mel from Quadra Is. BC, Canada

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mel from Quadra Is. BC, Canada

Postby melwish » Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:44 am

Hello all, I have a small plot of land in Mae Rim, 20 km from Chiang Mai. I have been in the planning stages the last year to build a small cottage, unfortunately my builder/friend has just passed away and now i find myself in search of somebody to fill the gap. I am a drywaller by trade and have enough building experience to do this myself but since i still live in Canada and only have winters to build i think it would be good to have somebody who knows what they are doing. If you know of anybody you can suggest, (it is a very small project, about 500 square feet and i plan to use q-con blocks or something similar), please forward me a link or a name and phone number.... by the way did i mention he should speak some english as my thai is minimal. thank you in advance. mel.
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Re: mel from Quadra Is. BC, Canada

Postby geordie » Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:08 pm

Mel that a hell of a wish list most builds work through a couple of builders ! builders that speak english are extremely thin on the ground unless you intend to employ a Farrang ?? It is very rare for anyone to actually recomend their builder, they are not a reliable breed generally speaking. Most people trawl around locally for a team check out references sample work then its down to prayer after that.
Welcome to the forum use it for some homework get an idea on prices ect there is a wealth of knowledge here that could save you a few bob in the future there are a few forum members up in that area if they surface ? :wink:
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Re: mel from Quadra Is. BC, Canada

Postby melwish » Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:04 am

Hi Geordie, I suppose i have a long learning curve to go though and i see that this forum can certainly make life easier. I'm not in a hurry to get this project under way but it is disappointing to be so close to pouring cement only to have to start from square one again, but If the sun is shining it's always a good day.
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Re: mel from Quadra Is. BC, Canada

Postby Mike Judd » Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:03 am

You say you are not in a hurry, so that's an advantage with the learning curve. Just take one step at the time and they are all in this forum if you take the time to go through the sections applicable. Plenty of time gives you the luxury of analysing each phase of your build and getting it right before the event, not after.It requires a lot of planning and apart from obtaining all the materials, finding the right Labour is the hard part. Although Thai's in the building game seem to be multi skilled to some extent, or try to give you that impression ? I found it best to search around for the specialised trades and see some of their work first if possible. That's where you need someone on your side (Wife,Partner) who speaks English and Thai. I have mentioned it on other Posts, but there seems to be a tendency
with some parts of a build for there to be huge gangs of men on the job with more Shirkers than Workers. I know they are low paid and all that, but the Subbie on a set price is usually more efficient I've found, and easier to keep to your standard once you have checked his previous work out. Hope this helps ?
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Re: mel from Quadra Is. BC, Canada

Postby fredlk » Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:39 am

Mike Judd wrote:Just take one step at the time and they are all in this forum if you take the time to go through the sections applicable.

I felt that I learnt most from reading all the various building stories. Most of the do's and dont's are documented in them.
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