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    Building simple dwelling, cheaply.

    We've bought 4 rai of land with an old house on it. It's basically fallen down, so all we'll be left with is a slab and concrete posts. At a later stage we'd like to build a nice place, but in the meantime we were hoping to put up something simple using the existing slab and posts.

    We'd thinking about using eucalypt posts, thatch roof and those woven bamboo sheet for the walls. I've attached pics to show what I mean.

    Does anyone have ideas for rough costs of these materials?

    I was trying to insert pics, but my post count isn't high enough. So if anyone can figure out what I'm going on about pls let me know!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smithson
    Does anyone have ideas for rough costs of these materials?
    The only way to find out might be to get some cost estimates in YOUR area. Some with your Thai partner and some without - just for fun Everything else might be a bit risky.

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    3,000 baht as a guess. You could probably do it for free depending on what trees are available for scavanging. If you string bailing wire between the post tops, you can hang rattan mats as walls.

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    OK, thanks. Only problem is she can't drive, not really, although she does have a license.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat View Post
    3,000 baht as a guess. You could probably do it for free depending on what trees are available for scavanging. If you string bailing wire between the post tops, you can hang rattan mats as walls.
    Are the rattan matts those woven bamboo panels?

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    That's why god invented tuk-tuks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smithson
    OK, thanks. Only problem is she can't drive, not really, although she does have a license.
    So whats the big deal here?

    No Thai can drive and some have a license and some don't. So that means nothing.

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    Yes, but it's different for us, our car is a manual.

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    Here's a link to a pic ImageShack - Hosting :: house1ig6.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smithson
    woven bamboo sheet for the walls
    There are two types.
    The handmade loose type which don't last long and the machine made ones which are pressed and injected with resin and last much longer.

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    I'm having no luck posting images here, any tips? Here's another link, this show the woven panels I was talking about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smithson
    OK, thanks. Only problem is she can't drive, not really, although she does have a license.
    What is more important in case of an accident - that you can drive or that you have a license? I think you have a great girl

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    ^ Always wanted to improve my life. Hope there is no window and the floor is hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon View Post
    Thanks for that. This is something along the lines of what we'd like to build on our land in Nakon Nayok. The owner of the bungalow said it cost B90k, but I'm guessing most of that was for the concrete and the bathroom.

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    ^
    either way, do it as soon as possible.

    inflation is running rampant at the moment, we have seen the price of materials increase noticeably in the last 3 months since we started building the house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon View Post
    ^
    either way, do it as soon as possible.

    inflation is running rampant at the moment, we have seen the price of materials increase noticeably in the last 3 months since we started building the house.
    Yes, combined with the low $ and GBP we're being stung at both ends.

    How would you suggest to proceed? Everyone says it's all up to the locality, but I don't want to go in blindly accepting quotes.

    I can send the Mrs. but she's not a good negotiator, she tends to believe what ppl are telling her. I think a hard nosed farang may get a better price than a gullible Thai, but it helps to have a some knowledge before proceeding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smithson
    I can send the Mrs. but she's not a good negotiator, she tends to believe what ppl are telling her. I think a hard nosed farang may get a better price than a gullible Thai, but it helps to have a some knowledge before proceeding.
    we got 4 quotes for the labour at our place.
    we went for the cheapest, not only because they were the cheapest but also they appeared to be more competent and friendly, they were also the most local and we saw some of their previous work.

    they quoted 126,000 while the most expensive were 240,000 (for labour)
    My wife handled all the materials.

    i was very surprised at how well she took to the task.

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    Definitely handle the buying of materials yourself as and when they are needed by the builders.

    we were fortunate enough to have a builders yard no more than 2 kilometres from the new house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon
    and friendly
    Better not friendly - at least this was my experinece in the last 10 years here

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    Quote Originally Posted by John
    Better not friendly
    maybe i should have said approachable.

    very happy to be told what to do when necessary.

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    We have our own business, my wife's is organized and generally good business wise, but if she's told something is special and more expensive she tends to believe ppl. I'm more cynical.

    Make sure you post pics when you're building.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smithson
    Make sure you post pics when you're building.
    thread below this one.

    started january 8 finished today.


    http://teakdoor.com/construction-in-...new-house.html

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