From Seedling to Dwelling

 

WOOD FOR LIFE... We believe renewable wood is the only truly sustainable building material.

Masaya Homes (Guayacan Inc) reforests cattle lands and converts the teak wood grown into modern prefab homes and teak building materials.

We plant, grow, manage and mill teak wood to produce flooring, doors, windows, and structural components, which when put together make a beautifully designed high-quality modern prefab home. 

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Over the past 11 years we have been developing our “From Seedling to Dwelling” model and have planted over a million trees on once deforested lands in Nicaragua. 

Masaya Homes are designed to convert renewable high-quality teak wood into the ultimate carbon sink (a home) while paying farmers and tree growers an economically sustainable price for their wood to incentivize mass reforestation.

We are two former Peace Corps Volunteers who are deeply passionate about addressing climate change through sustainable business. Similar to what is happening in the Amazon now, in Nicaragua we have watched year after year as tens of thousands of acres of forests are cleared for pastureland. Cattle is currently one of few options for rural Nicaraguans to make a living. 

 

We have seen deforestation first hand for 17 years and know that the causes are economic and can only be reversed by offering alternatives. 

Reforestation and renewable wood products are the solution to deforestation. Wood is the only renewable building material that captures carbon when it grows and turns cleared degraded pasture lands back into forests.

Our experience in the California construction industry has also shown us the vast need for our product. We see a huge opportunity to sell sustainable prefabricated homes due to the inefficiencies and high costs in the US building industry. California building costs have increased to $300-400 per square foot for low quality production homes, and the process is long, complicated, and wasteful. 

We build high quality and efficiently designed homes at a lower cost, while promoting reforestation in the lungs of the world. 

 

Our sister furniture company Masaya & Co. is a pioneer in the SEED TO SEAT production of furniture. It manages 1100 acres planted to date. All furniture is manufactured in Nicaragua for maximized sustainability and economic impact. Masaya & Co. has trained hundreds of Nicaraguan locals to become world class foresters, designers and craftsmen.