Hip-E Habitat is a residential home design-build, construction management as well as residential community design and management company founded by Kim Obermeyer and Holly Beck . Kim has lived in Nicaragua since 2010 and Costa Rica since 2013, now spending part of the year in Mendocino, California. Kim is available for design and building projects in any of these places (and more!). Kim and Holly’s partnership ended in 2019.
Kim Obermeyer – Worked with his stepfather, environmental architect, Don Watson’s, design-build company Earthrise in high school and college and continued to dabble in building cabins, bungalows and ecolodges in Alaska and Thailand before coming to Nicaragua in 2010. Since then he has turned his lifelong interest in environmental design, green building and permaculture into a livelihood. Holding an impressive list of places he’s called home, as a kid in Yemen, he then spent 10 years climbing mountains and chasing wildlife in Alaska, then ran coral reef conservation projects and founded an ecolodge in Thailand. He has degrees in environmental economics (BS), environmental management (MS), and conservation biology (MS). He’s built 11 homes in Nicaragua and is working on his first in Costa Rica.
Property and building history:
It started by building a small 18’x18′ thatch roof cabana on the property of a friend’s eco hotel, the original home of Holly’s Surf with Amigas women’s surf and yoga retreats. Kim helped Holly start Surf with Amigas for the first couple years before concentrating on construction and managing their land.
The next piece of land was at an eco-development that Kim designed called Tierra Del Sueno. The lot was developed and Kim built a workshop that he has recently started to restore into a casita with outdoor kitchen.
The next project was a 3/4 acre lot walking distance to a surf spot at Brisas Del Alma . To read about its construction, click here. The house was finished in August 2014. Kim has since built or started six other houses at Brisas and in the area.
Community Design and Management
Hip-E Habitat has managed the community of Tierra Del Sueno from it’s inception, and taken it from raw land to a community of 13 lots with water, power, and roads. Half of the lots have been sold with only two others currently for sale (the rest are being held by the owners for now).
After completing their house at Brisas in 2014, Kim began building for others in the area. See his list of houses for more detail. In 2019 Kim took a job managing a construction project in Mendocino, California. Since early 2020 he has been designing and building tiny houses, planning eco-stuff and trying to live a conscious and loving life.
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