Thursday, December 19, 2013

Building update

We had a breakthrough yesterday!
All three parties (We,construction company and architect) agree on a design,budget and a time frame!

Groundbreaking will be at the beginning of March!Yes, finally a date!

Here are the the updated plans! There might be still some minor changes, we will see!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Time for an update!

What happened so far!

Our plan was to move into our house in December! Now it's almost December and the we haven't even started building the house! DISAPPOINTING....


Our first construction company jumped ship! That was a great lost! This company was the only company in our area who build affordable light steel frame houses! It was the only company using local material (much cheaper) instead of Japanese material!

We searched for a long time, but we couldn't find another company!

So we had to change the building material! We finally decided to go with brick!

We talked to several construction companies and we found two! After weeks of talking and negotiating we came close to sign the contract, but just before the final talk both companies wanted more money, between 50-100 %! Unacceptable! All the work, again, for nothing!

It looks like the companies are trying to get out more money because of our unusual design! An open space bungalow with an open space attic seems to be very unusual, at least for southern Taiwan!

The last days we, the architect and us, talk a lot and we tried to find a solution! We decided to change our design! We are building now a common 2 storey house! Since this is a rather simple and common design the budget control is much easier and we won't have too may surprises!

We are now talking to a very seasoned contractor and it looks good, so far! We'll see!

So, what is left for our original design? Not much.... the only thing that's left is the open kitchen/living room space! But we gain some things! We will have a good sized garden and a nice big front yard! We will also have one more room (guest room) and 2 bathrooms instead of one!

At the moment we are hoping the ground breaking will be in January or February!We'll see!

Final thoughts for today!

We are, after all, in Asia! Nothing is really straight forward! We are not in Europe or North America! It just takes a lot, a lot, a lot..........of time!

Once I get the new plans I will post them!


Sunday, August 18, 2013

The first plans are ready

After a couple of weeks designing and changing the first plans are ready! This will be more or less our house!

 It will be a 100 m2 bungalow with a 50-60 m2 attic! We build a light steel frame house and it will only take 4 month to build it!

Why light steal frame?

Environmental Benefits

Steel is 100% recyclable and can be used time again and again without losing its properties. Because it weighs less transport costs are lower and it doesn't end up as waste. So its environmental credentials are as good as timber framing.

In addition to the environmental benefits, light steel offers a lot of other benefits like:
  • Lower maintenance costs
  • Decreased utility bills
  • Higher resale value
  • Fire resistance
  • Mold free
  • Pest/termite free
  • Durable
  • Weather resistant
 LSF can be engineered to meet the highest seismic and wind loads. Steel has the highest strength to weight ratio of any framing materials and a lighter structure with stronger connections results in lower damage from earthquakes. Important for TAIWAN!

At the moment we are organizing a meeting with the building contractor and the architect!

So, here are the first plans!!!!!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Building a house in Taiwan

After living in a row house (townhouse) for about 10 years we decided to build a single-family  detached house!
Today (April/12/2013) we finally got our little piece of land! Buying building land on a tight budget is a difficult task in Taiwan, but we did it! It's ours now.

At this moment it's hard to image to build a house on this messy land!There is still someones????? van on OUR (nice to say "our" !!!!) land.

  The next picture shows the back side of the land.


This is a drawing of the land (brown) and the house (grey)!

 And one of our sample floor plans:

May 14th 2013

Today we cleared the land!Yeah!!!One step closer....

So, the land is cleared and it looks more or less good, so far!

We had to make a few design changes!