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Style Designs For Tropical Climate Restraints
It sits atop a
small hill among rainforest
overlooking the South China Sea
far from the centre
Of the 0.5 acres, less than 25% is flat, while the rest is on a 1:3
to conserve both the
natural vegetation and maintain an
view of the sea from
all parts of
the house. In
was no existing electricity supply to the site, so
the use of conventional machinery such as drills, circular saws and
welding machines was out. Everything on
had to be designed
tools only,- a case of alternative
Due to the difficulties
in establishing verticality, a normal post and beam method will not
produce a building that is proper and uniform. With a timber frame
building, a slight deflection of half an inch will be visibly exposed
in the finished product. Consequently, a
stud frame method of construction was used, and to
simplify this, the gable was prefabricated with the wall studs. Thus
the ‘A’ frame roof is formed as soon as the wall studs were raised.
accurate planning had to go into the stud prefabrication,
and three of the ‘A’ frames were made on top of each other. The first
‘A’ frame was made on the floor and its dimensions checked and squared.
Two additional ‘A’ frames were traced
this template, to ensure a perfect match, but
slight variations in the studs
incorporate door openings and mezzanine support. The roof
were prefabricated into two vertical sections and raised individually
with chain and pulleys. All timber members
for the entire house were nailed together.
Only six bolts were used to secure the three ‘selangan batu’ columns to
the floor. No metal gusset plates were used and all joints were
carefully thought out. Timbers were put together whole, thus
eliminating bird-mouth notches. The real sturdiness of
the house was put to the test by the first and
subsequent Tropical storms, and it came through unscathed without a
hitch, a perfect example of sustainable
Car Porch Design.
A local villager was sought to put
together the car porch. In accordance with the green ure
principle, a thatched ‘nipah palm’ roof was used, using the traditional
rattan weaving method. In using only local
the outcome was a
with superb insulation properties.
and lower deck.
The entire deck was made
from timber, with the exception
footings which are of concrete,
beams which are C-beams. As part of cost-cutting, use
of wet works, concrete and brickwork, had
minimized, as it is not feasible on a steep, uneven
such as this, where wheelbarrows cannot
This structure is independent of the
house. The deck was made of very light materials,
piling on the hill slope
if not impossible. The plan was to insert the
into the hill slope soil with minimal disturbance to the slope.
result is an
open-air kitchen that needs no exhaust hoods, Asian
cooking produces a lot of smoke! The separate kitchen allows the maid
to work independently, away from the living and sleeping areas. The
decks sit comfortably on the
slope, while the stepped profile allows each level
house to have an uninterrupted
view of the
sea and jungle below. All work, including the
cabinets were constructed on
the same timber as on
deck floor. As off-cuts were used for the cabinets, it is
cost efficient with minimal wastage.
roofing sheets were installed for natural lighting and
bamboo blinds for controlling the rain.
Interior Design that offers Design and
Built package for Interior Residential or Commercial Designs.
This is a simple
with metal sheet roofing and fiber-cement sheet walls. This houses the
servant’s bedroom with an en-suite, a work area, laundry and tool
skilled worker and two unskilled workers, this was
completed in two months.
project was completed
using almost 100% of local materials, except for the green marble used
in the kitchen and vanity counter tops. The timber finishes
is a matt antique finish, which consists of four to
five layers of two different timber tones. It took a little
experimentation and improvisations to achieve the rustic look I wanted.
timber members are termites proofed by applying a thick
layer of used motor oil before installation. The motor oil is obtained
free of charge from a petrol station nearby. Motor oil never dries up,
perfect for termite proofing. Local materials
such as fiber cement roofing sheets, timber, nylon
ropes, bricks, etc are easily obtainable from local hardware stores.
Part of the reason the project was completed in only five months was
because all materials are stocked locally; no long delivery period was
required for imported materials. The entire project
was built using conventional timber sizes like 2” x
3”, 2” x 4” and the largest, 2” x 6” only. No unconventional sizes were
used. This proved economical and virtually no wasted time for ordering
of timber. Many
materials were used for the doors, glass door, curtain
and bathroom fittings.
of all the above
improvisation, I was able to achieve the rustic
that I desired and planned for. This requires the exquisite touch of a
landscape . This is
also an example of Landscape ure
with tropical design. Despite
challenges, this project was completed in 5 months
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