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Wooden House with Thai-style “Tai Thun”: Comfortable Living, Easy Repair

Wooden House with Thai-style “Tai Thun”: Comfortable Living, Easy Repair

This wooden home in San Sai District, Chiang Mai Province connects 2 buildings with a high, wide open tai thun (open lower floor) featuring a long dining table and “living room” spot that gets a cool breeze the whole day.

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Story: Patsiri Chotpongsun /// Photography: Rithirong Chanthongsuk /// Design: Nuttawut Saylahom

 Wooden House with Thai-style “Tai Thun”

Ae (Nuttawut) and May (Sutthida) Saylahom had scheduled ten months to build their new home, but it took more than a year to finish, until after their second son was born. Along the way a few alterations were made: a planned swimming pool, for instance, became instead a grass lawn where their young Kiri would be able to run and play with his new little brother.

Ae worked as both architect and laborer here in combining an old Lanna rice granary with the original wooden house next to it. Construction began by disassembling the old buildings: original components and materials were removed and set aside for use in new functionality envisioned in the new design. The granary’s primary structure remains: 8 large wooden pillars, with 4 pillars angled inwards for weight-bearing purposes. There is a tall main column reaching all the way through to the tie beam – a primary roof component – and another post up to the roof for ridgepole support, all set in a foundation of poured concrete to protect against moisture and ground-nesting termites.

 Wooden House with Thai-style “Tai Thun”  Wooden House with Thai-style “Tai Thun” Wooden House with Thai-style “Tai Thun”  Wooden House with Thai-style “Tai Thun”

5 Wooden Stilt Houses You Will Love

5 Wooden Stilt Houses You Will Love

Like a journey back in time, there is real warmth in the wooden stilt house. The eco-friendly design bespeaks the tradition and experience in the tropics. Handpicked from Living ASEAN collections, these five houses are perfect fits for hot and humid weather. Check them out.

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Home of a Wood Lover / a Mixture of Wood and Concrete

Home of a Wood Lover / a Mixture of Wood and Concrete

In the midst of a verdant oasis stands a bare concrete house that blends perfectly well with a peaceful country setting.

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Story: Tawan /// Photos: Soopakorn Srisakul

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The two buildings stand in perfect harmony with nature, thanks to the raw look of bare concrete finishes.
The one-story building is used for work and entertaining houseguests. The main entryway is equipped with folding shutters that open up the entire façade to connect interior spaces to the great outdoors.
The one-story building is used for work and entertaining houseguests. The main entryway is equipped with folding shutters that open up the entire façade to connect interior spaces to the great outdoors.
The hobby lobby: The owner’s favorite hangout is the front porch, where time goes by slowly and is spent working on creative projects. It has all desirable qualities - ease of care, plenty of natural light, and good ventilation.
The hobby lobby: The owner’s favorite hangout is the front porch, where time goes by slowly and is spent working on creative projects. It has all desirable qualities – ease of care, plenty of natural light, and good ventilation.

“I used to live in the house next door. One day this home was up for sale, so I bought it because I liked the design and decorating materials. I did a complete makeover, turning it into the kind of dream home that I have had for a long time. Old house poles and full-grown trees were left pretty much intact. Upon completion, I sold the old house and then moved over here.”

A mix of furniture pieces co-exists nicely in the guest reception area. The owner’s woodwork and décor items are on display here.
A mix of furniture pieces co-exists nicely in the guest reception area. The owner’s woodwork and décor items are on display here.

The first building on the property is a one-story structure being used for work and receiving houseguests. In front of it lies a spacious terrace that is being used for carpentry work. Good ventilation and plenty of natural light combine to make the area ideal workspace. The interior is adorned with furniture and interesting decor materials crafted mostly of wood. Every piece fits in well with the raw appeal of naked concrete finishes in the backdrop. Plenty of wall openings help make the interior well ventilated and comfy all day.

The interior living space is quite airy and well lighted thanks to plenty of glass doors and windows that open generously to let natural light shine through. Meantime, lush vegetation permeates the landscape to reduce the harsh effects of solid concrete walls.
The interior living space is quite airy and well lighted thanks to plenty of glass doors and windows that open generously to let natural light shine through. Meantime, lush vegetation permeates the landscape to reduce the harsh effects of solid concrete walls.

“I designed everything myself, from basic structures to furniture to décor. I like bike riding and making road trips to see all that nature has to offer. It is about going back to the beauty of the natural habitat. Now that I own a home, I think it wise to add kind of a raw feel to it so as to blend well with the surroundings. That is the reason for choosing bare concrete finishes. I put in large windows and doors so that the garden can be seen in full view from inside,” said the owner.

Big rocks are used to make steps that connect the front porch to the garden below. Together they add a country rustic feel to the lush green setting.
Big rocks are used to make steps that connect the front porch to the garden below. Together they add a country rustic feel to the lush green setting.

Prom added that he was a big fan of DIY furniture and decorating items. Besides saving money, he could tailor every design detail to meet his specific needs. He created one-of-a kind furniture and décor items in this way. They were far from being perfect. There was unfinished look to every piece of woodwork, which further enhanced its country rustic appeal.

Twigs anchored against the rustic looking wall and furniture serve as racks for hanging hats and tchotchkes from a lifetime of carpentry. House and garden publications that are his pastime are kept here.
Twigs anchored against the rustic looking wall and furniture serve as racks for hanging hats and tchotchkes from a lifetime of carpentry. House and garden publications that are his pastime are kept here.

The second building is a big two-story residential unit. Like the first building, the main feature here is the exterior walls that are crafted of bare concrete finishes mixed with woodwork. The most stunning is the second floor balcony, which contains an opening in the floorboard that allows a Pride-of-India tree to shoot right through. It is the owner’s favorite resting space. Time goes by slowly as he sits down sipping coffee and pruning the treetop.

The owner’s creative space is a patio complete with a set of workbench and stool made out of logs left over from other projects. The coarse bark texture of the house pole in the backdrop stands harmoniously with the country rustic ambience.
The owner’s creative space is a patio complete with a set of workbench and stool made out of logs left over from other projects. The coarse bark texture of the house pole in the backdrop stands harmoniously with the country rustic ambience.

It is amazing to think about all the benefits that trees are giving us humans. Particularly at this concrete house, they provide the inspirations the owner need to feed his passion for wood. They make his small world an enchanting place to live and work.

The front porch offers plenty of space for potted houseplants, including miniature succulent gardens and bonsai trees. Beautifully decorated pottery adds appeal to the rustic style residence.
The front porch offers plenty of space for potted houseplants, including miniature succulent gardens and bonsai trees. Beautifully decorated pottery adds appeal to the rustic style residence.
A thriving Pride-of-India tree shoots right through an opening in the second floor balcony. It is the intention of the homeowner to let nature permeate the living spaces where possible.
A thriving Pride-of-India tree shoots right through an opening in the second floor balcony. It is the intention of the homeowner to let nature permeate the living spaces where possible.
There is nothing like spending the afternoon riding around on his bicycle looking for new ideas. Oftentimes he runs into something worthwhile to take home. Twigs and other found objects sometimes make great décor materials.
There is nothing like spending the afternoon riding around on his bicycle looking for new ideas. Oftentimes he runs into something worthwhile to take home. Twigs and other found objects sometimes make great décor materials.

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Enchanting Thai Style Home

Enchanting Thai Style Home

“Its simple Thai style home-on-stilts design allows ample spaces underneath. The second floor features a wood balcony large enough for multiple functions. Long eaves protect exterior walls from the elements. Opaque walls are put in place where the sun’s harsh glare is too much to bear. None of the interior living spaces are exposed to direct sunlight, resulting in comfortable living conditions.”

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Story: Supachart Boontang /// Photo: Sitthisak Namkham /// Architect: Arsom Silp Institute of the Arts

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In front of the three-story wood and concrete house. The handsome abode features a mix of traditional and contemporary designs highlighting simple, clean lines that are easy on the eye.

Homes based on simple design are oftentimes the most comfortable to live in. That has a lot to do with finding the right balance between functionality and the house’s overall dimensions – or how big it is. Easy living can be achieved without spending a fortune on sophisticated decorative details. There is plenty of evidence in a suburban home that I am about to show you right now.

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Inspired by old-world rice storage buildings, the house’s exterior wall features upright studs on the outside and wood paneling on the inside. The hardest part is making reclaimed wood panels fit in with the new design.

Our crew visited this home in a Rama 2 neighborhood known for its simple lifestyle. We witnessed people go about their business in ways that are distinctive to a riparian community. We also noticed that change was just around the corner. The home’s design and build quality represent a confluence of ideas between traditional wisdom and modern technology. Equally interesting is the home’s journey through time. Let’s hear it from the owners, Charatsri Sribumrungkiat.

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Emulating the riparian lifestyle of the good old days, the home strikes the right balance between traditional and contemporary designs. It is health giving to live closer to nature.

“I acquired this piece of land thanks to assistance from Arsom Silp Institute of the Arts. It was part of an effort to provide affordable housing for the institute’s instructors. The program has aided teachers in buying real estate at cost price. This one is known as Baan Bang-gru, which means teacher’s home,” the owner explained.

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Family members are all smiles with the Thai-style ranch home in the backdrop.

Nanthapong Lertmaneethaweesap, of Arsom Silp Institute of the Arts, designed the three-story home. As he put it:

“In my opinion, this piece of land has great potential. It has good views both of the lake and the canal. The front façade sits facing south and the house is oriented along the east-west axis. This enables it to get full benefits of southerly winds. The home fits in well with a typical riparian setting. It’s simple house-on-stilts design allows ample spaces underneath. The second floor features a wood balcony large enough for multiple functions. Long eaves protect exterior walls from the elements. Opaque walls are put in place where the sun’s harsh glare is too much to bear. None of the interior living spaces are exposed to direct sunlight, resulting in comfortable living conditions.”

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The rear portion of the house overlooks lush greenery and a peaceful waterway. The designer puts in a wood balcony large enough for multiple purposes. The covered loggia provides plenty of relaxing outdoor spaces and keeps the house cool all year round.

The home sat on a 120-square-wah piece of land and was built on a budget some 20 percent less than the average home of the same size. This was possible because as much as 90 percent of lumber supplies came from reclaimed wood and other recyclables. New lumber accounted for only about 10 percent. His sister was good at finding recyclable ideas and putting them to good use around the house. That not only saved a lot of money, but it also filled the home with cool pieces of furniture.

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Lumber left over from house building is used in making a covered gateway separating the serene courtyard and the car park.

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The house raised on concrete piles provides ample multi-use spaces underneath. The open ground floor means everything is easily accessible from here, be it the little lake in front of the property or the peaceful waterway behind it. It is the area that is used all day every day for relaxing, dining, watering and pruning plants. Correct orientation ensures the home receives full benefits from natural ventilation that keeps it cool even during summer months.

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The ground floor lies open on all sides. The double-shutter door opens to the kitchen that is used every day.

Originally the owners had intended to build a two-story home but later decided to raise it on concrete piling. The makeover resulted in the first floor becoming second, and the old second becoming third. There are good-sized seating spaces on the second floor along with dining area and kitchen that will be used if there is flooding. The main kitchen is on the ground floor. The third floor is reserved for three bedrooms and a Buddha room.

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The side landscape is reserved for growing a kitchen herb and vegetable garden. Earthen jars are placed underneath the gutter to collect rainwater for use when needed.

The exterior walls are inspired by rice storage buildings, in which vertical studs are installed on the outside and horizontal wood palettes on the inside. The edge joint technique that has existed for a long time ensures the wall is water impermeable during rains.

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The minimalist staircase makes use of lightweight design with only threads and no risers. The same treatment applies to balusters and handrails crafted of steel rods.
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Floor-to-ceiling windows are positioned to take in the view and plenty of fresh air. Narrow window design is used instead of side railing as protection against falling.

In a nutshell, this has been a home designed to fit in well with nature. The interior spaces are uncluttered in keeping with the minimalist style, while the exteriors showcase the architecture and waterfront living that are quintessentially Thai.

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An old TV set and complementing wardrobe from years gone by add lovely rustic touch to the interior living space. They have been restored to working conditions.
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The balcony with crisp waterfront views is the family’s favorite hangout place and multi-use outdoor room.

 

link: http://www.arsomsilp.ac.th/

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