Updated 6 July 2016:
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3 – 9 January, a week of excellent progress after a couple of weeks of not much happening due to a lack of building materials and then the New Year shutdown.
Day 64 Saturday, the crew of six plus Ming the builder were back on site Saturday. Some of them a little worse for wear after three days of New Year drinking but mostly engaged if sometimes a little slowly.
The Colorbond sheeting collected from Bluescope in Khon Kaen Week 9 HERE, was to be transferred from ground to roof something I have been hanging out to see. The central panels down the longer “backbone” of the house, all of which were the same size, went up quickly with a 5mm foam and silver foil backing to reduce noise and heat.
You can see why the Thai build A frame style roofs are popular because fitting Colorbond to the ends of our hip roof was a bit of a jigsaw puzzle. Each piece of sheeting had been cut to a different size x 4 to allow for the steadily decreasing length of each section of roof once it started to head into the corners and round to the ends. Ming had done a good job though and we only ended up with four very small leftovers.
Day 65 Sunday, more of the same and even though they had to cope with more complex sizing issues the roof was mostly on by the end of the day.
Day 66 Monday, the crew splits with two guys continuing on the detailed roof work, fitting the ridge caps and cutting them to match the Colorbond sheeting profile. They were using tin cutters and struggled a bit with the thickness of the Colorbond when compared with the normal stuff they deal with. The other four guys moved onto getting ready to start building walls now that we had a full supply of AAC blocks and mortar. The door frames were set in place and levelled and building the outside walls continued on from where they stopped pre-New Year.
The next few photos show some of the more detailed work happening on the wall part of the build.
I finalised the decision on the buying the windows deciding to get both double and single glazed units through a company called DeKu in Chonburi HERE. This has been a real struggle for me and I hope it has ended with a good decision. Deku have been efficient to deal with so far and Peter the CEO is heading our way on the 16th to check the site out, take some measurements and chat to Ming the builder. The price includes fitting with a team coming up with the windows. It’s a huge leap in cost from buying from Global or Thai Watsadu, but I am hoping that the investment in double AAC, the double glazing for the bedrooms, the 6mm single glass elsewhere and heavy duty uPVC frames will make for a quiet house. Living here otherwise would become a total pain.
I will let you know about DeKu’s performance in all aspects of delivering their product and if I think they are worth adding to your list of potential suppliers I will provide you with all the contact details. I hope to have nothing but good news to report.
You can find DeKu’s quote here Deku quote Dec 2013 although it isn’t final until the measurements are made next week.
Day 67 Tuesday, with the roof totally finished we had six guys working on walls making good steady progress. We headed to Immigration in Udon Thani and motor registry in Nong Bua Lamphu to get my 5 year Thai driver’s licence so missed out on the detailed progress so took these photos at the end of the day.
The rest of the week is more of the same and there’s a limit to how interesting AAC blocks can be to photograph so I will skip to the end of week 10 late Friday. This plan will remind you what we are trying to achieve:
I am using a German hot water pipe push lock system called Pimatec the details of which you can find HERE.
The product can be purchased at Thai Watsadu. The pipe is 87 THB a meter and the fittings aren’t wildly expensive.
Signs that we might move beyond building walls at some stage turned up Friday afternoon.
Thanks for reading.