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Old 30-12-2012, 04:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Traditional Wood buildings

Hi, this is a follow on from the house build, we are deciding to build a rice barn and we are throwing around some other ideas for other buildings.

Here is an Issan house that my father-in-law likes, we found it in an old book he has of house plans of traditional Thai buildings. I took the floor plans and have adapted it in google sketch up.



Many levels give a nice feature, this is a 1 bedroom, 1 ensuite main living area and outside terraces and sala.



Deatil of the house, wood is used slightly differently you can see the frame uprights hold the inside boards which are nailed to the upright. This gives a seamless finish from the inside, and a nice feature on the outside. The lower outside wall has a more normal horizontal cladding. The gable has a rising sun feature that is quite common in traditional houses.



Close up of the outside terraces, the seating area gives a feature point for welcoming guests or for relaxing with a drink. Because of the varying floor height the downstairs cannot be used as a living space in part only.



This gives a side on view at floor level, you can see into the main living area through the glass bifolding doors and into the bedroom and ensuite through the lower rooms.

This is yet to be decided as a going rpoject but is something different and would be a great addition to the back of the house and connected by walkway.

Next we have the Ricebarn, we have been looking for something that had a nice history and of course nice wood. After looking at many we finally came upon this one.



Now this rice barn seems a bit unsuspecting but the quality of the wood and posts and the feel inside was something that this photo unfortunately cannot summarise. This barn is 100 years old and the wood cut is of high quality not normally seen in wood yards.


Like many old buildings the cross beams for the joists actually fit into the posts. These cross beams are big very thick and are great treat to come across when you find some. As you wil notice however the height of the ceiling of the floor is quite low which means that the posts will be raised on concrete pillars by about 50 cm out of the foundations.



Inside you can see Teak wood cladding, the posts are squared off from the floor up to allow for the internal frame and cladding. However all of this internal wood will not be rebuilt the same and will be used in other areas.



So now we had found our ricebarn we had to get it dissmantled. Some fellas happily obliged, lukcily for us.

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