Building in Chiang Mai, Lanna Style

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Re: Building in Chiang Mai, Lanna Style

Postby Poi Fai Malaiporn » Thu Nov 05, 2009 9:44 am

few days later they setup the ground floor, here is the story illustrated in pics :> enjoy ^^

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Re: Building in Chiang Mai, Lanna Style

Postby geordie » Thu Nov 05, 2009 9:48 am

all builds are exiting in their own way its out of the ground now and starting to develop into a home its good to get progress pics as people can comment on how you have done(well or not) and anyone new can see what they are up against when they start their build all info is good so keep it coming cheers
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Re: Building in Chiang Mai, Lanna Style

Postby Poi Fai Malaiporn » Thu Nov 05, 2009 10:42 am

all builds are exiting in their own way its out of the ground now and starting to develop into a home its good to get progress pics as people can comment on how you have done(well or not) and anyone new can see what they are up against when they start their build all info is good so keep it coming cheers


Thank you geordie,
yes it is exciting for me because it is first time... i am learning from my mistakes already.. but have to go on with the original plan , and it is not too bad..just few details i'd like to change.. but better not do too much change myself.. for exemple the windows are 85cm up from the ground.. that is ridiculous in my opinion because in the kitchen the working space is already at 90cm high and more, the architect is not used with european sizes maybe.. and i was not aware of that when looking at the plan.. i found it when i draw on ikea software 3D my kitchen..lol

Let's talk now about last few days.. much thinking.. much talking...much stress.. and much release after.... normal building story I think :roll:

I choosed the chemical system against the termites.... as everybody here were down to that.. 100% sure it works instead of greennano natural stuff that gave not as much confidence to protect our building and furnitures later. For the prices, greenano said 8500bath a year for their natural stuff.. one year contract spraying in and out.. and inside house as well.. and 10.000 for the same + installation of the tubes and dripping under the floor. We decided that it was too expensive.. a second guy came in for the chemical stuff and quote 4000 a year and 5000 baths for 3 years... and 13.000 for 3 years + installation of system. My builder then decided to go to the shop and buy the chemical himself : 850 baths the bottle, and together we went to the shop to buy the tubes and dripping and connectors..etc.. that cost aroud 1500 baths with extra tubes and a lot of dripping left.. 100 drippers for 35 baths.. lol ! Then I installed myself the dripping system and test it with water => it works well, hope it will still works in one year.

After that we decided to go to the wood shop for choosing parquet and windows and doors... here is the stuff list :

- small pieces parquet Mai Deng AA on the ground floor everywhere except bathroom,toilet and kitchen : 2" * 1cm * 12" : 360baths x 81m2 = 29.160 Baths
(as the floor was allready poored with ciment we couldn't put the kaolin large parquet on this floor anymore.. and with that price we are able to put it everywhere, so i am feeling ok for that.)
- parquet kaolin Mai Deng AA on the upper floor everywhere except bathroom : 4" * 1" * 45-60cm (mixed sized) : 900baths x 38m2 = 34.200 Baths

- doors in Teak Wood with the traditional "pumpkin" design with 6 rectangles :
_ rooms 80 * 200 : 3600 baths * 3 = 10.800 baths
_ bathrooms 70 * 200 : 3400 baths * 3 = 10.200 baths
_ Frames for doors : 80*200 : 800 baths * 3 = 2400 baths
_ Frames for small doors : 70*200 : 790 baths * 3 = 2370

We did not choose the main entrance door yet... we Have to come back with our own design and they will do it for us.

Windows frames in wood :
- Mai teng 60*110 = 620 baths
- Mai keng 60*110 = 350 baths
- Mai deng 60*110 = 1270 baths
But the professionnal recommand us to choose Mai Teng as it it the best for windows frame... and not the most expensive so I think it is a real advice, if somebody can confirm that...

windows sashes :
Mai teng : 60*110 =900 baths
and for the sliding doors : 200*68 =1360 baths each


the builder said it is ok for him to include theses windows and doors as it is not much more than the aluminium ones he choosed before.
I have to find myself the best sliding system for glass doors.. and maybe windows.. but maybe it is better for normal windows to not slide ..any suggestion are welcome.

For the budget.. we talked a long time with my builder to understand what his lop sum contract we signed is about really and the quality he choosed for the 8500 baths/m2 for living area, here are the quotes he gave me :

- 84.000 baths for all the floors 170m2
- 84.000 baths for windows (all include)
- 17.800 baths for all the doors
- 28.000 baths for the walls of the bathrooms and toilet
- 267.000 baths for the roof in ayara tiles : 351m2, price including finitions with under roof in wood..etc

that prices are aproximatives.. but gave me an idea where to spend more and where to spend less and we are now more confident to have what we expected in the first place without having to put more money... we'll see in the future how things are going with crossed finguers !

Peace and Have fun ! :D
Poi Fai Mailaiporn.. dum dum dum dum

PS : sorry again for my english.. hope you guys can read and understand all otherwise don't be shy to ask !!
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Re: Building in Chiang Mai, Lanna Style

Postby thaifly » Thu Nov 05, 2009 8:30 pm

thaifly wrote:..as for the termite side.matey bite the bullett...everyday is not a green day.....and put in the normal system that u have seen on c.t.h. approx 15000 baht will cover you there..and a refill is needed every couple years..at a a very low cost. and that side is over red rover....
its a gidday P.F.M. its the thai fly from mae rim...nice to see that your build is going along nicely from your pics and posts :) :) ..keep up the good work for the board :D :D .... taking into everything consideration...the chemical way for the termite system..is for mine ...the best avenue to go. :D :D .but as you have had your builder implementing the system. :o :o :o .. you may have saved a few baht... going this way..but the end result :?: :?: :?: ITS A NOT OVER RED ROVER..GIDDAY TO ALL..its the thai fly from mae rim
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Re: Building in Chiang Mai, Lanna Style

Postby Poi Fai Malaiporn » Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:56 am

hello everybody :)

sorry for the delay but here is the first update !


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:) 8) :lol:
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Re: Building in Chiang Mai, Lanna Style

Postby Poi Fai Malaiporn » Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:58 am

the second update.. here it is ! >

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enjoy :)
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Re: Building in Chiang Mai, Lanna Style

Postby Poi Fai Malaiporn » Mon Aug 16, 2010 6:00 am

another one .. things starts to looks like a real house :)


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:idea: :P :idea:
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Re: Building in Chiang Mai, Lanna Style

Postby Poi Fai Malaiporn » Mon Aug 16, 2010 6:01 am

let's go for more :)

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:? 8) :shock:
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Re: Building in Chiang Mai, Lanna Style

Postby Poi Fai Malaiporn » Mon Aug 16, 2010 6:03 am

final update for now.. please leave your comments :)


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:P :P :P :P :P
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Re: Building in Chiang Mai, Lanna Style

Postby Roger Ramjet » Mon Aug 16, 2010 6:50 am

Poi Fai,
I know it's a little late to comment, but, the way your bath has been put in you may have problems later. A bath is designed to be supported from underneath, not at the top. If you place two rows of red bricks under the bath it will last for years. Also at the front, there needs to be an opening for access to the catchment drain. You will be suprised how much hair gets caught in that area and it needs cleaning quite regularly (without having to lift out the bath).
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Re: Building in Chiang Mai, Lanna Style

Postby Maseratimartin » Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:12 am

Dear Poi Fai,

I looked at your story and have to tell you that you can be proud of such a nice house.
Overall a good and rigid quality...

Only two times I thought "hoppla":
1) ...you were looking at an IKEA kitchen.... but then I saw that you didn't really go for it....uhh!
2) The bath tub: Good bath tubs have a supporting frame underneath for levelling before you work around!
You can also do the way Roger mentioned and use bricks.
The maintenance opening is not really so critical as long you have some spare tiles....just cut it out when necessary and then place exactly one tile there hold on place with magnets.
But there is the one thing....your bath tub is squeezed in the corner!? You will have problems to step in the tub because of the wide front....the tub nice in the cennter would be much better!

A third thing, but that is a personal taste...I don't like shower areas without a shower tub....tiles look great but later often cause trouble....water ingress...many people don't use proper sifons and then it stinks everywhere...

Ok...lucky one....enjoy your nice house and again congrats...

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Re: Building in Chiang Mai, Lanna Style

Postby BKKBILL » Mon Aug 16, 2010 1:09 pm

Now that the house is complete there really isn’t much to say except congratulations.

When looking at the photos I did think like others that the tub should be centered on the window.

You have built a nice looking house and hope you will be very happy living there.
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Re: Building in Chiang Mai, Lanna Style

Postby Poi Fai Malaiporn » Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:11 pm

Thanks you all for your comments, more pics will com as soon as I'll reached thailand

Only two times I thought "hoppla":
1) ...you were looking at an IKEA kitchen.... but then I saw that you didn't really go for it....uhh!
2) The bath tub: Good bath tubs have a supporting frame underneath for levelling before you work around!
You can also do the way Roger mentioned and use bricks.
The maintenance opening is not really so critical as long you have some spare tiles....just cut it out when necessary and then place exactly one tile there hold on place with magnets.
But there is the one thing....your bath tub is squeezed in the corner!? You will have problems to step in the tub because of the wide front....the tub nice in the cennter would be much better!

A third thing, but that is a personal taste...I don't like shower areas without a shower tub....tiles look great but later often cause trouble....water ingress...many people don't use proper sifons and then it stinks everywhere...


First I have to explain that all this work has been done without my supervision.. I was not there and I only received pictures.. after work of course !

SO I am happy with the work except some points like the bathroom... they did it by themselves, so what to do...? The bathtub was supposed to be not centered with the window frame : that is my choice, but yes it should have been different, the wide front should have been half size and the tub not closd by the wall... and I'll will do that "The maintenance opening" as soon as I'll be there, we got plenty of spare tiles.
Supporting frame for the bathtub is also something I'll have to fix...
and the Shower was not even designed yet.. they already finished it... :roll: .. so here it is.. not too bad.. not the best.. I'll also fix this later, as I am more concerned to finish the kitchen in the first place. I have never plan to have an ikea kitchen.. :P but I'd like to be there and choose myself the doors.. and equipments and everything to do it as the way we want... that was the thing I did'nt alowed to be done without our supervision, even the walls were supposed to wait for us.. but it is already done...

next month i'll be there and make my own pictures, the parquet mai deng is already installed upstair and downstair, they say it looks good.. can't wait to see it !

anyway.. greatings for all and thank you again for your comments :)
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Re: Building in Chiang Mai, Lanna Style

Postby splitlid » Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:34 pm

looks good, well done for keeping out of it, saved yourself a few grey hairs. :D

i would check that they have put some sort of drainage in the upper balconies. even with a large overhang the driving rain will soon flood it if there is none. :wink:
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Re: Building in Chiang Mai, Lanna Style

Postby Poi Fai Malaiporn » Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:32 pm

i would check that they have put some sort of drainage in the upper balconies. even with a large overhang the driving rain will soon flood it if there is none. :wink:


It is already installed.. but the father in law said that the part wich is roofless, on the corner right side, is not draining quick enough when hard rain was falling down, so i'll have to check about that thing too.. but anyway the part of balcony which is covered by the roof stay always dry, as he said ^^

Thank you for your comment ;)

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