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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.

Post New Year.

Post New Year. A little eye rest on the scaffolding.

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.

100 meters of foil insulation.

100 meters of foil insulation. We ended up using just under 4 rolls of this to cover 260 m2.

The easy part of the roof goes on first.

The easy part of the roof goes on first.

The foam/foil in place.

The foam/foil in place.

The sides mostly done.

The sides mostly done.

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 1 finished.

Day 1 finished.

Drinks all round.

Drinks all round bought by Ming.

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.

Work starts on the front section.

Work starts on the front section.

I now have a big industrial shed.

I now have a big industrial shed.

From the road.

From the road.

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Looking from the front through the kitchen/family area to the bedrooms at the back. Space between the two columns on the right will be the outdoors/undercover area.

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From the right hand side of the house looking across to the kitchen and the outside/undercover lounge area on the far left. Bedrooms on the right,

End of the day.

End of the day. The white picks up on the sky colour and doesn’t stand out the way I thought it might.

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.

Rebar being used to strengthen corners.

Rebar being used to strengthen corners. A string line even.

Rebar in place and epoxy glued in place for the sliding door concrete frame pour. More rebar to be added.

Rebar in place for the sliding door concrete frame pour. More rebar to be added.

Rebar glued into the walls and then mortared onto every single adjoining block - both rows.

Rebar drilled and then epoxy glued into the concrete columns and then mortared onto every single butting block – both rows.

More rebar mortared in and welded into place at the tops of all walls.

More rebar mortared in and welded onto the roof frame at the tops of all walls.

Doors have wiring wrapped around the nails show here and then matching rebar mortared into the butting AAC block walls. Very secure.

Doors have wiring attached around the nails show here and then wound around matching rebar mortared into the butting AAC block walls. Very secure.

First fix of electrical happening as the walls go up. Power points and switches. Cutting here for cabling to the fuse box.

First fix of electrical happening as the walls go up. Power points and switches. Cutting here for cabling to the fuse box.

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.

Building walls around the rear doors to the bedrooms and panty.

Building walls around the rear doors to the bedrooms and panty. These walls are double AAC too.

The front door makes an appearance.

The front door makes an appearance. Lounge on the right.

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:

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The end of week 9.

How we started the week.

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Seven days later.

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The outside undercover lounge area at the front. The Kitchen wall starting from the column on the left. The lounge room on the right. Bedrooms at the back.

From the kitchen/family area looking through what will be a sliding glass door to the outside undercover dining area.

From the kitchen/family area looking through what will be a sliding glass door to the outside undercover dining area.

From kitchen to lounge room. That space will be mostly double sliding doors overlooking the front garden.

From kitchen to lounge room. That open space will be mostly double sliding doors overlooking the front garden. Entry on the right.

West facing with no windows.

West facing with no windows. The undercover dining area is that space halfway down.

The main bedroom from the ensuite to the front.

The main bedroom from the ensuite to the front. Sliding glass door on the right, built in wardrobe to the right of the entry door, bed on the left. En Suite and my office area at the back where the photo is taken from.

Pipes leading to what will be a Stiebel 80 litre hot water storage system.

Hot and cold pipes leading to a Stiebel Eltron 80 litre hot water storage hot water system on the back wall. Bought from HomePro in Udon Thani.

I am using a German hot water pipe push lock system called Pimatec the details of which you can find HERE.

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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.

85 bags of render mix being delivered ready for the next stage.

85 bags of render mix being delivered ready for the next stage.

Week 1
Expenses Week 10.

Expenses Week 10.

Thanks for reading.