MY house build to begin.

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Re: MY house build to begin.

Post by ajarnudon » May 14, 2018, 9:44 am

'Wifey was pleased and thrilled to have our own personal kitchen design featured in a Thai magazine.'

Wow - congratulations!

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Re: MY house build to begin.

Post by peterk » May 19, 2018, 5:47 pm

Hey Barney
That looks great! Must be a very exciting stage for you both. We are back in Oz for some time now. But next trip latest this year, we will try to hook up with your builder, Mr Mu.

We look forward to more updates!

PS: we are about 30kms from the north east of the ring road ... Ban Daeng, Phibun Rak.

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Post by Barney » June 8, 2018, 9:38 am

Still moving along, the GF has been busy with contractors, drive way concreting, carport erection, bluescope steel roof, she has decided on the additional layer and cost of a featured concrete paving, with my blessing, as its my wallet the moths and satang are released from each month on salary day, in my cash economy world.
She put the featured concrete paving in the carport as a sample to see what it looks like. I'll have a look at the standard and strength when I next return in a few weeks to give the go ahead for the entire drive.
SS frame and aluminium fence inserts are under fabrication along with the small entrance gate and main vehicle gate. Hope to have the fence by month end.
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Post by ajarnudon » June 10, 2018, 12:29 pm

Looks akin to the stamped concrete driveway I had at my house on the Gold Coast. I wasn't there when it was done (I was driving across the Nullabor at the time), but I think they add a pigment powder to the top and then seal it.
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Sounds like you will have some happy puppies soon.
Regards, John
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Post by Barney » June 10, 2018, 1:59 pm

Yes John,
Funny enough I had a similar drive pattern to yours in Australia years ago.

It was not my idea to have this concrete design here in Thailand but the GF was searching around for something different for a paving feature. I think I have given her to much freedom. :lol:
She found this concrete guy through our builder who does this stencil type paving. She went out and got a few different prices from others and settled on this bloke. He tops the first layer of concrete with his concrtet style, and, like you said he then seals it. I think it is 400bht a talang wha, about 4 sq mtrs? Dearest bloke was double that.
She has also decided on the compass feature in the drive similar to the photo.
It will help the group of guys who fly across my place with the parachutes and a propeller strapped to their back to get home.
Yes dogs will be happy, got 4 muts now as we just got another 4 month old, not wanted orphan.
As normal we are not doing things with the house as per normal Thailand design and thinking. Just come up with ideas and go for it. \:D/
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Post by Barney » June 20, 2018, 8:34 pm

Fence builder has been around and fitting the fence sections, man gate and vehicle gate to follow soon. Still fabricating.
Just a fairly standard Thailand fence design, only request as normal is a good standard and fit. Each section is individually measured and fabrciated for final fitout. The post are not exactly the same but close.
Normal 304 stainless steel and aluminium inserts.
Have so far gone for the smooth natural concrete finish instead of render or paint, if it does not look what I have envisioned in my head when I get back, ill just change it.
I will be looking for some solar power LED lights for the post tops when I get back, if any body has seen some similar to the photos let me know.
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Post by Barney » August 16, 2018, 5:44 pm

Good to get a break in the weather so the missus can get back to her duties. :lol:

Was able to get the gate and fence contractor back for alignment and install of the main gate and the electric drive on the gate.
Drive now installed and all operational. 2 remote controllers and a third fixed in the house so we do not have to go outside to open the gate for visitors.
I decided against additional vehicle sensors, perhaps just something else that can go wrong. But can be fitted retrospectively if required later.
Have the GF checking now about any app so he gate can be operated by the phone.

She has also been madly getting involved in her landscaping, laying paving bricks, moving and planting trees we have been cultivating and also buying and having delivered other trees and plants. Grass and other ground cover to be placed later.
She has a design in her head and laying out plant accordingly. I'm advised I will be surprised when I get back. \:D/
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Post by maaka » August 17, 2018, 7:48 am

you will be lost for things to do once the build is over...

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Post by Barney » August 17, 2018, 9:38 am

maaka wrote:
August 17, 2018, 7:48 am
you will be lost for things to do once the build is over...
Your probably correct maaka, but, I have always been able to find interesting things to do, like sitting and contemplating my navel while daydreaming. :D

We still have the task of demolishing the old house that served us well over the years while building.

To be honest my GF is tireless and has done most of the organising and work, she has been lucky that I have been able to mentor and inspire her with cash endorsements from afar and when I am home give her that deserved pat on the back. :lol:

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Post by tamada » August 18, 2018, 10:26 am

maaka wrote:
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you will be lost for things to do once the build is over...
Maintenance and upkeep are built-in to pretty much any construction, especially so in Isaan so Barney will have plenty to do beyond the add-on's, modifications, things he missed and other handy man stuff that keeps some of us compos mentus while embracing the fruits of our labours in retirement.

...unless you're renting of course and then your kinda stuck with it.

At least Thai partners aren't big on the regular, "I need a new kitchen" demand when they get a hint of your end-of-contract bonus!

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Post by ajarnudon » August 19, 2018, 11:43 pm

Looking great Barney

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Post by Barney » September 4, 2018, 3:52 pm

The demolition of the old house that stood us well over the last few years while building has now had the demolition started.
As soon as she put the word out the neighbours were straight in and took the roof tiles, stripped out the windows and most likely the bathroom fittings, internal doors, cable had been stripped out, outlets and lights.
Soon the walls will be smashed down.
At this rate we won't have to many trucks of rubbish to take away. \:D/
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Post by ajarnudon » September 4, 2018, 6:40 pm

Almost seemed too good to knock down Barney

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Post by Barney » September 4, 2018, 8:02 pm

ajarnudon wrote:
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Almost seemed too good to knock down Barney

It was actually well built John but there were plenty of termite trails up the doorways and walls.
It had a raised floor section in the house and my concern is it is a haven for snakes and once disturbed they will come a hunting. :lol:
My missus thought the few cobras we saw around the house came from next door but I have my doubts.
There are some very beautiful big black scorpions in the old rockeries ( which use to come inside on occasions) so they will probably not make it once the area is cleared of rubble.

Got the ghost house delivered today and when it is dry the ceremony will take place. The old ghost we moved from the inside termite mound out back to the front yard for construction will be very happy. He's a good ghost. :shock:

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Post by Barney » October 12, 2018, 4:51 pm

old timer wrote:
April 4, 2015, 7:24 pm
House building is always interesting so I look forward to following this thread. Any thoughts on how long it will take and budget?
I think stress is part of the construction process here in LOS. It will be interesting to see what you have planned for in terms of stress and the actual, well worth monitoring and keeping record of.


OT............... \:D/
I went way back and had a look at the start of the thread and time has gone so fast, 2015, 3 and a half years ago. We are still going trying to complete. Some have mentioned you never really finish. Now well into outside paving, fences and landscaping.

One early post from "old timer" was something I had not thought to much about way back then but thought a response now would be appropriate, that being in regard to STRESS. It is most certainly something to be aware of. No denying we as a couple had our moments and I think it would have been worse if I had been onsite everyday. Being a fly in fly out construction w.ore helped in the long run as I have had plenty of away time, what that away time allowed was forcing myself to have the confidence of my girl to get it done, from her finding and organising contractors, her sacking some, trial and error was in the forefront. She did not shy away from telling contractors to p.ss off. That confidence took a while to evolve, about 1 year i guess, and our nightly skype talks went from me in the early days pestering her and inquiring about the day to day house build , to over time, just me asking is everything alright. I was barking up the wrong tree with my appraoch and I came to quickly realise that she had others things as a priority in her life, other then the house, and that the house build had to just balance out for her daily routine. I was only stressing her by always asking. I soon realised that she new what I wanted to hear and i just left it to her to tell me nightly what any problems were. Believe me once you have that confidence in your partner it takes a lot of stress away from both partners especially when apart. We actually grew as a couple as time went on and during skype talks i became more involved in her and our daughters daily happenings.
When home I always drew up all detailed plans and scope of work that I had in my head on the large graph paper book, then discussed it with her, bring the builder in to talk, and she would just pass the sheet on to the builder. This made it very easy for her, my only couple of instructions was, be strong and don't let the builder dictate, listen to his ideas and pass that to me for consideration. Some may disagree but the Thais aren't dumb in how to build, they just love to short cut, it's in their blood. If they tried to deceive her, on my return I would just put my unhappy hat on and they would soon see which side the bread was buttered on and who was paying the bills. This good cop bad cop routine provided her the back up to challenge the builders with out fear.
Most certainly we have made mistakes but those stress points soon disappeared on return with a laugh over a couple of beers or a red wine together. I am a positive thinker and always look forward, no use looking over your shoulder. Learn and go ahead.
In review on what did reduce stress was we were lucky to have the old house on the property, this was part of my plan when buying land. Having a house nearby or close was definitely a benefit for us. Also the old house onsite has allowed us to build with no specific time frame and change ideas as we cruised along. It also meant the workers arrived usually on time knowing we were onsite with out actually supervising. Just wander over in the morning say g'day and for us to then go about our own daily business with enough space to live our own life. Looking at a house being built on a daily basis can be like the old saying, a watched pot never boils.
Having the pool commissioned well before the house was complete was a bonus.
Building what would be considered a, "Non Traditional" house build did have the Thais confused at times.
I remember way back when we had the flat deck completed all the inqusitive village people walking past, even the village boss visiting, all asking why there were no concrete columns etc for the blocks to be set. It took a while to have them under stand it was a prefabricated steel frame wall and roof system. Most could not believe the steel frames would arrive by truck and erected in 6 days, the steel insulated roof arrived and on in another 5 days. Lots of smiles and nods of , Oh now i can see.
We have 80% of what we wanted when we started, the other 20% was our changes along the way. Happy campers.
There's a few more post to come though.
I would encourage people to it.

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