This was a ‘dream project’ for us. It was a combination office space, extra living area, storage area, kitchen, guest area that would be right next to the current coolthaihouse, which we had somewhat outgrown. I will say, the coolthaihouse has been great over the years, except for some minor complaints (see coolthaihouse maintenance) and…
This was a video I recently (about a year ago) made of our favorite tiler laying down granito tiles. ‘How to correctly lay granito tiles’ has become a favorite topic of mine ever since we had village tilers built a house for us, and do it the wrong way. If you ask someone who claims…
I am totally not a lawyer – thank GOD ! But I am not sure if you are aware of it but to some extent you would be liable if someone took the advice given on your forum and applied it and something went wrong. Have you considered a moderator with some experience in the…
This is the new articles page which shows various articles about construction in Thailand. Most of the entries are from the previous coolthaihouse era (eg. a while ago), hopefully I or any coolthaihouse guest authors can pen some new info here.
Is there any risk in just meeting with a lawyer for a free consultation regarding a complicated land transfer? After all, what could possibly go wrong prior to actually engaging the said lawyer?
When the house price just seems to be too cheap it is time to look around the back and ask why has the city laid a row of drainage in the middle of nowhere.
The final update on the steel prices between the beginning of 2008 through the beginning of 2009 and the relationship between steel and other building materials and labor costs.
First, commodity prices were going up at an obviously unsustainable rate. Now prices material prices (internationally) have crashed. One easy example, copper, which was selling for 4.01 dollars per pound is now under 2.00 dollar
Rob writes in ‘can you tell me what it would cost to live there, say for a year, just basic lifestyle not including any extras?’ What is the minimum expat cost of living? How to find a ‘micro rental’ and how much they cost.
The price of materials is rocketing up and up in Thailand with no end in sight. How much more does a project today cost than at the beginning of the year? Actual price data of various materials forms this INFLATION INDEX.
A picture of the coolthaihouse apparently showed up as a house for sale outside London England.
Peter M’s fabulous house in Bangkok. Some pictures and thoughts on the project! The house utilizes wood to give that warm, cozy natural feeling.
Update for the Naa Glua project. Is it possible to obtain financing for a local project, and what hoops do you need to jump through.
Another one of those irriating rips offs. This always happens when you are in a hurry to get someone and don’t get an adequate recommendation.
Somethings aren’t always as they appear on the surface, especially with regards to raw land. How would you like to find out that you bought land on top of a garbage dump?
The roof is one of those areas which can go bad in so many ways! The story of roof valleys done with inadequate materials and how they were repaired.
David S two story project in Naaklua. Land and project budget. House dimensions. Soil geological survey.
David S (coolthaihouse member) is doing an interesting 2 story project in Naaklua. The story of his land purchase and initial project plans.
‘Rise your Happiness’ is the marketing campaign for a new housing subdivision – the type which is going up everywhere all at once. If you must buy into one of these some thoughts on not to end up with a lexus with a chevy engine.
Here was what I thought was maybe a sign that land prices are falling. What I found instead is some land that you need a boat to navigate — isn’t that called a pond?
These automatic electric post hole diggers are better than the conventional dig it by hand method.
Here is a 440 square meter house being built for under 1m baht.
An update on the coolthaihouse road. Actually it is a good road as long as you’re not looking for perfection!
The land office survey equipment seems to be up to stuff, but it always pays to double check the measurements yourself.
What do you need to handle the all too often brown outs here? These are much harder on equipment than a straight power outage.
What’s new in raft construction. A link over to Attila’s forum post showing it step by step. Is it a better way to do it?
Bad builder syndrome isn’t unique to Thailand. A nightmare story about how construction projects can go haywire even in ‘developed’ countries.
Recessed lighting, how many to use? Mixing recessed ceiling lighting with wall lighting, some thoughts.
Watching Thai workers can sometimes be fun. Why climb up to the top of the foundation column to wet it down when the water can just as easily be throw in that general direction?
You might have noticed lately the forum electric topic lately has been out of control, flames, off topic posts, silly barbs, etc. Is ignorance bliss with regards to building. Topic moderation.