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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 14-05-2017, 05:44 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Its 2 floors but ground floor not built yet

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Looks very spacious Pink, I can visualise a couple of those double swinging chairs, watching the sun go down, well done & thanx
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Yes, they all ( team, wife, her family) quite surprised that i want my electric inside walls ( in pipes) and that i want so many sockets, and that i will go for LED for lights, but its all given for me..its a must
Yeah wiring in conduit in the walls is a bit foreign to many. I specifically drew out where I wanted all my wall outlets. Initially my wife was a bit confused. Now however after using them...she smiles and says good thinking.....

Also have LED lights everywhere, was mandatory. Also some further thoughts, have them pull the power to where you want your air con. Saves drilling later. Also I had power pulled to few locations to mount oscillating fans on the wall downstairs. Most my down stairs outlets are GFCI and higher up so I can wash underneath. My home is elevated like yours.
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Yes, they all ( team, wife, her family) quite surprised that i want my electric inside walls ( in pipes) and that i want so many sockets, and that i will go for LED for lights, but its all given for me..its a must
Yeah wiring in conduit in the walls is a bit foreign to many. I specifically drew out where I wanted all my wall outlets. Initially my wife was a bit confused. Now however after using them...she smiles and says good thinking.....

Also have LED lights everywhere, was mandatory. Also some further thoughts, have them pull the power to where you want your air con. Saves drilling later. Also I had power pulled to few locations to mount oscillating fans on the wall downstairs. Most my down stairs outlets are GFCI and higher up so I can wash underneath. My home is elevated like yours.
Obviously, the reasons why they find the idea of hidden wires odd is that they've never been conditioned otherwise, as it is considered the norm - if not ugly and tacky.

I've built a few houses and structures here, insisting that all electric not be exposed. It surely can be done - just have to find those whom are accustomed and skilled from convention.
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Currently researching if i will use plasterboard or particleboard as inside walls materials. First i was planed to go for particleboard because they are stronger, but then i read its not easy to get particleboard walls looking good. This is regarding bedroom walls in top floor. I guess plasterboard have some thermal benefits when it come to keep rooms cold.

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Currently researching if i will use plasterboard or particleboard as inside walls materials. First i was planed to go for particleboard because they are stronger, but then i read its not easy to get particleboard walls looking good. This is regarding bedrooms in top floor. I guess plasterboard have some thermal benefits when it come to keep rooms cold.

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Keep in mind the humidity factor when making these choices, Pink....
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Yes, currently the plan for walls and ceiling is plasterboard

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Even existing exposed wires can be hidden. They will chisel into concrete and brick and bury them.
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Even existing exposed wires can be hidden. They will chisel into concrete and brick and bury them.
Don't ask a Thai to perform these daring tasks, you'll have double the problems than before....
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Thanks for the advice however I plan to get a local guy to do that at the farm one day. That is if I don't abandon it all together for a new place in a better spot.
You may be right though about Thai labor. I've no comments on that.
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I ended up buying viva boards ( cement/wood boards)for inner walls and plaster boards for ceiling in second floor. Currently insulation and prepare wood wall framing for the wall boards going on.

Some times i thinking why i involved wood in the project... i got wood flooring and a wood wall, and lots of extra building time. Would saved lots of money and work going all blocks and cement on the other side i had not found or built this house if we not had buyed the two woodhouses, and i like it allot.

For me with this team and this house its a must im on the place to fast correct things i not like. Im amazed to see some times they extreme exact, on other things no eye for details. But im always keeping my eyes on things so i can get things corrected right away without to much time and materials wasted.

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For me with this team and this house its a must im on the place to fast correct things i not like. Im amazed to see some times they extreme exact, on other things no eye for details. But im always keeping my eyes on things so i can get things corrected right away without to much time and materials wasted.
Being on site is the only way to go to avoid rework cost and disappointment.

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I ended up buying viva boards ( cement/wood boards)for inner walls and plaster boards for ceiling in second floor. Currently insulation and prepare wood wall framing for the wall boards going on.
I would have gone with plaster board on walls but viva board will work fine. Not familiar with viva board. What spacing is best for frame?
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Plasterboards is great in many ways buy i dont like their weakness. Im used to 60mm space, but my team now wanted to use 40 cm, so then i told 40cm was ok. My wood is from 2 old houses, and i see now the team in some places use different thickness on frame, so i told them to fix that so all frame same thickness..who offcouse its a must under the boards.

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