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    Sticky: Congratulations on your build, good to see that...

    Congratulations on your build, good to see that your missus is still able to be civil to you, ie. look in your general direction:), mine is still struggling to do so (building a house was my big...
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    Sticky: An alternative to using construction to embellish...

    An alternative to using construction to embellish the facade once the entrance/carport is in, would be planting interesting trees. It would soften the flat expanses and hard edges, add texture and...
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    Cheers BiP! Strange that you couldn't find...

    Cheers BiP! Strange that you couldn't find terracotta tiles, but then again you are a little more out in the boonies than me.

    Merly Klitmat and Happy New Year to all!:)
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    Hi NPK, thanks for the kind words... Always more...

    Hi NPK, thanks for the kind words... Always more to do with a house and land, slow progress getting to where I want it to be. As to the "home front", it's still not ideal, things have settled down a...
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    Thanks! Still have to finish the landscaping and...

    Thanks! Still have to finish the landscaping and various other bits, but getting there (very slowly).

    As I mentioned to Lofty, in retrospect, I think I would have done a few things differently......
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    Hi Lofty, the build was 2.5 million, but if I...

    Hi Lofty, the build was 2.5 million, but if I had chosen a cheaper roofing material, cheaper floor tile and used an alternative to Mai Daeng hardwood for doors and windows, plus built on a pad...
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    Cheers guys! :) All the woodwork has stood up...

    Cheers guys! :)

    All the woodwork has stood up to the damp conditions with very little movement, even places that get some rain and then lots of sun. I need to re-seal/re-varnish the window frames...
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    Ten months on: an update. So after living in...

    Ten months on: an update.

    So after living in Baanpong country club for nearly a year, having also experienced a pretty heavy rainy season, I'm glad to report no major issues with my house build. ...
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    Oh, and on another note about tiles, seems an...

    Oh, and on another note about tiles, seems an obvious thing to say but here goes: With the gold detail tiles you have chosen for your bathroom(s), placement should be dictated by the size and...
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    Good choice! If there are any wayward edges,...

    Good choice!

    If there are any wayward edges, they can be dealt with by CAREFUL use of an angle grinder and straight edge before grouting.

    On another note, because these tiles are low-fired...
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    :scratchchin:

    :scratchchin:
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    'old is not so available in Chon Buri, maybe more...

    'old is not so available in Chon Buri, maybe more so 'up North'' indeed, not far from my gaff is Ban Thi, an area full of salvage yards, teak panelling and other architectural stuff, spent half a...
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    Looking great! I like the fake wood panel idea,...

    Looking great! I like the fake wood panel idea, adds much needed detail to what would otherwise be large expanses of painted render. Additionally, it really helps with the traditional look of your...
  14. exactly this. Thai Dupp's build is going as...

    exactly this.

    Thai Dupp's build is going as well as it is because he chose wisely, albeit based on his knowledge of construction, his 'builder' is what I'd consider as a construction manager....
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    Fantastic roof shape, not sure that the tile...

    Fantastic roof shape, not sure that the tile material will weather down much to be honest... it might look very clean and new for some time to come. Still, the alternative would have been individual...
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    Looking good! soon I'll have another venue to sit...

    Looking good! soon I'll have another venue to sit and sip gin and tonics! :)
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    Looking good TD... what wood are you using for...

    Looking good TD... what wood are you using for frames? looks like Mai Daeng.
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    Coming along nicely F, about to start phase 2 on...

    Coming along nicely F, about to start phase 2 on my plot soon... :)
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    Hi TD, build is looking great... love that roof...

    Hi TD, build is looking great... love that roof shape, I actually suggested something similar to the missus early on in planning and design stage, but the idea was met with a wrinkled nose and a...
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    I'd still put a window in above the kitchen sink...

    I'd still put a window in above the kitchen sink (a view helps with the daydreaming whilst scrubbing pans), you can always put blinds up and plant some bamboo or install a trellis screen with...
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    More Beer Tokens!:)

    More Beer Tokens!:)
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    A few things to consider when shopping: ...

    A few things to consider when shopping:

    Lightbulbs: One thing about LED lighting is that the bulbs quite often do not match the packaging... I ordered all bulbs soft/warm white and received a...
  23. Just saw a facebook ad: ...

    Just saw a facebook ad:

    https://www.facebook.com/container.seastrade/posts/1821488004582609HIVE

    by SEAS CONCEPT: 2016

    ?????????????????????? ?????????????????
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    My build was wired by an absolute cowboy......

    My build was wired by an absolute cowboy... random wire colour, faulty installation, did not follow correct procedures, did not follow plans or instructions correctly, and over half of his...
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    Coming along nicely TD... so far so good with...

    Coming along nicely TD... so far so good with your builder and his team. If anyone reads these posts trying to learn anything about building in Thailand before they start their project, yours is the...
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    Looking at the tiles you have chosen on SCG's...

    Looking at the tiles you have chosen on SCG's website, they are the ones that are flat on the back (I was looking at these and also the timber shingle look), so no secondary channel like Monier have...
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    yes.. I had the same issue with orientation of...

    yes.. I had the same issue with orientation of bedrooms... my plans had feet facing east-ish and that was a big 'no no.. cannot', so had to rotate everything 90 degrees.

    By the way, looking at the...
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    Hey TD, finally another active build thread to go...

    Hey TD, finally another active build thread to go with morning cuppa... Don't forget the Lao khao, incense, and pig's head offering to the land spirits before digging any deep holes, you don't want...
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    I'm not sure why the trend when considering a 'kit form' building is to reach for the cheapest possible option, using the lowest quality materials, with the smallest floorplan. One reason for putting...
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    Interesting that people think mud construction is...

    Interesting that people think mud construction is not suitable in Thailand as it is considered only for use in arid regions.

    Many houses in coastal Kenya are still constructed using mud techniques...
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    Despite what anyone might think, feel, "know" or...

    Despite what anyone might think, feel, "know" or have experienced, every single situation is different. Location, timing, financial situation, personal requirements, timescale, design, the people...
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    Merly Kritmat everyone! Hi CAS, I agree,...

    Merly Kritmat everyone!

    Hi CAS,

    I agree, rent first in an area you like before you consider buying land. I rented a pool villa in Hua Hin once, was wonderful, spacious, modern, private, and...
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    'I'm unsure whether they do this to financial...

    'I'm unsure whether they do this to financial constraints or just plain ol' bad workmanship.'... you've not heard of the phrase "make do and mend" being used here before? :)
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    Hi Cyrille, EM stands for 'effective...

    Hi Cyrille, EM stands for 'effective microorganisms', it's a brown liquid soup full of life... you can add it to compost heaps etc to speed up the biological breakdown of stuff. I bunged it in the...
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    And so it continues... the somewhat epic saga of...

    And so it continues... the somewhat epic saga of the en-suite bathroom.

    Having solved the riddle of the stinky throne, the next episode to tackle was (or should I say "is") setting the floor tiles...
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    555, indeed.. the art of dialling and having a...

    555, indeed.. the art of dialling and having a conversation whilst holding your breath has sadly died away in recent years.
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    Toilet smell now fixed, Noarng had to go in to...

    Toilet smell now fixed, Noarng had to go in to speak with the chaps at Cotto, apparently this model is quite tricky to install as it is a closed-sided design and the access space at the back near to...
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    Uh oh, spoke too soon. Smell is back. Well at...

    Uh oh, spoke too soon. Smell is back.

    Well at least I have identified where it's coming from, definitely the toilet seal. I stuck my head around the back of the loo at floor level, something...
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    OK, so update on smell in the bathroom, the...

    OK, so update on smell in the bathroom, the builders took out and re-seated the toilet and this seems to have done the trick. I have closed the door and window of over an hour since and no whiff!...
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    yes, the tanks have vents... will see how we...

    yes, the tanks have vents... will see how we progress today
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    One problem I do have with my new house is that...

    One problem I do have with my new house is that the en-suite bathroom has a stink problem... the nice new bathroom smells like an ancient shitty sewer.

    At first I thought it was down to the fact...
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    Actually Cyrille, they ballsed-up the tiles in...

    Actually Cyrille, they ballsed-up the tiles in the main living area. What they didn't do is remove all the wash of grouting from the tile surface properly when it was damp, they just smeared it with...
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    The ceiling concept was understood pretty...

    The ceiling concept was understood pretty quickly, but I wanted to use materials that had features, rather than just a vast expanse of smooth white plasterboard, so this complicated the actual build...
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    Finally got the window blinds installed, went for...

    Finally got the window blinds installed, went for matt aluminium in the kitchen:

    https://teakdoor.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=4360&stc=1

    Cherry wood in the other rooms:
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    Cheers TD, Still progressing with the...

    Cheers TD,

    Still progressing with the 'snagging', had the floor tiles in the master bathroom replaced today, as the first set weren't laid properly and any water on the floor just pooled in the...
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    My contract was in Thai, but we thrashed out the...

    My contract was in Thai, but we thrashed out the agreement verbally first, and then was assured by the missus that the content was correct when it came to signing (she is pretty good at this sort of...
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    Finally moved in to the new place a few days ago...

    Finally moved in to the new place a few days ago and have been climbing over piles of stuff accumulated over the past year, when I get everything in the right place(ish) I'll upload a bunch of...
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    Planting fruit trees such as Mango, Lamyai etc...

    Planting fruit trees such as Mango, Lamyai etc near to a house (or building a house near to these trees) is not a good idea, apart from flies and leaf hoppers, they attract lots of ants, which will...
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    You are right Gnasher, I forgot about spray oil,...

    You are right Gnasher, I forgot about spray oil, I did know once upon a time! I'll try that on the shower units where the 'squirrel fingers' technique didn't work as well and left paper and glue...
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    Maybe 'splashback' is the wrong term.. I'm just...

    Maybe 'splashback' is the wrong term.. I'm just going to tile the wall at a height up to the underneath edge of the extractor hood, following the line of the granite worktop (which, I remember, needs...
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