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How To Plan A Retirement House For Thailand - Essential Factors To Consider : Pitching Your House Specification - The Important Factors You probably already have a good idea of the type, size, layout etc of the house you are planning to build in Thailand for your retirement. After reading this article you may decide to review your ideas. In the time it has taken to get my house half finished in Pakchong (Pak Chong), Thailand, two colleagues have seen their houses started and completed and at half the cost. In fact the build of our house has turned out to be a nightmare of the kind you hear about in the newspapers or read on the Thai forum websites. On the other hand, these other houses were built quickly and cheaply with no hassles at all. (Compared to my problems anyway) So what was the difference between their house and ours that made all the difference? It All Begins With The Concept - What You Want Your House To Be What you want your house to be will depend upon many factors, who will use it, how do they want to use it and more importantly who is the house for and what are their expectations? Who Is The House Intended For? Our house was essentially my design. The layout of the rooms, style of house, type and quality of finishes etc was based on what I wanted as a retirement house and was of quite a generous standard. My Thai wife of course loved it. My colleagues houses on the other hand appeared to be based on the minimum that they could get away with whilst satisfying their Thai wives requirements. Essentially those houses were based on a Thai wifes expectations. They were designed for the Thai wife not for themselves. The standard of houses in the west tend to be much higher than in Thailand and the westerners demand more mod cons, western kitchen, security doors and windows, high grade fittings and finishes etc. On the other hand, such features of western houses are not commonly found in Thailand, the Thai spouse isnt aware of them and doesnt need them. Hence a house based on a Thai wifes perspective can be much simpler and cheaper than a house based on western standards. Sometimes the designs of these other houses were simply copied from one of the many pre-designed Thai houses that you can download from the Thai Government website. In short they were off-the-peg houses. In contrast I had a set of construction drawings produced by a registered Thai Architect in Bangkok and the set of drawings comprised some 42 sheets! Im glad I had those house plans made and for my large, high spec house, they are essential. Key Thai House Configuration Considerations Whereas there are a number of key considerations that will considerably affect the cost and time to construct a retirement house built in any country, number and size of rooms for example, there are some key considerations that apply specifically to a retirement house built in Thailand. These key considerations relate to the differences in what is considered as normal practice in a Thai house and in a western house. The key considerations are related to the number of floors, the bathroom, the kitchen where there are fundamental differences in approach between western practice and Thai practice. Another key considerations is whether the house is to be provided with air conditioning or not. One Or Two Floors What number of levels you intend to have is one of the most important criteria that can affect the price and speed of building your retirement house in Thailand. For thousands of years Thai houses are built with the living spaces lifted up from the ground on timber or concrete columns, or posts as the Thai describe them. A standard Thai house may exhibit, for example, a dozen posts set in a 3 x 4 matrix, and this is termed a 12 post house. My own retirement house is a 16 post house and the upper story containing the living spaces is 3 m above ground floor level. This is considerably harder to construct and costlier than a bungalow construction having all the living accommodation on the ground floor. I undoubtedly wanted to have a post house, and my Thai wife really likes it, but Im convinced she would have been equally happy with a bungalow. I am paying for my idea to have a traditional Thai post house both in terms of cost and time to construct. Thus think wisely if you certainly want a post house or if you can put up with a one-floor construction which will be less expensive and faster to build. Bathroom Or Shower Room This is a further decision that is most likely to s the price and period to build your retirement house and again, it is a Thai compared to Western subject. Conventional style and basic Thai houses are frequently not provided with a bath as is usually common in a western bathroom. Surprisingly, I prefer not to have a bathtub, because I dont use one. I usually enjoy a shower thats why a basic shower room is all I want. Unusual for a Thai, though my wife does like to relax in a bath tub filled with hot water and those smelly bath salts or bubble bath. So we are having a bath tub. Since i want a walk-in shower room, we are having two bathrooms, one is a western style bathroom with hand wash basin, WC and bat tub, the other a shower room with hand wash basin and shower only. Again, the decisions are made on the basis of answering the question who is the house for?. Type of Kitchen - Thai Style or Western Style Kitchen The style of kitchen you decide to construct is another area that can have a large impact on the cost of the house. Traditionally a lot of preparation of Thai food for cooking is done on the floor. Even though we have a normal western style kitchen in our house in the U.K., my wife still put the crok on the floor to pound the ingredient e.g. for a nam prick. Also the Thai food is often cooked on a single heat source, or at most two heat sources, one for the rice and the other for a pot of food, e.g. soup. In line with this pattern of usage, Thai kitchens traditionally are very simple affairs, and do not have the long waist level counter tops and ovens like a western style kitchen. Frequently the Thai kitchen even in modern Thai houses, is not an enclosed room, but is a simple external area with a roof and perhaps a short table and sink. So you do not really need the expense of a western style kitchen will all the counter tops, cupboards, cookers, grilles, cooker hoods etc that go into a modern western home. In Thailand you will need a refrigerator but many Thai kitchens do not have a freezer or a washing machine for clothes or dishes. Again, my retirement house in Thailand is designed with a western style kitchen, complete with long granite counter-top and integral dual sink, Fridge and Freezer. Provision of cupboards, drawers and washing machines is not part of the current scheme, however, but may be provided later.
What Do Houses In Vilas Do Atlantico Have To Offer? If you are looking for a luxurious house in Bahia then you must definitely take a look at the real estate options in Vilas do Atlantico. Located in the municipality of Lauro de Freitas, just 12 km from the Salvador international airport and 20 km from the city, Vilas do Atlantico offers an optimum combination of quiet nature and urban conveniences. Being a locality inhabited by affluent people, houses in Vilas do Atlantico are high end real estate options offering premium facilities. Great Location Being near the cities with many international companies, many foreigners and high level executives prefer to stay in Vilas do Atlantico. While it is a convenient place to commute from, it has an excellent beach and is also close to other beaches of the Bahia north coast. Tourist towns like Praia do Forte are also only a short drive away. If you live in Vilas do Atlantico, you will find all everyday conveniences like supermarkets, hospitals, schools, banks, restaurants and malls near you. The public transport is also well developed in this coastal town. Vilas do Atlantico Offers Premium Houses Houses in Vilas do Atlantico will be attractive to all types of buyers. It makes great sense to buy a house here for your own use if you are looking for a house in the coastal area of Bahia. It can also be a great place to invest for renting out due to the number of tourist and business visitors the place receives. The area is likely to see significant capital appreciation as well and therefore it is a good place for long term real estate investment. At Vilas do Atlantico you will find great looking houses built on fairly large plots. Most houses have at least two bedrooms, one suite and come with basic furniture and swimming pool. Depending upon the price and location, you can also expect air-conditioning, premium fittings, party areas, multiple car parks, well designed gardens and play areas. Many houses have quarters for employees and domestic help. Some also come with an office. While the price of houses in Vilas do Atlantico could range from $285,000 to $795,000, the average house will cost you around $475,000. Let us take a closer look at what can be expected at different price levels. Houses Below $300,000 Even the most economical houses in Vilas do Atlantico offer you some choice. You could choose between smaller houses nearer to the beach with all suites and air-conditioning or go for a larger house slightly in town. At this range you may not get a pool, but you can expect a plot of around 600 sq. meters and a built up space of 140 to 350 sq. meters. Houses will typically be 4 bedroom with multiple suites and most houses will have facilities like garden, parking and basic fittings. Some may offer sauna or jacuzzi and some may be fully furnished. Between $300,000 To $400,000 In this range most houses will have a swimming pool. Below $ 360,000 you can expect in town houses with 4 bedrooms, at least one suite, basic fittings like cabinets or wardrobes, maids room and security equipment. Built up area is usually around 200 to 300 sq. meters on a plot of about 600 sq. meters. From $360,000 to $400,000, you will get multi floor houses closer to the beach either standalone or part of a condo. Typical houses have 4 to 5 bedrooms with 2 suites and other things like pool, multiple car parking, bar, barbecue, garden and security features. Built up area will be around 400 sq. meters on 500 sq. meter plots. Some houses will offer fancy features like terrace garden, waterfall or landscaping. Most houses will come with basic fittings. The $400,000 To $500,000 Range Below $450,000 you will get houses in good locations in town with large built area of around 420 sq. meters on larger plots of around 700 sq. meters. In addition to previously mentioned facilities you will get play areas or playgrounds, fancy swimming pool, kennel and living quarters for employees. Between $450,000 to $500,000 you can expect better locations, larger and better gardens, bigger plots up to 1500 sq. meters. You can also get houses on the seaside if you opt for smaller plots up to 900 sq. meters. You can also opt for houses in well planned condos with premium modern construction and private garden. The plots in these cases are likely to be about 500 sq meters. The $500,000 To $700,000 Range You will get very lovely houses in good locations either in town, near the beach or with a sea view. You can expect 380 to 600 sq. meters built area on plots of up to 1200 sq meters. Typical houses have 4 to 5 bedrooms with at least 2 suites. Facilities such as covered car parking, jacuzzi, sauna, living space for employees, office, security systems and nice party areas with bar and barbecue can be expected. Above $700,000 In this budget you will get large, very well designed houses in nice localities a short walk from the beach. You can expect about 750 sq. meters construction on plots in excess of 2500 sq. meters with at least 4 bedrooms and multiple suites. All other facilities mentioned in cheaper options will be available but will be of much better quality. For example, you can expect huge professionally designed gardens, large party areas with dining facilities and separate washrooms for ladies and gents. If you prefer a beach front home, then relatively smaller but luxurious beach front homes with direct beach access are available. Typical houses of this type will offer about 400 sq. meters of construction on about 500 sq. meter plots. You can expect 3 to 4 suites, full air-conditioning, fancy pool, premium furniture, premium flooring, office facility, garden, party area and employee accommodation. Houses in Vilas do Atlantico offer you a wide choice. What fits your needs depends upon your preferences on location and facilities. For any budget there are several choices. One thing that you can be certain of getting is a large multi-floor house set in a spacious well developed plot. Combine these specifications with dual advantages of being close to peaceful nature while having all urban conveniences and you are already looking at some great options. If you are looking for a house for living, renting out or just for investment in Bahia, houses in Vilas do Atlantico will provide plenty of excellent options.
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