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.

5 Bedroom Contemporary home design concept

We have recently completed the architectural design for this 5 bedroom contemporary style home.  

On the ground floor there is a large open plan living area with large glass wall feature looking out to the rear terrace and garden.  There is also a home theatre, study and tv room on the ground floor on the easterly wing.  On the western wing is the service area, consisting of butler's pantry, maids' accommodation, laundry and store room.  There is also a large garden store room access from the rear terrace.

The second floor features an open walkway enjoying views through the large glass wall to the rear.  There is a large master suite with large bathroom and walk-in wardrobe and balcony.  There are two guest suites with ensuite bathrooms and walk-in wardrobes and a further two guest bedrooms with a shared bathroom. 

With the layout of the house having been fully developed, we presented three different options for the roof style.  As you can see each completely changes the character of the house.

Three bedroom modern style home with roof terrace completed

We recently completed construction of this three bedroom home in Nong Khai.  This house has not been detailed on our blog before, however it may look familiar as a video rendering of the boundary wall concept was featured on our blog in mid 2014.  The main feature of the house is the very large roof terrace that covers the entire second floor giving lots of outdoor living space upstairs, to take in the views of the surrounding rural landscape.

Chumphae four bedroom home with pool

Our clients on this project had a design in mind for their new home in Chumphae, however it needed some adjustments made in order to taylor it to their exact requirements.  

On the ground floor there is an impressive entrance hall, overlooked by the second floor gallery, leading into the large open plan living, dining room and kitchen.  There is a large study, a TV room and rumpus room all leading off to the east of this main space.  To the west there is the cloak room, WC and shower room, a laundry, and butler's pantry. At the rear is a large covered terrace with BBQ area, leading down to decked area around the swimming pool.    Also on the ground floor is the large triple garage.  

A gravity defying cantilever staircase leads from the main living area to the large upstairs gallery with TV area.  To the west is the impressive master suite with large bedroom, dressing room, walk-in wardrobe, and bathroom.  To the east of the gallery is two guest bedrooms, WC, Bathroom and linen closet.  There is also a fourth bedroom at the front of the house.

With this home we have custom designed all of the built in cabinetry for each room so that the house will be ready to move into with a consistent theme and design aesthetic throughout the home.  

Having completed the design of this large luxury 4 bedroom home in Chumphae, we are now into the second phase of construction.  The concrete structure is all complete and we are now working on the block work, rendering and roofing.

Sra Khai four bedroom modern home with pool complete

A rendering of this project has featured on our home page since our website re-design in early 2014, however I have not yet blogged about the project itself.

I had a family open brief for the style of this home in terms of the exterior and interior styling. There is on large central living space, that features large 9 metre wide folding doors front and back allowing the whole space to be opened up to the front terrace and large rear terrace and pool area.  It is a bit of a cliché these days, to use the phrase "bringing the outside in", but this design really does blur the lines between the outdoor and indoor living spaces.  To one side of the main living space is the master suite that features a study, bedroom, walk-in wardrobe and large bathroom with spa bath.  To the other side of the main living space is three further bedrooms, bathroom, laundry and WC.  The kitchen is open plan and joined to the main living space, with a pantry leading of it.  The rear pool terrace also has access to an exterior store room.  The pool surge tank and pump room are concealed beneath hatches in the terrace decking.

Construction of this home is now fully complete.   Here I show a video of the computer rendering of the home.  I have also included a slide show which contains both computer generated renderings of the design and the also photos of the finished home.   As you will see, the renderings we produce as part of the design stage of a project do give an accurate impression of how the finished home will look.  That said, there were some slight changes, mid construction, with relation to the look and layout of the kitchen, for example

Three bedroom home, architectural design complete

We have completed the architectural design for a new project in Ban Phonsa, near Thabo, Nong Khai.   They had a very clear idea of the style that they wanted and had a complete floor plan that they had sourced online from another website.  We then worked with them to develop the layout and style into a home design that better suited their exact requirements.

With the architectural design complete, we will now move on to the engineering phase where we will produce all of the engineering plans and costings for the project.

Cosmetics retail booth

We were commissioned by a cosmetics company to design a retail booth concept to be located in "Central" shopping malls throughout Thailand.  The shopping malls have specific and varying requirements for the size of the booths, but also the shape of certain elements of the design.  This design was specific for the Udon Thani Central shopping mall and would be adjusted to the requirements of other retail locations, whilst maintaining the same theme and style.

Services offered by NKD relating to building a home in Thailand

We have always had an overview of our services on our website, but today I have added further detail relating to the three core strands of our business: Architecture, Construction & Consultancy.

Designing a new home in Thailand

You can find out more detail of the typical flow of a design project with NKD, and the steps involved in designing a dream home in Thailand on a new page: Design, Engineering & Planning Process

Building a new home in Thailand

Another new page, "Construction services" goes into more depth about the various steps involved in building a home in Thailand and how our workflow is structured.  This page also details our project management roles and responsibilities in our construction projects.

Construction consultancy in Thailand

The final new page added to our site today "Consultancy services" gives further detail on the consultancy services that we offer to people who are self managing their project to build a new home in Thailand.

Apart from above, links to these new pages can be found on our "What we do" page from the main menu.

Before we begin... Part 4

This post is the final part of a series of extracts taken from a brochure that we give to clients prior to commencing construction.  If you are planning to build your own home in Thailand and it is all new to you, then I am sure that the content of this series of blog posts will benefit you as much as it will our clients.  

Expecting The Unexpected

So far, we have talked about the sort of things that are in many ways common to most projects. They are not issues that need resolving. They are just facts that we understand and are accustomed to working with.  However there is always the possibility that a problem may arise unexpectedly during construction.   In some cases these can be rectified swiftly with little or no impact on the project, whilst in other cases, they can cause delays.  The love we have for construction is born out of the varied nature of our projects and the new challenges that we face with each one.  If an issue does arise, we take it in our stride and resolve it with the minimum of fuss.  Obviously, we cannot predict the unexpected.  Though we can give a little insight into the sort of issues that we have faced in the past and what effect they had on the project.


No matter how much planning and how many resources are put into a project, we cannot control the weather.  Whilst we can generally work all year round we are sometimes at the mercy of the elements and there are times when work is forced to stop.  With one particular project we needed to drive piles in a particularly muddy plot of land.  A "tracked" pile driver was not available and so we had to use one on wheels.  We needed three clear days without rain for the ground to dry out sufficiently for the pile driver to move around on the site.  We did not get that break in the weather for 2 months.   We had done all other possible preparation work that could be done whilst waiting, but it still meant a total slip of 6 weeks in the project.  Extreme cases like this are rare, but when they occur there is not much that can be done and, however frustrating, has to be accepted.


It was at about the same time as the example above that Bangkok was faced with the worst flooding in years, with much of the city cut off.  The effects of this were felt all the way up to Nong Khai, with many local suppliers being out of stock of the items that would usually come from the factories and warehouses in Bangkok.  We had a project that was using thermal insulating blocks, but we only had enough for part of the home.  The factory in Bangkok had advised that it would be two months until they were operational again.   In this case we gave our client the option of waiting or continuing with a different type of block, and they chose the latter.  We used the insulating blocks in areas that were more critical and standard blocks in others.  As the alternative block was cheaper, we reimbursed the difference to our client.


We make every effort to select the best suppliers, selling highest quality materials, but in some instances, we have had sub-standard materials delivered to site.  Of course, every delivery is checked and poor quality materials will not be used on our projects.   In cases where sub standard materials are delivered, they will be sent back.  Materials are ordered in advance of when they are required and so occurrences such as this will usually not have an affect on the project.

Always remember that if problems do arise during construction, we have the experience, capacity and responsibility to resolve them, so you can rest assured that you are in safe hands.

In this series of posts we have covered a range of things to expect during your home build project. What we have not revealed is all of the wonderful moments during construction.... We will leave those for you to discover and experience for yourself, as the surprise is what makes them special!

I hope that you have found this series of blog posts useful, whether you are building your own home or if you are interested in using our construction services.

Before we begin... Part 3

This post is an extract from a brochure that we give to clients prior to commencing construction.  If you are planning to build your own home in Thailand and it is all new to you, then I am sure that the content of this series of blog posts will benefit you as much as it will our clients.  

Ways Of Working

We strive to build homes to a high Western standard, though we use local workers.  So, you may wonder, how is this possible when most local houses are not up to the standard that you are expecting?  We can not simply impose Western ways of working on them and expect good results.  It is only through selection of the best craftsmen and then the careful management and guidance we provide to them during construction along with our rigorous quality control that ensures our high standards are maintained. We understand that they have their own experiences, beliefs and customs which must be respected if we are to get the best out of them.  A lack of understanding could lead to confusion or frustration so it is important that you also share in our understanding.


The fact is that for construction workers, there is no standard working week, as you may be used to.  They do not just work Monday to Friday, they work every day but then may take off "Buddha Days" which are on the full moon and new moon. There may be other religious days that they also take off.  This can take people by surprise if they turn up to site on a seemingly random Wednesday afternoon and then wonder why no one is working!   Also, one must remember that construction labourers work very hard and in difficult conditions, exposed to the elements.  During the rainy season, it is wet and muddy and then during the dry season the heat can be stifling.  Sometimes, they just need a break!  If they have been working for ten days non-stop and then have just spent a day on something particularly labour intensive, such as pouring concrete, then do not be surprised if the foreman gives them the day off afterwards.


Aside from standard holidays such as Song Kran and the new year, most villages will have an annual festival which lasts several days.  The dates of such festivals will be different for every village. If it is the time for the village festival in the village of the workers, they will not be working!  Similarly, if it is the village festival in your village, work will also stop.


Wedding celebrations can go on for several days, as can wakes following a death.  These are big affairs involving extended family, friends and neighbours, often involving the whole village.  This is an aspect of the Thai community spirit that is sadly lacking in many Western countries these days.  However, it does have an impact on construction projects!  We have yet to experience a project where there has not been a birth, death or marriage in some way relating to our workers or the location of the project.  In fact there have usually been several over the course of the project.  If the village is either celebrating or mourning then understand that work will stop.  


The life of a construction team can be a precarious one, not knowing where the next job is coming from.  Fortunately, we are able to provide our contractors with future work opportunities, which gives them some security.  However, there may still be gaps between their contracted periods of employment with us.   As such, in order to provide for their families, they must consider their options for employment once their contract with us is complete.  This means taking on other jobs for other people and in some cases there may be overlaps between the work they are doing for us and the work they are doing for others.   This can result in a reduction of labourers on our jobs, at times.  It would be easy to demand that they maintain a certain staffing on our jobs, but this would be unfair and show a disregard for them and the responsibility they have to their staff and their families.  Because of the fair way we treat our staff and because of the fact that we do offer them such good opportunities for future work at a fair price, we usually find that we get priority over any other projects, but nevertheless it is a point worth mentioning.

This is the third of a four part blog post... part four coming next week!