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    I would only install a grey water tank if you were considering using the water for irrigation., and you would have to keep the tank pumped every couple of days otherwise it will really smell. I had that issue in AUS.
    Having the grey water into the one tank helps the sewer lines to flow better.
    Unfortunately I am on a very small block and the treated waste connects to the street pipe (basically a large storm water pipe) I would have preferred to install soakage /evaporation trenches but no room.
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    The system has traps on all fixtures to stop the smells from coming into the house and it is thoroughly vented which will allow the waste water to get away without any effort.
    I also included a cleanout at the head of the line and an ORG (overflow relief gully) at the base of the line. If I get a blockage then the s--t will come out of the ORG and not the downstairs shower.

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    Thanks I have sorted it out but still cant figure out how to rotate the photos

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    Yes better to add more than required while I can
    I hope to alleviate all of the drainage Issues that plague most.

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    Here are my plans. I had to save as JPEG files and add to the photo album

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    Footings being poured with a Thai concrete pump
    Plenty of Reo
    Septic tank in - hole dug by hand (with my crowbar)

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    Re the bar chairs:
    I meet a Thai who owned a factory in Khonkaen tha makes steel mesh sheets for construction, and I thought he would know where to buy or maybe he had some !!!
    No luck, but he thought it was a good idea and was going to investigate stocking some. So maybe in the future they will be available

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    Here are the bar chairs that I made simple but effective


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    I tried to find a 100 mm PTrap.
    I found a couple of very long ones at a small hardware But too deep so I made my own

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    [QUOTE=Mantadive;3897544]I tried to find a 100 mm PTrap.
    I found a couple of very long ones at a small hardware But too deep so I made my own [QUOTE]

    Mantadive
    Thanks for making this thread I always enjoy someone else starting the journey.

    As for the traps I had to also make my own when we built 9 years ago however I found out 1 problem and that is how do I get access to get my wife's ring back?
    I am used to having a trap you can unscrew and gain access to the inside. So when you install them make sure you can cut them out and re-join them if needed in the future.
    Maybe I'm trying to tell my grandmother how to suck eggs but maybe you haven't thought about that issue.

    Also I am having trouble identifying the upper level from your plans, is it the level with the bedrooms as I think it is?

    Good luck with the build.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mantadive View Post
    Here are my plans. I had to save as JPEG files and add to the photo album
    North? South? Which bedrooms get the morning sun?

    As we age, a downstairs bedroom option and toilet option is recommended.

    Three bedroom with study ... how many people will be living there? Kids?

    Just thoughts.

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    Given the size of the allotment It was difficult to optimise the energy efficiency of the house.
    I am an accredited Energy Efficiency analyst in Australia. I found a good web site that gives you the suns path at any point and time in the world. I used that to optimise the buildings layout.
    You will notice that the western walls are all 200 mm QCON blocks That is to help with the energy efficiency.
    Go here PD: 3D Sun-Path It is an excellant tool.
    I would have like to incorporate more of the Thai outdoor cooking living areas but with a very small house lot it was difficult to attain.

    As I age I will do what my 97 year old uncle has done in Aus, he recently installed a stair chair lift which gets him up and down the stairs.

    And yes it is a good size house with 3 bedrooms up and a study/bedroom lower. It is a house designed to be in town and as such it will be very liveable and will grow in value with time.

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    These particular traps are in the sewer line and once installed they are underground and not accessible.
    I did however incorporate a clean out riser so that I can remove any blockage etc.
    I will install traps under the sinks /basins with screwed access points so that rings etc can be recovered

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    Todays effort
    Drains all laid
    I helped with the installation I made sure of the falls, the pipe was bedded in sand and the fittings were in the right spot.
    Very hot on site.
    One of the boys glued a vent pipe Dook and I had a laugh, That was the thai standard. see if you can pick it.

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    Hi Mantadive
    Congratulations on your new build, It looks like a nice plan I am sure you will be happy living there.
    You made a good choice of builder, TC House Khon Kaen is a good company and owner Dook is very professional, and a good guy. He built our house also in Khon Kaen , and did a very good job with very litle drama. He was recommended to me by another expat whose house Dook build also, and he was very happy with them , so good choice.

    Feel free to mention Steve and Nuy to him,. I am looking forward to your build
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    PE: septic tank . make sure they run the vent pipe to over the roof of the house so that you dont get septic smells where you hung out. Our septic was also next ro the perimeter wall which is 2 m high, when I saw that they were running the vent pipe to the top of the retaining wall

    Not the best picture but notice the blue pipe behind the man with the blue shirt. I am 5ft 10" tall and the vent would had being about head height . I mentioned to Dook and he immediately made them move it to roof height.
    By the way that's him in the picture in the white shirt, he was like pitbull jumping in there and making sure things were done right. I hope he is not so busy now and his time is divided.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    Hi Mantadive
    Congratulations on your new build, It looks like a nice plan I am sure you will be happy living there.
    You made a good choice of builder, TC House Khon Kaen is a good company and owner Dook is very professional, and a good guy. He built our house also in Khon Kaen , and did a very good job with very litle drama. He was recommended to me by another expat whose house Dook build also, and he was very happy with them , so good choice.

    Feel free to mention Steve and Nuy to him,. I am looking forward to your build
    BB, a very nice house indeed. I wish builders like that were around when I was looking for one. The only negative I see is the color of your fence slats. Are they really that red, or is it just the camera?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mantadive View Post
    Here are my plans. I had to save as JPEG files and add to the photo album
    Manta, great thread, thanks for taking the trouble to post it.

    Ref the house design is there any reason for not having overhanging eaves to shade out the sun hitting the windows?

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    Not really that red. It was the color that the wood tone cera "wood" came with as you can see from the screw holes it was never painted..
    Working in the US right now under contract, will be back in Thailand end of may, and will paint them the same color as the house brown/red.
    Can wait to be back, working in the west is like doing time in jail. As soon as my contract is over (august or september) I am retiring, and if I never see new York again it will be too soon! Not even in pictures LOL

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    I did the same as you BB, worked in California and finally retired full time in 2011. The house was being built back then and I made several trips to Thailand to give direction to my building team. Good luck with the build and I know the color of the Shera wood which does appear more red in pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    Manta, great thread, thanks for taking the trouble to post it.

    Ref the house design is there any reason for not having overhanging eaves to shade out the sun hitting the windows?
    NamPikToot

    The windows actually do have eaves either the roof of concrete parapets. What you are looking at I think are the louvres windows which are on the boundary. They will be tinted and security screened. There are there primarily for light

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    Thanks Buckaroo Banzai,

    I found that Dook was very open and straight up. I was able to discuss the costing and ways to help reduce the costs. ( I brought a lot of Australian standards to the table which I think scared all of the builders quoting) He is open to learning new ideas and ways of doing things. We had him digging on the site Saturday helping with the drainage.

    Re the septic tank vent pipe, yes I agree, I was at my mates place yesterday and walked past his tank and Phew what a smell. I am going to help him shift his outlet and I will make sure that mine goes to the house wall and up and thru the roof.

    I will remember you to him

    Nice house, good colour to the fence!

    Kind Regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    Hi Mantadive
    Congratulations on your new build, It looks like a nice plan I am sure you will be happy living there.
    You made a good choice of builder, TC House Khon Kaen is a good company and owner Dook is very professional, and a good guy. He built our house also in Khon Kaen , and did a very good job with very litle drama. He was recommended to me by another expat whose house Dook build also, and he was very happy with them , so good choice.





    Feel free to mention Steve and Nuy to him,. I am looking forward to your build

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    The job is progressing nicely
    Slab is in !!!

    A few things on the way
    Termite treatment system in. I asked that it go around the pipes as that is always an entry point for termites. No issues, we had to ensure that there were no kinks in the pipe at all. The standard pracyise was to put drippers at 1 m centres, I asked that this be closed up to 500 mm centres for better spread of the termicide, again no worries all done see photos

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    We next prepared the slab
    very strong design with a lot of steel - much stronger than in Aus - I'm impressed. They placed the steel on the bar chairs that I made. All the plastic was laid as I requested. we didnt put plastic over the beams/foundations as we had already placed plastic underneath them.


    A bit of rain on the day (finally)
    I had Dook bring his dumpy level and we checked the height of the boxing and height markers that they had placed.
    This was good in that they were using string lines from the boxing and had not checked any levels since preparing for the foundations. we made the necessary adjustments and all was ready for the pour

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    A bit of an issue on the day, I had designed and laid the septic/sewer system and it was complete ready to go. I noticed that one of the workers was working on one of the pipes. upon investigation he was changing a 100 mm pipe to a 50 mm pipe ( with a reducer under the slab ) He thought that it was a vanity waste and as such needed to change. I pointed out that it was in fact the WC pipe and he put it back to the way it was. I had put 100mm pipes thru the slab for the vanities as I will put a reducer on after as the vanities go all the way to the floor. They were a bit confused. Glad I caught it though as it would have involved a jackhammer afterwards.
    One thing learnt is that I have to be on site every day (not all day) and check whats happening. Some of the ideas / procedures are new to them as I am incorporating some Australian methods and standards in the construction

    Slab was poured ( we had a large storm in the middle of the pour) typical for pouring a slab - happened all to often in Aus as well.
    Slab pour was very reminiscent of pouring slabs in Aus in the 70's and 80's - very wet and flowing. still it will get up to strength - it will take a bit longer than the usual 28 days.
    The finish here is not as critical as in Aus as the tile floor will be bedded ( in Aus we would glue the floor)


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