3 Bedroom contemporary home design

This a a design for a three bedroom contemporary home design that we have recently completed.  It follows the same styling as the 5 bedroom contemporary home design featured in our last blog post.   As with the 5 bedroom home, we have again presented three options for roof style for this design.

Oil the ground floor there is a hall way, with Study leading off as you enter the front door. The hallway then passes the staircase, opening up to an open plan living, dining and kitchen area.   There is also a Laundry, WC and storeroom on the ground floor.

On the second floor, the stairs lead to an light and airy TV/lounge gallery area.   There is a master bedroom suite to the front of the house with walk-in wardrobe and bathroom.  There are two bedrooms at the rear of the house with built-in wardrobes and a shared bathroom.

Ban Phu - 2 Storey 3 Bedroom Home Design

As it has been a long time since maintaining regular project blog updates, there are a lot of past design and construction projects that have been, and never mentioned here.  Over the next few days, I will add some details of those projects.

The first such project is the design of a two storey three bedroom home that we completed at the end of last year.   It consists of a large open plan living, dining room and kitchen and also two guest bedrooms on the ground floor.  There is also a large covered carport and covered terraces front and back. The second floor is one large master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and two covered balconies to the front and back.

Construction of this home has not yet begun.

Initial landscaping phase complete

We completed the excavation of the lake over a month ago and since then, nature has been doing its part in filling it up!  The lake has been filling up a lot more quickly than one might imagine as the surrounding land has also been draining into the lake through the top metre of porous soil.    The lake will fill up by another two metres before it reaches the limit of the clay soil that retains the water…. certainly, by the end of the rainy season it will be full to its natural level.   

Once this level has been established we will carry out some more re-sculpting of the edge of the lake to add a path way just above the water line.    In terms of the rest of the land, the excavation of the lake was enough to raise the level of the rest of the land by about one metre.  We will allow this land to settle for some time and then we will add another layer of top soil that is more suited for planting.  There is another area of the land where the house is to be situated that will be raised up by another meter or more, in places.   However, this will be raised closer to the time the home is built, once the design is finalised.

In the mean time, we will be planting about 40 saplings to add to the 35 mature trees already growing on the plot.   We will also be transplanting a number of additional mature trees on to the land.


Modern two bedroom two story home

This is another of our stock designs.  This house features two large bedroom suites each with walk-in closets and spacious bathrooms.   The bedroom suites are linked by a walkway overlooking the large open plan living/dining room.   There is also a separate lounge area.

Roofing complete, additional sub-projects underway

We have completed the roof tiling for this interesting project in Sangkhom.   We are now adding the typically Thai decorative detail and facias to the roof sections.

We have also completed the roofing of the 'cottage' which actually houses caretaker's accommodation as well as parking.   The next stage is to add the timber cladding and rendering that will give it the appearance of an Elizabethan timber framed wattle and daub cottage.  The timber framed windows will also be added shortly.

The two buildings on this project sit on a plot of about 4 acres and we are undertaking a number of other works on the land.  One such project is the construction of a spill way for a large drain that runs underneath the land taking water run off from the hills behind the property to the Mekong river.  

We also installed another drain and spill way that will handle surface water drainage on parts of the land as well as the roof run-off from the house itself.

We constructed a terrace that is located on the river bank, just out of sight of the main house.   Being on the river bank it was necessary to build the terrace on piles, as with the spill way.

There arer a number of other sub-projects on the plot of land, but I shall save those for a later post.

Roof frame and block work

In my last blog post about this project we were just preparing the re-bar for the columns and beams of the concrete structure.   Since then, we have completed all of the concrete structural work and have nearly completed the roof structure.   Block work is about 80% complete and we are preparing to move on the roof tiling and rendering.

An island is born...

We have been a little hampered by heavy rain recently, but the future lake on this project is slowly growing in size. We have now created what is soon to be an island within the lake, once filled with water. We shall be transplanting some additional mature trees on to the island before the water rises, and there is also a lot more excavation to be done.

Breaking ground and earthmoving

We have recently begun work on a new large scale project.   We will be building a home on a plot of land of just over 11.5 Rai (4.6 acres) in area.   We have not yet finalised the design, though have established the 'footprint' of the home and have a high-level plan for the land and landscaping.  The plot of land was previously used for rice farming and requires significant re-sculpting in order fit in with the design we are working on.   It is desirable to raise the height of the land to various levels.  We are digging a large ornamental lake of about 1.5 rai in order to provide the soil to fill the rest of the land.   The lake itself will be 10 metres deep and feature a large island.  The land is being filled up in layers of about half metre depth, stepping up to two metres in places.

Currently, we have completed about 30% of the lake excavation.  We intend to have it completed by mid June. Finalising the design of the home and landscaping, however, will take several more months.  This will be a long project with many interesting challenges and intend to blog about progress as we move forward.



Roof tiling and wall rendering

Since last posting about this project, we have completed all of the main concrete structural framework, poured the floor slabs and completed all of the major blockwork.   Rendering is nearly complete as is the roof framework. We are mow moving onto the roof tiling.   We have also been working on a number of other sub-projects located throughout the plot of land around the house, but I shall detail these later in a separate post.