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    Looking for Building Consultant

    I am looking for a knowledgeable and experienced person to inspect work performed by a Thai contractor and generally be my independent double-check from Thai contractor-prepared BOQ through finishing work. This is a house build near Udon beginning sometime in Q1 of 2010 and expected last 5-6 months.

    The house plan is hi-spec American "McMansion" style (including basement with steel support main beam) and highly detailed. It is not Thai style and will require different building methods and materials than what local workers are used to using. The consultant must be able and willing to communicate and demonstrate any required "new" methods to the Thai contractor and/or their staff clearly and effectively.

    I will be on site almost daily and can send pictures with questions and such, therefore the consultant's on site visits may not be too frequent - weekly or bi-weekly may be enough HOWEVER consultant must be flexible enough to get on site if needed quickly (48 hours notice) and perform more frequent inspection visits if I have to leave for a few weeks.

    The Thai contractor must build to the plan and the consultant is responsible for ensuring that happens and identify and communicate corrections for anything that diverges from the plan.

    Please PM me with price and terms if you are interested in being considered. I will evaluate your past postings made on this site to gauge knowledge and general disposition. Further correspondence will be conducted with acceptable candidates via private email.

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    Foundation work will be very similar to what is pictured and described here:
    Home Construction Schedule
    The Thai contractor is responsible for getting all required permission to build it according to the plan, so you need not worry about that. Plan details will be shared with the chosen candidate.

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    why do you have so many red dots?



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    I will evaluate your past postings made on this site

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    I looked at the site you posted for your foundation work, good luck with that in Thailand. There are reasons buildings have evolved the way they have here.

    Hopefully this is the start of a every interesting thread. Don’t forget pictures.

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    My mate does houses like that in New Zealand, a few guys and a small crane and you can get a bungalow built in a weekend, wouldn't want to waste my time in Thailand trying to get it approved though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BKKBILL
    I looked at the site you posted for your foundation work, good luck with that in Thailand. There are reasons buildings have evolved the way they have here.
    Looked at it as well. If the "consulting" job is to ensure the house is built to plan as seen on the link, I'll take a pass. Way too many bits either unavailable locally or impractical for Thailand.

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    good luck with all that, id say youll have a job getting that done to us spec here, big ask

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    I'll do it.

    Can you forward me a deposit.

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    electrical consulting

    I am avail for electrical consulting. I have been a liscensed electrical contractor in California for 20 years and having worked here i BKK for 10 years. I have a company that does electrical consulting. 10,000 B will get you unlimited phone calls and emails for 6 months. Site visit / transpo +:hotel+ food 10k a visit.

    By the way Dirty Dog can you give me cost of posted an ad on this site..I can see now it could be really usefull.

    I have local references.

    Jack

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrRee View Post
    The house plan is hi-spec American "McMansion" style (including basement with steel support main beam) and highly detailed..
    Too many items already noted by previous posters on why that house is not 'suitable' for Issan or anywhere else in Asia to reiterate but to use the term "McMansion" is a bit of a stretch. High-end? Not quite.

    Also, that metal support post in the basement? Fek - why not construct some scissor trusses to support the first floor than to have some poxy post in the way?
    A Deplorable Bitter Clinger

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    You can check my credentials on here.

    I am honest, reliable, and above all mature.

    Where's me deposit ?

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    You need to re-evaluate your design and specifications, they are not practical in South East Asia. You might as well build a grass shack on the moon, the end result will be the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nawty View Post
    You can check my credentials on here.

    I am honest, reliable, and above all mature.

    Where's me deposit ?

    post of the day if you ask me,why dont you ask him again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrRee View Post
    The house plan is hi-spec American"McMansion" style

    Who's doing the bacon ?
    Last edited by SunTzu; 28-12-2009 at 09:53 AM.

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    So let me get this straight. Basically, you want a person to take over when you are not there. First of all as a 100% American, I have no idea what a McMansion is. I will guarantee most Thai builders will follow suit. Most home plans are done in the dirt and by mouth.

    Secondly, you want the house built according to plans and not local custom. Ain't gonna happen. It may come close but not exactly like the plans dictate.

    Thirdly, to have a consultant on site requires a fair amount of Thai language. Hence, your pool shallows considerably.

    Then you mentioned the time frame of 5-6 months. Double that.

    Next to travel to Udon by plane roundtrip from BKK is probably about B5000. A decent hotel will cost another B1500 per night. Oh, forgot about a car, thats another B1000 per day. Got to eat too, there goes another B500 a day. So for one two day trip we are already at B12,500 just for expenses.

    Now for the knowledge of what to do? B10,000 per day.

    Still interested in a helper?

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    I just remembered that I know a guy in Udon who might fit the bill.

    PM me if you're still interested.

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    Ring up one of the big CM firms like Projects Asia. If you've got the money they've got the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    I just remembered that I know a guy in Udon who might fit the bill.
    I know the guy you're talking about. Expert fixing water pumps as I recall. By all means send Marmite a PM.

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    Hold on now. Just so you know I will do the job for 10% less than Nawty and am also maturish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    I just remembered that I know a guy in Udon who might fit the bill.
    I know the guy you're talking about. Expert fixing water pumps as I recall. By all means send Marmite a PM.
    Err no. Not him.

    This guy has been a project manager for many hi-spec projects all over the world. He usually oversees the fit-outs rather than the construction side of it, but I belive has has done that too in the past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrRee
    The house plan is hi-spec American "McMansion" style
    You want fries with that ?

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    I guess we have all failed the test as we didnt know what Mcmansion was,
    Hers it is
    McMansion is an originally pejorative term used to describe a large house, particularly in the United States, that is constructed using modern labor-saving techniques and materials. Use of the word typically indicates a socio-political viewpoint that is critical, though in recent years owners of "McMansions" will routinely use the word without any negative connotation

    Try telling that to the workers in Udon best of luck

    Other terms applied to this type of dwelling include "garage Mahal," "starter castle," and "Hummer house"[3

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed View Post
    Other terms applied to this type of dwelling include "garage Mahal," "starter castle," and "Hummer house"[3


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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    why do you have so many red dots?
    Cause he's a troll.


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    So,the McMansion should be under construction now ? pics please :-)

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    nah , hes just another plonker full of shit. no fucking idea.

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