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Looking for a Bangkok Architect ?

When constructing a building, anywhere in the world, you will require the expertise of a professional licenced architect. It is the same in Thailand and laws and regulations stipulate that professional drawings must be created by a licenced Thai architect and licenced Thai engineer. There are various levels of license of architect and engineer, according to their expertise and qualifications. As architects in Bangkok, we are able to design houses, all over Thailand.

Architects and engineers in Thailand go to university, the same as in Europe and have to study for many years to become one. Architecture is complex and requires professionalism and expertise, as well as creativity.

Many clients are seeking to build a house in Thailand and our architects have helped many realize their dreams. We have designed many sizes of home and many different styles. This includes European, Mediterranean, Italian, ranch, Balinese, Thai traditional, contemporary Thai, Lanna, French Chateau, modern minimalist and others. We also carry out condominium design, factory design and other buildings.

Looking for a Bangkok architect, then do not hesitate to contact us. Thailand architects are ready to help you.

Luxury Tropical Villa in Phuket by Thailand Architects

 

Thailand architects were asked to prepare an architectural fee proposal, for a large, tropical, luxury home on land in Phuket, Thailand. The client after consideration decided that Thailand Architects was the best architects to implement the design and contracts were signed.

The client had plenty of his own ideas and wanted it to be a beautiful villa of peace and relaxation. The villa design was to blend perfectly with the tropical location, amid beautiful landscaped gardens. So a resort style blend of Thai and Balinese influences was agreed upon and our architect spent many months developing ideas. The eventual outcome is a luxury villa with 5 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, living area, dining area, office, maids quarters, security and smart home systems. The villa was designed to take advantage of Thailand’s wonderful climate, so the home opened up to the external leisure areas including a garden,  tropical lagoon with water fall, villa pool, Sunken Sala with arched  bridge, sun deck areas, barbecue and outside dining. All architectural drawings were completed by our Thai architect including all the architectural, engineering, structural, mechanical, electrical, sanitary/plumbing.  On completion application for permissions to build were obtained from the local government offices.

Our architect Mac, worked closely with the client and you can see the final result in our high quality 3D render.

If you are looking for an architect in Thailand, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Thailand Architects Complete Architectural Drawings for a Luxury Thai Style Villa in Rayong

 

Thailand architects were asked by a Thai client and her English husband to assist them with all architects drawings for their new home in Rayong, Thailand. They informed us, that they chose us after talking to several architects in Bangkok, as we were a Bangkok architect, that offered value for money and were provided to work with them until they reached their final goal of what they wanted. The clients were looking for a lovely family home, taking advantage of Thailand’s good weather, plenty of outside space and all modern internal luxury features. The villa was to have full security systems, smart home automation with attention paid to energy saving technology where possible.

The luxury contemporary, Thai style villa, was to include: 6 bedrooms with En suite spa bathrooms, living room, dining room,  office, home cinema, fitness/gym, maids rooms, security guards rooms, tropical lagoon style swimming pool with waterfall, Jacuzzi, Koi Carp fish ponds, Garage and Sala. With a total area of over 1200 sq.m, it provides plenty of scope to create something special for them with all their requirements included.

Once again we would like to thank our clients for choosing Thailand Architects to design their home. Please contact us if you would like a Thai architect to help you design your house in Thailand.

Thailand Architect: The Architectural Process in Thailand

The Architectural Process in Thailand
The first step in building a house in Thailand, once you have land, is to seek the help of a professional, licenced Thai architect. The house you build is determined by the architect’s drawings and it is a vital part of the process. It is during the architectural stage that your house is designed and created. It can take 3-6 months once the preliminary design stage is confirmed by you; and depending on how quickly you respond to changes, the complexity/size of house and how long design development takes. Contact Thailand Architects.

Architectural Questionnaire
The first step once you have contacted Thailand architects is for us to gather all the information from you in regards your land and the house you wish to build. We have a questionnaire that helps you understand what information the architect requires. If you would like us to send you the questionnaire, please contact Thailand Architects.The information our architects require, includes a copy of the land title deed, photographs of the land, any ideas of style of house you like, the features and all that you want in your house; number of rooms, what rooms and any other related information.

Architectural Job Description & Fee Proposal
Once the architect has all that is required, it takes about 7 days for us to send you the written architect’s job description and fee proposal. This document is extremely useful as it provides you with the details of scope of works, deliverables, plus the approximate areas of the home, size and also an *approximate, projected estimate of what the construction cost could be. *Please Note: In construction, it is impossible to know an accurate, exact cost to build, until all the architectural drawings are completed, all specifications and materials chosen are known. So what the architect does is provide an approximate guide, based on current industry standards. It is an approximate guide to help you understand potential costs, but naturally can and will change as you develop your design and make clear what materials finishes etc, you want. Once you have reviewed the architect’s job description and confirmed, a deposit payment is made and once received, works begin. Payments are made in stages during the architectural process and written into the document. If you are looking for a Bangkok architect, or an architect in Thailand who can design your home and provide all professional architectural drawings, please contact us.

Preliminary Design Stage & Detailed Construction Drawings Stage
The two main steps in the architectural process are: preliminary design with design development stage, followed by the detailed construction drawings, based on your confirmed preliminary design. We explain what this is below.

The Preliminary Design Stage
The preliminary design stage includes the master plan, floor plans, and standard 3D perspectives. It is during this stage that the design development takes place and you work with the architect to create the home you want. This can easily be done via email and/or in meetings. Some of our clients live or work overseas, so Thailand Architects has perfected a great way to do the design via email and helped many busy customers this way. Communication can be in English too, which helps people who do not speak or write Thai so well. A basic material list is also started. It’s a fun stage as you see your home start to stake shape; and can add as much input as you want to.

In this stage there can be a few drafts or many drafts; all determined by the type of home, its complexity and how the design proceeds. Thailand architects are well known for providing an excellent service and we do not charge extra for changes and happy to develop the design until the client is happy. However naturally if it goes on longer than say 6 months, we may have to discuss further with you, but on average this stage is normally completed within 3-4 months and sometimes quicker. All depends on the client and the home. We are extremely flexible and very giving of our time. Our goal is that you, the client are happy and have a wonderful home that fits with what you want.

Once you confirm the preliminary design is completed, the architect will move onto the next stage, which is the detailed construction drawings stage.
If you are having interior design carried out, then this also can start during this stage and the interior designer involved. If you require interior design this is quoted for separately and the interior designer normally required the floor plans and confirmed areas to do so. But they can also help from the start if required and quote from the start. It all depends on the project and what the client requires.

Soil Test Survey
Please note: For the engineer to know the depth of piles into the ground and calculate structural loads, he requires the professional soil test survey to be done. This is very important so your structure is correct and can take the weight of the building. To not have a soil survey carried out, can result in very costly problems with subsidence, structural cracks and in the worst cases structural failure. So you must have a soil test survey done. Thailand Architects has assisted many clients facilitate this and can provide a quotation for this to be done for you. The soil test team will come to site and on average spend 1-2 days boring down with machinery, taking samples and then sending them to the laboratory for testing. After 2-3 weeks a professional report will be provided for you and our engineer in English and Thai. This survey should be done at the start of the architectural process and is quoted for separately. All construction should have a professional soil survey test done. Please contact us for a soil test survey.

Detailed Construction Drawings Stage
In this stage the architect, structural engineer, electrical engineer and sanitary/plumbing personal will develop your detailed drawings. If there are other professional drawings required, such as smart home systems, lighting design, security and landscaping etc, then they can be done too.It takes approximately 3-4 months after the preliminary design stage is completed, depending on size and complexity of the project. It includes detailed drawings for: architecture, structure, electrical, sanitary/plumbing, specialist systems, mechanical, interior design and landscaping (if required). Simply put all the detailed constructions drawings. Please note: Specialist works such as smart home systems, lighting design landscaping and interior design, are quoted for separately and not included in the architects job description and fee proposal, unless written in there after discussions with the client and costs have been calculated for the additional professional drawings required; as more professionals are required to complete those. They are not completed by the architect, but by professionals within that given field of expertise. Many clients do not require them, but if you do, please let us know. Unless they are specifically written into the job description, they are not included.

There will be times the architect contacts you to send you certain drawings for review, so you can see if you have all the specifications you want. Example: number and location of electrical power sockets, switches, fans, air cons and so on. The architect will also discuss any further matters regarding materials and all final details will be confirmed. On completion of the detailed construction drawings, final payment is made and once received; the architect will prepare the licence of architect and engineer, sign off all drawings and provide you this, so you can then apply for permissions to build from the local government office. You can also give sets of the drawings to construction contractors to provide you a construction quotation. Please Note: According to the Thai laws and regulations, as it is in most countries, stipulates the drawings must be provided in the local language (Thai), with measurements according to the countries accepted measurement system, and be signed off and created by the local licenced architect and engineer. So in Thailand’s case, the architectural construction drawings, must be completed by a licenced Thai architect and licenced Thai engineer.

If you would like Thailand Architects to provide you an architectural job description and fee proposal, please contact us. We have helped many people design their house in Thailand.

Luxury Modern House at The Phoenix Golf & Country Club, in Pattaya by Thailand Architects.

Thailand architects was pleased to complete the design for our client from Singapore, who wanted to design a modern, 2 story luxury house at The Phoenix Golf & Country Club, Pattaya. We won the contract to provide full professional architectural and engineering services, from concepts to completion, ready for construction.

The architectural design was to have a minimalist approach. U shaped family home with 4-5m high ceilings on the ground floor. The client wanted the house to be bright and airy. Good air flow with a balcony to run all around with the swimming pool being the main external feature.

Our architect Khun Yos worked closely with the client and supervised by Chris, who is head of design. Much was done by email as the client worked overseas, with occasional meetings when over. The architectural design took 8 months to complete, with the client involved throughout the process developing all ideas with us.

Thailand architects would like to thank our client for this wonderful opportunity and very glad he is pleased with all the results. As Bangkok architects we look forward to every project we do and do our best at all times. If you are seeking a Thai architect please contact us at Thailand Architects.

Thailand architect – What are the main stages of architectural design drawings ?

The Main Stages of Architectural Drawings

Depending on how it is explained most architects would agree there are perhaps five to six stages in architectural design. Sometimes Conceptual Design is considered a separate stage to Schematic but they are kind of one of the same, as both effect each other. If you group all stages, then it could perhaps be said there are two main ones, which are the schematic design (sometimes referred to as the preliminary design) and construction drawings. Within this there is of course design development. Some of the stages are not always included as part of the architects scope of work, so this is all considered and agreed upon before architectural works begin.

Please note: Unless specifically requested from the start of communications with Thailand architects, we quote for the first three stages. This is because many of our clients do not require us to be involved in the construction budding or construction stages.

  1. Schematic Design & Conceptual Design
  2. Design Development.
  3. Construction Drawings, Detail and Documents.
  4. Construction Bidding.
  5. Construction Admin.

For example, quite often in single house design and build in Thailand, the architect is not involved in construction bidding and construction administration, unless requested specifically by the client. The architect can be involved if requested but in many cases, the client will find their own construction contractor and deal with this directly themselves.

Thailand architects have helped clients with construction and do get asked to do the complete service of design and build. We are flexible and like to assist you the client as much as we can. So if it is something we get asked for, we do our best to help you.

Schematic Design & Conceptual Design: This is can be referred to as the preliminary design stage. It is where having gathered all the information from the client, with regards to the land plot and all requirements, the architect creates the first architectural drawings which include the master plan, floor plans and onto elevations and perspectives. The house concept is created.

It is during this stage, the general scope and conceptual design of the project, including scale and relationships between building components. At the end of the schematic design phase the architect will present perspectives for the client’s approval.

Design Development: The design development stage is where the buildings rooms, areas, appearance and details of a project are developed, prior to the finalization of the project in Construction Documents. At Schematic Design, the spaces are examined at a whole building level. The client receives drafts and can of course comment, make changes and requests.

Construction Drawings, Detail and Documents: The construction drawings stage is carried out after the previous two stages are completed and the client is satisfied with the design. It is where various professionals, such as architect, engineer, electrical engineer, sanitary engineer and any other required personnel, carried out the detailed technical drawings of all aspects of the project. This will include architectural detail, structural, engineering, electrical, mechanical, sanitary/plumbing, systems and all required detail for the construction drawings. At the end of the stage and all payments are made the Thai architect will also supply any license documents and required for the application for permissions to build; in addition, to signing off all construction drawings.

Once everything is completed, then the client receives all drawings and can apply for permissions to build and engage the construction contractor to help them build the property.

If the client at the start of the project asked the architect to help them with a BOQ (bill of Quantity), help building the property, and/or supervise the project then this will continue on. But these details must be discussed at the start as often in Thailand, this is not the case or necessarily required for single house construction. So iron out all these details at the start.

If you are looking for a Bangkok architect, or an architect anywhere in Thailand, please send us an email. We are happy to help.

Bangkok Architect

We are a team of professional architects in Bangkok, providing a comprehensive architectural service in Bangkok and throughout Thailand. We are here to assist you with your architectural requirements. Thailand architects.com is the web site to display some of our architectural designs, give information on what we do and contact details. We speak Thai and English.

Our head architect is Yos Kangvankiattichai, who has been designing property for over 15 years. Together we have designed many houses, villas and property throughout Thailand and also internationally. Many of our clients live in Thailand and others work overseas. We can assist from the start of the architectural process, right the way through to the final detailed construction drawings. All signed off by our professional licenced Thai architect and licenced Thai engineer. If you would like our help and looking for a Bangkok architect, please do not hesitate to contact Thailand Architects.com

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Building a House in Thailand- Thailand Architects.com

If you have land and want to build a house in Thailand, there are several important points to know and follow.

Land Boundary and Title Deed Survey by Local Authority
Thailand Architects advises all clients to have their land surveyed by the local land office or government authority. This is to make sure boundary markers are in the correct location and to avoid any boundary disputes with neighbors once construction works begin. It is inexpensive and can be requested easily at the local authoritative office.

Earth Fill
If your land is not at road level, or below neighboring land levels, it may need to be earth filled, with consideration for the neighbors land levels, so you do not deposit your water runoff into their land. This should be done in advance of any construction works, if required.

Topographic Survey
If your land is not flat, has contours, is sloped, has varying levels, has existing buildings, large objects and/or service structures, you may need to have a topographic survey carried out.

Soil Test Survey

All clients who are carrying out the construction of a building on a piece of land must have a soil test survey done. Thailand Architects can facilitate this. It is vital, so the structural engineer has the information to know the depth of piles into the ground and to calculate structural load. It is very important so your structure is designed and built correctly, so it is safe and has the correct integrity. Not having a professional soil test can result in very costly problems with subsidence, structural cracks and in the worst cases structural failure. So you must have a soil test survey done. Please contact our architectural team for a soil test survey.

The Architect & Architects Drawings
Before any accurate cost is known and before any building works can begin, you must have carried out professional architectural drawings with a licenced Thai architect and licenced Thai engineer. Thailand architects has been helping clients for many years and designed many styles and sizes of houses. Once all the required information is collected from you in reference to the house and land, then it takes about 7 working days to create what is called the architects job description. This is a word document that clarifies the approximate areas of the home and rooms, the approximate projected cost and all the works (drawings etc) that you will receive for the fee paid. Plus the payment schedule.

The architect bases the house areas on your land measurements, the information you provide, your requirements and what are reasonable sizes for the various rooms based on industry standards and on their experience. From that, they calculate a rough approximate projected cost. It is only a rough approximate projected cost, as no one can know cost until all architects drawings are completed and contractors tender for the project. But it is a good guide.

If you do go ahead at the end you will receive all you require to then apply for permissions to build and then give the drawings to the builders to quote and build. All drawings are signed by both licenced Thai architect and licensed Thai engineer and include all master plan, floor plans, elevations, perspectives. In addition to all detailed drawings such as architectural, structural, mechanical, engineering, electrical and sanitary/plumbing. The process can take many months so do plan with plenty of time.

Professional Construction Contractor
One of the most important ingredients of building a house in Thailand, other than a professional licenced architect, is the construction contractor. It is so important to make sure your builder is professional, has experience and a good reputation. There are many aspects in a construction project that can go wrong, which can cause terrible delays and also additional costs. So a professional, experienced construction contractor is imperative. ‘Cheap quotations to build’, often means exactly that and providing low quotes, is one way to obtain a project, but it may not be the correct price, leaving the contractor unable to finish the project. Or lack of experience, low ideas of quality and having multiple projects are all factors that can cause you problems. A good professional builder can make all the difference, so take your time and chose the correct one. To build a house in Thailand, on average, takes anywhere from 9 -14 months to build with very large, complex ones maybe taking 18 months.

Costs vary according to the final architect’s drawings, specifications and materials. So asking for cost before you know all this is purely guess work and must not be considered accurate. The only correct way to know exact accurate costs is to have finished architects drawings. If you are seeking the help of a professional Bangkok architect or an architect in Thailand for your project in other parts of Thailand, please co not hesitate to contact us.

Thailand architect- Medium Size Retirement Bungalow in Thailand

 

Thailand architects designed a medium size retirement bungalow. It is 270 sq.m and includes:  3 bedrooms, 3 en suite shower rooms, living room, dining room, kitchen, utility room, patio, swimming pool and garage. If you like this design or would like a Thai architect to assist you with all the architectural drawings, please do not hesitate contact Thailand Architects.

Thailand Architects Design a Balinese Style ‘Tropical Villa’


Thailand architects designed a medium size, Balinese tropical house for a client. The client was looking for a Bangkok architect to help her with the architectural design of a holiday home. She liked the Balinese style and asked if we could design a medium sized tropical villa for her and her husband. It was to be within her budget for 5-6 million Baht with 3 bedrooms, 1 en suite bathroom, 1 communal bathroom, living area, kitchen, laundry room, carport, storage room and small swimming pool.

Thailand architects design all styles and sizes of houses in Thailand. We have helped many people with architectural drawings and provide the complete professional service. If you are looking for a Thai architect who speaks English and require an architect in Thailand, to design your home, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to assist you.