Mennonite Homes
Published: December 1, 2010

In the Cayo District there is an area known as Spanish Lookout. Spanish Lookout was settled by the Kleine Gemeinde Mennonites from Mexico in 1978. The Mennonites have built a very impressive farming and industrial community. Belize is dependent upon Spanish Lookout for dairy products, poultry, vegetables, cattle, produce, furniture, home building, auto parts and light manufacturing. The Mennonites have contributed a great deal to the functioning and quality of life of all Belizeans.

The Mennonites will build a home for you anywhere in Belize. The homes are generally pre-fabricated though they will also site build for you. The homes are built using 6 x 6 posts as the foundation. The workmanship is very high quality. A very large percentage of the wood homes in Belize were built by the Mennonites.

Mennonite Homes
Mennonite Homes
Pletts Builders - Spanish Lookout

The cost of a Mennonite home is about $27.33 US per square foot or $16,400 US for a 20 x 30 (600 sqft) home. It is important to understand that this cost represents the shell of your home and not the total price of your home. This cost represents about 17-30% of your total construction costs depending upon the extent of your remaining work. This also does not include the cost of your land. The cost of a Mennonite home while still economical is greatly over-simplified.

It may seem at first that the Mennonites and Cypress are in competition. This is not exactly true. We build two different types of housing that appeal to two different types of Buyers:

  • Cypress provides a turnkey home with a guaranteed price and a home warranty. Our homes have design qualities that are typical of US floor plans and styles. As a result, the home building process is easier and you pay a little more for your home. If you ARE NOT a hands-on, do-it-yourselfer, this is probably the best way to go.

  • The Mennonite house is an unfinished house with an unknown budget and no warranty. These homes are essentially very well built square boxes with very little design character. The Buyer is the construction manager making the process more difficult. The costs are unknown until the end of the project and there is no warranty after you move in. As a result, you will probably pay a little less money for one of these homes. If you ARE a hands-on, do-it-yourselfer, this is probably the best way to go.

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