Check this little Kep beauty out. The owner built it himself using mostly jack fruit trees and it cost all of $5000. I love the fact this guy has built something so groovy and did not stick to the usual house-on-stilts khmer model. He was very proud and I spent an hour with him talking about his methods. He has told me he can do one for me for the same price ! The only part I don’t like are the stairs. They look unreal but are highly impractical with a child. What you cannot actually see from the photos are the stunning ocean views the family has from the upper deck ! This guy scored big time because his plot is right at the entrance to Kep Lodge so he has benefited from the 4m hard packed road being put in and also has electricity to his front door. I bet he didn’t spend a cent ! With about a hectare of heavily fruited land under his belt and a $5k outlay on the house, he could now sell it to an expat for about $70k++ I reckon ! Not bad.
In comparison, below is a Kep Lodge Bungalow that can be built for US$6,000. 5x5m bedroom with large terracotta tiles,internal bathroom with hot water, beautifully finished with proper timber doors and frames but no kitchen. kitchen ? A gas tank and a burner fixes that !! What you cannot see from this photo is that the external walls on left and right side have all these wonderful small river pebbles set into them and it looks great. Imagine two of these with a 5x5m common area between them and an extended 3m wide verandah running along the front with a separate outdoor shower and dunny block out the back in terrazzo concrete and that’s what I am heavily leaning towards. Two sets of bunks in one bungalow = 4 people and then a queen in the other = 1 couple. Add a pool in the front and plant it out with fruit trees. heaven.