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    Nice Reading,I hawe started to built a Wood house in Laos 45km North of Vientiane in the Riwer Nam Ngum. We started in Maj 16 and the time for fhinish time if ewer will be 3yearsl.I will follow you and pick up some ideas from you,Yes its the same i shop old Wood when offer comes.Its good to hawe some to compare whit and make a budget for howe much ewerything cost+/- Little bit

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    Hi Ben, its been about 4 months any chance of an update + photo ?
    all the best .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dead Metal View Post
    Hi Ben, its been about 4 months any chance of an update + photo ?
    all the best .
    lots been going on on both the guesthouse and the main house and the front garage, and some other bits, pics to be uploaded soon. Thanks for waiting

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    .....yep, time is what we have. Looking forward to the pics Ben.

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    I see its been years since I commented here when you were beginning. Great looking timber house, well done!

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    it seems like I need to do some replanting of pictures, and some updates Ive been busy!

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    Dear all, as I am new to the forum, I want to ask, why I cannot see some of the photos, it's a pity and makes me curious how to see the photos, as I am intending a similar project in Phrae and one in Sisaket
    thx

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    photobucket gave everybody the shaft..

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    Quote Originally Posted by HerbertK68 View Post
    Dear all, as I am new to the forum, I want to ask, why I cannot see some of the photos, it's a pity and makes me curious how to see the photos, as I am intending a similar project in Phrae and one in Sisaket
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    It's not you. A huge number of photos got trashed when Admin 'upgraded' the forum some months ago. Lost some great travel treads, as well as construction threads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    It's not you. A huge number of photos got trashed when Admin 'upgraded' the forum some months ago. Lost some great travel treads, as well as construction threads.
    Which were the famed cornerstone base of TD, where folks could still view archival threads up to the present.
    Sad that there wasn't any foresight into the retaining of said photos when they decided to go over making these great threads worthless - be it through the old TD gallery of outside image hosting sites.

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    Would people like me to do a revisit with old photos anda whats new in a new thread, if so, how do I upload pics from my pc or is there somewhere other than photobucket to host them from? cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    be it through the old TD gallery of outside image hosting sites.
    No backups made prior to the new system being turned on then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by benlovesnuk View Post
    Would people like me to do a revisit with old photos anda whats new in a new thread, if so, how do I upload pics from my pc or is there somewhere other than photobucket to host them from? cheers
    Hi Ben... dunno 'bout anyone else but I for one would very much welcome any restoration of the build photos, and an update or two, assuming you can dig them out and take the time to do it!

    I'm using that Imgur site (that was recommended) for photos on this site but although its currently working I am losing faith in ANY 'online storage' be it in house or 3rd party!!!

    I have still got 6 months of my build to complete so hopefully the online service will last until then.

    Good luck with it, if you can replace all the threads photos...

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    I'd also appreciate a restauration of this very interresting story, please go ahead.........

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    Ok, so from the start I dont have all the pictures from photobucket, but hopefully I can piece together some remnance of the history of the build. We purchased 2 plots in muang chiangmai a total of 250sq wah (100 &150 plot sizes). This one shows a tree at the back, the land was low lying to the road but only 600-800 meters to 2nd super highway.


    We had to put up temporary fencing at the time this was just bamboo cheap effective did rot and fall apart after about a year and a half.

    We had to raise the land I cant find the initial pictures of the front when there was nothing here, but when we purchased the land the seller, offered us temporary electric, a deep well pump and to build the retaining wall that straddles the government drain and fill the land all for the price of the sale of the land no extra. This extra we would find out to cost him about 1/4 the price we paid. My wife purchased this land with a chanote the government price at the time was 6000 badt per talang wah, we paid 5000 for the first 150 tw and 3350 for the 100 adjoining it as it could only be accessed by road from our land.

    The retaining wall to the left was built by concrete foundations brick built formed walls that concrete then was poured into with concrete anchors running from the wall into the ground to stop it from falling down, the cost was about 255,000 which we didnt pay a penny. The one aspect of this land plot was that it was in muang chiangmai postcode which we didnt think we could get at the time, for our budget and the mountain view specifically that of doi suthep temple at night.
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    With the land we then wanted to build a house, we were in a difficult position with me going back and forth to the UK, my wife being pregnant and we knew noone in Chiangmai. So ideas for a house started basically and then grew.
    We knew we wanted a traditional thai wood house, concrete was not our aim, and in hindsight it would have been a better more easier and comfortable build. however i would always prefer if done right to live in a wood house.



    Started using sketch up to get a 3D aspect of the house and land the land was raised at the front and low at the back.



    This was going to give an extension to the main house that had raised foundations to extend over the lower back end of the land. Originally asa big terrace but actually ending up as almost a second house.



    I got a bit more specific with my layouts, and anyone thinking about building this is a s good practice to know everything inside out so you spot things early and can remedy them.


    We started building when I was probably 26/27 years old and we are still building and redoing a lot of work. We are now less reliable on outside help and we are finding this works best for us.
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    I dont have pictures currently of the first part of foundations, and posts going up, but its pretty standard, they marked them out, dug them, profiled rebar accordingly for post foundations and a series of trucks came to pour the concrete.

    With wood posts the method at the time for securing wood to concrete was to tie on 2 metal flanges or brackets, that would be cut into the bottom of the post and a bolt put through to secure it. not so attractive but efficient. never had a problem in 8 years of this method.

    We sourced the wood from Phrae, at the time again another journey we probably didnt need to make, and Im not quite sure looking back why we did. We looked at a few wood houses and settled on an all teak house square posts uptop round posts in the perimeter. The purchase included delivery, so a congress of trucks got to our land, and then we had to find a builder. We were almost doing this as we were going, luckily we found someone local to us, and this put our mind at rest(if nothing else because if anything went wrong there was no hiding).





    The front was planned to have a staircase upto a small seating area, and then up again to a sala seating area and the front terrace, this was covered by a roof, but due to heavy winds still gets wet from side rain, although this is one of the many upgrades that is taking place this year. these big 6m+ posts were purchased locally unlike the main house and I think at the time they were a bargain at 4000 badt each. Sometimes wood is very easy to get and something nice falls into your lap, and other times youll travel to 6 different places and find nothing. The local old wood yards all have interesting people, and this was one aspect me and my wife enjoyed doing together.



    We used old wood not new wood on 99% of the house, mostly teak, with some exceptions like cross beams, floorboards etc we have had termites because in the main house we didnt have any piping fitted under the foundations, and this has cause some damage over the 8 years or so, but, we have paid for protection, and now we just use a perimeter barrier that Im hoping will keep the termites at bay until I can resolve any further intrusions. the termites only affects, one part of the house on one side and has no affect on the part that is raised 2 meter above aground. I would recommend anyone using a large percentage of wood to have a crawl space for easier treatment, rather than putting slab on to soil and even using pipes.
    The pictures shows front terrace new planed teak 3x3" joists and a bit of craftsmanship.
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    the roof was always intended to be roof tiles we had seen this and really wanted it, we didnt realise how problematic they would be with year after year of rainy seasons. We are going to be changing this roof to a metal frame and a metal roof not the basic type but seamless steel type we have on the extension. This has been without incident and hopefully will give us 20 years of no hassle.

    a side view of the roof, the roof was originally not a lanna style you might see around chiangmai, but more middle country low sloped roof. Obviously this slope was increased but might still be too low for tiles and this is why weve had a few issues over the years. The main house which is the one to the right has a complete wood roof, wood battens, rafters etc, and the extension house has metal frame. If you look at the roof now the tiles on the metal frame still look in good order everything is flat and straight, where as on the wood roof there seems to be movement.

    A picture looking up at the roof when first going up, we had intended to keep it open traditionally like thai houses and not put in ceilings, but for privacy etc we decided against this.
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    Theres not much to say about foundations here, all pretty standard thai versions of what you should do, that work reasonably well, our foundations have as far as im concerned not caused any massive movement or settlement which has given us any problems no cracks or splits in wood, solid when there was an earthquake back when 4-5 years back. This pour was done by crane and truck. this was then added to with PCC precast planks very reasonable price and efficiently done. never had a problem over the last 5 year with movement tiles cracked or displaced everything seems solid.
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    Both me and the wife agree on reflection that these posts were our best buy, and this was right place right time. We got 15 posts monsters, some almost 8 meters high for about 80,000 badt, which if you tried today would be impossible in and around chiangmai. they look great and made this part of the house a much nicer and easier build. So as you can see concrete is poured as a slab over the PCC, pretty straightforward. Metal flanges for wood posts attached and sunk in. We then lifted the posts up by crane into position sadly no pics. Then we get on to tieing them together with cross beams and joists.
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    his part of the house is a much better build then the main house. Im actually redoing the main house now, so wait for pictures of that. The posts, the cross beams and joists are all very good wood specifically picked from the wood yard.

    Cross beams are 8-9" x 2" and the joists are 5"x2" set with noggins and braces, this is where our knowledge of building the first part meant we could improve as we went along.
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