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    An old style Thai home

    Come on and step through the door and visit hillbilly's antique guesthouse!



    The inside is still rather bare but hopefully some Thai antiques will begin to fill up the space.


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    The idea was to build a simple guesthouse on the back of our property. Not very big, only about 4m x 6m home. It has been designed to mimic a Thai home about 100 years ago.

    However, this home does a electricity and eventually will have a sit-down toilet.

    Please keep in mind that construction is still ongoing. The original budget was set at B50,000. Since I AM the BOSS of the house let's see how this project works out.

    Here is a look from the outside.



    The railings, windows, doors, everything is old! Much work has to be done to refurbish much of the material.

    Last edited by hillbilly; 24-02-2007 at 12:01 PM.

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    Now, I did say that the goal was to use old stuff as much as possible. To do the walls using the old bamboo mesh method was impossible. Technology has now taken over to achieve the handmade look.

    One can buy sheets of this semi-plywood material.



    This is the backside of the home where the semi-attached bathroom is going to go.

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    You sure do some cool stuff there HB. Good work.

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    Speaking of the bathroom, try and guess what this is?


    Some more doors and windows.

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    The concrete forms for the septic tank system arrive.


    In the meantime more old furniture also arrives.


    Along with another door. I think this one is actually for the bathroom.

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    Getting back to the bathroom, I thought you might enjoy a combination of Thai & hillbilly autocad.

    You can see the outline on the ground. This bathroom will have a walkway from the house to the bathroom itself.

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    From the front window of the guesthouse looking out.


    Looking at the guesthouse from my 'sala'.

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    Coming along!


    The painting begins.



    In a few weeks, I will have an update. Current budget? Pushing B100,000!

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    I'm confused.
    Does it move ?
    Do you tow it around behind your pick-up.
    Is it the antique thai equivalent of an Airstream

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    ^ LOL, he can move it to a shady spot in the afternoons

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    Perhaps he's creating the Thai version of poor white trash trailer park?

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    Is it an antique hot tub?

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    ^Sorta right, this is an antique Thai tub. The barrel had/has to be kept full so it will not leak.

    In the past there was no hot water, but this tub will be blessed. Unluckily, it will only hold 1 person at a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly
    hopefully some Thai antiques will begin to fill up the space
    Ahh thats nice, the old folks will love your nice garden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daveboy View Post


    Is it an antique hot tub?
    I thought it was an old cabinet.

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    Well you are right, it is an old cabinet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly
    The idea was to build a simple guesthouse on the back of our property. Not very big, only about 4m x 6m home. It has been designed to mimic a Thai home about 100 years ago.
    You've done some extraordinarily creative stuff, both with the guest house and the original "shack". I wonder if you'd share a bit about the thought process that went into the concept and the design. Who came up with the idea of building the old style home and how did the design come about? Is the wood floor made from old stuff or new?

    I know, so many questions, but you do such a great job of expounding....

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    How cozy, I think its great.

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    How big is your plot of land? are you planning anymore guest houses?

    I think it's a great idea, when i finally get the mooban house on the go i was thinking of building some teak guesthouses for my family.

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    So many questions have been asked.

    The reality is I really don’t have any answers.

    When we decided to build a guest home it was with the thought in mind of ‘the kind of home my mother lived in’. Well we all know that memory does tend to fade.

    So when we have time the family and I cruise Thai villages and take a few pics. Show these pics to the old folks and then it gets interesting. I thought they were all poor farmers, but there is a hierarchy.

    Add in some commonsense, tales from the old, and budget restraints of today; and there one goes. A home from the old generation to appease the present generation.

    Don’t really think, that I will add any more guest homes to this 3 rai section. I hate the crowded feeling.

    Concerning home stay projects. The wife and I have been discussing this lately.

    Let’s say we charge B2000 per day. But the guests run up a B3000 phone bill daily. Well, you can see the problems…

    However, if any of you honest TeakDoor members would like to stay in a Thai village, let me know…
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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly
    Let’s say we charge B2000 per day.
    with UBC and ADSL internet access I assume.

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    ^No. I would only bill for the 'atmosphere'.
    Last edited by hillbilly; 04-03-2007 at 06:46 PM.

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    Location?

    Hillbilly..is your country home outside of Phrae?

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    Looking forward to the rest of this thread HB. Nice one!

    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly
    However, if any of you honest TeakDoor members would like to stay in a Thai village, let me know…
    Honesty is the best policy - when there is money in it. ~ Mark Twain

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