7 – 13 February, a slower week after the big effort last week, which you can read about HERE, but steady progress made. It is at this point in the build, where the house is starting to look more like something that could be lived in, that one wishes for a fast forward button and we could just finish everything today!
One of the more pleasurable aspects of progress is the winding down of the pure construction and a move to the decoration and fit out stage.
Day 99 – We had been drip-feeding the team bags of render so that for once we ended up without an excess of materials. The FINAL five bags of render was bought locally and dropped off at the site and soon after the front of the house was completed meaning the whole inside and out was finished. Yay. I wrote last week how fed up I was of concrete and nothing has changed that opinion this week.
Inside all the ceilings were completed and the plastering of joints etc done. Anti-moisture Gyproc was bought for the ensuites, more expensive at 222 THB a sheet rather than the 143 THB for the regular version, but with only 12 m2 to cover a good investment for a very small additional cost. These sheets are green in colour or you can go the next step up and buy the ones with a silver backing.
Day 100 – With the ceiling finished the team on site dropped to Ming and Joy, one of his permanents. The other regular, Jack, had hurt his knee and was out of action for a couple of days. The attention turned to outside and building the framework that would form the soffit or eaves. This was being constructed out of some heavy duty looking steel beams, far more than I would have thought necessary, but it was a standard detailed in the plans. So we were once again back to steel and welding, something we hadn’t seen since the roof was finished.
At the end of the day Tam, the electrician plus a few other occupations, dropped in. He had asked me the previous day what I was doing to control the water flow into the water tank from the bore. As far as I was concerned we just got a bigger version of the float valve I put on the family’s water supply from the Moo Baan source. Tam pointed me towards an electronic version which he said was what was needed for a submersible pump and offered to buy one for me the next day being his day off. This is what he came up with:
This was not an area I researched so I am going with the flow, so to speak, on this recommendation. We have a 1 1/2 pipe from bore to tank and I haven’t seen a float valve that size but maybe they are around. Tam is pretty switched on, I must stop this, and in this case I am trusting his advice. At 955 THB it wasn’t a great expense.
Day 101 – Ming and Joy continued to work on the soffit frame. In the two outside areas, the lounge at the front and the dining area on the right of the house, I had requested a more fancy design than just having the ceiling boards run from the facia to the walls. The frame of the soffit had to match that, which involved more steel and man hours. The result ended up being a piece of design in itself.
We headed to Global House and bought 3 tubs of primer paint and tiles for the ensuite walls. The tiler and his offsider were due on the site the next day as they had just finished another job and were looking for work. At Global I also bought 3 litres of tinted paint to test the colour I thought would work for the exterior walls.
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