A Random Detour Leads an Expat Couple to Discover Their Future Home in Costa Rica

A Random Detour Leads an Expat Couple to Discover Their Future Home in Costa Rica

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By David Sokol / Photos by Joe Schmelzer
Architect and homeowner Richard Hammond, along with his wife Daniela, transform two half-built structures that he discovered while running through the foothills of San José.

For two years following his relocation to San José from Los Angeles, architect Richard Hammond ran the same route through the southwestern foothills of Costa Rica’s capital two or three mornings a week. On a June day in 2015, something compelled the then design director at Gensler to try a different way home. He rounded a new corner and there it was: a for-sale sign that illuminated the future.

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