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Project Design


Outside of the project blue prints and ability to view the model in real time in 3D (but at a reduced level of detail), it is nice to be able to get 'renders' to have enough detail to allow design decisions to be made.

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Main Structure


The structure is composed of concrete footings located at about 3 - 4 meter intervals. On top of the footing is a large ground beam highly re-enforced with 12mm rebar and appropriate cross sections. From there oversize cinder blocks were used as the foundation for load bearing walls. They have large holes (about 15cm. x 10 cm.) which are filled with concrete and vertical rebar to make internal support columns (within the walls). There are 3 re-enforced horizontal beams to give the walls lateral strength.

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Roof Structure


Roof trusses are normally not used here. However, they have a number of advantages. They can easily span about 12 m. By definition, a truss does not need any intermediate point of support within the span. The truss design in this house is an M shape. Heavy duty 4 x 2" box section metal (3.2 mm thick) is used to give more than adequate support for the heavy tile roof.

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The kitchen is serviced by a grease trap which exits into the a dirty water septic. The bathroom solids route into a safety tank, liquids go into another dirty water septic. The appliances are properly vented, with an air vent rising up through a designated opening in the oversize cinderblock, vertically through the roof material.

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This project employs proper electric throughout. The system will consist of grounded electric which is run through tightly affixed (the screw attach type) power point boxes. Conduit is routed in the open cavities within the wall to the proper destination. No electric tape is used, wire nut fasteners are used throughout.

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The finishing stage of the project. From decorative glass block inserts to archway support, terrazzo counter tops, ceiling framework up through laying the tile and installing the aluminum windows and doors.

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Completed Project


Various aspects of the completed project, views from the exterior, the great room, bedrooms, bathroom and attic. Also there is a movie clip showing the finished house.

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Last additions - Chok Dee #1
Project MovieA short walk through of the finished project.dozerSep 27, 2011
Great Room ViewThe kitchen area and the main room are different shades of paint. There is a composite strip base board used as a skirting. dozerSep 27, 2011
Front WinowThe windows are done in quality white aluminum with frames. The walls are thick due to use of 14 centimeter concrete blocks allowing space on the inside for decorative metal burglar bars. There are 4 exterior lamps on the front powered by 2 way switches (interior exterior). dozerSep 27, 2011
Bedroom A/CAn interior bedroom shot of the large A/C 13000 BTU unit. dozerSep 27, 2011

Random files - Chok Dee #1
Kitchen from Entry WayNotice the simple two level ceiling and the open design of the kitchen area, separated only by the wall color and floor tiles. 2 commentsdozer
Column within the Load Bearing WallPouring a support column within the cinderblock. A support column within the load bearing walls is a concrete column surrounding vertical rebar.
Protective Plastic Bird GuardThere will be two sheets of the facia board upon which the lip of the tile rests. A protective screen which is designed to sit right under the tile, is placed between the two pieces of facia to eliminate any problems with entry from birds or other pests. dozer
Ground BeamThe ground beam which sits on top of the footings will be 45 centimeters high by 25 centimeters wide. This shows the metal rebar frame work which will be encased in concrete to make the ground beam.
Electric Joint BoxThe yellow PVC boxes are used to route the wire coming up from the wall. A clean connection is made with the screw in connectors. dozer
20 cm. Thick LintelThis shows a finished 20 cm. lintel above the glass blocks.
Kitchen CounterThe start of the kitchen counter. The counter supports are done using red brick and cement. Note the area to the left of the worker is plumbed for the kitchen sink.dozer
Starting to Dig the Water TankThe underground water tank will be appx. 2 meters long by .7 meters wide by 1 meter deep for a capacity of about 1400 liters. An underground water tank has a durability + no loss of space advantage over a above ground tank. However care must be taken to make sure that they are leak proof.dozer