Jul 09, 2016   Inspiration    4,299
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How to Design a Safe and Livable Single-Storey House

A single-storey house is popular among those with a small family because it can be built upon a small space quickly with less cost. But many still worry that living in a single-storey house is not as comfortable as living in a house with many floors. We at SHERA would like to give you advice on how to design a good single-storey house.

A single-storey house from Phing Phu Village, Ban Bueng District, Chon Buri, decorated with SHERA wood and Ha Huang roof tiles
Frequently Found Problems
1. Privacy: It is important to design the house well and carefully. Since all the rooms whether the living room, the kitchen, the bedroom or even the garden are on the same floor, the people in the house may feel they are deprived of their privacy and thus cannot fully relax in the house.
2. Safety: The family may feel unsafe because it is easier to break into a single-storey house. Sometimes, unwelcome animals or insects can also enter the house and bother the people. Plus, if the windows in the bedroom is at eye level, some may worry that outsiders can look through the room while they are asleep.
3. Heat: A single-storey house directly receives heat from sunlight without another upper floor covering it. If your house is poorly designed and cannot be insulated by the roof tiles, it can heat up easily.

A single-storey house in which all the rooms are connected and easily accessed can cause lack of privacy for the people in the house
How to prevent those problems
1. Planning the House Properly: It is better to clearly divide the space in the house such as a guest area, a common area or a private area, based on how the house is utilized. For example, the living room should be in the front part of the house for easy access without having to walk past other part of the house which can bother other people. The bedroom should be in the back most or in the area where it can hardly be noticed by the guests and it should not be next to a noisy or smelly area like a garage, a kitchen, or a living room where TV may be on at night.
2. Lifting the House above the Ground: Having the floor lifted above the ground can help prevent any pests or robbers from entering the house easily. This also makes the windows in the bedroom higher that the eye level of the outsiders, so you can sleep and relax privately.
3. Adding More Privacy: If you worry about the privacy and safety, you should use the kind of fence that is not too loose and the type of door/window that is durable, coupled with curtains, lath blinds or curved steel.

Suvarnabhumi Ville's fence made of cement and SHERA wood, durable, safe, but not confined.
4. Heat Insulation: Your roof tiles should resist and reflect heat very well. Avoid using galvanized iron roof tiles or metal sheets as they hold a lot of heat. The roof should be planned to cover the house thoroughly including the patio and the balconies. The eaves should be long enough to prevent sunlight from getting into the house through the windows or the walls.

SHERA Zedar Shake made of fibrecement, holding only a little heat
And now all the problems with a single-storey house will never bother you again. We hope you are happy with your new house!