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Construction in Thailand Is building in Thailand as bad as it seems? Can properties really be built and fitted out to European standards? Would you like to Build your own house in Phuket, or a swimming pool in Bangkok? Solar water heating in Pattaya? Or maybe you want to build a resort or guesthouse on Koh Samui? If you want to build a luxury house in Thailand then this is the forum for you.

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Old 05-01-2017, 03:16 PM   #126 (permalink)
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Outdoor seating with bar and cooking area, fire pit and sala is the way to go for year-round use. I'm making a kitchen inside for me really, as I miss not having an oven, pan-frying a sunday roast just isn't a jolly good show you know
Agreed. In fact the inside kitchen has an extremely nice oven where my wife bakes deserts. We discussed moving it to the other kitchen and her response was No as she loves the smell of the house when baking Chocolate Chip cookies. So really the inside kitchen is for baking pastries and such. The downstairs detached kitchen is for all else as we have a dinner table and hutch underneath where we eat.

Btw. The Roast sounds good.
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Hope the workers get back from New Years so we can continue seeing your build.
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Happy new year of the cock to you all!

Not much going on with the build at the moment, waiting on steel for the roof structure, but not certain if Noarng is pre-welding trusses elsewhere rather than cutting and welding in a damp field. I know he does have a large workshop for such things, so it's possible... weather has been pretty miserable for the past 5 days, not ideal for working with metal.

Haven't been chasing up really, as I'd have to fork out another payment if things progressed too quickly (and the funds are slow in coming this time of year!).

The sun came out for a few hours the other day, and a lorry load of bricks turned up, plus discussions have been on-going regarding window placement and the backdoor for kitchen, so the build is not totally forgotten about!

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Old 18-01-2017, 02:28 PM   #129 (permalink)
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OK, so progress this week has also been a bit on the slow side, with only 3 chaps working on the build. Doors and windows have been ordered and are being fabricated in the woodwork shop (or is that a wood workshop?) in Bosang, plus steel has been delivered. The foreman (he of few words) has been spraying undercoat and enamel on steel in readiness for fabrication of the roof.

Meanwhile, some bricks have been laid, plus a conversation with Noarng about window heights... initially I asked for 170cms window height, but this was reduced to 150cms, but somehow the additional 20 cms was forgotten and should be added on to the brick course at the bottom of the window frames. Without the extra brick height, it would have meant that the windows would have been a bit low in the walls to see the views when standing near to the walls...

THIS is why it's important to be on site everyday if possible! Not too late to fix thank goodness. All good now though.


Anyhow, the upshot of this means that now that the tops of the doors and windows will all be aligned.

There will also be another reinforced concrete beam running across all windows and doors as a lintel, my understanding is that it will be continuous and connect all the upright posts.

I have also requested that the upright posts be reduced by 40cms from 320cms to 280cms, as I was concerned that the exterior walls will be too high and exposed to the elements (sun and rain) as the eaves will not be large enough to protect them. I realise that reducing the height of the posts runs a slight risk of increasing interior air temperatures, but I think with the vents and the open ceiling heights all will be fine.

In any case the decision is also an aesthetic one, I want the house to sit right in the landscape and have the correct proportions... being too tall would ruin the effect.



Photo showing some of the posts (lhs and mid) after being reduced in height (the remaining ones on rhs are being trimmed as I write this).

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Old 19-01-2017, 08:37 AM   #130 (permalink)
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HeyJE, thanks for the update. When I built my place in Isaan I received a photo showing the kitchen window height being a bit too low, asked my sister in law who was overseeing the build to get it a bit higher. Now all the kitchen benches are fine for me but too high for typical short Thais, and I had to buy a stool for my little MIL!!
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hey FatOne, maybe some of these would help?

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Yeah, very old lady, prob sprain something - anyway you ever see a Thai wearing shoes inside?
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Sorry FatOne, I was just being flippant.
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B14,000 per sqm was around the $$$ when our build was done 1.5 years ago ex furniture & electrical appliances. Built-ins?
Get TOO many electrical points.
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B14,000 per sqm was around the $$$ when our build was done 1.5 years ago ex furniture & electrical appliances. Built-ins?
Get TOO many electrical points.
With a bit of haggling and careful planning/design solutions, managed to get the build cost down to about the same, shelving in walk-in wardrobe, shelving in study/office, plus kitchen will all be built in, but there are some things which I know are going to cost at a later date such as:

Boxing in exposed steel frame roof beams using reclaimed hardwood

Granite worksurface in kitchen

Decking and sala next to house

Covered parking and laundry utility room

Studio/workshop

Basically, I'm going to be living off frogs from the fields for the next couple of years!

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My number was definitely a guide only. An expat stated that ours was the best in the district.
Rurally, you do not buy to sell. My guess is that you would be waiting years.
Family, proximity to family & her friends are the overriding factors.

I will be very happy to live here until the locals dispose of me.

Rural living is superb - a big family.
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I'm not easily offended, buy me a beer and all is forgiven! My house is still waiting for fitting out in wardrobe and kitchen 2 years later. As you can see from new posts to my thread (martys new home in the sticks) we are just doing the fence.
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