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    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock
    Does this include fittings and if so what type?
    It includes bathroom fittings only. The kitchen is just a bare room with plumbing stubbed in. The bathrooms have an ordinary sink, a "American Standard" toilet and plumbing and electrical stubbed in for a hot water heater/shower. (We substituted a proper squat toilet for the one they wanted to put in.)

    There are no closets or other storage. You have to build that out yourself.

    It does include light fixtures.

    The electrical outlets are all grounded (earthed) three wire circuits.

    Floors are all decent quality ceramic tile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon
    Ant hobnobs it with the rich 6 bedroom types and has never really seen how normal people live.
    I beg to differ! I see normal people all the time, my maid and gardener for instance - they're normal people. Heck, I even talk to them sometimes. Doing my bit and all.

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    Oh Geeze, I forgot the quarters for the maid, gardener, nanny and chauffeur. Any suggestions on where I can house these folks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous Coward
    Any suggestions on where I can house these folks?
    Hmmm, I'm of the opinion that you don't want to spoil them - interferes with their proper undertakings of tasks you see - so bearing that in mind I'd say a 5x4 semi-detached room should be sufficient... for the lot of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson
    I'd say a 5x4 semi-detached room should be sufficient... for the lot of them.
    Nah, you'll end up with loads of little baby nannies, gardeners and chauffeurs. Put each one in a different corner of the garden

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim
    Nah, you'll end up with loads of little baby nannies, gardeners and chauffeurs
    True but that's part of the beauty of it... free replacements for when you wear the old ones out you see. Brilliant!

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    Thanks, but all I really need is me, Ms. AC and Ms. AC Jr....

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    Work Resumes

    After a fews days off for the New Year, work resumed:


    Work on the walls continues.


    This is the northeast corner of the house taken January 11th.


    The park and playground are pretty much done. The space in front is for the spirit house.


    The entrance is nearly complete and most of the roads are paved. Too much concrete for my taste.

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    Walls Are Up!

    This first photo was taken on October 30, 2006. just before construction began:


    The second was taken today, January 15, 2007, and shows that the walls are nearly complete and the window frames installed:




    This is the back of the house. The kitchen is on the right. We had to ask them to move the kitchen windows up a bit (to 95cm from the floor) so that the kitchen counter wouldn't have to be too low. (Well, too low for me....)


    Inside walls are clay brick and mortar. Outside walls (except in the bathroom) are aerated concrete Super Block.


    Living room on the left. Computer room is right front facing the garden.


    View out of the computer room's front window.

    It all seems rather small and cramped compared to my 13,000 square meter block on Saipan. But, I was due for a change, anyway.

    A whole collection of construction photos here:

    Homeland House Construction
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    January 24, 2007. Looks like all the brick work is done except around the front entrance. Perhaps they're ready to start plastering the walls.


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    Front Entrance Being Finished Up



    This is a view (telephoto) from the kitchen through the living room to the front entrance which is just being completed. The front door is flanked by full length windows.

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    ^Looks great!

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    They started on the electrical conduit today. The shot below is of the kitchen. The outlet below the window is for the oven. The others are for counter-top appliances.

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    Would love to comment on how the place looks, but the pictures won't open! Can anyone tell me why?

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    Anonymous Coward has taken them all down.

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    Hey Mr Boozer

    You can view the piccies here :
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    Building Our House

    I can't seem to find the original (well, second original) thread on this and I can't be bothered to look for it. Anyway, things are coming right along:


    Lot view February 8, 2007. Exterior plastering is done. Ceiling is being installed. Roof is being finished. Perimeter wall is being built.


    Rear view.


    Ceiling being put up in carport. This is Siam Cement's "Super Board" which is some sort of autoclaved mixture of cement and fiber.


    Plastering (rendering?) the living room. What a mess....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous Coward
    I can't seem to find the original (well, second original) thread on this and I can't be bothered to look for it.
    It might have been taken off the visible part of the forum, seems the pics didn't show due to server probs or whatever.
    I am sure admin could put it back up if you asked them.

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    Thanks to whomever restored the thread. Oddly, I got a note from MeMock telling me that photos on another of my web pages had disappeared. I could still see them, but all he got were the descriptions.

    Very odd....

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    I'm about to buy a few things for the house:

    - Air conditioners
    - Water heaters
    - Ceiling fans

    Anybody have particular advice as to brand, model or type on any of these times?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous Coward
    I'm about to buy a few things for the house: - Air conditioners
    - Water heaters
    - Ceiling fans

    Mitsubishi for air conditioners.
    The smaller ones , around 20.000 baht, can cover more than what they recommend if you only use them to get the temperature down a few degrees.

    Stiebel-Eltron makes good water heaters. 6000 - 8000 baht depending on power/capacity.
    You can use them for multi-taps.

    Fans.
    I have bought many different type of fans from Hatari.
    They are cheap but lasts long.
    Must be the most popular brand here in Thailand, you see them everywhere.
    There are two hard to handle things in computer science: cache invalidation, naming things, and off-by-one errors.

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    Thanks Lom. Can the Hatari fans be fitted with a light?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous Coward
    Can the Hatari fans be fitted with a light?
    Don't recall having seen that, I think they just make fans.

    If you want a lamp with fan, you'll probably end up with getting something manufactured in China with a funny brand name.
    I don't know any better than others from there.
    HomePro usually have a large assortments of them, I recently bought two and picked the type I thought looked most reliable. But that's no guarantee that they are better..

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    Yeah, Home Pro has quite a selection, but looking at them from afar it's pretty hard to tell what might be good quality. A while back they had some made-in-Thailand Hunter brand fans. But I haven't seen those lately.

    I've had good luck with Hunter fans. I had a a very old one in my house in Saipan which I "harvested" from a warehouse in California. It was manufactured in the late 1940's and was still going strong when I left Saipan a couple years ago.

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    The fans with lights are not very strong cooling wise

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