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    Again...I like what you're doing. Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    when I said 130sqm in plan, I meant the ground it covers

    so yes, the floor above is also approx 130 sqm, as is the flat roof
    So 260 m, that's a lot of space.

    Seems like it was a misunderstanding on my side about what rendering means. So what about the floor plans, do you mind to share them with us?

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    well fabian, they are on bits of paper and I don't have a scanner available

    so you will have to wait for those, sorry

    oh yes, they are typical Architects plans too, they show nothing of the true character we want to achieve. They have little people standing around, and cute trees.

    anyway, the real building is going up before your eyes

    if you need to know any specific point, maybe I can help though
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabian
    But there should at least be some kind of building plan?
    Not always.

    I believe CMN's gaff's plans were scribbled on the back of a cigarette packet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Fabian
    But there should at least be some kind of building plan?
    Not always.

    I believe CMN's gaff's plans were scribbled on the back of a cigarette packet.

    I heard that they were neatly drawn; has he given up smoking?

    anyway, the architect has the plans on a CD, I don't

    I don't know if it is true elsewhere, but here the architect seems to retain the right to the CD of the plans, rather than the client

    when I changed architect, he had to buy the CD from the previous guy!

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    Geeez....that sucks....you are paying for it and more so your design.

    No way would I agree to that.

    You will find he likes your ideas and will use it with a future client.

    No way the architect retains the rights/ownership of it....you are paying for it, it is yours.....tell him to fuck off, or is it to late.

    What % did he charge for the right to keep your ideas ?
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    Dr. A looks like its coming along swimmingly!

    Im interested to know which came first, the plans for the house, or finding the land?

    To go further, did you have plans in mind (as you say you done with an architect) and just so happened to find a suitable plot?

    Or rather did you find the land first with the house on it, with then the need to design a house?

    If so where did you get your idea and inspirations from as you mentioned such a varied selection of styles?

    thanks once again!
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    Quote Originally Posted by benlovesnuk View Post
    Dr. A looks like its coming along swimmingly!

    Im interested to know which came first, the plans for the house, or finding the land?

    To go further, did you have plans in mind (as you say you done with an architect) and just so happened to find a suitable plot?

    Or rather did you find the land first with the house on it, with then the need to design a house?

    If so where did you get your idea and inspirations from as you mentioned such a varied selection of styles?

    thanks once again!

    Ben, of course the land came first, then the house designed to fit it

    so no plans in mind; they were all dreamed up to suit the location

    for instance, if the land had been long and narrow, I would have designed a house more like the Chinese shophouses in Malacca, with a courtyard in the very centre of a long house

    but it isn't

    as for ideas and inspirations, the varied influences obviously gave me some thought

    when I have seen some feature of a building I liked, I tend to remember that, then maybe use it when I design a room, a garden, a building whatever
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nawty View Post
    Geeez....that sucks....you are paying for it and more so your design.

    No way would I agree to that.

    You will find he likes your ideas and will use it with a future client.

    No way the architect retains the rights/ownership of it....you are paying for it, it is yours.....tell him to fuck off, or is it to late.

    What % did he charge for the right to keep your ideas ?

    It seems to be the common practice here, and elsewhere. My architect in the Uk never gave me any CD, just paper plans and planning consent!

    no problem really, I don't normally need the plans later

    I also have no problem with him using any ideas I have. I too am a professional and any experience I gain with one client gets used with the next etc; that is normal

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    so, the roof is coming on; I have been away three days and see good progress



    I have never had a metal framed roof before, so it looks interesting, quite strong too



    There are geckos there too, the noise does not bother them



    The walls are going up; QCON blocks have been specified for their insulation properties, both heat and noise. They are very easy to work with and cut, but they cost a bit more [at] B30 each




    we have an equal opportunity workforce too. The women are good blockies

    The site office has moved inside as the welding guys were raining them with sparks





    This area will be open and connected to the courtyard i.e. part of it



    6 mouths are better than one, so I am told





    anyway...

    here they are making the former for the arch into the kitchen. Rather than a normal arch we decided to put in a "moongate" for fun




    I am not sure if this is a Moonmoth?

    do they bite?


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    Dr Andy, enjoying the thread, as previously stated I will be attempting something similar. I have one problem with your house! - its so superior to my ideas - I am ashamed! Can you tell me which architect you used? can you sell me your house plans? will you be my personal physician? and are you interested in becoming blood brothers?

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    Very nice house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airportwo View Post
    Dr Andy, enjoying the thread, as previously stated I will be attempting something similar. I have one problem with your house! - its so superior to my ideas - I am ashamed! Can you tell me which architect you used? can you sell me your house plans? will you be my personal physician? and are you interested in becoming blood brothers?

    Sorry if that is true, it was not my intention

    so, yes, you can use my architect, if you live in or near CM

    PM me for his details, he is a nice guy and not expensive. You have to have your own design ideas though, and let him translate them. He does not speak English but can understand the wife

    You can copy my plans if you wish, but then I may live under your bed

    AB-ve

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    The builder has put his foot in it

    The metal guys were happily welding the roof, the usual sparks flying everywhere

    the neighbour, who has a part wooden house just next to the site complained about it and asked them to be more careful. Oh yes, said the foreman

    a few minutes later the exact same thing happened, so the neighbour phoned the council. They called our builder and he and my wife have to go for a meeting with them this afternoon

    smacked wrist time

    meanwhile, I will have to go round to the neighbours with a big bunch of flowers

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    Yeah, be nice to the neighbours. Worthy investment.

    Also, make it known that you will fix any and all damage or dirtyness resulting from the construction.

    They already have to put up with noise, dust and blocked sois, so be extra nice.

    Of course some are just assholes, but I would make a massive effort to keep the relationship good.. neighbours are important!!

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    If they request money for any kind of compensation....go hell for leather at em.

    The neighbours at a house we finished last year were kunts, they all got together and ganged up on us.

    Totally unreasonable.....I sent them a bill in the end for what they cost me....supposedly....and left their road busted and shitty in return.

    Now you might say....what a plick....but you do not know the story.....but just think that I offered to actually improve their street, beautify it with plants etc and improve the road....yet they whined....so my reaction was 'fuckem'.....and I did.

    But of course, being nice first is always bestest.

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    Chiang Mai Old City 400 Sqm allotment

    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    We bought a small piece of land in Chiang Mai old city centre about three years ago.
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    there was an old wooden house in situ, with poor foundations.




    We designed a house, essentially a U shape, which would take up most of the land space. The centre of the U was intended to be a courtyard.

    We got planning permission for 3 stories, and a 3 metre front wall. This latter was intended to reinforce the enclosed courtyard feel.

    After a couple of years, and renewing the planning permissions, we started building the wall




    My SD card failed, unfortunately, so there are no more pics of the building of the wall until this next stage




    we will increase the side fences later

    This is the Soi that the land is in, quite small connecting two of the main roads in the old city inside the moat. Very quiet but very close to lots of bars and restaurants etc etc




    more wall building pics




    I don't like the knobs on top, they will go. The lower inset decoration is good though. Both of these features were put in by my wife when I was away!

    There is a large back-set gateway and a small pedestrian gate; both these will have wooden gates made eventually.

    The left hand side wall




    and the inside view of the right side





    well, that is the wall. We did not do any more building for a while. We let the wooden house to parents of a friend and did other things (like building our house in the ricefields)

    When we returned to CM last year, in September, we thought it was about time we built the place.

    so we demolished the wooden house and started in earnest
    Actually 100 talang wah in the Old City is a comparatively substantial size. Many apartment buildings have less.

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    Those pics look familiar, Timpatco

    yes, 100 TW is a decent size for the old city, ours is actually 84

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    Another excellent thread DrAndy, I like the idea of a pool on the top floor. I have many stupid questions, but I will wait to see what you do. Great stuff.

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    blimey Loomy, don't save all your questions until the last minute, they may help me

    thanks for your input anyway

    I have a few more pics coming up
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    They called our builder and he and my wife have to go for a meeting with them this afternoon
    And the "verdict" was?

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    so, the roof over the concrete bit is almost complete, a view from the soi



    and a view from the back neighbours yard (damaged by flying sparks!)




    and walls going up; the wooden house will be on the shuttering dump, the foundations already complete. The main door is visible on the left, at back




    The "Moondoor" support frame is now being used and they have put in the two kitchen double windows behind

    I was impressed at how they built the Moondoor support, no prompting from myself. Initially the architect said it would be "very difficult", but the builder took it in his stride

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    They called our builder and he and my wife have to go for a meeting with them this afternoon
    And the "verdict" was?

    oh yes, sorry

    The council guy (who, incidentally was the one who initially approved our plans) said we should be more careful. He also said it would be politic to install guttering as our roof was quite close to the boundary. We were going to do that anyway.
    The extra complaint by the neighbour that the house was too close to the boundary was not examined in any detail.

    Anyway, we went round and said sorry to all the neighbours, with flowers and a bit of grovelling

    all's well that ends well

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    ^Ahh! But has it ended...........or only just begun.

    DrAndy 1 - Neighbors 0

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    no, it is not a competition. I can fully understand the neighbours worries; in addition, living next to a buiding site is not nice - lots of dust and noise

    we will also have to live next to them in the future so wish for good relations

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