This week, we look at the principles and constraints of space planning for a dining room. As a general rule, as the function of a room gets more specific, so do the design guidelines. Unlike the living room, or even the bedroom, the dining room has one function only, and so the ergonomic guidelines are very specific. Every living unit [...]
Cambodia has a freehold system of land ownership, with private ownership of land allowed for specific types of land. However land ownership is restricted to Cambodian citizens. Despite this restriction, it is not impossible for foreigners to obtain land rights in Cambodia, with ownership of some types of property actually relatively simple. There are four main types of land and property [...]
It’s always a relief to escape the hustle-bustle of Thailand’s touristy places and head towards the cooler climes of the north. And Chiang Mai, a major gateway to Northern Thailand that is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination also remains a favored destination for those expatriates who are looking to enjoy the slower pace of life and are happy to [...]
In Vietnam, it is not possible to own land privately, regardless of whether you are Vietnamese or a foreigner. All land is owned by the collective people of Vietnam, and the State acts an administrator on behalf of them. It is however possible to own a residential apartment (but not the land) and right to use land in Vietnam, called [...]
Situated on the southern part of Malaysia, Johor is the 5th largest state in Malaysia and its strategic location (being just a 20-minute drive from Singapore), makes this tropical state in Malaysia a premier holiday home location in Asia. Till a decade ago Johor‘s real estate market was sluggish and uneventful to say the least and Kuala Lumpur was the [...]
Last week we looked at living room design principles. This week, we’ll look at applying those principles to our home. We’ll look at two options with shop-bought furniture, and one with bespoke furniture. The classical layout with a 3+1+1 sofa set: In this layout, the wall on the left becomes the focal wall. Your treatment of this wall sets the [...]
Mauritius offers spectacular beaches with inviting crystal waters, magnificent views and landscapes, a welcoming local population and a wide range of activities and amenities for people of all ages and interests. With personal safety and security increasingly relevant in today’s world, Mauritius offers high levels of safety and security. What go in favor of Mauritius as a leading holiday home [...]
Adjacent to the already operational Ayana Resort and Spa in Bali, PT Nusa Jaya Prima, the developer of the resort has now launched its residential development, Ayana Residences Bali to be built on a total area of 6.5 hectares. Players in the real estate sector of Bali have opined that “the launch of the Ayana Residences gives investors the opportunity [...]
The thought of building a holiday home in another country can be a bit daunting, but with some preparation, local advice and a good builder it doesn’t have to turn into a nightmare. Kensington Company is a company in Thailand who focuses on designing and building quality homes for clients both locally and overseas. We spoke to Natthida Prasertsun, Director [...]
Chiang Mai has long been a destination for people who want to retreat from the beachside parties and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Thai mountainside. This town has grown and now has a thriving expat community and some modern luxuries, whilst retaining its relaxed and simple lifestyle and atmosphere. It is therefore no surprise that Jirung Group has [...]
The trend to buy villa plots in Ooty, the quaint hill station in the Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu Hollywood Hills is not new. With the areas in the 10-kilometer radius of the town...
- Winterlake – 1, 2, 3 BHK Villas in Ooty
In the last couple of weeks we have reviewed some of the top developments in the hill station of Ooty, which is...May 20, 2013 at 1:56 pm
- Villas-By-the-Sea in Seri Tanjung Pinang, Penang by E&O Property Development
Only 10 minutes from Gurney Drive, the 980-acre Seri Tanjung Pinang (STP) is the largest seafront development in...May 17, 2013 at 5:59 pm
- Property Ownership in Cambodia for Foreigners
Cambodia has a freehold system of land ownership, with private ownership of land allowed for specific types of...May 17, 2013 at 2:41 pm
Driveway – 2nd Home Community During the course of my work, I must have visited over a 1000 holiday villas or communities across the world. While I’ve undoubtedly...
- Should you Buy in Today’s Tourist Destination or an Upcoming Hotspot
Buying in a sought-after tourist destination means more travelers and longer stays. It also means you are in a...March 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm
- How Many Bedrooms are Ideal for Letting out to Guests?
Getting the size of the property right is very important for a successful holiday home rental business. Now that...March 19, 2013 at 3:57 pm
- Liability issues of buying an existing holiday home with bookings
Even if you are relatively new to the business, buying an operational holiday home gives you a ready clientele...March 8, 2013 at 3:01 pm
For travelers to book your holiday home it is important that you give them a sneak preview of the location with regard to the major attractions near your property which can...
- Few Facts you Need to Know About Registering your Homestay in India
We have been receiving a lot of queries from our readers on the rules and regulations to operate a homestay in...May 6, 2013 at 2:17 pm
- Your Tax Obligations on a Rental Property in Australia
Once you have your dream holiday home in sight, it is important to ensure that you understand what your taxation...April 22, 2013 at 1:38 pm
- Dos and Dont’s for Holiday Home Owners Staying Onsite
Staying onsite your holiday home you tread the thin line of being totally unsocial or being utterly intrusive...March 20, 2013 at 2:51 pm
After staying in Singapore for about 12 years, Erika Oktora, decided to move to East Ledang in Malaysia’s Johor state which is about an hour’s drive from Singapore....
- The Rules to Obtain a Work Permit and Residency Card in Vietnam
The provisions for purchasing property rights or leasing a property in Vietnam are directly tied to an individual’s...May 16, 2013 at 3:58 pm
- What Does It Cost to Live in Cambodia?
Like most countries, the cost of living in Cambodia varies considerably between cities such as Phnom Penh and regions...May 2, 2013 at 4:36 pm
- Life in an International Village: Living in Bali
Moving to Bali and setting up a home there is a dream for many who have visited this exotic and beautiful island....April 26, 2013 at 5:06 pm
This week, we look at the principles and constraints of space planning for a dining room. As a general rule, as the function of a room gets more specific, so do the design...
- The Secret Science of Space Planning – Part 2: The Living Room
Last week we looked at living room design principles. This week, we’ll look at applying those principles...May 13, 2013 at 12:03 pm
- The Secret Science of Space Planning – Part 1: The Living Room
The key to an attractive house is the way its spaces are laid out. However beautifully the interiors are furnished,...May 6, 2013 at 11:29 am
- They do it with Mirrors – Part 2
In the last post, we saw how mirrors can be used as art, either to complement existing pieces of art, or as art...April 30, 2013 at 12:02 pm
While having a swimming pool can add to the value of a property, cleaning it from time to time can sometimes be a real challenge. Tiny debris get collected on the floor and...
- Tankless Water Heaters: Unlimited hot water + Lower Energy Costs.
Many holiday home owners are discussing the pros and cons of installing a tankless water heater as opposed to a...March 14, 2013 at 1:09 pm
- An Interview with India’s Leading Manufacturer of Wooden Log Houses
Maharaja Environment Technologies, a Mumbai based company has been in the business of building eco-friendly wooden...January 2, 2013 at 1:22 pm
- Looking for an Internet connection in Uttarakhand, Himachal – Try AirJaldi
View of a AirJaldi worker installing a rooftop tower for broadband internet. We always tell our owners to have...November 15, 2012 at 3:04 pm