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    Quote Originally Posted by sunsetter
    dont let anyone talk you into getting rid of those trees,
    Don't worry mate the MIL is with you on that one. Those trees aint going nowhere ;-)

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    Well we're pretty much done fellas. Since I know fok all about building, once it was planned out, left the FIL to supervise and make those constant annoying decisions. It turned out alright, not something we'd choose to live in, but great to visit when we live away. As things have panned out it's a good investment for the daughter to hold onto.

    I'm just gonna whack up a bunch of progress pics so you guys can have a squiz, up until completion (we still have a few things to do).








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    With the roof frame up and a lot of the fill done, things start to take shape...







    The front is looking a bit shabby, good crew but not the tidiest blokes.


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    The outside cladding goes on and it's starting to look like a house...




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    The outside paint goes on, windows and doors in, and she's done! Will give more details, pics if people are interested. The inside is pretty Spartan but a good layout for our purpose and very functional.














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    Oh Yeah, Sunsetter, the trees had to go. We paid paradise to put in a concrete front yard / parking lot. Don't think it could have been avoided. We'll be adding some kind of shade over at least part of the front, probably to the right. It'll be like a carport attachment. No substitute for trees but ah well...

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    that door looks a bit 'tight' against the wall.


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    servants' entrance

    the house looks Ok considering you didn't keep tabs on it

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    Yeah it aint perfect but it wasn't a clusterfuck nightmare either. We're happy with how it turned out considering what we had to work with. Most importantly it cost me almost zero stress.

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    I think it looks great 9999 Nice one

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    Nice job ! Any interior shots of the finished job ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9999
    Most importantly it cost me almost zero stress.
    true

    stress seems to be an important part of the building process, something we can do without

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevefarang
    Any interior shots of the finished job ?
    Sure, will get some in the next week or so.

    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    stress seems to be an important part of the building process, something we can do without
    I decided pretty early on that if I attempted to be the falang boss it would just be shitty, and my time is better spent earning on what I know.

    I've seen a lot of heartache, not just on TD threads but also from whinging poms on bar stools who want to be owner builders but, like me, know SFA. After a good talking to the FIL about the fact the HE was in charge of the builder not the other way around, just left them to it, with a few jabs of input along the way. Between the FIL, the builder and the crew, they delivered and I didn't have to do shite. But yeah there are some flaws. The FIL has been a cabinet maker for 20+ years so is in a position to supervise so long as he gets in the mind-set. By the end of it he was a real foreman, giving the guys whisky after work if they did well, having kitchen cupboards ripped out for small mistakes, etc. I was impressed.

    I was told this by another guy who had a bitch of a time supervising the construction of his huge teak house. He said it always looks like hap=hazard shit until the end, when it always seems to fall together nicely. Certainly the case for us. During the building, I was wondering how it could ever look semi-nice. Then in the space of a week it went from a messy work site to a tidy new house.

    Happy days

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    amazing Thailand!

    good for you, if the FIL took the heat, even better

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    that door looks a bit 'tight' against the wall.

    Yeah what can you do eh. I thought the back could have looked a bit nicer. That square was supposed to be clear for a car to get into that carport, but now it's just gonna be motorbikes going through there we might be able to do something nice.

    I suggested jokingly that that back wall in that pic was a bit plain, and maybe we should get a big mural of Yingluck painted on, and I think they seriously considered it.

    We also have an outhouse I neglected so stay tuned I'll get a pic of that up too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9999
    we should get a big mural of Yingluck
    I am sure there is a naked one on the web

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    Okay fellas a pic tour of the inside. Clearly none of us are interior designers but it functions well. Gonna stick a few indoor plants around and maybe a few select pics on the walls. Otherwise, this is pretty much it...

    The fronmt entrance as you walk into the house...





    Then directly to you left is the little lounge area with the funky corner couch the MIL picked out. I keep moving the glass coffee table to where it belongs and they keep putting it back in the corner...




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    We kept all the original teak furniture from the old house and polished it up. Those two doors are bedrooms for the in-laws, parents and sister with special needs. There's an adjoining bathroom only accessible from the bedrooms.



    Some concrete roof artwork which I thought looked pretty cool


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    This is looking from the lounge area back to the kitchen door.



    And the kitchen door to the front door


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    As you walk into the front, to the right is 'our' area. The big room on the right will be decked out as our business office with 10 people jammed in there working all day

    It's originally built for us to have as a studio to come and stay down the track

    The door directly in front is the kid(s) room.



    Inside the office / studio from the door



    And from the back where there's a little enclave and a bathroom the joins into the kids room.


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    Our bathroom is pretty basic. Had to go a bit spartan towards the end to stay in budget. When we get around to touching things up the bathrooms will be the first to get a make over.



    From the office bathroom door through to the kids room



    And the kids room, not huge but bigger than it looks in this pic. We're going to deck it out, the mrs think we should get bunk beds, but we only have one kid


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    The kitchen, to the right as you walk in from the rest of the house door.



    And the back door that is so tight not even MTD's cock can fit through without KY jelly

    New fridge on the way too...



    Typical simple Thai kitchen, cupboards will be going up on the wall on the right.



    And to save the best for last, the out-house, which functions as the laundry and a place for piss-heads to spray the bowl.



    And that's about all folks.

    I know you all want to know, but are too polite to ask...it cost right on 1.2M baht to get to this stage, including any new furniture etc, from the very start of hacking out plans and ripping down the old house, to more or less completion albeit with plenty of improvements to be done. First is some sort of front shade. It's a shame we don't have any sort of garden to show you guys, but the MIL has plans for herbs and other edibles surrounding the edge of the house.

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    Cool thanks !!! I find it interesting to see what others are doing with their house build, as we slowly progress on ours.

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    a good enough house for 1.2m, value!

    I always wondered who bought those tiles, as on your verandah!

    from a cost point of view, plain white tiles would have been the same or cheaper in the bathroom; that would have made the room seem brighter and larger

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    I wanted the whole inside floor done in granite, but unless we settled for wather thin layers of granite on top of crumbly mortar in small tiles, it wasn't gonna happen with our budget. I'd rather the solid sensible floor we went with than a cheap and nasty granite-looking solution.

    As for the entrance tile 2-tone scheme outside at the front, none of that was my call. I went away, came back and it was done. No comment!

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