A shingle roof emerged as we took a turn to a rural road in Ratchaburi. The warm half concrete half wood house sits gracefully amid patches of lush green rice paddies.
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Story: Wuthikorn Suthiapa /// Photo: Soopakorn Srisakul /// Designer: Nantapong Yindeekhun
When being asked why building the house so far off, Nantapong Yindeekhun, the home owner mentioned his dad as his first priority. “We plan to move here to pursuit a career in farming after my dad has retired.
Nantapong and his family fled Bangkok big flood in 2011 to Ratchaburi. They has fallen in love with the place since then and decided to build a house here.
To accommodate every family member’ needs, the house has taken up a large space. Each room is divided, but bridging together through a square-shaped corridor.
The center court is hemmed in by a system of corridors that conveniently connects to the living spaces. Long roof overhangs protect the walkway and exterior walls from the elements.
A rock garden is situated in the heart of the courtyard alongside canopy trees. Looking from above, patches of lush foliage act as a curtain for privacy. But for the home office on the ground floor, they offer quiet, peaceful atmosphere.
The corridor and balcony rely on cantilever beams, which are cost effective and make good architectural sense. “I think cantilever beams are like bonuses that the main structure has to offer. They eliminate the needs for extra foundations and save time. Supported by the main structure, the balconies and corridors are 1.50-meters wide. The exterior walls sport the rustic look of old rice barn,” said the designer.
For this reason, timber materials are not chemically treated. Its durability relies on the quality of the wood itself. Takhianthong (Hopea Odorata) is mainly used. This timber is used in making boat piers and can tolerate year of rains and sunshine. Likewise, concrete surfaces are left intact to bring out their true textures.
“For the time being I am shuttling between home in the city and this country house. One day, should I grow tired of living in the city, this is the place to be. It is beautiful living out here. In the cold season, natural light is just about right, warm and comforting. You just have to see it yourself,” said the homeowner.
After all, it is the modern meets rustic charm which makes this half concrete half wood house a warm and humble feel like no other.