Building in Don Tau It, Kanchanaburi

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Postby jazzman » Thu Feb 07, 2008 9:30 am

That is probably exactly what they will do.
What is the spacing between the posts?
How much is the wall costing you in materials and labour?
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Postby apetley » Thu Feb 07, 2008 10:44 am

Hi Jazzman, wall post spacing is 3 metres and is 1400 Bht per metre all in.
That seems to be a good price in Kanchanaburi. Wifey was getting quotes between 1400 & 1800 complete per metre elsewhere
Uncle the builder likes to quote an all-in price for everything, not just labour but seems to give a very good price anyway.
He is an ex mayor of a couple of places so seems to have a few contacts which maybe gives him a good price on materials but the way they have been going up lately I hope he has not pitched the price too low.
I know that he has already turned down a build for a bungalow he quoted 900k for about 6 months ago on the grounds that he wouldn't be making any money now.
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Postby apetley » Thu Feb 07, 2008 5:15 pm

Got a surprise today when we turned up onsite and they had made a start on the walls of the house.
I thought they were going to leave it another day but uncle says the columns have had enough of a soak and it's time to start the walls.
Guess that from now on it's time to be onsite for longer each day as I know things like windows and doors are ripe for misinterpreting their position!
It's reckoned on about a week for the external walls and then the upstairs columns and beams will be formed.
Whilst they soak it will be back onto garden wall duties.
That's the plan anyway........from what I understand.
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Postby jazzman » Thu Feb 07, 2008 7:02 pm

Yep, that is a reasonable price.
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Postby danblack » Fri Feb 08, 2008 8:36 am

jazzman wrote:Yep, that is a reasonable price.


That will be going in my notes. Wall posts spaced 3m. Reasonable price 1,400 per m. 2.5m high. Correct me if I am wrong
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Postby apetley » Fri Feb 08, 2008 8:46 am

Hi Dan. Jazzman is the authority here on building work, all I can do is quote from our local experience.
My wifes uncle is building our house and wall and has quoted an all-in price for the work.
Specific to the perimeter wall he has said 1400 per metre for labour and material.
Before we agreed to that wifey checked out a few of the local builders.
The absolute minimum she could find elsewhere was the same 1400 bht per metre.
Other quotes ranged up to 1800 bht per metre for the same spec.
At no time did they know a farang was the 'sponsor'.
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Postby apetley » Fri Feb 08, 2008 8:50 am

Hi Dan, just re read your post. Ours is a 2 metre wall. 2.5 would be more. I will try and get a figure out of our builder when I see him later today.
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Postby apetley » Fri Feb 08, 2008 4:37 pm

Hi Dan. Uncle the builder reckons on 1600 Bht per metre for a 2.4 metre wall.
2.4 metres is easier than 2.5, just an extra 2 rows of bricks!

Work on the house walls continued today.
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Postby danblack » Sat Feb 09, 2008 6:37 am

apetley wrote:Hi Dan. Uncle the builder reckons on 1600 Bht per metre for a 2.4 metre wall.
2.4 metres is easier than 2.5, just an extra 2 rows of bricks!

Work on the house walls continued today.


Thanks for that. I will update my notes. I was going by your earlier post specs of 2,5m
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Postby apetley » Sat Feb 09, 2008 7:45 pm

Work continues apace on the house walls.
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Brickwork alignment by way of fishing line.
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Reinforcing in place before the form goes up for the concrete window frame.
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Forms in place for the concrete frame for one of the sliding full length window.
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Postby apetley » Sat Feb 09, 2008 7:53 pm

Our house will be needing a septic tank as mains drainage does not exist in the village!
Our builder wants to know if we want to go for the concrete ring type or one of the nice big plastic tanks.
Opinions on the advantages and disadvantages of each are welcome.
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Postby jazzman » Sun Feb 10, 2008 8:35 pm

A plastic one will cost 8 to 9,000 baht. Concrete ring types will cost less than
500 baht.

There is no difference in performance, it's just a question of cost/budget.

See here;
http://coolthaihouse.com/cthpics/displayimage.php?album=6&pos=9

and here:
http://coolthaihouse.com/cthpics/displayimage.php?album=6&pos=10

for pics and a full description.
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Postby apetley » Thu Feb 14, 2008 6:08 pm

Have been away visiting some friends in Chiang Mai since Monday so came back to find that the downstairs external walls were almost finished and the rebar for the upstairs beams is now almost all in place.
Hopefully the beams will be poured on Saturday although it may be on Monday.
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Postby apetley » Fri Feb 15, 2008 4:44 pm

The rebar for the upstairs beams was finished off today and the formwork started. It doesn't look like it will be finished in time for pouring tomorrow so maybe Monday.
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Postby mtsinternational » Sat Feb 16, 2008 1:34 am

Looking good Apertley! The progress seems to be on track. As for the septic, I'm going through the same process now for the home I'm building in Ban Chang. would nice to see your post on what you decide to go with and the reasoning behind it.
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