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    Great job, Slimboyfat.
    I'm assuming that the location is near your wife's family...though from the pics it didn't appear to be in "the village".
    How far away is your Thai family ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeeCoffee View Post
    Great job, Slimboyfat.
    I'm assuming that the location is near your wife's family...though from the pics it didn't appear to be in "the village".
    How far away is your Thai family ?
    About 10 mins walk - if you dare to run the gauntlet with all the local dogs

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    Good build at a nice budget.. Im currently looking around what to built and this plan is one of the options. Im thinking if "stretching" it to 12 meter..


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    Looking great mate �� I was just directed to this post from another helpful poster, I asked in another thread if anyone knew where I could buy inexpensive land close enough to bkk . Don't mean to hijack the thread but if you know anyone that's selling I'd be interested to hear at that price . Great bit of land

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimboyfat View Post
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    Very nice but I reckon you'll need guttering.
    Yes I reckon you are right. It's on the list to sort out before rainy season.
    Unless you wanna put in a rainwater tank, I'm not a believer in guttering in the tropics- when it rains heavily, it just overwhelms the guttering anyway. And having recently had to pay for repairs and painting for the guttering on our place down south, frankly I wish I hadn't bothered- we don't have guttering up here in Ubon, (except at the back to feed a rainwater tank), and really don't miss it. PVC is the best guttering material- but it's bluddy expensive.
    Interesting opinion. Maybe will see how it goes when the rain starts then take it from there.
    I put in "Singapore" style "guttering", so rain comes off the roof straight into a drain which is about 3 inches deep around the property aligned where the runoff from roof is, this feeds straight into the main drainage system.
    Sure you know what I mean............

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    Better late than never, my missus reports that the spirit house was finished this morning.



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    Congrats mate, lovely. Do ye plan on putting down a lawn?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    Congrats mate, lovely. Do ye plan on putting down a lawn?
    Cheers.
    That will be my retirement job for when we stay there permanently.
    Now I'm still working full time in Singapore and most of the time my wife and daughter are with me.

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    Nice build. Hope you get to stay there soon all the time to enjoy.

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    Good looking little house but why do they still build with columns instead of filling the blocks with concrete and putting a ring beam at the top like Australia?
    We dont fill all the blocks, the corners and some others I think.
    The blocks in Thailand are good quality, is it just that they can't change the way they build?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blockhead View Post
    Good looking little house but why do they still build with columns instead of filling the blocks with concrete and putting a ring beam at the top like Australia?
    We dont fill all the blocks, the corners and some others I think.
    The blocks in Thailand are good quality, is it just that they can't change the way they build?
    My words. Always wondering why the columns ("sau")? Obviously, because a trditional bulding way in Thailand was always with (massive) teak saus. The more fat saus the more image in the village. All the others not so important (roof, walls).

    And when the availability of the teak had rapidly diminished another material for the saus has quickly be found: cement (quite cheap in Thailand).

    So easy and fast to build with double (cement) blocks (also quite cheap and available by the village maker). And the space in-between (some 3 cm) helps to keep the inside wall pretty cool.

    Of course, in the corners and in the middle of a long wall the two blocks create a form for a full concrete column with reinforsement bars. And the ring beam above the walls with a steel profile embedded serves well for fixing the roof construction.

    Such "sau-less" house can be finished within two months, unlike the "sau" house where just the saus need two months - and lot of wood, iron, bamboo sticks.

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    Blockhead and Klondyke

    I expect you are right - but I have no idea about construction techniques - I am just a simple seafarer.
    All I know is that I am quite pleased with the results for the amount of money I have spent - It's a nice place to have our holidays when my wife wants to spend time with her family, and for the future there is la fair amount of space left on the property to do other bits and pieces of gardening etc so I have something to keep me occupied (apart from drinking) if and when the time comes to live there permanently.

    Photo from our last visit during Songkran


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    If you fancy selling up give me a shout.

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    Very nice job. You will enjoy the home when you are there full time.....

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    Thank you SBF for sharing your story. You, along with many who have posted comments, have given me several points for thought before we build later this year. All the very best to you & your family.

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    Great house lah. Why so cheap?
    Hope you can work out the retirement soon. I'm also a Singaporean wage slave, but the wife's land in Thailand is as yet unbuilt on.

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