Cheap Build Challenge with 150,000 baht

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Re: Cheap Build Challenge with 150,000 baht

Postby Marlon » Wed Mar 30, 2016 10:27 am

Looking good mate
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Re: Cheap Build Challenge with 150,000 baht

Postby Bangyai » Fri Apr 01, 2016 5:29 pm

Marlon wrote:Looking good mate


Thanks Marlon. Still moving along every day. We have now hit 98,000 baht of our own money and are not keen to spend more.
There are a few things left to buy but we are expecting the sister ( who's house it actually is ) to kick in some of the promised cash when she arrives after Songkran. I am fully expecting problems squeezing the remaining 50,000 baht that was promised and will feel sorry for Gop ( wifey ) as it will leave her having to wait for the balance since none of my cash is going into it.
Not looking forward to Songkran either as Kens wife and kids will be arriving for a three week stay until work is finished. Nice kids but they are into everything which can get on your tits after a while.

Anyways.....all the rendering on the inside is finished and the window spaces are all squared up. Ken has diverged a bit from the plans and made a few errors but doesn't concern me as not my house. Latest pics.
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Re: Cheap Build Challenge with 150,000 baht

Postby Bangyai » Sun Apr 03, 2016 9:57 pm

Latest pictures. Budget the same...on track so far ( famous last words ).
I am not interfering but I think Kens positioning of the toilet doesn't leave much of a gradient for the MIL's pooh to make it to the septic tank. I think in the future her turds are not going to make the drop unless we can educate her into flushing with a lot more water than she is used to. Judge for yourselves.
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Re: Cheap Build Challenge with 150,000 baht

Postby Bangyai » Sun Apr 03, 2016 10:03 pm

A few points of contention. Told Ken not to bother with the ceiling but he bought the frame and has erected it anyway leaving us to decide whether to proceed or not. Also a bit of welding seems to have been needed to finish the roofing frame. Facies yet to be cut down flush.
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Re: Cheap Build Challenge with 150,000 baht

Postby Bangyai » Tue Apr 05, 2016 8:25 pm

Well all the rendering was finished today so that's all the heavy work done. Just the floor tiles to do plus attatching the bathroom appliances. Will paint it inside and out myself same color as ours.
Meanwhile ....... I am fleeing the scene tomorrow to do a few days business in Bangkok. Kens kids have only been here 2 days but I am already stressed out. Man....they are into everything and everywhere at once. They were supposed to be shacked up next door but took one look at uncle falangs opulent place and had moved in before you could say I don't like kids. Of course they are not that bad .....just normal kids but that's cold comfort to a grumpy old man who likes his peace and tranquility.

Hopefully our house will not be a pile of rubble when we return on Friday.
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Re: Cheap Build Challenge with 150,000 baht

Postby Bangyai » Sun Apr 10, 2016 8:26 am

Ken has worked alone during our 4 day absence and now mums home is 90% complete. The windows are in and the main room has been tiles. Will buy the paint today and maybe get my hands dirty. Our budget is now at 115,000 as we had to pay off the day labour who has been assisting in the build.
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Re: Cheap Build Challenge with 150,000 baht

Postby sezze » Wed Apr 13, 2016 5:40 am

Nice house . i would have laid the slab before the walls but i guess this way works good also . Buy some paint for the walls and your finished ( the cement coat will last a lot longer ) .
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Re: Cheap Build Challenge with 150,000 baht

Postby Bangyai » Wed Apr 13, 2016 11:36 am

sezze wrote:Nice house . i would have laid the slab before the walls but i guess this way works good also . Buy some paint for the walls and your finished ( the cement coat will last a lot longer ) .


Hi sezze ........I started painting the inside walls myself a couple of days ago and will do the outside after Songkran.
Unfortunately right now there are so many people dropping in at the moment that I have stopped painting. Nothing more annoying then trying to work than have two or three people squatting behind you giving advice on how to hold a paintbrush etc.
Will take some pictures to post today. Our budget is now at 122,000 baht but Ken has not yet been paid although he says he will be satisfied with 1 baht of gold from grandma . More a labour of love than profit .
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Re: Cheap Build Challenge with 150,000 baht

Postby Bangyai » Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:48 pm

Some pictures today during lunch break. Ken has enlarged the kitchen counter from the back wall to the side and made it longer. Bit of a pointless exercise as grandma doesn't need it big. It also now means she can no longer do any cooking at the side of the house and will have to do it elsewhere. So much for forward planning.
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Re: Cheap Build Challenge with 150,000 baht

Postby Bangyai » Fri Apr 15, 2016 11:06 am

Had a bit of a critical look around last night and told Ken there is no point in me painting the ceiling unless he changes the facia panels at the back of the house. Pretty clear to see that when a strong storm blows water will come in large amounts through those vertical slits , sit in puddles above the ceiling then drip down onto the bed through the cracks. Can't imagine why he did not think of this before.
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Re: Cheap Build Challenge with 150,000 baht

Postby pipoz » Fri Apr 15, 2016 2:46 pm

Bangyai wrote:Ken has worked alone during our 4 day absence and now mums home is 90% complete. The windows are in and the main room has been tiles. Will buy the paint today and maybe get my hands dirty. Our budget is now at 115,000 as we had to pay off the day labour who has been assisting in the build.


Looks good, I might do the same or similar for myself if the TG ever decides to kick me out :lol:

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Re: Cheap Build Challenge with 150,000 baht

Postby pipoz » Fri Apr 15, 2016 3:02 pm

Bangyai wrote: Ken has enlarged the kitchen counter from the back wall to the side and made it longer. Bit of a pointless exercise as grandma doesn't need it big. It also now means she can no longer do any cooking at the side of the house and will have to do it elsewhere. So much for forward planning.


Maybe Ken in planning on becoming a Chef and starting his TV Cooking show :roll: :lol:

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Re: Cheap Build Challenge with 150,000 baht

Postby Bangyai » Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:50 pm

pipoz wrote:
Bangyai wrote: Ken has enlarged the kitchen counter from the back wall to the side and made it longer. Bit of a pointless exercise as grandma doesn't need it big. It also now means she can no longer do any cooking at the side of the house and will have to do it elsewhere. So much for forward planning.


Maybe Ken in planning on becoming a Chef and starting his TV Cooking show :roll: :lol:

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Ha ha ......yes you would think so. Although his workaday skills are ok he often doesn't think carefully enough about the implications of what he is doing. He wants to create something grand where it is not needed. Because of this he has now made a cross for his back. He has forgotten getting on and finishing important things ( like replacing the over ventilated rear facia ) and wasted today welding together a mesh door for his grand Thai kitchen. However, he now sees this mesh door will need a frame etc. I asked why he bothered with it and he sheepishly replied ' To keep thieves out '. So then I asked if this area had a lot of son dtam thieves just waiting to steal grandmas old mortar and pessle ?
' well it will keep the dog out '
' And does the dog crave boiled vegetables and som tam ? '
' Er no but .........'

And anyway says I....

Now you have started you need to enclose it all around otherwise these thieves will walk around the door and just hop over the counter.

Hadn't thought about about that dad.

He sees the sense in what I am saying but looked crestfallen that he either has to give it up or enclose everything. Even then, mice and snakes will get through the mesh so ........big waste of time.
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Re: Cheap Build Challenge with 150,000 baht

Postby Bangyai » Mon Apr 18, 2016 3:58 pm

Well ....... the sister was up from Bangkok and came good paying off Ken ( gave him 2 bahts worth of gold and us 6000 in cash )
As far as I can work out the house therefore cost 160,000 to build. Over budget but then the house is over my original specs.
Should be completely finished by the end of the week to make a total of 7 weeks. Inside is tiles and painted and the mother in laws furniture is already inside. For some reason Ken painted the ceiling light grey but apart from that looks ok.
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Re: Cheap Build Challenge with 150,000 baht

Postby Bangyai » Mon Apr 18, 2016 4:01 pm

Looks ok from the road
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