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250000 Bhat in – inexpensive construction update

image dsc20713.jpgThis is a update of the low cost construction effort going on around the corner, being done by a Thai family. The house is about 130 square meters. The construction is preformed foundation posts (which isn’t ideal) and roof sheets. So far the owner is into the project 250,000 and the eventual finished cost will be about 400,000 baht.

image dsc20718.jpgThis example is just an example of a minimum cost project which could be fitted to foreign standards. The house consists of a large entry room, two bedrooms, a large kitchen, a laundry area and one bathroom. The house will be finished off with tiled floors, sheetrocked ceiling, and exterior glc sheeting on the eves.

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The budget of this house could be increased a bit (40,000 baht +/-) to provide for grounded electrical and poured foundation columns.

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  1. Hi Dozer

    this could be a cheap and nasty job of just the kind that you are wisely warning us falangs against, how many corners have been cut I wonder. certainly the pre-cast columns are very nasty only suited to industrial sheds etc. subsequent settlement will separate walls and columns, seen that in our village house – a definite no-no

    on another point – the enclosing of the eves in grc sheeting. yes its necessary to keep out birds and insetcs and is a common construction method but ive never liked it. Its very labour intensive and fiddly. If we are going to be cheap then just fill in the area between the roof sheet with cement pugging, end of story. If you want to stop birds roosting on the exposed rafter (which should be steel not wood) then cover the top surface in axle grease

    another trick is not to install guttering. if you want to harvest the rainwater then create a drainage gulley at ground level where the rain drips. its one less thing to have to clean once a year from tree leaves, dead birds etc.

    I will post my design for a mud hut shortly based on the african rondavel (building cost about B20,000) anyone interested ;-}]

  2. I like the concept of watching Thais building houses that Thais are going to live in…. especially one like this that is upper end as far as ordinary (non rich) Thais. First off, it is instructive because they aren’t motivated to hide anything. Second, in general they have good experience at getting things done relatively painlessly and they work to get the quality to be good within their own price budget.

    Granted they are using preformed foundation posts, but the other parts of the house are pretty solid. Good thickness on the concrete pours, good grade of concrete, good quality expensive wood windows and doors, nice thick layer of exterior stucco applied to the walls. In general Thais wouldn’t be concerned with grounded electrical and they prefer wood windows. They don’t tend to screw themselves by doing an ultra thin concrete pour or other bogus tricks that farangs are often caught up in in houses many times the price of this house.

    That being said there are obvious areas for improvement: poured foundation columns, aluminum windows and grounded electrical for starters.

    Bottom line: working within the budget constraints of around 400,000 bhat to build a 130 square meter house — I think the quality is pretty high.

  3. Not bad. Not western standards but western standards are not always needed. Would have liked to,see the finished product.

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