Maya Architects and Builders
Educated in the USA, Experienced in the Yucatan
Maya DBN Architects, led by Carlos de la Barrera, offers integrated architectural, interior design, construction, remodeling and restoration services in the entire Yucatan Peninsula. We have over fifteen years experience in a variety of projects.
Carlos de la Barrera grew up in Merida, Yucatan. After attending the School of Architecture at UADY in Merida, he went on to obtain his B.A. degree in Architecture with specialties in Interior Design and Planning from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. After spending time working in architecture and interior design in Ohio and Florida, Carlos returned to his hometown of Merida and began working with English-speaking clients to design, build or renovate homes in Merida and throughout the Yucatan Peninsula. Carlos and his team at Maya Architects and Builders have worked with many happy clients from the USA, Canada and other countries on their first and subsequent homes here in Mexico.
Carlos says his mission is to “offer an integration solution to your project through a comprehensive and close collaboration between the client and the architect. We offer our talent and experience in design and construction, ensuring the correct use of the diverse regional materials in both traditional and avant-garde ways. Our final goal is to enhance the quality of life through the creation of architectural spaces that have their own unique identity, while existing in harmony with the natural and social environment.”
Carlos and his team have designed and/or built many homes in Merida and along the Yucatan Gulf Coast. Here is an example of a happy customer…
“We purchased and then renovated a home in Merida. We completed the project in June of 2010. We worked with Carlos de la Barrera on our project in Merida. The completed house is beautiful and more than we could have hoped for. We found working with Carlos to be easy and easy to manage through email, pictures, etc, as we were in the States for almost all of the project. We trusted Carlos completely and he came through. He went the extra mile and took us all around Merida to show us homes and what could be done. He even helped us get appliances… and a mattress! We would recommend Carlos to anyone looking to build or renovate in Merida.”
-Joel & Shawn, May 2011
“Renovating in Merida was new to my wife and me. We obtained half a dozen rough estimates for construction ranging from $350 USD per square meter to $600 USD per square meter. As a designer I wanted to work with an architect who had excellent communication skills. We visited Carlos Barrera on an existing jobsite and were immediately impressed with how thorough his renovation process was. I asked Carlos many questions about the construction process. On seeing my interest in the construction process, he went the extra mile to explain all aspects of the building process so that I could better understand exactly how things were done and how to get the best result with our limited budget. Upon awarding him the job, he commenced construction promptly and his crew worked tirelessly (including Mondays) to complete the build. I could tell that, to Carlos, building our house was as much a passion for him as it was for me. As my design inevitably evolved to incorporate new elements, Carlos made adjustments to the built process without any fuss. He sent videos and pictures regularly so that I was able to chart the progress from New York. As a local Meridano with strong ties to the community, he knew who to talk to get things done, whether it be a hardwood deck, or the specific variety of grass we requested. His financial dealings were completely transparent and we never felt we were being taken advantage of. On the contrary: on several occasions Carlos rejected a higher priced supplier in spite of the commission it would bring him. We are very pleased with the house and are building a second one with Carlos.”
-Adam, May 2011
In addition to many happy clients, Carlos and Maya Architects and Builders have had one of their most recent homes built in Merida featured in both the New York Times and in Elle Magazine, pictured on the right.
Design, Renovate, Build, Contract in Merida Yucatan
Whether you are looking to design a new home from scratch or renovate an existing structure, Carlos and his team have the knowledge, experience and creativity to help you achieve your goals within your budget and within your timeframe. Because Carlos trained and worked in the United States, he is familiar with the customs and expectations of Americans and Canadians, which makes it easier to communicate your needs and desires to him.
Contact Carlos de la Barrera
Give Carlos a call or drop him an email to begin the process of estimating your job with Maya Architects and Builders.