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    Talking Taking the plunge! Building a house... um, maybe

    OK, having been a lurking on here for a while... now being a full time expat, with a loving wife (stop laughing please), am moving down the road to building. Currently reside in townhouse, but the neighbors drive me crazy. Need a little more space, inside and outside.

    I hope (no promises at this stage) to give back to you all as I work my way through this. Have the land picked out (up high, no floods), have a preliminary house plan picked out. Stuck with the builder who owns the land.

    Working now on customizing the plans (to what I really want, like some insulation and better windows / doors) and getting some pricing. Still haven't signed contracts... just small deposit to hold land.

    Have to say some wonderful threads on building! A SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL THOSE THAT POSTED.

    So this is just introduction, will follow more. Today I started studying how to use Sketch-up to help me visualize what I want. (3 bed room house.. one for me and wife, one for me and second wife.. one for the referee... ok, just kidding)

    And before anyone says, yes I know TIT! (been coming here 10 years) And I am not overly hopeful of maintaining my sanity... and marriage...though this process.

    Thanks again all.. and feel free to ask questions. Maybe you can talk me out of this madness?

    Karl

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    Talk you out of it Karl? Quite the opposite - get the contract signed and dive on in there...!

    I'm sure everyone looks forward to sharing the adventure (obviously from the relaxed comfort of our respective armchairs).

    Best of luck with your project. Where are you planning on building?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roobarb
    Talk you out of it Karl? Quite the opposite - get the contract signed and dive on in there...!
    I quite agree. You will never know the meaning of real stress until you try to build a home of your own.

    I know I speak for many here, when I say that the story of your build will be eagerly appreciated. Please post as many pictures as you can and the best of luck.
    Last edited by Loombucket; 24-07-2013 at 04:50 AM. Reason: fingers are not connected to my brain today!

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    Looking forward to your build!

    Did you hire an architect or are you designing everything yourself? About Sketchup: You can download it legally (wink) with a Birlord program. However before you start Sketchupping, I would highly recommend Sketching by hand first.

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    Go for it mate..misery loves company...

    Don't assume a turnkey project contract is designed for your protection!..

    Methinks subcontracting ie with you ordering and buying materials etc , ordering concrete trucks et al is best..... but a shit load more stressful......aah but then hindsight is so.......

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    Whats the location?

    How long have you been a permanent resident?

    Have you looked at other locations?

    Are you certain you'll want to live in this location for numerous years?

    Welcome and good luck.

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    Sounds interesting project , Karl
    and will keep you busy
    hope you're able to start soon !

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    Permit me to answer a few questions.

    1) Am I sure that this is where I will reside for a while to come? yes / no.. if my health holds, yes if I am no longer handsome man, maybe not.

    2) Where are you building? It near the quaint little village called Pattaya, where they grow bar girls by the dozens. :-)

    3) Where exactly is plot? If you are familiar with this mickey mouse place (reminds me of home) the village is near the crocodile farm. Figured it was good location to get rid of the evidence.

    4) How long permanent resident? About six hours, forty two minutes, and sex seconds. Been tourist for 10 years, finally retired. Have owned townhouse here for five years. Cheaper than hotel when visiting.

    5) Don't assume... trust me, I assume that everyone and everyplace is out to get my very last baht for the least energy possible. Have a decent attorney (as decent as an attorney gets) and am having him go ever every word. And then double checking with a para legal here.

    6) Architect? The village has some stock plans, but none that suited me. So we are in the process of modifying them to my liking, and waiting for the shock wave. How much to add an outlet??? What do you mean dirt doesn't come in brown?

    Ok.. more to follow. Right now I need to drink. (sanity relief)

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    Thanks, looks like you'll fit in really well in Pat's. Good luck with the build.

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    Ha Ha.. yes, I fit in well in Pats! Well some parts fit in well, others not so much.

    I'd post a photo of the 100 sq corner lot; but I guess I not write enough yet. Don't worry, I will be writing a lot me thinks in the coming months of agony.

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    Looking forward to some photos mate,just as soon as I know the location I will pop up on the bike to be nosy.

    That,s if you don,t mind

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    Good luck with it all Karl , mabe someone will help you with the pictures

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    Indeed as everyone else looking forward to your build. Good Luck.

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    Great thread, good sense of humor. Looking forward to reading of your house building adventures Karl !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevefarang View Post
    Great thread, good sense of humor.

    Perhaps, but this is more likely the truth >>>>


    http://teakdoor.com/Gallery/albums/u...ting_older.jpg


    Now since I don't see image this in the preview, I might assume I have not posted enough yet to qualify to post attachments.

    (someday I will read the instructions, just like I ask for directions when lost...)

    Anyone, am I correct or do I really HAVE TO read the instructions?




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    I wish you all the best mate,

    I would love to do the same but I cannot bang my money into something I have no security over.

    Good luck with it EH.

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    Karl,
    You need to use IMG tags to post a picture. The picture has to be located somewhere on the web (not your pc). Photobucket is a good spot to store them.

    Anyway, use the IMG tags as follows:

    enter

    Hope this helps.

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    Roll up your sleeves, break out the xanax, and jump in head first!

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post
    I wish you all the best mate,

    I would love to do the same but I cannot bang my money into something I have no security over.

    Good luck with it EH.

    This I understand very well... as old adage goes, never invest more into Thailand than you can afford to loose!

    Frankly at this stage in life, I more concerned about loosing life itself than some money. Thankfully, Kamagra has extended life for me!



    But seriously, I hear you. Will be starting another thread on this subject when I work through some more issues. Sure some board members will have good advice.

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    I know sketchup really well. if you need some help, send me a PM

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