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4 – 10 April, a week of finishing. Finishing the pond and wall, finishing the kitchen by installing the granite bench-top and FINALLY finishing clearing the boxes out of the kitchen/dining area.

 

By the Wednesday everyone had left the site and we had the whole place to ourselves. My beer consumption has decreased as the end of day drinks with the building crew has stopped. The photo above is one such final session with Ming and the A Team. It feels quite strange but in a nice way not to have people wandering around the land and house. All the construction has now been completed and we are left to finalise the unpacking and start work on all the minor things that need doing.

 

The week started with continued work on the front wall, which was starting to look quite impressive.

The main gate on the left and the smaller entry gateway on the right.

The main gate on the left and the smaller entry gateway on the right.

That access gate looking towards the house.

That access gate looking towards the house.

The walls around this tree have been an added complication but I really didn't want just to take the easy solution and cut the tree down.

The walls around this tree have been an added complication but I really didn’t want just to take the easy solution and cut the tree down.

The flower bed to be in front of the main wall. Gaun checking out the mangos.

The flower bed to be in front of the main wall. Gaun checking out the mangos. The supporting steel work for the palings.

Rather than buy a bracket the guys cut the end of the steel beam and screwed it to the wall. Clever and cheap!

Rather than buy a bracket the guys cut the end of the steel beam and screwed it to the wall. Clever and cheap!

Meanwhile Ming had finishing up tiling the pond in front of the outside seating area.

The bridge starting to be build.

The bridge starting to be built to the front door.

The seating area to the left.

The seating area to the left.

The front wall finished.

The front wall finished. Once the render is dry it will be painted the same colour as the house. That entry ramp will be concreted.

 

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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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