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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon View Post
    Oh dear, you are living amongst the beasties.

    yes we are...it is amazing some of the wildlife that abounds!

    more pics later of some

    besides creepies, we have wunnerful birds, like kingfishers, egrets, that bird that builds the hanging nests, allsorts

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    Looks like its coming along a treat!

    How did you find the wooden house for sale? Are they everywhere in your neck of the woods, or did you put the word out via family etc?

    How did you know it would be okay for the plans you had an architect draw up - I mean quantity wise, supports, quality? Or did you do it the other way around and buy the wood first?

    Sorry for so many questions but as you can tell, I'm not a builder!

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    Is there no roof overhang on the back (sunny) side? That would mean sunlight would warm up the house through the windows right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickA View Post
    I like the wheel window....anyone remember playschool?
    Yeaaah.... those were the days.. Since I got married though I don't visit Nana that much.. Oh well, all part of growing up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caller View Post
    Looks like its coming along a treat!

    How did you find the wooden house for sale? Are they everywhere in your neck of the woods, or did you put the word out via family etc?

    How did you know it would be okay for the plans you had an architect draw up - I mean quantity wise, supports, quality? Or did you do it the other way around and buy the wood first?

    Sorry for so many questions but as you can tell, I'm not a builder!
    well, we just asked around, neighbours, friends, bus drivers anyone

    someone always has a relative who wants to sell something!

    we bought the house first, then we more or less knew how big we could build. We have had to buy extra wood, as the new house is different in style to the old one.

    we bought extra wood from a second hand wood yard nearby, and also the government wood depot (for the tree trunks we will use to support the staircase)
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    Quote Originally Posted by WhiteLotusLane View Post
    Is there no roof overhang on the back (sunny) side? That would mean sunlight would warm up the house through the windows right?

    no, not much. Partly my fault, as the roof does have an overhang on part, but we decided to extend the bathrooms a bit, so lost some overhang

    mind you, the back part only has small windows on purpose. The bigger window upstairs does have the overhang protecting it for most of the day

    the window downstairs would be very difficult to shade

    we will be planting a big tree that side sometime, which should help

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    piss off Marmite, it was not like that before

    thanks DD

    so many changes, so much to do....

    OK it works, back to the thread


    so, we drained the pond and took advantage of the fishys left stranded.




    we had a little BBQ and feast




    then they dug the muddy holes and put in the concrete




    so that was nice, now we can go back to the roof and stuff

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    there were a few beasties about, seeing what we were up to

    this is a large caterpillar -8cm -which turns into an amazing red butterfly

    often seen in souvenir shops in glass boxes, the bastards (the sellers, not the caterpillars)



    and a few lizards too



    this big beasty was seen swimming across the pond, so they thwacked it with a pole

    then they took it home and ate it




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    Here is a view of the house from the rice fields




    and this is what the roof looked like from inside the house





    and the floor of lovely old planks. Some of them were 40cm wide or more




    they will eventually get sanded down to a smooth finish, after all the messy work has been done

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    They started the staircase by ercting the teak wooden posts

    we got these from the government wood depot, all confiscated from naughty people



    as you can see, we have left the bark on. We may remove it later, we may not. Insects may burrow in a little under the bark, that gives the wood a nice look





    so this is what it looks like now




    and like this too




    I bought some wonderful floor planks from a 2nd hand woodyard, they were over 3m long and 50cm wide, and 4cm thick. They must have come from a palace!! It hurt to cut them up, but we managed to get four stairs from each plank. The stretchers were also from those planks, two from each plank. We will use the others for making a stair seat and for the kitchen worktops
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    we were thinking of building a nice bathroom like this, but we decided against it...well, the wife did




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    Hey I like that bathroom! The home looks like it is coming along. Keep us updated!

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    I thought you said "cottage". Looks palatial to me.

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    Excellent pics and a lovely looking gaff.

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    Very cool place.

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    thank you all

    It is nice when something you dream up on paper works out even better than you hoped

    more to come, some progress, some not!

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    Quote Originally Posted by buad hai View Post
    I thought you said "cottage". Looks palatial to me.

    actually it is only a wooden house on stilts, not palatial at all

    upstairs there are two bathrooms and a kitchen, all in the concrete bit at the end

    then there is only one room, about 7m square, and a verandah 7m by 3m

    OK, as you will ask, we have two bathrooms as the wife and I could not agree on how the wall tiles should go (horizontally or diagonally), and what type of shower head. So we each designed our own. I will post pics when they are finished later on.

    I bet mine is better, we shall see

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    I bet mine is better,
    I bet your wife arranges for the workers to make some irratating mistakes in your bathroom

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    I will have to watch carefully

    mind you, it works both ways

    her toilet bowl could face the wrong way

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    Tell her she has a complete free hand to have any sort of bathroom she wants.
    The budget is unlimited as she is paying for it herself.

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    no problem Thetyim, and she is also paying for mine

    she lost a bet that I would not eat some snake

    that was easy, drinking the blood and whiskey was not

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    drinking the blood and whiskey was not
    Shit, that bit is easy. Only did it once but I liked it and would do it again.

    All the chewy 'meat' is inedible.

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    maybe you should get a better cook!! mine was fine

    drinking the blood was difficult because of the thought, not the reality

    shudder, gulp, swallow, retch

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    ^ OK thanks.
    Maybe I should give it another try.
    I ate cobra before, do you know if other types taste better.

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    Certainly looks nice! When's the housewarming party?

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