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Post by JohnG » January 26, 2016, 8:00 pm

Mick, looking at the size of roof which is actually feeding the gutters you shouldn't have a problem.

Just out of interest, is the rest of the roof unguttered, and where will your down pipes lead to?


The only rrason I ask is if the pipes don't actually lead to a drain off you don't have a problem - you could just leave the ends open, or cut the ends down slightly so that in the event of an overflow it will be at the ends rather than anywhere else.



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Post by mickojak » January 27, 2016, 8:21 am

John,
Rest of the house in un-guttered at present.
Truth is, I have not really decided on what else exactly I am going to do yet.
I need to decide where the rain water tank will go and how much of roof to drain into it and also where to send all the other run-off water..

I am really just wanting to get to lock-up, (which is done), get kitchen built etc, so we can move in if we want.

The rest will happen over time as work will dictate my timef rames.
No hurry for me, just be really happy when the bulk of the build is finished.
Mick

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Post by samuel » January 27, 2016, 5:15 pm

JohnG and others wrote:...................
this is my last contribution to this discussion to clarify what i meant with protection sheets, drip strips or drip edges

video collected from YouTube - not mine.
in german but easy to understand.



no matter what kind of roof you have, they are very useful at gutters.
kind regards from a ex-professional plumber ...... me.
have a nice day and feel free to make it different.
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Post by Gar » January 28, 2016, 12:11 pm

Looks like a great house. I'll have to find this interesting thread again on the desktop instead of the phone (which will now be easier once I send this note.) :-)

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Post by JohnG » January 30, 2016, 11:58 pm

One thought now that I've looked at your plans (I know it's a bit late, but maybe not too late).

Your kitchen area, and more importantly your cooking area, is right in the middle of the house between bedrooms and living area. Even if a lot of your cooking is done outside unless you're only into salads and meusli it may make the house smell. One option which could be done now before everything's finished would be to put plumbing and wiring into your #4 bedroom so it could be easily changed to a kitchen, with outside walls, extractors, etc IF you need it later.

If you don't need it so much the better, but it may be easier to do something about it now than later

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Post by Barney » February 1, 2016, 6:17 am

JohnG wrote:One thought now that I've looked at your plans (I know it's a bit late, but maybe not too late).

Your kitchen area, and more importantly your cooking area, is right in the middle of the house between bedrooms and living area. Even if a lot of your cooking is done outside unless you're only into salads and meusli it may make the house smell. One option which could be done now before everything's finished would be to put plumbing and wiring into your #4 bedroom so it could be easily changed to a kitchen, with outside walls, extractors, etc IF you need it later.

If you don't need it so much the better, but it may be easier to do something about it now than later
Disagree JG with your thoughts to change the building after it is complete, bit silly to advise now.
To me the kitchen is in a good spot, adjacent to the outdoor entertainment area. Kitchen window opens onto this area to see what is happening with guests and kids playing and is also close to the sliding doors onto that same entertainment area to serve food or bottles of Leo and wine from the fridge. \:D/
If an exhaust fan unit is used above the cooking bench area then there is plenty of ventilation.

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Post by mickojak » February 1, 2016, 8:39 am

Barney,
You are mostly correct.
Mainly, I have designed the house so that most of the time us adults will have a clear view of the swimming pool,(except while doing laundry)l.
Pools are incredibly dangerous for children, and it is not our child that I am worried about, as we will teach her to swim early, it is other kids who will come to visit that I'm concerned about.
Our pool will be very popular and I worry about that when I am away.
Also, anyone can knock their head while playing and become disorientated of unconscious.
Also, I designed the pool with maximum depth of 1.1m, so any adult around, (who can swim or not), will be able to walk into the pool to assist someone in trouble.
I spent many, many months playing around with this house design to get it right.
If the house smells of fresh bread, chocolate cake or curry stew, that's a better option than to risk a child's life in the pool.
That's not something that I want to live with.
I'm still happy with the current design..
Mick

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Post by papafarang » February 1, 2016, 11:37 am

yes the terrible smell of fresh bread and cup cakes, chocolate brownies :lol: , better brew your coffee outside too. to be serious frying is the problem, but a good idea is a well built BBQ by the pool.
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Post by Aardvark » February 1, 2016, 4:38 pm

The smell of food around the house has always given me a comfy feeling. Maybe I'm just weird ....

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Post by mickojak » February 1, 2016, 5:16 pm

Papa and Aard,
You are both correct.
But, we will have an outdoor kitchen in the patio area just in front of the indoor kitchen.
95% of the cooking will be done there by my wife as I am happy to eat local food most of the time.
Mainly use indoor kitchen for toast, coffee, and some western cooking from me on special occasions.
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Post by JohnG » February 1, 2016, 5:28 pm

I wasn't suggesting changing the design! Simply suggested that adding a tap, drain and electricity outlets would give the option to change later IF you needed to.

A lot of people plan on using an outside kitchen, and we had one for 10 years - great when it was a nice day, but pretty desperate when it was late, wet, or the mosquitoes were biting!

As I said, its just a thought ...

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Post by mickojak » February 1, 2016, 6:24 pm

Hi John,
You are correct in what you say, but the patio will never get wet, (now), and it never gets cold, (except for a couple of days a year like we had last week) and I will have plenty of fans in patio area to get rid of mosquitoes, and have some big pots around with fish in them also.
I have installed plenty of power points for fans.

Like I said previously, I spent many months planning this house, (Including direction facing etc), to overcome all these problems and many more that I have found here in Thailand.

But, I am aware that maybe I have forgotten something or that my plans might not work.
So, I am happy to receive your ideas and suggestions, as I have a lot to learn and others following this thread might save a lot of time and money in future also.
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Post by JohnG » February 3, 2016, 4:21 pm

Don't get me wrong, I'm not criticising your plan but I really do think that having a kichen range in the middle of the house, even if you plan on all cooking being done outside, even in your absence, really could present problems for some people. If pool safety and supervision is an issue then have you considered that anyone cooking inside is going to have their back to the pool area rather than be looking out over it while they're cooking?

I'm not suggesting this for you necessarily but for anyone copying your plan, which I think
someone might be tempted to do as its a nice one, but if they do I think they'd be well advised to move the kitchen range from the middle of the house, where it can't realistically be used for general / Thai cooking without making the house smell as there's no way of getting the smells out with no outside wall, to the front of the house. The kitchen area would remain in exactly the same place but instead of cooking at the 'back' of the kitchen you'd be cooking at the 'front', at the window (where the '3.75m' is in your plan on the first page). Smells go out, particularly with an extractor over the cooker, you can cook indoors if you want to, still pass food and drinks out the window (actually more easily as you've got the worktop under the window), you've still got the same view out of the window over the patio and pool that you had before but now you've also still got that view when you're cooking, and you could use that 'back wall' for a breakfast bar if you want.

I'm not really suggesting it for you, as obviously the house is designed for your particular lifestyle, but I just think it would be worth considering changing the cooking range from the back / inside of the kitchen to the front, under the window, for anyone who is considering copying your design. Not everybody's wife is quite so happy to have their cooking banned from inside the house!

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Post by JohnG » February 3, 2016, 4:44 pm

I was going to say that cooking outside in the heat at the height of summer is likely to be more of a problem than doing so in the winter, but it just got too difficult on a mobile!

The problem is that its difficult to use a fan when you're cooking as to be effective the fan has to be strong enough to blow the flame out - even in the hottest kitchens they only have exractor fans. It isn't a problem in most rural Thai outside kitchens as there's enough ventilation, but that isn't the case with your patio, for obvious practical reasons.

I know people will cry 'bbq, cook outside by the pool, etc' and that's great on holiday, but it doesn't really allow for having to do it every day, three times a day, with Thais who hate being in the sun. That may not apply in your case, but I'm just thinking about anyone else who copies your plan who doesn't have such a co-ooerative wife!

Simply moving the cooker and sink from the back to under the window would solve all those potential problems for someone else.

edit: and you could actually still move the cooker now, if you wanted to, and put in an extractor fan, etc, while leaving the sink at the back with a large worktop / som tam bashing shelf or breakfast bar with no major construction involved. Just a thought!!!

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Post by JohnG » February 3, 2016, 4:58 pm

Meant to say 'co-operative wife', not 'co-ooreative wife', but the edit time limit beat me again!

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Post by mickojak » February 3, 2016, 5:29 pm

Hi John,
Lots of good info there, but unfortunately you have miss interpreted my plan.
The kitchen bench, sink and oven are against the front wall, (3.75).
I have added a small return wall also which is not on the plan, (please see pics below)
As I said earlier, all to aid watching the pool while working in the house.
The back wall of the kitchen will take the fridge and pantry.

As for the outside cooking, you may be right and it may be too hot, but at our present house the kitchen faces west towards the hot setting sun and my wife has no problem cooking there, so cooking under the patio with a slight breeze from a fan will be heaven compared to that, (I think). Time will tell.
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Post by JohnG » February 3, 2016, 11:07 pm

The opposite to how it seems to be shown in your plan!!

In that case we're in full agreement and all those months you spent thinking about it were anything but wasted - and neither were my posts clarifying it if anyone copies your plans.

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Post by mickojak » March 23, 2016, 6:28 pm

Hi All,
Back at home for a week's R&R.
The builders have finished off and gone, and the block is all cleaned up and leveled.
After going through the house, found a couple of small issues and the builder is happy to come back and fix.
All in all, I am quite pleased with the outcome.

We are not quite ready to move in yet as the wife would like some security on the windows and curtains and other things for privacy etc.
We will organize those during my next 3 weeks away.
I am looking forward to slowly doing the rest of the job, building surrounding walls, put in pool, build workshop and rest of landscaping.
Mostly happy that I can do the rest at my own pace as the build was very fast and at times did not give us much time to make choices, but after talking to several people, it seems that I am very lucky to have had it built so fast in Thailand, so no complaints here.
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Post by pal52 » March 24, 2016, 7:33 am

Well done.
A beautiful house anyone would be proud of.

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Post by Barney » March 24, 2016, 8:49 am

Well done Mick, =D>
I'm sure you and the missus are as pleased as punch with the end result. \:D/
I'm sure the trials and tribulations of the build has made you 2 bond that little bit more.
Sit back and enjoy a beer together. :drunk:
Look forward to the posting of the final result.

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