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    Actually we've bought nearly all the supplies needed & have a contract with the builder for labour costs, so we're pretty confident of coming in close to the target. Of course Thai partner has probably made some alterations to the plans that I don't know about which will jack up the price Also we don't have to buy the wood, when father-in-law got the land 30 years ago he immediately planted enough mai-daeng and mai-pradoo to build a house for each of his 7 children. We are only the 2nd to build so there was a good choice of trees to cut and mill. The only wood we have to buy is for the doors and windows which are being made from recycled wood sourced locally. Add to that the house is not very big (12 sao) and we don't have anykitchen, bathroom or electrical fittings (no electricity on our land) and it will be a pretty basic, but hopefully solid, little holiday house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twocam
    Well we kind of have plans...they were originally from a Thai house, scaled down for model-making and now we're scaling it back up to real size.
    make sure you do not scale any cockroaches up to the new size

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    ^^ Good old dad.
    What a good father to be 'forward thinking' enough to plant trees, so his children can have timber to build a home. I think you owe him a big THANK YOU.

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    Thumbs down Thai House in the paddies

    Quote Originally Posted by Twocam View Post

    Someone asked about plans. Well we kind of have plans...they were originally from a Thai house, scaled down for model-making and now we're scaling it back up to real size. Hoping to get something based on one of these. Would love to build the whole compound but just can't afford it.

    We officially have one post in the ground as of today 29/10.

    No more pics until late November I fear as that's when the better half will next visit and collect the next tranche of money!
    Looks great, why can't you build it in portions as you can afford? Would seem you intend to stay and that is a beautiful plan. I do suppose electricity and modern plumbing are in the plan?

    ShilohJim


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    Good luck with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jandajoy View Post
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    600,000 don't sound like much for a flashy wood joint like that, ya sure the sums are ridgy didge?
    If the build is based on the model I doubt the costings. Sorry to say.

    not sure about that , there are many good examples in pak chong for same price.

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    One main problem with an all wooden house is upkeep.

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    Like what, HillBilly?

    They just need a nice oiling if you want them to look fresh, otherwise nothing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thailing View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jandajoy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne Kerr
    600,000 don't sound like much for a flashy wood joint like that, ya sure the sums are ridgy didge?
    If the build is based on the model I doubt the costings. Sorry to say.

    not sure about that , there are many good examples in pak chong for same price.

    well, the model cost B1500

    it is a 1:20 scale so the cost will be....

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    Like what, HillBilly?

    They just need a nice oiling if you want them to look fresh, otherwise nothing
    My experience has shown ants, termites and other bugs can wreck havoc upon one's home. Why?

    The landscaping around ones home invites the ants and bugs. Termites will find their way to any concrete and chew.

    I have heard Thais say that old Teak wood is almost bullet-proof. I say no. Additionally, I have talked to the caretakers of Vinanmek Mansion in Bangkok. Maintence is constant.

    How many truly old teak homes does one see?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly
    My experience has shown ants, termites and other bugs can wreck havoc upon one's home. Why?
    because they like it for food; but that also applies to any wood in a concrete home

    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly
    I have heard Thais say that old Teak wood is almost bullet-proof. I say no. Additionally, I have talked to the caretakers of Vinanmek Mansion in Bangkok. Maintence is constant.
    no, not bullet proof but it is insect and rot proof

    as for Vinanmek, did they say what maintenance they did? that place is massive and ANY house that size requires a lot of work
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    One photo arrived from 29/10 the first day of building. Sounds like the entire day consisting of raising the sao-ek (first support pole) which had the good luck package tied on, then drinking a lot of rice wine. Seems to be moving faster now, all 12 supports are concreted in and they are rust-proofing/painting/prefabbing the roof structure while they wait for the concrete to set.


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    Nice to see it has started

    Thanks for sharing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thailing
    not sure about that , there are many good examples in pak chong for same price.
    Not the same size as splitlids design though..the closest I've seen in Pak Chong to splitlids design is 9 million baht..I'm assuming we're talking about the place on Mittrapharp Rd just before you take the turn of for Pak Chong?

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    Ok so it's a bit bigger than Splits but this is on sale for 9 million..


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    Ouch that's huge, a bit too bit for our little holiday shack and slightly over budget. Maybe when I win Lotto! BTW that gorgeous model a few posts back was made by my better half whose supervising the housebuilding. So I'm thinking if the real house is half as nice I'll be pretty happy.

    Today our roof-tile supplier piked on us and said they won't be able to fill our order. Now we need about a squillion small traditional kabuang-kroc in short order and it seems they can't be found for love nor money in Nong Khai or Udon. Oh well, at least we hadn't paid the supplier yet. Looks like a weekend trip to Korat/Dan Kwian is in order. Grrrr.

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    Latest update is that we have all support poles cemented in place. A spirit level even made an appearance when they were being erected, which I'm guessing is a good thing. The basic frame is up but pre-fabbing the roof was delayed while they cleaned up the wood posts (sao) being used inside the main room of the house. Since my better half forgot to take any photos, here are some random shots from the process, starting with the 10-inch wide mai-pradoo floorboards at our local secondhand wood dealer, which we didn't end up buying, but they were very tempting.

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    Our future furniture, roots of one of the mai daeng we cut for timber to build our house. The photo doesn't show any scale but it is huge and took a truck and sling to move it from where it was dug up. A friend is going to sand it back and see if he can turn it into some useful furniture for us.

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    Finally a progress photo from my other half that isn't out of focus and actually shows the whole structure. Moving along nicely considering the builders are working with a small Kubota generator for power.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Twocam
    Our future furniture, roots of one of the mai daeng we cut for timber to build our house. The photo doesn't show any scale but it is huge and took a truck and sling to move it from where it was dug up. A friend is going to sand it back and see if he can turn it into some useful furniture for us.
    Looking forward to see the photos of that furniture.

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    Let me know if you have any luck with the pictures? - I see you said you will have another go ? - I haven't been successful yet.

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    nice pics i will folow your progres

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    Another progress pic from the field. The roof structure has now been welded on site and is almost ready to be lifted on. The traditional terracotta tiles will be put on in early Jan as the manufacturer can't get them to us any sooner. It's starting to look like a house, rather than a big pile of money...oops I mean building materials.

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    We are really pleased with the way our home-grown wood looks. These are floorboards.

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