Originally Posted by blockhead
Good looking little house but why do they still build with columns instead of filling the blocks with concrete and putting a ring beam at the top like Australia?
We dont fill all the blocks, the corners and some others I think.
The blocks in Thailand are good quality, is it just that they can't change the way they build?
My words. Always wondering why the columns ("sau")? Obviously, because a trditional bulding way in Thailand was always with (massive) teak saus. The more fat saus the more image in the village. All the others not so important (roof, walls).
And when the availability of the teak had rapidly diminished another material for the saus has quickly be found: cement (quite cheap in Thailand).
So easy and fast to build with double (cement) blocks (also quite cheap and available by the village maker). And the space in-between (some 3 cm) helps to keep the inside wall pretty cool.
Of course, in the corners and in the middle of a long wall the two blocks create a form for a full concrete column with reinforsement bars. And the ring beam above the walls with a steel profile embedded serves well for fixing the roof construction.
Such "sau-less" house can be finished within two months, unlike the "sau" house where just the saus need two months - and lot of wood, iron, bamboo sticks.