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    questions about teak...

    I recently saw some photos of a beautiful house that had been done with wooden floors and ceilings and concrete walls. The wood gave it a rustic beach house feel while the concrete kept it somewhat modern. Has anyone seen anything similar? I'll post pics as soon as I get enough access.

    Also, are wooden houses prohibitively maintenance heavy?? Does the wood require annual treatment? I'm assuming not all wood is the same, so what are the best woods in thailand to use? Teak??

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    If you can afford teak, then that is the cheapest for maintenance

    once fitted etc the wood will need at least two coats of teak oil, three better

    The inside wood will rarely need oiling again, maybe just the floors if they get a lot of wear

    the outside could be oiled every three years, unless you like the weathered grey look.

    Other woods; floors can be polyurethaned to keep clean, as can any other inside surfaces, but not necessary for ceilings and walls

    Outside, some people use heavy paint like varnishes which I think look nasty, up to you. Or outside quality polyurethane can be used

    The maintenance is more than concrete obviously, but not too bad
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    Sound and simple advice Andy. Remembering too, that tropical hardwoods, though rustic, attractive, and long-lasting - retain heat immensely.

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    thanks for the replies guys...one more question.

    how did you guys track down teak in Thailand? I'm assuming most of the posters here used teak from older houses. How would I go about finding it??

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    Check out my building a Thai shack thread.

    Also just drive around the 'mooban' and see what Teak wood can be bought. Keep in mind it does take time and money...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rural Surin
    Remembering too, that tropical hardwoods, though rustic, attractive, and long-lasting - retain heat immensely.
    Teak? retain heat? immensley?

    Concrete maybe, but not teak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hepcat
    How would I go about finding it??
    Chiangmai, Phrae & Nan would be the best places

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    When we built our 12 wood home we ended up buying an old home around Roi Et and had it torn down and trucked to the Phi Mai area.The wood was planned and cleaned and the "new" home was built from that.We did have to purchase some things like window frames soffit wood and other misc.wood.But most of the wood was from the old home.Oh, the whole house with interior walls,celing,electric and fiberglass roof shingles cost 300k thb in 2004.

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    That sounds very reasonable

    Tell me more about fibreglass shingles
    I don't think I have ever seen them

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    Quote Originally Posted by hepcat View Post
    how did you guys track down teak in Thailand? I'm assuming most of the posters here used teak from older houses. How would I go about finding it??
    Teak Mafia. Discounts abound {even for Farang}. Ask around in your circles, someone is sure to know someone that knows someone...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rural Surin
    Teak Mafia.
    Aka, the BiB.

    Best to look around for old houses though.

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    Hepcat, older houses, second-hand woodyards

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    I have emailed the man in question who sent me some pics, its not bad but only if you want something small and cottage like. Wood seems to be from reasonable to pretty good shape, though weathered inparts and painted it seems. posts are small and its sitting on a concreted room below still not bad for 250,000 B!

    In real life it might be completely different...?
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    I think sometimes you can, if willing to do this, buy a teak wood house with land for less then a teak wood house separately. They can be much harder to come by this way. I also think that the houses that are on land and built being sold together are better looked after, for the biggest bonus is that you could sell the land to pay for the price of the house reducing your overall cost(if this is feasible for you to or practical in your situation?) and in my search you can find some real bargains this way too. The alternative is too also look at land and house and ask if the seller would want to sell just the house opening up more possibilities to get good wood!

    here are some example at different price points going from expensive to cheap!

    Homes Chiang Mai.com - บ้านเชียงใหม่ - บ้านเช่า เชียงใหม่่ - บ้าน - NO.157 เชียงใหม่ ขายบ้านไม้สักหลังให[at]่ 3 นอน 2 น้ำ เฟอร์ไม้สักบิวอิน ที่ดิน 4 ไร่ 1 งาน ขาย 8.5 ล้านบาท

    Homes Chiang Mai.com - บ้านเชียงใหม่ - บ้านเช่า เชียงใหม่่ - บ้าน - No.083 เชียงใหม่ บ้านไม้ 2 ชั้น 3 ห้องนอน 2 ห้องน้ำ ที่ดิน 197 ตร.วา ขายเพียง 3.8 ล้านบาท

    Homes Chiang Mai.com - บ้านเชียงใหม่ - บ้านเช่า เชียงใหม่่ - บ้าน - บ้านไม้สักขนาดให[at]่ ขายเฉพาะไม้สัก ยกทั้งหลัง 9 แสนบาท

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    If you buy teak, be sure of it's age, young teak will still be eaten by bugs, not just termites, but also powder post beetles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hepcat
    questions about teak...
    Hmmm..questions about teak on Teakdoor !!

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