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 wife’s 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 isn’t aware of them and doesn’t need them. Hence a house based on a Thai wife’s 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! I’m 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…