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Sarco Architects Costa Rica
Bespoke Luxury Homes for International Clients

Winner of “Best Architecture Single Residence Americas 2019-2020”

International Property Awards

We are living in unprecedented times. However, owning your luxury vacation home in Costa Rica is your ultimate sanctuary. Costa Rica is the perfect place for relaxation and enjoyment – a tropical paradise with absolutely stunning sunsets when things are good. Costa Rica offers you a safe haven to stay at home, and social distance in comfort, complete with a phenomenal ocean view far away from the stress and risks of any urban city. At SARCO Architects Costa Rica, we help you have a fantastic experience while creating your uniquely personal safe haven.

After the 9-11 attacks in New York, large numbers of North Americans chose to own property in Costa Rica. The worry of that event happening again made thousands of Americans decide to own a home where they could escape to in the worst of circumstances. The current COVID-19 pandemic is a new version of this same uneasiness. Will this happen again? Now is the time to plan and design your new home away from home. If this moment happens again, you have your place of safety and refuge.

Over 17 years ago SARCO Architects Costa Rica started working with homeowners from the United States and abroad that wanted to make Costa Rica their new home, for vacation or retirement.  We’ve heard the challenges that international clients face when considering building abroad: everything from poor design, bad plans, shoddy construction, irresponsible or dishonest contractors, projects running out of budget halfway through, you name it, we’ve seen it!

Internationally it’s the same sad story. Worst of all, these horror stories could discourage people from building their dream home in paradise.

Coming from Scandinavian roots and being a perfectionist at heart, our firm principal, Roderick Anderson embodies the complete opposite of all these bad practices. Roderick knew he would build a company where the most exclusive and demanding clients would find a resource at the best international standard, if not better.  An international design firm, SARCO Architects works in high-end residential design and resort developments. We help international clients (our country list is ever growing!) realize their dream home projects in Costa Rica, Panama, & The Caribbean. We design tropical, modern, environmentally friendly homes, embracing amazing visual tools, virtual reality, and web-based communication to help them build their dream home without the hassle. Our clients keep on with their daily life and business without adding stress when making their dream abroad a reality.

Be sure to check out our free “Guide to Building your Home in Costa Rica”, full of valuable insight to build your home abroad.

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The Country’s Most Award-Winning Architects

The region’s only Ten-Time Award Winner at the International Property Awards, in London, UK.

SARCO Architects Costa Rica is the only architectural firm in the region with now a total of TEN Design Awards by the coveted International Property Awards, in London, UK. In this year’s running of the awards, we have been named winners of the “5-Star Best Residential Property Costa Rica 2020-2021”, award and furthermore received a nomination to the Grand Finals.  This builds on our success last year where we received the “5-Star Best Architecture Single Residence Costa Rica 2019-2020” award, and after being one of only 5 Grand Finals nominees in all of America, SARCO Architects Costa Rica is the winner for the best residential design in all of America, winning the coveted “Best Architecture Single Residence Americas 2019-2020” award.

In our previous participation in the awards, we were also recipients of three awards for our work on the Cap Limón Luxury Resort project, where we were winners of the  “Best Leisure Architecture Dominican Republic 2017-2018” award and after also receiving a nomination to the Grand Finals, later also named Regional winner of the “Best Leisure Architecture Caribbean 2017-2018” award.

Our awards include “5-Star, Best Architecture Single Residence Costa Rica” in two additional occasions, and also the “5-Star, Best Leisure Development Dominican Republic 2017-2018”. We have now received design awards for our work in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic, being award winners in two different regions. These awards represent international recognition to the talent, quality, and attention to detail that we dedicate to every one of our projects and gives us great pride and motivation to always improve what we do.


Click below to watch the video of our most recent win at the International Property Awards in its 2020 Virtual Event:

We don’t design projects for awards.

We design homes for people, and the experiences we create for them.

The awards are a by-product of true collaboration and a thousand great decisions the entire team made.

Virtual Reality on our Residential Architecture

Click play on the video to enjoy a glimpse of our application of virtual reality on our projects

This is a small glimpse on our Villa Tres Mares project in Tamarindo, Guanacaste.  You will enjoy the use of virtual reality to fully visualize and understand your new home design. You will enjoy virtual reality both in a realistic way as well as fully interactive 3D models.  You will be able to completely understand every detail, feel the spaces, imagine yourself enjoying your new home before the first block is laid.

Design-Building your dreams into reality

The SARCO System™

Solutions for the Costa Rican Paradise Challenge

The SARCO System™

The SARCO System™ provides foreign clients a way to feel comfort and peace of mind.

The problem with building a luxury home in Costa Rica is that you are going to be based offshore. Traditional project planning methods don’t really work when the client is so far away.

This is why Roderick created The SARCO System™.  The system is specifically designed to allow international clients build a dream vacation home in Costa Rica. The system removes the traditional obstacles and pitfalls normally associated with building a project away from home.

The SARCO System™ is a workflow to make SARCO Architects the best architecture firm for international clients.  It is a complete company philosophy based on excellence, efficiency, communication, expertise, knowledge and technology. Backed by over 20 years of construction experience, Roderick instills the core of the SARCO System™ with the knowledge and practicality of a Master Builder and ensures the homes SARCO designs are technically resolved and built problem-free.

The SARCO System™ was created to provide our clients with an incomparable customer experience in providing the best in architectural design and building solutions for international clients.  The SARCO System™ ensures that your project is designed and built to exceed your expectations, with unique attention to detail, and with a straightforward and successful project development. Our ultimate goal is to create projects so enjoyable for our clients that they actually return and hire us again!




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Roderick is a rare combination of a true artist with the capabilities of an engineer and manager.  The whole process of building the house was a pleasure, we loved the client/architect collaboration and it was as smooth a process as it could be.  Roderick’s use of technology from the design and computer modeling to the progress report and billing is world class (way better than what our architect and builder in NY is using)!  During the whole project we may have visited Papagayo 5 or 6 times but always felt that we had a good sense of all aspects of project status.

Ruediger Adolf· New York, NY

Full Array of Design Services for your Project

A wide array of services designed to give you a wonderful project experience
This is where all the magic starts.  You need someone to be able to channel your thoughts.  To convert your needs and your taste and somehow convert this into a home that is masterfully designed.  You want to make sure that all technical matters are resolved and taken into account. You want a home where you can live and enjoy long-lasting moments with family and friends.  You want a home that is designed in a way that will bring value to your property.  This is what we do FOR YOU. 
You want to take your project to the next level.  You want to have excellence in attention to detail in the design your interior spaces. You want your kitchen, bathrooms, feature rooms, custom cabinetry, etc. to have thoughtful design and execution. You want someone to handle all necessary specification for materials, finishes, hardware, fixtures, etc.  Our Interior Architecture Design Services give you an added level of precision. Budgets can be much more accurate and realistic. This is what all that our Interior Architecture Design service provides for your project. This is all integrated into a seamless workflow with the architecture of the project.

Great architectural design in your home needs to be extended to the lighting experience at night. Lighting is so much more than simply putting fixtures and bulbs in the middle of rooms. Architectural Lighting Design uplifts your property and becomes a central component to experience the design of the project during nighttime.

Usually one of the most important components for you on a project is how much it will cost.  There is a huge difference between the “ballpark” budgets many builders produce and a comprehensive detailed budget that will itemize each and every element that needs to be purchased and quantify every dollar that needs to be spent.  Our detailed project budgeting service provides you with a thorough and detailed budget that you can work from to have accurate project cost control and to make design adjustment decisions if needed.

Construction Services on Select Projects

Our Design-Build philosophy gives the ultimate client experience and results, and provides maximum peace of mind
Only available for select projects, our Full Design-Build Services are the maximum client experience for your Luxury Home in Costa Rica.  This is where we bring in a seamless workflow where architecture and design services are constantly in coordination with our construction management and execution of the construction.  We handle everything for you.  From helping with any and all needed services and consultants, from legal to technical, to helping you with purchasing and importing of furniture and other home necessities, to assisting in securing the best person for property management.  We become your one-stop solution to your elite luxury experience to building your Luxury Home in Costa Rica.
You have decided to hire a local builder in the area of your project. Maybe we were not available to help with construction ourselves. This service provides you with routine supervision & oversight visits to the construction from ourselves. Additionally, we manage the larger contracts for you, so this is taken off the builder’s scope, giving you added protection that the project proceeds nicely and that your money reaches the subs or suppliers.
When you are working with a builder for the construction of your home, it is essential to have routine project supervision to make sure the project is on the right track.  Having the right person be present at the site with a routine is essential to make sure the project is being built according to plans and specifications in the design package.  This is also essential to ensure that corners are not being cut and the project is being built with the right materials and the correct skill and attention to detail. The architectural eye is always needed to make sure the final product is as you expected, and not a result of endless oversights and your home ends up being some poorly executed project.

Costa Rica has unparalleled natural beauty.  Modern tropical designs by Sarco Architects Costa Rica capture nature as the star in your new home

Our region is rich in natural wonders.  Lush jungles, breathtaking beaches, amazing wildlife and magnificent sunsets make it the ultimate getaway destination.

Our familiarity with tropical climates and challenging terrain enables us to design environmentally responsible projects that blend beautifully with their surroundings.

Over 20 years Construction Experience

Every project we build makes us better Architects. Hands-on experience continually improves our designs

SARCO Architects is a design-build architectural firm.  For select projects, we offer a turnkey experience in which we take responsibility for the home from initial concept until the final nail is hammered and the welcome mat placed by the front door.

Our building experience helps us to be better designers.  It forces us to be pragmatic and to think ahead to the construction stage.  We anticipate the technical matters involved in executing our designs.

Ultimately, our goal is to design quality homes that combine architectural beauty with functionality and will provide their owners with many years of happy, low-maintenance living.

Our construction expertise improves our design talent and allows us to know what  truly works and what doesn’t 

Our clients come from all over the world including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Australia, Panama, Dominican Republic, Dubai, Canada, and multiple locations in The United States.

They have widely diverse desires but share one common desire: to own a modern, luxury vacation home or investment property in a beautiful, tropical location like Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua and The Caribbean.

If you are looking for an honest, professional and highly skilled architectural firm, and you are currently in the process of doing your research, you need look no further.  Let me spare you the painstaking time and effort my staff and I experienced before we found Sarco Architects.  The firm offers a highly skilled team of people and level of technology needed to get the job done.   As a very satisfied customer, I will continue to use Sarco for my future development endeavors.

Ebinette Nicholson· New York, NY

Leading Experts in 3D BIM Design

Considered one of Latin America’s 10 best Architecture Firms using Graphisoft ARCHICAD

You may not have heard about the term BIM before, and that’s fine, because it is a technical term that is usually only talked about in the architecture industry.  BIM stands for Building Information Modeling, but even this is still a rough term for people outside the industry to grasp. The quick explanation is that BIM is a work philosophy for architecture where an entire project is developed by creating a highly detailed 3D model of the project, to which a high degree of specification and detail is embedded. The drawings created come from this live model, and ensure absolute precision and coordination, which for the owner means efficiency and money saved.

BIM Forum Costa RicaThe typical nightmare created in 2D CAD where several drawings show different ways to build the same thing are eliminated.  Here is where your money is wasted by a set of drawings that create problems, uncertainty, and mistakes.  All of this take money to fix once they pop up during construction, and still some things cannot be fully fixed. Today, your home should not be drawn, it should display the real-life conditions and solutions.

Projects fully developed in BIM are clearer, better communicated, better resolved, are much more efficient than those from other design tools.  The owner can fully visualize and understand the project in the design process, the builder can better execute the construction since they can see the project in full detail and they learn to trust the level of detail and development in the design.  Cost projections are better and more complete, since every detail can be fully understood and analyzed.

Sarco Architects Costa Rica has been recognised as a leader in BIM technology use in Latin America.

“When we talk about great architecture, terrific design and a full architectural project documentation delivery, we have to think in SARCO Architects. They are simply the standard by which BIM architecture excellence is measured.”

Carlos Jimenez· Graphisoft Managing Director, Latin America

SARCO Architects is Costa Rica’s leading expert architects in BIM technology. Working exclusively in BIM for 14 years, our firm principal, Roderick Anderson has been a featured speaker at several international conferences in Mexico City, Santiago Chile, and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Roderick was a speaker at the World BIM Conference in Munich, Germany on November 2018, and the Costa Rican National Construction Conference 2018.

Communication is Key to Project Success

Enabling our clients ease of checking in anytime, from anywhere

Communication is a key element to anything in our lives, from ordering your favorite latte at Starbucks, telling your stylist how to cut your hair, and making sure the gardener trimmed the bushes like you wanted.  Design is no different!

Communication’s importance is scaled tenfold in any design and construction project.  Projects involve a team of people to make them happen, and it is essential for everybody to stay current and fully aware of what is going on.  I don’t need to mention what happens as a result of poor communication: things are lost in translation, details are not executed, and things simply turn out wrong.

Easy Project Management and Communication from Anywhere in the World

Efficient and synchronous communication between an architect and client is very important, especially during the design phase of a building project. Although I am internationally based, Roderick and his team have managed to ensure effective and consistent forward workflow by utilizing organization tools that facilitate instantaneous updates and dialog on each phase as it takes shape. I am impressed with the SARCO team’s extensive knowledge and intelligent use of communication technology, which truly facilitates an effortless real-time two-way mechanism for management, feedback, and progress of my new build, even while I am traveling abroad.

Marc D’Souza· Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Our custom web platform provides for tools and apps for clients to access from any computer or any smartphone or mobile device.  Our clients stay in the loop and can comment and provide any feedback at any time, from anywhere around the world.  All information is documented, we eliminate miscommunication or unanswered questions. Every aspect of your project has a designated place online where it can be discussed with team members and referenced as needed in the future.

We speak Spanish and fluent English, so you never have to worry about anything getting lost in translation.  We make extensive use of video conferencing for client calls, project presentation, discussion and review.

Our Commitment to the Environment

Designing Energy-Efficient Homes and bringing you closer to nature

At SARCO Architects, in keeping with Costa Rica’s eco-friendly stance, we believe in designing environmentally responsible homes.  We pay careful attention to factors such as a home’s solar orientation, placement of windows, and specification of building materials to minimize future energy costs and reduce a home’s carbon footprint.

We use state-of-the-art technology to measure a design’s energy efficiency before construction begins and make adjustments as needed.

Environmentally-Friendly Designs to Reduce your Home’s Impact on our Environment.

Roderick and his team at Sarco Architects have been working with my boyfriend and me to design our retirement home in Panama. From the moment we engaged them, they have done a superb job. First, they took the time to understand our needs and preferences. Then they provided a phased timeline and gave us various options on how we could work with them. This approach put us, the customer, first and gave us a sense that Sarco was a consultative designer and not a transactional one. Once we signed the contract with them, they met all key milestones with professionalism and excellence. The renderings and the virtual tour of the house were beautiful. We did make various iterations of the interior design and they were patient and open as we provided feedback. We love the design of our home and can’t wait to see it from virtual to reality. We thank the Sarco team for their outstanding design and customer service.

Alex Evans & Geoff Heekin· Chicago, IL

As a very brief summary of my experience in our project, I can express that I am very pleased with SARCO’s professionalism in customer orientation, design, planning, and execution. The key question of course is – would I recommend my best friends to contract SARCO for their project? And the answer is… Yes, definitely!

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We initially worried about building our dream house in a developing country over 2,000 miles away from NY. But after having worked with Roderick and his team we can wholeheartedly say that Sarco has certainly turned our dreams into reality. Roderick has mastered every challenge and delivered a first-class home that fulfills and even surpasses our highest expectations.


Michael Koch· New York, NY

Roderick is a master in the use of interactive technology. Designing with the use of leading edge interactive 3D software is a fun family project. Bridging the distance between New York and Costa Rica is a breeze.

Rudy and Mary Ann Adolf

About SARCO Architects

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Building Your Home in Costa Rica

Building a residence abroad can seem like a complex and frightening roadblock for those who haven’t been through it before.

You may be wondering: Will my project get approved? What preparation do I need to take in order to not end up as some of the horror stories around? How much time will the house take? What do I need to do to make sure my project gets approved in the shortest amount of time possible?

And most importantly: what are they key, critical steps I need to take to ensure that my entire project is a success?

We at SARCO Architects have created a 2-part guide, to help answer these questions – and more.