Villas: design ideas, inspiration & pictures

What is a Villa and where is its origin?

Villa is a very large single family home in the countryside on a comparably bigger land than the structure itself. This type of housing was first devised by the Romans of the upper class, which later evolved into a farm of a small agricultural compound that over time for its own protection was fortified and isolated. Sometimes in antiquity, these constructions were given to the monasteries, where they were left with complete economic and production independence. Gradually in the Middle Ages, these constructions were transformed into the country house of high society people. In the modern concept, this type of construction is now understood as several types of suburban and semi-detached houses in the countryside. To understand its concept, which changes subtly according to the place and history in which it is made, it is suited for people with large incomes, businesses or used as a popular accommodation for tourists.

At the time of the Roman Empire, villa was meant to be a special house for elite and with it came two types of traditional constructions:

The urban style: which is a settlement that is temporarily. Like on vacation and relaxation for a couple of nights. Better known as an urban farm, which in Malaysia is to live and produce the basic necessities of the family residing, like keeping some farm animals like chickens and pigs or growing some crops.

The rustic style: are the most known and is the farm, agriculture or plantation site with a house to live. This is permanently occupied and is usually so large and with so many functions that it has employees depending on the season of the year. These villas are characterized by their greatness in livestock and considerable plantations local products.

After the Roman Empire, the villas became increasingly isolated, so it was necessary to erect walls for their protection. They were transformed into a housing with generation of sustainable products. The people who lived there were economically independent. Over time, they were transformed into what we now know as small towns.

What are different types of villa?

In modern time we can find different variations of these buildings according to where they are located:

Europe: In the 20th and 21st century these constructions became an annexed part of a mansion that over time were taken as a spa or mansion resort for people of high social class, aristocrats and business people. These types of buildings are more popular in Europe than in any other part of the world. At present, they are still valid and quite popular for Europeans who wish to take a holiday in the forest or at the beach. The first constructions of this type date dates back to 1885 and still continues.

North America: It was exclusively for commissions of high class travelers. These houses have the architecture of the time of Queen Anne of Victoria. In modern time it is reflected what was left of that time, but these houses are no longer isolated, they are in overcrowded cities, like in South America, these designs were fused with the regular urban construction that is normal to see them in entire streets with these structures. Great examples are the streets of Toronto and San Francisco.

South America: In this continent is another story, because they usually have the same function, although they call them differently, such as farms or ranches. The first made in Latin America, were built by the Portuguese and the Spaniards, thus leaving a colonial architecture in the cities. Nowadays the cities are overpopulated and the haciendas of the past, from the time of the conquerors, are another house, beautifully considered as national and cultural heritage. The main function of these dwellings in the countryside are for farming. These can become houses to live in the wild or a second home to spend a rest at weekends as a family.

Modern villas: These are for example the houses and mansions of celebrities or the houses that all destined to the rent on vacation. Especially in tropical, Caribbean, forest and mountains.

How much does a villa cost in Malaysia?

If you are planning to own a Villa in Malaysia, you should be prepared to pay around RM2000 psf according to the market prices of Kuala Lumpur. We recommend you to buy the land and have your dream villa built for you. You only need to ask a professional help and the result will be more satisfying to you.