Gaun’s family home has gone through some renovations since we last visited for our wedding in February this year, which I wrote about in a blog entry HERE.
Gaun’s family home is located on a corner block in a Moo Baan, village, just outside Si Bun Ruang. The land has been unofficially split into four separate building spaces. The original house is for Gaun’s mama and will be the retirement home for sister number 2.
Behind the main house there are two more plots. One has already been built on by sister number 4 and her husband. The middle plot has been reserved for Gaun’s younger sister Yuan and her husband Lud. This is the house that has been started since our wedding. The columns have been built and the concrete frame to support the eventual slab is in place. A roof is on as you can see. Most of the roof is constructed from recycled materials but does the job. The cost for what you see here is 80,000 THB or around $2,600. Not a bad start.
This photo above shows the concrete floor support structure, which is infilled with compacted soil. The concrete slab is then poured on top of this to create the floor.
The second major change to the family compound was the building of a new carport and kitchen area onto the side of mama’s house to replace the very dilapidated kitchen they were using before.
The family, well mostly sister number 2, has invested 200,000 or $6,500 in upgrading both of these structure. The kitchen was moved from the central area between mama’s and Paet’s houses, because it was in the way of Yuan’s new house, and placed in the new carport.
Outside the kitchen but still under cover the family have built a new food preparation and relaxing area. Mama is a regular supervisor from this position.
I can vouch for the quality and quantity of food that arrives incredibly quickly from this kitchen. Isaan cooks are not ones to hang around when there are hungry workers and one farang to feed.
The other priority for me was the installation of a western toilet to replace the squat one the family uses now. We are moving into the family home in November and will be there for the six months I plan it will take to build our house. A hot shower and a normal toilet are my two main necessities. Now both installed.
One of the reasons I needed to visit Isaan now was that my Australian stuff had been delivered from Bangkok and I wanted to check it off. It had all arrived in two wooden shipping containers, which the family had unpacked and put in mama’s bedroom, moving her to sleep in the lounge! I was horrified when I heard but that was four weeks later.
So big changes in the family compound. I look forward to seeing Yaun and Lud’s house grow as the money comes in – no mortgage here.
Just a final update on our land. The surroundings are looking very lush now that the rains have started.
I am still happy to have made the purchase and the decision to live in Isaan.
Thanks for reading.