Jun 30

Architecture – Houses that I designed

What would be better for YOU than a house designed specially for YOU?
I offer design services over internet for customers everywhere in the world.

Provide plot length x width, number of bedrooms, and other requirements. I can design new sketchy floor plans in 20-30 minutes for ANY plot size (if I do not have one ready designed).
Precise drawings (as required by contractors to build it), including fully-dimensioned floor plans, elevations, 3D design, etc, can be done in few days. See services and prices. Note for India houses.

Home for JUN

Do you dream a 4 bedroom house but you own just 70 sqm land? No problem at Teoalida Design! My client’s property was 4.7 × 15.2 meters north-facing in a rural area and I designed a masterpiece in terms of space efficiency, 88 sqm floor area, plus car park and roof terrace. The client wanted a minimalist modern style without decorations, the 3D design is ugly in my opinion, but he was happy. Made in December 2013.

3D house design front view House for JUN (Philippines) 3D house design back view

Terrace Modern 300+ sqm

Luxury house design in 6-meter frontage, 4-storey terraced house, which works also as semi-detached house. 5 bedrooms, of which 4 have en-suite bathroom and walk-in wardrobe, big family room on fourth floor and a smaller one on third floor, roof terrace, private lift and swimming pool. Do you want more luxury features?
With 144 and 192 sqm land plots, max possible density is 52 houses / hectare. Notice how I mixed each 3-color group (red-green-blue / yellow-cyan-magenta)?
Inspired from Singapore! (here even rich families own just one car). Designed in February 2011.

Terrace Modern housing complex, street view Terrace Modern House floor plan Terrace Modern housing complex, aerial view


Home for Shwan (Iraq)

Shwan from Iraq was one of my first paying customers. I provided a high-detailed, fully-dimensioned architecture drawings, elevation and cross section, and as he wanted, I “delivered” in PDF format 6 sheets for printing on A4 paper.
Credits to customer for the idea of Arab-style floor plan, very different compared with the styles that I was familiarized with (he provided me a scanned paper with a shitty sketch and I converted it into a beautiful by-law drawing). Designed in June 2013.
Photo of his home from May 2014. He slightly deviated from my project, to make the facade more massive by Arab standards.

House for Shwan (Iraq) Shwan's House


Terrace Classic 250+ sqm

Luxury multi family housing complex, 3-storey terraced houses with basement parking and neoclassic facade, which works also as semi-detached houses. 4 spacious bedrooms, all with attached bathroom and walk-in wardrobe, family room in basement and private lift.
House design inspired from Singapore! This, together with Semi-Detached Mixed, were first houses from 2010 era.
One year later I decided to continue the project, by arranging the houses in a Condo-style with 80 houses and shared pool. Complex size: 100 x 135 metres, density 59.26 houses per hectare.

Terrace Classic housing complex, street view Terrace Classic housing complex, aerial view Terrace Classic house floor plan, 4 floors, 4 bedrooms, lift


Home for Jhanice

For this client owning a 80 sqm lot in a subdivision, I designed a masterpiece in terms of space efficiency but also in my favorite architectural style, townhouse-like with 2 firewalls, 93 sqm floor area, 3 bedrooms which are more spacious than typical rooms in this country, plus car park. Made in July 2014.

3D house design front view House for Jhanice (Philippines) 3D house design back view


Shotgun house, narrow semi-detached house

Shotgun house is originating from New Orleans and common in south states from 1830s to 1920s, single-story, 3-4 meters wide and 20+ meters long, having 3-5 rooms in row, entrances in the endmost rooms and no hallways. They can be found both detached and semi-detached (double barrel shotgun house).
In August 2014 I got a customer in Nigeria who wanted to build 2 units of semi-detached in 16 meter wide land… I proposed him a floor plan inspired from American shotgun homes, improved with hallways, 4 bedrooms in a house measuring just 5 meters wide and 26 meters long!


Split-level house 150 sqm

Example of split-level home with 3 bedroom, 2 bath, garage, and minimum of hallways, being 7 meters wide is probably a good home plan for narrow lots with 10 meters frontage.
I made this house for a friend in 2011, it was inspired by a real house that I visited several years ago, for my customer I improved it by adding en-suite bath and balcony.

Split-level home with 3 bedrooms and garage Split-level home with 3 bedrooms and garage Split-level home with 3 bedrooms and garage

Philippines Townhouse Series – 30-80 sqm

In Dec 2012 I made a sketch for a filipino customer with 24 x 14 meters plot intended to build 4 units of townhouses with 3 bedrooms. For publishing on website I redesigned smaller to show you how is possible to build 3-bedroom townhouse with carport in only 60 sqm land (5 x 12 m) for each unit!
NOT suitable as single family home on 5-meter wide plots, a column will be needed in other side of carport too, reducing carport width to 250 cm, cars are growing and even compact cars like Toyota Corolla are now 180 cm wide, so you could not open doors. Houses built in pairs will have 5.4 meter wide carport, leaving 120 cm between cars and 30 cm between each car and wall.

Townhouse for Philippines Townhouse for Philippines, 3-bedroom Townhouse for Philippines

I also tried a single-storey version, inspired from this house, smallest and shittest house plan I ever saw!

In Nov 2013 I designed a 4-bedroom house for JUN supposedly having a 5x12m land. Then he realized that his land size is 4.7m wide and we had to try a different layout. But I kept the original sketch and turned it in a 3D artistic project, beside that I designed 3 additional floor plans in various sizes… and compiled all 5 house plans in a single image!

Townhouse floor plan 4-bedroom townhouse for Philippines, 80 sqm

A common problem in Philippines houses is that many are built back-to-back, suffer from poor ventilation and lacks a washing area. The townhouses designed by me (still back-to-back) feature lanai (courtyard?) at back so cross-ventilation is possible.


Terrace Airwells 250 sqm

Medium-luxury 3-storey terrace housing development with 4/5 bedrooms plus family room and an extra maid room / guest room at first floor, postmodernist facades, gabled roof with 1:2 pitch, gross floor area 230-250 sqm, balcony above car porch (I do not know why, but this good feature is a rarely seen) and swimming pool. Arranged in clusters of 32 houses, they form a perfect rectangle 120 by 60 metres between street axes.
Inspired from Singapore and Malaysia! Designed in November 2010.

Terrace Airwells housing, aerial view Terrace Airwells, semi-detached versions, street view
Terrace Airwells house floor plan, 3 floors, 5-6 bedrooms


Single-story semi-detached 50 sqm

The land is cheap in small cities of Brazil and many people are poor so they build low-cost housing in single-story layout, usually semi-detached, that cover less than half of land area. Is common to see people expanding their houses until cover entire lot… I designed a 50 square meters 2-bedroom house similar with their houses… suitable for numerous other countries too.

Semi-Detached house floor plan with 2 bedrooms Semi-Detached house with 2 bedrooms


House for my own family

House for 3-generation family with granny flatThis is a modern remade of the house proposed by me when I was 12 years old, for my family of 5 (me, parents and grandparents), when decided to go living on land, this is why it feature a “granny flat” on the ground floor and 3-bedroom unit at upper floors (space for one more child), with separate entrances joined in an entry hall, plus garage.
Original design had the floor plan partially flipped to reduce costs, garage under bedrooms and bathroom near kitchens, so a single vertical pipe served all 5, and it did not included furniture planning. Notice that at that age I had a fashion to make symmetrical houses with central balconies and to place as many rooms as possible to street facade.
The dream never came true… high land prices forced us to continue living in our two apartments.


European Houses 90-200+ sqm

2 of my earliest house designs, Semi-Detached and Quadruplex-Terraced were redesigned… in March 2012. I moved the original versions to Housing Archive page, tell me how many times is more beautiful than previous projects. In the same time I designed European Apartments too.

2/3-bedroom Terraced Mixed Housing, 2 floors, 21x10m buildings containing 4 dwelling units and one common parking per a row of 4 buildings to provide 1 parking lot per house. Having 40 meters between alleys and 120 meters between parking lanes, results a typical density of 66.67 houses per hectare.

3-bedroom Terraced Housing, 2 floors, 6x10m, 48 meters minimal distance between streets, to give a minimal 4 meters backyard (3D design shows 6 meters backyard, most houses of Europe have much longer, 10-20 meters backyards, I hate such waste of land!), max possible density 69.44 houses per hectare.

4-bedroom Semi-Detached Housing, 2 floors, 6×12 m (8m lot frontage), let’s say 6 meters backyard, results a max density of 44.64 houses per hectare.

6-bedroom Semi-Detached Housing, 3 floors 6x14m…

At least the first two are common especially in United Kingdom and Ireland but also in Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, etc.

Malaysia single-storey houses

Designed in early 2014, posted in May 2014. Such house layouts with central living room and no hallways are popular all around South Asia (India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, etc). Design inspired from Malaysia but not following the laws of this country (in Malaysia you need to keep 6 meter street setback from any street line).

Rumah teres 3 bilik tidur Rumah berkembar 2-3-4 bilik tidur Rumah teres 3-4 bilik tidur
Rumah banglo 3 bilik tidur Rumah banglo 5 bilik tidur


Malaysia two-storey houses

In early 2012 I started being fascinated by Malaysian houses, and I designed for fun few houses, I published on website two best house plans in March 2012. I redesigned them and republished 4 terrace house plans in May 2014.
Terraced houses with 4 bedrooms plus family room are most common house typology in Malaysia, houses with airwells are also common, typical frontages 6000 mm (almost 20 feet) and 6700 mm (22 feet).

Rumah teres 3 bilik tidur 110 meter persegi Rumah teres 4 bilik tidur 160 meter persegi Rumah teres 4 bilik tidur 130 meter persegi Rumah teres 4 bilik tidur 170 meter persegi


Philippines single-storey houses

Designed in early 2014, at the minimum room size allowed by law: bedroom 2 m wide / 6 sqm area, bathroom 1.2 m wide (although the law allow 0.9 m wide but using toilet would be uncomfortable). If you’re lucky and able to afford a bigger lot, I can enlarge these houses or design bigger houses for individual cases.
In this country, the term Bungalow define a single-storey house, NOT any detached house like in the rest of Asia.

Philippines Bungalows


Philippines double-storey houses

Many lots in Philippines are 8 meter wide, and setbacks are 1.5 m in front and side and 2 m at rear. So if you want a single detached house, you can build 5 meters wide house, like these samples for 80 and 100 sqm plots. However for lots smaller than 120 sqm people choose to build attached houses (with firewall). Designed in early 2013, redesigned and colored in February 2015.

Philippines Single Detached Houses


Philippines Squarish Series

During 2013 I has been contacted by at least 5 people looking for ideas for their squarish land plots, sized like 10×10, 10×12, 12×12, 12×14 meters, etc. I designed 5 slightly similar sketches for various people and now I am presenting here the best two of them… plus an ultra compact home (73 sqm) done for fun (no specific customer) in March 2014.

3-bedroom house for Philippines, 73 sqm 3-bedroom house for Philippines, 100 sqm 4-bedroom house for Philippines, 104 sqm


Luxury Semi-Detached houses 240 & 340 sqm

The biggest house in my portfolio was Terrace Modern, which was weird since terrace houses are usually for lower-class people, so I designed a new, over 300 sqm Semi-Detached house in mid-2011.

Semi-Detached Luxury House
Luxury house with 5 bedrooms, all with attached bathroom, plus family room and maid room, private lift and swimming pool. I may add balconies for the main 4 bedrooms, and columns. Gross floor area 340 sqm (7×16 m), 10 meters frontage. Inspired from Malaysia!



Semi-Detached Deep House
The road pattern in old areas of Singapore created some 40 meters deep housing lots. This floor plan made in march 2012 would be suitable for them (today, typical lots are 25 meters depth (with setback 7.5 meters at front and 2 meters at back). Gross floor area 240 sqm (6×20 m).
However I saw that longest terraced house is 20 meters deep (Eastwood) and longest semi-detached is 26 meters deep (Serangoon Gardens), I will appreciate if anybody can give me clues about floorplan of these superlong houses!

What theme to use for 3D design?
I may inspire from the winner of the Most beautiful houses contest, so VOTE!!
I already planned a 3D design for first one, but now after designing second one I’m doubt what to do. What if I combine these 2 houses in a Semi-Detached Deep Luxury house, 7×20 m, 3 floors, 6 bedrooms? Would be 420 sqm!
Do I should design a 500+ sqm bungalow too?

Quarter-Detached house

Quarter detached houses are common in Malaysia, I saw their 2-storey 4-bedroom houses and this gave me idea to design this in March 2011, right after finishing Terrace Modern. But I aimed for higher density housing so I made an unique 3-storey with 3 bedrooms, that I have never seen in any country, reaching 69 units per hectare, a record for non-terraced housing. Then I designed the 5-bedroom counterpart.
I had a feeling that it is the worst house design ever made by me so abandoned the idea, but in January 2012 I revived it and improved the design. Due of staircase position, the single way to get natural light was from above, so I replaced traditional hipped roof with a terrace. The result…

Quarter-Detached house plan Quarter-Detached housing

Low-cost High-Density Housing 60-100 sqm

These house drawings are inspired from Latin America, more exactly from the Mexico social housing (casas de interes social), which are probably the densest legally-built (no slums) houses in the world, reaching up to 150 houses per hectare. Most of their houses are built with 2 bedrooms (or fewer) to be cheap, but many owners consider them too small and expanded them in front and upwards, sometimes reaching 4 floors. I designed 4 styles of High-Density housing, however, my designs are bigger than original Mexico ones, in which the bedrooms are just 3 by 3 meters.

Terraced houses, 3 meters narrow frontage and 12 meters depth, 72 sqm floor area, very similar with Mexico ones which are 60 sqm. The U-shaped stair allows easy upwards extension.

Terraced houses, 3 meters frontage and 12 meters long Terraced house floor plan, 3 meters frontage and 12 meters long

Quarter-Detached houses, 5 meters width and 10 meters depth, 69.5 sqm floor area, very similar with Mexico ones which are 55 sqm. The U-shaped stair allows easy upwards extension.

Quarter-Detached houses, 5 meters wide and 10 meters long Quarter-Detached house floor plan, 5 meters wide and 10 meters long

Back-to-Back Terraced houses with courtyards, 6 meters frontage and 10 meters depth, 96 sqm floor area, this layout is an own version never seen in Mexico, it have better land coverage, also bathroom as well as stairwell have window! So it is the best version in my opinion. The U-shaped stair allows easy upwards extension.

Back-to-Back houses, 6 meters wide and 10 meters long Back-to-Back house floor plan, 6 meters wide and 10 meters long

Cluster Terraced housing, an upscale version, 4 meters width and 10 meters depth, 80 sqm, and 6 meters width 120 sqm on endings. Somewhat similar with Mexico ones which are usually 65 sqm and have parking either in front of house or at end of street. This one hardly allows upwards extension.

Cluster terraced houses, 4-6 meters wide and 10 meters long Cluster terraced house floor plan, 4-6 meters wide and 10 meters long

Detached housing, further research revealed that the attached houses that are common in Asia are disappreciated in Mexico. They want “totally individual houses” even if are less than 1 meter apart. Such houses have usually 1 bedroom in front and 2 on back. I made my own version, L-shaped house, 100 sqm 3 bedrooms of which 2 enjoy privacy by facing to front! SMART? Semi-detached possible!
Designed in late 2012, while the above ones are from December 2010.

Detached houses, 5 meters wide and 12 meters long Detached house floor plan, 5 meters wide and 12 meters long

Also see: High-Density Apartments, posted in the Apartment Design page.

American home 240 sqm / 360 sqm land

American houseI do not enjoy United States architecture very much and or the american lifestyle, but I still wanted to complete my collection with an american style home.
Typical home are 3 to 5 bed, 2000 square feet in average, no idea if the numbers include garage, but is a fashion to have 2/3-car garage per house. The housing density is low as 10- max 15 homes per hectare, but because many homes are single-story, 12 m wide or even wider, numerous rooms are facing side walls, invading privacy of neighbors as the homes are only 3 meters each other I have no idea if americans enjoy living in such neighborhoods.
I improved the typical american home by making a home plan only 8 meters frontage and still… I succeeded to put 4 bedrooms facing either front of back of home, no more privacy problems, also all baths have windows!
3D design… maybe after an american will review my floorplan, I think that living-dining area should be reconfigured better.

Narrow Luxury Bungalow 256 sqm

Compact design bungalow… having 5 spacious bedrooms and 5 en-suite bathrooms, all in only 8 meters frontage! 16m depth (20m depth with proposed balconies) Designed in January 2012, was not made for a specific customer. House design inspired from the affluent neighborhoods of Brazil!

Narrow Bungalow, 8 meters wide, 5 bedrooms


VERY Narrow Bungalow 180 sqm

My customer asked for a house design narrow as 5 meters and long as crazy is possible. Because his land in countryside measures 50+ meters long and 7-10 meters wide. I was impressed myself by the floor plan and asked permission to post on website. Project put on hold until husband return from overseas.
Note that in South Asia the meaning of term bungalow is a detached single-family house regardless of number of floors, and it is seen as status symbol, being the highest form of housing available. This is different compared with United States where bungalow means single-storey house and is often associated with poor people.
I though that this definition apply for Philippines too. No, they use american definition.

Narrow bungalow, 5 meters wide, 4 bedrooms


Square house 180 sqm

This 10×10 meters house made in 2010 is one of the initial series of 6 houses made for hobby. Original idea was to use a symmetrical Neoclassic theme… but was ugly. I redesigned it in 2011, now in a more beautiful asymmetric theme.

Square house plan Square house 3D


Single-storey square houses

Simple home floor plans which look good also from mathematical point of view, with 10 cm thick internal and 15 cm thick external wall made all rooms to be a multiple of 50 cm.

Simple house floor plan


Arabian house

This is the finished and colored version of one of the two home sketches proposed to a customer from Iraq in April 2014.

Tiny 2-bedroom house


Tiny houses for 40 sqm lots


Tiny 2-bedroom house



I design apartment buildings since 2008, landed houses I (re)started to design in 2010.
Originally I published 3D models and floor plans of 5 impressive housing complexes and 1 single-family home (designed for myself, you can call this hobby, fun or art), then I was surprised that the single family home was the most clicked. In 2011 a friend requested me to do a project for him, and now I announce that… I offer architecture design services for anyone in the world!
The hobby became also a business, a flow of customers started in 2012. Until that, I was posting every house I designed. In one year I has been contacted by over 100 people, but 90% of them are not interested in detailed plans or 3D design, they just need consultation and are happy with a schematic floor plan.
Publishing on website all the hundreds schemes that I designed would overload the website with low-quality designs, am I right? A spontaneous-made drawing in 30 minutes is not always an efficient house layout. Sometimes I recycle the sketch done for a specific customer, I do some modifications, finish it and publish it on website as hobby/artistic project.

Statistics: most downloaded house plans.

Some people may suggest to organize the website in separate posts for every house plan, and tag them like India-style, 2-storey, 3-bedroom, 100-200 sqm, modern house, etc, so we can filter them, like in a Blog.
However, I DISAGREE, this system can be used only if I have large number of projects finalized including 3D design, and will encourage people to serve themselves and steal my works, then where the “services and prices” should be shown? Showing on a single page few houses in different architectural styles plus prices may encourage people to contact me and eventually turn into customers.
Probably there are already too many houses on website and would be better to keep only the BEST of them.

Floor plans style – black, white, multicolored background?

Poll closed in Dec 2014. I already decided in June 2014 to go with multicolor idea but color the rooms instead of furniture, and don’t use the awful green. This will not look childish, hope you like it! Additionally I decided to add dimensions in meters instead of millimeters and few more changes.
I kept the poll opened and as you can see people approved my choice.

Black floor plans were designed in 2008-2013, I will convert all them to colorful style when I have free time.

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Procedure of designing & service prices

Consultation is FREE
Including a 30-min rough sketch, non-editable PNG screenshot, to propose you few floor plan ideas
If you want a precise floor plan in PDF / DWG format, price is $50-100.

You can request to design a house plan by providing land dimensions (and number of bedrooms required, or you can choose one of pre-made house samples shown on this page, or give me a sketch (made in Paint or pencil drawing) and I will convert it into a professional drawing.
Provide length × width, NOT square meters, a 120 sqm land can be 10×12 m or 6×20 m, changing design radically.
I can design a new floor plan in max 30 min, or less in case your request is similar with an already-made floor plan, and send you via or live chat widget (if I don’t have a plan already made at your requirements).

The colorful floor plans published on page are done in about 1 hour, but require few more hours of study and mental effort.
The “30-min sketch” done spontaneous is likely to be “not good”, but is needed to understand your requirements and you can propose changes before redrawing it with greater care. Some people are not patient on chat, or never reply when I email the sketch, this is why I am drawing first sketch as fast is possible, until I get your reply I will not spend any significant time for you.

I love to PRACTICE, this is also a hobby, challenge to make the best layout for small plots of land. However, the hobby does not mean unlimited service or obligation to satisfy you for FREE. Time is money! This FREE offer will end if the workload is full!
If you do not pay, please do not eat too much time asking multiple sketches or revisions, as did THIS indian.
If you pay, you may not like to delay your project because a non-paying customer ask re-re-revision of his sketch.

Complete project: $50-100 × rooms
Fully-dimensioned floor plan, elevations, sections, 3D, done carefully and error-free
in PDF / DWG to be submitted to building permit and contractor / builder

100$ × no of rooms for first world (Singapore, Europe, United States, Australia, etc)
75$ × no of rooms for second-world (Malaysia, Thailand, Latin America, Middle East to Maroc, South Africa, etc)
50$ × no of rooms for third-world (India, Pakistan, Burma, Indonesia, Philippines, rest of Africa, etc)

Rooms counted are bedrooms, living room, study room, but not kitchen and smaller rooms.
Example: for Bungalow-5x18m with 4 bedrooms + living room + family room, in Philippines, standard price will be $300.
However, we can negotiate, different customers request a different amount of drawings. For multi-family houses and apartment blocks I do not have yet a fixed price formula, you are invited to ask for quotation.

Both floor plans and 3D models are designed with AutoCAD. I know that 3D Studio Max can make better 3D renders but I love AutoCAD.
The floor plan samples published on website are for viewing only, for educational purposes for both students and families dreaming to build a house. They are optimized for on-screen viewing, at low resolution to discourage stealing (20 pixels per meter, 32 / 40 pixels per meter for pre-2013 designs), and colored to be understood by people with no skills. They are not intended to be used in construction or submitted to government for building permit. For this usage, detailed drawings will be provided, in PDF format optimized for printing at any resolution you want. Usually provided with NO colors on background, as seen in Shwan house.

After doing the floorplan I give you some time to review with your family if needed then you should get back to me when you are ready… I can rethink your project, redraw floor plan according laws, elevation, section, and 3D design. Or if you do not need these you can buy floor plan only for $50. You can also pay in stages, 30% for floorplan, 30% for elevations, 40% for 3D design.
3D design takes from 3-4 hours in case of JUN’s house to 100 hours high-detailed Trianon Palace.

If you like my floor plan but have architect/designer to do complete project, you should contact me and I will sell you any of floor plans displayed on website, in editable .DWG file for $50-100. This may save some time of your designer. But don’t forget that for same $50-100 I can also offer a custom unique floor plan made specially for you!
If you are able to pay your designer but do not intend to pay me as well, DO NOT solicit my services, go from start to your designer.


Do not pay in advance! Start with a free consultation to get confirmation that I can do your project.


Students are welcome for free consultation but please do not solicit me making new drawings if you cannot pay. Do you want to free download AutoCAD DWG files? Go on BiblioCAD.com and download what other people have uploaded there. Do not ask me for .DWG files because I am not giving MY quality works for free.


I get often contacted by people not very interested in my services, who are happy with just a sketch and are not interested in paying for more… people who are not ready to build the house or people who are undecided, so they do not need my full service, some people promise that when they are ready will get back to me and pay for the full project, but never get back. Such people can be forgotten.

If you are really interested in my services, and I accidentally forgotten you, just contact me again. I do not enjoy re-emailing people to ask if you are ready / still interested in my services.

Funny case: I do the FREE 30-min sketch, the customer likes it, then when we negotiate price for the construction drawings, he say that cannot pay because he have no money and is just helping his mom / brother / cousin / boss, to find a good floor plan. But hey, you do not need to pay for first sketch! Instead, you should tell about me to your family, so when they are ready to build their home, to come at me for the final construction drawings.

Note for INDIA customers: do you think that is NICE…

To contact me via chat and request a house plan (which takes 20-30 min to design) but quit the chat after 5 min?
Or to request via email but never reply when I email you the house plan I designed for you? Because meantime you found a ready-designed house plan on another website, thus NOT interested anymore in MY service to design a new house?
To abuse the “free sketch” intending to pay someone else for full project? You should pay BOTH me and him, otherwise don’t disturb me!
To promise to pay $200 for complete project in PDF or DWG format, then after doing “first sketch without dimensions” and is time to pay $50 as initial payment, invent a funny excuse to not pay, run away with sketch because you don’t need complete project or 3D design and the $200 was a LIE to get a free floor plan, OR you are not satisfied and ask re-re-revision of the sketch, beyond 30-minute limit of FREE service, and ask to add dimensions, and insult me for refusing to send the drawing for FREE?

If you do not pay, there is NO obligation to satisfy you for FREE! I may offer a little free help as long I am not busy with other projects.

From India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and surrounding countries, lots of non-customers who are “just browsing” contact me, wasting my time doing unnecessary free sketches for people that never turn into paying customers. See BAD indian customers!
For your info: in the rest of world, people are browsing for house ideas look at the sample plans available on website, then contact me ONLY if they need me to design a new house, and some of them paying to design complete project!


Given by numerios BAD experiences with indians, what I should do?

Keep wasting 30 minutes with each person, offer consultation and floor plan sketch for FREE, who wants more should PAY. Maybe out of 100 people, 1 will pay for a full project.
Ask $50 BEFORE doing any sketch. PAY or go away, don’t waste my time! (there is UNLIKELY to get a paying customer in this way, people do not pay in advance)
Don’t reply to anyone on chat or email coming from India, or reply that I don’t offer services for India. We all know, Indians NEVER PAY, does not worth wasting time with 100 people to get 1 paying customer.
Please Specify:

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India terraced houses

Compared with the business success in Philippines and rest of world, for India I have designed dozens of “30-min sketches” customers who were thankful for sketch but did not wanted to proceed to detailed drawings (or wanted but refused to PAY for service), or never replied after emailing the sketch, not even a “thank you” for the FREE help offered.

Now I selected 3 of these sketches, with one, two and three floors, improved and colored them, and published there:
In late 2012 an owner of a 22 x 50 feet land, appreciated the layout of ”A different terraced house”, and asked me to resize and design with imperial system. I post here the 3BHK house shortened with 5 feet. All bathrooms have window. Notice the SMART position of lower floor toilet? 5-foot road reserve space, 4-foot corridors, 1-meter wide staircase, to comply with India building code.
In 2014 another customer with 13 feet wide land, this time from Pakistan, I turned the apparently impossible project into a spacious 3BHK house spreading on 3 floors. By removing carport and lowering drawing room, it can be a 4BHK house.
And a small single-storey 2BHK house, redesigned in 25×40 ft land.

25 by 40 house for India 22 by 45 house for India 13 by 50 house for Pakistan

Designing a house in India is more difficult than in other countries, due of Vastu shastra, east and west-facing lots cannot use same floor plan. 6 billion people outside India never heard of Vaastu and are happy, half of India population of 1 billion people is superstitious so need a house according Vaastu rules. Pretty stupid, isn’t?


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  1. john

    i want to make a house in a land with 11 mts width wher minimum set back should be 1and half mtrs from both sides and actual available width to construct is only 8 mtrs and length is as much possible due to the shape of land, i want to construct a indian hous with 3 bed rooms one kitchen , dining and living room also,areais restricted up to 200 sqmtrsin ground floor only can u suggest a plan for it

    1. admin

      DONE! http://www.teoalida.com/design/sketches/House-proposal-for-John.png
      24 minutes passed… I am fast, right? Let me know if this floor plan is OK for you, are you looking for floor plan ideas only or also want detailed construction drawings?
      I am familiarized with India laws with 5 feet setbacks.

      1. admin

        I also emailed you the sketch and never got any reply… :(

  2. JayChan

    Hi, I browse and saw this great website,

    I would like have your professional consultant advice, regarding of my piece of land, which is 49’69 x 81’32 , approximately 4062 sqft . It’s located in Malaysia.

    I hope you can draft a simple idea , for me and my brother , we would utilized this land for our future stay, like a semi detached , my family n my brother family,

    Our intention 1 storey or double storey with a top open space accessible . Which provided 4 room 3 bath . Will be great the layout can be come out with spacious bedroom n living space . :)

    Thanks in advanced ,


    1. admin

      As coincidence, 2 days ago I just published 8 new house plans inspired from Malaysia architecture. Which one is your favorite? I may edit it to convert in a semi-detached house adjusted to your lot size. Are you interested also in detailed construction drawings after this?
      But 50′ wide lot minus 10′ setbacks would mean that each house should be only 15′ wide?

      1. JayChan

        Hi teoalida,

        Thanks for your prompt response,

        I’m Chinese, so our prefer more to spacious, n my religion is Buddha , praying space needed on living hall.

        Yeah, I been check your post on Malaysia architect that’s why I post my msg, will be greatly appreciate draw a simple layout for me , so that I can discuss with my brother .

        Will 15′ wide sufficient ? , will be great if possible more wider width . ><

        Nvm , let stick back to 15' idea plan.

        If my discussion with my brother say on, we will probably go to make it happen. But we are now still in the early stage.

        That's why I need your professional consultant, and opinion, to make it the land for me n my brother future staying,


        1. admin

          Read the laws in Malaysia 3050mm setback is required on sides and back, 6100mm at front, and if you look around at other houses you may see that they follow this rule. Tell me if I am wrong or if are there houses who don’t follow this rule. I don’t know if in Malaysia you can brie government to give you building permit for a wider house, but this practice is common in Philippines and India.
          Anyway your lot is very small for Malaysia standards, have you seen any other house narrower than 6 meter (except old, 2-bedroom only houses?) , but you gave me interest to see how narrow a house can be and I designed this: http://www.teoalida.com/design/sketches/Sketch-for-JayChan.png – 4 bedroom is possible only with open kitchen, would be more Malaysian-style to remove 1 bedroom and make a proper kitchen in it.

          1. JayChan

            Hi teoalida,

            Thanks for your fast response, well, as your mention, that’s true , side and back and front also need to be that specific space remain,
            If not , the authority will not approve the plan,

            Yeahs, thanks the stretch , the last room will be more proper if change to kitchen area, more malaysia style,

            Well, i been saw some house less than the law requirement for set back the land side and back, eg extension . If there are no complaint or no authority check , then there are no saman or penalty, once been complaint , then the authority have the right to remove or unconstruct the building.

            Erm. Let me show to my bother for the opinion.

            Again , thanks your opinion , greatly appreciate .

            If we going to make it happen, definitely will come back to you for the construct detail plan.

            Wish you have a great day, happy wesak ~


            1. JayChan


              I’m quite impressive of the container house, thinking will that be more cost effective.?

              Have you been go thru ?

              Impressive ,


              Sharing is caring ~

              1. admin

                There’s a lot of crazy and unusual houses on that website. I am specialized in usual brick and prefab buildings. I don’t know how cost effective is a container home because you still spend a lot on windows, plumbing, etc. Then metal stuff gets hot quite fast, and while raining it makes incredible noise. Not sure how suitable is for Malaysia.

  3. abbie

    Hi i came to your forum to seek an advise. I am from.the Philippines aswell. I want to build a house having a lot area roughly around 96 sqm with 3 bedrooms.mostly a single detached style but I also want to put a standard lap pool which.i guess.is roughly 8 ft wide and 45 ft long. I just wonder if it is ok to have that kind of house lot area or should i build over a 120 sqm? Thank you if you can partly give me an idea

    1. admin

      LAP POOL = standard size 50 x 25 meters, seen in condos. What do you dream is a mini pool suitable for houses and they can be built in any size you want Alternatively you can use metallic frame pool that can be dismounted when not in use, they are 3-4 meters in diameter.
      Please provide land LENGTH × WIDTH if you want good advice. If you have a lot sized like 6 x 16 meters you can build a nice terraced house 6 x 10 meters (120 sqm if 2 floors) with pool at back. But if you want a detached house your lot is obviously too small. Actually lots designed for detached houses are usually 120+ sqm.

  4. merian

    hi I came across your website and found your design quite nice and interesting. I am a Filipino as well and a OFW. I am planning to build my very own house. Maybe you could help me with the design of my dream house, I just thinking a simple modern house but budget friendly .I had a lot of 8m wide and 11m depth. I prefer maybe two storey with balcony, one master bedroom attached toilet and one common room, but toilet need to be access also by the other room, not really same as the master room as long as doors in the toilet from outside the room in the upper floor. Ground floor will be garage, living room ,kitchen and one toilet as well with garden in the front and laundry in the back. I have neighbours from both side and both front and back of the lot is roadside. I you have any idea very much welcome . thanks a lot if you could help and I will appreciate it very much. God Bless…..

    1. admin

      Do you have neighbors on all 4 sides? perhaps access is via a narrow alley?
      Firewalls allowed? Your lot looks big enough for a 2 bedroom on 2-storey as detached house, but also for a 2-bedroom 1-storey house with firewalls. Please clarify this and let me know if you are interested detailed construction drawings or I just need to draw a simple floorplan for ideas.

  5. merian

    Hi Teo Thank you for the reply. I only have neighbours left and right side and also firewalls is allowed. I am interested of the detailed construction drawing. do you have a contact number to discuss some details regarding of the house I want and how much the cost of the house plan before we proceed maybe it is good to talk. Please email me your contact number if you don’t mind. Once again, thank you

    1. admin

      My email is displayed in top banner and footer as well, did not saw it?
      I don’t like phone. We can discuss over email and Yahoo Messenger… or do you noticed that there’s a chatbox in lower-left of website? Just visit my website at suitable time (after 5 PM Philippines time).

  6. MARIE


    kindly help me, i have a 7×10 sqm and i want to have a 2 storey house full draft in this lot with 3 bedroom with 1 bath room in second floor with terrace and 2 bedroom in the 1st floor with 2 bathroom, big living room, & close kitchen area, i want a med spiral stairs.

    i hope you can help me. :)

    1. admin

      There’s simply impossible to put so many rooms on a 7x10m lot, even if you are allowed to use firewall on left and right and also rear side. What may fit is 3 small bedrooms on upper floor and 1 bedroom on lower floor, no carport, and enclosed kitchen will make living room smaller. Example http://www.teoalida.com/design/Squarish-House-73sqm.png and http://www.teoalida.com/design/Squarish-House-104sqm.png
      Do you pay for fully-detailed drawings for contractors or just came for consultation and floorplan ideas?

      1. admin

        You came back contacting me via chat in middle of a busy holiday… had to go AFK and I forgot to ask you an email thinking that I have your email from website comment. But you left comment without entering any email! Please contact me again and leave an email address!

  7. ian

    good morning
    this site was so good in terms of free consultation and advises
    also in service. :-)

    i just want to ask if
    i want to have a simple plan
    three storey
    rectangular plan(symmetrical)
    with roof truss

    commercial for first floor
    office for second
    and residential for third

    of atleast a minimum of 250 sq. m

    thanks a lot admin
    more power to this site
    and to ur business. :-)

    1. admin

      So you’re asking if I HAVE = you’re looking to buy pre-made floor plans?
      There’s IMPOSSIBLE to predict what customers come in and design in advance… I don’t HAVE because I never designed any office-residential mixed building, but I can DESIGN one now. Please clarify your requirements (land length and width and number of rooms for residential part, to see how many units can fit per floor, as I guess that 250 sqm should be footprint)
      Do you need only floorplan as idea or also pay to design detailed construction drawings to be sent to contractors?

      PS: was really necessary to leave 3 comments various website pages and a 4th one on facebook page, plus 5th private message on facebook? 1 comment on site was enough to notice you, and I invite you on live chat!

  8. Mohammed Tariq

    Thanks for your perfect website
    Please could you help me with the smart house plan for my land area 150 sq m (7.5×15) m (7.5m frontage)
    with the following requirements
    -guest room
    -living room
    -toilet and bath-laundry

    1. admin

      Check it: http://www.teoalida.com/design/sketches/Sketch-for-Mohammed-Tariq.png
      I am not sure if I understood your needs. You’re from Iraq? Single floor house, right? Guest room aka bedroom for guests that should be placed at back, or a room where guests enter to should have entrance door from street? Having an enclosed garage plus 1.2m wide hallway along garage to get in house is difficult on such small lots, you sure don’t want carport (open area with only roof above car)? We will see later where to add laundry room…

  9. Lira


    Good day!

    I am impressed by your speed in creating floor plans. Could you please help me create a floor plan with 230 sqm lot area. With below specifications

    -2 story house
    – Ground floor: Master bedroom w/ bath and toilet, guest room, kitchen, dining, spacious living room, laundry area
    – garage
    – garden/ small backyard
    – Second floor: Total of 4 bedroom with one 1 bigger room for guests, 1 bath and toilet and living area rooms with terrace

    Thank you

    1. admin

      I can design a new house plan in 30 minutes IF you would give me exact dimensions, length and width of your 230 sqm land
      Should be detached house or firewalls allowed?

  10. Lala

    Hi there!
    Glad i found your site, very impressive! Maybe you can help me designing a floor plan for my parents retirement home. I plan to build them a 2 bedroom spacious bungalow with no garage but big balcony instead. The house will be build in farm site so lot area is not a problem at all. Heres my parents house specufucations:
    -2 bedroom
    -big balcony
    – living room
    -dining room
    -1 full bathroom
    -separate dirty kitchen/utiliy area

    Thanks a lot!

    1. admin

      Are you building in Canada or just working here and you’re from elsewhere?
      For no land limit we have many choices, for 2 bedroom only we don’t have many choices, here is an idea http://www.teoalida.com/design/Semi-Detached-House-54-91-107sqm.png and the carport area can be balcony terrace (balcony is called only for multi-storey houses). Give me some ideas what choice is better for you.
      Do you pay for fully-detailed drawings for contractors or just browsing for floorplan ideas?

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