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    It starts with a wall...

    We (the Mrs and I) are about to purchase some land. Our first build was a bit of a practice run and is now housing the outlaws, our office and a Lam-Yai processing plant out the front. So we are renting and looking forward to building our nicer house on a bit of land a bit more secluded.

    The first thing is to build a wall (after we get the land). We've more or less decided on the land, getting a good price off a distant uncle.

    Not sure how much we're getting, anywhere from 1-3 Rai, and some of it depends on how much a wall will cost, and also the whether. Whether we fence the entire lot of just the house plot. We want to have a few Lam-Yai trees and vege gardens.

    I know nothing about building walls, would appreciate any advice. What type of wall looks nice and will last? How much would it cost to wall off 1 rai? how much for 3 rai?

    Will follow up with some photos of the area of land we'll be buying from (it's a farm of about 30 rai, we're getting roadside lot with electricity pole running by that's as far as we've gotten), and also a photo of the lovely house just built nearby that we are going to model our build off and hopefully get the same builders in to do.

    It's a way off, house may not be built for up to 2 years, but we want to do the wall asap after deciding on and finalising the land purchase.

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    Why do you need to wall off 3 rai ?

    A fence will surely do the job ?

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    This is the type of house we want to build...



    And this is where the land is. There's a raised area in amongst the shade of those trees that should do nicely, but none of it has been finalised...


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    First of all I wish you good luck and a blessed build! I'm looking forward to the next posts!

    About the wall, a few things you might consider thinking about:
    -Do you want to be able to look outside of the wall / do you want other people to look inside? In other words, what should the percentage of openings in the wall be? This is in my opinion the most important question as it basically defines the walls aesthetics and materials.
    -Should it really keep burglars out? This is an extremely difficult thing to achieve with Thai burglars being very agile. Don't forget the height of the wall too, obviously the height effects the price.
    -Keep the wind in mind, you don't want your wall to blow away (especially true for lighter walls). I've seen countless of walls standing like the lean tower of Pizza, of course not all because of the wind but it certainly plays a role.
    -Make sure you've got a solid foundation, you don't want your wall to sink into the earth.
    -Will the ground be on equal level on both sides of the wall? If not make sure the wall is able to withstand this potentially huge vertical force.

    I guess these are the most important things to keep in mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    Why do you need to wall off 3 rai ?

    A fence will surely do the job ?
    Yeah I think so too if it's 3 rai. The Mrs is a bit paranoid and wants a high wall with broken glass glued to the top, I'm sure we'll reach a comprimise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koetjeka
    -Do you want to be able to look outside of the wall / do you want other people to look inside? In other words, what should the percentage of openings in the wall be? This is in my opinion the most important question as it basically defines the walls aesthetics and materials.
    Definetley don't want to block off the view, the house is going to be raised so we should be able to see over any wall from the balconies, but still, it will be nice to have views from the ground.

    Quote Originally Posted by Koetjeka
    -Should it really keep burglars out? This is an extremely difficult thing to achieve with Thai burglars being very agile. Don't forget the height of the wall too, obviously the height effects the price.
    The Mrs is a bit worried about burglars yeah, me not so much. I was thinking maybe lowish solid concrete with maybe something see through on the top half.

    Quote Originally Posted by Koetjeka
    -Keep the wind in mind, you don't want your wall to blow away (especially true for lighter walls). I've seen countless of walls standing like the lean tower of Pizza, of course not all because of the wind but it certainly plays a role.
    Will defo keep this in mind

    Quote Originally Posted by Koetjeka
    -Make sure you've got a solid foundation, you don't want your wall to sink into the earth.
    -Will the ground be on equal level on both sides of the wall? If not make sure the wall is able to withstand this potentially huge vertical force.
    Thanks heaps for the tips, things I'm completely unaware of thank god TD is good for something eh.

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