building a house in sarapii, chiangmai

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Re: building a house in sarapii, chiangmai

Postby setaputra » Fri Jun 10, 2011 11:33 am

The drive and main pathways are shingled though i will be laying more to make it deeper. the builder skimped on that a bit.

I'm concentrating now on the garden to take advantage of new planting for the rainy season

The wrap around effect has proved very successful. that is certainly something i would not have changed. I would not have changed the window and door layout either as that has made the house very cool
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Re: building a house in sarapii, chiangmai

Postby setaputra » Fri Jun 10, 2011 11:37 am

We have no hallway. I'll post some pics of the main living area

And provided it's ok with the mods i'll post some garden pics as i think it is in a sense a continuation of the story of the build.
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Re: building a house in sarapii, chiangmai

Postby otis-a » Fri Jun 10, 2011 12:20 pm

a link to floor plan would also be appreciated
there are 19 pages to sort thru to find u floor plan, sounds interesting 'no hallway'
where to park dog when in town? A barking lot... :-)))
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Re: building a house in sarapii, chiangmai

Postby setaputra » Fri Jun 10, 2011 1:24 pm

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Re: building a house in sarapii, chiangmai

Postby setaputra » Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:48 am

I'm not a fan of hallways. otis

but everyone to his own taste

and mods; is it ok to post some garden pics as a continuation of this 'story'

in some ways we are trying to 'extend' the house into the garden
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Re: building a house in sarapii, chiangmai

Postby fredlk » Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:00 am

setaputra wrote:and mods; is it ok to post some garden pics as a continuation of this 'story'

Go ahead. I see it as a continuation of the building story.
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Re: building a house in sarapii, chiangmai

Postby setaputra » Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:31 am

wow, that's a fast reply

thanks
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Re: building a house in sarapii, chiangmai

Postby fredbkk » Fri Dec 23, 2011 2:51 am

[quote="setaputra"]The girl on the right and in subsequent photos was very conscientious and seemed to enjoy laying the air blocks very accurately; checking vertical and horizontal levels and tapping with a hammer to get exactly right.


Hi, Setaputra, how thick is your block for the exterior wall. Only one skin ? Thanks
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Re: building a house in sarapii, chiangmai

Postby unclezillion » Thu Dec 29, 2011 4:22 pm

Great build and a nice house.
What do you feel a year on?
What does the garden look like?
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Re: building a house in sarapii, chiangmai

Postby setaputra » Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:36 pm

Standard size blocks and only one skin

I had problems with my old camera but I will post some pics on the garden at present

I now have some shade now but will be one more year I think before it's looking really reasonable. I intend doing some more planting in the rainy season

We've had mosquito doors fitted (which were not part of the original plans) and have laid a patio under the main house where it is very cool and we have some wooden furniture

We occasionally use fans but have had no need of aircon

I have laid a thicker layer of gravel on the drive. The builders had persuaded me against my initial thoughts that a fine layer would look better (which was true for a short time but I now realise Thais go for short term "beauty";. But larger stones laid more thickly are definitely better
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Re: building a house in sarapii, chiangmai

Postby setaputra » Wed Oct 29, 2014 8:51 am

It's three years three months since we moved in.

A few snags but nothing major. I was never really happy with the painting though they put on two or three coats, We've had some modifications done, basically closing in the bedroom balcony and outside kitchen. So the outside and inside will need some repainting

Some of the painting will be on render, some will be on existing paintwork.

Will taking off loose flaking and washing down with detergent be sufficient before putting on two coats of quality paint?

Any tips? Things to insist on? Things to avoid?

Thanks, guys.
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Re: building a house in sarapii, chiangmai

Postby Mike Judd » Wed Oct 29, 2014 2:47 pm

Just make sure you use a good paint ,you can always tell the good stuff is bloody expensive compared to the rubbish. On the old paint if it's acrylic or water based it will be powdery and wash off easy, Oil paint is a pain if flacky and needs burning off unless you don't mind seeing the patches of old paint. :roll: :roll:
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Re: building a house in sarapii, chiangmai

Postby setaputra » Wed Oct 29, 2014 2:53 pm

Thanks for that, Mike
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Re: building a house in sarapii, chiangmai

Postby martin b » Sun Nov 02, 2014 3:56 pm

Hi Setaputra, what happened to the photo's of the garden you promised?
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Re: building a house in sarapii, chiangmai

Postby setaputra » Fri Nov 07, 2014 7:20 am

Anyone had the experience of workers removing the glass and mosquitoe net frames from factory-produced sliding window frames before installing into the brickwork?

The present team should be finished repairing the previous builders' work in about a week, so I'll post some comments then. It was Dozer i think that commented that when you use Thai builders you can forget the your social life while they're on site.

I've also found that the work on their first day is often exemplary but then deteriorates. I have my own views on this, particularly after speaking to a pooyaibaan that was "supervising" his daughter and son-in -law's hi-so build in Maerim and talking to an architect who was asked to plan and be permanently on site on an extension required by a member of the royal family.
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