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    traditional thai wood house+ tree house+ trees

    hello everybody, this is my 2nd post, and it is a pleasure to be on a forum to be able to discuss communily things about and concerning life in thailand.
    i am a 24 year old brit, who had the great fortune of travelling to thailand as a first stop on a world tour! it was then somewhat unexpected to meet my now wife, partner, friend and inspiration as well as the most humerous woma (whooops).......person in the world.
    sorry about that but its backstory to why i am here writing this!

    okay i am wanting to build a traditional thai house prefabricated either new or from old rice barns or smilar houses that are constructed of wood! that is unless there are suggestions contrary to which other materials would be more advisable.

    i am looking to get land in chiangmai not sure on plot size, but i am looking to build it into a guesthouse where myself and my wife,(eventually my kids when we have them) will live permanantely. we will hope to also build guest lodges and add more as we grow as a business or as we are dictated to by our growth.

    i am aware of the ridiculous number of guest houses in thaialnd let alone chiangmai, but it is not without proper thought that i have suggested and am confident in the type of guest house that would corner a niche in the market.

    i am looking for any advice for buying land, construction of traditonal wood houses, do's and donts, business info, anything that could relate more insight then i have at the moment.

    just to add one part of which i am concerning myself with is to be eco friendly, i know that in the uk that the price of solar set against utility electric energy is at such a cost people wont use solar even though long term benefits will always be reflected and peace of mind in clean living. in deed wind is more effective, though i believe, since being in thailand my sneezes produce more air movement then natural wind so this is not functional. i know there are lots of different sources for application of sustainable energies as well as your house being thoughtfully configured to make the most of winds to cool the house( specifically a thai wood house) rather then a/c(as my wife suffers from a weak chest and cough). i am also looking into electric mopeds or for that matter electric bikes, really just interested in anything anyone has to add however diverse and hopefully just as long and i hope just as much info, bt maybe a little more interesting.

    anyway thanks alot for your help i look forward to reading your replies.

    ben

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    You could start by looking here. (A hillbilly shack in the jungle...)

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    My wife has done such a surprisingly good job at managing my new house construction that I'm thinking of pimping her out as a project manager for foreigners looking to build in Chiangmai.

    the Dr Andy thread is another good one to look at.

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    Hello Ben

    I've seen a business manufacturing prefab Thai style "Lannaesque" cottages early last year on the main highway between BKK and Petchabun - about 40km south of Petchabun??? BUT that's a long way from Chang Mai!!!

    Some of the bookstores in BKK have excellent glossies on this type of design.

    Chang Mai Noon's wife has to be your best bet for a Lanna style construction in CM - nothing like local knowledge.

    Electric scooters - how long is the cord for a 1000cc model

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    I've seen what you can buy in a concrete house and a wooden house and Baht for Baht you'd do better with concrete. In my opinion

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khun Custard
    I've seen a business manufacturing prefab Thai style "Lannaesque" cottages early last year on the main highway between BKK and Petchabun
    i think there's a thread about them on here somewhere in the construction forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivor Biggun
    I've seen what you can buy in a concrete house and a wooden house and Baht for Baht you'd do better with concrete. In my opinion
    baht for baht, that's definitely the case.

    The small amount of timber we needed to buy for our roof area was much more expensive than I had expected.

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    I saw electric scooters for sale, just before I left England. Will try to find you some info. 'Buad Hai builds a pond', has a link to a solar manufacturer that you might want to check out. Cheaper than Thailand and you can pay at a bank. There is some wind to be found here in LOS. Rutland make the smallest workable windmill, 12 or 24 Volt. Sometimes you can get them second hand, as they are fitted to many small boats. If you search for 'Rutland windcharger'.

    The very best of luck.

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    Thai electric motorcycle, with pedals. www.ecobrand.net
    Range 40Km, speed 25Km, website in English

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    Some Teak houses below, I think you already know a Farang cannot own land, it will be in your wifes name.
    You will buy the teak house pay for it to be dismantled and carted to your wifes land and erected again, replacing rotten parts, at 24 I didn't have that sort of money needed, you have a rich Daddy?



    Old Rice-Barns and Houses in Teak/Hardwood for Sale

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    I built a 4 bedroom, 3 bath teak house in Bosang, about 15 kilometers east of Chiang Mai. You are welcome to see it if you want to. It did cost 4.2 million baht, so it isn't cheap using teak.

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    Heres your electric scooters mate,.

    These were taken in Chiang Rai so there available all over Thailand.


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    Benlovesnooki has not come back TROLL do you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgit
    Benlovesnooki has not come back TROLL do you think?
    Maybe, give him a few more days, He might come back with the best post we've ever seen.

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    im sorry....i ate too much three days ago and havent been able to move to my laptop

    hi, thank you for your quick and earnest replies they are all welcome and while the title is partly true its more my ignorance of this forum, i was waiting to be emailed for responses so didn't think anyone cared. sorry once again

    right to the nitty gritty:

    dirtydog - i have its a great post and some great info, fantastic house and guest house i like the construction process and these threads have helped including your swimming pool thread! cheers

    chiangmai noon - thank you for the offer but my family are ready and willing, its just that i wanted to know for myself the intricacies of build , cost against other houses etc (to know the costing was right)

    dr.a's post are good i have been trying to find a pic of his main house so if he's reading please post me. thanks!

    khun custard - thanks for the info my family is in bkk so when im there this weekend i will try to persuade them to take me there, their interest is also i hope going to push this off the ground.
    about books i alreadhy have tropical houses, bali gomes, thai architecture(complete run down of how to make with all inc. plans and tips sadly in thai but very good), thai wooden houses(a history of), lanna houses, and have been scouting frantically for more more unfortunately its become some what of an obsession, like thai food and beer!!!!!

    electric scooters indeed i was wondering how everyone steps over cable as your going by maybe thats part of the fun riding one trying to take out as many as you can with the mains. ha ha ha

    ivor biggun, not as big as my cannon or were you insinuating another weapon of choice? concrete is indeed cheaper and more ugly when going with wood everything i see now is concrete and it makes my heart sink amidst all wood houses! i hope this house is with me till the end and then my children so the cost is worth the quality. thanks anyway but .............................mai!

    loombucket - thank you kindly! your info is much appreciated.......i will have a look into wind again along with solar and water(if we get land with a khlong in it) and see what is possible i hear that the thai's are putting in infrastructure for the use of solar towards driving forward thailand making producing supplying the world market so we will see?!@#$$#

    oldgit - youre not my dad are you, thats the kind of thing he would say??????
    i know that i can buy land my wife is buying land and i the house and business then getting a usufruct on the land(maybe)? but something along those lines. thank you for spotting my age and also my ability to buy land etc i have worked since 16 so i hope this helps to answer you question. i believe its called saving, im not really sure.............where did i eave my savings book......wife!!!!!where are you? thank you for your info!!!!!!!

    dean my main man, i would absolutely love to come see your house it would be a pleasure, i am off to bangkok for a week but i will arrange something over contacting you when you get back if this suits you. thank you for the warning!

    terry57 - thank you for the massive pic they look very good and cheap for electric bikes do you know what spec they run at? any more info would greatly appreciated.

    well im sorry i had to do some catch up but your reply's have been of great help and i look forward to more in the meantime. if i want to add pics what must i do apart from that, i have nothing more to now to do then what all good british men must do for such quality information

    my next reply will be better loobucket i promise,dont tell thai authorities

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    Ben L Nuk,
    Not your dad, sorry, maybe you will find him someday, my son could be as he has a bike and is twice your age + and has a lot of my sayings, your welcome to the info. keep saving sonny.

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    Not your dad, sorry, maybe you will find him someday, my son could be as he has a bike and is twice your age + and has a lot of my sayings, your welcome to the info. keep saving sonny.


    thank you for clearing that up! sons huh just want money and motorbikes and cute thai girls..................sorry dad!!!!!!! no you're welcome
    the savings done the buying starts next year!!!!!!!! because im going to england to discover how to make tree houses? TREEHOUSES YOU SAY?!!!!
    OKAY thats right i let my secret out RUBISH SECRET YOU MIGHT THINK!

    i AM building every boys dream (apart from having lots of money a fast car and model girlfriend)
    a tree house guesthouse is my plan it seems the best niche in the guesthouse market anyone interested let me know. VERY CHEAP to maintain and build its a material they know how to build its different and not widely used and there isnt a budget to mid guest house like this in chiangmai.

    now ive just got to get people (not all thats stupid english i meant) UP them to sleep.
    Last edited by benlovesnuk; 27-02-2008 at 07:23 PM.

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    What on earth are you talking about?

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    chiangMai noon What on earth are you talking about?








    which part would you be specifying to?
    i posted links for people to have a look at only to be told after id written it all out, you cant post links until 10 posts.
    then i wrote that i was building a tree house guest house, where guests stay in wooden houses in tree's.

    which part seems to be perplexing to you at current, i know my humor is terrible and misundrstood like for instance humour being accepted in the american english rather then english english on this spell check!!!!whoops have i confused myself again.........sorry chiangmai moon too much beer and access to the internet.

    just talking about a house land tree houses guest house and environmentally friendly ways of juicing the whole thing. comprende vous?

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    I like the treehouse idea, and saw a realy cool treehouse book in the local bookstores in Phuket

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    Quote Originally Posted by danblack View Post
    I like the treehouse idea, and saw a realy cool treehouse book in the local bookstores in Phuket

    thanks danblack - what i see in chinagmai goes like this beautiful big tree's no tree houses and beautiful wooden houses with myself not in one, i concluded this is wrong and action needs to be taken.

    i have two books on tree houses very very good reading
    the first is;
    treehouses of the world andthe second
    treehouses living a dream

    I RECOMMEND BOTH HIGHLY!

    what more can i say if anyone has any personal knowledge in this field of wood work please let me know it would be much appreciated.

    try and load some pics one day...........

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    I like tree houses too and plan to build one in the lamyai tree in my garden.

    I'll start with a basic structure and might extend it if I don't fukk it up too badly.

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    Ben, or is it Bob? You should get yourself back to England now, as the trees and their protesting occupants and your chance to learn how to make tree houses will soon be removed to make room for the third runway at Heathrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgit View Post
    Ben, or is it Bob? You should get yourself back to England now, as the trees and their protesting occupants and your chance to learn how to make tree houses will soon be removed to make room for the third runway at Heathrow.

    not going back to england 24 years is enough. thanks for the news flash though i want something a little more homely.

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