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    Issan house complete, shed scheduled

    I moved to Thailand in May of 06.
    Began construction in Oct 06.
    Completed in May.
    Location: Tha Bo, Nong Khai, 1 mile from Mekong.
    Started with a lot of hair, bald now. But rent-free is good.







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    Nice place. Add a swimming pool and it's complete.

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    I am green with envy.

    What did this home cost you? BTW, did I say I was jealous...

    Please tell us more.

    Where do you BBQ?

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    Looks lovely. You started yours about the same time as me and I'm still losing hair....

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    Looks great, Pat. How much have you got sunk in it?

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    Yep, very nice indeed, whens the house warming party?

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    Magnificent mate ... congratulations!

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    No, no, no this just won't do. This is so anti-climactic.

    We need real-time, daily reports of every nail going in, documented, pictured, discussed, ridiculed, removed and then replaced again over a period of at least half a year.

    But instead you suddenly go "Tanaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa: My spanking brilliant new house!"

    Yeah, it's nice. But we want PAIN you hear, an excruciating nails-on-the-blackboard slow materialization of a structure spread out across 46 pages of misery, interspersed with pictures of what the workers eat, where they go to take a dump, how they dress, how often they pass out and on what substances, every wart & blemish!!!

    (Future posters, see http://teakdoor.com/building-in-thailand-famous-threads/6417-a-hillbilly-shack-in-the-jungle.html for reference )
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    Quote Originally Posted by buad hai
    You started yours about the same time as me and I'm still losing hair....
    I think his 'trick' was not be there while it was being built.

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    Night shot taken this weekend.


    Kitchen. Granite countertops. I'm not licensed to operate stove or oven.
    Gotta good handle on the fridge, though. (hic)


    Dining room and lay-z-man (facing TV) Granite floors downstairs.


    Wood floors upstairs (pradouk). Woodworkers did a nice job. Tha Bo is known for quality Vietnamese woodworkers.


    Master bedroom with walk-in closet. Damn shoulda cleaned up the laundry. And lastly ...


    Master bathroom.

    House is on 2.5 rai. About 60 lam yai trees (in season now) and a few banana, papaya, lemon/lime, jackfruit, mango. Also a few tomato plants in a small 6x6m raised patch.

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    When I can come up with something negative about your house, I will.

    Better keep my mouth shut, cause I can't think of nothing...

    Congrats!

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    These spotlessly clean and organised places make me uncomfortable.
    But each to their own.

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    I'm still curious what Pat spent like in per sq. meter?

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    It's nice of course.. Let me start being Thai and ask the main question:

    How many bathrooms?

    (And 3 or 4 bedrooms I guess?)

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    Hehe, even I got 3 bathrooms!

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    You can look at the plan (first pic) it's about 200 sq/m (2,000 sqf), 3bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. My wife (of 6 years) and I saw this plan in a design book shortly after we got married. We swapped the entire upstairs to put the MBR on the east side of the house -- cooler. And turned a poxy little sitting room into a walk-in closet. Hard to say how much it was, actually. We bought the land in 2001 and shifted our savings to LOS every year since then. (In '01, $1 was about 42B, today it's 33B) Cost averaging is a good idea. House and land was slightly less than 4m. Include alcohol required to survive the experience, significaltly more.

    No swimming pool in plans -- that's what neighbors are for. Convince them to build/maintain one, then go to their place with a bottle of Red. You'll gain/Walk in the long run.

    Plan: storage shed for bicycles, lawn mower, tools, shovels, rakes, gf.

    If it's too antiseptic for you, to each his own. This is my retirement house. It ain't a palace, but I'm comfortable here. I'm 43 and have no job so I can putz around all day in the garden -- or not.

    PS: Never invest more in Thailand than you can afford to lose.

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    I'd love to live up there some day. Not practical at the moment. I lived most of my adult life at the beach and some nice lazy river seems wonderfully inviting now.

    You've done well Texpat. First that great avatar and now the nice house. Good work.

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    Super job.
    lovely place and beautiful looking grounds.
    I'm sure you'll be very happy there.

    my new place is a shit pit and I have hardly any money to sort it out but will have fun trying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stroller View Post
    Hehe, even I got 3 bathrooms!
    Besides the one-holer, those two coconut trees in the yard don't count...

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    Looks really nice Tp, i'd be petrified of that bedroom floor probably would have dropped something on it and put a dent in by now.
    thanks for the pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly View Post
    When I can come up with something negative about your house, I will.

    Better keep my mouth shut, cause I can't think of nothing...

    Congrats!

    how about the big fuckoff column in the kitchen. does that qualify???

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    Texpat, you also added a balcony on the back side is that correct? Looks like it on the actual picture but it isn't on the design?

    how about the big fuckoff column in the kitchen. does that qualify???
    LOL.. Yes I noticed that too. Doesn't matter much of course.

    Also, you need ceiling fans everywhere. Ceiling fans are great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by splitlid View Post
    how about the big column in the kitchen. does that qualify???
    Yes, a bit of a problem as we bumped the entire kitchen out 60 cm. No way around that one. We partially recovered though by building cabinets around the upper half of the column.

    Lighted ceiling fans in every room upstairs and the living room. Also, AC units in guest bedroom 9000, master bedroom 18,000 and living room 36000. Probably going to put one in the office, but as it's cooling down now, maybe I'll save my clams.

    We added the second balcony off the east side of the master bedroom to provide shade downstairs. We also put a service balcony behind the master bathroom to hold the hot water heater and two big AC compressors (see above).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee View Post
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    Hehe, even I got 3 bathrooms!
    Besides the one-holer, those two coconut trees in the yard don't count...
    Exfukinzactly

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    We want to see more pics (or at least I want to)

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