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    Wooden house construction in Laos

    I have read (and downloaded and saved) many of the posts here regarding construction of wooden houses in Thailand - great stuff, and I am sure most of the basic info is also valid in Laos. Thanx to all for your efforts !!

    As far as expat web sites for Laos are concerned, well, they seem to be a little bit thin on the ground. At least in English language, my French is okay but not all that great.

    My question (and I believe one of your senior members here posts from VTE judging by his photo taken in Xieng Khuan park): Is there any info available for buying or building wooden houses in VTE?

    This August I had a chat with the owner of the Sala Inpeng in VTE, who has an amazing knowledge of Lao hardwood lumber and construction. He also confirmed what everybody else here said about house construction - you have to personally select all materials and supervise all construction, all the time.

    If this is a little beyond the scope of this web site - feel free to PM me.

    Thanx
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    New poster

    Just noticed the heading of this thread shows me posting from BKK - I actually am posting from Canada, got to change this in my profile once I figure out how to do this.

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    Actually, you can't change the heading until you have been at TD for a day or two.

    However, more important what kind of budget are you looking at? Most of us at TD are cheap old guys, but having an idea of where you are heading may help with the answers.

    Good luck and please keep us informed!

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    No idea, hillbilly, I don't need a palace but don't want a hovel, either. I am living here in northern Ontario in a white cedar log house 26' x 28' with a half loft upstairs and a full basement.

    As far as the Vientiane location is concerned, I am looking at two options:

    - ideally, buy a property in a good location with a tear down structure on it. And then build a wooden house, on stilts (I have seen what happened to houses in VTE near the Mekong during the August floods. BTW - what happens to the effluent from the hong nam during times of flooding?? I hate to think about where the toilet flush ends up).
    - buy a property with a workable house on it (ground floor brick, upstairs wood), gut it and renovate.

    What I would pay for the property is much up to location and size, for the construction between U$ 50 - 75 K methinks. This is without knowing prices for good hardwood lumber and without looking at today's exchange rate for the Canadian peso and the U$$$.

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    Without trying to sound personal, what is your status for living in Laos? In other words one does not want to build a dream/vacation/retirement home and then in the end have everything taken away. Yes, this does happen in our home countries, but in SEA, it can happen without much recourse.

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    I am a firm believer in the old "never put all of your eggs into one basket" motto. This has served me very well over the years, and certainly right now during the economic downturn. In other words, I will not be destitute even if I were to lose this investment. And yes, I have read many horror stories on Stickman's readers submissions, and destitute falang flying off of their 6th floor hotel rooms in Pattaya.

    Also, Canada has public (aka "socialized") health care and hospitals, just like we have public libraries, public post offices, public fire depts. and and and.....so, no worries there.

    The property ownership in Laos is looked after.

    P.S.: A while back I downloaded your complete construction file - thanx for this great post !!!

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    First of all I should that I do not know anything about building in Laos. However, I have had several Lao workers on my resort that did a hell of a job.

    Regardless, if I was going to build in Laos I would sure want to be on the building site. Some days may seem wasted, but if you perserve eventually the home of your dreams can be built.

    This advice may seem like crap and probably is...

    Good luck and let TD know how you get along.

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