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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpy View Post
    Progressing along very well Mike. Great aerial pic. Having that open covered area will be really nice during summer. Do you get a breeze through the property? A few large remote controlled ceiling fans might be something to consider.
    Thanks, We will have ceiling fans in each room. Something we miss in our current space.

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    Moving along now.

    Walls are being finished and the electricians have started.

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    Some of our eclectic work going in. Not the cool exposed wiring like we currently have.

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    I'm looking forward to having our outlets down closer to the floor. Now they are all about 1.5 meters up the wall which I see is pretty typical around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by naptownmike View Post
    about 1.5 meters up the wall which I see is pretty typical around
    a combination of flood experience and nong sticking stuff in sockets but yes its nice to have them a foot off the floor, even more civilised if you had BS plugs instead of those shite Mercan or continental plugs.

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    Work on the soffits coming along.

    I was a bit nervous about how these would turn out but the crew did a great job.

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    All the framing is teak that they coated with some type of anti-termite liquid. Hopefully something really toxic.

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    It's starting to look like a house finally.

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    Gutters? not aths

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    [QUOTE=malmomike77;4429018]a combination of flood experience and nong sticking stuff in sockets but yes its nice to have them a foot off the floor, even more civilised if you had BS plugs instead of those shite Mercan or continental plugs.

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    Our will be 20" off the floor. If our place floods the electric will be the least of my concerns. I'll be busy trying to save my stereo gear.

    As for kids fiddling with the plugs they will quickly learn.

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    ^^ I think we will only have gutters on the front side by the pool. If that's what you asked?

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    The crew got all the rendering finished and installed the ceiling grid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by naptownmike View Post
    ^^ I think we will only have gutters on the front side by the pool. If that's what you asked?
    Sorry i was going to mention gutters and thought better of it but the phone is a bit slow. We had stopped buying those shitty "zinc" profiled gutters that you have to seal and join or the expensive purpose made plastic ones and instead use 6 or 8" blue water pipe. glue lengths and end stops and cut in half length ways - won't work for some aesthetically but it works

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    nice to have them a foot off the floor,
    Yeah I agree. When our place was being built. I was extremely specific on how high and where in certain rooms. I get the flood concern but my house is stilted so unless we have a 50ft wall of water come through I think we are safe. One thing I did additionally is have 2 separate Saf-T breakers installed to isolate upstairs and downstairs in the event it did ever flood. I can shut off all power below and yet keep upstairs fully active and all our power is now sealed underground in conduit and comes up a back wall. I will say I still muffed it when I forgot to have outlets put in the bathrooms. I do not use a blow dryer so wasn't a priority but of course my wife does and guests that come. OOPS....

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    purpose made plastic ones
    I found the plastic gutters from global house work quite well and are not expensive. They assemble together well, offer white and brown color and they have nice down spouts and piping to connect to divert water away. Was reasonably easy to install and has worked well for 7+ years now. If I can get 10 years it was money well spent and I will replace. I think Naptown Mike's place is on a reasonable slope away from the dwelling based on the pictures posted so a few gutters and some directional down spouts and he is golden.

    Place is looking GREAT Mike. Nice work.

    Quick question @Naptownmike, That Teak wood mill by you, do they sell 4 x 4 pieces? I want to pick some up. I do not want full lengths, but some 2 feet long pieces would be perfect. I have a small project I want to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpy View Post
    I do not use a blow dryer so wasn't a priority but of course my wife does and guests that come. OOPS...
    I'd suggest a hand drier but those bloody new Dysons are too marrow to fit your head in

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    I'd suggest a hand drier but those bloody new Dysons are too marrow to fit your head in
    In the big picture...not my concern. I S3 and on my way. I told my wife, sorry..... use a fan and watch a Lakorn, it will dry eventually

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    Stumpy, The teak mill has all manner of sizes available plus if you want something different you can order it and they will cut it for you.

    I like to buy wood there just so for a chance to walk around inside.

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    Speaking of electric I was happy to see this copper grounding rod in their pile of materials.

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    I was pretty pleased with their use of conduit as well. In our house at Pattaya the wires were just loose in the ceiling draped all around the metal work.
    I saw it when I was hiding my wife's gold up in the ceiling

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    The crew got all the dry wall up. What a difference it makes.

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    Not sure why they don't stagger the joints here but don't really care I am not here to be the guy telling how this or that is done in America.

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    It's coming along very nicely!

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    Everything looking good - your builder and team sure are doing everything right!

    If Norton was 'late to the party' on this thread, then I almost missed the last bus to the site! Dunno how I did not see this thread, which is a great read and very well illustrated.

    Looks like you have all the bases covered for any potential pitfalls - the only concern I would have is rising water levels. We raised the land on ours by an average 0.8M and then a further 0.5m for the house footprint. As someone said to me...make it future-proof! I'm sure you have done your research for flooding possibilities.

    Like you, we went for a multi-septic tank set up and to date, it has worked flawlessly, despite some torrential and prolonged rain. We went for 3 septic tanks, each connected to it's own first soakaway, then piped the 'liquor' overflow to soakaway tanks 2 and 3 before the extremely small water residue trickles out of tank 3 into the soil for final digestion. In effect, this is the 'drain field'. I say ' the small residue' but in fact, we hardly ever get anything out of soakaway 3, and when it does come it is just water. The system has been in place and operating for 2.5 years and no pump-out requirement as yet. I don't think we ever will. It is crucial to spec your septic system to usage (durrr obviously!)

    Looking forward to the final bits of this build story. Well done, and thanks!

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    Thanks Topper and Thai Dhupp.

    So far I am very pleased with everything but as anyone who has built a house or worked in the field this is the stage when any design or work missteps will show up. But nothing so far that I can't live with.

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    The progress has really picked up in the past few weeks here.

    We chose a cement based type of board for the ceilings of the porch and outside area. It gives a nice look and I have seen how drywall looks after 4-5 years and goes a bit saggy.

    They used a heavier gage of metal here than with the drywall areas.

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    And have all the wiring for the fans and lights.

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    Here is all the board up. Looks almost like the porch ceiling of my old 1930 bungalow from Annapolis.

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    I'm headed back to Annapolis in a few weeks and wanted to get the pool in before I left so it's been a busy week here with that going on. But I didn't want to leave it for my wife to deal with alone.

    The big hole sadly no cool granite boulders this time.

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    After bringing in about 650 loads of dirt years ago it's funny now to be taking loads away. I think around here your either digging a hole or filling one.

    Putting in the loads of sand.

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    And the carnage from a late night storm.

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    That mud patch under the what's left of our mango tees would cause real trouble later that day.

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    Looking great Mike, but and we've fitted these on loads of builds now - the drilled out soffits, i don't think they do anything for venting hot air.

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    It looks a bit big for our little road and gate but I figured these guys have done it all before so decided not to worry to much.

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    I love the local crane they hired. All moved to the "small" for the short trip to our gate.

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    Oh yeah it will fit.

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    The wires didn't help at all though.

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    I thought it would be easy after this if left to the crane guy we would have no trees left.

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    Thanks, as for the soffit it has to be better than nothing which is what we have now. There is also an air gap above the facia board with some black plastic piece they fitted after the roof went on.
    I thought about an electric roof vent fan but didn't follow up maybe later.

    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    Looking great Mike, but and we've fitted these on loads of builds now - the drilled out soffits, i don't think they do anything for venting hot air.

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    Yep but, we are planning our third place and last and i have decided this.

    the roof flat and tiled with run off, but capped with a pitched roof built on top just air ........

    the roof overhang will be 2m and then this will have a second first storey roof to sit beneath at 10 foot high as a shaded outside area

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