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    Finally starting the build.

    This is my initial (very basic) plan:



    I'm also gonna have a roofed raised outdoor area that'll run the length of the back and go out about 4 metres (BBQ, outdoor seating, etc so I can fish off it and drink beer...).

    It'll cost around 700,000 baht (all in...).

    The FIL has built a couple of houses and is both a tight fisted bastard and a very honest decent chap, so he will be the foreman. I don't want him getting stuck into the work, just ordering and managing. As such, the plan is very basic - based around 4 metwre square 'spaces'. I'm seeing this as the missus place, so I won't even be stressing meself about fit and finnish and stuff... I just don't want the stress, and I may not even live there.

    I will give directions from afar which they've told me they'll follow, but I don't expect that to be stuck to too closely.

    I'm starting a spreadsheet today and will make all costs visible/available to TD members as we go along.

    It's in Nakhon Nayok. The plot is about 3 rai, the dad lives next door in 6 rai (he gave us this plot), and the uncle lives next door on 9 rai. I'll probably put some trees/orchard on the rest of the land (maybe the missus would like to make jam...).

    Should be finished by January.

    This week, the ground is being cleared by hand (a 200 metre sq plot), then the heavy machinery will come in to go over/turn the soil (?) again. Cost = 3,000 baht.

    The missus will be going weekly and taking pics (starting next week), then I'll update this thread.

    I'll be in Thailand from the middle of July to the end of August, so I'll be getting more involved then. Enjoy... All comments/suggestions are welcome.
    How do I post these pictures???

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    The whole plot will be raised about 1 metre (not the car/garage area at the front which I'll change to 4x8 metres). The outside kitchen/utility area and a rear area that will go out 4 metres and run the mength of the back will also be raised about 1 metre.

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    good luck, and keep it simple

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    So for the bedroom on the far right. It will only be 8 sq meters? All in all looks simple and nice. But unless its a maids room its very small. At two meters wide thats going to be a very small single bed even to walk around.

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    ^ yep, basically a spare bedroom - the missus wants a small kitchen as she'll cook outside mostly, so just futs her needs. Not perfect, I know. Might evolve as they go along. I told 'em that this is my basic idea, I'm not spending much, but they will be living there (I'll probably have a flat in Bkk for 90% of the time), so it's up tho them...

    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    keep it simple
    That is my number one aim.

    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly
    If you are not on the site on a regular basis, this leads to problems
    I agree, but I won't be there at all. I might not even live there, I am spending this money for the missus and her mother; they can have their house however they like - I care not... I am relaxed. I am not stressing. I am relaxed.

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    bring it on Boo, photos please

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    Happy days are here again. Good for you Boo, I'm looking forward to hours of demented posts from you and others here. to bad Slap went home I'm sure he'd give you a hand or two?
    Anyway why two toilets side by side? emotional attraction?

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    With a pink floor, pink walls & hello kitty decals all over. What a surprise.

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    Goes without saying really.



    I was reading the recent Septic Tank thread with interest; gonna have to chat to the dad about that.

    Two toilets together for the sake of easy and cheap plumbing.

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    Why is the kitchen outside Betty?

    Is that normal?

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    "Only one ass at a time," posted on the door usually works wonders.

    Where's the ablution space and the prayer room? What kind of mosque are you building anyway?

    Substitute "porn room," in the above sentence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper
    Why is the kitchen outside Betty?
    The missus likes to cook outside, always has... I will have maybe a fridge, cooker, some cupboards, etc inside.

    Quote Originally Posted by ltnt
    Where's the ablution space and the prayer room? What kind of mosque are you building anyway?
    Mmm. A Buddha area may arise outside the front.

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    Good luck! Looking forward to seeing the pics.

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    Talking of love and peace, the M.I.L's bedroom is a bit too close for comfort when you pop back from Oman carrying your nads in a wheelbarrow, doing your walrus mating call. Think of poor Somchai too.


    You'll also hear the M.I.L crouching on her creaky old knees and curling one out while you're sat at that desk. I can also see people using that sofa as a hand towel on their way out the Kharzy


    I'd turn her room into an office with a door leading off the master bedroom and stick the old hag's room to the right of that kitchen area


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    ^ yes, it's far from perfect, but it's just a little house in the sticks. If I decide to live there then I would take the building out to the left through the master bedroom and build a nice area for me on 2 floors (probably the size of the rest of the place... I am thinking about getting a concrete base to the left in rediness (might be a problem digging and pouring a second foundation so close later) and getting an arch built on the very left wall that is filled in with a basic wall that can easily be knocked through (might be easier to go through the window area?). On the other hand, I don't intend to live there, so maybe it can all wait til a later date...

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    Welcome back Betty how are you mate ??

    Great to see a new build thread ,, just got our plans all up and running ready for Nov this year ,,, nothing as grand and palatial as yours though mate ,, bit like a granduer shed ,, but like you I am doing it for the misses ( mine that is )


    Dont forget some pics ,, try and get some of your missus marking out the plot on a very very hot day
    I'm proud of my 38" waist , also proud I have never done drugs

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    Sort out the land ownership. Sooner or later the actual landowner will want it back ... especially after you have improved the site. Happens everyday in LOS.

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    ^ He'll be alright, it's a present from the inlaws
    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    The plot is about 3 rai, the dad lives next door in 6 rai (he gave us this plot)
    Although....... the following statement about Por is flawed
    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    The FIL has built a couple of houses and is both a tight fisted bastard and a very honest decent chap

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    Hey Mate,
    Good luck with the build.

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    By putting an internal corner or "valley" in your roof line has just added shit loads onto your costs and problems if you go single straight line gable ended house would save you in many ways.
    in other words build a rectangle or square house = less likely no roof leaks or no problem and less chance concrete slabs out of level.
    I don't know how to translate the words "diminishing trusses" to Thai and I doubt any Thai would know what you where talking about anyway but that's what you need to create an internal corner.
    Your load bearing truss would be sitting on the master bedroom window so you might want to shift it over too 1 side a little bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ltnt
    Anyway why two toilets side by side? emotional attraction?
    One is guest, one is master bedroom.

    Having them next to each other cuts down on plumbing costs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ltnt View Post
    Anyway why two toilets side by side? emotional attraction?

    You can never have too many toilets:


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    Quote Originally Posted by ltnt View Post
    Just think about all those days ahead when you can kick back and view the horizon filled with trash, smoke from crop burns, worthless dogs mongering in view, destroyed motorbikes and old slagging whores done in by you and the old FIL.

    Always something new and wonderous about that.
    I'm selling my city home and moving out into Isaan, just for those very things....

    Already got the land and had it filled and ready to build. I'm currently rooting around in the Sofa and checking all the drawers for loose change.....got to find just over sixteen million baht to cover the wife's plan for a simple 800 m2 house....on the filled land. It's the Carrera marble and frescoes that drive the costs up.......
    I blame the Americans......and Thaksin.

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    Boo

    I'm with Brisie on the design. Valleys in the roof are a pain - I've just got down off my ladder again after cleaning leaves out of the valley outside my kitchen door.

    Having a rectangular design would eliminate the valley and be cheaper, as long as land space allows it.

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    I would make it square or rectangular also and the money saved make some changes. That kitchen is fine but what is that small area you walk through to get to the dining room? A lounge?

    I'd make it open plan, rooms on opposing ends common dining/ lounge in the middle with the kitchen outside in the centre area. Make sure your bedroom is big enough for a desk and your personal stuff.

    I can't see how you would save much on plumbing costs, that blue pipe is so cheap. It's the taps etc that cost. Have two bogs off each bedroom on opposing ends and put the tank in the middle outside.
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