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    Construction companies in Chiang Mai

    I am looking to build a house in Chiang Mai.
    I have found 4construction companies which seem ok but I need some more information on them to make up my mind.
    Kensington
    Jasmine homes
    Build Sabai
    PD House
    Can anyone who has had first hand experience with any of them give me some feedback?
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    In general, if you use a company like kensington, you will pay a lot more

    they are very expensive, as are most companies that specialise in building for farang

    if you cannot speak Thai, and your wife cannot deal with builders, then maybe they are your only choice, but there are lots of good companies out there that would be 30/40% cheaper

    if you are really interested in a good builder, PM me for details

    as in any building saga, get at least two estimates, preferably three
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    Cannot suggest a good building company but before you have any plans drawn up it would pay to have a good think about the type of doors and windows you use. There is a good company in Chiang Mai who specializes in teak and mahogany bi-fold and sliding doors and windows, called AUS.ECO, AUS , they have a showroom out at Hang Dong. Seen their work in action, very good quality components and timber. Good luck with finding your builder, from what I am told there are some good ones in the Chiang Mai area, but be careful.

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    My Wife's brother is building our house at the moment so we can be sure it will be build with the right amount of cement ,the right thickness of steel so we don't need to be there every day to keep an eye on it to be sure............
    Don't try to get the lowest price deal because they will find a way to get their ( huge) profit if not they will use less cement / stones and less or thinner steel if you go to the bottom they will go there as well and be there if they are building check everything daily this is a national sport..........
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMax
    Don't try to get the lowest price deal because they will find a way to get their ( huge) profit if not they will use less cement / stones and less or thinner steel
    those should be specified on any contract; some supervision is always necessary to make sure the job is done properly, either by yourself or the architect etc

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    Thanks for all the useful suggestions!

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    I would advise yourself, spouse, or someone you trust on sight at all times. It is an essential.

    Even the best construction companies are hiring local labor who know nothing about building a house to code. Not putting them down they do a hell of a job for 300 baht a day but what can you expect if you are not there to help and show them. Being quite polite I am thinking of our first build, and recent renovation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    I would advise yourself, spouse, or someone you trust on sight at all times. It is an essential.

    Even the best construction companies are hiring local labor who know nothing about building a house to code. Not putting them down they do a hell of a job for 300 baht a day but what can you expect if you are not there to help and show them. Being quite polite I am thinking of our first build, and recent renovation.

    Thanks for the input.

    Did you build through a company or did you hire your own workers?

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    I have done it both ways

    Using a company is less stressful but more expensive

    I suppose if the company is not too good, it can be very stressful too

    either way it is difficult but worthwhile

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    PM me about a full house filter system that will deliver safe potable drinkable water to very tap and protect your taps and fittings.

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    My brother in law is hiring local (farmers) they like to work during the season when there is less work in the fields and they are lined up asking for work and I must admit they are all hard workers and know what to do, I am very pleased with them and so you have good contact with the locals they learn to know you and the other way around as well.
    Serving them now and than at the end of a working day with a bottle lao kau does wonders as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by sailorr13
    Did you build through a company or did you hire your own workers?
    The first one my wife designed and built as a redo. We had bought a small two bedroom detached house at auction. It was only on 50 wah sq. She basically gutted the whole thing, added a master bath, a full American kitchen, and an office/ guest room. She hired everyone herself from the electricians, plumbers, tile people, granite people, people who could build an arch people. She took off from her job for 6 months and built a house we could sell during the financial crash here for big profit.

    The second house we live in now we just renovated. She chose a company recommended by a friend. The had a glossy resume including pictures of their work in 4 star hotels on Phuket, Samui, and Ao Nong.

    The good the foreman was a good guy, but too easy going. Shoddy workmanship leading to work overloads and ill feelings. Then my daughters Blackberry was stolen by a member of his crew. So a whole new crew had to come.

    I am happy my house looks better but know that so much cosmetic work still needs to be done, thats why all the old caulk, paint, and brushes, a lot of masking tape are still here. When we find a problem we fix it.

    But you really will pay a lot more to a major company and they will pocket a shit load of that. Just remember that the average Thai, Burmese, or Cambodian labourer gets paid by law less than 200 baht a day in most provinces. This is now rising to 300. You do the math on your quote knowing that. Ten people for a whole day is 100 usd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bagwain View Post
    PM me about a full house filter system that will deliver safe potable drinkable water to very tap and protect your taps and fittings.

    is that you Steve you can not do that here

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    he just did

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    I can only advise to be there everyday, all day, regardless of who you use to build it.

    There are so many small things that can (and often do) go wrong, and they are usually things you'd never think about until it happens. I hate to use the word "baby sit" but it's more or less what has to be done to ensure it's done correctly and to your specs.

    I made the mistake once of allowing a highly recommended group to show up and get the job done on their own. I was busy at the time and figured they could handle it. Biggest mistake I've made yet in Thailand. It was a DISASTER. Second project I was there everyday, all day, hands on and well informed. The job went 99% as planned with very little hassle.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dino View Post
    I can only advise to be there everyday, all day, regardless of who you use to build it.

    There are so many small things that can (and often do) go wrong, and they are usually things you'd never think about until it happens. I hate to use the word "baby sit" but it's more or less what has to be done to ensure it's done correctly and to your specs.

    I made the mistake once of allowing a highly recommended group to show up and get the job done on their own. I was busy at the time and figured they could handle it. Biggest mistake I've made yet in Thailand. It was a DISASTER. Second project I was there everyday, all day, hands on and well informed. The job went 99% as planned with very little hassle.

    Good luck!
    I have to disagree with you My brother in law is doing an excellent job he sees things I don't see ( he shows me what is wrong) and it will be corrected.
    I am not there every day and if they want to know something the way I want it to be they will call me, I go there and tells them how I want it and that works very well.
    De constructing of the steel frame of the roof looks good to me, then my brother in law told me they had something done wrong with the angle, I didn't see it but he does so they had to change it.
    I know that usually 50% for the Thai is good enough I'll be happy in my case only 99% is good enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMax View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Dino View Post
    I can only advise to be there everyday, all day, regardless of who you use to build it.

    There are so many small things that can (and often do) go wrong, and they are usually things you'd never think about until it happens. I hate to use the word "baby sit" but it's more or less what has to be done to ensure it's done correctly and to your specs.

    I made the mistake once of allowing a highly recommended group to show up and get the job done on their own. I was busy at the time and figured they could handle it. Biggest mistake I've made yet in Thailand. It was a DISASTER. Second project I was there everyday, all day, hands on and well informed. The job went 99% as planned with very little hassle.

    Good luck!
    I have to disagree with you My brother in law is doing an excellent job he sees things I don't see ( he shows me what is wrong) and it will be corrected.
    I am not there every day and if they want to know something the way I want it to be they will call me, I go there and tells them how I want it and that works very well.
    De constructing of the steel frame of the roof looks good to me, then my brother in law told me they had something done wrong with the angle, I didn't see it but he does so they had to change it.
    I know that usually 50% for the Thai is good enough I'll be happy in my case only 99% is good enough.

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    There are always exceptions to the rules, and it sounds like you lucked out and are one of them. You are very lucky to have a competent person who is able to do that for you while you're not there.

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    ^The house isn't finished yet so we have no idea of whether he is very lucky or making a massive mistake

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    ^The house isn't finished yet so we have no idea of whether he is very lucky or making a massive mistake
    To bad being so negative , you are living in Isan?

    I would like to invite when the house is ready in 6 or 7 weeks to see for yourself but unfortunate you are to negative so I will not invite you.
    Good luck and try to be positive or else don't stay in Thailand if you think the way you think...............

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    No, Isaan isn't somewhere I would want to live.

    Anyway, let me tell you about this great restaurant I have never been to, but it does the best Thai food in the world.

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