Building an Australian style house in Chiang Mai

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Re: Building an Australian style house in Chiang Mai

Postby Max&Bee-in-CM » Sat Aug 23, 2014 7:21 pm

olavhome wrote:Now all will understand my lacking knowlegde :oops:
Why house insurance ?
If house made of blocks, can it burn???


Blocks can burn, so can the walls, floors and everything inside. A fire is ferocious enough to consume everything.
I have insurance the same reason everyone does - to mitigate risks and decrease my financial exposure in the event of an incident.

olavhome wrote:Earthquake-know it happens, but do insurance cover ?

You could get it covered before. Recently they brought out some laws to decrease exposure of insurance companies in the event of a major
earthquake. The cover decrease, I believe to only 200,000 baht. So now, if there is a major quake, the insurance will only cover to 200,00 THB.

olavhome wrote:Water leaks, do i cover ? I know in Europe/US with winter isolated houses repairs sure will be expensive, but in LOS ??
Burglary ?

Water leaks are covered, so is water damage through storms, burst pipes, floods. This is all in the clauses of the insurance contract.
Burglary up to 300,000 baht is covered for us in the policy. This is the sum total of the furniture, tvs, etc inside the house. I believe the premium
is 1,000 baht per year for each 100,000 you want to cover for contents.

olavhome wrote:Is it common for falang (and upclass thais) to have insurance for the house ? (understand car insurance is essential)


I don't know about "falangs". I personally have insurance for cars, life and the primary residence. When I contract for work, I have professional
indemnity insurance as well. This is both in Australia, Thailand, and any other places I lived before.
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Re: Building an Australian style house in Chiang Mai

Postby Max&Bee-in-CM » Sat Aug 23, 2014 7:26 pm

Psychic wrote:Max,
I was wondering how your conwood decking was holding up. What did you use for paint? Rothenberger primer?
Thanks.


Yes it was the overseas-made primer, the forget the name already but Rothenberger sounds correct. There should be a picture a dozen or so pages back.

It's been a few years now since we primed and painted it, Bee's dad was there a few weeks ago gave everything a good look-over, he saw no issues. I think we painted two top coats as well from memory, same brand foreign paint, expensive but good.

Overall the conwood is good, doesn't warp or get water damaged. Glad we went with it for minimal fuss and maintenance, can't imagine having wood and not being there, I hear it's high maintenance - sort of like some girls.
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Re: Building an Australian style house in Chiang Mai

Postby Roger Ramjet » Sat Aug 23, 2014 11:40 pm

olavhome wrote:Now all will understand my lacking knowlegde
Why house insurance ?
If house made of blocks, can it burn???
Earthquake-know it happens, but do insurance cover ?
Water leaks, do i cover ? I know in Europe/US with winter isolated houses repairs sure will be expensive, but in LOS ??
Burglary ?
Is it common for falang (and upclass thais) to have insurance for the house ? (understand car insurance is essential)

olavhome,
Insurance companies in Thailand (two I know of) insure by the sq metre. The 19,000 baht 3 year policy on our house for 9 million baht (240 sq metres) covers flood damage, quakes, etc. Theft is for up to 1 million, but we had to have the contents inspected and listed.

Hello Max, good to see you're still with us. When does the telescope go in?
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Re: Building an Australian style house in Chiang Mai

Postby Psychic » Tue Aug 26, 2014 5:55 pm

Thanks Max,
I really like the look of Conwood decking but was reading somewhere else about the absorbing water and peeling. Also re-painting being a nightmare. I'll see if you mentioned the brand during your build. But it's good to hear that it stands up well if done properly. Sounds like you've been in Australia pretty much since last year. Probably needed a break after all that construction.
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Re: Building an Australian style house in Chiang Mai

Postby Max&Bee-in-CM » Fri Sep 05, 2014 3:35 pm

Roger Ramjet wrote:Hello Max, good to see you're still with us. When does the telescope go in?


Unfortunately, that will have to wait for both time and money. But definitely within the next 5 years.
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Re: Building an Australian style house in Chiang Mai

Postby Max&Bee-in-CM » Fri Sep 05, 2014 3:36 pm

Psychic wrote:Probably needed a break after all that construction.


Still recovering. The place in CM will just be a holiday house, if we can a month every 1-2 years. Perhaps longer if I win the lottery.
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Re: Building an Australian style house in Chiang Mai

Postby Max&Bee-in-CM » Sat Jan 23, 2016 1:52 pm

Hi Everyone - Happy New Year 2016!!

Happy to report we'll finally be returning to Chiang Mai for a holiday, arriving back home sometime April 3.

Looking forward to seeing the house, how all the trees have grown, and any repairs that need to be done.

It's been 2 1/2 years since we've been back, so everyone is looking forward to going back.
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Re: Building an Australian style house in Chiang Mai

Postby Ians » Sat Jan 23, 2016 2:54 pm

Can't possibly be 2 1/2 years since you left.... It was only a few weeks back.....
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Re: Building an Australian style house in Chiang Mai

Postby Max&Bee-in-CM » Sat Jan 23, 2016 4:06 pm

Ians wrote:Can't possibly be 2 1/2 years since you left.... It was only a few weeks back.....


It does seem that way, but it is coming up to 2 1/2 yrs. Time is so fast!
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Re: Building an Australian style house in Chiang Mai

Postby MGV12 » Sat Jan 23, 2016 5:58 pm

Happy New Year Max & Co

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Re: Building an Australian style house in Chiang Mai

Postby BKKBILL » Sat Jan 23, 2016 7:48 pm

It is surprising it has been 2.5 years hope all has been going well. By your picture the children have sprouted I’m sure like all your plants here.
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CARDBOARD BOXES

Postby Max&Bee-in-CM » Fri Mar 11, 2016 6:01 am

Hi All,

I'll be needing lots of cardboard boxes when we arrived next month.

Any ideas where to get cardboard in Chiang Mai? (preferably free - don't care if it's a little bent/stained from produce)

Here in Melbourne, the hardware stores usually have them for free, and of course the huge wheelie bins behind the supermarkets and
fruit/vege stores.

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Re: Building an Australian style house in Chiang Mai

Postby Roger Ramjet » Fri Mar 11, 2016 6:46 am

Max&Bee-in-CM wrote:I'll be needing lots of cardboard boxes when we arrived next month.

When we moved to the new house a "professional" removalist supplied all the boxes and a lot of our stuff is still in them. They cost about 10 baht each and we kept 20. You can buy them through any removalist, probably at less than 10 baht each.
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Re: Building an Australian style house in Chiang Mai

Postby eyecatcher » Fri Mar 11, 2016 7:59 am

Roger Ramjet wrote:
Max&Bee-in-CM wrote:I'll be needing lots of cardboard boxes when we arrived next month.

When we moved to the new house a "professional" removalist supplied all the boxes and a lot of our stuff is still in them. They cost about 10 baht each and we kept 20. You can buy them through any removalist, probably at less than 10 baht each.


Quite right; the big removals specialist here and everywhere is Nim Transport; they have at least 3 offices here to my knowledge. you could also try the likes of DKbooks and Surawong for your large flat pack office type boxes with lids. :)
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