4 • LOCAL BUILDING MATERIALS

In Laos there are abundant and cheap natural building materials. Remember, tourists want an ecolodge to be built of wood, bamboo, tile, stone and glass.
Use as much wood and bamboo in the general construction as possible. It is fine to show the timber frames of an ecolodge; tourists find this very appealing. You can make sturdy foundations for the ecolodge’s main support pilings with stone or brick, and it is suggested that you lay natural colored earthenware tiles in the bathroom. Another possibility is to use walls made of cement or plaster over bamboo frames. These are all inexpensive materials that lower your investment costs and are what tourists like. Do not paint the beautiful wood you build with. Instead apply teak oil, “cuprinol” or “timbershield” to enhance its beauty.

USE OF LOCAL BUILDING MATERIALS

Round and square timber frames and support posts

Open ceiling and panorama windows
 

Brick wrap around foundation
 

Doxy walls

Use of river stones for bathroom floors

Tile and rock shower

A nice foundation

Wood benches and walkways

Integrated wood, brick and tile

10 DESIGNING AND BUILDING AN ECOLODGE IN THE LAO PDR SUGGESTIONS FOR LOCAL INVESTORS

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