Koh Phangan Coconut Build

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Re: Koh Phangan Coconut Build

Postby kiwimartin » Tue Sep 09, 2014 5:39 pm

A great weekend's work ...the P.M. and head builder really appear to have a handle on things. I will be on the island next month and anticipate the main floor slab will be in place...can't wait! My wife and I are negotiating for and supplying many of the building products from here in BKK...it is keeping our (her) days pretty well filled.
Downstairs bathroom and bedrooms taking shape - columns and lower floor ground beams all in over the weekend -
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The columns which will support the main slab at this end are deceptively high.
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This what will be at the end...
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Re: Koh Phangan Coconut Build

Postby fredlk » Tue Sep 09, 2014 5:51 pm

kiwimartin wrote: will be on the island next month and anticipate the main floor slab will be in place...can't wait!

I bet you can't. It's now at an exciting stage coming out of the ground.
I remember the relaxed feeling of watching the build progress through email but seeing it live on site was a real high every time.
And then ..... you notice a few details that are out of whack, or not which I hope is the case for you.
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Re: Koh Phangan Coconut Build

Postby kiwimartin » Tue Sep 09, 2014 8:00 pm

Not! :cry:Lol.

The PM is an astute man...he called me today to confirm NO step down into the shower. The pad has now been poured with a gentle slope to the drain. It took 4 Sketchup communiques in the planning stages to convince the architect that this was what we really wanted. Hats off to our builder, he got it right away.
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Re: Koh Phangan Coconut Build

Postby kiwimartin » Fri Sep 12, 2014 9:59 pm

Moving earth back in to create a platform for the pool ground beams.
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The groundbeams to support the pool floor (wooden boards) and then pool deck and mainfloor (top of columns) are going in.
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Re: Koh Phangan Coconut Build

Postby kiwimartin » Sat Sep 13, 2014 9:56 pm

One day later ground beams for the pool and deck boxed up...there is tremendous progress on site...the beautiful island weather is helping too! CPAC back in early next week.
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We are closing in on a decision for the steel roofing and doors, at this rate they wont be too far away!
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Re: Koh Phangan Coconut Build

Postby kiwimartin » Tue Sep 16, 2014 2:12 pm

Pool floor beams in place
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Pool walls then pool deck and house slab next...
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Re: Koh Phangan Coconut Build

Postby kiwimartin » Wed Sep 17, 2014 7:04 pm

Pool butts up against the wall of the downstairs 'apartment' - maybe a viewing window through the end of the pool would be the go!
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Reinforcing being finished before main pour of swimming pool slab.
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Re: Koh Phangan Coconut Build

Postby kiwimartin » Mon Sep 22, 2014 3:43 pm

The pool is a real feat of consruction...the slab alone absorbed 9m/3 of readymix
The rubber membrane in place to link the separate floor and wall slabs.
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The pipework placed..
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and the slab poured in one day...
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The form work stacked ready for the pool walls...
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Almost ready for the wall pour - another 10m/2 of readymix...
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We will be at deck level very soon...and will be thinking about the deck and house slabs.The workers have a couple of Sundays off a month, and it seems they continue to make better than steady progress...things are moving so fast there seems a slight air of unreality. A daily chat with the project manager and his regular Pinterest photo posts are keeping us well connected, nevertheless.
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Re: Koh Phangan Coconut Build

Postby MGV12 » Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:46 pm

You would justifiably be thinking that you might get more responses to your build story ... I suggest most are in awe of what you are achieving there and are not sure what to say.

Spectacular would maybe sum it up!

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Re: Koh Phangan Coconut Build

Postby fredlk » Mon Sep 22, 2014 7:22 pm

MGV12 wrote: I suggest most are in awe of what you are achieving there and are not sure what to say.

I'm just getting upset that it's not my pool being built. :lol:
I have already requested larger photos so that I can zoom in on the detail.
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Re: Koh Phangan Coconut Build

Postby kiwimartin » Mon Sep 22, 2014 9:27 pm

Thank you gentlemen for your kind words, I am a little in awe too. It seems a bit arse about face to see so much effort going into the pool in stage one. The way we have designed the project (countless Sketch-up versions over many months) it was obviously necessary to start from the ground up. Soon we will be at the deck level and the house proper will kick off...as I said...almost too soon!
Before moving to Thailand I had planned to build almost the same place on a piece of beach land I bought in Ecuador, so I have been carrying variations of the design in my head for some years.
The project manager is a level headed practical fellow who has charmed even my slightly intransigent wife, and obviously has a great working relationship with his builder. Together they have a number of other builds completed on the island and they have a range of contacts that have smoothed the process.
I spent some time on site establishing the house position and levels, and the dialogue and patience of the P.M. made this too an enjoyable process - (for me at least :wink: ). My wife is now chasing down prices and deals on all manner of purchases and is significantly reducing build material costs - we have agreed with the P.M. to have the option of re-sourcing materials if we can find better prices. My Hong Kong Chinese spouse is expert at this - scarily so!
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Re: Koh Phangan Coconut Build

Postby Mike Judd » Tue Sep 23, 2014 6:36 am

Can't add much more to this door discussion except to confirm that here in Oz ,Aluminium is the cheapest , sliding also, but Bifold when open take up the least amount of room, the only negative being no fly screens, unless you went for the latest ones that roll out like a blind. I ended up with the sliding "Stack a doors" across a 6mt opening
with screens that gave me a 4mt opening . After taking out all the previous aluminium doors and windows that were powder coated dark brown that were badly faded from the sun and the Oz sun is hot but not as much as Thailand, so I went for White powder coated , the same in my Thai house.
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Re: Koh Phangan Coconut Build

Postby kiwimartin » Tue Sep 23, 2014 7:45 am

Hi Mike - We have moved along considerably with our doors. We have a design which we think will work (courtesy of a suggestion from Thaicbr).
We will go aluminium with a grey 'Sahara' textured finish. We have found a manufacturer/installer who will do a 4 track system. The price of the sliding option is less than half the folding doors.
The doors are now looking like this -
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This means we will lose a door width at one end of the wall...but I actually like the 'internal corner that will be created once we install the internal wall to house the doors. So, the house will look like this -
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Re: Koh Phangan Coconut Build

Postby Mike Judd » Tue Sep 23, 2014 1:43 pm

The half cost of sliding compared to folding is to be expected no matter what country it is , each door is so much heavier construction also all the extra fittings etc. All the doors going one way gives you a larger opening than my set up.
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Re: Koh Phangan Coconut Build

Postby pipoz » Tue Sep 23, 2014 11:19 pm

Hi Kiwimartin

What type/brand of waterstop are you planning to use in your pool construction (rear or center etc.) at the junction between your pool slab and its wall? and where did you buy it from?

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