Building a dream house in Madeira
We decided over ten years ago that we wanted to retire to a country with a warmer climate than the UK and build our dream house and so the search began. Having visited several countries on holidays, we finally found Madeira, a Portuguese island with a sub-tropical moderate climate and we decided this was the place. During our holidays we walked many of the beautiful Levadas and we were happy to return to our rented self-contained holiday apartment in Funchal, the capital of Madeira to recover from the long walks.
Our dream to build our own house had begun and we were fortunate to meet a very reputable building company based in the Ponta do Sol which was our preferred area on the West coast of Madeira. Initially we visited houses already built for ex-pats and spoke directly to the owners to gain valuable insights into their experiences of building a house and their comments on the builder we had met. The information we received from these people (who we now class as friends) helped us to make the difficult decision to place our trust in a building company to build our dream house for us whilst we were living in the UK. We have written this website to try and help other people in a similar position that are considering making the move to live in Madeira and possibly have their dream house built too.
Once we selected our plot of land from a variety to choose from, we spent time with the architect fine tuning a design to create our vision. Madeira has over a million tourists each year so we decided to have a small business in the tourist trade. It seemed perfect to design the house with a separate self-contained holiday apartment to rent out to tourists, remembering the many holidays that we had rented apartments in Funchal. We were both retiring from full time work, so a small business was perfect.
We moved into our new house in October 2014, as with any house move it had its moments, especially the planning and logistics of buying all the necessary items for the house and holiday apartment in the UK and shipping them to Madeira.
It took us three months to settle in, our builders job didn’t finish once the house was built he took us to all the necessary departments to register us in the country. This was the first time either of us had moved to live permanently in another country, we don’t know how we could have done this without our builder’s help, local Madeiran law can be complex, especially when you don’t speak Portuguese. We also had the additional work to register the holiday apartment and gain the required licence from the council in order to rent it out legally.
Once all the paperwork was completed it was time to advertise the apartment to rent, this was straightforward and easy to complete using a well known holiday rental website.
If you would like to find out more about our experience building our house here in Madeira just get in touch, we would love to help your dream come true too.