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    Question How many rooms/square meters?

    Building a house in Thailand is cheap, so we can afford 300-400 sq.m. and lots of rooms, but do we need it? Wouldn't it just be a big piece of shit to keep clean, etc.?

    How many people are you, how many sq.m./rooms do you have? Is it enough?

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    2 people, 207 sq m. Yes it's enough, except I need a shed for outside tools.

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    ^ I thourght it would be for your womens under-wear collection...

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    In UK, when I was married, we lived in a 7 bedroom, three reception, several small extra roomed houseand a cellar, with 2 kids. We had moved from a small 3 bed terrace. After a short time we managed to almost use all the space

    when we divorced, I moved into a tiny 2 bed cottage, one room downstairs. That was OK too

    now, I still live in the cottage in London, and find the house I have in CM, with 3 beds, is easily big enough. What space you have, you can always use. Big is fine but more expensive to maintain and more to clean etc.
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    4 people, 3 bedrooms... it's OK, but we often have people to stay, so we really need another bedroom or I'll have to change this "office" into a bedroom.

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    2 people, and we are building a 246 sq.m. 3 bedroom house in Thailand. Visitors are expected and it will be a great change from our small 90 sq.m. house in Denmark. We moved here from Germany 7 years ago and still haven't unpacked all boxes.

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    My place is about 250 square meters and way too small, I moved from a 400 square meter place and kept all my junk which one day I was going to renovate, been here in this building for 9 years and renovated one tiny little sideboard cupboard thing, this is about 60 cms high and 30 by 30, I think at this rate it would be better to just chuck all my renovation projects in the trash

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    If you need a builder/carpenter/handyman to sort it out for you, i work at very reasonable rates DD

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    Well behind these nice nick's do I detect a lot of testosterone which does not go well together with the cleaning gen? To answer the question S.N. we are 2 people and in "winter land" we manage with a little more than 140m2. In Thailand we live a lot outside on the terrace, house size 90m2, in that we still have 2 extra rooms for guests and what we need. But no shed for garden tools etc. Have to keep those in the carport.
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    I am sure most will agree the building of a large home is one thing, fitting it out with quality gear is another. The wife and I have been in our 240 m home now for six months and we have to budget each month to buy furniture and fittings. The thought of a car has gone for at least the next six months.

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    How can you survive without a car in Thailand (that is unless you are in BKK)?

    ... or have you gone native and brought scooters instead?

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    What about those walled compounds? Does any of live in such a place?

    I'm afraid you have to be perfectly normal and not the slightest bit eccentric to stay there.

    Will the compound neighbors will scream war if your house doesn't look exactly like the others or if the family in law attacks with their flashy pickup from the early seventies?

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    What about those walled compounds?
    Great question. I've always wanted to know what the rules are regarding life behind the masonry curtain! They seem to being all staunchly regimined, but soon fallout to overgrown, gaudy chaos within one planting cycle.

    In the late 90s I live in Indianapolis in a neighborhood that forbid lawn ornaments, satellite dishes, laundry on clotheslines, smiles, jokes and friendliness.

    My father currently lives on a golf course (literally) in Florida, and the restrictions make me laugh. Outdoor lighting, shrub height, plant colors, etc etc.

    Gimme a big place where I can have dogs, plant a big-ass banana tree and walk outside in my underwear anyday!

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    About 200m, 2 bedrooms. Large kitchen and living room. Sounds odd but I like big spacious rooms and plenty of outside patio space. Mostly 2 people but plenty of guests. After the New Years party, I think Dalton would like better sleeping arrangements so the large living room will need a sofa bed.

    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat
    Gimme a big place where I can have dogs, plant a big-ass banana tree and walk outside in my underwear anyday!
    About sums it up for me as well.
    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat View Post
    What about those walled compounds?
    Great question. I've always wanted to know what the rules are regarding life behind the masonry curtain! They seem to being all staunchly regimined, but soon fallout to overgrown, gaudy chaos within one planting cycle.

    ...

    Gimme a big place where I can have dogs, plant a big-ass banana tree and walk outside in my underwear anyday!
    From my observation, it is not much of a problem if the walled compound is not too upscale. The problem is, some of the neighbour may be even less classy than yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat
    Gimme a big place where I can have dogs, plant a big-ass banana tree and walk outside in my underwear anyday!
    much to the dismay of friends and jizzybird i quite often wander around wichever hotel i happen to be staying in wearing only pants, only ever had one complaint fron 2 germans in Phuket and they got told to fock off!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jizzybloke View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat
    Gimme a big place where I can have dogs, plant a big-ass banana tree and walk outside in my underwear anyday!
    much to the dismay of friends and jizzybird i quite often wander around wichever hotel i happen to be staying in wearing only pants, only ever had one complaint fron 2 germans in Phuket and they got told to fock off!
    Why the hell would anyone complain about that?

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    ^ He was wearing the pants tied around his forehead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabian View Post
    From my observation, it is not much of a problem if the walled compound is not too upscale. The problem is, some of the neighbour may be even less classy than yourself.
    Does 4-5 million baht houses means classy or non-classy neighbours (last group includes fat & old foreigners)?

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    Certainly more classy than in a neighbourhood where the houses are under 1 million. Quite obvious I would say. Why don't who have a look around?

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    Not so obvious in my pow. There are to many not-so-classy foreigners who move to Thailand with enough money to buy a 5 million residence.

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