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Old 18-07-2011, 10:36 PM   #76 (permalink)
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Beautiful job,mate.

How about some more pics?
OK, here's one from the inside, I'll try and get some others posted tomorrow,
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Good man. Terrific job.
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one word only,,,,,,,,,,,beautiful!!!
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Job well done.
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Very cool, hope it lasts...

In pace of the boucherie method, there is as well cutting in correct season.
And immersing the bamboo for one week in see water or salty water does the trick as well
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^ It seems to be lasting fine, from what I've read should be OK for 15 - 20 years.

Regarding the treatments mentioned, these are traditional and some what effective. A simple and truly effective procedure is:
- Harvest mature poles in the dry season
- Soak them or stack them vertically and fill them with a 10% Timbor solution.

Finding the mature poles is a real challenge, we're planting about 4 rai with several species. On the same block we're leaving 3 rai for future projects.
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I forgot to add, the poles should be soaked for 2 weeks.

Thanks for the compliments everyone, the place is really comfortable to live in. We are only 100kms from Bkk, elevation is around 25m, but it rarely get's hot at night. Power bills are tiny.

Here's a view heading up to the mezzanine, our 'bedroom' is behind the woven bamboo panel.


This is the mezzanine, nice place for a beer or to read a book.


The coffee table was custom made, using bamboo we'd harvested and treated. We've had a lot of furniture done, including the kitchen cabinets you can see below.
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brilliant. thanks.
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That looks amazing.

I've tried making stuff from bamboo and it always turns out crap. Your stuff looks excellent.
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Actually, I didn't do much of the building, just the design and research for the treatment and joinery. I think the trick is to have a model or at least a 3D plan.

The planning stage is important and building takes patience, if you bash away at it'll crack.

My wife's uncle was in charge for the main part of the job. He can't read a plan, but had it all worked out in his head and didn't make mistakes. Unfortunately, he thinks bamboo is shit, something which he kept repeating, which got a bit annoying.

I thought he did a really good job, he thought we should have just used concrete.

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I could do with some of those bamboo kitchen cabinets. They look good.
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Great read an I apologise for not seeing it earlier. Spent a good amount of time going through it all. A grand experiment gone right. Looks like my twins coming down the nice staircase as well.

Really a great thread. Thanks for taking the time to get it up and keep it going.
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cant see the pics, just loads of red x, only saw one of them
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Pics work fine for me, and I must say the OP def knows how to handle a camera. Great shots.
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How is it during the rainy season mate.
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If it's raining with a decent wind, then there'll be some spray, however this is pretty rare. We have screens that roll down which help quite a bit and the spray doesn't enter the bedrooms.
Would writing in crayon help?
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Fantastic thread Smithson! I've always had an interest in housing that adapts to and compliments the local climate. One of the greatest things about living in Thailand is that the weather usually allows us to be outside most of the time and your bamboo house certainly gives that impression

Hope you keep us informed about the maintenance and other long term costs.
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I could do with some of those bamboo kitchen cabinets. They look good.
These were custom made by a guy in Prachinburi along hwy33. There's a heap of places making different stuff with bamboo, however none it is preserved, so the lifespan is short and you'll be plagued with dust from the insects eating it.

Depending on the use the stuff can be OK and is very cheap.
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How is it during the rainy season mate.
As mentioned earlier, occasionally there is a bit of fine spray into the open areas, but only with heavy rain and a decent wind.

The 'thatch' works fine. This stuff is called 'Bi Juk' as opposed to the grass style thatch called 'Ya Fat'. The bi juk is cheaper and much longer lasting.

There are two versions, fresh water and salt water. Not knowing this we used the fresh water, the salt one is about 15% more, but last longer and isn't woven around bamboo splits, so there's no dust.
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Great thread, very interesting and a very nice house.
Well done
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Maybe if you could write a little bit slower for me.
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I must admit you house is very cool. I'd like to know how well you winter in it. I know winter in Thailand isn't to bad but it was cold enough when I was there in December a few years ago.
Is there a plan for dealing with bird and wasp nests?
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I must admit you house is very cool. I'd like to know how well you winter in it. I know winter in Thailand isn't to bad but it was cold enough when I was there in December a few years ago.
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We're not that far from Bangkok, it does get cool for a few weeks each year, but not enough to be a problem. No problems with birds, wasps or bugs being attracted to the lights as the open design allows them to escape.

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A lot of ppl aim to make their house mozzie proof, I don't think it's possible - they are clever bastards and will find tiny gaps or even hang on a screen waiting for it to be opened.

At night we us fans and a couple of coils take, we sleep under nets. We try and keep dark places to a min, as this is where mozzies like to hang out.

They're not really a problem, I find our place in Bangkok worse.
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