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Construction in Thailand Is building in Thailand as bad as it seems? Can properties really be built and fitted out to European standards? Would you like to Build your own house in Phuket, or a swimming pool in Bangkok? Solar water heating in Pattaya? Or maybe you want to build a resort or guesthouse on Koh Samui? If you want to build a luxury house in Thailand then this is the forum for you.

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Old 31-12-2013, 10:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Not a House Building Thread .

A long time ago I was getting advice on Teakdoor for a mooted house construction out into water . That still hasn't happened . Disagreements among family members who own a share of the land , live 600 km from the land and have no real interest in what goes on there .... other than causing a hiatus in building .
So I don't have a " Build " thread as yet . But I greatly enjoy reading the Threads that are already here .

What I can contribute though is a small alteration job which I don't count yet .
All I did was supply many Bahts and left my partner to alter the structure she already shared with her family .

And this is what she was starting with ................


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I thought a photo would appear here .

The photos are in Photobucket but I'm doing something wrong I think ?

Help anyone ????? Please .

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I think there are various ways to do it, Wasp.

I clicked your link, then I rested my mouse on the pic and right clicked, then Copy Image URL. Then, on TD, I right clicked on the yellow pyramid in the editing box then pasted (making sure that the box was 100% empty of text before I pasted). Easy.

Looks like a nice wooden house, take care or Roobarb will but it for his Borgesque cube...
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It's not working for me Bettyboo !!!!!

Please check with me .
1. I go to the image that's in Photobucket .
2. I right click in the image and then click Copy URL .
3. Come back to TD ...... Click on the mountain and then Paste the URL ???

By George should that be right ?


I can't make this work . I give up .

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^for part 3 - left click on the yellow pyramid/mountain, right click over the http:// bit then select paste. Works for me on Windows 8.

&, I'm not Roobarb...
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I know you're not Roobarb . I'm very sorry . I think the " boo " part of your knickname stuck in my head . Boo .... Roo .

I changed my error INSTANTLY !!

You're damn quick on that computer !!!!

But I apologise .

I only did 2 Posts and I've got a headache now .

Cup of coffee and I'll make a new start but if I don't get the photo in there I NEVER EVER swear ( Honestly True !!! ) but I'll kick the next chicken I see .



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I cannot get this to work for me !!!!!!! All I get is a string of text and that's not what I want .

OK that's it . It will take me at least 3 days to calm down and try again . Great Thread hey ?

But Thank You Bettyboo . Happy New Year .



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It's not working for me Bettyboo !!!!!

Please check with me .
1. I go to the image that's in Photobucket .
2. I right click in the image and then click Copy URL .
3. Come back to TD ...... Click on the mountain and then Paste the URL ???

By George should that be right ?


I can't make this work . I give up .
Correct, you can also use Picasa (same account as your google+ / gmail account).
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It's not working for me Bettyboo !!!!!

Please check with me .
1. I go to the image that's in Photobucket .
2. I right click in the image and then click Copy URL .
3. Come back to TD ...... Click on the mountain and then Paste the URL ???

By George should that be right ?


I can't make this work . I give up .
Correct, you can also use Picasa (same account as your google+ / gmail account).

I don't doubt you're words Koetjeka . I even had a go yesterday and posted my first photo elsewhere at my first attempt ! But I have to be going wrong somewhere . Bettyboo loaded my photo no problem at all .

I've tried over and over and I keep cancelling when I get a string of text .

I'll give it one more go now then I'm going to look for a victim .

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Happy New Year, Waspy - ^perrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrfect.
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Happy New Year, Waspy - ^perrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrfect.
What did I do ? I haven't got any text but I did something right . Thanks for the cool soft hand on my tempestuous brow !!!


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GOSH MIDNIGHT !!!!!! Happy New Year !!!!!!!!!!
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OK Let's start again . A long time ago .... even bloody longer now ...... I was getting advice on Teakdoor for a mooted house construction out into water .

That still hasn't happened .

Disagreements among family members who own a share of the land though they live 600 km from the land and have no real interest in what goes on there ...... other than causing a hiatus in building .

So I don't have a " Build " thread as yet .
But I greatly enjoy reading the Threads that are already here .

What I can contribute though is a small alteration job which I don't count yet as my building thread.
All I did was supply many Bahts and left my partner to alter the structure she already shared with her family .

And this is what she was starting with
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It looks pretty decent really but it wasn't . That Ground floor area was a rice store so it was dark , dirty , grotty , grimey , didIsaydirty? , filthy and generally unpleasant . You ventured in there solely to access the staircase up to the living quarters .

And up those stairs was a small , dark , dirty area divided by mosquito nets and loose plywood into 3 sleeping areas . Just normal for a father , a son , a daughter and her daughter when the adult female is left to do everything domestic , the father works his bum off on some rented land and the brother does sod all .
So the house on the outside looks reasonable . I've seen worse . But the reality made me want to cry . I think I did .

Give the lady Bahts and she attacked .

First --- rip out some hopelessly decayed bricks in order to put in some decent windows.
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My pictures are working !!!!!! Thank you Bettyboo and Koetjeka.

OK ........... the bricks have been removed in order to put some windows into the Ground Floor which she is changing from that dark rice store ...... and she's going to have a KITCHEN !!!!

But a problem ........... how do you move the idle brother out ?



ANSWER ......... You build some wallwork between those existing columns to the left of the door . A window . A door . And you have a perfectly decent room for him . Put in a tv , a bed and some dogs and he's as happy as a Dog himself !


It's 20 after midnight . 20 minutes into 2014 . So I'll go and drink some Chang HAPPY NEW YEAR !!! to anyone who reads this and especially my two new friends Bettyboo and Koetjeka .

I'll continue tomorrow .

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I think there are various ways to do it, Wasp.

I clicked your link, then I rested my mouse on the pic and right clicked, then Copy Image URL. Then, on TD, I right clicked on the yellow pyramid in the editing box then pasted (making sure that the box was 100% empty of text before I pasted). Easy.

Looks like a nice wooden house, take care or Roobarb will but it for his Borgesque cube...
Oi, Betty....!

Actually I hate to admit it but my immediate thought when I saw the pic of the house was 'nice place, wonder how much he wants for it'.

BTW I had to google 'Borgesque'. I'm still none the wiser but Google Images interpreted it as 'Burlesque', and for that Betty I'm very grateful. It made my new year particularly happy

Nice thread Wasp, keep the pictures coming...

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Well ...... Thank You Roobarb for your kind words .

This won't be a long thread because I haven't got any of the normal stuff about foundations , rebar , gravel deliveries , waiting for cement pours et cetera .

However - even if I forewarn you I do think you will be quite astonished at what she did with this dwelling .

And in that first photo you will see a red arrow pointing at a concrete column . That will be significant later .

Happy New Year Roobarb !!!! --- and everyone .


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[color="Wheat"]Disagreements among family members who own a share of the land though they live 600 km from the land and have no real interest in what goes on there ...... other than causing a hiatus in building .
Wow is that house really build in the jungle or is it just the photos? It looks nice though!


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Thanks a lot I rarely drink alcohol myself haha.
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Wow is that house really build in the jungle or is it just the photos? It looks nice though!


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Thanks a lot I rarely drink alcohol myself haha.

No Koetjeka . The house in the picture is not in the jungle . It's near Korat and although it looks decent outside it was not decent at all inside . It's in a busy little village but it's one step back from the road so there's lots of greenery and trees . But it's surrounded by family houses and nobody gets on very well so they try to stop access to this land . Fortunately the neighbours ( non-family ) are very pleasant and we cross their land . Although it's nothing to do with my Post I'll try to find a photo showing it's not jungle .



I hope there's a photo here .

It will show the homes between this one and the road . So you can see - there's no jungle . The stuff simply grows quickly and wildly !!

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More of Not a housebuild thread .

OK ......... Onwards .

I'm taking this slowly because there's not a lot to say as all she did was a major alteration to an existing structure which is still there somewhere inside the changes .

Resuming ...........

I had said already .... old structure ...... remove bricks for windows ....... solve the indolent brother problem by making a separate room for him .
Summary -


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I'm making a mess of the photos so I'm writing individually instead .

Now the lady needed Bahts to render that small room plus the replacement walls with windows .
At the same time she was wanting to make an extension to have a kitchen ! the nerve !!! Undreamed-of Luxury !!!!!




Note the classy working platform for the renderer . Not a Baht misspent on that .

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.........................

So they made a start taking the ground floor out further for a kitchen space .



Look Janet !!!! Look how they got the nice little blocks almost perfectly aligned and almost vertical !!

We don't want any of that silly fallang ziggy-zaggy nonsense !!

Oops !! Somebody round the corner did it !!!! His days are numbered .






And then ........ in a burst of utter greed she decided she wanted a roof !!!!!





The lady is just insatiable . Next she'll be wanting a toilet .

Anyway ..... apparently all her cousins can make extensions and a roof that would make Michelangelo weep .
She assured me their work would make anyone weep so I think that's what she meant .


I think the guy in the straw hat spent all day rolling cigarettes for the others .

So now she promised all H&S regulations for the Nonthai area would be conformed to .

And she got some Bahts for a roof .



The guy in the Lilac tee-shirt was the boss so his part was to sit on the beams and watch the guy with the Drill . Sure enough the guy with the drill drilled through his toe and the guy in the Lilac tee-shirt was there to see that he did indeed drill through his toe in the standard and approved manner .


Apparently they were all cousins .... or " sister-man " whatever that means .


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.......................

Small coffee break for me .

I get a headache just looking at this and remembering the guy who had just the one chisel so he was the Master Carpenter on the job .

He used the chisel to hack blocks in half - then make a channel for some cable - then smack away some accidental concrete blobs ....... and then he found it was quite difficult to cut into some timber with this same chisel in a delicate and fanciful way .

The chisel was as sharp as a cricket ball .


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Here's an inside shot after we moved the rice - thoroughly cleaned out snakes , rats , crap , suspicious stuff and stuff that moved so we ran away and sent in the dogs .




It's all looking quite clean with a decent floor but I must assure it was awful .... maybe acceptable to put a few dogs in there but not people .
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Another shot for Koetjeka showing next door . Showing it's definitely not jungle .




That wall was put there as a shared cost . Including the gate which opened inwards to the aunty's home .

It was access to the main road via the Aunty's garden.

Once my lady had paid half of the cost of that wall and gate Aunty bought 20 loads of soil - spread it on that land - and blocked the gate .

See the lovely ladder ? If you want to go and visit ( we don't ) that's the access now . Always a warm Dog reception too .

Families !!!!!!

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So we have an extension going on and the rendering getting slapped on .

But sitting outside was too hot so I crowbarred open my funds and put an awning on the side .

It's a terrible photo ....... meaning poor quality photo ........... but it was at that time so it's appropriate .





Brown door facing you .... door to the room of the indolent brother .

Note the lovely new windows of which the lady is inordinately proud . This is a lady who cleaned floors and looked between the cracks hoping to find a lost coin with which hopefully she could buy one egg to mix into her daughter's rice .


It has been difficult locating these photos so I must disappear and look for more which I know exist .
I promised that you'll be astonished when you see this finished . It might not look that way at present ... but I repeat my promise .

So bye for now .

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