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    Building is it ever going to happen?

    Modest little house 10x6 approx two storey(I d,ont like bungurlows),to start I just want the concrete structure and the roof on.The builder who built the house we are modelling on quoted 170 thousand bth. Im supplying materials and were going to use ready mix so why so dear,oh yes Im farang. Got another quote 80 thousand which sounds closer,but still want a few more.I plan to do the block work myself and anything else I think I can do just as good or better than labours pretending to be builders hear.To be honest I am sick to death living with the wives family and did not realise how hard it is to get anything done hear. Do you think Im well out with expected prices or going rates?.The trouble is Ive heard so much bullshit and seen so much piss poor work that I feel like know Im going through everything with a fine tooth comb.Would be grateful if anyone has number for even half decent builder maybe something can get started then.If anyone wants to comment positive or negative Im all ears !

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    Oh Dave, i`ll be in the same boat shortly, every year we stay on the family farm, know wher your comin` from, you have my sympathies.
    Will be interested in the replies , where are you located ?

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    Hi Stargasa, we are in village called Nakhok which is about 5 kilometres outside Sang Khom driving inwards away from the Mekong.If I can actually get organized and settled hear I think I be quite happy very rural and quite,but at present as said just a headache.Where you going to be building,is going to be modest or you going for something a bit flash?

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    I was interested in hearing a few replies but most farang that have built and settled here new everything to know, advice why would they need that. So far the ones I have met in person have had nice gaffs but fools and their money come to mind.So STARGASA I think will be waiting a while for those replies. Oh well suppose I take a look at thread about someone killing a monster snake, or maybe one about slagging of teachers. Great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gravesend Dave
    I was interested in hearing a few replies but most farang that have built and settled here new everything to know, advice why would they need that. So far the ones I have met in person have had nice gaffs but fools and their money come to mind.

    Pity most western guys I know here have nice houses, nice wives and families and are very happy in life. Where are you thinking of moving to?

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    I have built plenty, only with a trusted love one. Others have suffered....

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Gravesend Dave
    I was interested in hearing a few replies but most farang that have built and settled here new everything to know, advice why would they need that. So far the ones I have met in person have had nice gaffs but fools and their money come to mind.

    Pity most western guys I know here have nice houses, nice wives and families and are very happy in life. Where are you thinking of moving to?

    The'll always be a few in the crowd, AO.
    You understand how that is.

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    I guess I do, and I am blessed. Must be that simple. Although I am not speaking with my now hormonal twin teenage daughters. Been a whole 2 hours now.

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    Hillbilly have a trusted loved one( the wife) but they know fuck all about building lets be honest most have the brains of a rocking horse.

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    Aging one having a nice house and family I agree most blokes you meet appear happy enough but thats not to say they have not been fools with their money. 99persent of people just to rip you off here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gravesend Dave View Post
    Hillbilly have a trusted loved one( the wife) but they know fuck all about building lets be honest most have the brains of a rocking horse.
    Come over for a BBQ and say that to my wife...

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    Dave, good luck. Trial and error can often be the only way. I recently used a crew who were part of the family of my wife's friends. She was told that they rennovated old teak buildings in Chang Mai - she'd known them for about 6 months.

    It turned into quite a let down and much had to be redone (especially the painting). However, we now have a great crew who have completed the job at hand. I can ask my wife to check if they travel and I can recommend them (as much as one can) having seen the job they've done for us.

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    Hillbilly if your wife used to do or does building work then maybe she might know a bit, but I did say most and used the word honest. Either way Im just passing comment! I have no interest in saying that to your wives face (what would she do give me a lecture about how educated she and Thai women are in genral , or beat me to death because she took offence to my comment the later showing real brains) in the same way as if you showed me your wives photo and in my opinion though she was ugly would would not go and tell her.By the way my wife is pretty and Im and we are happy but she is thick as shit their you go!.

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    Rocksteady, thanks for the reply what you say is true,but what ever jobs I can do myself I will.I need the concrete structure up second floor concrete floor down and a roof on after that I can pretty much plod along myself.So its the mayor bits really that I want to avoid any trail and error.Thanks for the offer of asking the building crew but I sure most wont go far unless getting a contract to build start to finish.The specials reminds me of the cherry red DMs fred perry when I thought I was a skinhead at the school disco.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gravesend Dave
    Hillbilly have a trusted loved one( the wife) but they know fuck all about building lets be honest most have the brains of a rocking horse.
    once again, I too disagree with that; my wife is smart and knows a lot about the design side of things
    Quote Originally Posted by Gravesend Dave
    99persent of people just to rip you off here!
    nope, but they are just like everywhere else - see money and want some

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    Come over for a BBQ and say that to my wife.
    and mine, she will give you under-done rat

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gravesend Dave View Post
    Hillbilly if your wife used to do or does building work then maybe she might know a bit, but I did say most and used the word honest. Either way Im just passing comment! I have no interest in saying that to your wives face (what would she do give me a lecture about how educated she and Thai women are in genral , or beat me to death because she took offence to my comment the later showing real brains)
    Have to laugh as my wife will not beat you to death, even though she has thought that about me. Regardless, she has been in construction for many years and has even taught me a thing or two regarding Thai building.

    The BBQ is still on the table...

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    Having met most to all of Hb's extended family I would have to admit they are the cleverest of Thais IMHO.
    Not having family that mope around the village all day drinking lao and chewing beetle nut has a lot going for it.
    Live long and prosper Hb , I know u will...

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    Hillbilly I do like a laugh,your wife sounds exceptional fair play to you,thanks for the BBQ offer when I get settled I will take you up on that your be welcome at our to.My wife is not the most knowledgeable but she is a good cook.

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    DrAndy , its my opinion that most women here no fuck all about building,showing your old man a picture or drawing one does not mean you have hands on experience in building.I would agree the Thai and mainly Laos women make fair labourers they work as hard as the men anyway.I have said openly to my wives family from what I remember from labouring in England these people would die on their asses. Now we come to seeing money and wanting some like every one else which is fair enough if your earning an honest wage. Example want some skilled work done,out of ten workers two may be skilled and be able to do the job with confidence the rest never done the job in their life say yes I can do that.Even if you are lucky enough to get a skilled person they still do dog work.Thailand if you can get away with it slap it up run with the money. BBQ yes I dont mind rat( when cooked meats meat! )but if your old women cant cook thats your look out,under cooked yeh I would eat! DrAndy the name surely does not sit well with these naive comments

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