MIRI: Fancy living in a “five-star” double-storey longhouse “bilik” (unit) that costs RM226,768.80, complete with a garden the size of almost one-third of a football field?
This is one of four proposed longhouse designs unveiled by the Housing and Urban Development Ministry during a seminar here yesterday in line with the state government’s plan to modernise longhouses in Sarawak.
The high-end model will be a double-storey structure and will have a built-up size of 184.9 sq metres, not including a 0.1ha garden for each unit.
Each unit will also have three bedrooms, three toilets, a common hall, walkway, verandah, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom and an “air well”.
This design will be limited to 20 units per longhouse while the other designs may have up to 30 units.
The ministry’s permanent secretary, Affandi Keli, said it had designed several models of modern longhouse units that would cater to different groups of income earners.
The first category has the cheapest model at RM40,000 per unit.
It will have a built-up floor size of 60sq metres with a common room, verandah, kitchen and a toilet.
For a lower-income earner, an RM81,504 unit will see the same features as the first category but with a bigger floor space of 64.5sq metres.
The third category costs RM95,811 per bilik and will have a floor size of 72.6sq metres, three bedrooms, a sitting room, kitchen, verandah, dining room, a toilet, a bathroom and an “air well”.
All the new models will have bilik made of cement and equipped with modern amenities like water and electricity.
Affandi said the new models would remove a lot of the concerns posed by the wooden longhouses