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    My Traditional Thai House Too

    Following on from Ciaphas' great effort, ta-da, here is the beginnings of our very own Little House on the Prairie..oops Rice Paddy. Wood is mostly from father-in-law's 30-40 year old Mai Daeng trees, cut 12-18 months ago and left to season under the pig-shed roof. A few bits of wood to be purchased here and there including some floorboards cos the father-in-law underestimated and didn't cut enough. Land raised up 2 metres 2 years ago and settled through 2 rainy seasons.

    We have no electricity and no running water, although plenty laying around in the paddies. This is a real country-style build, with a toothless foreman and a bunch of village guys being ordered around by my partner, who has visions of the house being the same quality as a 5-star hotel villa....

    When we started 2 years ago we budgeted 400,000 baht but will probably be closer to 600,000 once I add in all the bits I forgot before (the wood milling, transport for the traditional roof tiles etc). Building expected to take 2-3 months depending on the weather and my finances!

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    That's great 2cam.

    Anything missing ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twocam
    once I add in all the bits I forgot
    Like the photos?

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    Good start twocam, It sounds wonderful!


    *Edit* I see that those above have already mentioned the apparent lack of 'colour'.
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    Can't ye see the pics?

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    Good on ya 2cam! Love these threads..got some rough floorplans to show the fans?? Some piccies??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chairman Mao
    Can't ye see the pics?
    There are none. I had already checked the coding.
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    Yes. Sorry about that.

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    Looking forward to hearing your experiences, and watching your dream house come to life.

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    Yup, the pix would be nice to see......

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    Now look what youíve done no pictures and now no twocam although it hasnít been a full day yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BKKBILL View Post
    Now look what youíve done no pictures and now no twocam although it hasnít been a full day yet.
    haha, I'm actually at WORK. Unlike some lucky buggers I still have to clock on every day. Will have another go at pics tonight, our ISP is so slow it refused to upload anything last night.

    By all accounts the 'sao ek' ceremony went well today and the puu-yai baan and orbortor were suitably plied with father-in-law's sato and are nursing nice headaches. No photos though because the better half forgot to charge the camera....typical.

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    Don't worry Twocam. Some of these spoiled posters of TD want instant gratification.

    Ok, that is enough of a warning. Now where are the damn pics?

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    The hell's wrong with instant gratification??

    Yeah, don't worry 2cam...good luck uploading tonight.

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    Okay Okay you asked for it

    The land before, relatively close to the front of our 10 rai and between rice paddies and the mango trees. Hmm, let's see if I can get this picture to post....hmm maybe not!

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    Ah, that's how the photos should work! Land after filling and settling. After a few months we ran a tractor over it and ripped it up a bit and patted it down flat (hmm not sure about the technical term, sorry guys).

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    And these are the smaller bits of wood that we cut The larger stuff was stored up in the eves, so it was less obvious to thieves.

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    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!
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    Looks nice 2cam..good luck!

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    Looking forward to following this!

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    We have just been doing our sums today. Our original budget when we started planning 2 years ago was 400,000 baht. With prices rises in the last 24 months plus a major decision to go for traditional clay tiles instead of roofing panels or tin, we are now looking at around 550,000 - 600,000. That's without a bathroom and kitchen cos we share those with father-in-law whose house is next to us. We will build those later once we have a chance to use the house a little and find out what 'works' for us.

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    How much wood are you going to need?

    How much have you got?

    It's as expensivew as all buggery up here in the north. Smuglling it in from Laos is a bit of a concern too.

    Your model looks fantastic but a massive amount of good quality wood needed.

    More pics please.

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    Another quality building thread in the making.
    Good luck to you.

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    Love these threads, with any luck I might have enough dosh to one day build myself a shag pad in Thailand. Any thoughts about the landscaping yet mate? That's one thing I'd love to try my hand at too if I can escape my transient existence one of these days.

    600,000 don't sound like much for a flashy wood joint like that, ya sure the sums are ridgy didge?

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    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.

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