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    Opinions of construction

    I am considering buying a new house. I know little about construction. So i am posting various pictures for opinions of the quality or lack of.








































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    Sorta, confused at this point. I see a few mistakes, but they can be corrected. TD needs more than just photos to say anything.

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    Welcome to Thailand. Enjoy, and carry on taking the tablets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly
    I see a few mistakes, but they can be corrected.

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    Seems to have had a few snags that are being redone.



    Not a good idea to dig trenches after and so close to the footings, the breeze blocks don't matter but a bit of a sloppy way of doing things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    Seems to have had a few snags that are being redone.



    Not a good idea to dig trenches after and so close to the footings, the breeze blocks don't matter but a bit of a sloppy way of doing things.
    I believe that is a pool going around this particular house. They also have a small bridge across it

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    Their brick work seems a bit sloppy, personally I would want it a lot tidier than that just from the point of view for when it comes to rendering it off.


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    The electric ducts were put in by the brick workers, the electrician will cut them down to size.



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    The end result:

    American went through this faze about 30-40 years ago with mass built houses. Now in Thailand we see builders both Thai and 'Falangs' building homes that the buyer has not seen.

    Sorry, but I would not buy this quality of a home. Regardless, it is the buyer's money.

    Someone will be making the money and it ain't the buyer.

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    I'm no expert but I wouldn't buy it. I'm sure it'll look nice when its finished but its just not sturdy enough. Thais use lots of thick re-inforced concrete posts for good reasons. Earthquakes being one of them. Those post are flimsy.

    Sorry, Just my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly View Post
    The end result:

    Builders both Thai and 'Falangs' building homes that the buyer has not seen.

    Sorry, but I would not buy this quality of a home. Regardless, it is the buyer's money.

    Someone will be making the money and it ain't the buyer.
    I am a little confused? Are you saying you wouldnt buy the house because of lack of quality? Or because it is not up to your standard? I have looked at many projects and most look similar a few better many worse. What problems do you see so i can detect these myself?

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    Cosmetically sound. Structurally I wouldn't be happy. Only time will tell.

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    When is the last time Thailand had an earthquake?

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    Cracks comes to my mind...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly View Post
    When is the last time Thailand had an earthquake?
    A couple of years ago up north.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly
    Cracks comes to my mind...


    Indeed.

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    Having just been through a major quake,I wouldn't buy a thai house for anything!!
    I intend to build my own , using western standards and methods.

    Great pics BTW.. !!

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    Looks like a good gust of wind will blow it over.!!!!

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    What a horrible looking driveway.

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    in your second pic of your thread the colums/stantions are shite , you have a lot of weight on top should have been con/rebar or better-stronger brickwork ,it will look ok when rendeard but only time will tell ....hope it works out ok you ...

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    Not earthquake-proven

    The pics look very familiar too me - typically Thai building quality.

    The problem of the Thai way of house construction is that it is very vulnerable to earthquakes. Perhaps the concrete structure will be strong enough but the brick walls will collapse very easily.

    Todays most of us are concerned about the danger of flooding or high winds and forget earthquakes.

    See here (Haiti Earthquake Clearinghouse) some information about the Haiti earthquake where similar construction methods are used.

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    ^Most of Thailand doesn't have earthquakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly View Post
    When is the last time Thailand had an earthquake?

    they happen all the time but most are minor

    the last big one I felt was during the Tsunami down south; that quake was quite severe up here

    they also had a biggy centred on Mai Rim area last year, but it didn't do much damage

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