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Jazzman's green house


Stages of construction of Mr & Mrs Jazzman's house in Nong Bua Lamphu province on a $20,000 budget- no construction permission needed.

84 files, last one added on Oct 28, 2010
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Green House Motel


This album documents the build of our motel which is destined to create work for my wife & her family, and earn money for me to import tea, wine, and cheese.
It's a low-budget construction the way the Thais build their modern houses.

44 files, last one added on Mar 20, 2009
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Jazzman's electrical fittings


Just about EVERYTHING you need to electrify your house and not yourself. Quality fixtures & fittings.

34 files, last one added on Mar 20, 2009
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The Brickworks


Dropped a brick on your budget by going for Q-Con or Superblock? 99% of houses are built with these.

8 files, last one added on Mar 20, 2009
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Just a few of the things that will certainly go wrong if you don't watch your project like a hawk...

13 files, last one added on Jan 29, 2010
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KItchen view 3jazzmanOct 28, 2010
Kitchen view 2The cooker hood was got cheap for 6,500 baht from Home Pro, Udon. Normal price was baht 13,000 but it was in a sale because it had been a demo on a display board in the shop. The two-ring glass cooker hob cost about 4,000 baht (if I remember rightly) from Global House, and the stainless steel double sink and drainer cost about 2,700 complete with tap (faucet), drains, and underneath plumbing pipes and U-bends.jazzmanOct 28, 2010
Kitchen view 1We keep adding bits to this kitchen and it's still not complete. A breakfast bar still has to be built from the left hand side near the fridge to halfway across the archway. And the fridge will be replaced with a side-by-side. Cost: there is about 65,000 baht's worth of KITZCHO® units. The solid granite counter tops cost about 18,000 baht including installation. jazzmanOct 28, 2010
wall 5Then it fell over. One night of rain was enough. This wall will be rebuilt using correct engineering and correct drainage. Another 40 trucks of dirt will be needed to top up the infill that was washed away. Probable total cost: around 250,000 baht.jazzmanJan 29, 2010

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Aluminium 3Frame for a double sliding window with sliding fly screen. 1.5mm extruded aluminium, white expoxy enamelled.
Click thumbnail to see an enlargement then click the clapperboard to start a slide show.
Cheap labourFor all of those who are wondering why our labour bill of only 1,000 baht per square metre is so low...jazzman
Rolling out the damp courseBeing a Brit, Jazzman knows all about damp courses! 100 baht per roll from the local village hardware store. 3 rolls to cover the floor. Jazzman laid 2 cm of sand over it to prevent it being damaged by the concrete. The strips were overlaped and stuck with wide tape to prevent capillary action. The deep foundations for the columns were also lined with PVC sheet. Click an thumbnail to see an enlargement then click the clapperboard to start a slide show.jazzman
Louvered window (kitchen).This 2 x 1 m louvered window is constructed of the same heavy duty aluminium used for all the windows and exterior sliding and hinged doors. We insisted on quality winder mechanisms. The glass is 6mm one-way, reflective, black UV. It includes sliding fly screens. Can't say the cost - it was offered as a free bonus by our supplier, guess it's worth about 8,000 baht; just because we are farangs, not everything of quality has to be expensive or made by a large company in a big city.jazzman
Consumer Unit LargeConsumer Unit (pre equipped, modified by Jazzman), steel box, for 12 circuits, eg; Lighting, wall sockets, kitchen, 2 water heaters, 4 air con, garage/workshop, perimiter lighting and gate opener, swimming pool (goes to another sub consumer unit).
Can be surface or flush fitted.
Brand: Green
Equipment: 2-pole 60A master, minature RCBO with variable senitivity, various MCBs from 30A to 10A
Price: about 3,000 baht
Pool Chlorinator Control Unit[pic before installation] Wall mounted control unit for saltwater chlorinator. Includes timer for filtration cycles. Sensor in catalisor unit measures Chlorine level and switches the pumping cycle on and off as required, producing chlorine to the required level. jazzman
CurtainsI believe they are more often called 'drapes' in AE. In the same way, the thing on the top is called a 'pelmet' in standard BE as used in central and SE Asia, so it's probably best not to confuse the Thais by calling it a 'valence'. jazzman
Bathroom plumbing.Ã¥n absolute minimum of plumbing goes under the floors. In the side-by-side bathrooms it was kept as close to the outside walls as possible. In the UK, plumbing like this is often on the outside wall - a headache for those cold British winters - where it can be recognised by its swathes of lagging - strips of sacking!
Prepared and installed correctly, PVC piping is perfectly adequate. A lot of it is used in Europe.
For hot water piping see http://www.siamgpi.com/solarpower/multipipe.html