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    You guys are harsh. Remember i'm the product(victim) of an American education. I actually did some online research and young teak is not insect resistant but the old growth trees are . Apparently the silica content helps with this.

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    10K baht for wood?
    My BIL's MIL sold some wood from her house at 250K bht to a Thai in the village!

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    do you have a name of any company doing these houses..havn't been able to find .Thanks

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    you would be better off drawing your own plans, with an architect, and buying an old house for the wood. Take along an expert to verify the type and quality of the wood

    more fun and a lot cheaper than those "off-the-shelf" houses

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    I'll add a few comments as I've "been there and done that", having built three traditional Thai (central plains) houses (for a total of 12 "roofs") on or near our property in Khao Yai and currently building more.

    1. Old teak is termite proof so use of re-cycled teak is a better option then using new teak for numerous reasons including termites. As important, there are potential legal hassles when using new teak of unknown origin (and I wont even go into the moral issues regarding that).

    2. You can buy "new" traditional houses but its extremely expensive and the several houses I know of which were built this way cost 60,000,000 - 100,000,000 baht (for a cluster of 3 - 6 houses).

    3. Buying old traditional houses, dismantling, moving, restoring and rebuilding is not easy but its still possible as there are still some good houses available although they are fast becoming extinct. However, without the right contacts this would be time consuming, frustrating and probably fruitless (my missus takes care of this).

    4. As for costs, the current absolute minimum for old houses built to "western" standards for structure, plumbing, electrical, septic & water treatment, kitchen, etc would be 3,000,000 baht per "roof". A typical house would include 3 "roofs" so that an absolute minimum of 9,000,000 baht. Not included in that price are the following variable prices: 1) purchase of the house, 2) transportation of the house, 3) farang kitchen, 4) air conditioning, 5) sala and 6) swimming pool.

    5. I will also add that traditional thai houses are maintenance intensive which is no problem if you have the time and the inclination but is an additional ongoing cost and potential problem if you dont.

    6. I'd post a few pics but still dont have that privilege yet !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by teevee View Post
    3. Buying old traditional houses, dismantling, moving, restoring and rebuilding is not easy but its still possible as there are still some good houses available although they are fast becoming extinct. However, without the right contacts this would be time consuming, frustrating and probably fruitless (my missus takes care of this).

    4. As for costs, the current absolute minimum for old houses built to "western" standards for structure, plumbing, electrical, septic & water treatment, kitchen, etc would be 3,000,000 baht per "roof". A typical house would include 3 "roofs" so that an absolute minimum of 9,000,000 baht. Not included in that price are the following variable prices: 1) purchase of the house, 2) transportation of the house, 3) farang kitchen, 4) air conditioning, 5) sala and 6) swimming pool.

    !

    Thanks for that info teevee

    I suppose it all depends on what you mean by "traditional", as in general, a traditional house is a fairly basic, thrown together sort-of place, using nice wood which has aged gracefully

    If you want a house that looks like a temple, so be it, but if you want a house made of wood, but with modern conveniences, you can do it reasonably cheaply (albeit, more expensive than a concrete equivalent)

    if you read my thread about the wooden house we built, in famous threads, you can see what I am talking about

    http://teakdoor.com/building-in-thai...icefields.html (DrAndys Wooden Cottage in the ricefields)

    This cost less than B2million, although we are still adding and improving around it

    The original house for the wood cost B300,000 (although we saw a wonderful place for B1m) and we needed to buy some extra

    no aircon needed, no swimming pool
    I have reported your post

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    Here's a nice cheap affordable wooden house that is down one of the small Sois just off of Soi Theprassit, got to admit the only reason I took a picture of this one was because it was next door to the next one I am going to post which was damn nice.



    Now this is nice, the back of it overlooks a big lake, mainly open countryside surrounds it, well as much as Jomtien allows open countryside, it's a bit small but would do me.



    From another angle but a bit wonky.



    And a bit further down the road is this place, loads of Thai teakwood houses but all well hidden by the garden


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    Just a question for the woody types. This is the Mil's one time family residence in Ubon- we're planning on moving it out here soon.



    Apparently it's 'better than teak'. Not that I know anything about it, but the wood is in fine shape considering it's been unoccupied for over ten years. Anyone know what wood it is?
    probes Aliens

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    Could be anything, but not much is "better than teak"!

    you would have to sand a piece down, showing the grain etc before it could be identified

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    Bumping this thread cos I can't link it.

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    this is on koh chang, salak phet, or jek bae, cant remember

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    Here´s two more from Koh Chang .. i like the big one best!



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    That looks great, but why don't you prefer to using bamboo to build the house. maybe it will much better!!

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    Permission to use your photos

    Hi Dirty dog,

    I used to live in Thailand for a while until 6 years ago when I moved back home to the UK temporarily. Whilst here I am studying for my Architectural qualifications. I am currently working on my dissertation which involves traditional Thai houses. I have seen this blog and some of your photos would be ideal to use in my dissertation. I am writing this to as your permission to use your photos, it would be most appreciated. If you don't mind, could you please email me confirmation of your concent?

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    As long as they are not used for financial profit I don't mind.

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    Thanks,
    They certainly won't be. I'm writing about the sustainability factor of traditional construction as opposed to the modern lumps of concrete springing up everywhere. Could you mail me at mattsamways[at]hotmail.com please to confirm? I will need to add you into my acknowledgement page to say where I got the pictures from, if you wouldn't mind I would need your name, but if you'd rather not, then I can say you would prefer to remain annonymous.

    Thanks again

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    You have confirmation, only one dirtydog on here, lower case and no space, and only one teakdoor.com on the net

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    Fair enough...

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Narcosis78
    I'm writing about the sustainability factor of traditional construction as opposed to the modern lumps of concrete springing up everywhere.
    Just remember that we only have mismanaged forests here, not managed forests, so timber isn't a sustainable material in SE Asia.

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    Aquaman (post on page # 2) can you send me a PM or email F4UCorsair007[at]yahoo.com.au please.

    I'd like to get some contact details of your builder.

    Thanks

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    Sorry I should have mentioned, I can't contact Aquaman direct because I don't have 20 posts up, new member.
    I'd appreciate it if somebody who can could PM Aquaman and ask him to contatc me in case he isn't here often.
    Thanks for your help

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    F4UCorsair,

    Aquaman hasn't posted on this forum since August 2009.

    I think the builder that you are looking for is at the link below. They are in Phrae.


    ThaiLanna Home, buy your own TEAK-wooden house in Thailand!

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    Thanks for the info palexxxx. I've had contact with Thai Lanna.

    Anybody know of other companies building similar houses?

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    teak wood protection

    hi all

    What can you put on teak to keep the critters from eating it. seen the dust piles under a bed; like you would expect on bamboo but its on the teak
    Any special things to spray or powerder to protect ?


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