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    Examples of long stay bungalows

    Me & the missus have a plan to build 4 to 6 long stay bungalows on a nice plot of land that we'll rent out to people who, bleeibve it or not, want to stay in our locale long term.

    We're looking at a pretty much all concrete design, wood is nicer but we want the bungalows to be as maintenance free as possible. Nothing flash as far as layout goes just a bedroom, living room, kitchen area and bathroom. Budget is around 10K baht/sqm and we're looking at 40 - 50sqm max, maybe 2 bed for 50sqm plus there must be an out door deck area for folks to sit

    Problem is that we havent yet come up with a design or seen anything that is a little bit different from the run of the mill concrete box design. So if anyone has any photos of well designed little houses that could be adapted for this purpose, please post them.

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    Take a look here.
    Is this similar to what you have in mind ?

    Chiang Mai Thailand Vacation Rentals ~ Nine Gorgeous New Bungalows

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    Thanks for the link, but that is the kind of thing I want to avoid. They are functional but the exterior is a bit of an eyesore.

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    There's a few places out at the end of Pinklao that do neat little cottages. They have a roadside display set up, left-hand-side as ya head towards Nathon Pathom.


    They look similar to this.

    Going price was 225,000 baht (that was a few years ago)

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    Yeah agreed that looks pretty nice.

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    Nice on Magpie - that's what I'm looking for, something a bit unique to get some ideas from. Thanks. I go towards Nakhon Pathom every month or so, usally on the overhead expressway, will go at ground level & keep an eye out for places you mention. Probably a bit more than 225K now though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Islander
    We're looking at a pretty much all concrete design
    Can you point out any concrete in that piccy ?

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    good point Thetyim, it does look a little concrete free

    never mind, he can build a replica from cement

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    Ahh the famous teakdoor wit & repartee. . . no I spotted that there wasnt any concrete in it almost immediately, it was the wood that gave it away.

    But it's a nice design and the main part could easily be built of concrete with just a wooden deck around it on concrete supports. An all wood bungalow doesnt last long unless it's built of good stuff and then finding varnish that wont peel after 12 months is a nightmare

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    Quote Originally Posted by Islander
    Thanks for the link, but that is the kind of thing I want to avoid. They are functional but the exterior is a bit of an eyesore.


    hardly an eyesore...different strokes --- I guess...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Islander View Post
    Ahh the famous teakdoor wit & repartee. . . no I spotted that there wasnt any concrete in it almost immediately, it was the wood that gave it away.

    But it's a nice design and the main part could easily be built of concrete with just a wooden deck around it on concrete supports. An all wood bungalow doesnt last long unless it's built of good stuff and then finding varnish that wont peel after 12 months is a nightmare
    Yes, that would look good, especially as it is the surrounding verandah that gives the character more than the house

    If you use teak, then there should be no problems with deterioration, and it doesnt need varnish, just an oiling occasionally

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    Quote Originally Posted by klongmaster View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Islander
    Thanks for the link, but that is the kind of thing I want to avoid. They are functional but the exterior is a bit of an eyesore.


    hardly an eyesore...different strokes --- I guess...
    Well, keep in mind that a lot is very subjective. Why is the pic here so horrific.. Not the buildings themselves per say; exposed brick (and tidy brick laying at that; don't let the low-quality phone-picture fool you), good roofs.. So why does it look so terrible? Two reasons:

    1. People like to be individualistic. All the houses above look the same. If at all possible, go for variety / identity. Even if the basic design is all the same, try to give it different touches / positioning. Give them little gardens of different shapes, etc. Better still, actually have different designs / sizes. (Even if that means that a different type is basically two of them glued together, or have some raised on stilts (concrete poles), etc. Look around at typical small Thai houses you see all around you. Also: This is Thailand, where labour is cheap, so it doesn't actually cost a whole lot more to go for different designs.. Most of the money you spend is on materials, and workers don't mind making a couple different designs. (Heck, try to get them to do the same thing consistently could be MORE of a challenge. ) Copy a bunch of the basic Thai housing styles you see all around.

    2. They're far too close together. It looks like a row of 1930's labourers houses. Space it up a little, make gardens an element.. Some houses can have porches, terraces, etc.

    Also I detect a slight conflict of requirements, i.e. 'it needs to be concrete / easy maintenance' but everything you've said since indicates to the contrary.
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    Cool hi, i am new here

    robert from vienna/europa,
    preparing my first trip to LOS.
    interrestet in thai ceramics and residential architecture.
    have found a not so bad concrete construction,
    resized maybe a blueprint for your needs.
    this is my first message, so i ve learnd that i cant post links my first ten postings.
    but its easy, if u gooogle the keywords SAMSARA VILLA
    you will find a company
    www(dot)asiaislandhomes.com/developments/samsara/gallery.html
    and look for the flash animatet gallery, little impressive for me, maybe for u 2?

    greets
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    Quote Originally Posted by klongmaster View Post

    hardly an eyesore...different strokes --- I guess...
    True, if I were in Isaan I'd consider it high end elegance too, as it isn't made primarily out of tin sheeting and doesn't come complete with free range chickens, a garden full of motorbike parts and single Fuschia which hasn't been watered in months but, I'm not & so don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Islander
    complete with free range chickens
    Sounds like you're a bit of a cock yourself though

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    Over 7000 posts and that's the best attempt at an insult you can muster. Dear oh dear. You need to spend more time offline in the real world and less time playing a keyboard warrior.

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    Islander, you come on here asking for help, and you have got some

    Your attitude towards some posters is sarcastic and unnecessary; yes, they are making fun of you a little, but maybe that was engendered by your own style

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