Renovating our Townhouse in Rangsit-Pathum

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Re: Renovating our Townhouse in Rangsit-Pathum

Postby schuimpge » Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:32 am

Just to show the old typical electrical work.. Tack on cable-spaghetti.
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Good riddance, now it's at least out of sight and properly installed.
Living Room electricity being installed.
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Re: Renovating our Townhouse in Rangsit-Pathum

Postby schuimpge » Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:35 am

Quite some time ago, still got a couple of dozen pictures to do.
Lets continue on the electricity.
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Downstairs Bathroom Electricity for the living room

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start work on living-room ceiling electric

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Most cabling now connected to the proper group

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Connection for Kitchen, Hood

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Result, laundry room electric almost done
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Re: Renovating our Townhouse in Rangsit-Pathum

Postby schuimpge » Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:46 am

Going to move a bit faster on it. Will finish area by area up to the final result.
First, outside. Garden at the side.
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from mud to garden

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Pavers before Sand Wash

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Final result of sandwash

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Rain cover at the back

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Before the final paint

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Final Result..

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I really like what he did with this.
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Re: Renovating our Townhouse in Rangsit-Pathum

Postby weescotsguy66 » Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:15 pm

Great story lots of things to think about.

1 Electricity yes I do hate the fact they do not have earth and I am constantly getting shocks, might get your contractors Electrician over to my house some day
2 Like your PU foam (too expensive for my cheap house)
3 You have been lucky in finding a good contractor and foreman (wife)
4 With the second townhouse house are you going to combine them into a mansion of leave them as separate houses?
5 Windows look really classy, will get your supplier name later.
6 What is the timeframe for the second townhouse and is it a similar change in the design as your house?

I bought a cheap Prueksa property on Khlong Sam over 5 years ago and did a small extension in the garden to extend it was OK but foundations were no good, got alot of cracks but got most fixed now we have the same with the electric being surface mounted, Prueksa has changed that now in their more modern homes now but then it only cost me 581,000 baht with the extension about 300,000 baht but now everything is more expensive.
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Re: Renovating our Townhouse in Rangsit-Pathum

Postby schuimpge » Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:29 pm

Thanks for the comments Weescotsguy.
Second townhouse is the one on the other side of the property wall, you can see it in some of the recent pictures.
We've connected the front 2nd floor, put in a concrete base, now building up.
But keeping it such that it's easy to separate it later for sale.
Double house would be impossible to sell at a good price, old village, so better keep it separate in construction for later.

Our house foundations are very good. There's no single house I've seen yet with problems.
The surrounding land sure sank, including streets, front and back terraces, but houses itself rock-solid.
Windows are original, if you refer to the wooden ones. The aluminium ones where specially adapted to the rest of the house' style.

2nd house, inside I'm looking to finish this year, outside no time-frame yet...
Depends largely on my contractor. My house is a 'time-filler' for him to keep his guys together working for him.
So anytime another project comes up, he's off for some time and comes back again.
Works perfect for both of us. No hurry for me.
We paid 1.7mil for the first one, 1.35 for the second because of bad shape it's in.
I'm aiming at 500k THB renovation for the second one, sales-value would get in the 2~2.2mil when finished.
Likely renting it out to my company for the time being..so it helps a bit on the monthly bills.
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Re: Renovating our Townhouse in Rangsit-Pathum

Postby schuimpge » Sat Jan 04, 2014 10:53 am

Time to finish this one.
Kitchen final result

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It is still every day one of my little pleasures to walk into the house and see the kitchen brighten up the whole place.
The combination of indirect TL-lighting and the skylights we put in are great.
Would I have done anything different? Yes, one issue we did not spot, same like Brianks just last week found out, the cooking plate is too close to the wall to use a wok on the large heaters. That might change some day.
Other than that, nothing. The stone/cement was a good choice, Floods did not do any damage at all, 6 weeks it was in 30cm of water that came through the floor. Good scrubbing and it was all new again.

Stairs and Hallways.

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Outside Front now covered, again with skylights, I hate dark places/houses with a vengeance.
A house (in my view) should feel like an extension to the outside area.
You should feel outside even inside your house, which is why I like my house with the huge window all the way from floor to the 7meter high ceiling.

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Re: Renovating our Townhouse in Rangsit-Pathum

Postby Sunpax » Sat Jan 04, 2014 11:04 am

Nice, nice kitchen.....is your stairs made in wood (i like it)
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Renovating our Townhouse in Rangsit-Pathum

Postby schuimpge » Sat Jan 04, 2014 11:05 am

Last one..Laundry room with the elevated platform for washing machine.
Saved us during the flooding for having the machine available.

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Below a picture of our house on the left and the backside neighbour.
Neighbour was painted around the same time as ours. Shows the quality of paint on our house.
Up till now there's not a single piece of paint that is peeling off.
Picture was made a couple of weeks ago.

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Re: Renovating our Townhouse in Rangsit-Pathum

Postby fredlk » Sat Jan 04, 2014 11:09 am

The house looks fantastic, but you can see that a Farang is living there by the tasteful colours. :D
schuimpge wrote:I hate dark places/houses with a vengeance.
A house (in my view) should feel like an extension to the outside area.
You should feel outside even inside your house, which is why I like my house with the huge window all the way from floor to the 7meter high ceiling.

Exactly. I think that you and I suffered the horrible Dutch climate for far too long.
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Re: Renovating our Townhouse in Rangsit-Pathum

Postby schuimpge » Sat Jan 04, 2014 11:11 am

Sunpax wrote:Nice, nice kitchen.....is your stairs made in wood (i like it)


Thanks Sunpax. I'm very happy with the kitchen. My contractor as well, he copied it in his own house..lol
Stairs is wood indeed. But instead of going the time-consuming route of sanding, we decided to save our contractor and painted it.
Overall, I like the combination of white and dark brown. Looks very nice and makes it a focus-point in the house.
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Re: Renovating our Townhouse in Rangsit-Pathum

Postby schuimpge » Sat Jan 04, 2014 11:16 am

fredlk wrote:The house looks fantastic, but you can see that a Farang is living there by the tasteful colours. :D
schuimpge wrote:I hate dark places/houses with a vengeance.
A house (in my view) should feel like an extension to the outside area.
You should feel outside even inside your house, which is why I like my house with the huge window all the way from floor to the 7meter high ceiling.

Exactly. I think that you and I suffered the horrible Dutch climate for far too long.


Lol.. Thanks Fred... But at least it's not Pink like Briank's house....heheee.
I like white as color for the house, but for these town-houses it doesn't do justice. Modern, like yours, yep white is the way to go.

Big yes on the Dutch climate..to be honest, I rarely if ever sit inside.
Outside front is my space.
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Re: Renovating our Townhouse in Rangsit-Pathum

Postby schuimpge » Sat Jan 04, 2014 11:32 am

Since I'm in the mood anyway, let me continue with the balcony between the two master bedrooms.
That's where we have connected both houses. Both Bedrooms now have a door to a shared terrace. Perfect for my morning wake up with a coffee.

How it looked before:

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Our goals:
1. A covered and secluded terrace
2. A space for aircon-compressors
3. A front view that would connect the two houses as if they where designed like that.
4. A water tower for non-pump water to both houses and solar pump to keep it filled up.

So we removed the roof cover there.
Then started with preparation for concrete. Broke out the walls and prepared for electric.

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Reuse of door/window frame from the balcony in the front which will be included in the bedroom.

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view from the terrace to the 2nd house

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Base for concrete laid out. Looking to the front, compressor will be located elsewhere later.
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Re: Renovating our Townhouse in Rangsit-Pathum

Postby schuimpge » Sat Jan 04, 2014 11:42 am

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Side front now rendered and waiting for paint.

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Painting wood work mostly done myself, I don't like the wash and slosh new paint that's so 'normal' here.

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Missed a few steps, but floor done and now building up the front columns.

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And the backside water-tower.

The load is spread over 8 columns and their connecting beams and 14 Steel beams under the floor itself that lay on the 3 concrete beams.
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Re: Renovating our Townhouse in Rangsit-Pathum

Postby schuimpge » Sat Jan 04, 2014 11:51 am

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I reused the old balcony steel for the new balcony. Will later show a picture of other houses to compare.

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From the terrace.

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Water tower almost complete.

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A second wall was build in to create a space for the aircon compressors.
Roof steel going up.
The front will have CPAC tiles and the backside will get plexiglas roofing to keep it light.

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Both sides of the tower have a bench that wraps around the back of the tower.

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The front almost finished.
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Re: Renovating our Townhouse in Rangsit-Pathum

Postby schuimpge » Sat Jan 04, 2014 11:56 am

So we then started wrapping it up.
Since we want it secluded and we don't like cats getting on the balcony, we covered the front with frame and door to access the aircon for maintenance.

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