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    G'day, Greg from Ayong here

    G'day people,
    Greg from Ayong here. Have been a member for a while and enjoyed the banter and benefited from the advice.
    I find it much more enjoyable here than the other big Expat site.
    Will be starting our house build soon, so will be putting a thread up to that effect shortly.
    Looking forward to receiving comments, advice, tips and any information on building a house in Thailand

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    G'day Greggo.

    Ya got some nice temples, history and scenery round yer parts. Love those young green rice paddies and big blue skies.


    Got any pics of yer time there?

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    G'day Edmond,
    You're right - there are acres of rice paddies around at the moment. A sea of emerald green.
    Will post some pics of the surrounding area once I get the hang of uploading to the forum.
    Not sure if TD have given clearance to post hyperlinks yet so let's see if this works:
    It shows the land we'll be building on and Ayong village

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    G'DAY , IF NOT COMMITED YET i WOULD REPAET A Q CON /SUPERBLOCK FOR SPEED , HEAT/COOL SOUND BENEFITS IN OZ CALLED HEBEL ,PM F YOU HAVE ANY Q'S
    I USED 60X 20X20 THROUGHOUT FOR EXTERIOR WALLS PERHAPS 100K MORE THAN CHEAP RED BRICKS BUT BEEN COOL FOR 2 DECADES

    IT HAS MANY MNAY OTHER ADVATAGES AD EVEN LOCAL BUILDERS CAN LEARN HO TO "GLUE " THE BLOCKS IN AN HOUR

    AS FOR DESIGN AVOID WIFE'S FAMILY IS MY ONLY TIP
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    the recognition of mediocrity?

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    welcome
    are you cohabiting with some russian dude?

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    G'day Dave,
    Appreciate your advice - thanks for commenting. House will be constructed from Q Con blocks. Double on external walls 60 X 7.5 X 20.

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    Thanks for the welcome. Yuri is a very beautiful Thai lady.

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    Decent chunk of land there, alo.

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    That is indeed a very good chunk of land. Try to keep those mature trees if you can. Good luck with your build.

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    I agree with Shutree on keeping as many mature trees as possible.

    What is vehicle access like, for construction traffic and living there after the build?

    Good luck with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Decent chunk of land there, alo.
    It certainly is - we've well and truely landed on our feet with the land

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    That is indeed a very good chunk of land. Try to keep those mature trees if you can. Good luck with your build.
    Thanks Shutree appreciate your comments. All trees will be staying except a couple of Mango trees where termites are winning the battle.
    There will be many more once we get the house built - plan to have mahogany, teak etc along with other tropical hardwoods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Switch View Post
    I agree with Shutree on keeping as many mature trees as possible.

    What is vehicle access like, for construction traffic and living there after the build?

    Good luck with it.
    Thanks Switch. Access is good - a five metre wide gate that's already seen over 180 loads of infill soil to get the levels right. We're still deciding on whether this will be the permanent access, or whether we add another gate just for the house. One of many decisions still to be made.

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    Greg, you won't need an alarm clock with the wat over the back

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    G’day cobber. Good luck with the build

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    Greg, you won't need an alarm clock with the wat over the back
    Yes Mike, you're dead right. The chanting will give the roosters and dogs some competition. Hopefully it will block out the early morning village PA messages and funeral catering team music.

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    Good luck mate, hope it runs smoothly for you.....

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    Good Luck with the house build project. Lots of knowledgeable folks on here who have "been there and done that" as they say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peciacake View Post
    plan to have mahogany, teak etc along with other tropical hardwoods.
    I bought a couple of baby teak trees, they were 5 Baht each at the market. Once they take off they grow tall very quickly, about 2 or 3 metres per year in their early years. The neigbours tutted a bit, they said that teak trees are fine in a forest but vulnerable to being blown over if planted individually. If I had a plot the size of yours then I'd be tempted to plant maybe 20 together. Locally, commercially, they plant at about 3 metre spacing. so 20 trees in a grid would only cover about 10x12m.

    A couple of other things: once those big leaves start falling it gets tiresome picking them up so I would plant them where I didn't worry about the ground being covered with them. The frogs and toads and lizards like them for cover and they get the snakes interested, so I clear up the leaves close to the house.

    I planted the teak trees away from where I planned the house, then I changed my plan and built the house close to where the teak trees were already growing. This might be unwise because teak trees have rather shallow but very broad root systems. So far it is not a problem. I suspect that when I am gone then the gf will make sure that the teak trees are close behind me.

    I haven't thought about mahogany, I haven't noticed them for sale although I haven't particularly looked.

    Thailand is losing many of its native Dipterocarpus trees. I have tried several times to grow these from the seeds of at least three different species here, collected off the ground when I saw them, and all have failed. This is still on my to-do list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ennis View Post
    Good luck mate, hope it runs smoothly for you.....
    Thanks Ennis, much appreciated.
    -Greg

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    Thanks mate. it's reassuring to read your comments as I'm a newbie in a number of areas, not just this forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    I bought a couple of baby teak trees, they were 5 Baht each at the market. Once they take off they grow tall very quickly, about 2 or 3 metres per year in their early years. The neigbours tutted a bit, they said that teak trees are fine in a forest but vulnerable to being blown over if planted individually. If I had a plot the size of yours then I'd be tempted to plant maybe 20 together. Locally, commercially, they plant at about 3 metre spacing. so 20 trees in a grid would only cover about 10x12m.
    We've got a ready source of tropical trees here in the village. Yuri's good friend has a small nursery just down the road. Incredible value. We'll be his best customer given the plans we have for a food forest. Thanks for the tip on teak tree spacing. I spend a fair bit of time cycling around the district and don't see many close plantings of teak. Sadly they have been thinned out well before the preservation rule was introduced. Just recently the Orbotor ripped out over twenty mature trees along our Eastern border to put a proper road around the reservoir. It was totally unnecessary. Guess where the teak and mahogany will be planed first.

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