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    A great Job and nice finish in the end. Can be frustrating I know but you end up with a great home at a good price. Congrats

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    So, the team turned up to put in the electricity poles and cable running from the gateway to the house, which the runs under the ground to the house. Wires all connected up and looking OK. I wanted to run everything subterranean from the gate, but finances wouldn't allow it at this stage. I might revisit at a later date and have everything moved underground, but I'm guessing after the trees grow for another year or so, not much will be visible, so probably won't bother. Never underestimate the power of 'can't-be-arsed'.

    Upshot of this now is that we have to wait for PEA to come and inspect and then switch on the power, which means in the meantime the house doesn't have any power and work that was underway has now stopped!

    Some carpentry for example... fitting a gate and rails to the entrance way to stop the dogs from making a home on the veranda:


    And before power was cut, the kitchen team turned up to do a bit of snagging. One of the attaching points for the carcass wan't robust enough and had sprung away from the wall, so was replaced by larger bracket. One has to wonder how many people it takes to do this job, 4 apparently:


    Dog was there to make sure everything is in order.

    Floors have all been sanded and re-sealed, bathrooms have had a hose-down ready for a final clean. Need to box-in the vent pipe for the extractor unit in kitchen, plus put up a shelf as mentioned previously, but everything now on hold due to no leccy ... c'mon PEA!
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    Looking great. That tile floor looks nice too I bet it will feel nice to walk on also.

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    Going back to the loungeroom and those cantilevered doors - what will you do for security on those? I know it would stuff up the view, but Thai people seem to love their security gates / window bars etc. Got to assume there's a reason for that.

    Is it even possible to have external security gates with that type of door?

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    ^ Cantilevered bars for the bars are available. I'm sure you can find some nice looking ones.

    Never seen them on a house but a few businesses around Chiang Mai have them on the storefront.

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    Quote Originally Posted by naptownmike View Post
    Looking great. That tile floor looks nice too I bet it will feel nice to walk on also.
    Cheers.

    I just didn't want to go with the usual, large shiny, McMansion, up-skirt reflection floor tiles. Apparently, these terracotta tiles were are pain to lay, as they were quite uneven, plus their small size made for extra work.

    I have lived in a house out in the countryside of Chiang Mai that had these tiles, and thought they were great. Easy to maintain, warm to walk on, and a bit more natural looking.

    I did however intend for these tiles to be sealed outside, and waxed inside, but this part of my requested design has been conveniently overlooked. No worries, I'll just let the shine wear off and then wax them with liquid floor polish and a man/woman for hire for a day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bindog View Post
    Going back to the loungeroom and those cantilevered doors - what will you do for security on those? I know it would stuff up the view, but Thai people seem to love their security gates / window bars etc. Got to assume there's a reason for that.

    Is it even possible to have external security gates with that type of door?
    Bindog casing the joint already!

    I'm not putting up bars on these doors. To break in, you'd have to pretty much have to destroy 80% of the doors, as you can't just open one or two and they are bolted top and bottom, plus the glass is too narrow to get through. Having bars attached to them won't make much of a difference really, I guess that concertina security gates like this:


    They could be put on the outside of the door frame, working independently from the actual doors. I have 3 dogs, an assortment of snakes, chest-high weeds, plus there are other security measures in place (having not much worth stealing also is a factor).

    I hate living in a house that looks like a fortress, had that for years in Koh Samui, trying to get away from all that crap.

    By the way Bindog, I owe you an apology, the dimensions of the lounge is 5m wide, not 4 m that I stated earlier! No idea were my logic went. The dividing wall is centred on the 10m width... adding on the veranda width and open ceiling and wide doors makes it look much wider. The original plans were for 4+4m room width, but this was binned when the missus wanted 200m2, which was then whittled down to a more manageable size.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyenglish View Post
    I just didn't want to go with the usual, large shiny, McMansion, up-skirt reflection floor tiles. Apparently, these terracotta tiles were are pain to lay, as they were quite uneven, plus their small size made for extra work.

    I have lived in a house out in the countryside of Chiang Mai that had these tiles, and thought they were great. Easy to maintain, warm to walk on, and a bit more natural looking.
    Nice tiles. looks GREAT!!!!

    My wife and I had a huge debate on the tiles. I was leaning to the Terracotta style that you have put down. Wife did not like them claiming they collect more dirt and dust. We ended up with the "McMansion" style tiles you mentioned. Honestly they both look nice. we have numerous Asian style rugs around the house.

    You are almost there. Soon you can relax and enjoy the fruits of your efforts.

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    Entrance way gates now installed.. keep those pesky hounds from mucking up the veranda:



    Now just need to put up the shelf in the kitchen above the sink, install 2 LED strip lights and box-in the extractor hood vent pipe (have decided to get it made up in stainless steel to match the extractor hood). Additionally, we will put in a white tile splash-back in the kitchen, running from the back door round above the sink and all the way down from the corner to the fridge... All that is left then is to get internet connected and bob's your uncle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyenglish View Post
    Additionally, we will put in a white tile splash-back in the kitchen, running from the back door round above the sink and all the way down from the corner to the fridge
    Suggestion for what it's worth. Maybe splashback would be better if same as counter top. Appears to be grey granite. Height just below the 3 electrical outlets.

    All looks great. Well done. Sure to be enjoyable place to live.

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    Maybe 'splashback' is the wrong term.. I'm just going to tile the wall at a height up to the underneath edge of the extractor hood, following the line of the granite worktop (which, I remember, needs sealing!). This will mean having to take off all the electric wall sockets above the worktop and re-install them after tiling, but hey, one of them doesn't work so needed fixing anyway!

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    Just a quick reply to something you have already done , but the best way to remove stickers is with WD40. I owned a photocopier business and they were always covered with stickers WD 40 works and does not attack plastic or s/steel

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    You are right Gnasher, I forgot about spray oil, I did know once upon a time! I'll try that on the shower units where the 'squirrel fingers' technique didn't work as well and left paper and glue stuck on.

    Popped down to the house today to cut some of the 9ft high weeds and also to see if any work was going on, and a bloody good job I did too... The tiling has been started in the kitchen, but instead of removing the electric sockets on the wall first, yer man was cutting the tiles to fit flush around the sockets FFS!

    I mean who the hell recesses electric wall sockets so they are flush with the tiles? How would you access the electrics behind the socket? (which has to be done any day now on one of them as it doesn't work for some reason!) you'd have to chisel the tiles around it first... sigh, I have no words ... really.

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