Thursday, July 18, 2013

Our House in Laos

A number of people have asked about our house in Laos.  I started taking pictures of it over a week ago, and then we lost internet during a torrential downpour, and it was just restored today, so here they are.

The front gate.  It slides to the right to allow a car to drive through. For those walking or riding mopeds, only the small gate on the right is opened.
 Not great lighting, but there are elephants carved into the top of the gate. Pretty sweet.
 The carport.
 The mossed brick walkway to the front door.
 The window above the front door.
 The plants to the left of the front door.
 The house looking from the left of it.
 The yard, with more mossy bricks.
 More plants in the yard.
 More plants in the yard.
 The edging around the house is carved wood.
 The stepping stones. I think they might be some kind of lava rock, but I'm not sure.
 A lotus flower in one of the many potted plants around the house.
 The front door.  There are actually two sets of sliding doors. The outer doors have no windows and have two locks.  The second set of sliding doors does not lock, and has windows.
 Another view of the gate.
 A large urn outside our front door. I can't figure out why it's there. A woman I met who has lived here six months told me I should get fish to live in it so they would eat the mosquito larvae.  So, my housekeeper went out to buy four small fish that the kids love to feed and watch swim.
 Not sure if you can see the fish... they're difficult to photograph.
 Another view of the edging.
 If you look immediately to your left as you walk into the house, you see this staircase. (If you look immediately to your right, you see an empty hallway and a door to a closet and a door to a bathroom, all of which I neglected to photograph, but they are not very visually interesting.)
 The living room.
 The other living room space.
 The sliding doors to the dining room and kitchen.
 The dining room. Each one of those windows can open and then there's a screen that stays closed. We never open them, but I'm assuming that before air conditioning was installed, that's how they kept air moving through the home.
 The dining table. I noticed/ the other day that the table top looks like it's made of one solid piece of wood, so I think it must have been a rather large tree.  The table legs are carved as elephant heads--sorry I didn't take a close up.
 The kitchen.  More cupboard space than I have ever seen and will probably ever use. Amazing. If you turn left from here, there is a laundry room that I forgot to photograph.  And that's the room our guard hangs out in after dark.  During the daylight hours he's here, he does yardwork, so he's not just a guard, but a guardener. ;)
 One pantry... this is where the housekeeper keeps all of the cleaning supplies.
 The other pantry. This is where we keep the unopened food.  If we open something, most of the time we put it in the fridge because it's really humid, and because there are geckos who like to live in the house when we're not looking...
 A view from the top of the stairs.
 An open space at the top of the stairs.  We're using it as a playroom, sort of.  But we don't have our toys yet, so it's not being used much yet.
 If you turn left from the staircase you see this.  If you open those doors, there's a balcony.
 The boys' room.  Scott got a queen, and Bobby got a twin, which is still an upgrade from a crib.  It's a huge room!
 Bathroom next to the boys' room.
 Your bedroom when you come to visit! ;)
 Carvings on the wardrobe.
 Carvings on the windows in the guest room.

 Carving on the sliding door to the master bedroom.

 A linen closet as you enter the master bedroom.
 Master bathroom.

 Master bedroom.
 The enormous wardrobe with lots of doors and drawers.
 More carving.

So, there you have it.  It is a very big, beautiful house.  The company chose it for us and we are very happy with it.  It is actually stipulated in the rental agreement that you have a housekeeper and a guard, so I'm also very happy that I am not in charge of cleaning it! because it is very big. Lots of wood floors to sweep and mop. There is not "central" air conditioning, but there are wall units in almost every room, so we have the air going in the bedrooms and the living room all of the time, and then we turn it on in the dining room or kitchen as needed. We're hoping that means our electric bill will be somewhat reasonable. We should find out tomorrow. Let me know if there's anything I left out that you were curious about. I know a lot of the pictures have bad lighting and I'm sorry for that.

You're welcome to visit whenever you're in the area!


Hannah Neville McMillan said...

wow-- how beautiful!!!! thanks for posting.

Trish said...

Wow! This place is amazing! Guard, gardener and housekeeper, too, huh? Forget about culture shock now--you'll need to worry about reverse culture shock when (if?) you move back to the States! Time to turn your adventure into a marketing opportunity. You've got the chops, girl, and most of us "ugly Americans" could use the information so we can move from "I think Laos is over there somewhere" to "Well, my friend is living there and this is what it's really like." Thanks for sharing!

Alainna Beus said...

Holy cow, that is a unbelievably awesome house!!! What a crazy awesome (and I'm sure also challenging) adventure you guys are having! You may never want to leave! I wish plan tix weren't so stink in expensive to go there, or else I would be SO there to stay in that guest bedroom! Could I request some sheets on the bed though? :)

Hope we get to skype sometime! THat was frsutrating how it cut out last time.

Hope you're doing well!

Cait said...

looks amazing! What a fun adventure for your family!

Joyce Teed said...

Beautiful carvings and workmanship. I am in awe of the place and if I were retired I'd beg to come down and be your cook. I'd like to see photos of food if it's tropical.

Lauren said...

Wow, looks amazing! I hope you are settling in and doing well.

I especially love my bedroom. Hope I can use it one day... ;)