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    Living room, bedrooms and kitchen as separate units

    Just up the road from me, a lovely old couple are putting a homestay together ( I will take pics on the morrow cos they're out today). The homestay comprises of a few 3m by 3m bedrooms (built independently so they are standing alone) with en suite bathrooms. All done and dusted for less than 40,000 bt..

    I'd like to run an idea by you.. I've been ridiculed by most people I've mentioned this to but I reckon it comes down to personal taste..and if I have shit taste so be it....so here's the idea.

    We are in the middle of choosing a design for a small house, but after seeing these units I was thinking thus.. make up the house using separate units..so down one side have three bedrooms, one double ( 4 * 4) and 2 singles for the nippers ( 3*3) would all be facing 'inwards'.. At the back..so making up one complete side of the three sided square would be the living room and on the last length would be kitchen and utility room.

    In the middle of the rooms (the square) I'd either put down decking or make a nice garden with pathways leading to each room..

    What do you reckon?

    Potential problems??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
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    Nothing that a bit of guttering and one of those massive jars couldn't cure?

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    Is the en-suite bathroom included in the 3x3 bedroom space?

    What sort of construction technique and materials are being used?

    In the west people are actually making very nice modular homes out of shipping containers now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panda
    Is the en-suite bathroom included in the 3x3 bedroom space?
    No it's not..they've made a very nice arched doorway which leads into the separate bathroom space.
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    What sort of construction technique and materials are being used?
    They've used concrete that looks like wood, looks pretty decent. As time goes by it could be added too ofcourse, little balconies and what not. I just think it'd look great as a whole, specially at night when there's some decent lighting to luminate the garden in the middle..very cosy. The plot we want to build on is just 100 t/w but I reckon we'd only use half of it..

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    The house I built in Mae Rim has one big room upstairs and three seperate guest bedrooms/houses

    so why not build your house as you wish, to whatever your lifestyle will be

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    Think of function not taste when you analyze the pros and cons of this concept. What are the advantages? Privacy of course. maybe better integration of indoors and outdoors spaces. Perhaps in the future they could be rental bungalows.
    What are the disadvantages? You will be using more space, if you have a lot of space that is not going to be a major concern.Structurally you will be duplicating support walls. Running utilities will not be as easy. You will be using more materials. Security will be more complex. Obviously weather will be a big challenge to overcome. Think through you and your families needs and requirements first. Your neighbor may have a totally different set of considerations.

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    At 40K a module it leaves a fair bit of room for innovation.

    Would love to see some pics.

    I have seen cheap Thai accommodation that consists of 4x4M concrete boxes with a front shutter door as the fourth wall. Communal hong nam and art nam. Were about 2k a month when I saw them several years ago. Probably sleep up to a dozen peasant labourers. And easy to tear down if property values go up in the area. Owned by a Chinese/Thai of course.

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    If I'm reading right, it sounds like you're going to end up with a lot more roofing - assuming you've got decent sized overhangs - than you would otherwise. On the other hand, this layout means your house is only one room thick so you can get the most benefit from cross-ventilation and it's also easy to ensure that you have external windows on at least two walls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan View Post
    If I'm reading right, it sounds like you're going to end up with a lot more roofing - assuming you've got decent sized overhangs - than you would otherwise. On the other hand, this layout means your house is only one room thick so you can get the most benefit from cross-ventilation and it's also easy to ensure that you have external windows on at least two walls.
    If set up with a central courtyard as suggested, a free standing (low pitch) metal roof structure over the living areas would probably be the most economical way out. Would also provide shade and free ventilation between the metal roof and module roof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panda
    Would love to see some pics
    I'll put some pics up tomorrow evening, after I've been round for a perv again..

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    A few pics of one of the bedrooms with en suite. Isn't finished yet, but the lady insisted that the total cost upon completion will be under 40,000bt.



    From the en suite side





    Not a bad little bathroom..(got a proper show in it too, as well as the big basin of water)


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    How's it built? What are the walls made from?

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    ^Concrete that looks like wood ( rendered on to blocks I think) Not too sure about the colour of the roof though. That would have to change.

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    Looks like it's going to roasty-toasty in there. Is it? If you really want to do it on the cheap, you could always consider building with adobe (earth blocks).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan View Post
    Looks like it's going to roasty-toasty in there. Is it? If you really want to do it on the cheap, you could always consider building with adobe (earth blocks).

    Roasty toasty...theres an understatement

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan
    Looks like it's going to roasty-toasty in there. Is it?
    I didn't notice the heat at all when I went in. Perhaps, I'll kip in there for a night when it's finished for a tester. Don't have much problem with scorching heat in this area though anyway..Dec, Jan and Feb are a similar temp to blighty in autumn and the rest of the months are very bearable.. When it's not bucketing it down, monsoon style..like right fecking now.

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    The layout you describe is similar to the traditional Japanese design of the 18th and 19th Century. It works very well and provides for quiet and private accomodation for the occupants. Have a look on Google for Japanese Architecture of the period.

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    The yellow electrical conduit elbows on the blue pvc water pipes is a nice Thai decorative touch.

    What is that cladding and where do you get it or how do you make it?

    The semi detached matrix plan is sound, practical and attractive.
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    We have a siding material made out of concrete in the states called Hardiboard that is very easy to work with and is ready to paint. No worries about termites or moisture. Check it out here:

    Hardie Board Siding - general info, painting, & siding pros


    I remember seeing houses built like this in Japan also, but they were raised off the ground and had a large overhand on the roof for walking between rooms. I've always liked the idea of having a central courtyard. Another positive I see is being able to add more modules without changing structure. Cooling only the parts lived in could also save money.
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