Building costs, materials and tools in Chiang Mai

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Building costs, materials and tools in Chiang Mai

Postby bjm1950 » Sat Aug 26, 2017 3:33 pm

Hi All
I am an old, ('crusty old man', according to guess who!),builder and Quantity Surveyor from Perth, Western Australia, with many years experience with my own building company and also in the mining industry.
I am thinking of building a container here in CM, but struggle to find a place where you can get a good idea of prices for quality materials and power tools to cover all that you require for a good build.
I propose setting up a database in a spreadsheet that will be freely available to anybody interested, of good suppliers of materials and tools here.
There is a lot for me to learn here about methods and materials, but time is on my side.
Any suggestions would be welcome.
Cheers. :D
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Re: Building costs, materials and tools in Chiang Mai

Postby Sometimewoodworker » Sat Aug 26, 2017 4:39 pm

bjm1950 wrote:Hi All
I am an old, ('crusty old man', according to guess who!),builder and Quantity Surveyor from Perth, Western Australia, with many years experience with my own building company and also in the mining industry.
I am thinking of building a container here in CM, but struggle to find a place where you can get a good idea of prices for quality materials and power tools to cover all that you require for a good build.
I propose setting up a database in a spreadsheet that will be freely available to anybody interested, of good suppliers of materials and tools here.
There is a lot for me to learn here about methods and materials, but time is on my side.
Any suggestions would be welcome.
Cheers. :D

Welcome.
That sounds like an interesting idea and a lot of work.

I'll be interested to see how things go.
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Re: Building costs, materials and tools in Chiang Mai

Postby Klondyke » Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:37 am

Once in Chiang Mai you are in the best place for a construction and furnishing material. Just drive around and you will see plenty of sources, beside Global House, Thai Watsadu, HomePro, Boonthaworn and many others. Why a container? For your dwelling? A second hand container you can get offered at shipping companies, there are plenty in Chiang Mai as well.
And by driving around, you will see many beautiful ideas about a dwelling (other than a container) ...
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Re: Building costs, materials and tools in Chiang Mai

Postby Saffles » Mon Aug 28, 2017 5:10 pm

Saw 40' containers for sale for a little less than 60,000. That was advertised price...I am sure can negotiate... This is Asia!!

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Re: Building costs, materials and tools in Chiang Mai

Postby eyecatcher » Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:40 pm

count me in for any help also; I have a very good grasp on how to find most things in Chiang Mai.

Containers for example are being sold next door to the Ratilanna
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Re: Building costs, materials and tools in Chiang Mai

Postby Hermonar » Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:05 pm

I'm getting more knowledge from every comment.
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Re: Building costs, materials and tools in Chiang Mai

Postby Cheeryble » Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:43 pm

Hi Crusty!

Would love it if you could have your spreadsheet ready by Monday!

My trouble is I note down prices than lose them.

May I suggest as well as individual unit prices e.g. windows, AAC blocks, red bricks etc, and for concrete driveways etc a sqm price......no doubt as a quantity surveyor you already thought this.
Shall i break the ice with info for u? Maybe better to post publicly then others can update/disagree and your spreadsheet can be available somewhere convenient?

Here u go

Qcon (bock muan bau??)
60 x 20
75mm 17.5 bt
100mm 30.5 bt
adhesive (bun taab)
1 bag = 5 sqm = 95 bt

This is a meaningful example for discussion as if the 100mm blocks were available at the same per cc rate as 75mm I would buy a truckload tomorrow. Is the high price for 100mm ubiquitous or can they be much cheaper and the above price an anomaly?

Good luck
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Re: Building costs, materials and tools in Chiang Mai

Postby Klondyke » Sat Dec 16, 2017 7:58 pm

If you use a double wall made by 2 simple cinder (cement) blocks, each 40x20x7cm, with a distance in-between ca. 4, you will get some 20cm thick wall (incl. rendering 1cm), for 2x6 =12 Baht (+ the cement mortar). Then, you will get not only a very Cool Thai House but also a construction where no columns are needed, what of course is unheard in Thailand. (The biggest problem: to persude the builder) :(

Such a house can be finished within 2 months, time what the others need just for the columns (sau). :D
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