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Re: Thaipete's build

Postby scudman » Fri Jan 23, 2015 8:02 pm

Re your back-splash in the kitchen. Why not just move the electrical outlets up a few centimeters so you would not have to cut your back-splash around them? Also wondering about the cabinet under the sink. Seems it could have been up a bit to eliminate the need to trim the bottom tiles. Sorry, I just notice this kind of stuff and curious as to why. ACD you know.
Looking good though!!
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Re: Thaipete's build

Postby Thaipete » Sat Jan 24, 2015 6:36 am

Heh-heh - yes, why are things as they are? A good question and I sometimes ask myself the same thing. Outlets placed long ago, but the wife couldn't plan on how (or if) she wanted the backsplash. In the end she chose and got this - which is "different", but actially looks quite good, close up. There are also some high wall cabinets to be put up, later.....

As for the lower cabinet, we didn't want the doors at counter level, nor at ground level - so in between was a good idea (for us). :mrgreen:
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Re: Thaipete's build

Postby Thaipete » Sat Jan 24, 2015 7:54 pm

Just two guys working, again, today. Mostly cement work and painting, said one guy. He rendered the carport slope wall side, cemented up on the carport roof - and sealed the gaps around the pipe entrances outside the bathrooms. The rear steps were made to look nice, too, with the tile edging now filled in.

We stopped by another build that the chang has, not far away from us. There were only three workers there, too - and the house doesn't really look any different from the last time we stopped by - a couple of weeks ago.

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Wheelchair slope in/out of the carport ...


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Carport roof, cemented a strip up against the house wall ...


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Rear steps - tiling cemented and looking better ...
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Re: Thaipete's build

Postby Thaipete » Sun Jan 25, 2015 7:33 pm

Suddenly, a lot of work has been done in the bathrooms and kitchen. Took some pics, much to the annoyance of the wife - as she hadn't had the time to clean up after the messy workers.... :roll:

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Bathroom fittings haver appeared, though the toothbrush mug is a totally unwanted item ...


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American Standard toilet, still with sticky paper. Toilet cover still in its bag, too...


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The (messy) scene in the main bathroom ....


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Kitchen drawer unit now looking better, after the outer edges have been sealed ....


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Same goes for the lower kitchen cupboards ...
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Re: Thaipete's build

Postby scudman » Sun Jan 25, 2015 8:19 pm

Thaipete said "Bathroom fittings have appeared, though the toothbrush mug is a totally unwanted item ..."

I have one of those shelves over the sink in my current bath. It gets in the way and I can't get my head over the sink to wash my face. You can bet there will not be one in my new place. You should check it.
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Re: Thaipete's build

Postby unclezillion » Sun Jan 25, 2015 10:19 pm

not far to go now :D looking good :mrgreen: i hope RR's swimming pool will not give the builders ideas :mrgreen:
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Re: Thaipete's build

Postby Thaipete » Mon Jan 26, 2015 6:54 am

scudman wrote:Thaipete said "Bathroom fittings have appeared, though the toothbrush mug is a totally unwanted item ..."

I have one of those shelves over the sink in my current bath. It gets in the way and I can't get my head over the sink to wash my face. You can bet there will not be one in my new place. You should check it.


Thanks for that info. I did go through the movements of washing my face and other things, when I saw the fittings in place - but we don't have water, yet, so it's not for real. It all seems to be ok, but if the shelf gets in the way, then I'll remove it again - easy. Having the counter top, we weren't at all expecting a shelf, anyway - it's rather overdoing things, really. We're not one for all the fancy schmalz that mostly just gets in the way and is often rarely used - and it means having more stuff to keep clean. :roll:

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Re: Thaipete's build

Postby Thaipete » Mon Jan 26, 2015 4:09 pm

unclezillion wrote:not far to go now :D looking good :mrgreen: i hope RR's swimming pool will not give the builders ideas :mrgreen:


Didn't have time to answer this morning - busy today and had to go pretty early this morning ...

Looked at RR's thread about this. Yes, I see what you mean. :wink:

Hopefully our lot will be finished quite soon. Nothing worse than having built a house or an amenity - and then not being able to use it, or not use it properly, :shock:









....and I certainly won't show or mention RR's pool to our chang :mrgreen: :lol:
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Re: Thaipete's build

Postby Thaipete » Mon Jan 26, 2015 7:37 pm

More work done. Wooden doors installed, though need some finishing touches. Guest bathroom wall tiles grouted. 'Dirty kitchen water' cement tank installed, too.

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Doors have appeared ...


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Door into kitchen ....


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Door to outside kitchen ....


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Guest bathroom, walls looking whiter than white ....


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Tank for dirty water from kitchen ...


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Wife doesn't want this soapdish - says it's an ugly plastic thing .....
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Re: Thaipete's build

Postby Thaipete » Tue Jan 27, 2015 8:35 pm

]A lot of small jobs done today - roof tiles fixed, gaps and holes filled in, etc. Inside the house more bathroom fitting were put up - and the bathrooms now have doors, too. In the afternoon a worker asked for the kitchen wall cabinets, as they want to put them up tomorrow. Yep - these ones are in flatboxes, so they have to be assembled. The workers weren't too happy about that, but they'd give it a go....

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Bathroom door ...


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Bathrooms now have shower unit, support rail and (not shown) an extra towel rail ...


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The tacky plastic soap dish has now been replaced with a ceramic one. Grouting will be added later ...


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Attempt at assembling the first kitchen wall cabinet ....
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Re: Thaipete's build

Postby Thaipete » Thu Jan 29, 2015 3:19 pm

Hrmph.....! Looks like the workers were maybe NOT happy about the flatpack kitchen cabinets. :( They DID say that they've never assembled such things before - nobody really has "kitchen cabinets" in this area, so it's a new thing for a lot of people.

Nobody came to the house yesterday - and today they haven't come, either. Could be, I'll have to assemble the darned things by myself, if nobody comes to assemble them..... :| That's a pain, as I'm busy with other stuff, so it'll have to wait awhile. We'll wait a bit longer and then call the chang to hear what's going on - or what's not going on.... :roll:
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Re: Thaipete's build

Postby Thaipete » Fri Jan 30, 2015 7:44 pm

How about that. We now have more doors and windows. All of them, in fact - and mosquito nets will appear another time, so we've been told. Too, the guys made a real good job of installing the doors and windows - and also the bathroom section, too - we were very impressed!

As well as that, all of the sinks have been properly sealed - and there's a faucet/tap on the kitchen sink.

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Front doors in place - and view window, too ...


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Bathroom window and main bedroom view window, too ...


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Bathroom shower doors - they look great! ...


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The wife almost lost her breath when she opened the sliding door. Well pleased, she was ..


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Current view from bedroom view window ...


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Kitchen sink now has a fancy faucet/tap ....


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View from living room view window ...
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Re: Thaipete's build

Postby claynlr » Sat Jan 31, 2015 8:51 am

Pete-Had to chuckle at the "view from the living room window"...construction site!! I know that will transform into a beautiful garden after you move in. The shower doors look great...why people just let the shower water soak the bathroom floor is something I havn't figured out yet!
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Re: Thaipete's build

Postby Thaipete » Sat Jan 31, 2015 7:33 pm

Well, maybe it ain't such a great view, if you're looking out at the ground area. We're nowadays rather used to the rubble and perhaps tend to block out the sight of it. We look more outwards and upwards, where it's green just a hundred meters away - and we have the mountains in the background (which you can't see on this pic). Still, burning season's here, so I don't think we'll get much "view" of the mountains for a month or so...they'll be covered in mist, smoke - and on the odd occasion, areas with flames.

Yeah, I feel for you. The wife leaves our present bathroom like a deep swamp when she's finished showering.... :roll: :shock:

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Re: Thaipete's build

Postby Thaipete » Sat Jan 31, 2015 7:52 pm

The tank areas are being filled in and the ground is once again starting to look flat - good - though I expect it'll mean some earth subsidence in rainy weather, for a while at least, as the earth starts to settle properly around the tanks.

I'm trying to spend a few minutes every day removing the larger stones, brick pieces and garbage from around the edge of the house - and using it all to help level out some of the areas a few yards away from the front of the house. When it's all gone we'll (later on) put a thick gravel topping on it and use it as a driveway and through-road. Still got plenty of land for some fruit, veg and flowers - and I don't want to have to spend all day, every day, trying to keep this massive area looking clean... :P :roll: So a large gravel area suits me fine. We may even make a roofed area out there, for the motorbikes, tools and such - and use the house carport area for relaxing, sipping coffee and for guests - though that's not yet decided! :mrgreen:

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Septic and dirty water tanks buried again ....


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Same on the other side of the house ....
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