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    Red face Newbie potential builder needs help..

    Probably on a regular basis I suspect!!

    Been a member over a year but this is my first post, sorry about that and Hi to all.

    Will stop lurking and start contributing!

    Story is: My gf and I have about 25Rai near Prakhon Chai which we are going to turn over to sugar next year and take 1 or 2 Rai to build a house.

    The material I want to source, for aesthetic reasons, is the moulded concrete that looks like wood. Seen a few houses made like this and they look (imo) very good.

    House design will be single story, 2 beds, 3 baths and a large salon/living area.

    Embryonic at the moment as we live and have a small biz (internet cafe/coffee shop) on Soi 17, 3rd road in Pattaya and moved here from Phuket 4 months ago.

    Plan is for gf to move to PC when we have made all the decisions and I will commute weekly to Patts to ensure biz keeps going.

    She will be there to supervise the building 24/7 and me around 4 days a week.

    Family will be employed as builders as they seem to do most of the work in the surrounding area and I hope to get a bit of a discount from uncle moneybags, the owner of the building company.

    Any help advice gratefully received.

    Den

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    Quote Originally Posted by dennis
    The material I want to source, for aesthetic reasons, is the moulded concrete that looks like wood.
    Normally that is just concrete that is moulded in situ to look like wood, unless your thinking of cement board which is available just about everywhere.

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    Ahh, I thought it might be an in situ jobby, I am talking about the support pillars and main beams.

    Foolishly thought there might be a specialist supplier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dennis
    The material I want to source, for aesthetic reasons, is the moulded concrete that looks like wood.
    Normally that is just concrete that is moulded in situ to look like wood, unless your thinking of cement board which is available just about everywhere.

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    Nope, formed on site in place.
    This page may be of some help as it gives a basic overview of building a house in Thailand. TeakDoor.com - The Thailand Forum Thailand House Building

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    Quote Originally Posted by dennis
    I will commute weekly to Patts to ensure biz keeps going.
    sounds like a good excuse

    as for the concrete that looks like wood (very 1950's), all you have to do is make the pillar and beam formers out of well grained wood, pour in the concrete and, when you take off the formers, concrete that has the wood grain
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    Thanks DD, have been mooching there some time and excellent info and advice.

    Excuse?? Moi?? Really!!

    I'm from the 50,s so going back isn't a problem!

    Thanks for advice on the formers.

    Are these columns etc just painted or do they use a cement dye?

    Ive seen 3 houses in the Chonburi area and 2 in Buriram and the colours look too real to be just painted, or is it me?



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    Quote Originally Posted by dennis
    I will commute weekly to Patts to ensure biz keeps going.
    sounds like a good excuse

    as for the concrete that looks like wood (very 1950's), all you have to do is make the pillar and beam formers out of well grained wood, pour in the concrete and, when you take off the formers, concrete that has the wood grain

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    They are painted, best to use dry brush techniques for final colors.

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    Thank you, I am enlightened no end, sincere thanks.

    I am budgeting for 6000 a square metre after reading many threads on here.

    Main house will be single story of around 150sqm.

    Am I in the ball park?
    p.s. You seem to be on the web as much as me, you dont have an internet shop too do you!!??

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    They are painted, best to use dry brush techniques for final colors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dennis
    You seem to be on the web as much as me, you dont have an internet shop too do you!!??
    Not that I know of. He does own the forum however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dennis
    6000 a square metre after reading many threads on here.
    Might want to push that up to 8,000 but all depends on complexity of design and materials you want. If you want a very "western" style then 10,000 would be expected. How many sq meters you thinking about?

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    150, simple one story design and materials that don't fall down, fall apart or disintegrate after 3 years would be a bonus!

    2 western bathrooms and one guest toilet are the main 'farang' requirements.

    8-10k sounds expensive to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dennis
    6000 a square metre after reading many threads on here.
    Might want to push that up to 8,000 but all depends on complexity of design and materials you want. If you want a very "western" style then 10,000 would be expected. How many sq meters you thinking about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dennis View Post
    150, simple one story design and materials that don't fall down, fall apart or disintegrate after 3 years would be a bonus!



    8-10k sounds expensive to me.
    do not build

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    Quote Originally Posted by giggs View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by dennis View Post
    150, simple one story design and materials that don't fall down, fall apart or disintegrate after 3 years would be a bonus!



    8-10k sounds expensive to me.
    do not build
    Awwwwm c'mon, I've done the phone, mb, car and farm jobbies, have to build a house to get the full set

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