Build to Rent co-living co-working FAQ

Do you design B2R communities?

Yes – for larger build-to-rent projects, creating a community is a must.

You want the tenants to stay longer, so it’s important that tenants feel part of a community. Depending on the tenant mix, certain amenities may be important – or not.

A co-working space? Pools, gyms, or even a Spa? Co-living? A shared (or commercial) laundry? Garbage logistics?

We know which amenities add value – and make sure their long term cost is sustainable. It’s no use to build expensive, trendy add-ons that may be “hot” right now but end up being unused or closed down because they are too costly.

With the right mix, tenants get the feeling that they are renting more than just their unit.

So yes, we’re happy to help you design just the right mix of facilities to create a successful build-to-rent community!

Build to Rent FAQ

Do you do customized designs?

Yes, we constantly keep adding designs and our clients are an important source of innovation. So if you have an other idea for a completely customized design, just tell us!

There are no additional fees for completely customized designs.

Building Systems FAQ

What building systems do you use?

As we build around the world – from Russia to Australia, from the US to Africa – we have firsthand experience with all building systems, and we know all their pro’s and con’s.

Reinforced Concrete Structure? CMU? Wood framing, steel framing, light steel framing? Been there, done that.

But we’re also at the forefront of new construction technology. Many builders are slow to adapt, but we know how to make buildings more efficient to build ánd to maintain.

So we’ll probably also tell you about Insulated Concrete Forms, Cross Laminated Timber, SIP’s/MgO Panels…

Because that insulated floor slab, that keeps houses warm in Canada and Scandinavia, may also be a great solution for Moscow or Queenstown.

The SIP’s panels from Australia may be the perfect solution to build in the Caribbean.

With RentalBuild, you’ll reap the benefits of our worldwide knowledge base.

Building Systems FAQ

Can you build anywhere?

Yes, our architects are familiar with climates, construction systems, and building codes around the world.

In fact, we often beat local providers because that great insulated floor slab we’ve seen in Canada is the perfect solution for cold Russia; or because the screw piles we’ve used in Australia are also the perfect foundation for that resort on St. Lucia!


Why are you so cheap?

First – because we are specialists.

Most architects are generalists: they designed a restaurant yesterday, an apartment building today, and a hospital tomorrow.

For each type project, they still have to start from scratch and learn the tricks; and the client ends up paying for their schooling (and mistakes!)

RentalBuild architects are superspecialized, and our collective experience makes it very easy for us to design buildings that simply work better.

Second – because we don’t have to start from scratch.

We’ve already designed dozens of floor plans that are optimized for investment properties. Truly optimizing a plan costs hundreds of hours – time that a normal architect cannot spend on a project lest he (or you) ends up with a loss.

But RentalBuild cán spend this time on getting the plans just right – because we can reuse those plans dozens of times around the world.

Third – because we’re set up for it.

We are based in a high tech – low cost country in Europe. We work on-line, so we don’t have to pay for fancy offices in Sydney, London or Paris. We don’t have to pay for business trips and lunches.

All of this means your fees go directly to design hours – not to overheads.

Fourth – because we use high tech.

Unlike most architects, we use the latest BIM software, coupled to real-time visualisation software like Unreal Engine. BIM means that we’re not drawing lines: every object in our plans (walls, doors, windows, furniture) are actually in a database and our software knows their size, weight, cost, insulation factors etc. etc.

That’s how we can be better – and cheaper.


Are developer qualities better?

Developers are focused on selling and cost reduction, so there’s always a temptation to focus on the superficial presentation but to skimp on the invisible qualities.

But investment properties need strong “bones”.

While good design attracts tenants, good quality keeps them. And lower tenant turnover means higher occupations and less costs.

Good sound and thermal insulation, sufficient heating/cooling capacity keeps tenants comfortable and energy bills low. (So they can spend a little more on the rent.

Strong “bones” also means: less maintenance costs for you over the long run, and more appreciation for your property.

Build to Rent FAQ

Isn’t it safer to buy from a developer?

No, because a developer depends on bank financing ánd selling enough units – both of which are unsure.

If a developer can’t sell enough units, the project will slow down and your money may be stuck for a long time.

Even when the project you invested in sells well, the developer may have problems in other projects.

So… why subject yourself to the developer’s risk when you have your financing totally secured?

Also – developers are more interested in a quick sale than in long-term profit and quality. It’s safer to do a build-to-rent project where all qualities are designed for long term value.

Designs Floor Plans

RentalBuild in Africa

Typical floor plan of the Lagunes d'Abidjan project
Lagunes d’Abidjan, Ivory Coast

RentalBuild has designed a complex of 8 luxury apartment buildings on a 2 hectare laguna-front plot in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

The project targets local HNWI as well as international expats.

Most buildings contain 16 apartments starting at 190m2 internal space and 3 bedrooms.

All car traffic and parking is underground, so residents and their kids can safely enjoy the resort-style gardens with 5 different pools.

Luxury Apartment Buildings in Abidjan

The apartments feature an efficient square layout; and with only 2 apartments per floor, each apartment has 3 open sides with lots of windows to enjoy natural light, ventilation and views.

Designs Floor Plans

RentalBuild in Sofia

RentalBuild has designed two apartment buildings for local investors in Sofia, Bulgaria. Located in the sought after Lozenets area – close to the center, surrounded by parks and shopping malls, Lozenets is very popular both with the local upper class and expats.

Two buildings were designed with units from 45 to 80m2.

These units were designed around RentalBuild’s highly successful small apartment designs, offering maximum space perception with long sight lines and mostly open plans.

The design incorporates the BuildBoxx: by prebuilding kitchen and bathroom, the rest of the building becomes extremely easy
Floor Plans

Luxury 3BR – 200m2

Built Surface: 200m2

Net Surface: 190m2

Interior Volume: 280m2

Net %: 92%

Exterior Walls: 56 lm

Interior Walls: 160 lm

Windows: 300m2

Doors: 8

Kitchen: 4.5 lm

Bathrooms: 5

Wet Areas: 50 m2