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Construction in Thailand Is building in Thailand as bad as it seems? Can properties really be built and fitted out to European standards? Would you like to Build your own house in Phuket, or a swimming pool in Bangkok? Solar water heating in Pattaya? Or maybe you want to build a resort or guesthouse on Koh Samui? If you want to build a luxury house in Thailand then this is the forum for you.

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Old 03-09-2012, 02:25 PM   #26 (permalink)
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What are the surrounding dwellings like?
All rustic beauties. Typical Thai village places. Family homes. Neat and tidy but not something most foreigners would live in.
One neighbor (in pic). No one in the back and only 2 houses across the road.

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Flooring. Mai Daeng (redwood). Very good. Tongue and groove.
You haven't mentioned any termite protection

what do you use?
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Nice looking place. Good design and well constructed it appears. Thanks for sharing your experience.
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Only problem we've had with termites was imported in the wood used in base board. It was not Mai Daeng. Got rid of them. No termites in the Mai Daeng flooring.

I spray a couple times a year around the house foundation. Use Chaindrite mixture. So far no termite damage anywhere in the house. Knock on wood.
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Why do they sometimes build with those little red bricks and sometimes with the semi hollow breeze blocks? Is one way meant to be better than the other, one cheaper?
Nice house.
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Why do they sometimes build with those little red bricks and sometimes with the semi hollow breeze blocks?
Red brick is better than the concrete brick. Qcon is preferred these days but was very pricey and hard to find locally when I built. Concrete block is cheapest. Red brick only a bit less than QCon now.
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Nice looking house Norton thank for sharing
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Nice looking place Norton. Very peaceful.

So now you've shared the pictures can we expect the announcement of the TD members house warming party any time soon ?
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So now you've shared the pictures can we expect the announcement of the TD members house warming party any time soon ?
The house got warmed 6 years ago. Lot's of pics but can't post in order to protect the guilty. A few have been back since.
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Why did you install the big water heater? Instead of independent shower water types? One source for all faucets? do you utilize it for wash and other household needs other than bathing?
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Nice looking house. I have never seen the red blocks with 4 holes in Thailand, Only the ones 1/2 the thickness with 2 holes. The 4 hole ones are very popular in Brazil, They use them for everything. Smart idea putting the office off the master bedroom.
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One source for all faucets?
Primarily. There are mutipoint demand heaters but I find the boiler type work better when mixer faucets are used. I've had problems with flow fluctuations with demand heaters. You don't need to worry with a boiler (storage) tank.

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Yes all water faucets have hot and cold supply.
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Only problem we've had with termites was imported in the wood used in base board. It was not Mai Daeng. Got rid of them. No termites in the Mai Daeng flooring.

I spray a couple times a year around the house foundation. Use Chaindrite mixture. So far no termite damage anywhere in the house. Knock on wood.
that is effective stuff but Termites may find a way in from under the house

that is why they drill holes or put in pipes into the foundation

still, if they haven't arrived, good luck

knocking on wood is good, you may hear them knocking back
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that is why they drill holes or put in pipes into the foundation
Good point. Anyone building new should do it. Wasn't aware of the system at the time. Just finished a house. Put in tubing all under house. Very easy and inexpensive. Note small black tubing. Guys come around and nuk em with termite killer.


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same same but different,nice house norts, cheers for the pics, can we see the garden please?
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Nice looking place. I really like the wide awning.

What was the draw program you used? Does is render 3D images?

Thanks in advance.
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can we see the garden please?
This from 2 years ago. All have grown in now. Update in order. On my to do list.

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What was the draw program you used? Does is render 3D images?
3D Home Architect. I find it very good. It does render 3D images.
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Good impression of building that house Norton.
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No insulation other than the 'Cool Roof'? I don't see any evidence of A/C. Our house also built in Issan appears almost identical to yours, (materials and procedure). I have since added A/C in each bedroom and will be adding A/C to the main living area later this year. Temperatures in our house are unbearable even with cross draft windows and industrial sized fans moving the air about.
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3D Home Architect. I find it very good. It does render 3D images.
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Simple 3D progams are a good tool to help visualize a design but I also suggest building a simple scale model if you don't want to go thru the learning curve of learning a rendering program. The most important thing for a do-it-yourself home designer to do is create a scaled layout plan that can become the basis for various layers that can be used for estimating the job properly by a contractor. A dimensional wall plan, floor electrical plan, plumbing plan, floor covering plan and reflected ceiling lighting plan are essential. Elevations and sections through the structure are also important.
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