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Feedback: Comparing Thai and Overseas Construction

feedback from Tony C

Your site is one of the most interesting I have seen on the net.

I have visited Pattaya 3 times in the last 18 months and would like to spend more time there. Obviously!

By the “tone” of your site I assume that you are from the USA and, before starting any works on site, were a Layman in building terms. By the construction terminology used by yourself I would hazard a guess that you have no practical/technical qualifications in the construction process.

I do not mean to be insulting in my assumptions as you have successfully built a beautiful house in Pattaya which is beyond the wildest dreams of most Falang experienced or otherwise.

As for me I am from the North East of England a Chartered Building Surveyor (MRICS) and a Chartered Builder (MCIOB). This may mean nothing to you depending on where your from!! But it is sort of similar to Architect/Engineer in most European countries. I must add before becoming professionally qualified I was a self-employed bricklayer/builder. So I have seen the UK construction business from both ends!!

I am actually fascinated by the Thai residential building construction process and would like to compare it that with in the UK. >From what I have seen are all luxury residential buildings in Thailand concrete framed? This process is not common to the UK.

For instance the standard UK residential house building process involves excavating strip footings, pouring concrete foundations, building two masonry skins to form cavity walling, normally covered by a pitched concrete tile clad roof. Ground floor of solid (concrete) construction first floor of suspended timber.

I hope you can supply me with some more comments/opinions as I have always wanted a chance to compare Thai/UK building techniques.

In the US there is normally a foundation and wood framing is used. In Thailand almost all of the houses are built of blocks, concrete, brick or ‘superblock’ with a coating of stucco on the outside. There is no foundation per se, but the ‘foundation columns’ and foundation footing serve as the main supports for the house. Thanks also for the terminology, I should be calling the foundation footings … strip footings.

Thanks for your time assuming that you now have any after going on the net!!!.

Tony C

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  1. Hi Tony I am a brit also (what a horrible word) and know where you are coming from. It would be really great to discuss the pros and cons of the various building methods with a professional such as yourself. You would be horrified at the practices out here, please browse the blogs and the site, it will open your eyes.

    For instance, what is the best way to build a wall designed for ambient temperature from 35C to 45 C and a full sun wall temperature of up to 80C. I dont think its the same issue as trying to keep the heat in as in uk. I have been sceptical about the cavity wall double block system because it doubles the thermal mass

    Can you comment on this?

    In Saudi , temps reach 55C ambient They use the amercian system of prefab wooden hut portacabin type construction, there is 2 inch of polystyrene foam and a sheet of ali foil for insulation. It works and the wood does not deteriorate even after 25 years service (at night temps can drop below freezing

    such extremes would crumble a uk house

    rgds

    Robin T

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