Bamboo Eco House, Nakhon Nayok

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Re: Bamboo Eco House, Nakhon Nayok

Postby Smithson » Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:08 am

Below is a pic from the inside, most of the bamboo used was treated 18 months ago, there are no signs of insect damage or other problems.

The stairs lead up to a mezzanine floor, this is where we sleep and have a drink in the afternoons. There's a bit of a view and a nice breeze. Our 'bedroom' is behind the woven bamboo panel. There is no air con, however we've never found it too hot, the mornings are generally very cool. This summer was very mild, so we'll see how things go next year.
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Re: Bamboo Eco House, Nakhon Nayok

Postby Smithson » Tue Jul 19, 2011 12:58 pm

In the pictures below you can see part of the mezzanine area and the kitchen. We had a lot of furniture custom made, such as the coffee table and kitchen cabinets.
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Re: Bamboo Eco House, Nakhon Nayok

Postby Smithson » Wed Jul 20, 2011 9:10 am

Here's another pic.
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Re: Bamboo Eco House, Nakhon Nayok

Postby gliffaes » Wed Jul 20, 2011 12:03 pm

Smithson wrote:Here's another pic.



Looks terrific.
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Re: Bamboo Eco House, Nakhon Nayok

Postby Nawty » Tue Jul 26, 2011 1:43 pm

Superb.......hope you invested in a few fire extinguishers and a training course for the caretaker...
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Re: Bamboo Eco House, Nakhon Nayok

Postby sali » Thu Jul 28, 2011 2:13 am

Very scenic. You can save electricity because it is well and truly ventilated. I just hope though that when a heavy weather like typhoon would come, it can withstand it.
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Re: Bamboo Eco House, Nakhon Nayok

Postby brucebhai » Wed Feb 15, 2012 7:14 am

Hi,

I would be very interested to come and visit your place if possible. Am staying at Bangkok for now. I have been interested in Bamboo House and want to build many for our eco-community. Have been looking for someone with knowledge about the subject here in Thailand...

Hope I get to learn much...

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Re: Bamboo Eco House, Nakhon Nayok

Postby unclezillion » Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:12 pm

i would imagine that after a year or so things have settled down.
what are your thoughts on the design now?
Would you do anything differently and how are the mosquitos/bugs in such an open house?
All in all a great project. :D
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Re: Bamboo Eco House, Nakhon Nayok

Postby pattayapope » Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:54 pm

Smithson has not visted this site for several months so doubt he would answer your question anytime soon, better solution is to PM to give the thread a kick start[*] :D
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Re: Bamboo Eco House, Nakhon Nayok

Postby Nawty » Fri Feb 17, 2012 7:34 pm

He's very busy treating bamboo..
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Re: Bamboo Eco House, Nakhon Nayok

Postby Max&Bee-in-CM » Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:45 pm

Nawty wrote:He's very busy treating bamboo..


or squatting the thousands of mozzies and gekkos...
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Re: Bamboo Eco House, Nakhon Nayok

Postby Nawty » Sat Feb 18, 2012 6:52 pm

Not.....been there a couple of times and does not seem to be a problem at all.....a coupla bats have taken up residence but..
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Re: Bamboo Eco House, Nakhon Nayok

Postby Smithson » Fri Jun 22, 2012 5:33 pm

It's now over 2 yrs since the main part was built (the finishing took quite a bit longer).

Bugs and mozzies aren't too bad, although this time of year there's a few about, the fans and coils sort them out. The place is holding up well, the roof should last another couple of years. The bamboo is fine, no attacks. We get a few cracks in the dry season, but these close up when the rains come.

We had baanlaesuan (Thai house and garden) do a story on the place, this surprised me a bit as I thought Thais wouldn't have much interest in bamboo houses. Below are some pics.
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The build was a learning experience, hopefully we'll get to do something much better in the future. Being a renovation meant limitations, below are a few things I've learnt.

- I like the open design, very cool and comfortable. It's great to sit in the lounge and look out onto all the greenery.

However, rain can be an issue. Having a larger roof area with open and semi open (rain proof) areas would be good.

- For several reasons we didn't use a finish on the bamboo. Next time I would probably use Tung oil, it would look nicer and increase the lifespan.

The two obstacle for bamboo building a supply of quality treated bamboo and skilled craftsmen. This encouraged my wife to set up a business growing and harvesting bamboo, http://www.baanboo.net.

There's a lot being done with bamboo in other parts of Asia, however not much in LOS. Hopefully this will change.
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Re: Bamboo Eco House, Nakhon Nayok

Postby sirineou » Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:40 pm

Wow,what great project!!!
I show your latest post today, and I went back and read the whole thread,a great way to spend a quiet morning :)

congratulations!!!
innovative, creative, imaginative,attractive, solutions to living space.
I am very impressed, both by your home and by you.
It is easy to do what every one else is doing
It takes a lot of guts and mental fortitude to stray from the" path well worn" and follow your dream.
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Re: Bamboo Eco House, Nakhon Nayok

Postby Smithson » Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:40 am

^ Quite a compliment, thanks!
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