This is one type of residential home that is seen in almost every corner of the globe. The style itself varies widely. Frequently the geographic location, climate of the region and habits of the people have a direct bearing on the shape and style of a house in the country. The traditional country houses of this part of the world tend to be very ornate in design. They are generally made entirely out of wood and are hoisted on a ramp to avoid damages due to flooding. Indigenous houses are designed with a spacious patio, separate kitchen and bathrooms. The families use the patio as an open-air living room.
Country house as your permanent home vs. country house as your holiday home
Instead of building a manor house as a primary dwelling, most people in the city build it as a holiday home. They often flank these places with their near and dear ones and have a brief recess in a peaceful setting.
Are they common in your country?
Country houses are extremely rare in Singapore. They are often built outside the boundaries of the city. The residents heavily invest in buying a secondary home. But they do so in other places than the city itself. It is quite common for them to buy or build manor houses in the picturesque locales of Malaysia.
Country dwellings are built using wood and bamboo. Intricate designs are made all over the outer walls and staircases. Sometimes the roof is thatched and at other times they too are carved from wood. Rumah Limas, very common in Indonesia, is also seen in various parts of the country.
Building a country house vs buying one
Building a country home costs significantly lesser than a house in the city. Many people like to combine a farmhouse with a country dwelling. Building a home has its own advantages as you can customise it according to your needs. If you only wish to visit this part of the country infrequently, you may choose to buy an existing house or opt for a prefabricated one.
Protective measures against possible natural disasters
If your house is located in a flood prone area, invest in such materials that are not going to deteriorate under such condition. Install flood alarms in the basement. It would be better to build your house on a raised ground. If it is a bamboo or wooden structure, you must also take due precaution against fire.
What layouts of country houses are the most common?
Country dwellings here do not follow any strict layout. The country house plans adhere to the local tradition. You can, however, take inspirations from the various architectural styles and build your manor accordingly.
Different materials and colours
Take time to plan suitable country decor for the interior. Choose earthly tones that complement the surroundings. Opt for rustic furniture. Country house decor must have a slightly rough edge. You can go for all wooden furniture and decor. Choose handmade products over the machine made ones.
Legal issues that may arise when building a country house
You need not take any special permission to build a country style house in Singapore. You will need to get into a buyer’s agreement. At the very beginning, you will have to pay 1 percent of the cost of the house agreed upon. The usual legal fees are payable for any other type of residential home applies in this case as well. For electricity and water supply, you will need permissions from the civic authorities.
Pros & cons
Owning a property in the country has its own rewards. The most noteworthy ones include cleaner air, closeness to the nature and opportunities for peace and relaxation. You can also indulge in such activities like organic farming. House prices being more affordable in the countryside, you can easily enjoy these privileges without any worries. In most cases, a country home would cost you less than SGD 75,000. However, you can forego some of the major recreational and other types of facilities you enjoy in a city.
Maintenance & costs
The cost of maintenance of a house like this is considerably lower than one in the city. Service charges, periodic maintenance of the house itself and the utility bills would be some of the major areas where you will have to pour in money. Unless you own a large farm house – a hub of bustling activities, the yearly maintenance cost would be somewhere around 1 to 2 percent of the cost of the house.
Which professionals are able to help you
If you are planning to build a wooden house, you will need experts skilled in woodwork and carpentry. Interior designers will be able to help you decorate your house in a truly rustic way. You can buy art work, carpets and drapery from the local craftsmen. Often the work will be unique and the price will be less.
Even though you are building a country dwelling, chances are you will want a kitchen with updated amenities. Seek advice from a reputed kitchen planner for this purpose. Don’t disturb the rustic flavour with too many shiny objects of decor though.