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Baan Tak-r-Kard raises bar for entry-level homes
Friday 3 June 2011, 05:58AM
  Starter homes in Phuket, aimed mostly at the Thai market, have continued to sell well throughout the global financial crisis, thanks to their low prices and the fact that Thais can get long mortgages. But until now designs for these homes have been depressingly cookie-cutter. Drop a Phuket resident into the middle of any of these estates and he or she would receive no visual clues about which estate it was. Baan Tak-r-Kard raises the bar. The 59-home development in Baan Don, about two kilometres west of Thalang, looks utterly different. Behind it is Living Vis Ltd, formed by Sunchai Nuengsit, whose own company makes construction materials “focused on environmental sustainability”; Sokoun Chanpreda, developer of Bangkok’s iconic Bed Supper and of hotels and resorts across Southeast Asia; and architect Pakhin Aunggulsant, whose AEP Group recently won the BCI Asia Green Leadership Award for its design for Phuket’s Orang Laut Cultural Centre. “Eco-Chic” is the description Living Vis is applying to the development, a reminder that a great deal of thought has gone into the choice of materials to save both space and energy. Mr Pakhin explained, “We are involved in so many other projects that we can buy the materials in large amounts, which reduces the unit cost. Other developers can’t do this.” The result is smart-looking homes – small, yes, but more eco-friendly than the concrete-block homes on offer in Phuket up to now, and with materials inside that simply don’t exist in the competiton – wood-block floors upstairs, for example. All the homes are on two floors, with two- or three-bedroom layouts available. Prices start at B2.6 million.