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    BD dream getting there

    Well after years of planning and hoping things started to move forward, when in January we bought about 3000m2. The land is about a 5 minute walk from the edge of the village and 6 minutes from the in-laws. Close enough for emergencies but still gives us privacy.The land was pasture not rice so its good solid ground. There is a pond there but we will re dig it so it's not as long but 3 times deeper. More photos to come showing the re dig of the pond and 1st and 2nd phases of the new dirt.






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    Pond shortened and then re-dug, the dogs are impressed .






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    Good start BD. Keep us posted on your progress.

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    Thanks Rick we bought the land in January and had 120 lorry loads of top quality dirt delivered shortly after. We went back in May and had another 110 loads put on the top of the land where the houses will go. The pond is now full and the dogs swimming pool. As for the house phase one I wanted a wooden house to my own design, but we where messed about by people who said they could then who said they couldn't( I know it's hard to believe ). So we found a builder who makes knock down house for these places you see by the roadside.
    They are really good we got it for cost price (saving 100,000), 20,000 deposit and no more until it's delivered on the 20th of October.
    When thats up I am having the father in laws old teak house 5x5m to use as a lounge and a couple of rice barns to turn into guest rooms all 2.5m of the ground and joined by raised walk ways. I am just uploading a few more pics.

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    This is the land after the first lot of dirt was delivered in March, we are waiting for the next lot to arrive. The bloke in the hat is Por not me before anyone asks.

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    Cool !! Looking forward to following this thread.

    Don't worry, you'll be "poor" by the end of this adventure !! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by bankao dreamer
    The land is about a 5 minute walk from the edge of the village and 6 minutes from the in-laws. Close enough for emergencies but still gives us privacy.
    You'll have to excuse my chuckling.

    Looking forward to the rest of the thread.

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    ^ That's ok the in-laws are scared stiff of my shepherd as are all the locals, he should keep them at bay I hope.

    Quote Originally Posted by stevefarang
    Don't worry, you'll be "poor" by the end of this adventure !! LOL
    Hope not Steve I have a Wife who hate's being ripped off more than me.

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    The 2nd lot of dirt which has raised the area where the houses will go. Max already keeping the locals at a safe distance.



    Max under the trees near to main house location on the look out for locals.

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    Oooooo...a German Shepherd on duty !!


    You're all right by me Mark !!

    While I do like my mutt of a Thai dog, I have a real weak spot for German Shepherds.

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    ^ Thanks Steve we have two dogs which we took over from the UK. Max ( Shepherd 3 yrs old and a Border Terrier who is 2 yrs old ). He is twice the size of any local dog and the locals especially old woman and kids run away screaming which is great.

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    The ponds nearly full now, Max is diving in searching for curious neighbors.

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    Sometimes the villagers are really useful, they put the drainage pipes in at the entrance for 4 bottles of Leo and 2 bottles of Rice whiskey. Joking aside they are not a bad bunch.

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    Looks like a promising start

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    BD, if you don't mind could you PM me the company name for the knock down house? Also a cost would help.

    I am still thinking about a wood house for guests, but don't want to spend a small fortune. Thanks

    Good looking dogs. You will want to keep a close eye on them if they are scaring the locals. I had a bad experience with regard to my "watch dogs."

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    Great idea to use rice barns as guest rooms. Looking forward seeing your build progress.

    Beautiful black German Shepard you have there.

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    I was looking at your pnd and the sides look quite steep; you may have problems with erosion as time goes on, so make sure that as the pond edges move outwards there is nothing important next to it!

    you can avoid some of that by planting all sorts of edge plants

    Looking forward to seeing the complex built, sounds great
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    Looks to be an interesting thread - good luck with the project.

    Great looking dogs - how was the experience bringing them over from UK and getting them to settle into Thai life?

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    bd- good luck with your project.

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    Good luck BD ,, thanks for taking the time to share , looking forward to seeing it all progress .

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    Thank you guys for your kind replies.

    Thanks DrAndy for the advice Por has already sorted out some plants to help prevent this from happening.

    As for getting the dogs over it wasn't cheap and a nightmare at Thai customs. It took 6 hours from when they landed to release them to us. My wife refused to pay a bribe or use one of the "Agents" to speed things up as the custom official wanted us to do. I dont know how either of us didnt drag him away from his Facebook page and beat him to a pulp. But they have settled in really well and we have to drag Max out of the pond.

    Rick I will post some pictures of 2 houses under construction with a bit more info.

    The idea to use rice barns came from when DrAndy rebuilt one on this forum. I thought if you put in windows and fancy railings that would make a cute guest room.

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    I don't know how to post links but if you copy and paste this onto You Tube this is the builders yard who are building our house. This is how we found them. The video is 2 minutes and 11 seconds long.

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    The 2 room version was under construction when we went to the yard. The rooms are 3m x 3.5m and the deck is 7m x 2.5m. The price was B380,000. We are having one slightly bigger the rooms will be 4m x 3.5m and the deck is 8m x 2.5m. The price B450,000, B20,000 deposit and B430,000 to pay on delivery. We have chosen a darker colour as we didn't like Red Neck red as the owner called it. The floorboards are good quality reclaimed Teak ( nice and wide ). The rest is new wood of good quality. We had a good look around and the workmanship was of a high standard. The roof is steel sheet with insulation, I accept not everyone's taste but I don't mind.

    The one room with deck and Sala on the side was nearly complete and you can see the detail in the railings and finish. This was priced at B360,000. A lot cheaper than the roadside showrooms. The ones we looked at would have the one room priced at about B450,000 and the two room at about B490,000. Also the there is a lot more detail in the finish with this place.

    Hope this is useful.

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    So they are good to build these wooden bungalows ?

    So they are good to build these wooden bungalows ?

    Is is fast ?

    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stickmansucks View Post
    So they are good to build these wooden bungalows ?

    Is is fast ?

    Thank you.
    Yes I believe they are good. How long depends on what style and the size, between 1 to 3 months.

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