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    Bangkok shophouse remodelling

    Any ideas or information sources on finding, buying, and remodelling Bangkok shophouses? Some of the shophouse neighborhoods including near new Skytrain stations look safe, friendly, and much more stable for investment than condos. Design ideas? Costs?

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    Take a look at drAndy's rathada(something) apartment Reno thread.

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    I do believe that many of the shop houses in central Bangkok are owned by the crown property beuro, that they have not been renewing leases for a very long time as it seems that they have a policy to empty out these deveopments to provide large blocks of land for redevelopment into more lucrative high rise developments.

    Saying that you do see a lot of little off the high street squares of shop houses which have obviously died off as shops as there's no passing trade. Ive often though that to take a block of these and develop them into flats as andy has done would provide a pleaently different way to live in central bangkok

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    I developed a double shophouse

    to do the same for a single one you have to be a bit smarter wrt how to place the stairs, otherwise half of each floor gets taken up with them

    I have some ideas....

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    There are many remodelled shop houses in Singapore. Some quite fancy. I've even seen a double wide with an atrium in the centre. Lots of scope.

    They do have a lot of stairs!

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    Well here is one way to do it. This project was finished out for 0.5 mil rehab cost, it rents for thb 25k a month, nice return on thb 1.5 mil investment plus a lot of work. you can see more examples at a website google villageinthecity.

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    that is the first set of stairs; the next you need to have space for the stairs and a walk space to get to the next set

    that is not a problem if you are using the building as a private house but does become one if you want to convert to flats
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    stairs

    Yep, this works only for a single rental. On their projects with several floors separately rented they use the "railroad apartment" style similar to what was used in the US, stairs in the middle, each unit with rooms front and back, connected by an interior passageway.

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    ^ right, and something that can be partially avoided with careful planning of how the stairs are situated

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