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    Sawang Daen Din Remodel...

    We just left the Isaan and left a remodel project for the family to complete in Amphoe Sawang Daen Din. The wife cannot navigate stairs well anymore due to illness, so decided to enclose the downstairs to facilitate having a ground-level sleep-area.

    We purchased some materials while there and left money for the rest. Do these prices sound inline for the current market? Red-brick with design, 4-baht each. We purchased 3,500 of these. Floor-tile, 15" size, 160-baht per box of six. We purchased 40 boxes of these. Pre-made window-frames, 700-baht each. We purchased five of these. Shutters with glass-panes 800-baht each. We purchased ten of these. Door-frame 1,000-baht, purchased one. Ornately carved door, 2500-baht. One of these was purchased.

    Family was drafted to do the labor. Two are brick-layers/masons, two are carpenters and many will do labor-duties. Pay will be made upon completion of the project. The one that is a brick-layer said he would work the project for 10,000-baht as pay. We hope to see a viable abode when we return. This is the crew that built the traditional, stilted, Isaan home for us originally. So, we know that they can work together.

    I am just curious as to the current prices on the market in the Isaan. It has been
    almost a decade since we have done any construction.

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    Door frame sounds expensive, normal hardwood 500baht, window frames if they are single small windows are over priced as well, if double, ie fixed top glass panel and window underneath about normal price, ornate bricks no idea but sounds about right, ie crap normal Thai red bricks are .75 satang.

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    The wood is "mai dtoo", supposedly the best of the woods available in Sawang. The windows are doubles. The red-brick are 6-inchers with a design on both faces. I have no idea of the source of the bricks. The brick-layer ordered them and had them delivered before we left. The house will have the clay-tile roof, too, when completed.
    All I am looking for is a place to flop comfortably and for the wife to not have to navigate stairs anymore in order to get to bed. It will be house of modest ways for a short-term stay up to three months each visit. It will not be a permanent residence.

    The roof will over-hang the South wall and a concrete-slab will be added under the over-hang to facilitate an outdoor eating-area and place to hang my hammocks.

    We plan to return in a year, once she gets her meds and diet situated and feels up to the traveling.

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