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    Shoestring Renovation.

    I had my first ever thread "Perimiter Fence - Lamphun". Got the answers I need, thanks all.

    The idea of this thread is to document the purchase of a house on a shoestring budget. AND the subsequent renovation on even less money....

    The house



    Now I need to spend a bit of time figuring out this web board..

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    Good stuff Ennis, looking forward to this

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    Sounds interesting. I am doing something similar I suspect.

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    Good stuff. Being frugal is to do gods work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ennis
    The idea of this thread is to document the purchase of a house on a shoestring budget. AND the subsequent renovation on even less money....
    Thais always ask for too much when selling something. Why not build from scratch. Build a little at a time when you have the money and I reckon you'd do better than a renovation. Obviously that will depend on where you build.

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    http://teakdoor.com/Gallery/albums/u...l_IMG_0299.JPG

    Well here goes, we bought the house AFTER looking around for one year, viewed 4 trillion 750,000 dwellings and was about to murder the missus until she found this.

    60sqm 2 bedroom, fair condition structurally (According to our builder). Separate outside kitchen AND when we bought it there was (and still is - an outside loo). It is on a bit less than 2 gnan of land. (746sqm)

    Work started today in this space:


    it is 2.2 metres wide and 1.5 metres deep. Here we will put a toilet AND a shower & Wash-basin, Plus a mirror. There will be TWO separate rooms




    We also installed a new septic tank.



    And fitted into the newly dug hole



    Plastic door & door frames.



    5000 Baht labour 10870 Baht parts (Not sure they are all here)



    Finish day Wed the 9th Sep (two more days)...


    More to follow....
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    Just to recap on the above.

    House cost: Baht 355,700 inc transfers. Quite cheap. (Three hundred and fifty five thousand, seven hundred Baht)

    Fence: 12,380 Baht for 80 metres inc Labour & Material (Part of boundary has a brick wall.)


    Bathroom & Toilet: 15870. Pictures to follow when finished.

    Still to come:
    1. Tiling,
    2. Kitchen reno
    3. Ceiling
    4. Electrical.

    Whatever I can do myself I will do and document. e.g.. I will paint the entire home

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    It's great to get an idea of the prices and such.Thanx.

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    Not worth the aggro mate painting it yourself , I got all mine done inside + out undercoat +3 top coats 200 labour only , you'd be nuts to DIY in that poxy heat .

    Are you going to rewire ? if you put little blue led sockets + usb plugs like I have it will confuse and frighten the local ghost
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ennis View Post
    House cost: Baht 355,700
    Including the land as Freehold ?

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    [QUOTE=nigelandjan;3096420]Not worth the aggro mate painting it yourself , I got all mine done inside + out undercoat +3 top coats 200 labour only , you'd be nuts to DIY in that poxy heat .

    How about starting at 4am for 4hrs, and then 4pm for a few hours ? just a suggestion !!!

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    Why did you have to fit new rings for your cess pit? If it was because you relocated the toilet, did you take out the old one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigelandjan
    you'd be nuts to DIY in that poxy heat .
    Do it in the cold season Jan/Feb time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Good stuff Ennis, looking forward to this
    Yeah....renovations are fun and a challenge, regardless the size of house/property.

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    Asbestos roof perchance?

    Good thread so far. Are you going to live in this house? rent it out? inlaws?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wasp View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ennis View Post
    House cost: Baht 355,700
    Including the land as Freehold ?
    YES...

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    [QUOTE=Dead Metal;3096454]
    Quote Originally Posted by nigelandjan View Post
    Not worth the aggro mate painting it yourself , I got all mine done inside + out undercoat +3 top coats 200 labour only , you'd be nuts to DIY in that poxy heat .

    How about starting at 4am for 4hrs, and then 4pm for a few hours ? just a suggestion !!!
    I'm an Aussie mate... and to this Aussie $400 dollars is a lot of money...

    I painted my Mother in law's place after renovating, so have some experience.

    Anyhow the whole thing is on a shoestring...

    Ennis

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    Why did you have to fit new rings for your cess pit? If it was because you relocated the toilet, did you take out the old one?
    I fitted an entirely new one, as to "pipe it" to the old (perfectly functional) one - it was simply too far.

    We are going to renovate the old loo as well..... down the track.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzmanblues View Post
    It's great to get an idea of the prices and such.Thanx.
    Yes mate I agonised over prices, particularly putting it out there "how much we paid for house & land"...

    Anyhow you cannot unring a bell.... Done now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ennis
    Anyhow you cannot unring a bell.... Done now
    Baby steps mate.

    Get the house habitable and then work through the improvements gradually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post
    Asbestos roof perchance?

    Good thread so far. Are you going to live in this house? rent it out? inlaws?
    Not sure about the roof material, however we have no plans to disturb it as it is in very good nick. I am well aware of mesothelioma (and other asbestos related issues)..... and its consequences.

    We are going to live in the home... Will leave investing and renting to the "super rich", most of whom are on this forum it appears, (Looking at some of the builds )

    Ennis

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ennis View Post
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    Asbestos roof perchance?

    Good thread so far. Are you going to live in this house? rent it out? inlaws?
    Not sure about the roof material, however we have no plans to disturb it as it is in very good nick. I am well aware of mesothelioma (and other asbestos related issues)..... and its consequences.

    We are going to live in the home... Will leave investing and renting to the "super rich", most of whom are on this forum it appears, (Looking at some of the builds )

    Ennis
    I would be tempted to get rid of that roof. Aside from that, nice little house. Easy to cool, and heh, what else do you need? PLace to sleep and shelter from the sun and rain, and the rest of the time get the garden going a storm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ennis
    The idea of this thread is to document the purchase of a house on a shoestring budget. AND the subsequent renovation on even less money....
    Thais always ask for too much when selling something. Why not build from scratch. Build a little at a time when you have the money and I reckon you'd do better than a renovation. Obviously that will depend on where you build.
    Simple answer is I do not have the money. Buying (especially 2 Gnan) land separately was impossible on our budget.

    We are 36 k's from Chiang Mai international Airport - we are not out in the sticks either, but in a nice village with lots of typical village facilities.

    Have to thank my beautiful bride... (She is still my bride after 17 years).

    Ennis

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post
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    Asbestos roof perchance?

    Good thread so far. Are you going to live in this house? rent it out? inlaws?
    Not sure about the roof material, however we have no plans to disturb it as it is in very good nick. I am well aware of mesothelioma (and other asbestos related issues)..... and its consequences.

    We are going to live in the home... Will leave investing and renting to the "super rich", most of whom are on this forum it appears, (Looking at some of the builds )

    Ennis
    I would be tempted to get rid of that roof. Aside from that, nice little house. Easy to cool, and heh, what else do you need? PLace to sleep and shelter from the sun and rain, and the rest of the time get the garden going a storm.
    Thats about it mate. We will look at the budget after we get the place livable, re the roof, as I am concerned too. I changed the mother in laws roof for 12,000 for similar reasons.... Having said that it was MUCH worse than this one.

    Garden is already "promising", Mango, longon, lime,tamarind, etc.. are just some of the fruit trees. Block is well laid out and the house is sensibly placed - something we found quite rare when searching for houses.

    Ennis

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    Mate, that's a great price for the house and land.

    Price of a new car innit.

    Really like the idea of buying and renovating, right up my alley.

    All the best with it.

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