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    Making a construction thread has been in my good intentions drawer since I started building the house 7 years ago. Finally found the time to squeeze time into my busy schedule.

    I designed the house myself using a 3D design package. Google sketch-up not available at the time.

    The land was owned by the missus. Decided to go with a comfy single story built to "western" standard. Not to big, not to small. A bit under 200 sq meters.

    Floor plan:





    Once the plan was in place, started to layout important stuff such as:

    All materials sourced locally - did a lot of shopping in local area and made a detailed list of suppliers who had what I wanted.

    Get a work crew with experience in building "western" quality houses - I knew a crew who worked building resorts in Phuket and got them to do the job. They were happy to do it as they were from a nearby Isaan village.

    Make sure I had the time to be on site throughout the construction of the house. - Was able to do this as the MiL's house was directly across the street.

    Wife not involved in any aspect of the build. This was easy. She left all to me and quite happy with the result.

    Anyone building a house in Isaan note the above.

    Total cost for all, 1.8 million baht and 7 months to build.
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    You forgot to install industrial strength toilets...

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    Getting started. Layout the house perimeter.



    Dig holes for footings.



    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    You forgot to install industrial strength toilets...
    Just went with normal ones. Hadn't planned on having full of shite visitors from the north.

    Custom hand made steel re-bar for footings.





    Then the ritual raising of the first column. MiL supervising to ensure all is done properly. Old dear has since passed away but she was a terror with that cane.

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    Ritual done so on to getting re-bar for the rest of the columns in place.



    Make forms for cement.

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    All plum and straight. Cement poured.



    Put supports for beams in place. Used eucalyptus growing on wife's land.

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    Re-bar for beams.


    Beam forms in and cement being poured.

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    Nice Norty!
    Looking forward to the thread continuous...

    Best to ya.

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    Moving along. Beginning to look like a structure.

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    The crew off for lunch in their hi so lodging.


    Crew boss planning next steps. This guy was fantastic.

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    I will follow this build with interest Norton.

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    Walls and steel for roof started.

    Front


    Back. Pic taken from rice paddie in dry season

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    More walls rising.



    Septic tank and the usual sand, gravel and brick for walls. Should have gone with bigger tank.

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    Flooring. Mai Daeng (redwood). Very good. Tongue and groove.



    Roof tiles. CPAC produced. Bought at local Home Mart.

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    One brick at a time. Walls window and door openings done.



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    Installing roof tiles. The foil is called Cool Roof. Supposed to reflect solar heat. Not sure how good it is but appears to help.



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    Rendering the walls. This took some time. Good job. After 7 years only a few hairline cracks.



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    Getting there. Inside and outside walls ready to paint.


    Laying the electrics.


    Hot water heater. Boiler storage type. Works very well with mixer faucets. Placed in attic to use heat and cut down on electricity. It helps but would put on ground floor if I had to do it again. Maintenance is a bummer in the attic.

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    Wood framing to support under patio and under eves wood.



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    House now livable. Wall going up. I wanted wall only high enough to keep ot buffalo and other critters.



    Wall rendered inside and out.



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    Flooring installed.


    Terracotta tile on patios and in kitchen



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    Gate done. Moved in.

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    An abbreviated construction thread but gives one the general idea.

    The last pic was 6 years ago. More stuff done since. Added a carport and all landscaped now.

    The house today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton
    I wanted wall only high enough to keep ot buffalo and other critters

    did,nt keep me out
    RIGGER IS JUST JEALOUS OF MY HANSUMNESS

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    Cheers, nice place!
    What are the surrounding dwellings like?

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