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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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Day 19The tiles arrived today. The last couple of days the workers have been adding the purlins, struts and battens to the rafters, and finishing the plumbing and drainage.
The 3" C-section rafters are spaced at 1m. The battens are spaced at 1m. Left over steel off-cuts are used for V-struts. The 1" x 1" x 6m battens cost 140 baht each.
bTicino 1-hole escutcheonThe base plates all have three holes. This is a single hole escutcheon with a rocker switch with LED. We tried several methods of showing the workers how to paint stuff in the house without getting paint everywhere. We tried masking tape on the window and door frames, we tried removing these escutcheons but the men put them back on. During the night Jazzman removed them, covered them with 'Gladwrap' cling foil and put them back on. We'll see what happens...jazzman
Day 26 RoofThe roof is almost finished with just a few small snags to tidy up. Remember that there are no drawings for this project and it's a question of make-it-up-as-you-go. It's also a training excercise for my workers. We still have a lot to do on the land including a frontage wall with gate and motel gatehouse at one end, and another gate with archway at the other end of the land, a large sala as a dining-room restaurant, a floating sala on the pond, and a meeting room/classroom on the field behind.jazzman
brick formwork for ground beamsInstead of using expensive wooden shuttering, the formwork for the beams is built at ground level with the Thai 'cinder' blocks. These are extremely cheap, and they stay in place afterwards thus adding even more strength.
Click an thumbnail to see an enlargement then click the clapperboard to start a slide show.
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
ceiling: suspension: railsA view of the rails partially installed. Some of the electrics still have to be completed.jazzman
Cheap labourFor all of those who are wondering why our labour bill of only 1,000 baht per square metre is so low...jazzman
MCB: 2-pole master SwitchA modular automatic Minature Circuit Breaker of the 2-pole (Live and Neutral) type. All Consumer Unit 'fuse boxes' start with one of these which feeds the MCBs for the other circuits. Notice the amperage of this one.jazzman