The story continues…
Our original construction plan consisted of different pavilions for all 3 bedrooms and lounge dining area – Bali style. When the land title was changed to Chanote – the top title – the plans were changed. Again this regularly happens but it worked in our favour as one of the bedrooms was put downstairs on another level and the whole direction of the villa changed from east facing to due south – another bonus.
It was at this point that Adrian scrutinised the plans and we managed to change the position of the pool, sala and extended the balcony outside the master bedroom.
At last, two years after paying our deposit, building started on the site with 34 individual villas. The Marketing slogan at the time was Are You One Of The 34? We certainly were, in fact, I believe, we were the first to purchase.
Shortly afterwards, Adrian produced a video report, presented by himself, on the progress of the site. He interviewed Richard Manser the Chief Architect who took Adrian on a tour of the site and explained the whole building process to him on camera.
This was well received by the owners, as many were anxious about the time it was taking to build the villas.
During the initial two years Adrian and I spent most weekends looking at furniture and lamps, and voraciously devouring design books and magazines.
Both of us enjoy doing interior design and had experience doing a number of homes in the U.K. However, we had never done a complete home from afar as we live in Hong Kong, but we decided we would spend time and money to get it right first time, a good policy, as we didnt have money to waste.
We visited regularly and found it difficult to accept how slow things were moving, not realising that this is par for the course in Thailand. We were in regular contact with the Project Manager du jour and these persons changed a number of times over the period.