This study attempts to understand the challenges of conserving the traditional Malay house (TMH) from the building owner's perspective. The challenges are discussed firstly in the context of conservation on traditional houses throughout Malaysia. Preliminary results are presented of the analysis of historic 19th century houses in the region of Negeri Sembilan as case studies, using interviews with building owners and conservation experts as also surveys of the buildings on site. The Rumah Tukang Kahar and Rumah Dato’ Laksemana Hajah Bogdad houses were chosen due to their unique characteristics and differences of approach of the owners towards conserving their fabric. The findings show a broad variety of attitudes of the owners, occasional misunderstandings of the typology but above all highlights good preservation, which is due to the high quality of the timber construction and the successful response of the type to the social and geographic conditions.
|Title of host publication||REHAB 2014|
|Subtitle of host publication||Proceedings of the International Conferebce on Preservation, Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Historical Buildings and Structures.|
|Place of Publication||Barcelos, Portugal|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|