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    Restoration of an old house in Chiang Mai

    I just bought a house in Chiang Mai. Sorry, my wife bought a house.
    It has not been lived in for the last seven years.
    I think the price was right, location, location, location.
    We asked for a loan at Government Bank. They kept postponing the answer for more than a month, and even now, we're waiting for the amount they will give the owner.
    I paid 30% cash to her and started the work two days ago.
    I brought 3 workers from the country and we sleep on the floor!
    I've been paying pension for six nephews and nieces for a while, and it jumps to eight this next May. Time to get our own place.
    We needed very large rooms to lodge 4 boys and 4 girls.
    This has two 9m X 5m bedrooms, 3 baths and two extra smaller bedrooms for us and for the lady who supervises the kids.
    The living room, where they'll do homework is a L shaped 9m X 5m X 9m.
    A large terrace on the front second floor, facing North, a smaller one South that will be transformed. A kitchen to be redone, fruit trees, well look at the pictures as it happens.
    Lots of work to be done before May, including a Soncran break...

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    It looked like this at first sight. The large terrace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Monkey View Post
    I just bought a house in Chiang Mai. Sorry, my wife bought a house.
    It has not been lived in for the last seven years.
    I think the price was right, location, location, location.
    We asked for a loan at Government Bank. They kept postponing the answer for more than a month, and even now, we're waiting for the amount they will give the owner.
    I paid 30% cash to her and started the work two days ago.
    I brought 3 workers from the country and we sleep on the floor!
    I've been paying pension for six nephews and nieces for a while, and it jumps to eight this next May. Time to get our own place.
    We needed very large rooms to lodge 4 boys and 4 girls.
    This has two 9m X 5m bedrooms, 3 baths and two extra smaller bedrooms for us and for the lady who supervises the kids.
    The living room, where they'll do homework is a L shaped 9m X 5m X 9m.
    A large terrace on the front second floor, facing North, a smaller one South that will be transformed. A kitchen to be redone, fruit trees, well look at the pictures as it happens.
    Lots of work to be done before May, including a Soncran break...

    A picture(s) is worth lots of words..

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    A parking spot for two cars.

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    Besides the parking, with another door.

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    And grown fruit trees. Tamarind fruits are sweet and ready.

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    Ex-University professor, the house is full of books.

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    The rooms are large, well lit, a potential.

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    Nice floor if it is in good nick.

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    The kitchen is to be rebuilt, the roof is falling down.

    Held up by this very bright contraption!

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    Termites have been present for a while!

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    ^ I hope the termites aren't throughout the whole house.

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    I brought my man, the head of the work force down to have a look after the owner had her things removed.
    Termites were confirmed!
    At this point, this is artwork!
    The walls will be torn down in my room-office, I see this as a chance! A chance to make it a larger room and to integrate a wardrobe using useless space above the stairs.

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    One window needs replacing.The others are in good shape.

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    All moskito nets were removed and are cleaned by two of the kids.

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    One floor had partial water damage, the whole parquet is removed,This is the boys' bedroom
    We'll put tiles down.First day of work done!

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    It looks to have a lot of potential, and I wish you all the best. It's going to take a ton of work. The termites, however are most worrisome. They can be a bitch to get rid of and, if the house is infested throughout, you could be looking at a near total rebuild. Did you get to keep the books? Might be some old gems in there!

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    The door was too wide and 1m80 high. I'm 6'2"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    It looks to have a lot of potential, and I wish you all the best. It's going to take a ton of work. The termites, however are most worrisome. They can be a bitch to get rid of and, if the house is infested throughout, you could be looking at a near total rebuild. Did you get to keep the books? Might be some old gems in there!
    No way! She took all away, she even had to have a special building added to store all this sc... She would not even leave her mother old bicycle behind when my friend asked for it.

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    I got some sand, and cement.

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    The kids are adding termite protection to the wood

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    The steel is taken out to be cleaned and repainted

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    And the real work can start!A door will be walled up and extend my room by a couple of square metres

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    I had to leave mid day to go get some tools at the farm up North... and take a hot shower... and a good night in a real bed, I missed the roosters... although I did not hear them, it was raining!

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    Big job mate good luck.

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