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Thailand’s Innovative Low Cost Housing Baan Eua-Arthorn ● David Hoicka


Benefits of Thailand’s Low Cost Housing Baan Eua-Arthorn Program • Thailand’s Low Cost Housing – Baan Eua-Arthorn Program has several benefits: 1. Lower construction cost for attractive independent homes 2. Expandability as family income increases and family grows 3. Commercial possibilities to increase family income 4. Empowers family self-help resourcefulness and dignity by rewarding family initiative


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Thailand’s National Housing Authority has embarked on an ambitious program to build hundreds of thousands of affordable homes.


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Typically these are starter homes, which can be expanded as the family gains income or grows. Here, expandable area includes the front first floor area.


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Initially, the homes are attractive and simple. These photos were taken at a housing development a few kilometers north of Bangkok.


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Over a short period of time, the families customize their homes with gardens and construction of new additions.


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Many families install commercial areas, such as stores, beauty parlors, and workshops, to increase family income.


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Many improvements and decorations are simple, attractive, and effective, personalizing each family’s home.


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In this case, a family is replacing a wooden fence with a sculpted concrete wall, and building out the ground floor area.


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This family has changed the entrance from the front to the side.


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Another family is building a personalized fence. Small trees are starting to mature around family homes.


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Some families build ceramic tile decks around their homes, to make the outside an easily usable extension of the inside family area.


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This picture shows construction of a new room in the ground floor expansion area.


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Another picture of ground floor construction (on left) to expand the home. On the right is a completed ground floor expansion.


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In this photo, the first house has expanded the ground floor for residential use; the next for commercial. Other homes on the right have not yet expanded.


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A popular retail store on the ground floor expansion area.


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A family retail store on a street corner.


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Another family retail store on a street corner.


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Another family retail store on a street corner.


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A well-stocked small retail store on a street corner.

Thailand - Innovative Low Cost Housing - Baan Eua-Arthorn - David Hoicka  

This presentation of photographs by the author David Hoicka shows examples of Thailand's attractive homeownership program tens of thousands...

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