Years ago, it will take months before a new home made of concrete can be completed in construction. Nowadays, what used to take years can be completed within 15 days because of the new housing model concept introduced in the northwestern part of Sydney. For many, this span of time is only enough to buy building supplies in Sydney but now an entire house can be completed within that time thanks to the Heuga housing concept.
Dean Willemsen, a builder and entrepreneur based in Sydney, was the brain behind the Geuga concept. The platform has a lot of potential that it could disrupt the construction market in Australia.
According to Willemsen, the concept is a collaboration created among the best people in the construction industry in order to create a new way of doing things and therefore making the customers the focus of their home building.
He added that they are no longer following the traditional model used in building houses but they are integrating a number of off-site construction strategies in order to speed up the process and spend less time on site. This is also one way to reduce the number of defects and to give the customers the experience they deserve in every aspect.
As of the moment, the cost of using Heuga in home building is almost the same as the cost of building a house the traditional way but the cost is expected to lessen as the concept becomes more mainstream.
Apparently, advanced economies are already using the new housing models including Norway, Japan and Finland, Australia, on the other hand, has some catching up to do. Mr. Willemsen said that all he is doing is to introduce the new housing model into the Australian market.
The process starts with a customer developing the 3D design and finishing using the designated app. The components are then built inside a factory before it is sent on-site where the house is to be constructed.
It will take time before consumers get used to the concept since they prefer to get involved such as buy building supplies in Sydney since they are the ones who will reside inside the house.
The population in the capital city of Thailand is climbing and apartment for rent in Bangkok is one of the most in demand along with condominium units for sale. There is a new supply of condo waiting to be launched but ratio of mortgages’s LTV or loan to value might decrease soon. This announcement did not stop condo developers though as they are determined to push through with the launch.
The senior manager at the research department of Colliers, Phattarachai Taweewong, said that even after the proposed LTV limitations to be imposed by the Bank of Thailand, condo developers are not fazed. Their plans to launch their new units for fourth quarter will continue as planned.
He added that developers are expecting for more detailed explanation since they are treating the new measure to be simply a guideline. Recommendations are currently being reviewed by the central bank.
Though the announcement of the new LTV rate was imposed on October 4, all condo projects are still offering a rate of 10 per cent when the down payment should be at 20 per cent already.
For the fourth quarter, about 16,000 condo units are to be launched in the city. This number is still the same as the figure released by developers at the beginning of 2018.
The limits on the new LTV will impact new supplies to be introduced to the market in 2019. Based on the market research conducted by Colliers, the third quarter saw a total of 22,579 condo units made available in Greater Bangkok which came from 46 different projects. The total sales will amount to 107.54 billion in Thailand baht.
For this year, the new supply of condo has increased by 20 per cent compared to the same period in 2017. Meanwhile, there is a 165 per cent growth for the second quarter which kind of created a record for being the highest in the last decade.
For the first three quarters of 2018, the economy is giving off a positive vibe but the condo market remains stagnant. There is more activity with apartment for rent in Bangkok which is found to be more affordable than getting a condo unit.
It was a decade and a half ago when Angelina Jolie showed the world the new tattoo she got from Thailand. It has five lines and the texts are Buddhist blessings that run down the length of her back. As soon as the news broke, the spiritual tattoo of Thailand was raised to a global level. The artist responsible for her tattoo is Ajarn Noo Kanpai and he then become really famous which contributed to the rise of the tattoo tourism in the country. Tourists would book a villa in Koh Tao to have their vacation as well as their spiritual tattoo on the same trip.
In local language, the spiritual tattoos are known as sak yants which is deemed by the Thais to hold spiritual powers. These tattoos are often done by masters of magic and the monks of their religion. This belief started in 1605 with then warrior king believed to be protected by the tattoos and the belief remained intact for thousands of years.
Sak yants, yantra meaning Buddhists scriptures combined with geometric designs, were originally from Southeast Asia. Modern day history revealed that sak yants were used by mafias and gangs to protect them as they commit crimes.
According to Ajarn Noo Kanpai, the sak yant master, the tattoo he made for Jolie is called the “ha taew” or five rows in English. It is about the birth of Buddha until he reached enlightenment. Ha taew is believed to bring balance as well as positivity to the life of the wearer.
Noo shared that he was only in fourth grade when he learned the art. He exchanged the gangster life to that of monkhood but he declined to become master of the temple because of his love for doing the sak yant.
After years of training with the monks, he opened his own tattoo institute which is a located 20 miles from the city of Bangkok inside a shrine with two storeys. He now has disciples whom he is training. Tourists are visiting Thailand and booking villa in Koh Tao but before they leave the country, they usually visit his samnak and have their tattoo.
La Gomera is one of the breathtaking islands in Canary Islands. It is located in the northwest coast of Africa and is a popular destination by those who want to get away from the hassles of urban living. There are also those who visit the island to escape the biting cold of winter. If you are planning to stayin the island for longer period, it would be best to look for Villas to Rent on La Gomera instead of staying in a hotel where you would spend higher for the accommodation. To find the right villa, here are some ideas.
Search for villas online
In order for your trip to La Gomera a comfortable yet cost-effective one, the first thing that you should find is a villa where you can stay for days or weeks. One of the best sources of information is the internet especially that you are not in the area doing the search. The place is the second smallest island in Canary but it has several apartments, hotels and Villas to Rent on La Gomera. With a short search, you will get a long list of results. Indicate your budget to narrow the results.
Contact the manager
Note your top choices and contact the property owners. Find out if the villa is available on your arrival date. When you talk to the property manager or owner, find out if you can get some good deals or discounts especially if you are visiting during low season.You might also want to request for a villa with excellent view.
Check the amenities
Before you finalize your choice among Villas to Rent on La Gomera, check the amenities and if they are suitable to your needs. Find out if the villa has the number of rooms to accommodate your family or companions. Check the location and if you are satisfied with it. There are villas that are located by the beach while there are those that are located uphill or at the foot of the mountain. If you intend to cook during your stay, find out if there are markets or convenience store nearby.