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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
Location of Electrical Breaker PanelThis is the front right side of the house as you go in through the front door. Note the cluster of yellow PVC electrical conduit to the right of the glass blocks. This is where the electric breaker panel will be located.dozer
Toilet PlumbingThe toilet plumbing including an indentation on the ground beam for the venting. Venting of water appliances is often not done here, which leads to sluggish flow out. The vent allows the air to enter and the water to exit.
Tiling the Great RoomTiling in process. There are different tiles used in the kitchen, great room and bedrooms. The tile is laid over a concrete slurry mix and leveled using straight lines.dozer
Wide Valley MaterialThis shows the front roof valley and the associated wide valley flashing material that prevents water splash in during heavy rain storms.dozer
VRH Stainless FaucetNice VRH stainless faucet in the bathroom -- on the yet unfinished counter.dozer
Concrete VibrationConcrete vibrated as it is poured into the ground beam. Vibrators are necessary to ensure that the concrete doesn't have voids and settles evenly though out the form.
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Attic ViewNote that the electric is in conduit that throughout the project. Also there is a view of one of the exhaust fans.dozer
Electric for Perimeter Wall LightingThe perimeter wall lighting electric is routed via the edge of the driveway up through the front column above the wall. dozer