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    East to West Toilet/Bathroom Conversion

    I have found a few houses in Isaan that I like. There is quite a bit of work to be done to make them as we would like them to be but time is not at a premium and we can take as long as we like. Apart from one thing - the toilets are Asian style and they must be changed as my old arthritic legs could not prevent me from being, one day, well and truly in the shit

    Major plumbing would not be necessary as main drainage and water supplies are in place. Is anybody able to estimate the cost of "westernising" these bathrooms, please ? I appreciate that there are a wide variety of fittings available but I would be happy with middle of the road stuff, no gold taps or anything unduly fancy. The completed bathrooms would have walk-in shower, hand basin and pedestal toilet.

    I ask the price only because I am totally ignorant of costs in Isaan for the materials and labour. I've looked on the forum and found some informative stuff but nothing specifically to to do with toilet/bathroom conversion.

    The underlying reason for my request is my fear of being ripped off because I am a farang. I only want to pay a fair price.

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    depends on the condition of the walls etc. If good, rip everything out, put any new pipes in place, retile

    cost depends on size, but if two days work for two guys to rip out and clean up

    maybe B2000

    install new pipes for shower, basin and toilet

    maybe B2000 plus cost of fittings

    retile floor and walls, maybe B80/90 a sq m plus costs

    refit bathroom, maybe B1500 plus costs

    maybe
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    New western toilets are between 2 and 5 K Baht. go to home pro and price your needs mechanically first. Labor will be the least amount of cost. Getting good quality labor is the most difficult part of all.

    Demo's/tear outs are the fun part, the finishing is the hard part.

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    I paid about 15k baht to have a bathroom re-fitted in my previous house.

    Think carefully about what sort of toilet you want.
    You will need to be handy with bog repairing because they all need attention unless you get the non flushable one which has no moving parts.

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    Thanks, everybody. The answer is - cheap. I thought it would be but my wife did not fancy the work involved. I think this stems from the fact that her family, while not being poor, have never had spare cash and have had to make do with what they have for most of their lives. The cost of refurbishment of three bathrooms would be of little significance compared to the purchase price of a house which would be in the region of 4 million baht.

    So, my major decision is made - I will be buying a four bedroom, three bathroom house, at least five years old and standing on 1 Rai of land which has never known flooding, on the outskirts of either Khon Kaen, Udon Thani or Nong Khai.

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    Quote Originally Posted by can123
    my wife did not fancy the work involved
    Does she prefer Thai toilets ?
    Check for footprints after you get your Western toilet installed

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    Very cheap and should keep both of you happy.


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    ^ Love it,

    Look at the innovation that went into that.

    Genius

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    Toto Neorest 600 – 150,000 baht

    What more do you need, when doing your business, than your standard lavatory offers? Toto’s most expensive toilet, the Neorest 600, has a wide range of features to answer that question. For starters, the lid automatically opens whenever you approach the toilet. As soon as you rise from your state of the art porcelain throne, it automatically engages its Power Catalytic Air Purifier function. Six seconds after you’re out of range of the toilet’s sensor zone, it will automatically flush and close both the lid and the seat.

    For those functions that aren’t automatic, there’s a wireless remote control. A button-press can open, close or warm the seat, change the water temperature, perform a powerful “Cyclone flush” instead of the automatic light flush or control the Washlet functions you’ll use to tidy yourself up after using the expensive toilet.

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    ^
    This reminds me of the fancy toilet that they installed in John Lewis in Cardiff. Depending on which buttons were pressed the thing operated as a bidet, paper dispenser and talcum powder spray. One guy woke up in the Heath Hospital. Last thing he remembered doing was pressing a button marked "ATR" and there was a blinding flash of light.

    When he asked the nurse what had happened, she said, "You pressed the automatic Tampax remover, you'll find your balls in a glass in your locker".

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