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13 – 20 March, a huge week of happenings which have really turned a concrete box into the potential for becoming a home. Windows, car accommodation, kitchen, tiling and more covered this time. This post has been ages coming because we have been moving into the house, which I will cover in Week 21, and things have been hectic. Thanks for waiting.

The major event of Week 20 was the installation of the windows and sliding doors we had ordered from a company based in Pattaya called DeKu. Because this was such an important occasion I have covered it in a separate post which you can find HERE. This post is shorter as Week 20 is described in a combination of the two.

The end result of three days of work installing the windows was a house we could finally shut up, which meant the inside was able to be worked on.

Along with the windows the tiling was also finished with the ensuites and the walkway around the house under the eves completed. A total of 260 m2 of tiles going laid. The floor tiles cost 80 THB/m2 to lay while the slower wall and floor tiles in the bathrooms were costed out at 250 THB m2.

A tip for those planning to build and use floor tiles. When choosing the dimensions for the house I went for a nice neat 1 meter concrete surround extending out from the walls.  No reason not to so I thought. Well if you are planning spaces that are to be tiled you need to be thinking of tile sizes well in advance. In most instances for floor tiles you will be buying either a 30 cm or 60 cm tile, neither of which cleanly divides into 100 cm! By having a 1 meter surround my tiler had to cut 66 meters of my 30 cm tiles to make up the 10 cm strip left after laying the three tiles from the walls. It took longer and doesn’t look as good as a series of full tiles would have. Go 90 cm or 120 cm.

Three tiles and then "nit noy" or a little bit in Thai.

Three tiles and then “nit noy” or a little bit in Thai.

The kitchen was the first thing to be brought across from the family home where it had been delivered a few days previously. Bought from Global House for 116,000 THB it is one of the major fitout items in the house. I have to confess that it is also one of the few “for show” aspects in the house.

I was worried it would be a flat pack but all the components were fully built.

I was worried it would be a flat pack but all the components were fully built.

For those of you who have seen Thais in cooking action you know that they can produce a meal for twenty people in 30 minutes using a charcoal fire and a wok. The practical need for a full Western kitchen is debatable but it is an aspect I have found hard to give up. The kitchen has always been the central point of a functioning home and given the chance we in the West spend as much as we can to install one. Having said that it will be a real treat to have a sink again with running water rather than a plastic bucket on the ground, which is what the family use.

All unpacked.

All unpacked. Once the benchtop goes in it will sit just under the windows which helps the flow inside/outside.

We have chosen a black granite benchtop with a gold fleck and hopefully it will be delivered in the next few days because we can’t finalise the kitchen until it is installed. It will complement the cupboards nicely. There will be white venetian blinds at the two windows.

If you thought the construction phase was over you’d be wrong. I decided to go ahead with a small carport on the left of the house as you look at it. Originally envisaged for the right side I changed the position to ensure the minimum space was taken up with boring driveway and also the carport would have restricted the view across the garden from the large lounge window.

Thanks for reading.

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Firstly, I am a retired government employee not a builder so you won’t find a very specific how-to building book full of technical details. However, what you have bought is a very detailed 884-page coverage of how an enthusiastic amateur like me survived the Thai building challenges and ended up with a wonderful home that I still find hard to believe I have achieved.

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I have tried to make the book a good read and not just a dry list of dos and don’ts. It is written in a casual style as though I was chatting with you and I hope that makes it more engaging. In each chapter you will live every individual day of the build with us plus some of other events and activities and share our excitements and frustrations. Even if you aren’t about to build in Thailand, I believe the book includes enough interesting material of one farang’s story to hold your attention.

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I am loving your book – just on my second read at the moment, to make sure that I didn’t miss anything first time around (which actually it turns out I did!).  

Just a note of thanks at this point ……. I am a fairly methodical sort of bloke, but there are many issues which your book highlights which I just wouldn’t have thought about – or if I had, I may well have assumed they were “standard” building practice [U-bends, drain positioning, barge-board alignment] – if it hadn’t been for your excellent descriptions!!  I will probably still “miss” something – that’s the nature of building/design – but thanks to you, it shouldn’t be anything too mission-critical. Mike

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I have had the good fortune to have used the first edition as part of Yuri and my plans to build our home here in Surin.  To say it is a good reference book is an understatement.  The practical advice and your self deprecating style make it a great read.  The anecdotes and asides all add to its appeal as both a “how to manual” and a fascinating insight into what lies ahead for people like me who have only just commenced a similar journey. Far better armed for what’s to be encountered. Greg

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