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Old 09-01-2007, 04:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Building a Thai Teak Wood House

They must have sneaked up on me as I have only just seen this Teak house being and they must have been at it a few weeks.
This house is being built in Jomtien at Soi Thepprasit and as I go past there most days I shall stop off to take more pictures, today I only took a couple just to get them used to the idea of some farang coming round taking pictures of bits of wood and how the work is progressing.

It seems to be 3 seperate buildings, I assume these will be interconnected with walkways nearer its completion date.



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I might have a word or two coming up...
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Old 09-01-2007, 06:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Dr Andy has recently started building a teak house.
hoping he will do a report.
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Old 11-01-2007, 01:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Well I was quite shocked at how swift these guys are, well that is untill I looked around that is.

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Was it a house built up north, packed up and transported south ?
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It all looks brand new, but yes it was prefabricated off site the whole compound of the house.



And here they are just lifting another wall into place.

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What they do in Phrae is to buy up quality seasoned teak, run it through a planer machine so that it looks new and then build a house from it.

The house is sold, dismantled and moved to your land.
Thats what was going on in those other piccies I posted.
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They have braced all the main beams which I have to admit I didn't notice a couple of days ago, but it all seems to be going along well.



The front is looking pretty classy.

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Not to be outdone by friscofrankie I went and took some pictures of the joints, the last 2 days nobody has been working there so progress is at a Thai pace, ie dead slow, but it gave me a chance to actually wander around.





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This supporting post has obviously been used on another house before.



Look at all these bloody joints, got to have some patience with a job like this.

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I do not think there is any type of House more Beautiful than a Thai style house. There are several places just North of Bangkok that build them.

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Dr Andy has recently started building a teak house.
hoping he will do a report.

I am not sure what I am doing, but I have taken some photos

a report may well be upcoming, but it may take some time

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Well the guys are back on the job with loads of materials on site, roof tiles and loads of wood, 2 guys are planning down the wood, 1 guy is varnishing it, got to admit I didn't see any insect or termite killer being used another couple of guys are up in the roof area of the smallest building finishing off the wood there so they can get the roof tiles up.



It's absolutely amazing how many supports they have to put in because they are going to be using such small roof tiles.





Here is a picture looking straight up from underneath where the roof will be.



Notice the guy using a hand saw in the second picture, he must have arms like popeye if he keeps that up.
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The small clay roof tiles are already on site so maybe they will be up on the small building this week.



The wooden trims for the roof are nearly all planned down.



All 3 buildings are going to be joined by a massive verandha.



Not sure what this is going to be for but now is the wrong time for them to be building downstairs walls as they need the space and don't need to be climbing over poxy walls to get stuff up to the upper levels.

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The roof tiles are up

Well they got the roof tiles up for the small roof, then again it is only a matter of laying them down on the roof as they are not tied or nailed so thats a pretty quick job.



What came as a bit of a shoch is they are using 8 by 4 foot floor sheets I assume they will put teak wood floor boards on top of these.



More wood for the roof ready and waiting to be used.

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I like this house, you shal have to take me to see it next time I'm down. Preferably in time to get back and have a late afternoon bottle of Sang Som
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...got to admit I didn't see any insect or termite killer being used...
Good observation. I was told that they s'a'pray after the fact. Many Thai builders disagree about this issue.
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Be too late to spray as one of the guys was varnishing the wood before it went up.

The perfect scenario is that the wood is planned and sanded, then termite protected, then stained if you with to use stain, then varnished in shiny varnish, and then if you want a matt finish varnished in matt varnish afterwards, now you can start cutting your wood to size and do the same with the bare bits of wood, ie fit it where ever it goes and termite protect the cut ends etc.
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Depending on what wood is used does it need any protection. My house is about 50 years old and apart for some of bits done in Mai Deng there's no insect damage
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^ Yep that nice as well, mabye a bit to dark. I do like some of the traditional/modern blend Thai houses
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Depending on what wood is used does it need any protection
If it is seasoned old teak wood probably not as it is rock hard, also the older a teak tree is the higher the content of the resin that insects don't like, but a lot of the time they use young teak trees which dont have time to build up a large resin content.
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^ Mines made out of Makha Wood. You've got to drill it first before you nail it. It's got a hardness rating of more than twice that of teak. Can't get any any more, usually just second hand stuff. It's been sugested that I just dismantal my house sell the wood and should have enough to build a nice shiny new concrete one.....can't be arsed though

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Can't get any any more,
Unless you know where to look

You remember how our land rises up the hillside behind the house .
Well it has plenty of Makha. There is a special mushroom that only grows under the Makha tree called "Hed Kha"
We have loads of those mushrooms every season.

If the makha tree is rare now then that explains why everyone gives me a blank look when I mention my favourite mushroom
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