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    Quote Originally Posted by RandomChances View Post

    Who's going to live in the tiny bungalow on stilts at the front
    Some 'strapping' Welshman probably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandomChances
    Who's going to live in the tiny bungalow on stilts at the front
    Isn't that the mother-in-law's residence?

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    So much for auspicious. They started today. The batter boards are up and they're marking out the location of the walls:


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    I am somewhat jealous and yet laughing at your project.

    Jealous in the fact, that these projects while tough can come out ahead. Laughing? Because, i don't have to do the headache again.

    Good luck and keep us abreast of the situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly
    Laughing? Because, i don't have to do the headache again.
    This is why I went for the moo baan. I built a house once and that was way more than enough.

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    Back Hoe

    They brought in a back hoe today to dig what I guess are holes for the footings:


    This is taken from the same spot as previous photos of the raw land.


    About six months ago they came and dropped about a meter of clean fill over the whole subdivision. They put in the big drain pipes at that time and then just let it sit throughout most of the rainy season. They started building the demo homes about a month ago. In this photo you can see the thickness of the fill and then down into what was the original ground level. These holes look to be about a meter square and nearly two meters deep. Well, maybe a meter and a half.
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    Yak Sao Eak on Loy Krathong Day

    Things are getting more interesting:


    On Saturday afternoon they poured a small concrete pad in each of the footing holes.


    The steel re-bar sat nearby, ready to go.


    We dropped by after lunch on Loy Krathong and found that the steel for all the columns (14 in all) were up with about a 30 cm thick footing for each.


    Here's Ms. B inspecting her columns.


    I know you're supposed to have a yak sao eak ceremony when the first "pillar" goes up, but Ms. B seem disinclined. Instead she had me throw three coins in the hole of the northeast pillar. I came back after she went to work and did my own yak sao eak.

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    Is this the outer fence or the foundations for the home?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly
    Is this the outer fence or the foundations for the home?
    Foundations only, so far.

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    Heres my yak sao eak ceremony






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    They started putting up the steel forms for pouring the columns today:


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    Few years ago they had to open Lam Tahkong Dam as there was to much water, the artificial lake above was not yet finished at that time...

    We found ourself in 1 meter of water in Mouban Ratchatanee, back of the makro, this was beetween 98 to 2000 not exactly remember...

    Ask about this evenment about how it was at this place as it looks like being on the same path...

    Sorry to be scarry, but some time it is good to be prepared...

    Cheers, thanks for sharing this construction tale, best of happiness and well being over there to you...

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    This place never floods. I've run by it daily for 18 months now and never seen any standing water. The nearby rice fields are quite a bit lower. Based on what I saw of the holes dug for the foundation, it looks like a total of two meters of fill was put on the original level of the land.

    One good sign: I've watched them dig these foundation holes throughout the development; even when it was raining heavily and I've never seen any water standing in any of them.

    It seems to have pretty good drainage.

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    They've now poured the lower part of the columns up to level of the floor. I guess the slab comes next.

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    I am thinking that they will fill the hole in with dirt first. Then then dig away the dirt to allow for the pouring of the outer frame depending upon the shape of your home.

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    ^Thanks HB. I've never paid close attention before. But, now that I recall, as I was riding home I saw them doing just that (filling in) at a home that's a bit further along than ours.

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    From this week's newsletter....

    buadhai is building a house in Korat for his missus, this one could end up being a very long thread.
    Thank-you. Thank you very much.

    Grrrrr.

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    We are having a new bungalow built in Ban Chang. Despite having 'City Water' and our own well, my Missus has insisted on the purchase of a couple of 'OHNG' to catche rain water from the roof , just to ensure that her garden (jungle?), will not go dry!

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    Another kitchen idea....


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    If the island is the fire place, it would be trendy but knowing some people having that, they complain of the whle place getting oily and slippery after some kinds of cookings...


    But it looks like your fire place is on the wall where you placed the 4 circles ?...

    The island is a good idea if not fireplace...

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    Yeah, no cooking on the island; just workspace.

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    I like the island idea.

    It will give you an extra cupboard underneath and also stop the thais from doing everything on the floor (well we can hope)

    Don't forget to have electric supply run there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim
    I like the island idea.
    I really do to, but if you check the dimensions the room is just not big enough. The passage between the island and the fridge is only about 60 cm.

    I'll play with it.

    Thanks for the feedback.

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    Better check with the fridge people first, learned this the hard way. Their dimensions aint always exact...
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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly
    Better check with the fridge people first, leaned this the hard way. Their dimensions aint always exact...
    The whole dimensions thing is a kicker, isn't it? I plan on a granite counter, but of course that can't be cut until the house is built and the actual dimensions of the room, distance between the columns, etc., is really known.

    I'll leave ample room for the fridge.

    Here's another idea that gives more room all around the island:


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