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    Quote Originally Posted by nigelandjan View Post
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    are 35" or about 90mm from the floor and the bottom of the shelves are abot 26" or 66mm above the counter top.
    Well pics can be a bit decieving mate ,, looking from where I am the hood looks about eye height ,, anyway glad its all worked out for you.
    The only reason I spotted it was because when I got divorced I moved into a rented bungalow for a while and yes the cooker hood was level with the base of the top units ,, resulting in me keeping a box of plasters in the ajacent cupboards ,, where we live now I have fitted a new kitchen in here and have a glass / stainless hood over the hob , think I tried it 3 times before I actually fixed it to the wall to make sure 100% I wasnt gonna clatter into the bloody thing , allthough I still aproach with some intrepidation . all the best mate
    don't get me wrong nigelandjan, the bottom of the hood is actually eye level but because it set back from the edge of the counter top slightly, little chance for anyone other than a clutz to bang their forehead. OK, I might have done it once. Call me a clutz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SEA Traveler
    I might have done it once.
    Aha !!!!! the old guilt trip 555

    And no I wont call you anything but sir if i ever have the privelage of meeting you ( only because your a lot bigger and stronger than me , oh and Im a bit of a creep )

    Also if I do meet you at your home one day I will cook you a fine massaman gai and show you how many times I can headbutt it without even trying .

    Happy cooking ( can I bring me hard hat ? )
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    chicken is fine but I prefer doing my own cooking thanks. and I also prefer "moo" or "plha" on the Bar BQ grill rather then gai but a well prepared meal is what counts.

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    Greetings! It has been a while since I’ve posted any updates to the going ons here at the Villa and figured it might be appropriate to do so. I’ll update this thread as the occasion calls for it with visits from the various critters, Bar BQ outings, plants planted and flowering, home DIY projects etc.

    Here is what I have for you today:

    Sunset at the Villa.




    The Villa from the 2nd floor of the house across the soi.







    The Villa grounds as they are today.



    Enjoying the down time in the pool.




    A new banana pod that will soon be yielding bananas.




    A few bananas that are not yet ripe although some have already been cut off.



    Some ripening papaya.


    Seems like I always have some “jackfruit” on my tree.




    The Villa.


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    Looks like you have a very fertile piece of land there mate.

    Have you been practicing your chipping lately?

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    Here are some of the critters I had around the Villa recently. I’d consider all of these critters common place for almost any area here in Thai. I was swimming in the pool yesterday and saw what I thought was a leaf in the water but upon closer examination, determined that I needed to get these 2 critters out before continuing with my swim.















    Found this guy hanging around one morning as I was going out to the patio. I believe they call it a Ginglin.





    The few black scorpions we see are here seasonally in that it seems they are around for about a week one time a year.





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    We call these little guys “praying mantis” back home.







    Here is what I think is a green tree snake. He was fooling around in the jasmine bushes.


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    And some snails every now and then usually seen during the rainy season just after the rain.





    and the occasional frog or toad.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy View Post
    Looks like you have a very fertile piece of land there mate.

    Have you been practicing your chipping lately?
    You have that right LT. But that is the nature of the beast over here. Always some sort of shrubbery or tree or bush to be moved, trimmed, harvested or otherwise have maintenance provided to it. Cheers Mate.

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    What a wonderfull pad you have there ST , a credit to your forward vision of what you set out to achieve.

    It is something very dear to my heart I hope to be able to join in with you sometime in the not too distant future ,, allthough my budget will ( barring a lottery win ) only allow a smaller version of what you have . I to love to be able to grow fruit and veg and looking at your fruit trees makes you realise the different varieties that come with the climate , that we can only dream about over here. I bought a green pappaya for Jan to make a somtum with a few weeks back now and it was the equivalent of about 14$ US ! but it was worth it to see her little brown eyes light up as she exclaimed saaaaaaaaaap!

    Last night we went right back through this thread ,, and enjoyed every min of it ,, it,s an evening,s entertainment ,,, I really like your 2.2 metre high wall , my thoughts the same , keep out what you dont want in and keep your own privacy inside.

    I notice you used some kind of mould inhibitor ,, has that done the trick over the years ? I know it seems to be on most of the city buildings I spose because of the high humidity in the air .

    Tonight I,m taking Jan out for a meal , nothing fancy just some good basic well cooked food , there will be little change out of 50$ US so spare a thought as you pay a few baht for your fresh sea bass at your local restatraunt enjoy

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    N&J, Thanks for the kind words I won't try and claim to be an expert on construction here in Thai, I only know what I know and have experienced through others knowledge. As for the mold. In short, yes, the use of a mold retardant with the primer paint is of some value in my opinion but just as important is to make sure that the moisture has escaped from the curing concrete/cement. In other words, making sure that the cement and cement rendering has had sufficient time to cure and dry out prior to priming and painting.

    i have found out that the weather conditions here in Thailand are very harsh on the construction materials so the upkeep is somewhat of a constant issue.

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    Here is a photo of the snake I saw in my sala while swimming in the pool at Villa SEA Traveler/MTSINTERNATIONAL. I gathered up some local indians to help me capture and dispose of the critter. He is no longer on the grounds. I sort of think the snake I captured today was the accomplice of the one you see here in the picture that got away but that I captured today. Photos of that are in another thread.





    Anyway, here are a few pleasant photos taken today of a dragon fly on one of the Hawaian plants near the pool.














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    great update, your looking well mate, lost a few kilos?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunsetter View Post
    great update, your looking well mate, lost a few kilos?
    following your well advised lead Mate.

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    would a kind mod kindly delete post #490 as it has no relation in any way to the thread and disrupts the otherwise constructive continuity of the thread.

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    SEA Traveler, I want to thank you for posting this thread on your adventures in constructing your home there in the Ban Chang, Rayong area. Your home and grounds are beautiful and you are to be congratulated in finding a competent builder and Project Manager to oversee the construction when you were not there to personally supervise. I know that it had to help your stress level knowing you were able to be in constant email contact and have progress pictures sent on a regular basis.

    I am just recently retired and will be moving to Thailand sometime this year. I will start out in or around Pattaya and do some recce's to see what is around that area you are living in. I am single, so who know where I will eventually end up, but from what I have read and seen about Ban Chang and Rayong, I could be very happy there.

    Anyhow, I wish you all the best and thanks once again for the time and effort to post your adventure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnybegood49 View Post
    SEA Traveler, I want to thank you for posting this thread on your adventures in constructing your home there in the Ban Chang, Rayong area. Your home and grounds are beautiful and you are to be congratulated in finding a competent builder and Project Manager to oversee the construction when you were not there to personally supervise. I know that it had to help your stress level knowing you were able to be in constant email contact and have progress pictures sent on a regular basis.

    I am just recently retired and will be moving to Thailand sometime this year. I will start out in or around Pattaya and do some recce's to see what is around that area you are living in. I am single, so who know where I will eventually end up, but from what I have read and seen about Ban Chang and Rayong, I could be very happy there.

    Anyhow, I wish you all the best and thanks once again for the time and effort to post your adventure.

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    Thanks JBG49 for the kind complements. If you are interested in seeing some of the scenery and around Ban Chang, you might want to check out some of the other threads I have started that are here on this forum.

    As for your moving to Thailand, good luck, don't burn any bridges, check out the various locals before settling in and making a commitment, and make the most of what this country has to offer. Enjoy!

    You can PM me if you have any specific questions about Ban Chang...

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    Appreciate the kind complements Khun Loom. Actually Khun Loom, the costs for the front gate that you see in this picture were consolidated with an electric motor with 2 remote controls to open and close the gate, a pedestrian gate as shown below, approximately 40 meters of iron/steel grating (tấm sàn grating) at the top of the wall and the installation of all mentioned. Check your PMs.

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