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    Construction Q&A's

    I've searched the site and haven't been able to find any answers so I here's a thread where people can ask/answer random construction questions.

    I'm a drafting student so I do have a base knowledge of construction in the US but I'm lost when it comes to building in Thailand. I'll help when I can but hopefully someone can answer these first few for me.

    -When using blocks (specifically qcon), are the samed sized blocks used for both exterior and interior walls? How about bearing walls?

    -Typically how tall are walls from first finish floor to second finish floor?

    -Is there any spacing between the top of first floor to second finish floor? This space is typically used for more insulation in the US but from reading this site I see that's usually put into the blocks..

    -This may be a silly one but.. are there any rules? I'd like to see a book of some kind of building regulations mainly so I can frame my home from them. Just because. :P

    Thanks Hopefully my floor plan will start making sense soon.

    OT: Where the hell is spell check?

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    NOT SURE ABOUT ALL YOUR QUESTIONS BUT...

    -Is there any spacing between the top of first floor to second finish floor? This space is typically used for more insulation in the US but from reading this site I see that's usually put into the blocks..
    FROM WHAT I'VE OBSERVED, YES. THERE IS ABOUT A 18 INCH SPACE BETWEEN THE FLOORS. I THINK THIS IS FOR WIRING, PLUMBING ETC.

    -This may be a silly one but.. are there any rules? I'd like to see a book of some kind of building regulations mainly so I can frame my home from them. Just because. :P
    I WAS TOLD THAT TYPICALLY THERE ARE NO HARD AND FAST RULES FOR HOMES IN THAILAND OTHER THAN ENGINEERING REQUIRMENTS FOR SUPPORT BEAMS AND PILLARS. THERE ARE NO LICENSING REQUIREMENTS TO BE A HOUSING CONTRACTOR, THERE ARE NO REGULAR CITY INSPECTIONS OF HOMES DURING THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS.
    I'VE SEEN CONSTRUCTION BOOKS AND GUIDES BUT FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND IN THAILAND IT'S 'LET THE BUYER BEWARE'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiamIam
    -When using blocks (specifically qcon), are the samed sized blocks used for both exterior and interior walls? How about bearing walls?
    Qcon can be used on exterior and interrior walls and Land and houses company does use the same size blocks for both.
    to save money it is acceptable to use regular cheap bricks for internal walls.
    There doesn't seem to be any load bearing walls in Thai construction methods, beams and pillars take care of that. the walls are just infill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiamIam
    are there any rules?
    Yes......
    Never build anything exactly how a farang wants it.
    Never build anything ontime
    Never build anything in the right place
    Never build anything that is straight.

    Catch my drift ???

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    Just remember when building in thailand freestyle is much better than any rules? or building regulations!.

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    Sorry for the hiatus. Thanks everyone for the responses.

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    This is valuable information. Thanks so much.

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    Question on material costs...mainly rebar 12mm and steel beams used in roofing.
    I want to build my own place and do most if not all the foundation work myself..(kiwi style) .

    what is cost per meter for rebar and roof girders.??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helicopter View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SiamIam
    are there any rules?
    Yes......
    Never build anything exactly how a farang wants it.
    Never build anything ontime
    Never build anything in the right place
    Never build anything that is straight.

    Catch my drift ???

    That may have been your experience but mine is the opposite

    I think the secret is good communication and less superiority feelings

    In answer to the original poster, the best way forward is to hire an architect. Unlike in the West, these are reasonably cheap, and can be very helpful. They know the planning problems and regulations. For instance, I paid an architect B40K for drawing the plans, and obtaining planning permission (which may have included some oiling money). He also looked after the building and builders if any technical problems arose.
    I have reported your post

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    Try doing any foundation work yourself and just see how long ^
    before someone makes a problem for you.Good luck, Gus. ^
    And the spell check is just up there on the right hand side.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    (the 2 arrows going up don't end up in right place when I post)
    Last edited by gusG; 27-04-2007 at 04:08 PM.

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    Gus a lot depends where you live in Thailand, many areas of Thailand immigration don't give a toss if you are working illegally.

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    Fair enough DD, but there are also alot of people who for one reason or another, might at some stage, try and make trouble for him.

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    I am in the process of finishing the building of my house by [Thai contractor"s ]?????? and apart from pulling my hair out and having near heart attacks at some of the dubious building practices ,I can catergoricaly state that thailand has virtually no building regulations or building standards whatsoever OR if it has???they are completely ignored by those constructing your building.The best thing you can do is emphatically state what you want done and then supervise them doing it by carrying out your instructions to the letter.THIS is very time consuming for you but left to thir own devices they will cut every corner possible.GOOD-LUCK

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    In answer to the original poster, the best way forward is to hire an architect. Unlike in the West, these are reasonably cheap, and can be very helpful. They know the planning problems and regulations. For instance, I paid an architect B40K for drawing the plans, and obtaining planning permission (which may have included some oiling money). He also looked after the building and builders if any technical problems arose.
    I have just been quoted 210,000 + 7% baht for drawings for a 240m sq house

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    Quote Originally Posted by acudlipp
    I have just been quoted 210,000 + 7% baht for drawings for a 240m sq house
    Wow that would be 5% of the build..

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by acudlipp
    I have just been quoted 210,000 + 7% baht for drawings for a 240m sq house
    Wow that would be 5% of the build..
    Yea...and thanks to others on this forum I have gone looking for a cheaper quote.

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