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    Went over today to see what has been going on

    here you can see the back door frame and the long window

    we thought it sensible to put in a few bars downstairs



    We have the beginning of stairs, that will be a luxury after the Thai ladders

    looking through the Moongate from the kitchen




    Just looking up the stairs




    and another view, the housekeepers room on the left




    her window on the world, well, the wall next door





    and a look at the front door frame. They forgot the ventilator so poured the frame just to the door height. never mind, at least they did not pour the lintel





    actually, thinking about it, building a concrete house is a bit boring compared to a wooden one; most of the process is essentially the same for each one - lots of concrete beams and columns. Once finished the differences are a bit more obvious!
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    so, popped round there to check what was going on..they had built some walls across the 2nd floor balconies to window sill height. There should be some full length doors there to get out to the balconies; the drawings showed doors but they were noted as windows.....oh well, cutting QCON is easy.

    The roof is nearly finished, with the edges being put in place (fascia not soffits?)




    These old wheels are being used as windows for the under-house courtyard area



    now that the walls are partly built and things being put in place, I can see the sizes and get more of a feeling for the rooms etc

    This area will be a nice size

    Is that KFC they have eaten?




    my camera decided to run out of battery. It is a nice camera but has no indicator of how full the battery is, stupid Canon

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    glad to see this update thanks DrA!

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    Looks like excellent progress...

    Will there be a tour of the place & house warming when it's completed? I'll bring beer.

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    thanks chaps

    no tour, but certainly a housewarming!

    now, the wheel windows are in place and ready to be finished. There is wire all round which is difficult to see




    I was talking about the walled in balcony. here is the wall ready for a window to be put on top



    looking over the wall, you can see a neat balcony. The windows/shutters to go here are full length, of course




    The second to third floor staircase, getting ready. You can see the edge wires in the pic 2 above. The bucket has a spiritual purpose



    anyway, the last door arrives; this is for the second floor front balcony (not yet walled in)




    It is composed of four shutters, which fold right back



    They did say they were starting the roof tiling today, but so far no sign of the tiles

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    DrAndy, looks awesome, would love to have the balls to atempt something like this.
    Hope it all pans out well!

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    Thanks Navyd

    you must have had the balls for twins though, so that is good enough

    just remembered to mention, one of our esteemed members here has bought a copy of my plans (worth every baht, I hope); it will be interesting to know what he thinks of them
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    so, more on the mini-saga

    up on the roo'oof

    the pool is sitting ignored and sulking




    meanwhile, the roof really is ready for tiling; they have done it all




    this will be the "master" bathroom, "ensuite" to our bedroom and "dressing room"

    oh dear, those architects do take it all seriously!


    these are the stairs to the rooftop. Now you can walk right up to the top like a normal person rather than scrambling up rickety ladders




    and this is the big guest bedroom, which has a decent sized balcony and those concertina doors that were offloaded a couple of days ago. The balcony is at the end where the pile of blocks is; the other two balconies are small and just for wooden doors to open on to





    just another view of the same


    The Moongate into the kitchen is coming on slowly but surely



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    Whats a moongate exacery ??

    Are those wagon whhels having normal glass or stained in them ?

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    A moon gate is a circular opening in a wall that acts as a pedestrian passageway.

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    I knew I'd seen one before somewhere.


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    Cool, it's the Teletubbies home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nawty
    Are those wagon whhels having normal glass or stained in them ?
    it will be chocolate or nothing, they are acting as ventilators to the courtyard room



    Quote Originally Posted by WhiteLotusLane
    Cool, it's the Teletubbies home.
    nope, they was Hobbits!

    Moon Gates are a Chinese thing, they are meant to be lucky and keep out bad spirits and nasties

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    enough bandying; Ok it has a Moongate and a couple of wagonwheels, that doesn't make it Disneyland, honest

    the place is big enough to take a whimsy or two

    so, here we have what will be the services for the wooden house, which will adjoin this part. There is a small (bed?)room and a bathroom. These also have an inside door between them



    Ok fans, here is the moongate arch. The kitchen seems quite dark at the moment, which may be OK for Hobbits, but once the scaffolding and netting go, it will be bright enough

    the two bar windows are looking for a home



    the main bedroom has now got the balconies in use, the frames for the double shutters being in





    and the roof is 90% tiled and the space underneath is looking good





    It should be cool enough, what with the height and any breeze




    we glanced across the road and spotted this guy stealing mangoes from the unoccupied building; they are still green and very small. Bit like him really





    maybe he is a hobbit waiting for a chance to move in

    whatever, he seems quite brave. He had a big motosy and tattoos


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    Back from a couple of days in the ricefields

    it is a bit hotter in the city, but work progresses

    some progress!




    the ground floor bedroom and bathroom; these will actually be part of the wooden house, not accessible from the main house. Both are quite small to discourage guests from staying too long. The bathroom will also be the toilet for the courtyard



    the electricmen have started putting in the conduit. It can be a problem when two different workforces merge, but this lot seems good with each other





    Lots of new QCON walls; the guest bedroom on the left is looking nice. The room on the right has windows at the side; the wooden house will cover that blank wall



    another view of the guest bedrooms and bathroom




    meanwhile, up on the roof, they are building the parapet walls (QCON not necessary)




    damn, it is hot

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    Thought I had better see what was going on

    they are putting up lots of bamboo scaffold, for rendering the outside




    They have built the edges of the arches up, including the top profile

    The shape of the arches has come from a nearby temple..wait and see





    a quick internal shot; this shows the main bedroom; the arch goes through to the dressing room and then the bathroom



    It all seems to be coming on OK, slowly but surely

    it was nice standing outside and getting a little idea of what is being created

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    Is it all going smoothly or giving you a lot of headache?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    Moon Gates are a Chinese thing, they are meant to be lucky and keep out bad spirits and nasties
    oh, I was thinking Stargate, thought it was instead of the stairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabian View Post
    Is it all going smoothly or giving you a lot of headache?

    we are lucky to have a good builder and an architect who can make changes without drama

    even then, problems arise and have to be solved, so small headaches always occur in any project

    We are trying to get the cable company to come round and put in the TV stuff, but they are useless. If they don't come within the next week or so, the walls will be rendered and the cabling will then have to be cut in....

    now it is raining a bit, so the neighbours are getting our water runoff from the roof. We will put guttering later but they are not 100% happy....

    etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    If they don't come within the next week or so, the walls will be rendered and the cabling will then have to be cut in....
    I put in conduit (pvc) and ran coaxial, speaker wire and the like after rendering. Works good if you don't have too many bends in the conduit. Should work for your cable.

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    Run your own internal cable points, they aint going to do it for you, they don't generally work on building sites.

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    Nice palace, love the moongate.

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    Ok Norton and DD, maybe I will get someone to do that, although WEtv do work in building sites....when you can get them to!

    trouble is, I want to run the coax to 5 different locations, so it will need the cable in also...too complex for just the conduit, I think. I will find out


    and thanks BexarCS, it looks bigger than it is, so no palace

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    well, they are into the outside rendering; it looks good, very smooth


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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    trouble is, I want to run the coax to 5 different locations, so it will need the cable in also...too complex for just the conduit, I think. I will find out
    maybe you should price having some cat6 put in the same cable runs while you are at it

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