The Daniel Alvarez Adventure is about to kick-start shortly and to whet your appetite we decided to chat to him to give you more insight into him and of course this new project!
Daniel currently resides in the city of his birth in Colombia called Medellin (Medellin is the 2nd largest city in Colombia with nearly 4 million inhabitants!), and is employed as a specialist Bicycle product manager and distributor. After recently tying the knot, he revisited one of his favourite places from his past adventures-New Zealand-with his wife Marcella before returning to Medellin to undertake the task of building a home for his new family…and trust us this isn’t just any home!
From his trip to the land “next to the land down under”, to following his new home’s construction, to making sure he still gets in his Mountain Biking quota, Breaking Stereotypes is about to bring you all the details in the way we know best, fun but serious, or is it the other way round?! Anyways here is the back story with Daniel!!
You have traveled some far out destinations along with being a strong downhill mountain biker, what brought you back home to Colombia? Well I had a technology degree in Advertising and I came back to Colombia to make it into a full career in Marketing which I will be finishing in June of 2012!
You married the love of your life and now you are building a new life, is mountain biking included in this? Totally, Mountain Biking will always be in my life! In the new house which is in the countryside 40 minutes away from Medellin I am going to have dirt jumps and a pump track…I also want to start coaching, so why not have something which I am very passionate about in my backyard!
Your new project is building an urban designed house out of shipping containers (Yip! we told you it was not the usual idea...), why not the regular old brick and mortar sort of method? Shipping container homes is not really a new thing but it is something that has definitely become more common of late. A shipping container is designed to last 20 years of hard work so if you take care of them they will last forever. Further they are also made of recycled material, are anti earthquake, cheaper than standard housing solutions and best part is the design aspect that you can construct with this form of housing. If you are not very creative and cant imagine a shipping container as a house just go to Google-search shipping container homes or house-and some of the designs you will see are amazing! It’s become quite a worldwide solution with shipping containers being used to build houses and malls in Chile after the recent earthquake and also in Christchurch New Zealand.
Will it have cool guy areas or has the Mrs taken over the decorating side of it? Well the Mrs has 80% but she's been good to me and given me a cool space to have my own workshop, a place for my bicycle tools for sure and power tools to do cool stuff in the house! Outside I will have my bike tracks so I can't complain!
How expensive is a project like this to put together and will it be a valuable asset? Just the complete house without the land will be around 25 thousand Dollars (that’s American), this is made out of two 40 foot shipping containers that will make up around 70 to 80 square meters however this is just an estimation for now.
We presume next stop is kids? No kids, at least not yet!!
The Daniel Alvarez Adventure series is a Breaking Stereotypes project, coming soon to an online space everywhere!!!