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    Great update thanks for your new photos. There is some great detailing on the building but i still believe the overall impression is of a "heaviness" to the detriment of the workmanship.

    Some examples;

    The "bar" area underneath - a basement feel when airy spacious touch would in my opinion be better.

    the "patio" areas - too many tables, too close together, surrounded by the "fence" boards, again forming a closed in, no view feel.

    You have been there, any comments about the overall feel?
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    OhOh, I also would have done things somewhat differently had the build been mine but let me say this, The builder has put a lot of effort into this build and I see where his conceptual ideas are now maturing into reality and looking good. As for the bar, I think when he is done with that, it will be a welcomed feature to this build. I'm thinking that possibly the builder is thinking a resort type set up or possibly where people can congregate in which case the bar will come in handy. I don't feel that it's location in the center of the area under the house is a detraction in any way. But we shall see.

    The patio table may very well be too close together. A little more room might have been nice. Looking at the surrounding area, the fence boards might also be welcomed thing. Seeing how the builder has progressed, I do think that he has something further in mind, maybe some plants or something but I'm willing to wait and see until passing judgement.

    He still has a long way to go in the landscaping and interior finishing before calling it complete. We shall see. More updates later.
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    Yes, as you say there are things which we would all do slightly differently but it is a very impressive wooden house/resort. All good luck to the owner in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEA Traveler View Post
    OhOh, I also would have done things somewhat differently had the build been mine but let me say this, The builder has put a lot of effort into this build and I see where his conceptual ideas are now maturing into reality and looking good. As for the bar, I think when he is done with that, it will be a welcomed feature to this build. I'm thinking that possibly the builder is thinking a resort type set up or possibly where people can congregate in which case the bar will come in handy. I don't feel that it's location in the center of the area under the house is a detraction in any way. But we shall see.

    The patio table may very well be too close together. A little more room might have been nice. Looking at the surrounding area, the fence boards might also be welcomed thing. Seeing how the builder has progressed, I do think that he has something further in mind, maybe some plants or something but I'm willing to wait and see until passing judgement.

    He still has a long way to go in the landscaping and interior finishing before calling it complete. We shall see. More updates later.

    Too spendy for my blood, the maintenance on this will be huge.

    Nice place though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carrabow View Post
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    OhOh, I also would have done things somewhat differently had the build been mine but let me say this, The builder has put a lot of effort into this build and I see where his conceptual ideas are now maturing into reality and looking good. As for the bar, I think when he is done with that, it will be a welcomed feature to this build. I'm thinking that possibly the builder is thinking a resort type set up or possibly where people can congregate in which case the bar will come in handy. I don't feel that it's location in the center of the area under the house is a detraction in any way. But we shall see.

    The patio table may very well be too close together. A little more room might have been nice. Looking at the surrounding area, the fence boards might also be welcomed thing. Seeing how the builder has progressed, I do think that he has something further in mind, maybe some plants or something but I'm willing to wait and see until passing judgement.

    He still has a long way to go in the landscaping and interior finishing before calling it complete. We shall see. More updates later.

    Too spendy for my blood, the maintenance on this will be huge.

    Nice place though...

    Cocnur on the continuous and costly maintenance thought. Not necessarily my bag of tea, the maint and upkeep thing .

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEA Traveler View Post
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    OhOh, I also would have done things somewhat differently had the build been mine but let me say this, The builder has put a lot of effort into this build and I see where his conceptual ideas are now maturing into reality and looking good. As for the bar, I think when he is done with that, it will be a welcomed feature to this build. I'm thinking that possibly the builder is thinking a resort type set up or possibly where people can congregate in which case the bar will come in handy. I don't feel that it's location in the center of the area under the house is a detraction in any way. But we shall see.

    The patio table may very well be too close together. A little more room might have been nice. Looking at the surrounding area, the fence boards might also be welcomed thing. Seeing how the builder has progressed, I do think that he has something further in mind, maybe some plants or something but I'm willing to wait and see until passing judgement.

    He still has a long way to go in the landscaping and interior finishing before calling it complete. We shall see. More updates later.

    Too spendy for my blood, the maintenance on this will be huge.

    Nice place though...

    Cocnur on the continuous and costly maintenance thought. Not necessarily my bag of tea, the maint and upkeep thing .
    I am sure they used high quality varnish, but could you imagine if they used the cheap stuff how much work that would be to refinish?

    Very scary and death to the bank accounts

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh
    The "bar" area underneath - a basement feel when airy spacious touch would in my opinion be better.
    that area seems to have quite low ceilings, which can make it feel like that

    another 40/50cm would have been better

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carrabow
    Too spendy for my blood, the maintenance on this will be huge
    what would the maintenance be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
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    The "bar" area underneath - a basement feel when airy spacious touch would in my opinion be better.
    that area seems to have quite low ceilings, which can make it feel like that

    another 40/50cm would have been better

    no disagreement there Dr., another 50 cms would certainly create a more open air feeling. I would have done same as you suggested, more head room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
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    Too spendy for my blood, the maintenance on this will be huge
    what would the maintenance be?
    good question. "what would the baht cost be to re-varnish with good protective coating?" labor and materials....

    the whole exterior of the house will need re-varnished periodically and the varnish or protective coating can't be inexpensive. the sun and general weather conditions have a field day with wood in Thailand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
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    Too spendy for my blood, the maintenance on this will be huge
    what would the maintenance be?
    C'mon, my house is concrete/steel and I have upkeep, wood on the other hand needs lots of TLC. Just image if an infestation took hold? Piss poor electrical work could buy the farm as well.

    Hopefully our TD resident electrical engineer has stayed clear of this one

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    ^ do you mean the computer guru? His water heater is still working I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    ^ do you mean the computer guru? His water heater is still working I believe.
    I dont remember the thread's name but it was the hot water heater clown

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carrabow View Post
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    ^ do you mean the computer guru? His water heater is still working I believe.
    I dont remember the thread's name but it was the hot water heater clown
    Yep that's the one

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    Saturday, 8 October 2011: It's been more than a month since I last posted some updated pictures here and since I captured some photos while out bicycling today, here are the pics. But first just let me say that the interior detail work, teak/makha beds/tables and benches, curtains, lighting and bathroom sanitary items installation is slow going. The exterior landscaping has just been started so that is beginning to have a positive effect on the place as well. No commentary today, just pictures. enjoy!




















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    that is real nice, love to live there

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    Thanks for the update pictures. Some of the interior I like, some I am still unsure about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunsetter View Post
    that is real nice, love to live there
    when your over hear and make it down this way, I'll take you out to the place and you can take a first hand look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Thanks for the update pictures. Some of the interior I like, some I am still unsure about.
    same with me. I do like the craftsmanship on some of the ceiling and door details.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEA Traveler
    I do like the craftsmanship on some of the ceiling and door details.
    Agreed. Some fantastic stuff but personally I couldn't live in it.

    It's more a museum or gallery than a home. IMHO.

    great pics though, thanks.

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    I don't disagree jj. I'm still interested to see what it is going to look like when finished. I think it will be a show piece but not something for me on a day to day basis.

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    To be honest, most of this 'craftsmanship' is done by machine and is the same design all over Thailand. Looks crap imo.

    I do like the 'window spindles' though.


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    A great journey....the work seems meticulous with very little gaps at the timber joins. I think the owner/builder has done a good job but I do agree with many of the comments regarding the 'lack of space. I dont remember reading if the support timber was into the ground or only in the concrete floor. Would termites be an expensive problem?....Thanks for your efforts S.T
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    near the completion of a 50 kilo bicycle ride yesterday, I took my riding companions past the Thai Style House in Ban Chang. Final construction and landscaping continues. It is looking more refined each time I go by. Updated photos can't really tell the story of the progress being made. I'll try taking some more photos next week one day and posting them. Anyway, here is one photo I took yesterday of the house.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ossierob View Post
    A great journey....the work seems meticulous with very little gaps at the timber joins. I think the owner/builder has done a good job but I do agree with many of the comments regarding the 'lack of space. I dont remember reading if the support timber was into the ground or only in the concrete floor. Would termites be an expensive problem?....Thanks for your efforts S.T

    to tell you the truth ossierob, I can not recall how the support timbers were placed. I'm gonna go back through my photos and see. If I can get an answer to thew question, I'll post it. Personally, the house is not my style but it is nice and yes, I would agree that slightly more head room on the ground floor would be better.

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