your own house (certainly in the USA).
There is no such analysis for Portugal (yet), but if your MobyDream™ purchase seems to be stopped only by lack of instant funding (or financing) then please take note of the feasible possibility to place your home on rented or leased land, initially at least:
With their inherent foundation, modular homes built on the basis of ocean containers are the only permanent residential homes available that can be enjoyed on rented land too.

6 Indeed. "There’s no home that can be built that can’t be built with modular construction".
Just note that contrary to their wrong perception there, modular does not necessarily mean prefab, and indeed in PP4U's case (and JGDS' case too) it certainly is not:
Unlike other site-built homes that are increasingly prefab, a MobyDream™ is 100% bespoke and unique to one customer only. You.

7 Passive means here: without energy use.

8 Can eliminate the need to run a costly Air Conditioning unit, regardless of location.

9 Because then we need to incorporate specific adjustments into the construction process which obviously cost a bit, and so the customer must value it.

10 Including EV charge point (because gas cars are being phased out: look at the industry's R&D spend).

11 Self-sufficient energy generation, rainwater collection (and/or well where legal), septic tank.
Personally I am a huge fan of waterless toilets like the Swedish Separett (market leader): Once you think about it, mixing human waste with the most precious natural reserve we have (water, together with oxygen) must be one of the dumbest things people have come up with!

12 Excellent in regions like the Algarve.

13 Whether for decorative purpose and/or for better room climate and/or to grow veggies and fruit.

14 Because people have found ingenious ways to expand living space.

15 Eg for remote locations where the customer may not want to risk recognition as (valuable) home to avoid robbery and vandalism, eg for customers who aim to be prepared for various natural disasters, etc.

16 About half of all market comrades offer this, so not exactly a USP this one.

 

Others are dreaming they could offer you only half of this, no?


Relocatability? Paradise Portugal 4U


Has Relocatability Of A Home Any Benefit At All?

Great question! So here's our list of specifically MobyDream's™ relocatability benefits to you as the owner:

  1. Get your bespoke dream home and from now:
    save time, live! 1
  2. save on removal cost! 1
  3. save removal stress! 1
  4. save removal risks
  5. save broken and stolen belongings
  6. save the unpleasant surprises of removals...
  7. save having to try to fire-sell or to rent out
  8. save the pains of problems with tenants when you rent out
  9. save property agency fees
  10. save engineering fees
  11. save architectural fees
  12. save municipal fees
  13. save advertizing fees
  14. save your friends from your nagging "can you help?"
  15. save on renting storage spaces
  16. save the weal and woe of (foreign) property markets
  17. save the hassle to find a new suitable home 2
  18. and save all related fees for that as well!

 

1 The first three were my personal reasons why I had to come up with a solution: At the time when I was growing tired and sick of my frequent house moves (without house; 22 times by that time).

2 Then don't even dare to speak of dream home, right?

 

You see there are dramatic benefits of owning a permanent (second) home that is relocatable


No home like this Paradise Portugal 4U


MobyDream's™ relocatability itself is another strength of our construction approach:

The home's first relocation happens when the home gets disassembled at company premises and transported on Portugal's often very bumpy road networks to the customer's plot of land to be reassembled at its new location.

The strains and stresses of each and all of these three phases anticipate and simulate the strains and stresses a home of any other construction type may only experience after years or decades of exposure to climatic and seismic conditions and abrupt changes in conditions.

In other words: MobyDreams™ get tested like no other home.

And this even before the customer moves in.

And so we can observe live any resulting problems and remedy them. Whereas with another home the customers only much later experience the weaknesses in structure or materials - at which point they have to try to hold their builder responsible under that builder's inferior warranty.

This may indeed be our key competitive advantage for those customers who don't value relocatability itself at the time of purchase decision.

This fact of the toughest home testing must be pointed out though since this advantage is not immediately apparent to anyone.

 

Mobydreaming is unique in so many ways...
There will come a time when everyone copies our homes
- yet none will admit it's copied


trueTURNKEY™ Paradise Portugal 4U



Done 4 You: What do our trueTURNKEY™ services include?

Every construction company that markets "Turnkey" gives this term a different scope.

So we feel it helps to set out clearly here what Paradise Portugal 4U understands as Turnkey. In case you worry about having to find suitable land and having to organize everything yourself: from the home's foundation to utility hookups.

Right?

No, not so with Paradise Portugal 4U:

  1. For us, a Turnkey or Done-4-You offer1 includes all materials, provisions, specifications, work processes, and documentation agreed in writing in the construction contract and the terrain contract that both the customer and the company will sign before work commences
  2. If the customer values this, we find a property for the customer in the preferred location that meets the agreed criteria and we organize all the legal property purchase and registration work until we can hand over the deed!
  3. Upon customer request we will even set up an escrow account with a local solicitor to handle payment of purchase price, registration fees, and related cost to the Portuguese entities
  4. We organize and deal with a locally accredited surveyor to review the customer's terrain (or the terrain to be purchased or rented) for its suitability for the customer's desired type of home, and/or the changes that need to be made to either of the two
  5. We handle for the customer all communication and negotiation to obtain development permit from the respective câmara and involved municipal offices, so that our customers (from abroad in particular) don't have to deal with bureaucracy in the Portuguese language!
  6. We organize best-in-value utility suppliers and sewage connection (or septic tank) and negotiate with them the right contracts, and we harmonize connection times as agreed with the customer and in line with project progress
  7. We build the type of foundation requested by the customer in line with the surveyor's and municipal requirements for the customer's particular terrain, and we also organize any landscaping requested
  8. We organize and install appliances in line with the customer's preferences
  9. We ultimately verify that grid and sewage connections, solar installation, HVAC, plumbing, electricity, appliances, and anything else valued by the customer actually work from the day of home handover to the customer.2
  10. We make every detail count that we learned the customer might have tacitly valued without that they actually articulated it, exactly like how we would do if the dream home was for us.
  11. We add visual appeal and both secret and visible extra storage spaces where other construction companies add small print.3
  12. And for homes ordered for the Algarve or other warm regions we can draw on all local staff's experience how to best connect the home to the outdoors to increase living space, without having to buy a larger home and terrain.4

 

1 Considering that the customer may value fingerprint door access or other key lock alternatives, "turnkey" may not be the best term here. Then Done-4-You should be clear.

2 Get this: This final finicky total quality control for the handover certificate is what will take us more time than to collocate and reassemble the modules to yield again the finished home like it was upon the customer's third approval on our premises.
Why? Because there and then we depend on others: sewage, grid connections, appliances, etc. And despite two reassurances from other companies and municipalities ... guess what?
Sometimes it just doesn't work as was promised to us! Hence why, ultimately, we can only be so effective as all that what we have to rely on is effective too.

3 In traditional home construction so much usable space is wasted. Why not make some visible (or hidden) storage space from it? We do. And no, small print rarely is fine but typically detrimental to the customer, have you noticed?
So, we don't have small print in any contract. What isn't worth to be easily read, isn't worth to be there at all. verified

4 This also includes ventilation and heat dissipation measures that naturally only a company with staff in a sunny climate like the Algarve has comprehensive experience with.

 

Or in short:
MobyDream™ can be purchased complete with Turnkey services that actually deserve that term.


Bespoke down to Basement Paradise Portugal 4U


Wouldn't it be fantastic if even a relocatable home had a basement?

Oh yes! And so we make this possible too.

In fact, with a MobyDream™ you have three options. Sorry, four if you insist:

  1. subterrain access to the soil foundation's basement from within one module
  2. additional module(s) being lowered as the basement to become part of the home's soil foundation
  3. or just low-depth floor basement for storage capacity ("crawl space" like say on a yacht)
  4. Well, or no basement: like almost every modular home has NO basement

Again you see there: MobyDream™ offers bespoke down to granularity like no other.

 

What kind of basement would you like?


Understanding "site-built" vs "manufactured" or "prefabricated"


There's a lot publicly being misunderstood and miscommunicated in regards to two key concepts relevant here. The first is:

"site-built" vs "manufactured" or "prefabricated"?

This is an omnipresent misnomer, because ultimately any property these days is "manufactured" or "prefabricated": where do you draw the line?

  1. all equipment and all tools used are "manufactured" or "prefabricated"
  2. all materials are "manufactured" or "prefabricated" before they reach the site
  3. and many components of "site-built" homes reach the site in their completed, final state - indeed more than that aren't in their final state
  4. even staff reach the site in their "finished" state - unless a company employs unqualified workers that receive on-the-job training?

So the only sensible differentiation as regards "site-built" vs "manufactured" or "prefabricated" is: to what degree?

And frankly, then quite a number of thought-to-be "site-built" homes are more "manufactured" or "prefabricated" than quite a number of thought-to-be "manufactured" or "prefabricated" homes: Just consider the ever more widespread use of tilt-up walls for thought-to-be "site-built" homes...

This shows that in modern times where all manufacturers try to shed costs and offer construction materials that are so heavily combined and refined, a hundred years ago or just a decade ago they would have been considered "manufactured" or "prefabricated".

 

We cannot change current publicized perception nor improve bloggers' education, but we can educate when there is an open-minded customer. And Paradise Portugal 4U will do.

 

Also see the next big misunderstanding...


Understanding "transportable", "portable", "mobile", "moveable", "relocatable"


Likewise, there's a lot publicly being misunderstood and miscommunicated in regards to:

"transportable", "portable", "mobile", "moveable", "relocatable"?

This is not a misnomer but deserves differentiation too, because as a matter of fact all homes incl. thought-to-be "site-built" homes can be moved to a different location when the need or desire outweighs the cost-prohibitive nature1 of such endeavor:

The cost-prohibitive endeavor to move a home that was never meant to be moved Moving a house that was never meant to be moved

So the only sensible differentiation as regards "transportable", "portable", "mobile", "moveable", "relocatable" is: at what cost?

And again, frankly then quite a number of thought-to-be "transportable", "portable", "moveable", "relocatable", and even "mobile homes"(!) are moved at much higher cost than they are marketed for:

  1. how easy is the dwelling's move work-hours-wise?
  2. how much preparation is needed before it can be moved?
  3. in what state is the prior location left behind?
  4. does the move itself require topography planning or even changes or permits?
  5. and how much needs to be replaced or refurbished after the move, because it was of insufficient build quality to be moved?

The reason always is: how is the building's construction designed?

In other words: What and how much did the construction company think of and anticipate for the building's future being and the current or future owner's need or desire?

This shows that it isn't sufficient to look at marketed adjectives like "transportable", "portable", "mobile", "moveable", "relocatable" without looking at the dwelling's structural design and build quality and intended use.

In short here, any dwelling:

  1. without a steel structure as its own inherent foundation, and
  2. that isn't modular in design and engineering,

can only be relocated at prohibitive cost.2

This, in addition to the earlier laid out macroeconomic and sustainability and demographic concerns, is the microeconomic (homebuyer's) reason why Paradise Portugal 4U will build dwellings as we do.

We could build exactly the same modular and bespoke and relocatable homes and other dwellings on-site as in: straight away on the customer's plot instead of on the company's.

But it is cost-prohibitive once you are open-minded to compare it to centralized construction.

 

1 This is why most home relocations of this nature are taxpayer-funded: the individual (or indeed public institution) is reimbursed through taxes imposed on all the uninvolved. And that's why they relocate the building: the individual (person or institution) is unconcerned about the money of the uninvolved public.

2 And so indeed "Mobile Homes" decline in value over time - regardless whether they are moved or not, and regardless to which prime location. While generally homes that are being placed on a foundation increase in value over time - even if they are merely at an "ordinary" location.

 

Now that we understand "moveable" let's move on, shall we?


Benefits Of Centralized Construction


  1. Centralized construction allows for a degree of quality control over multiple concurrent customer projects not possible for traditional construction companies
  2. Centralized construction allows for significant operating cost savings1 that make our homes way more economical than comparable dwellings
  3. Cost savings can be passed on to customers
  4. Centralized construction allows for faster construction to please the customer:
    • short ways between multiple dwellings and to restroom
    • all materials are at one place which speeds up construction
    • can avoid delays caused by bad weather
    • foundation and home can be built concurrently
  5. Centralized construction saves the customer's property and neighborhood from ongoing construction noise and soiling
  6. Centralized construction in general keeps staff happier: short, known way to work, same with lunch breaks
  7. Centralized construction means that staff commutes in their own time and at their own cost to the construction site
  8. Security for both equipment and materials is only needed once at the central construction premises
  9. Staff facilities also are only needed once
  10. Same with water supply
  11. Electricity installations only once, also better energy efficiency: saves the environment!
  12. Offcuts are more likely to be reused or recycled instead of put to waste: saves the environment!
  13. Equipment can be kept in better condition not impacted by bad weather or rough site conditions
  14. Specialized equipment can be used that would be cost-prohibitive to be transported to each construction site
  15. Damage to materials from the often additional move to individual construction sites can be eliminated
  16. Centralized construction allows to transport only one or few large modules - the (resized) containers - of the finished and reviewed home to the customer's plot, instead of countless individual parcels in case of prefab houses, not finished and not reviewed by the customer
  17. Centralized construction saves significantly on marketing cost and public relations cost, eg you put up billboards, banners, etc only once
  18. Centralized construction allows management to be better available to everyone: staff, customers who are reviewing work progress, and visiting prospects

 

1 For example what's always missed: staff commutes in their own time at their own cost to the central construction site. This alone can amount to 20% cost savings on complex builds that take half a year.

 

No one would even imagine for say cars to be built from the ground up in people's basements...

The only reason why we all are used to seeing that being done with houses is: When our ancestors moved from nomadism to settlement because of agriculture, people soon forgot that all human history before that everyone moved with home.

And so, since the emergence of agriculture people instead got used to building their home right there where they meant to settle down.

 

Do you get your car get built in your basement?


Benefits Of Modular Construction Using Containers


Modular constructed residential homes sometimes encounter certain preconceived notions, all the more when using containers as structural base. Thus it may help to clarify the facts only:

  1. allows to centrally build bespoke relocatable homes for standard road transport
  2. comes with its own inherent foundation: whether or not also a traditional soil foundation is required depends on the municipality and surveyor (and the bank if mortgage needed)
  3. by its design earthquake-proof and hurricane-proof and flood-proof
  4. extendable in three dimensions: any layout, like with brick-built or stick-built
  5. allergy-neutral steel
  6. pest-, vermin-, insect-, mold-, and rot-proof
  7. entirely fireproof: both ignition-proof and non-flammable (highest class A1 rating)
  8. by itself a container is both wind-proof and rain-proof
  9. eco-friendly reuse of discarded materials creates sustainable living1
  10. lifespan with insulation & cladding protecting from weather: >64ys, in fact limit unknown: containers have only been used since 1956
  11. virtually indestructible by natural disaster or attempts to break in or vandalize
  12. And since every human being needs a home, providing homes from discarded ocean containers is humanitarian too.

The speed of construction, flexibility, and lower price may convince many of the 67% homebuyers that otherwise opt for a flat rather than their own detached house2 - which most of them clearly would prefer, you bet.

Important to customers also is, there is no difference between modular homes and other site built homes as regards:

  • financing with home loans
  • insurance premiums
  • taxes
  • appreciation in value.3

In the Algarve, home demand far exceeds supply,4 spiralling property prices5 and so making the Algarve less attractive for the not-rich.

To counter this suicidal trend in the Algarve - and frankly: property prices spiral globally - the location flexibility that MobyDream™ offers is ideal.

Unless customer requirements prompt for resizing an individual container module, we can design and build their MobyDream™ to remain transportable like any other set of containers: no special permission needed for transport, easy and cost-effective.

And the container's structural integrity we always maintain anyway:6 so that it can be safely relocated to the customer's plot to deliver the already finished home.7

 

In short, for us the containers are just the sturdy structure, and in our times the ideal sturdy structure to facilitate relocatability: containers are being transported daily throughout the world by road, rail, and sea at minimal cost.8

 

1 Melting a discarded container uses ~8,000 kWh of energy, while refurbishing one into a building uses just ~400 kWh. Plus, it reuses and upgrades ~3,200kg of steel and ~550kg of the hardest engineered wood to work with. Plus, it saves the energy - and avoids the CO2 - of producing bricks and cement, or alternatively harvesting trees, all see here.

2 The (sole?) reason why two thirds of homebuyers choose a flat over a house: eg in the Algarve sqm median house prices are an average 28% higher than sqm median flat prices.

3 Conversely, mobile homes and RVs depreciate in value over their lifetime, regardless of their momentary "fantastic" location.

4 Reported throughout the Algarve, eg Algarvedailynews.

5 Latest 2019 figures from Instituto Nacional de Estatística: Algarve dwellings sold; median price for existing homes: €1,573/sqm, for new homes: €1,750/sqm, mean of total sales: €1,606/sqm. In comparison: Lisbon Metropolitan Area; median price for existing homes: €1,334/sqm, for new homes: €1,805/sqm, mean of total sales: €1,383/sqm. Portugal mean total dwellings sold: €1,031/sqm.

6 It is wrong when "bloggers" presume that structural changes like adding windows and external door(s), or even resizing the container overall, would impair structural integrity: Professionals will always reinforce any cutouts with stronger, thicker steel than what was taken out. These reinforcements get welded, just like the original container is a result of weld work also.

7 That's another HUGE construction difference of ours: Since our homes are 100% bespoke and unique to the individual customer, and site-built (ours), they are finished and already reviewed by the customer. In fact, three times if the customer's diary allowed to follow all our invitations for reviews. The final, fourth review will be after delivery, collocation, reassembly, utility etc connections, and joint review in accordance with the handover certificate.

Conversely, prefab homes are defined by their prefabricated building parts. Each of these produced in series in a factory, and for each of these, one and the same part is sold to as many customers as the company can find - regardless that each customer's living situation and geographical needs are totally different. Hence why prefabs never are finished, it's impossible.

8 For air freight the industry has developed their own container type, made of much lighter but also much costlier aluminum.

 

Besides, traditionally built homes are really difficult to move: see the photo again


Where's The Catch When Building With Containers?


Firstly, ocean shipping containers are not intended for human habitation but for seaworthiness and storage, including food storage.

And so the walls and ceiling receive a saltwater and mould resistant zinc paint coating on the outside and a rust and mould resistant zinc coating on the inside, and the wooden floors receive waterproofing and pesticide treatment.

When repurposing a container for us people to live well in, all this must be considered and provided for.1 Even if insulation and aesthetics is not of one's particular concern.

The elaborate insulation layers, interior walling, flooring, and exterior siding that we add are not just for thermal regulation indoors but also:

  • to protect the metal walls from both the sun's radiation and our own thermal radiation
  • to protect the metal walls from both exterior and interior humidity (the one caused by occupants)
  • and so to increase the building's lifespan significantly
  • to avoid echo from metal walls and to overall improve acoustic insulation for peaceful living inside
  • to allow for our sophisticated passive ventilation system in order to dramatically improve indoor air quality and humidity levels
  • to avoid that the customer in sunshine lives in an oven and at night in a fridge
  • and to make one's home look attractive to those it's meant to be attractive!

Secondly, modular construction (whether with containers or otherwise) of course comes with its dimensional restrictions, eg for the containers that we use (all interior dimensions here):

  • 11.96m(L) x 2.33m(W) x 2.38m(H) ISO type (vast majority)
  • 11.96m(L) x 2.33m(W) x 2.68m(H) high cube type
  • 11.96m(L) x 2.39m(W) x 2.38m(H) European wide type

So, the interior gross floor space of a long ISO container is just under 27.9 sqm or 301sqft when not resized/enlarged manually by us.

However, the dimensional restrictions just mean that the architectural design needs to be smart enough to align several containers adjacent in such way to optimize usable space for the particular home layout desired by the customer.2

And making module joints disappear isn't too difficult: magicians making an elephant disappear is.

Naturally with a bespoke dwelling, the means to make the module joints disappear depend on the particular dwelling's layout and design, but in short: material, color, and shape are employed in a suitable combination. The more finicky the customer suggests to be, the more subtle the means have to be.

Finally, as regards MobyDream's™ relocatability: For modular home transport the critical measurement is only width.

Road transport legislation in the EU is not harmonized, nonetheless the European Best Practice Guidelines for Abnormal Road Transport determine that an abnormal load up to 3m width does not need a permit (in the UK 2.9m).

Since an ISO container has an external width of between 2430 to 2440mm, there is plenty of space for siding material and insulation even on the exterior walls: 56cm on one side, or 28cm on both sides, subject to module joints.

Road transport limitations for an individual module of course means that the larger the home the more modules we will use, the more joints there will be, and the costlier its future relocation. With this in mind, even homes greater than 200sqm can be built in modular fashion, no problem.3

To keep the home price low, on customer request we are happy to resize one or all of the modules of a home or other dwelling to exceed the legal width restrictions4 - which may avoid having to add another container. It must just be noted then that relocatability can be more difficult and costlier the further away the destination is.

What ultimately determines the arrangement of individual modules and precisely where we reshape or resize them individually is:

  • the individual customer's desired home layout and design requirements
  • the individual customer's anticipated future geographical relocation(s)
  • and the individual customer's financial restrictions.

 

1 Make sure you continue reading to reach the following chapter: Our Construction Differences.

2 This may actually be another reason why modular homes in general are lower priced than traditional brick-built or stick-built homes. Something to think about.

3 In fact there was this Australian who built a luxurious home from 31 containers: 865sqm in total, on three floors (but not designed to be relocated ever).

4 For example we have resized certain modules to a total width of 312cm. But note that none of these dwellings had cross-border transport, which makes it easier and more cost-effective to plan a route free of obstacles and to pay for the pilot vehicle needed.
In fact, relocating your MobyDream™ cross-border from its base here in Portugal may in many cases be most economical via sea transport: Portugal neighbors the USA and Canada (only the Atlantic in between), and most of Europe incl. Ireland, the UK, France, Netherlands, Germany, and all Scandinavian countries are generally easier and faster to reach by sea. We will be happy to make all transport arrangements when you buy a MobyDream™ for any location.

 

The biggest catch however is addressed in Our Construction Differences...


Our Construction Differences


Indeed, here is the BIGGEST catch when building with containers. And the vast majority of both "professional" and "DIY" home architects seem to be blissfully unaware. Or they just hide the facts.

Either way, our construction differences is what sets us apart from all market comrades, unfortunately. So here now: What differentiates our dwelling type from others that may also be modular, or even, that may also employ ocean containers as structural base?

To keep construction differences brief, we will follow the classical split of differences in Form and Function:1

FORM

Paradise Portugal 4U stands for Bespoke Home Architecture, not Container House Architecture. The difference pictured below for utmost clarity:

 

Container House Architecture

 

Bespoke Home Architecture

 

Unless a customer requires it, our homes are not even recognizable as modular builds: Both the modular construction approach and that we use steel containers as structural base - instead of say combustible wooden studs or bricks - are not ordinarily apparent.

The reason for both actually is not to hide the home's modular structure (in the case of MobyDream™ the containers) but instead to serve the wellbeing of the occupants.

So again, when we transform crude containers to yield a chic home, nothing of the containers remains visible and exposed to the climatic conditions at its location, whether permanent or temporary location (if MobyDream™). This is key to understand, because it directly impacts Function. FUNCTION The true reason behind the change of appearance is not just conventional perceptions of "beauty" but this: It's quite inconceivable that almost all professional and DIY architects alike leave the containers as-is, including the exposed metal walls (and as you see there, often even the roof). Despite that it is known among 12 year olds(?) that metal both absorbs and emits both the sun's and our own (paid for?!) energy (radiation: heat!) much quicker than wood, concrete,2 cement,3 brick,4 adobe, cinder block, SIPs, hempcrete,5 any other material used in dwelling construction. Not surprisingly, in summers those "container houses" get hot like an oven, and in winters those container houses absorb the paid-for energy from the inside to warm up the outside! Room Climate And so MobyDream's™ elaborate architecture and engineering of insulation, air circulation, siding, flooring, and roofing provide for incredibly sustainable living comfort. Whether the sweltering midday sun exposure of the Algarve in Portugal's south or the Swedish conditions of the Serra da Estrela mountain range in Portugal's north, we can build container-based homes where the temperature does not drop below 16 C and does not rise above 24 C, without any energy use at all. Note here that the gravest impact of employing metal for walls and ceiling in human habitation is both the ease of and the volume of humidity and moisture build-up inside such dwellings: "container rain" under the ceiling and "container sweat" on walls. Not my dwelling but one I have been observing being built, that water there literally drops down, which is why it's called container rain, while container sweat on walls runs down, creating puddles on edges As this also occurs in places that those don't know who haven't been living with metal walls that they left exposed to research how the interaction of the metal and insulation materials used develops over time, I will say: No one who hasn't been living in such dwelling should build one for others. 'Nuf said'. Indeed I myself have been living with metal walls and ceiling for three years now,6 and I left some of them exposed and saw what's going on long-term.7 And despite that I was prepared for the condensation challenge too thanks to reading up on all that search engines could find at the time, I've still had my surprises that forced me to come up with ever better ideas to manage passive (ie energy-free) interior ventilation to control humidity and room climate. In my experience the importance of controlling humidity in this dwelling type cannot be overestimated, and I have yet to find another residential builder (professional or not) who builds with containers and the dwelling is void of interior condensation problems.8 And although anything (even wood or brick and mortar) is better than nothing, if it's not done well then they are just closing of the sweat with drywall to keep it out of sight of the occupants.9 So in short: If not aesthetics, sustainable healthy living requires that we shield the metal walls and roof from radiation, both the sun's outside and our's inside. Natural "green" materials In line with the above sensitivity for the occupants' wellbeing, Paradise Portugal 4U also will offer its customers the largest choice of natural material options of any construction company known to me.10 Firstly, this is because I have experience with various natural construction materials used for myself and I've come to appreciate their benefits over the many manmade but harmful materials so widely in use in building construction today.11 And so where a prospect does not signal that they want or need the cheapest home build possible,12 Paradise Portugal 4U will always advise customers towards the higher quality, natural materials instead,13 and what physical and maintenance implications that has if any. And secondly, because there exist quite a number of natural home construction materials that aren't even known among those "professional" homebuilders and municipalities ruling over building code that are only educated by the very companies that aim to sell their manmade substitute materials.14 More so, the majority of these natural home construction materials have been used in home construction by our ancestors for hundreds, some for thousands of years - which makes it even more "embarassing" that they are being ignored by so many thought-to-be "professional" homebuilders. Like Steve Allin worded it so accurately: natural materials that are "an antidote to the polluting construction industry, which belches out water and air pollution and fills landfills". Be aware that both an "eco-friendly" claim and an "eco-friendly" seal or label can: 1. be based on the mere reduction in energy costs to produce the material(!) 2. or be based on the material's inherent merits for the occupants' health! Paradise Portugal 4U requires the second before we suggest the material to the customer to be used in the home's interior.

 

1 Make sure you continue reading to reach the following chapter: Our Construction Differences.

2 This may actually be another reason why modular homes in general are lower priced than traditional brick-built or stick-built homes. Something to think about.

3 In fact there was this Australian who built a luxurious home from 31 containers: 865sqm in total, on three floors (but not designed to be relocated ever).

4 For example we have resized certain modules to a total width of 312cm. But note that none of these dwellings had cross-border transport, which makes it easier and more cost-effective to plan a route free of obstacles and to pay for the pilot vehicle needed.
In fact, relocating your MobyDream™ cross-border from its base here in Portugal may in many cases be most economical via sea transport: Portugal neighbors the USA and Canada (only the Atlantic in between), and most of Europe incl. Ireland, the UK, France, Netherlands, Germany, and all Scandinavian countries are generally easier and faster to reach by sea. We will be happy to make all transport arrangements when you buy a MobyDream™ for any location.

 

The biggest catch however is addressed in Our Construction Differences...


Where is Paradise? Paradise Portugal 4U



Paradise Portugal 4U (PP4U) is meant to be your local go-to place in the Algarve:

The idea is that if you are Portuguese or French, and thus it's rather unlikely that you read any of this, you contact JGDS in lovely Paços de Ferreira in the North, or we happily refer you to JGDS.

Because the owners Jorge and Isabel have been among my local friends in the North for many years and they are fluent in both French and Portuguese, as are their children too: They will happily help you to get your dream home in Paradise fast.

And if you are ABC = American, British, Canadian, or from Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, or the Nordic countries then we should understand each other well. So you might decide to just pop in at our highly visible premises in the Algarve.

Take a bet?

You won't be able to miss PP4U in Paradise. You won't even need our address :)

 

So see you soon in Paradise, no?