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    Question Basic kitchen units recommendations please

    I intend ( possibly ) at this stage dependant on work to come to Thailand Nov / Dec to buy and fit a kitchen in our house we had built earlier this year.

    I know all the places Do home , Home hub , Global etc sell em , but can anyone from actual experience recommend me to a good basic kitchen ?

    I would also prefer ready made up as opposed to flat pack as my gut now gets in the way of assembling units , however if they are THAT more expensive my gut will have to get in the way .

    All I need is for a straight run about 4 metres + a couple of wall units a sink plus a worktop


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    Have you considered Ikea ?
    They even have a 3D kitchen planner.

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    Too expensive Steve just looking for basic units ,, something to feed the termites

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    I would also suggest ikea units, as the ones in big c are just as expensive and uglier.

    You can buy the base ikea units, just the mdf without doors, panels hinges and you could add your own this includes corner units and oven cabinets.

    You could do concrete and add wood doors, or you could have a custom kitchen.



    We did concrete, but this wasnt what we wanted in the end and decided to go for wood




    This is made from teak, ikea sink and handmade from the builder.

    Hope one of these might be useful?
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    Homepro... solid wodd except backing boards,counter concrete with veneer ply stuck on..would not recommend using tiles like I have..they create their own frickin ecosystem

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    Most of the purchased units are made from cheap compressed wood and don't hold up in Thailand's humidity. You might consider finding a local carpenter as we had solid teak cabinets built up for less than what the built-up solution would have cost.

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    How about some pics Thailazer?

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    Agree with Crepitas. Homepro has modular units in all price ranges. I've had them installed in units a few blocks from the beach in Pattaya and they have held up fine to the humidity.

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    Here is what our local guy whipped up FatOne. Nothing fancy but very rugged and the doors have self-closing hinges. We topped it off with Italian Granite.





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    Quote Originally Posted by thailazer
    Here is what our local guy whipped up FatOne. Nothing fancy but very rugged and the doors have self-closing hinges. We topped it off with Italian Granite.
    Very beautiful Thailazer. Can you PM me with this guys particulars? Maybe he will come down to Don Kaew. Thanks

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    He might go as far as Chiang Mai. Will have to get his phone number from the wife if she still has it. The guy is located off HWY-1095 about 10 km north of HWY-107. Has a horrible looking shop, but his work is good.

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    Looks really good Thailazer

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    Can you remember what you paid?

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    Also there are many rather attractive plastic kitchen wall cupboards out there..bought couple of white ones for storage in our bathrooms..unfortunately they do tend to "yellow" with age..

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    Thanks for all the replies lads

    Yours looks beautiful TL , but this is just for our little shack in the sticks not somewhere I,m ever gonna live .

    I was just hoping someone had experience in assembling / buying some basic units and rough idea of costings .

    I seem to remember before I saw in one of the outlets that some of the units were ready assembled , its not that I can't do it as I have built up 6 kitchens over the years I can just imagine the nightmare of a Thai flatpack unfolding as my blood pressure increases

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatOne View Post
    Can you remember what you paid?
    For that bottom unit, it was 22K baht. The granite was another 15K and I can't remember how much we paid for the sink and faucet. I think he prices the cabinet out about 5 K per meter. That was three years ago so prices might have gone up.
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    Just for the shack you will hardly use?
    Concrete everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thailazer
    He might go as far as Chiang Mai. Will have to get his phone number from the wife if she still has it. The guy is located off HWY-1095 about 10 km north of HWY-107. Has a horrible looking shop, but his work is good.
    Thanks TL. Then he would be about 30 km from my house. It can't hurt to talk to him. If you want to switch this over to my thread, it might be better. Thanks again, Terp.

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    Come and see my kitchen Nigel.

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    One thing I would ensure is that you have plenty of ventilation to all enclosed cupboards. Along with some sort of screening to keep the insects out.

    Quote Originally Posted by benlovesnuk
    Hope one of these might be useful?


    And don't forget the height of the cooker unit when setting the worktop height.
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    Yes thanks LT might just take you up on that one mate !

    BTW I am coming over on my own and ,, er ,,,,,, if you see a young lady with me ,, you haven't ok ?


    Oh shit ! the edit button aint come on ,,

    I was only joking !




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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    One thing I would ensure is that you have plenty of ventilation to all enclosed cupboards. Along with some sort of screening to keep the insects out.

    Quote Originally Posted by benlovesnuk
    Hope one of these might be useful?


    And don't forget the height of the cooker unit when setting the worktop height.
    The cupboards have insect screening and vents. As you can see this is the Thai kitchen, meaning outside, lower unit height with gas cooker.
    The kitchen was labour only costs as the wood is left over from the house build, it was built in 4 days so about 4500 badt.

    However for our main kitchen we will either use Ikea base units with real teak wood panels and soft close hinges. The only problem being ikeas in bangkok. But the strip down units for a medium sized kitchen are about 8000 badt. Again its just the frame and base, you need to add legs drawers etc but is a good place to start. Homepro seems expensive to me.

    The wood is supposed to be protected from termites, but im unsure as to this protection.

    Wood is finished in our kitchen with shellac as its a natural edible product that is fine for food preparation areas. So hardwood with good builder is a reasonable low cost way depending on kitchen size. But concrete polished with vented wood doors is normal. Doors are about 950 badt for teak.

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    I'd rather a nice oven and a bare kiitchen versus a Thai styled one

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necron99 View Post
    Just for the shack you will hardly use?
    Concrete everything.
    Wot 'e said

    We went for concrete counters as I was too lazy to try and specify anything else and, cost aside, it takes minimal time and skill for your standard Isaan builder to complete.

    During:

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    2' x 2' floor tiles on the counter top cut down on grout lines making the tops easier to keep clean.

    Not terribly pretty, but bombproof.

    As Ben said, the under-counter doors and their frames are available from Homepro/Global House, a bit under a grand each for the better quality ones.

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