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    DrAndy's Wife's New Project in the old city

    Well, she has bought a house in the old city with a mortgage and extra funds to develop it

    She will be doing this as her first project and I will remain on the sidelines as a technical advisor. She found the house by herself and decided on what to do with it.

    The house is situated in a little soi quite near Wat Phra Singh, so is in an excellent location very near the Sunday Walking Street market; her plan is to make two 2 bedroom flats for renting out

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    Makings of a good thread here.

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    Will love to follow this thread too....

    Chok dii

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    How much land did she buy as well Andy. I have a friend up there that has a house in the inner city. 280 wah so a niced size plot.

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    ^ yes, that's a nice size, and it must have cost quite a bit

    this land is only 30 sq wah, the building being about 60 sq metere each floor at the moment (15 sq wah)
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    This should be good.
    Is she the assertive type ?
    Looking forward to seeing the electrical installations :-)

    Tell her Chok dee and thanks for sharing the build on here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger
    This should be good. Is she the assertive type ? Looking forward to seeing the electrical installations :-)
    You know it will be good. Going up, the only way to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    and I will remain on the sidelines as a technical advisor
    I hope you have your work permit in order....................

    Please pass on my best wishes to Mrs. Doc A and we all look forward to seeing the project materialize by way of visual images.

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    Wishing you both all the best for the project.
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    May I also join the crowd of well wishers. I'm sure the Mrs. was instrumental in many of the decisions on the last builds so luck I think will not be needed. Looking forward to this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    The house is situated in a little soi quite near Wat Phra Singh
    I used to live down there. Nice area, although I did find the weekly market a bit of a pain after a while.

    Have they sorted out the mess they made with the cobbled roads?

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    Another project.....and about time to

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    Looking forward to the progression with accompanying photos, Andy!

    Best to you and the missus.

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    Looking forward to this thread Andy. Good luck with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    She will be doing this as her first project and I will remain on the sidelines as a technical advisor.
    I think you should let her do the thread as well

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    blimey, she gets more plaudits then I ever did! thanks for all the best wishes

    she hasn't got the time to post pics here, so she has asked me to do it

    she is far too busy on Facebook

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    I'm sure you will do an excellent job, interpreting her pictures into a decent thread. Please add my best wishes to the success of the project.

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    so, a view down the little soi. These row houses were built in 1990 on a single plot of land, so the soi does not have a number but the old house number

    Those houses opposite are about half the size of the one we have bought, so we are on the posh side of the street

    The houses opposite have parking spaces, our side does not...but as we are the end house, we can park in the road without blocking it, so we do!



    This is the house. The builders moved in today before I took any pics, but the place was in a mess. Damp problems were the worst, but termites too

    It is a bit overlooked by the apartment block next door, but we will be able to provide some privacy



    As you may notice, this is an "end of row" house, so has a small passageway at the side. This is what made the house an attractive proposition, as it then enables a fairly easy conversion to two separate flats



    The charming entrance area


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    Are these projects easy to rent out? I'm assuming refurbished houses are not good for resale. Old spirits and all that!

    My wife and I were looking to buy a couple of run-down town house as a project for sale or rent.

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    The interior downstairs

    The main entrance area. The ceiling had fallen down; the owner thought somebody had broken in and pulled it down! I thought that it was probably due to damp making the gyproc swell and break



    The same downstairs room the other direction, a bathroom door on the right. That is under the stairs and fairly small, but OK




    A termite nest established under the ceiling...the real culprits. They had eaten the paper covering off the gyproc board making it weak, helping it fall down




    The parquet on the stairs was quite tasty too, as was all the upstairs parquet




    this is a pic of the underside of the gyproc showing the termite "earth" they had put in place



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    What city do you live in Dr Andy?

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    This is going to be an awesome thread, good luck!

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    Good luck with the project DrAndy. Nice pics of the termite damage. Seems to be a necessity here to spray for them regularly.

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    DrAndy, just out of interest when you turn these houses into flats, do the neighbours say anything? Do they care? So you need some kind of permission or anything?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    she has bought a house in the old city with a mortgage and extra funds to develop it
    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    She found the house by herself
    Did someone survey the house ?

    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    The main entrance area. The ceiling had fallen down; the owner thought somebody had broken in and pulled it down!
    Yeah right, he must have known it was ridden with termites, simply judging by the stairs.

    Hope you got a good price for it. Arent termites a right barstard to remove once in there ?

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