Hi there, thank you for any and all help or suggestions.
We are seriously looking at a plot in the Algarve that has an existing ruin of 137 sq meters on 2 acres but is surrounded by much larger homes/villas on next door plots. The existing ruin is from around 1912 I believe.
The listing says the interior area is 137 sqM but covered area is 265 sqM. What does that mean? You can build a small house but with massive terraces? Also because it’s surrounded by so many large houses, it would seem like there must be an opportunity to expand. Our lot would be larger than most of the lots the bigger houses are on so it seems odd to be limited to only the ruin footprint on such a large area.
Does anyone know how these bigger homes are being built? Are they on massive ruins? is there generally an opportunity for expansion in these type of neighborhoods? It says a project has been approved for the lot but it looks like it’s just an adjusted version of the same footprint.
We are not looking for anything fancy or huge, but are a family of 5 who would like to occasionally have guests (grandparents etc) so a 137 sqM house would be pretty tight for that. We’d also like to keep in that renovated farm house look with traditional tiles etc
Does anyone know what the current-ish regulations are around building in a site like this? I’ve seen some mentions that you can expand up to 5% of the land size or the current ruin plus 20%. I don’t know if this has changed.
We are currently in the US (thanks covid) but were just in the Algarve looking. I’m jealous of you lucky people currently over there!!
Please let me know if you have any thoughts on this. I’d love to make it work somehow.