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    Thai wood houses with ghosts

    This is a second posting on this miniseries on ghost houses. I built this house about five years ago, using wood from three old and lately unused houses that were in the village when I came there in 1963. Here is the result.



    This is one of those old houses (below), use them as wood sources. Good flooring is the key. This wood is probably good for a century, especially in dry Isan. Hard to find at any price these days!





    Naturally one accomodates the dead owners --ie the ghosts -- in the appropriate ways. But what about the living? The friendly neighbors who "drop by"? I think that is an important feature of a village house design. How do you be neighborly, but also keep privacy? Here is my idea.




    We have three levels of privacy. First the low deck, where anyone who gets through the gate to the property, mostly open, can enter and talk. Here is our next door neighbor, great guy, but in this instance we don't want a long meeting.




    Next, the upper deck. his is our kitchen, dining, and special guest area, ie we invite close friends up there for a beer or dinner or a long chat



    Last, our private area. They are all curious to see it of course, but we tend to keep this for ourselves. Of course you need a second downstairs bathroom to pull this off!



    All in all, village visiting customs, by both the living and the dead, take some getting used to, but in the end are one of the pleasures of living in Thailand! Think of it this way, when you are gone, you can still as a ghost hang around the same place!
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    These are sheds Jack not houses

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    Good job.

    I like how you wont give in to the curiousness of your neighbours but post a pic on here for all to see.

    I cant stand people turning up at my house unannounced. Is it not rude, even?

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    Quote Originally Posted by xanax View Post
    These are sheds Jack not houses
    This is the house that Jack built.

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    And did he go up the hill to fetch a pail of water?

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    Great house Jack, really like it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by xanax View Post
    These are sheds Jack not houses
    A bed and a bath,it looks real relaxing to me. Its 1am here and im operating a super critical power station. I'm envious Jack. I think It's time for a vacation. That bed looks so much better than my comfy chair. Lucky dog Jack.

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    I recon its brilliant mate. Love those wooden houses.

    Just need A/C in the bedroom, hot-water and Internet and all's good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack swelters
    Good flooring is the key. This wood is probably good for a century, especially in dry Isan. Hard to find at any price these days!
    I would have liked to have seen pics of the floor

    and I agree with you, some of those old shacks have brilliant wood

    I saw one with 65/70cm planks, each well over 2cm thick, but they did want a lot of cash

    I also bought some 50cm floor planks around 3cm thick made of mahogany, which I used for worktops and furniture. I can't imagine the house they came from!

    anyway, nice house Jack
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    I would have loved to have got my hands on that old wooden place, but you seem to have made a very good job of recycling it, Jack! Well done and thanks for sharing.

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    Speaking of ghost houses, I have one on my balcony and apparently it's worth around 50,000bht.

    Anyone want to buy my ghosts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirk diggler
    Speaking of ghost houses, I have one on my balcony and apparently it's worth around 50,000bht. Anyone want to buy my ghosts?
    Do you guarantee that the ghosts move with the house and make an appearance?

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    I can guarantee it tenfold. Drink the ya dong provided inside and wait.

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