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  1. Thank you very much for your information! Do...

    Thank you very much for your information!

    Do you have a portfolio (website, FB) with your former work?
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    One problem with Thai builders is the language...

    One problem with Thai builders is the language barrier. I have used some of them for easier and smaller projects (renovations and addition) and it worked well. I am not sure, if I would build a house...
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    This is correct, but then youwill stuck with the...

    This is correct, but then youwill stuck with the insurance for 3 years.
  4. Thread: Steel roofs

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    The costs for a metal roof with insulated steel...

    The costs for a metal roof with insulated steel sandwich panels ts about 2,000 THB/sqm (but I am note absolutely sure.
    https://www.facebook.com/suntechroof
    Suntech Steel Works ????????????????

    I...
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    For my house in Hua Hin, insured value 11 MTHB, I...

    For my house in Hua Hin, insured value 11 MTHB, I pay THB 22'000 at MSIG.
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    I had a bad experience with this type of...

    I had a bad experience with this type of «stainless» tanks. They tend to rust. We had to replace such a tank after only 7 years. I think, that the thick plastic tanks (not the blue ones) are better.
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    Very good and informative thread - thank you very...

    Very good and informative thread - thank you very much!

    I may have missed the subject in one of the many posts: But what was the reason to choose the read bricks instead of Q-Con (or similar)....
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    Hua Hin is a very good place to stay! I am living...

    Hua Hin is a very good place to stay! I am living and working here since 2011. What do you don't like?
  9. Thread: AC Sizing

    by juehoe
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    The international value is 100 Wh per sqm (about...

    The international value is 100 Wh per sqm (about 340 BTU). HomePro etc. recommend much higher values. The reason is that Thai people want to cool down their hot condos (because of bd design and build...
  10. Thread: AC Sizing

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    Very good tool!

    Very good tool!
  11. I recommend to protect the water and electric...

    I recommend to protect the water and electric lines. They are not deep in the ground and the chances are high, that somebody hits them when working in the garden. I would use concrete half pipes.
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    I know the general shadow situation, of course....

    You need software to tell you that?[/QUOTE]

    I know the general shadow situation, of course. But the software will help you to determine the the sun positions and its effects at every time a day...
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    You can place your future house at the exact...

    What's that? You mean rendering or something else?[/QUOTE]

    You can place your future house at the exact location. SketchUp has a «shadow» tool. You can then play with different dates and times and...
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    I like and use SketchUp (3D modeling for everyone...

    I like and use SketchUp (3D modeling for everyone | SketchUp)

    Many Thai architects and contractors use it too. So it would be an easy task to transfer the floor plan to technical drawings.
    ...
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    We pay THB 28,900 monthly for a 2,500,000 loan...

    We pay THB 28,900 monthly for a 2,500,000 loan (10 years, Government Saving Bank).
  16. Our house (built 2008) uses windows from...

    Our house (built 2008) uses windows from SUNPARADISE (Fiesta 42 and HD 50) and we are very satisfied with the built quality and the after sales service.

    But they don't offer double-glazing windows...
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    These wooden house are quite expensive per sqm....

    These wooden house are quite expensive per sqm. The wood also needs a lot of maintenance.

    I would choose cement board on frame - or bricks. Don't use the red bricks. These are only cheap in the...
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    I saw it too at Global House. It costs around...

    I saw it too at Global House. It costs around 170,000 Baht, which is reasonable for this size. It has auto-start. The fuel tank is sufficient for running 7 hours. This type can be refuelled and can...
  19. Thread: Steel buildings

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    Prefab Buildings...

    Prefab Buildings
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    TOA seems to be a good choice. We used TOA 7-in-1...

    TOA seems to be a good choice. We used TOA 7-in-1 and the house looks still good after 5 years.

    Our outdoor shower with extensive sun exposure was painted bright yellow with TOA Shield 1. Here I...
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    You can also use an UPS (uninterruptible power...

    You can also use an UPS (uninterruptible power supply) to protect your expensive electronics. They have included voltage stabilisers and are available in most pace.

    I use them to protect my...
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    Very nice concept! Where is it?

    Very nice concept!

    Where is it?
  23. Look outside of Bangkok

    I would invest outside of Bangkok, because Bangkok is sinking and will have big problems with flooding.

    The Bangkok middle class is therefor looking for a second and future home outside of...
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    I like the white-on-white scheme. It makes the...

    I like the white-on-white scheme. It makes the room look bigger and also attracts less mosquitos.
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    Basic Thai (concrete) kitchen modules often only...

    Basic Thai (concrete) kitchen modules often only have doors and no drawers. So it is not quite comfortable to reach the pans, tableware and other things.

    I don't recommend the tiled countertops....
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    In 2008 I installed a solar hot water system in...

    In 2008 I installed a solar hot water system in my house in Hua Hin. It was a European-style system, which I could «invisible» install on a flat roof. Our village regulations unfortunately don't...
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    I recommend not using wooden doors - look for...

    I recommend not using wooden doors - look for aluminium or plastic (PVC, WPS etc.), instead. They would not look as nice as wooden doors, but least far more longer and need no maintenance.

    A white...
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    I personally don't use artificial lawn - but I...

    I personally don't use artificial lawn - but I have seen in in many locations. One is the Black Mountain water park in Hua Hin. They use it near the kid pool.

    This «grass» is hot as hell in...
  29. Thread: Water Tank Size

    by juehoe
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    You should assume 250 to 300 litres of water per...

    You should assume 250 to 300 litres of water per day and person. We are 3 adults and 1 child (2 years old) and use 1'000 to 1'200 litre a day.

    The water tank should have a capacity form at least 2...
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    Unfortunately, many houses where built without a...

    Unfortunately, many houses where built without a concrete top beam. It is cheap, but also a very weak construction. It will collapse at the slightest earthquake.
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    In my house all kitchen cabinets, furniture and...

    In my house all kitchen cabinets, furniture and ceiling are made of Rubberwood. I chose it 6 years ago because of its ecological background. The dark-stained wood looks a little bit like teak wood.
    ...
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    Local granite is a very good option! It is quite...

    Local granite is a very good option! It is quite cheap (compared to good-quality tiles) but very sturdy and easy to maintain.

    The colour and pattern is not every one's taste. It seems, that Thai...
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    Please consider, that wooden railway sleepers are...

    Please consider, that wooden railway sleepers are saturated with toxic chemicals. That is the reason, why they are no more allowed to use in Europe.
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    I highly recommend to do get a permission! On...

    I highly recommend to do get a permission!

    On the countryside, Thai often build without permission. But as a foreigner your are very vulnerable.

    The permit is not a big thing. You need the...
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    Making a budget with THB 25'000 per square meter...

    Making a budget with THB 25'000 per square meter is more realistic for a house in higher Western standard, with good aluminium windows. You should also count all terraces, car ports etc. in the...
  36. Pefabs are houses!

    Traditional Thai teak houses are prefab…!

    So your statement is not true. Many prefab models are really only "shacks" ideed, but you can get "real" (high-quality) prefabricated houses.

    In...
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    I also find-out, that the light bulbs has often...

    I also find-out, that the light bulbs has often to be replaced. I assume, that this is a combination of quality, tropical climate and electrical installations and public net.

    In my house, I have...
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    We own a one-storey bungalow. The Thai kitchen is...

    We own a one-storey bungalow. The Thai kitchen is part of one of our terraces.

    We added the dishwasher later. It is in the Thai kitchen because there was no space left in the Western kitchen and...
  39. I would use/categorise it as a scooter...

    I would use/categorise it as a scooter replacement: safer and better protected than a scooter, but not a "car".
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    We have an indoor Western and an outdoor Thai...

    We have an indoor Western and an outdoor Thai kitchen, too. The Western kitchen includes oven, microwave and the refrigerators.
    The outdoor Thai kitchen has a built-in BBQ, a gas and an induction...
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    Totally agree! My Thai spouse and most of her...

    Totally agree!

    My Thai spouse and most of her relatives and friends are quite open-minded and try other food. And they especially like (now) Japanese and Italian food.

    But they really don't...
  42. For an etasblished architect you have to expect...

    For an etasblished architect you have to expect 10—20% of the building cost.

    A design craftsman, who only brings all you ideas and work down to building plans, would be much cheaper of course.
  43. Absolutely true! But a good architect listen...

    Absolutely true!

    But a good architect listen to the needs and then designs a house, which really fulfils the needs - made for the tropical climate and the conditions in Thailand. Our architect had...
  44. Site-Spesific

    Try Site-Specific: www.asitespecificexperiment.com

    They are from Bangkok, but the architect has its own builders so insure quality and budget. They built everywhere. I am currently started...
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    Rubber wood

    I am using rubber-tree wood (with FCS-label) for my furniture. It is trated with a natural oil from LIVOS. The picture shows the kitchen.

    http://teakdoor.com/clear.gif

    My experience after just...
  46. I would also prefer this option - also because...

    I would also prefer this option - also because there are no sustainable timber resources (FSC label) in Thailand.

    A house with second hand teak timber would have a very distinctive style, of...
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    I understand you... What I got from my architect:...

    I understand you... What I got from my architect:


    Structure alone: 8'500 THB/sqm
    Fully finished, simple: 12'000 THB/sqm
    Fully finished, mid end: 22'500 THB/sqm
    Fully finished, high end...
  48. Site-Specific Bangkok

    There are some architects in Thailand who understand designing and building sustainable houses which also can build in Thailand.

    I am currently planing a house with Site-Specific in Bangkok. The...
  49. Thread: UPVC Windows ?

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    Steel bars are not safe

    I don't recommend the common steel bars (chromium plated):

    They are easy to cut. Most of them also only some kind of "decoration"
    You can be trapped in case of an incident (fire)
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    The costs with installation are about THB...

    The costs with installation are about THB 150'000.

    I don't care about the outlay recover. My aim is to use as less as energy as possible. Because the solar system didn't work, I had to heat every...
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