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Mabel
Posted on: 2010/10/10 22:11
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Re: Building your own dream house


Lastly but not least, here is our Project Theme Song..


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Take time to read. It is the fountain of wisdom
Membership Number: One Nine Seven Seven

Mabel
Posted on: 2010/10/10 22:08
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Re: Building your own dream house


Salam and hello benzers,

Enclosed is our final Masterpiece.

Building your Vision 2020 begins long before the foundation is poured. To avoid costly mistakes start with these following steps.

1. Choose Your Lot

Whether you are building your home in a KL or in a country site, you will almost always need to choose the land before you select floor plans or other details. You will need to investigate factors such as soil condition and drainage at the site.

2. Know the procedures

Step 1: Secure an Architect

Scope of Work

Employ a certified and registered architect preferably one that is familiar with the people in the local council. The architect will:
• Single point of contact to manage all your affair and matters in building your bungalow from design, submission and securing all authority approval (before, during and after construction), cost estimate, appointment of contractor, managing and supervising the construction (QA/QC), handing over the building, defect inspection and application for the fitness to occupy the premise upon completion for example, CCC & etc
• The architect does the research on zoning and building codes. He will secure the rest of consultant team such as Structural Engineer, M&E Engineer and QS to back you up in the very preliminary stage which involve design, planning, cost estimate, etc to ensure your budget commitment is appropriate and comfortable. These consultants shall be under his administration as well. If anything go wrong, your architect will be your single point of contact.
• There are different phases in the architect's contract: preliminary, schematic, and construction document. Each phase will require signed approval from the owner. Prior to the finish of the Construction Documents, the architect will help the owner with the selection of the contractor. Ultimately it is the owner's decision. The contractor takes the completed construction with the architect to oversea construction administration/observation.

Estimated fees to cover the above scope of works: 3-7% of the Construction Cost

Tips from 19owner:

• The architect and his team is not necessarily a must that the other consultants have to be his (architect's). You can pick a team of consultants whereby the consultants are of your own choice and picking (you decide). This other consultants will eventually work with him. Just like the contractor, you'll need someone that your mother trust !
• A good paymaster is all it takes to make everybody happy including himself.

Step 2: Secure a Contractor

Prior to the finish of the Construction Documents, the architect will help the owner with the selection of the contractor. If possible, call for tender or bidding process and award to successful Contractor who pricing is right and meet your budget. This bidding/tendering process is always good to have. Not everyone is in the same boat, so to say e.g. I may be a friend of the engineer but the other may be your mum's choice

Estimated time for Step 1 and 2 is between 6-9 months. With the bidding exercise, the planning till implementation and start work can still be done within 6-9 months. You can always start simultaneously/concurrently or start the process while waiting for approval, etc.

Step 3: Appoint a Contractor

Ultimately it is the owner's decision. Appoint the contractor to complete the construction with the architect to oversea construction administration/observation.

Scope of Work

Start construction of the building until completion. The scope of work includes building some the above specification material as specified in item building specification.

Construction time of 6, 8 or 12 months is still ok, shorter than that would be a rush. You can actually cut it down but it's all in the schedule (your schedule).

Hence total time to complete all the 3 steps is between 6- 12 months. In 9 years time, the approval and implementing process may be shorter.

3. Plan Your Budget

Begin now to think about how much you can afford to spend and how much building your new home is likely to cost. Chances are you will need a loan and even selling your present house to finance your project. It's never too early to find out what size loan you qualify for. Also, knowing the approximate costs will help you modify your building plans to meet your budget.

Assumption on the building specification

Since this is a retirement house, I would imagine a house with the following specifications:

1. One and half Story
2. Build up area of at least 3000 sq.ft.
3. 4 Bedrooms with attach Bathroom.
4. Dinning
5. Wet and Dry Kitchen
6. 2 living halls.
7. 1 study room
8. Cover Car Porch for two cars.
9. Brick "fencing" keliling rumah.
10. Store Room

Building Material: Red Bricks.
Bedroom & Study Room Material: Parquets and Timber slab for Master bed room.
Living Hall & Dining: Broken marble
Wet & Dry Kitchen: Ceramic Tiles
Bathroom: Ceramic Tiles
Cover Car Porch : Ceramic Tiles
Store Room: Cements
Fencing wall: White Bricks

This building criteria are normal building criteria which is nothing fancy or over luxurious and it uses local materials.

Piling is not depended solely on whether it's single storey or it's a one and half storey house. The engineer will know what's best and whether piling is required or not. Please compare cost of both with and without piling designs before deciding your contractor.

Estimated Cost is about RM 200 psf. The cost includes labor and professional fees for the contractors and his workers.. The estimated cost per square foot is more than enough to build your "dreamhome", provided that you don't VO to use/build chengal batu patio, chengal batu strip ceilings, chengal batu doors and windows & frames, chengal batu roof eaves and gables and etc.Your sanitary wares and fittings should also be of medium range.

4. Line Up Your Team

Unless you are in the trade, you'll need a team of experts to design and construct your house. Key players will include an architect, contractor, a surveyor and a home designer or an architect. Many homeowners begin by selecting an architect or a contractor. That pro then selects other members of the team. The Pro and Cons on the selection of these two options is being discussed.

5. Pick a Plan

Many new homes are built on standard plan. The architect or the contractor may make minor modifications in room size, window style or other details. A custom-designed home, on the other hand, is created specifically for the family which will live there. In most cases, custom-designed homes require the services of a licensed architect. Whether you opt for a stock or a custom design, you will be wise to choose a plan that will meet your needs for many years to come.

1. If you haven't a clue or inkling on what yer dream house gunna look like, you can traipse around the countryside or around areas like Damansara Heights ke...Country Heights ke for ideas...or ask your 'Significant Other Half' on her wishes...( Orang Rumah is Numero Uno when it comes to building a home.. We only provide the moolah! ).

2. Go to big bookstores and look for 'Dream Homes' or 'Abodes' or Tropical Designs or House Design books to have an idea of what you want...IF you ain't sure what you want. You can also surf the web to have ideas.

3. My suggestion is for you to blend in with your surroundings. The place's gunna be in EC, by the sea perhaps? If so, the architecture shouldn't be way out of design compared to your surroundings. A good house design shall embrace its surroundings. Eg : Janganlah buat rumah jenis Ultra Modern Concrete/Steel & Glass Hi-Tech in a surrounding as tropical as can be like in the EC. A Tropicalized house, with a big roof and large overhangs and verandah untuk bersantai is best. If you're by the sea, a Cross Ventilation with well designed windows/doors/louvres will make for a cool abode with no need for fans or a/c...

4. IMO, a 1.5 Storey house is the best for a tropical environment. What's important is to have the house proportionate to the land. Most Malaysians suka buat rumah besar gadang atas tanah with a setback of only 20' depan and 10' at the sides and back...They like to maximise the built up area but the house in turn will look disproportionate against the land its on.... Just my opinion...

5. Once you have identified what sort of design you'd prefer...have a discussion with the Architect. He should be able to advise you on the designs pitfalls if any and the basic costs involved. Costs can spiral outta control if you specify expensive fittings and materials. Have the Orang Rumah in all discussions....

6. Secure an architect or a contractor

See above item 2 above.

7. Negotiate a Contract

Be sure to get a written contract which has been signed and dated by both the architect and/or the contractor. A contract for new home construction will describe the project in detail and include a listing of all the parts to be included in the house. Remember to amend the contract if you or your team makes any changes to the project later on.

8. Other Considerations before making your decision.

1. size- i prefer single story, small house, large compound...why? bila kita tua, lutut sakit, tak larat nak naik tangga, tak larat nak kemas, possibility anak tak tinggal sama, rumah besar will be too much.. i expreince my tok wan.. my uncles, bila sakit, tingakat atas tutup.. duduk kat bilik org gaji (yg dah TAK digajikan).. this may sound too rude, but I grow up with my grandfather.. bila balik hospital, duduk bawah jugak, walau sebesar mana master bedroom..duduk kat bilik tamu jugak..

2. anak2 tak balik selalu pun..la ni pun, kalau i balik kampung..tido hotel.. my dad kat, duduk hotel senang.. peninglah kcoh2..malas dia nak berkemas rumah...

3. modal.. kena budget betul2.. biasanya bila buat rumah.. rambang mata..banyak VOs.. a friend of mine siap ambik extra loan.. husband and wife sama aje..bukan rumah jadi lagi besar, tapi accessories yg bertambah ganas.. if you not careful, you will in debt, instead of debt free remember that you're retired by then..

4. dont hire own personal contractor.. unless u know what you doing..sebab nak jimat cost you want to go direct-but end up speding more.. now days, all architects have their team.. One guy I know, pay a lot more that the average cost, but he only pay once when the construction is completed.. only reputable and well funded contractors are willing to do this.. ni susah nak cari..

5. since you strating fresh..hire a Iterior/exterior desinger.. else, jadi hampas.. I have seen a lot of houses/apt.. belanja punyalah besar.. tapi deco- tecno+retro+bali+ fusion+ modern+malay..semua dalam satu living room.. case mcm ni Eric pun tak boleh repair..

6. lastly- plan! plan!plan! and be practical..ikut nafsu.. habis..my dad advise me this.. u need a big house when you're young and have growing kids..and not when're old.. he is thinking of moving to a condo or a small link house, near a park and mosque.. his needs changes with age..

9. Useful informations

• What is the procedure like? Including securing building plan, approval and construction.

Employ a certified and registered architect preferably one that is familiar with the people in the local council. the architect will do the submission and follow up with planning approval for you including following up to get the go ahead for construction and application for the fitness to occupy the premise upon completion for example, CCC & etc.

• Who should we contact to manage this construction?

Best is to employ a full team, being architect, civil & structural engineer, M&E engineer, quantity surveyor and a land surveyor.

• Estimated charges for architect/draftsmen?

Depending on the size and cost of your building, nowadays, he'll normally charge from 3-7 % of the construction cost.

• Estimated charges for an engineer/technician?

Depending on the size and cost of your building, nowadays, he'll normally charge from 3-5 % of the construction cost.

• Where can we get these expertises?

From their respective registration bodies, like pam (pertubuhan arkitek malaysia), iem (institite of engineer's malaysia), ljubm (lembaga jurukur bahan malaysia) and etc.

• Understand some construction need piling while some don’t. Why is this the case? If we need one, what is the estimated cost?

Usually, on normal grounds (non marine clay) and assuming your building is not over 3 storey level and using r.c. square piles, around rm15,000.00 to rm25,000.00 now.

• Estimated cost of building a house in psf.

Normally, below rm200.00 psf. again depending of the finishes you choose i.e, local floor & wall tiles or imported.

• Estimate cost for garden (landscaping, grass and plants).

Depending on your plants and landscaping and size of your compound...say rm15,000.00 - rm50,000.00

• I understand, furnishing the house will depend on individual taste, estimated cost from your experience?

Allow rm50,000.00 to rm70,000.00 including all furniture and electrical appliances. if you want a cinema room, add another rm25,000.00 to rm50,000.00 for it.

10. Contributors for Project "Vision 2020":

1. Mabel, the Engineer
2. 19owner, the Contractor
3. Doc Rothman, the Planner
4. renngrun, the Architect
5. Conman, the Consultant
6. Jason, the Real Estate expert


----------------
Cheers/Mabel

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm
Take time to read. It is the fountain of wisdom
Membership Number: One Nine Seven Seven

Mabel
Posted on: 2010/10/10 22:06
Benzo mania
Joined: 2007/8/7
From: Shah Alam, Cyber Jaya, Sunway
Posts: 20052
Benz Model: S320L, E240, C200
Message:
Re: Building your own dream house
Quote:

19owner wrote:
Quote:


payment term as if in payment for completed works? this will have to be agreed upon. you can negotiate with the architect and usually, he will have it all spelled out in his appointment letter...also applicable to your question no 2.

your 3rd. question...architect has a simple letter with standard services...as for the contractor, better get a form of contract/agreement done up. payment terms are usually mentioned in this...



Thank you!


----------------
Cheers/Mabel

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm
Take time to read. It is the fountain of wisdom
Membership Number: One Nine Seven Seven

19owner
Posted on: 2010/10/10 12:18
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Joined: 2008/5/16
From: Kuala Lumpur
Posts: 4847
Benz Model: W201 and Others
Message:
Re: Building your own dream house
Quote:

Mabel wrote:
Quote:

19owner wrote:

i have to say that a good paymaster is all it takes to make everybody happy including himself.





I have three questions left..

1. What is the standard payment term for the Architect?
2. What is the standard payment term for the Contractor?
3. How does the contract looks like between us and Architect and/or Contractor?





payment term as if in payment for completed works? this will have to be agreed upon. you can negotiate with the architect and usually, he will have it all spelled out in his appointment letter...also applicable to your question no 2.

your 3rd. question...architect has a simple letter with standard services...as for the contractor, better get a form of contract/agreement done up. payment terms are usually mentioned in this...

Mabel
Posted on: 2010/10/9 2:08
Benzo mania
Joined: 2007/8/7
From: Shah Alam, Cyber Jaya, Sunway
Posts: 20052
Benz Model: S320L, E240, C200
Message:
Re: Building your own dream house
Quote:

19owner wrote:

i have to say that a good paymaster is all it takes to make everybody happy including himself.





I have three questions left..

1. What is the standard payment term for the Architect?
2. What is the standard payment term for the Contractor?
3. How does the contract looks like between us and Architect and/or Contractor?




----------------
Cheers/Mabel

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm
Take time to read. It is the fountain of wisdom
Membership Number: One Nine Seven Seven

Mabel
Posted on: 2010/10/7 1:08
Benzo mania
Joined: 2007/8/7
From: Shah Alam, Cyber Jaya, Sunway
Posts: 20052
Benz Model: S320L, E240, C200
Message:
Re: Tips to build Vision 2020


Thanks for all the lovely and helpful advices. Time to sum up again what we have captured in this thread.

Building your Vision 2020 begins long before the foundation is poured. To avoid costly mistakes start with these following steps.

1. Choose Your Lot

Whether you are building your home in a KL or in a country site, you will almost always need to choose the land before you select floor plans or other details. You will need to investigate factors such as soil condition and drainage at the site.

2. Know the procedures

Step 1: Secure an Architect

Scope of Work

Employ a certified and registered architect preferably one that is familiar with the people in the local council. The architect will:
• Single point of contact to manage all your affair and matters in building your bungalow from design, submission and securing all authority approval (before, during and after construction), cost estimate, appointment of contractor, managing and supervising the construction (QA/QC), handing over the building, defect inspection and application for the fitness to occupy the premise upon completion for example, CCC & etc
• The architect does the research on zoning and building codes. He will secure the rest of consultant team such as Structural Engineer, M&E Engineer and QS to back you up in the very preliminary stage which involve design, planning, cost estimate, etc to ensure your budget commitment is appropriate and comfortable. These consultants shall be under his administration as well. If anything go wrong, your architect will be your single point of contact.
• There are different phases in the architect's contract: preliminary, schematic, and construction document. Each phase will require signed approval from the owner. Prior to the finish of the Construction Documents, the architect will help the owner with the selection of the contractor. Ultimately it is the owner's decision. The contractor takes the completed construction with the architect to oversea construction administration/observation.

Estimated fees to cover the above scope of works: 3-7% of the Construction Cost

Tips from 19owner:

• The architect and his team is not necessarily a must that the other consultants have to be his (architect's). You can pick a team of consultants whereby the consultants are of your own choice and picking (you decide). This other consultants will eventually work with him. Just like the contractor, you'll need someone that your mother trust !
• A good paymaster is all it takes to make everybody happy including himself.

Step 2: Secure a Contractor

Prior to the finish of the Construction Documents, the architect will help the owner with the selection of the contractor. If possible, call for tender or bidding process and award to successful Contractor who pricing is right and meet your budget. This bidding/tendering process is always good to have. Not everyone is in the same boat, so to say e.g. I may be a friend of the engineer but the other may be your mum's choice

Estimated time for Step 1 and 2 is between 6-9 months. With the bidding exercise, the planning till implementation and start work can still be done within 6-9 months. You can always start simultaneously/concurrently or start the process while waiting for approval, etc.

Step 3: Appoint a Contractor

Ultimately it is the owner's decision. Appoint the contractor to complete the construction with the architect to oversea construction administration/observation.

Scope of Work

Start construction of the building until completion. The scope of work includes building some the above specification material as specified in item building specification.

Construction time of 6, 8 or 12 months is still ok, shorter than that would be a rush. You can actually cut it down but it's all in the schedule (your schedule).

Hence total time to complete all the 3 steps is between 6- 12 months. In 9 years time, the approval and implementing process may be shorter.

3. Plan Your Budget

Begin now to think about how much you can afford to spend and how much building your new home is likely to cost. Chances are you will need a loan and even selling your present house to finance your project. It's never too early to find out what size loan you qualify for. Also, knowing the approximate costs will help you modify your building plans to meet your budget.

Assumption on the building specification

Since this is a retirement house, I would imagine a house with the following specifications:

1. One and half Story
2. Build up area of at least 3000 sq.ft.
3. 4 Bedrooms with attach Bathroom.
4. Dinning
5. Wet and Dry Kitchen
6. 2 living halls.
7. 1 study room
8. Cover Car Porch for two cars.
9. Brick "fencing" keliling rumah.
10. Store Room

Building Material: Red Bricks.
Bedroom & Study Room Material: Parquets and Timber slab for Master bed room.
Living Hall & Dining: Broken marble
Wet & Dry Kitchen: Ceramic Tiles
Bathroom: Ceramic Tiles
Cover Car Porch : Ceramic Tiles
Store Room: Cements
Fencing wall: White Bricks

This building criteria are normal building criteria which is nothing fancy or over luxurious and it uses local materials.

Piling is not depended solely on whether it's single storey or it's a one and half storey house. The engineer will know what's best and whether piling is required or not. Please compare cost of both with and without piling designs before deciding your contractor.

Estimated Cost is about RM 200 psf. The cost includes labor and professional fees for the contractors and his workers.. The estimated cost per square foot is more than enough to build your "dreamhome", provided that you don't VO to use/build chengal batu patio, chengal batu strip ceilings, chengal batu doors and windows & frames, chengal batu roof eaves and gables and etc.Your sanitary wares and fittings should also be of medium range.

4. Line Up Your Team

Unless you are in the trade, you'll need a team of experts to design and construct your house. Key players will include an architect, contractor, a surveyor and a home designer or an architect. Many homeowners begin by selecting an architect or a contractor. That pro then selects other members of the team. The Pro and Cons on the selection of these two options is being discussed.

5. Pick a Plan

Many new homes are built on standard plan. The architect or the contractor may make minor modifications in room size, window style or other details. A custom-designed home, on the other hand, is created specifically for the family which will live there. In most cases, custom-designed homes require the services of a licensed architect. Whether you opt for a stock or a custom design, you will be wise to choose a plan that will meet your needs for many years to come.

1. If you haven't a clue or inkling on what yer dream house gunna look like, you can traipse around the countryside or around areas like Damansara Heights ke...Country Heights ke for ideas...or ask your 'Significant Other Half' on her wishes...( Orang Rumah is Numero Uno when it comes to building a home.. We only provide the moolah! ).

2. Go to big bookstores and look for 'Dream Homes' or 'Abodes' or Tropical Designs or House Design books to have an idea of what you want...IF you ain't sure what you want. You can also surf the web to have ideas.

3. My suggestion is for you to blend in with your surroundings. The place's gunna be in EC, by the sea perhaps? If so, the architecture shouldn't be way out of design compared to your surroundings. A good house design shall embrace its surroundings. Eg : Janganlah buat rumah jenis Ultra Modern Concrete/Steel & Glass Hi-Tech in a surrounding as tropical as can be like in the EC. A Tropicalized house, with a big roof and large overhangs and verandah untuk bersantai is best. If you're by the sea, a Cross Ventilation with well designed windows/doors/louvres will make for a cool abode with no need for fans or a/c...

4. IMO, a 1.5 Storey house is the best for a tropical environment. What's important is to have the house proportionate to the land. Most Malaysians suka buat rumah besar gadang atas tanah with a setback of only 20' depan and 10' at the sides and back...They like to maximise the built up area but the house in turn will look disproportionate against the land its on.... Just my opinion...

5. Once you have identified what sort of design you'd prefer...have a discussion with the Architect. He should be able to advise you on the designs pitfalls if any and the basic costs involved. Costs can spiral outta control if you specify expensive fittings and materials. Have the Orang Rumah in all discussions....

6. Secure an architect or a contractor

See above item 2 above.

7. Negotiate a Contract

Be sure to get a written contract which has been signed and dated by both the architect and/or the contractor. A contract for new home construction will describe the project in detail and include a listing of all the parts to be included in the house. Remember to amend the contract if you or your team makes any changes to the project later on.

8. Other Considerations before making your decision.

1. size- i prefer single story, small house, large compound...why? bila kita tua, lutut sakit, tak larat nak naik tangga, tak larat nak kemas, possibility anak tak tinggal sama, rumah besar will be too much.. i expreince my tok wan.. my uncles, bila sakit, tingakat atas tutup.. duduk kat bilik org gaji (yg dah TAK digajikan).. this may sound too rude, but I grow up with my grandfather.. bila balik hospital, duduk bawah jugak, walau sebesar mana master bedroom..duduk kat bilik tamu jugak..

2. anak2 tak balik selalu pun..la ni pun, kalau i balik kampung..tido hotel.. my dad kat, duduk hotel senang.. peninglah kcoh2..malas dia nak berkemas rumah...

3. modal.. kena budget betul2.. biasanya bila buat rumah.. rambang mata..banyak VOs.. a friend of mine siap ambik extra loan.. husband and wife sama aje..bukan rumah jadi lagi besar, tapi accessories yg bertambah ganas.. if you not careful, you will in debt, instead of debt free remember that you're retired by then..

4. dont hire own personal contractor.. unless u know what you doing..sebab nak jimat cost you want to go direct-but end up speding more.. now days, all architects have their team.. One guy I know, pay a lot more that the average cost, but he only pay once when the construction is completed.. only reputable and well funded contractors are willing to do this.. ni susah nak cari..

5. since you strating fresh..hire a Iterior/exterior desinger.. else, jadi hampas.. I have seen a lot of houses/apt.. belanja punyalah besar.. tapi deco- tecno+retro+bali+ fusion+ modern+malay..semua dalam satu living room.. case mcm ni Eric pun tak boleh repair..

6. lastly- plan! plan!plan! and be practical..ikut nafsu.. habis..my dad advise me this.. u need a big house when you're young and have growing kids..and not when're old.. he is thinking of moving to a condo or a small link house, near a park and mosque.. his needs changes with age..

9. Useful informations

• What is the procedure like? Including securing building plan, approval and construction.

Employ a certified and registered architect preferably one that is familiar with the people in the local council. the architect will do the submission and follow up with planning approval for you including following up to get the go ahead for construction and application for the fitness to occupy the premise upon completion for example, CCC & etc.

• Who should we contact to manage this construction?

Best is to employ a full team, being architect, civil & structural engineer, M&E engineer, quantity surveyor and a land surveyor.

• Estimated charges for architect/draftsmen?

Depending on the size and cost of your building, nowadays, he'll normally charge from 3-7 % of the construction cost.

• Estimated charges for an engineer/technician?

Depending on the size and cost of your building, nowadays, he'll normally charge from 3-5 % of the construction cost.

• Where can we get these expertises?

From their respective registration bodies, like pam (pertubuhan arkitek malaysia), iem (institite of engineer's malaysia), ljubm (lembaga jurukur bahan malaysia) and etc.

• Understand some construction need piling while some don’t. Why is this the case? If we need one, what is the estimated cost?

Usually, on normal grounds (non marine clay) and assuming your building is not over 3 storey level and using r.c. square piles, around rm15,000.00 to rm25,000.00 now.

• Estimated cost of building a house in psf.

Normally, below rm200.00 psf. again depending of the finishes you choose i.e, local floor & wall tiles or imported.

• Estimate cost for garden (landscaping, grass and plants).

Depending on your plants and landscaping and size of your compound...say rm15,000.00 - rm50,000.00

• I understand, furnishing the house will depend on individual taste, estimated cost from your experience?

Allow rm50,000.00 to rm70,000.00 including all furniture and electrical appliances. if you want a cinema room, add another rm25,000.00 to rm50,000.00 for it.

Benzers,

As always thanks a million for your contribution !


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Mabel
Posted on: 2010/10/7 1:01
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Tips to build Vision 2020


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Posted on: 2010/10/7 0:59
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Re: Building your own dream house
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19owner wrote:
piling is not depended solely on whether it's single storey or it's a one and half storey house...the engineer will know what's best and whether piling is required or not. do compare cost of both with and without piling designs before deciding...

and also, interior works when constructed would not always turn out to be like in pictures you see in interior magazines...your wife should know.


Thank you brother !

Advice captured !


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Re: Building your own dream house
piling is not depended solely on whether it's single storey or it's a one and half storey house...the engineer will know what's best and whether piling is required or not. do compare cost of both with and without piling designs before deciding...

and also, interior works when constructed would not always turn out to be like in pictures you see in interior magazines...your wife should know.
Mabel
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Re: Building your own dream house


Enclosed are some lovely tips if you want to build your own dream house.

C. How to choose your house design.

1. Ghope rumah camna? If you haven't a clue or inkling on what yer dream house gunna look like, you can traipse around the countryside or around areas like Damansara Heights ke...Country Heights ke for ideas...or ask your 'Significant Other Half' on her wishes...( Orang Rumah is Numero Uno when it comes to building a home.. We only provide the moolah! ).

2. Go to big bookstores and look for 'Dream Homes' or 'Abodes' or Tropical Designs or House Design books to have an idea of what you want...IF you ain't sure what you want. You can also surf the web to have ideas.

3. My suggestion is for you to blend in with your surroundings. The place's gunna be in EC, by the sea perhaps? If so, the architecture shouldn't be way out of design compared to your surroundings. A good house design shall embrace its surroundings. Eg : Janganlah buat rumah jenis Ultra Modern Concrete/Steel & Glass Hi-Tech in a surrounding as tropical as can be like in the EC. A Tropicalized house, with a big roof and large overhangs and verandah untuk bersantai is best. If you're by the sea, a Cross Ventilation with well designed windows/doors/louvres will make for a cool abode with no need for fans or a/c...

3. IMO, a 1.5 Storey house is the best for a tropical environment. What's important is to have the house proportionate to the land. Most Malaysians suka buat rumah besar gadang atas tanah with a setback of only 20' depan and 10' at the sides and back...They like to maximise the built up area but the house in turn will look disproportionate against the land its on.... Just my opinion...

4. Once you have identified what sort of design you'd prefer...have a discussion with the Architect. He should be able to advise you on the designs pitfalls if any and the basic costs involved. Costs can spiral outta control if you specify expensive fittings and materials. Have the Orang Rumah in all discussions....


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