House plans

15/01/2014

We will take time to think about our house. What to build and in what style. Pat thinks the "Lanna" is too dark and spooky and we both like to have an open house.

In the old days (see top picture) people made wooden houses, downstairs for the animals and upstair for living. Nowadays you see concrete version we don't like at all, see the on the right.

For now the plan is a U shaped house with the garden side almost all glass doors opening to a veranda/garden.

One floor only probably but we might raise the living room ceiling up to keep it cooler and lighter.

We want to take advantage of the shade and jungle to keep our bedroom cool. Ventilation throughout the house to cool it down in the evening will be important. The sunrise will be straight into the house so what about breakfast outside in the morning sun?

We also need to take care of the humidity, probably by creating separate spaces for clothing and storage that can be dehumidified.

We will have an indoor and outdoor kitchen (very common in Thailand because of the strong smell of some spices). The inside kitchen will be western style instead of the pretty clumsy Thai ones I have seen.

Below some mood picture we see as a direction to go. Steel and glass are not very common ways to build in Thailand, most of the time it is concrete all over. The same with windows and doors. It's all plastic and low quality. Hope that, despite our low budget, can create something that lasts.

Did you see other nice inspiring homes? Suggestions? Please add them in the comments.

21/06/2020
June 2020 update

A lot of time has passed but we are still stuck in Thai burocracy. A local guy in the village refuses to stick to the law for years now. We went there for an explanation but did not get one. He also keeps making new rules we should stick too At the same time, we […]

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23/12/2019
Measuring

In December we thought the building permit would be there soon....We started measuring the foundation of the house. Interesting because the whole design was based on a map we got earlier and turned out to be larger than it was for real. So the house did not fit and we will need to shrink the […]

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13/05/2019
Update May 2019

Finally a little good news: Golf and team have been making our electricity and sanitary designs and delivered the first version. It took 1.5 year but we are glad we get some motion forward. At the same time we got a quote for the 'raw' build, meaning foundation, roof and walls, which will already eat […]

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25/03/2018
Building permit

We finally got news that our building permit is available in the first week of April. We are getting closer to our start of building, now planned for November.

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09/03/2018
Land survey done

The Land Office did a land survey and placed 'official' land markers on our property. Hopefully this will lead to an offical 'Chanotte' paper.One more important step done.

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28/01/2018
Update Jan 2018

Sinds there is a 'witch' hunt going on for people building in nature areas, encroaching forest areas, we went to the land office to check if we are OK. Everything seemed just ok but just. So we are now aiming for the highest level of ownership papers "Chanotte" and hope they will not destroy our […]

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01/01/2015
Drone shots

We just received some drone shots from our property and it makes it easier to understand and see our location:

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01/01/2015
Looking for trees

We want a lot more trees on our land to give shade in the hot season so we went to Mae On for some research:

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01/12/2014
Google satellites

Google made an update to their satellite images in Google maps. Now clearly showing our fresh earth fill:(under the blue marker   UPDATE: Google has renewed the sattelite image, it now includes our green land and the neighbourse buildings. It must be less than a year old . Bit higher resolution too. Our co-ordinates: 18.777922, 98.860043 […]

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16/10/2014
More cutting

And just a few weeks later we need more help......

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