Cheap Build Challenge with 150,000 baht

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Re: Cheap Build Challenge with 150,000 baht

Postby Bangyai » Fri Apr 22, 2016 10:06 am

Well , the situation now is that the house as per plan is finished. Total cost came to 160,000 baht. The excess 10,000 was due to Ken also putting up a ceiling and enlarging and enclosing the outside Thai kitchen.

However , the MIL and young sister are so pleased with the result that more money has been forthcoming. We have been given our excess 20,000 back ( we were over at 120,000 ) and poor Ken has been lumbered with continuing the build. Mother wants the kitchen floor tiles and sister wants a front wall and footpath to the road. Ken has been given 40,000 baht for all his work and is expected to do the wall and footpath from this money.

I will post more pictures of the finished house but right now its still a bit untidy.

Anybody contemplating a cheap build like this should be able to do it for about 200,000. We have saved by not having to employ a builder/contractor. Ken has done 90% of the work himself with hired help on days when heavy work was involved.
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Re: Cheap Build Challenge with 150,000 baht

Postby Bangyai » Sun Apr 24, 2016 10:54 am

So now the build is continuing beyond the original plan with perimeter wall and driveway plus full Thai kitchen.
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Re: Cheap Build Challenge with 150,000 baht

Postby condee » Sun Apr 24, 2016 5:50 pm

I really enjoy to read your building Story, thank you for share. :)
Always nice to see that there is also a small Budget way of building. What Part of Thailand are you build....looks like Northern?
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Re: Cheap Build Challenge with 150,000 baht

Postby MGV12 » Sun Apr 24, 2016 6:34 pm

condee wrote:I really enjoy to read your building Story, thank you for share. :)
Always nice to see that there is also a small Budget way of building. What Part of Thailand are you build....looks like Northern?


In your previous posts you said that you were building a small house ... you were even at the stage of choosing aircon units.

How did that work out? We would be pleased to know your experiences and maybe even a build story ... if not that then some pics at least.

Chok dee :)

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Re: Cheap Build Challenge with 150,000 baht

Postby Bangyai » Sun Apr 24, 2016 10:12 pm

MGV12 wrote:
condee wrote:I really enjoy to read your building Story, thank you for share. :)
Always nice to see that there is also a small Budget way of building. What Part of Thailand are you build....looks like Northern?


In your previous posts you said that you were building a small house ... you were even at the stage of choosing aircon units.

How did that work out? We would be pleased to know your experiences and maybe even a build story ... if not that then some pics at least.

Chok dee :)


You can read the story of our own build in the separate thread :

. ' 1 bedroom bungalow in Petchabun '

This was completed 9 months ago and you can see the pictures in that thread.

Once we had completed our own build the mother in law wanted to move from her old house to come and live next door on the vacant plot owned by my wife's sister. This thread is about trying to build her something suitable on a very limited budget. We got the basic build done for 160,000 but work is continuing a little ( at sisters expense ) to include a basic front wall and access footpath.
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Re: Cheap Build Challenge with 150,000 baht

Postby Bangyai » Wed Apr 27, 2016 1:54 pm

Well.....getting pretty bored with it now. Had people camped out in my living room for two months and have very little privacy. The house could have been completed 2 weeks ago but they keep adding work. Now Ms Bangyai has joined in and has contracted for a well to bo bored to make sure we always have enough water.
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Re: Cheap Build Challenge with 150,000 baht

Postby BKKBILL » Wed Apr 27, 2016 4:50 pm

Bangyai, what is the contract price of the well?
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Re: Cheap Build Challenge with 150,000 baht

Postby Bangyai » Wed Apr 27, 2016 11:04 pm

BKKBILL wrote:Bangyai, what is the contract price of the well?


They have charged 8000 baht ( not including pump ) and will bore until they find water , which they failed to do today. A year or so ago you could have got the service for 5 or 6 thousand but right now in the middle of a drought they are pretty busy and the price has gone up.

Right now we are experiencing water rationing from the local water authority. No mains water until 12.30 or sometimes as late as 4.00 pm. Not really feeling the pinch yet as we have water supplies enough for a fortnight but Ms Bangyai wanted it on account of her vegetable garden. Our monthly water bill in Bangkok was 120 baht a month but here in Petchabun about 350 baht as we have a large garden to water. She figures with our own supply we can get the bill down to 120 and also expand the vegetable garden.
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Re: Cheap Build Challenge with 150,000 baht

Postby Bangyai » Thu Apr 28, 2016 2:57 pm

Just as a footnote to the above. They were back today for a second try with more drill extensions and they reached water at 20 meters down. Gop is out now buying a pump and the drillers are waiting around to install it for her when she returns.
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Re: Cheap Build Challenge with 150,000 baht

Postby Marlon » Sun May 01, 2016 9:56 am

Cheers Bang Yai. The kitchen looks good now, it was a bit basic before. Regards to air con, most Thais are happy with pat lom, fan. No good spoiling them.
We are treading a similar path with the sons house, but I make him do all the work himself. I give 5000/ month for materials only.
What now? Read books?
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Re: Cheap Build Challenge with 150,000 baht

Postby olavhome » Sun May 01, 2016 12:42 pm

The price of thb 8.000,- is very good :-)
I was told in Buriram a price of thb 75.000 including pump and making a well about 60 meter.
The pump cant be that expensive.
Is there a kind of limit of how deep this guy is able to pump and do you know the size of well pipe or how much water pr hour ?
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Re: Cheap Build Challenge with 150,000 baht

Postby Bangyai » Mon May 02, 2016 10:30 am

Marlon wrote:Cheers Bang Yai. The kitchen looks good now, it was a bit basic before. Regards to air con, most Thais are happy with pat lom, fan. No good spoiling them.
We are treading a similar path with the sons house, but I make him do all the work himself. I give 5000/ month for materials only.
What now? Read books?


Yes....as I said , I initially thought the extended kitchen ( smaller on plans ) was a waste of time. I now confess to being wrong as it is not only the MIL who will be using it. Wifey says she can use it whenever she wants to fry up something especially smelly. This will actually save me money in building our own small outside kitchen.

As for the air con ........ never intended to get it since as you say rural Thais can cope with a fan.

It is very nearly complete now. Just a little bit of painting and general tidying up left. Will post pictures of the finished house later this week.
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Re: Cheap Build Challenge with 150,000 baht

Postby Bangyai » Mon May 02, 2016 10:40 am

olavhome wrote:The price of thb 8.000,- is very good :-)
I was told in Buriram a price of thb 75.000 including pump and making a well about 60 meter.
The pump cant be that expensive.
Is there a kind of limit of how deep this guy is able to pump and do you know the size of well pipe or how much water pr hour ?


OK ....just checked out the total price with Gop ( wifey ) It was as follows

8000 baht for the actual drilling work down to 20 meters
1000 baht for the plastic pipe lining for the hole
2800 baht for the small pump

Total cost .................11,800 baht.

Apparently this area is easy to drill in and the water table is not too far down.

To go down 60 meters is going to be more expensive. I know very little about this subject but I have been told that the drill bit used on ours was of the cheaper single cutting head type ( ?? ) To go deeper you need a more expenive type of drill bit and a bigger rig.

Because all this is not happening at our house and I am paying nothing towards it I have not shown a lot of interests in the details so I don't know how much water it pumps per hour but looking at the water coming out it seems to be a good flow.

Ironically , the wife decided to have the well because of the drought and the recently started water rationing.

However ...as soon as the well was dug the rains came solid for three days and now the whole plot looks like a swamp.
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Re: Cheap Build Challenge with 150,000 baht

Postby olavhome » Mon May 02, 2016 12:48 pm

Maybe you get a local reputation (or your wife) as rain doctor and can get the costs covered by local government :D
My mother in law also made well but only 8 meter. Has water ok but very much iron.
Resulted in that areas where she waters after a while turns Brown.
Not nice if water comes to walls or other cementet areas.
Maybe you watch out for same, but may depend on area :-)
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Re: Cheap Build Challenge with 150,000 baht

Postby Bangyai » Mon May 02, 2016 3:12 pm

Pictures of pump. Yet to build a little house for it.
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