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    Farm House near Nong Bua Lamphu

    We're building a one-room, one-porch elevated farm house in the middle of 9 rai of khao nio. I've begun posting pictures, video and stories about the build at: THE ISAAN - Life in a Thai-Lao Village. Here's how it starts:

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    ^ Who dat? Looks very much like a good friend of mine.

    Looking forward to seeing your project through.

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    who in your pics^^ wait to see your house^^

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    I'm sorry. I'm not good with labels, sometimes. That's my wife Thiphawan (Thip), who spent a decade with me in Santa Barbara before we retired to her village not far from Nong Bua, three years ago.

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    Second installment goes into some of the history of shacks on our farm, what used to be 17 rai which is now down to 9:

    THE ISAAN - Life in a Thai-Lao Village: Bann Nah 2

    Another shot of my wife with her motosai, on the pad. Cement posts at her feet, klong in the background:


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    Just out of interest why did you give your land to the temple?

    Chedi- stupi

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yasojack View Post
    Just out of interest why did you give your land to the temple?

    Chedi- stupi
    Thanks for your interest. Our head monk, who also is a family member, wants to build a chedi in honor of his father, a deceased monk. He was going to build it inside the temple compound, but there's just not enough room. Plus, it is customary for people to visit chedi's without necessarily visiting monks, so the monks' privacy would be somewhat disturbed by the stuppa being inside wat grounds.

    So, initially my wife and I donated two rai our of 17 that we have, directly opposite the temple gates, across the road. The first picture I posted here shows the perspective well. In the distance, the red multiple roofed building center right is the temple.

    We discovered that that would not be enough land for the chedi, so we decided to donate an additional two rai and sell four (at special temple prices) in order to have funds to relocate out into the rice fields and have some money to begin construction of what is turning out to be our country home. It was all upper land that we donated/sold, with a little bit of rice field, so the yearly family rice yield will not be lessened by much.

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    Third installment of the genesis and construction of our farm house in the middle of khao nio paddies, features a video I shot and put together showing the take-down of "Love Shack II", movement of the wood to the middle of the farm, and creation of the pad: THE ISAAN - Life in a Thai-Lao Village


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    Good for you rep amongst the villagers.

    look forward to the build, would love to live in the Paddies, though hate mossies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yasojack View Post
    Just out of interest why did you give your land to the temple?

    Chedi- stupi
    Thanks for your interest. Our head monk, who also is a family member, wants to build a chedi in honor of his father, a deceased monk. He was going to build it inside the temple compound, but there's just not enough room. Plus, it is customary for people to visit chedi's without necessarily visiting monks, so the monks' privacy would be somewhat disturbed by the stuppa being inside wat grounds.

    So, initially my wife and I donated two rai our of 17 that we have, directly opposite the temple gates, across the road. The first picture I posted here shows the perspective well. In the distance, the red multiple roofed building center right is the temple.

    We discovered that that would not be enough land for the chedi, so we decided to donate an additional two rai and sell four (at special temple prices) in order to have funds to relocate out into the rice fields and have some money to begin construction of what is turning out to be our country home. It was all upper land that we donated/sold, with a little bit of rice field, so the yearly family rice yield will not be lessened by much.

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    Amazingly, the nyoong population is not overwhelming out in the middle of the rice fields. I think they are kept somewhat at bay by the other insects who eat them. I have more mossies at my village house than I do on the pad!

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    Good for you rep amongst the villagers.

    look forward to the build, would love to live in the Paddies, though hate mossies.

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    Just out of interest why did you give your land to the temple?

    Chedi- stupi
    Thanks for your interest. Our head monk, who also is a family member, wants to build a chedi in honor of his father, a deceased monk. He was going to build it inside the temple compound, but there's just not enough room. Plus, it is customary for people to visit chedi's without necessarily visiting monks, so the monks' privacy would be somewhat disturbed by the stuppa being inside wat grounds.

    So, initially my wife and I donated two rai our of 17 that we have, directly opposite the temple gates, across the road. The first picture I posted here shows the perspective well. In the distance, the red multiple roofed building center right is the temple.

    We discovered that that would not be enough land for the chedi, so we decided to donate an additional two rai and sell four (at special temple prices) in order to have funds to relocate out into the rice fields and have some money to begin construction of what is turning out to be our country home. It was all upper land that we donated/sold, with a little bit of rice field, so the yearly family rice yield will not be lessened by much.

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    Parts 4 and 5 are now posted. Part 5 includes a five minute video showing phase 1 of the power lines being strung out to the pad: THE ISAAN - Life in a Thai-Lao Village


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    Unhappy

    Why don't you just post your build story here ?

    A lot of people ( ME ) won't be prepared to go looking for it .

    Honestly .

    But a LOT of people will be interested .


    If it's HERE !




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    Quote Originally Posted by Wasp View Post
    Why don't you just post your build story here ?

    A lot of people ( ME ) won't be prepared to go looking for it .

    Honestly .

    But a LOT of people will be interested .


    If it's HERE !




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    I agree. Its easier for s to just browse from the TD window.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wasp View Post
    Why don't you just post your build story here ?

    A lot of people ( ME ) won't be prepared to go looking for it .

    Honestly .

    But a LOT of people will be interested .


    If it's HERE !




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    Quote Originally Posted by Wasp View Post
    Why don't you just post your build story here ?

    A lot of people ( ME ) won't be prepared to go looking for it .

    Honestly .

    But a LOT of people will be interested .


    If it's HERE !




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    I agree. Its easier for s to just browse from the TD window.
    Good to know, thanks. Going forward, will copy complete contents here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LEGENDARY View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Wasp View Post
    Why don't you just post your build story here ?

    A lot of people ( ME ) won't be prepared to go looking for it .

    Honestly .

    But a LOT of people will be interested .


    If it's HERE !




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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Wasp View Post
    Why don't you just post your build story here ?

    A lot of people ( ME ) won't be prepared to go looking for it .

    Honestly .

    But a LOT of people will be interested .


    If it's HERE !




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    I agree. Its easier for s to just browse from the TD window.
    Good to know, thanks. Going forward, will copy complete contents here.
    Great!

    Cheers

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    I look forward to reading! I too am too slack to follow a link

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    " Good to know, thanks . Going forward, will copy complete contents here. "



    Good Man !!!!

    Everyone likes a construction Thread .





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    ( What does NBL mean ? )

    ^ Read the thread title and you should be able to work it out for yourself.

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    Bann Nah 6 - Column Footers

    Out at our larger rice farm, once the pad was completed (November 2013), we let it sit. Normally, you donít want to build on a newly dumped dirt pad unless it has time to settle. In Thailand, that usually means at least one full rainy season and then some. When we were ready to move ahead, this past summer Ė eight months after the padís creation Ė it was still somewhat soft. Our head monk Lungpaw Boon Long suggested we sink column footers from the top of the pad to the bottom and thatís what we did.

    Lott and Naht dug vertical tunnels from the top of the pad to where the top of the rice field used to be, below; about six feet. Then, they wired-up rebar cages and sunk these into the holes. In the holes, they then dumped cement and gravel to create custom column footers nearly the depth of the pad.

    Hereís some video I shot showing some of the fabrication of the rebar cages, their preparation for transport, concrete and gravel mixing at the construction site, placement of the cages in prior-dug vertical tunnels and late afternoon rain clouds moving in:

    2014-08_cfooters on Vimeo


    On top of the column footers, the cement posts that would end-up supporting the house above ground were placed (viewable at: 2014-08_p-ceremony on Vimeo). Again using rebar, Lott and Naht wrapped the posts to the column footers and cemented over the area to effectively bond the posts to the column footers.




    But, Iím getting a little ahead of myself, here. Before the cement posts could be set ontop of the cement column footers, there had to be a ceremonyÖ


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    Bann Nah 7 - Posts Ceremony

    A little like a barn raising, the Thai-Lao Buddhist ceremony for raising posts on a new home is not only practical, but is also shrouded with religious ceremony. Itís a chance to wish the future occupants well in the home that will be built. Since you already have a bunch of guys present to do the heavy lifting, itís also a perfect time to eat and celebrate.

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mJtD0G5FMoM/VGhtT7dedzI/AAAAAAAAJn0/FzPK_HvHe4w/s1600/2014-0813c.JPG

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OGE6o5dztN...014-0813l6.JPG

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ngRMa0Z6te...014-0813l2.JPG


    Hereís some video I shot, showing some chanting, placement of post and attachment of good luck symbols (fish trap for never going hungry; part of an old loom for always being clothed; sugar cane, banana leaf, coconut, flowers, bag full of money, etc.):

    2014-08_p-ceremony on Vimeo


    Once the monks and most of the invitees had left, core family and friends cracked open some Leoís.

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KEI7dyqZ7Q...014-0813s1.JPG

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TnLy4zbpkSc/VGhvlixhGHI/AAAAAAAAJoY/afFE9LW9fYU/s1600/2014-0813s4.JPG

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vwopp5UnPc...014-0813s6.JPG



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    LEGENDARY .................

    Do you know that I ( and so probably others ) am not getting your photos ?

    This is all I see .............




    And it's a real shame .

    terp and marty have come to the end of their builds so we are running short of construction stories .
    But the stories thrive on pictures and I for one am not getting any .


    In case you don't realise .


    My Good Wishes .



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    the yellow print doesn't come out in TD, so while it sounds like a subject that may interest me I cant read much of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LEGENDARY View Post
    A little like a barn raising, the Thai-Lao Buddhist ceremony for raising posts on a new home is not only practical, but is also shrouded with religious ceremony. Itís a chance to wish the future occupants well in the home that will be built. Since you already have a bunch of guys present to do the heavy lifting, itís also a perfect time to eat and celebrate.


    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mJtD0G5FMoM/VGhtT7dedzI/AAAAAAAAJn0/FzPK_HvHe4w/s1600/2014-0813c.JPG



    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OGE6o5dztN...014-0813l6.JPG


    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ngRMa0Z6te...014-0813l2.JPG


    Hereís some video I shot, showing some chanting, placement of post and attachment of good luck symbols (fish trap for never going hungry; part of an old loom for always being clothed; sugar cane, banana leaf, coconut, flowers, bag full of money, etc.):

    2014-08_p-ceremony on Vimeo


    Once the monks and most of the invitees had left, core family and friends cracked open some Leoís.


    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KEI7dyqZ7Q...014-0813s1.JPG


    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TnLy4zbpkSc/VGhvlixhGHI/AAAAAAAAJoY/afFE9LW9fYU/s1600/2014-0813s4.JPG


    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vwopp5UnPc...014-0813s6.JPG



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    How's that? Not sure what is meant by "yellow print." My text shows up black to me, with light blue for the links.

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    Smile

    Excellent !!!!!

    Lovely smiles !!!

    Plastic chairs !!!!

    Concrete posts !!!!!!!

    Everything a good Thread needs !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





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