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    Building our dream in Chiang Mai, Doi Saket

    Since I am new here a big "Hello" to everybody! I have enjoyed the building threads here very much so I decided to start my own. After we bought our first house here in an estate and have enjoyed it for almost 10 years now it was time to built our dream home on a plot of land we purchased about 3 years ago.

    The land was a fruit orchard and we had to level it and fill it in to street level. The first minor mistake happened when we filled the part where we were planning the house later-at the same time.
    2 1/2 years past and the land had plenty of time to settle - the time was used to save up the funds for the building.
    First setback was "the wall" around the land (2.5Rai ) so we asked for quotations and one was more outrageous than the other!
    Wish I would have known my builder by then he would have done a better job -I know now - as we decided to go with the "quick fix" from PCC - the wall was up in no time and we will see how we can make it look nicer later!

    I should mention here that we are already well into building the house and hope we will be finished in about two month.

    We had consulted several builders and architects - but all where far to expensive or seemed expensive for what we wanted to built.

    Starting with the plans we where quoted between 45.000-65.000 Baht but got them done by the architect who works at the Orportor for 25.000 Baht . It is the same office where you get your building permit - so no problems there - only the time he took was ...- well this is Thailand and I know from experience here to expect delays.
    Next was the decision how to built - have the whole thing done by a company or hire a builder and crew and purchase all the materials ourselves.

    We did some research into construction materials and thought it might be much cheaper to do it that way and we have never regretted it! Although it is a bit unnerving if you start building and have no idea how much it is going to cost you!

    Let the adventure begin!!

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    the land...


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    the "buildings".....

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    The toilette......

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    Sao eak ceremony....

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    Sao eak....


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    and one more..

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    Good start. Looks like good soil for the footings. Good luck and keep the pics coming.

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    Approximately how many sq meters is the house?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    You have 5 posts so should be able to post pics now. If you have trouble PM me.
    ok thanks - it is working now first pictures are posted!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Approximately how many sq meters is the house?
    Funny story!!! we had made a little mistake when drawing the first drafts of the plan - The architect had copied the mistake. we wanted to raise the house to preserve the view. But instead of 2.20 we wrote 3.20 !!

    When the building started we thought the steel for the pillars was quite long and standing up it looked incredible high! So we discovered the "mistake" and decided together with the builder to make use of the extra height and turn what was supposed to be just empty space under the house into living space and added a big bedroom and bathroom, a large storeroom and laundry, also a large extra room by the pond.

    There is also a large storeroom under the kitchen and two toilets with access from the garden.
    One of the workers made some extra money removing the extra soil - he was very happy - and so where we - gaining all this extra space at not much extra cost - but most of all stunning views into the surrounding mountains "up there". So with this additional space the house measures 560 sq meters.

    Our builder is a great guy with many years of experience - and in the meantime he got used to our "last minute changes" - of course we keep the whole team in good spirits with the occasional party and lots of "after work" get togethers with lots of Lao Khao and fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CNXDoiSaket
    560 sq meters.
    Plenty of elbow room to be sure.

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    Keep rolling.

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    building starts at the first building, the house is actually 2 buildings which are connected through a "bridge"


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    the space we gained "below - what would have only been a "walk-through " has been turned into a large room with lots of space and light


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    better visible here...


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    and here...


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    front driveway


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    Slowly taking shape, that is acctually the easy part. We found a good supplier on the Doi Saket Road his steel and cement prices prices are ok they do not vary much from other suppliers but most of all they deliver and don't charge. We call them and usually the things like steel and cement arrive within 1/2 an hour. That way we never have too much material lying around. Sand and stones are delivered by a different guy one our builder has been dealing with since years.

    Our builder also provides all the building wood, scaffolding e.g. - when we where looking for builders we actually had one quotation where he listed these items at 120.000 Baht!!


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    more....


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    different angle..


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    will post some more later on....

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    Looking good! Hope to watch your progress.
    Chok Dee

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    Quote Originally Posted by CNXDoiSaket View Post
    the space we gained "below - what would have only been a "walk-through " has been turned into a large room with lots of space and light


    it has always amazed me that a lot of pillared houses have not used the space underneath very effectively

    there must be a reason

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    here are a few more....climbed up to the first floor to get a few pics of the view..this is the corner on the second building where the bathroom with a view will materialize

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