Building the kampung house: The house plan

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On my 39th birthday, we received good news that we have secured funding to build our kampung house.  This is a present by itself as it means I don’t have to worry about funding as much as I did.

You see, my wife inherited a small piece of land, so after much discussion, we decided we should build a house on the land, despite the fact we already have a house in Kuching.

The land had been prepped for construction of the house a couple of years ago, but I never got beyond the planning stage because funding was an issue.

On top of that, finding someone to actually build the house was also an issue because I am not familiar with those from my wife’s village. I could get my friend to do it as I do regard him as one of the best contractors in Kuching, but he is quite far from my wife’s kampung and it’s likely travel cost for his workers will also be factored into the cost later.

However, with construction material prices rising, we decided we should just build the house in stages as doing so later will cost even more.

Securing funding for our kampung house

We discussed financing options and we did some research.

I don’t want to go into too much details of the loan, but it’s suffice to say that we secured a sum that we felt would be enough to kick off the construction of the village house.

Alternatively, you can also opt to check and apply loans from numerous banks and services via Shopee which will in turn offer you freebies as well.

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Kampung house plan

I’ve been designing the kampung house plan for sometime now, and numerous tweaks have been made to what was the original plan I drafted.

In fact, due to budget constrain, I have also reduced the size of the house, and also decided to build the house in stages. This will help with costing but I need to discuss with the contractor about that.

Anyway, if you are curious, the almost plans of the of the kampung house can be seen below.

As you may have noticed, the house will have the following:

  • 1x master bedroom
  • 2x bedrooms
  • 1x office / study room
  • 1x kitchen with dedicated cooking area
  • 1x storage room
  • 1x living room
  • 1x dining room and family area
  • 1x parking area
  • 1x covered patio
  • 2x toilets

The design of the house had a few things in mind which are:

  • Entrance to every bedroom can’t be seen from the living room: So that there is at least some privacy if those in the room wanted to take a shower when there is guest.
  • The kitchen is directly connected to the porch/parking: So that groceries can reach the kitchen without going through the living room.
  • Rooms which require water connectivity are near each other: To allow ease and cost of of piping and reduce maintenance cost shall there be a leak.
  • A big patio: Because in the evenings, sitting at the patio will be something I would like to do.
  • An office: Because I do a lot of home based things like blog writing, so I need space.
  • A store with two doors: This will allow me to keep things outside the house without needing to enter the house.

Later on, the design was changed slightly to include a ‘washing area’ which will be used to store the washing machine and also do laundry, or storing dirty laundry away from the eyes of guest.

That said, the new plan can be seen below.

3D renders of the kampung house

In terms of the exterior, the house should very much look like what you see below, although, this is subject to discussions with the appointed contractor later on.

To be honest, everything will be depending on cost as that is the most important thing when it comes to building the house.

Finding the right contractor is key

I would appreciate a contractor I can trust, and one who can easily easily follow my instructions to a tee, with them also giving their point of view if they feel it’s not appropriate.

I feel that being able to communicate with the contractor about building the house is very important so that what I want, can become a reality.

I’ve my share of deals with contractors, and I have to admit that some have left we feeling cheated in the past.

Therefore, I do hope that whoever is appointed to build this kampung house of ours will be trustworthy and would present us with good workmanship at a reasonable price.

More updates on my kampung house will be posted here in the future, if you are interested to know more.

House design with 3D renders service

Anyway, since I’ve already took the trouble to learn how to use the software for house designing, I can help you at a nominal cost.

You need to give me your rough sketch (and measurements) and plan and I will design the 3D looks and digitalize your plan as you see in this post.

I will be charging RM250 for one design job, and the money will be used to fund the building of this house of mine.

If you are interested, get in touch with me via my facebook, twitter, or if you don’t have both, email me at cdason[at]gmail[dot]com.

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