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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    A palace indeed. May well become a major tourist attraction.
    Well, we are already on Google maps, and there are already 3 reviews, so you could be right!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Well done TD. From the very first few posts I could see this was going to be a classic thread.

    Thank you for putting in the time and energy to document the "project".
    I enjoyed telling the tale, and I hope it kept one or two of you suitably entertained when there was nothing else to do!

    Thanks once again to all who contributed a reply to, suggested a solution for, or simply followed the story.


    I really appreciated the company along this journey.

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    Finishing the thread - taming the jungle within the boundary wall.

    I was actually looking forward to the point when i would be able to 'potter about' in the garden.

    The reality is somewhat different to my original rose-tinted view of this.

    1. its bloody hot
    2. and humid for a lot of the time
    3. weed growth is relentless. not helped by PJ 'cutting the tops off' with her hoe, leaving the root intact to grow and often leaving ripe seed cases to spawn again
    4. general ineffectiveness of weed-killer
    5. There's a LOT of stones in the soil. K.Pot was a little lax in that cleanup. I'm now doing it but its a slow process

    Despite all that, we have moved on from the wilderness we started with.

    PJ of course wanted to turn the whole thing into a market garden, with chickens.

    While I like the idea of chickens, I'm no sure they are as low maintenance as she says.

    Once she had a garden frame made... fair play, she made it herself, and had planted a load of veggie type stuff, chilies', egg plants, etc. etc., I just went out there one morning and started planning a jungle-type garden - a mix of palms, heliconia's, bromeliads, ferns, bamboo and a bunch of fill-in plants too. irregular shaped borders and paths between. its small now but when mature I hope one could lose oneself for a while, if 'one' wanted to.

    Here's the pix, both of it, and the rest of the plot. Its 'work in progress' but at least, there has been some ...progress


    The 'jungle garden' (it's not really a jungle, dont know what else to call it though!) taking shape. I know a lot of the plants are small now but they will shoot up, providing the shade beneath their canopy
    Some of the small ground cover plants are spreading out nicely, now.


    One of the paths into that 'jungle area, marked by a date palm I brought as a seed from Abu Dhabi and grew into this.


    This was my idea for a kitchen garden. to compliment the mint and chili being grown nearby. I envisaged rosemary, oregano, ginger, etc. Trouble is... none of it grew. 2 attempts ended in disappointment. I thought the soil must be poisoned or something.

    but now...carrots, leeks, red cabbage, potatoes all growing nicely


    she made that growing frame. Currently she's drying clothes on it! lol but theres tomatoes growing below.


    This part of the garden was once called 'mango-land'.
    then we felled 9 of the 11 mango trees which were well past their prime, and pollarded the other two.
    Now she's planting a mixture of fruiting trees and ornamentals.
    The soil was raised up but in his desire to make it level and flat, the machine operator pressed it down into what resembles a layer of concrete!
    At least that slows the weeds down. Chickens will eventually go here, too.
    the 2 remaining mango trees did nothing last year but this year a mass of new growth, flowers and now mangoes forming.


    We built that car port in December, and concreted an apron in front of it, leading to the gate.

    Now PJ is planting up all around it:










    My attempt at some formal borders, 4 of them down the side of the house.


    Another plant frame, also built by PJ, but i have taken it over with 15 green cardamom plants.
    I know theres money to be made with cardamom, just want to see if they will grow here.
    they need shade so maybe this frame is letting too much light in, and there is leaf burn.
    If its a success though, I will look to plant a load between the rubber trees in Land no.1


    General view of this part of the garden. The banana 'plantation' in the corner came from a single tree that was the one used in the good luck blessing. its thriving, thank god!

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    TD, an excellent thread and great to see it all come together so well. Enjoy your new home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    TD, an excellent thread and great to see it all come together so well. Enjoy your new home.
    Thanks so much!

    We got there in the end, and ....I got here in the end!

    I will probably do n 'update' in 6 months or so , mainly for the garden.

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    Finishing the thread - ''and finally...'''

    A few random pix to set the scene for where we are now:


    Better photo of that pool zone.
    It will be a walk-in lagoon style pool, max 1.4 -1.5m deep, organic shape and hopefully, with a waterfall


    Front pedestrian access, and yes...with working bell


    The next collection of plants waiting to be found homes for on the plot


    Like I told before, the kitchen cabinets are finished, drawers all working etc but until the granite comes, we have plywood worktops. the working hob was essential.
    PJ has totally embraced induction cooking now so no gas needed, much to my relief


    View of the house as you approach via the lane, from Bo Kwang Thong. Municipality lady's bungalow in the foreground


    View of the house as you approach on the same lane, coming from Bangkok


    The finished carport


    Got some asparagus growing nicely


    ...and strawberries


    We got the house registered as soon as we could, because we needed water and power connections, and waste collection


    And lastly...Princess Joy. Couldn't have done it without her, especially all that time I was in the Middle East. She's an absolute star.
    Here taking a well earned rest in the hammock!

    Cheers all!

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    Hi TD,

    Congratulations on a fantastic completed house build!
    Thank you, also, for this biblical chronicle, and also to all the posters and contributors, who have made this a truly monumental thread.

    I live in Chonburi city, so not too far from you. The wife and I have been in the planning stages of building a house for a while now. We got the land markers put down for her plot last week. Soon we will be commissioning an architect/draftsman and builder. I just this evening finished reading this thread. I have been studiously jotting down notes the whole way through. This thread has been a tremendous resource for my planning.

    Once again, thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by manc View Post
    Congratulations on a fantastic completed house build!
    It's a dandy thread for sure. Looking forward to yours.

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    Yes an interesting and feel good thread put together by an obviously happy and creative couple.

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    Looking great, I look forward to the established garden pics and lagoon style pond/pool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy View Post
    Yes an interesting and feel good thread put together by an obviously happy and creative couple.
    Many thanks LoyToy for that and for your contributions over the build!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    Looking great, I look forward to the established garden pics and lagoon style pond/pool.
    Thanks TRK, and, as promised, update garden pics will follow in due course!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    It's a dandy thread for sure. Looking forward to yours.
    Me too!

    lol, thanks Norton for your contributions over the build...much appreciated!

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    My pleasure. How are you getting on these days?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    My pleasure. How are you getting on these days?
    Morning!

    Like most, I suppose, we are not really travelling around too much, but we are not completely 'hermiting' either. aside from the 90-day reporting trips, we have been to Lat Krabang and KingKeow (BKK suburbs) 3 or 4 times for family visits, without any restrictions. We have been across to Chonburi and Panat Nikhom quite a few times too. i think those checkpoints are enforced with varying degrees - so far, we have encountered ...none! family have been to visit here, and of course at the moment daughter 1 and 2 are in residence as the schools are not opening until 1st June at the earliest.

    Mostly we have been fighti.. removing weed growth and planting up the gardens, and various small jobs in the house to turn it into a home. As I mentioned before, I built the kitchen but it now needs the face frame fitted, and finally this week I am starting on the dressing room cabinetry.

    Everything else is sort of 'on hold' until we are in better times, which is a long way off. I noticed that now they are talking at the earliest October before any slight opening up of tourism will be considered but I think this talk is mainly to make the resort businesses think that there is hope and something will be happening. Honestly I cant see anything on the tourist front until Q2 2022, fully a year later that the government were touting back in august 2020! (slow vaccine rollout, general lack of any planning for any sort of reopening, suspicion of other countries and their arrangements, and in turn lack of desire for mainstream tourism due to the quarantine requirement at each end AT THE MOMENT are all contributing to my current view)

    Lets see....

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    Quote Originally Posted by manc View Post
    Hi TD,

    Congratulations on a fantastic completed house build!
    Thank you, also, for this biblical chronicle, and also to all the posters and contributors, who have made this a truly monumental thread.

    I live in Chonburi city, so not too far from you. The wife and I have been in the planning stages of building a house for a while now. We got the land markers put down for her plot last week. Soon we will be commissioning an architect/draftsman and builder. I just this evening finished reading this thread. I have been studiously jotting down notes the whole way through. This thread has been a tremendous resource for my planning.

    Once again, thanks!
    Hey, manc... thanks for the comment... glad you found it useful.

    It's exactly what I tried to do - tell the build story and maybe help others coming behind me.

    We were in Chonburi not so long ago for my 90 day reporting - you are right...not far at all. What you are doing now, with design, architect, builders, etc. is so important. dont rush it!

    Drop me a message if you need any more - good luck with yours!

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