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    The construction of my new house..

    After months of faffing about, we finally decided on a house design.
    a little 3 bedroom bungalow affair that is affordable without having to sell my other place.

    I was actually ready to get going a few weeks back but January the 8th was deemed an auspicious day by the monks.
    No way am i being blamed for any inevitable future misfortunes because I insisted on starting on the 2nd or something.

    I will try to update the progress at least twice a week when i have time to get up there and also post a running cost tally.

    We finally settled on a local team of builders, primarily because the head builders father is a decent chap that lives opposite us and also they were cheaper than anyone else.

    cost: 126,000 baht.

    I went up there a bit earlier and was pleasantly surprised to see how much they had managed to do so far.




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    I think the front door is going to be where this old chap is working.


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    My wife is in charge of this.

    She is buying all the material herself.

    We got the cement mix, stones, and sand from a local building yard in Sang Kampheng.


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    A hole being dug with a hoe.
    I don't know.

    Why do Thais work with hoes.
    They are fukking useless tools I think.



    especially when they could use one of these things that is just sitting there in the sun.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon
    126,000 baht
    That seems extraordinarily cheap for a 3brm house! Anyways, good luck with it. I shall be following this thread with interest.

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    So far i have paid out a total of 76,000 baht for the stuff that we have there, whatever it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson
    That seems extraordinarily cheap for a 3brm house!
    for the labour only of course.


    we had other quotes in the 165-200,000 baht range.

    they are saying it will be done inside 3 months.
    not overly bothered about the time scale so long as they are on a fixed fee.

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    ^ Still seems cheap to me, but I know feck all about the subject and costs involved..... I'll be watching this develop as I may be in the same boat one day... Good luck with it all.

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    ^^ Even then it's still pretty cheap. Our extentsions came to about 170-180,000k, that was labour and materials but still...

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    ^
    I dunno, 5 blokes, around 40,000 a month.

    Say the boss man gets 20 a month and he gives his minnions 5,000 each.
    seems about right to me.

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    ^ Don't get me wrong, more power to you I say. I'm starting to wonder why ours cost so much

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    ^
    I should think that quite a bit of yours was materials though Ant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    ^ Don't get me wrong, more power to you I say. I'm starting to wonder why ours cost so much
    Could it be because your a Lawyer and people just lurve to sink their teeth into a Lawyer.

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    ^^ Yep I expect you're right. Which reminds me... What do I have to do to get you to come and take this door and shite away, pay you!?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan
    Could it be because your a Lawyer and people just lurve to sink their teeth into a Lawyer.
    No that can't be it. I may be a lawyer but I'm a throughly decent chappie otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson
    Yep I expect you're right. Which reminds me... What do I have to do to get you to come and take this door and shite away, pay you!?!
    a small tip to the driver should do the trick.

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    lucky sod, at least you have managed to find a builder and underway, I am still pulling my hair out seeking a builder and a price range. keep us posted on the progress

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    ^
    I think you'll find rather a difference between Phukett labour prices and little backwater village prices in San khampeng.

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    Good to see you finally started Noon, that is cheap, cost me about the same to do a complete top floor over an existing ground floor place in Korat.
    That included an A'c in bedroom and fully insulated walls and ceiling.

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    ^
    that sounds very cheap to me if it includes material.

    I think we are looking at around 600-800,000 for material.

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    anyway, good you got started on the auspicious day

    did/will you have the proper ceremony for the first hole?

    The materials are the most expensive part of any building here; make sure you buy the quality commensurate with the job, it is not worth saving a few baht on substandard stuff.
    I have reported your post

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson
    That seems extraordinarily cheap for a 3brm house! Anyways, good luck with it. I shall be following this thread with interest.
    Yes it does seen cheap but if you build to Thai specs keeping it to 250K shouldnt be to hard ever with a few western things like fly screens on the windows and metal frame windows.
    I was suprised how well my workshop turned out and that was only about 150K all in with three rooms, shower , and work shop area.

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    The guy who built my house quoted me 125,000 baht to build a 4m x 3m shed.

    How can you possibly build a 3 bedroom house for 250K?

    I understand there is a great differential in available materials, but I still find it hard to believe. Watching with interest.

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    ^^
    I think you are confused driventowin.

    the material cost will be upwards of 600,000 on top of the 126,000 labour.

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    Oh, missed that.

    nevermind.

    Good luck.

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