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MrBoJangles Budget Bungalow in the Boonies

Postby mrbojangles » Mon Apr 02, 2012 10:47 am

Hello all.

Me, the wife and our 3 year old daughter live in Saudi. The wife has owned quite a bit of land just outside Chaiyaphum for quite a while now. About 5 years ago, we started putting additional soil on one of the plots where we intended to build a house. This plot is approx 31/2 rai and the soil has all settled well. Due to the wife and daughter going over there on school holidays etc for several weeks and sometime months in the summer, we started to build what will be a house, purely for holiday purposes. Our full time house will have to be nearer a major town with an International school for my daughter. I've called it "Budget" as it isn't a top end kind of build i.e. double thick walls etc but there isn't really a budget and will cost what it costs, to build.

The wifes brothers are builders and we looked at several of their other builds and decided on the size and shape etc. No drawings were used in this build whatsoever, apart from my own sketches. Coupled with the fact we are in Saudi, surprisingly we haven't had too many headaches to date. They have been working on the house sort of in between other jobs, so this has been perfect for us, as it gives us time to think about changes and additions we want, as we go along. They started last August and although we get piccies from the neice sometimes, we last saw it in person at the end of jan.

That's the background. Now I'll gather some pictures and post them up to where we currently are up to with the build.
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Re: MrBoJangles Budget Bungalow in the Boonies

Postby mrbojangles » Mon Apr 02, 2012 12:34 pm

I'm struggling posting pictures. I've re-sized them dowm to below 200 kb but I get the following message

"The image must be at least 0 pixels wide, 0 pixels high and at most 800 pixels wide and 850 pixels high. The submitted image is 864 pixels wide and 648 pixels high."

Anyone know what's up?
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Re: MrBoJangles Budget Bungalow in the Boonies

Postby mrbojangles » Mon Apr 02, 2012 12:38 pm

Try again, See if it works.

Start of the marking out. We decided to build to the right hand side of the land, near to the next door neighbours. This is where the last electricity pole is on the road. Save money when connecting up not having to pay for a new run.

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Ceremonial stuff.

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To the disgust of some I'm sure, we went fpr pre-cast Saow's (sp)

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Re: MrBoJangles Budget Bungalow in the Boonies

Postby mrbojangles » Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:01 pm

Various others at the early stage. I must point out that at this stage the wife was over in Thailand on holiday and I hadn't seen anything first hand. She decided what she wanted and I said go ahead. She was just sending me pictures.

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Re: MrBoJangles Budget Bungalow in the Boonies

Postby mrbojangles » Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:19 pm

This is the point I arrived and changes started to happen. I didn't think it was big enough, so I added a full width at the back with a further 4 Saow's. At the front, the mrs had intended to have the middle empty with steps to the left and right for balconies. I decided to infill the middle and use the right as an extention to our bedroom, doubling the original size from about 3.5m x 3.5m to 7m x 3.5m. The middle and left sections will be the balcony.

Now I've arrived, a lot of head scratching with my changes.

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This is a view from the left and the driveway.

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This is a view from the road directly in front of the house.

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Re: MrBoJangles Budget Bungalow in the Boonies

Postby mrbojangles » Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:27 pm

This is the extra bit I added at the back.

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At the front of the house. The middle portion is now filled in and the bedroom wall is on the right.

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Re: MrBoJangles Budget Bungalow in the Boonies

Postby mrbojangles » Mon Apr 02, 2012 5:38 pm

Sorry about the quality of the next sets of pictures. We had come back to Saudi and the nephew was sending us some piccies taken from his camaera phone.

Front of house. Now with roof on.

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The next two are the left hand side of the house. Thai kitchen at the rear.

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Re: MrBoJangles Budget Bungalow in the Boonies

Postby mrbojangles » Mon Apr 02, 2012 5:53 pm

We had another quick visit in October.

this is of the right hand side. Looking towards the back. The glass blocks are in the bathroom.

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Looking inside from the front door.

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And the same view with some rendering. Also, decided that the doorway was too big into the kitchen, so added an archway and narrowed it a bit.

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Nearly finished external rendering. Our Daughter looks happy enough.

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Re: MrBoJangles Budget Bungalow in the Boonies

Postby mrbojangles » Mon Apr 02, 2012 8:12 pm

These two are of the kitchen.

This one looking from the bathroom towards the kitchen door and onto the outside Thai kitchen.

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This one is looking from the kitchen door towards the bathroom (with the glass blocks). The wall for the bathroom will go up where the concrete currently finishes.

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Re: MrBoJangles Budget Bungalow in the Boonies

Postby mrbojangles » Mon Apr 02, 2012 8:25 pm

These two are of the wifes outside Thai kitchen.

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Re: MrBoJangles Budget Bungalow in the Boonies

Postby pattayapope » Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:46 am

Looking good Mr B[*] :D a bit more than a holiday home though[*] :lol:
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Re: MrBoJangles Budget Bungalow in the Boonies

Postby mrbojangles » Tue Apr 03, 2012 10:01 am

pattayapope wrote:Looking good Mr B[*] :D a bit more than a holiday home though[*] :lol:


Cheers PP. It has turned out a bit bigger than I first thought but that was my fault. The wifes first idea would have been about right but it just felt too small, so I added the bit on the back. However, it is just a holiday home and won't be anything else. The wifes family are great and I love it up there for short stays. It would drive me batty living in a village full time, be it in the UK or Thailand, I'm a bit of a towny and just not made for rural living.
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Re: MrBoJangles Budget Bungalow in the Boonies

Postby mrbojangles » Tue Apr 03, 2012 10:19 am

These two are looking from the back.

This is looking along the back, bathroom and then the kitchen/diner

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This is looking down the side, bathroom with glass blocks, then bed number 2 and bed number 1 at the front.

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Re: MrBoJangles Budget Bungalow in the Boonies

Postby mrbojangles » Tue Apr 03, 2012 10:30 am

We went back again in january and they couldn't build the front door wall till we went back as I didn't know what I wanted or what was available.

Bought the frame and now they've built the wall.

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Whilst we were out buying the front and back door frames, we also bought the bathroom one. The bath wall is up and door fitted. This is one of those plastic ones which I got persuaded into buying. I think that will be changed later. Don't know what possessed me to agree on that one.

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Re: MrBoJangles Budget Bungalow in the Boonies

Postby mrbojangles » Tue Apr 03, 2012 10:51 am

This is the first window. We wanted the contractor to install one before we left, to ensure we were happy with the look. The rest will be done whilst we are in Saudi.

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Step being built into the Thai kitchen.

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Because of the design of the roof at the front, how to get rid of the rainwater without it looking stupid was giving me an headache. Thought about rain chains but went for a downpipe and bricked up around it. Also wanted to fatten up the 2 Saow's at the front.

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