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    Building Costs

    Last year while smurfing the net I stumbled across a site which had this document downloadable in an adobe document giving construction costs for various types of buildings and comparing 2007 & 2008 prices:



    Like a fool I forgot to book mark the site and not been able to find it since for any updated costs.

    With all the global recession malarky and stuff thats been going on are these figures still a fair representation of buildings costs? Also, the site said that as these costs are for in and around Bangers and that you can take off 25-30% for Issan region - is that still the case?

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    Labour costs outside of Bangkok are a lot cheaper.

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    here you go:
    w w w .thaiappraisal.org/pdfNew/const/cost51-web-eng.pdf
    w w w .thaiappraisal.org/pdfNew/Journal/journal51-05.pdf
    w w w .thaiappraisal.org/pdfNew/Journal/journal51_01-02.pdf

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    tennis court looks a tad expensive...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nawty View Post
    tennis court looks a tad expensive...

    it comes with balls

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    thanks! now bookmarked so can keep an eye on it in future

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nawty View Post
    tennis court looks a tad expensive...
    thats what I thought.......plus its too hot to run around, swimming pool would be better out here

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    Those costs are really helpful --can get going on my budget

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    Useful purely from a basic perspective. But every house is different. Be careful when looking at figures like that. I have built over 1000 homes in England. Worked for Wimpy, Laings, Costain and Charles Church. All the big boys. You can't average costs out like that. If someone chooses different door knobs it changes the cost per sqm. So be careful and my advice is only use that as a simple guide for very basic low stanadard homes. Built 5 here now. Don't do it anymore due to the hassle and problems with the workers. One always needs to hire a professional project manager or the quality is terrible. For sure now you re talking for Luxury 20,000-30,000 a sqm. Average I would say 15,000. Thats a finished home with air con, bathrooms, kitchen and floor/wall tiles. These low figures are very bog stanadard houses. Nothing like the quality we are used to back home. Its why you see so much rubbish here and bad build quality. Spend the extra and do it properly. It always saves you money in the long run.

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    Has anybody out there ever heard of the following two companys?
    1.LYNN - aluminium windows and doors
    2.HOFFEN - uvpc windows and doors

    If so could you please email me with any info on quality ect
    tex[at]loxinfo.co.th

    many thanks

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    tex, maybe good quality wooden windows would be even better

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    Quote Originally Posted by BangkokBill View Post
    Useful purely from a basic perspective. But every house is different. Be careful when looking at figures like that. I have built over 1000 homes in England. Worked for Wimpy, Laings, Costain and Charles Church. All the big boys. You can't average costs out like that. If someone chooses different door knobs it changes the cost per sqm. So be careful and my advice is only use that as a simple guide for very basic low stanadard homes. Built 5 here now. Don't do it anymore due to the hassle and problems with the workers. One always needs to hire a professional project manager or the quality is terrible. For sure now you re talking for Luxury 20,000-30,000 a sqm. Average I would say 15,000. Thats a finished home with air con, bathrooms, kitchen and floor/wall tiles. These low figures are very bog stanadard houses. Nothing like the quality we are used to back home. Its why you see so much rubbish here and bad build quality. Spend the extra and do it properly. It always saves you money in the long run.
    Yes Bill you are totally right. I am a contractor here (condominium building, houses, pools ) and your prices and vision of the problems are corrects. I just don't agree with the hassle and problems with the workers. It's sometimes difficult to manage but with times workers and sub-contractors know what you want and what you except...and I have friends in europe who have the same problems too.

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    Prices look ok. about what I payed maybe a bit more. Tennis courts are right out ther, not even close. you could have a swimming pool the size of a tennis court for that money. My house was 1 million for 147 sq m, one storey, standard Thai built. That includes a wall that is 90 meters long over all.

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    Construction costs. In Thailand what a lot of wasted time and effort. Why?

    It really depends on where you are building in BKK and who you know.

    Here is my example. My original BKK home was bought about 8 years ago for 1.8 million baht. Today, you can buy this same property for 4 million baht. Which we have been offered and refused.

    Recently, and I don't want to let the cat out of the bag; we have managed to buy the house next dooor for 2.6 million baht. Why? Let's just say that I had many a whisky night with the policeman who owned the home.

    This past week we were offered 7 million baht for 110 sq. wa. in BKK. Keep in mind that is before we begin the marrying of the homes.

    Now back to the original question. If the builder knows that you are in a prime location in BKK, then the costs will be high.

    I believe the key is to have the BKK contactor do most of the work (they know the paperwork) and then have local contact from upcounty finish out the home;as long as they know what you want.

    So far this procedure has worked well for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carlbraun;
    Yes Bill you are totally right. I am a contractor here (condominium building, houses, pools ) and your prices and vision of the problems are corrects. I just don't agree with the hassle and problems with the workers. It's sometimes difficult to manage but with times workers and sub-contractors know what you want and what you except...and I have friends in europe who have the same problems too.

    Mr Carl.....how much for a low level condo psqm to the standard of the 'life' condos ?

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