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    [QUOTE=BoganInParasite;3883166]Looks like the staircase has had the final finish applied. Last photos for today. Next site visit most likely Saturday although I've asked the wife to ask Mart our builder to let us know when the path/apron concrete pour is on. Has not seen one on our house and would like to do so.




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    Nice looking steps and railings.

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    Reasonably happy with it dennis. There are elements best viewed from a distance but in some ways they give it character. Regards, -BiP

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoganInParasite View Post
    Looks like the staircase has had the final finish applied. Last photos for today. Next site visit most likely Saturday although I've asked the wife to ask Mart our builder to let us know when the path/apron concrete pour is on. Has not seen one on our house and would like to do so.


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    Nice looking steps and railings.

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    The stairs and rails look very nice well done. I can't wait to see the carport get put up at the front as at the moment the house looks a bit weird to me in there is no obvious entry as in porch or verandah.

    Another point to note is, that where the water runs off your roof onto the concrete path the concrete will eventually become pitted. Never underestimate the power of water it shapes mountains.

    And as for water it looks to me that at the back of your house there is quite a steep slope which you have now built up. Make sure you do something to manage the water flow off of here. I also believe you should consider some form of retaining wall along the back north edge as per the red lines in pictures below. I see that you plan to put in a metal fence along that side but the fill under the fence should be restrained from "flowing" down the hill.





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    [QUOTE=BoganInParasite;3883381]Reasonably happy with it dennis. There are elements best viewed from a distance but in some ways they give it character. Regards, -BiP

    The thing to remember is that it's a house - not a piece of joinery like a chair or a sideboard.
    If you've got a fitter's eye for detail an eyepatch is required. Maybe blinkers or even a blindfold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoganInParasite View Post
    Reasonably happy with it dennis. There are elements best viewed from a distance but in some ways they give it character. Regards, -BiP

    The thing to remember is that it's a house - not a piece of joinery like a chair or a sideboard.
    If you've got a fitter's eye for detail an eyepatch is required. Maybe blinkers or even a blindfold.
    Yes, as Aristotle would have said a long long time ago, “the whole (house) is greater than the sum of it’s parts”.
    Even if a few things are not perfect, if the whole house comes together as you planned then count it as a win.

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    The wife got a call from Mart our builder saying the windows had arrived onsite and sent these two photos. Looks like the frames only, can't see any tinted or frosted glass. Still, progress is being made.


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    Hi ootai, I fully agree that the 'front' of the house currently looks strange and bland. I'm hopeful when the carport is attached it will give it a bit of a face and more character. Agree with your comment for the runoff to erode and pit the concrete aprons. Will watch it and if necessary either curtail the runoff with gutters and/or tile the concrete. Kind of hoping the concrete outlasts me and I don't have to do anything.

    I've pondered the drainage and boundary issues for months now, have spent several hours both staring down at it and pacing it. There is a number of challenges including the east boundary teak trees (now stumps that still need to be removed), the land falloff just past our legal north boundary, the strip of unowned land beyond the north boundary that the wife is seeking to have added to our chanote, how much fill containment is needed, how to deal with water runoff and the type/material of a boundary fence. Most of these challenges could be fixed by just throwing cash at it and I could, but I'm determined the property will stay inside of the budget I set a couple of years ago, and it's getting tight. We went over budget on the land by 225k baht, magic doesn't happen, something else needs to give.

    I took your modified photos and made some further changes. For other readers, the red lines are ootai's.

    This is the north east corner. The green vertical arrow is the legal boundary corner at the foot of the fence post. The blue arrow shows where I intend to put the corner of the fence by preemptively fencing the majority of the unowned strip of land. The fill depth here is only ~30cm. The black lines show the base of where I intend the fence to be erected.


    This is the north west corner. Again the green arrow shows the legal boundary corner which is at the base of the fence post. The black lines are the base of the fence to be erected. At this corner the falloff of the unowned land is too much and I'm not intending to fence it, even if we get it added to the chanote. I need to build a retaining wall approximately 1 meter high at the current legal boundary corner. It will extend 1.5 meters on the north boundary. On the west boundary it will extend to a midpoint between the left ends of the red and black lines. The retaining wall will be porous and designed to let water pass through it, particularly on the west boundary. The yellow arrow shows a natural depression on the property next door. It has historically taken the runoff off our land and taken it down the escarpment to the north. So I've designed the aprons on the north and west side of the house to deliver the roof and back yard runoff to the area towards the left end of the yellow arrow. Before it gets there it will enter a rubble drain that includes the retaining wall fill and will seep under the wall into the existing drainage depression. In heavy rain the runoff may well go over the low portion of the retaining wall nearer the house. Along the fill on the north boundary I'm intending put in a low 30cm wall to resist any slouching of fill.


    This will be the third yard I've landscaped from scratch in my life and the fifth retaining wall I've designed and (personally) built. The second one was a failure and I learnt several lessons and did some research to make sure it didn't happen again. With the exception of the small wall to slow fill slouching, there is nothing new here for me. A big difference this time is I'll be supervising others doing the labour. The last wall I build involved several hundred Boral blocks weighing 30kgs a piece and being stacked up to 1.6 meter. Took at least a year for my knees to forgive me.


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    The stairs and rails look very nice well done. I can't wait to see the carport get put up at the front as at the moment the house looks a bit weird to me in there is no obvious entry as in porch or verandah.

    Another point to note is, that where the water runs off your roof onto the concrete path the concrete will eventually become pitted. Never underestimate the power of water it shapes mountains.

    And as for water it looks to me that at the back of your house there is quite a steep slope which you have now built up. Make sure you do something to manage the water flow off of here. I also believe you should consider some form of retaining wall along the back north edge as per the red lines in pictures below. I see that you plan to put in a metal fence along that side but the fill under the fence should be restrained from "flowing" down the hill.





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    If the front still looks bland once the carport is done, perhaps consider adding some architrave/concrete moldings around the windows ?

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    An alternative to using construction to embellish the facade once the entrance/carport is in, would be planting interesting trees. It would soften the flat expanses and hard edges, add texture and make the building connect with the land. Foxtail palms are great for this kind of thing, they add height, texture and colour, plus they are low maintenance and don't attract bugs or drop leaves all over the place. Being relatively inexpensive too is a bobby bonus.

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    ^ Sounds a much better idea.

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    A definite possibility mikenot. I've added it to my Google lookup list for those boring days when we don't go to site. Regards, -BiP
    Quote Originally Posted by mikenot View Post
    If the front still looks bland once the carport is done, perhaps consider adding some architrave/concrete moldings around the windows ?

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    Was curious JE and looked up some images for Foxtail palms. Look quite good. I'm sure I've seen them but not noticed them before, if you know what I mean. A row of those either side and reasonably close to the driveway would look good. I'd be inclined to buy more advanced plants, the largest that doesn't break the straining budget. Regards, -BiP
    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyenglish View Post
    An alternative to using construction to embellish the facade once the entrance/carport is in, would be planting interesting trees. It would soften the flat expanses and hard edges, add texture and make the building connect with the land. Foxtail palms are great for this kind of thing, they add height, texture and colour, plus they are low maintenance and don't attract bugs or drop leaves all over the place. Being relatively inexpensive too is a bobby bonus.

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    Site Visit 11 January 2019

    We were settled in for a quiet day at home in Nan when the wife got a message from Mart our builder that they were pouring concrete today. Message received at 10:00am, we were quickly on our way, drove the 65 klms up to Pua and were onsite with the usual energy drinks and bakery items for the team by 11:30am. A lot of people were onsite. Mart our builder, his supervisor, the general duties gent, the painter, two folks fitting internal doors, maybe three fitting windows and three-four doing the concreting.

    Half the aprons already had concrete when we arrived, inside quite a few more doors had been hung with the painter following behind them starting the finishing work. The biggest internal change was that all of the window and sliding doors installation had commenced and were in various states of completion. The tinted glass works well. No glass had yet been fitted to the low kitchen windows yet so have not seen the frosted glass. We paid Mart another 10% of the contract price today, now at 80% paid.

    At this stage it looks like we'll go back to the site tomorrow (Saturday 12th) as Mart our builder is ready for the True folks to return and miracle of miracles, looks like they are available. But a lot could happen in regards to that over the net 15 hours, finger crossed.

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    The east wall apron was poured when we arrived. That metal reinforcing is for the end pillar for the short wall across to east boundary.


    The west wall apron was half poured when we arrived.


    North west corner looking down the north wall. The apron/path here encloses the intended butterfly attracting flower garden.


    Looking from the north east corner down the north wall apron/path.
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    Looks like they used four, possibly five loads of concrete today.


    The last pour when we were there.


    Screeding the last load.


    They were slightly short and so were hand mixing to complete the south west corner as we left.
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    BiP its coming along great, you are going to really enjoy it and the views.

    Ref water run off. My main concern would be the run off from out with the property, you appear to be on a hillside. My place is in a hilly area although the land is in a flat area. What i have noted though is the way that run off water can undermine roads and structures beneath them with little prior surface indication, first sign is they collapse.

    I assume you've looked at hill run off situation and considered the potential for some gully to capture and divert any run off.

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    Oops, got a couple of photos out of sequence. This was the south and west walls waiting for concrete when we arrived. Just like the front east side of the house, there will be a wall running from 1 meter away from the front corner of the house to the west boundary.

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    These are the two gents doing the door installations. (For clarity, wife not involved.) Watched them today cutting to length, electric and hand planing, routing and creating the hinge notch. That hung door is to the large linen cupboard outside the bedroom 1 walk-in-wardrobe.



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    And finally...a window. This is the level 2 living room window. No insect screens appear to be onsite yet.

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    And sliding doors. Again, no insect screens onsite yet.


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    The moulding for the wall-ceiling corners has arrived onsite. Has a simple and coving profile.
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    There has been a casualty at the front gate. Looking at the notches high up on this gate post a truck has dinged it, probably last week when the extra fill was delivered. Cracked a bit above ground level...dead at six months. Since I want to put heavy posts like these at the two front boundary corners and obviously now have to replace this one, I'm going to try to get the local guy who made this to do some with heavier metal and to actually put some cement in the mix, not just wave a cement bag over it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    BiP its coming along great, you are going to really enjoy it and the views.

    Ref water run off. My main concern would be the run off from out with the property, you appear to be on a hillside. My place is in a hilly area although the land is in a flat area. What i have noted though is the way that run off water can undermine roads and structures beneath them with little prior surface indication, first sign is they collapse.

    I assume you've looked at hill run off situation and considered the potential for some gully to capture and divert any run off.
    You could also consider a french drain system - relatively inexpensive and proven technology - standalone or in conjunction with other measures.

    The whole place is looking fantastic now - I'm looking forward to dropping by later this year!

    What colour is your glass tint?

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    A few weeks back I posted photos of this house being build in the valley rice fields about a kilometer from our place. We'd been told it was a 'farang house'. The wife and I have now met him and his charming and bubbly Thai wife. He is long term in Thailand but newish to Nan. While I relish my solitude, think I'll enjoy his company from time to time and our wives seem very pleased to have met. This house is going to have some nice views back to the mountains to the north and around to the east, mayby even the south east.
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    And last photo post for today. I'll look to post some more on the retaining wall tomorrow, pondered it more today and took some photos.

    As we were leaving today came across this dog sleeping on the road. It looked like someone had placed some road cones to protect it. Had a good chuckle, stopped and took a photo of it. Wasn't until we rounded the corner we saw more road cones...yep, a funeral wake. Felt like an insensitive dolt, but it quickly passed.
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