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    Hi Guys,

    Long time reader, first time writer!

    I'm looking to build for the first time in Thailand this year and have found a architect in Chiang Mai that has done some great work that appeals to my taste.

    In discussions with them they have stated that their fee is 5% of the build price, however they do not project manage the build - only provide the plans, engineering, submit applications and will provide some onsite checks.

    My question is, from your experiences is this (charging a % of the build price) a normal practice in Thailand?

    (apologies if this has been addressed in the forums already, I did some searching but couldn't find anything specific to this)

    Cheers,

    CMguy

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    Welcome to the Constructions CMguy .

    It's great to see a new Thread starting .
    Bettyboo and Roobarb will be ordering the beers in right now to sit back and watch .

    I can't answer your question .

    Just assuring you the readers will be queueing up .




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    I'll definitely keep updates going as we progress.

    We are at the really early stages now so may be a while before I get to photos of the build etc but will keep posting as we go.

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    Sounds a bit odd. My experience has been an agreed fee for plans and getting them approved. I'm sure they can estimate what the build price should be but if they don't manage the project how can they know the actual cost?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wasp
    It's great to see a new Thread starting .
    YEAH....Welcome CM guy. Lots of good support and info

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    Bettyboo and Roobarb will be ordering the beers in right now to sit back and watch .
    ^That they will. Best observers to date.


    My 2 cents from the cheap seats CMguy. I am one that is not onsite along with my wife, we are both here in the states. So my recommendation is to find a reputable general contractor that can do the entire thing not just offer architect renderings or partially own the project. I found that if you have one point of contact the job is easier to manage.

    When you think you have found a contractor go see their work both in progress and completed. Take your time. Look for site cleanliness, ask if he has a dedicated crew or are they seasonal and will disappear during rice harvest season. See if he can coordinate a walk through or meeting with previous clients so you can look at finished product and see if they are happy.

    Hope this little bit helps.

    There will be others along that are living in Thailand and managed their own build and have a wealth of input.

    Good Luck

    Cheers

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    Welcome CMguy! I have just returned to CM today and am glad to see another "local" build starting. To try to answer your question, I had also interviewed architecture/build firms in CM, and they charged something similar to do the same work as you have outlined. These were professional (aka Bangkok trained people) - and one fee was 6.5%. They did not want to do the general contracting because my house was not over 5 million baht.

    The percentage was based on a 15K baht per square meter and that 15K estimate was for medium to a bit higher quality materials. In CM everything is a little more expensive.

    I ended up having my architect do the general contracting as well, because after we had done all the planning, et cetera, we were both comfortable with him knowing what I wanted and expected. So I had two separate contracts. Whatever you are comfortable with, I would go with. You will find many people on TDF who would not pay that much for plans and the rest, but I was willing to pay it, because I didn't really trust too many builders. I don't regret doing it the way I did. Are there other good ways? Sure - "up to you."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wasp View Post
    Bettyboo and Roobarb will be ordering the beers in right now to sit back and watch .
    Ah, a new building thread. Good stuff CMguy.

    I will indeed be following this. Happily for many though my contributions will be somewhat curtailed until I can work out how to log into TD from where I'm now based in the Middle East as I can only get on line when I am traveling (like now). They clearly reckon you lot are a bunch of subversives. I reckon it's all the rubbish Betty posted about goats whilst he was in Oman that did it. Anyway CMguy, I will be with you both in spirit and, god willing, spirits as the build progresses.

    Good luck with it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by terp80
    Whatever you are comfortable with, I would go with. You will find many people on TDF who would not pay that much for plans and the rest, but I was willing to pay it, because I didn't really trust too many builders. I don't regret doing it the way I did. Are there other good ways? Sure - "up to you."
    ^ Great advice and I 2nd it. I could have probably done my build for 10% less but how much would I have to manage, chase and fight through it. For me 2 airplane flights would have ate everything I was attempting to save. I absolutely agree, go with what you are comfortable with however nothing wrong with asking about cost to calibrate you are not being way overcharged.

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    Good luck CM guy looking forward to the build .

    Its a shame one of CM,s main builders flounced last year cause if he was still here he could put you right .

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    thanks for all the feedback and support guys. Looking forward to getting some plans finalised and up for review shortly!

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