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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.
Expenses Week 10.

Expenses Week 10.

Thanks for reading.

Building in Thailand eBook

When my wife and I bought some land in Isaan, which is a region in the north east of Thailand, and then started to build our house I started to record the daily events of construction life. For twenty six weeks I wrote a weekly blog update about all the aspects of the build and included as much detail as possible for others who might be thinking of going down the same path. I was surprised by the number of readers I attracted as a result of writing on this subject, many of whom followed the entire build from beginning to end. 

Based on this continued interest I thought I would revisit my original words and bring them all together under the one heading in the form of an eBook. Included in this process has been some extensive updating and expansion of many of the original posts and the addition of the many COMMENTS, which are designed to expand your knowledge and save you time or money or both!

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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!).  

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