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Chris Perth building new house in Korat
« on: December 17, 2009, 05:28:08 AM »
G'Day to all at Koratfart,
   Over the next few months i will post updates of us building the new house in Korat,if anyone has comments or advice that they wish  to give then i would welcome feedback for this.
   We started preparing for the new house some 6 months ago and i must say my wife Tan has had to do all the running around for me because i still work in Australia.the old house on the front of the property was prone to flooding down stairs and as much as i love Thailand and its people i do like to be comfortable, so we designed a new house which will go on the back of the property and when completed this will alow us to remove old house and turn front of property into gardens.
   First thing we did was to back fill all of the land some 1.5 meters above surrounding area, so there waould be little chance of flooding in future,then we built a small unit which replaced the lower floor of the old house, this has Bathroom Laundry Kitchen and meals area. now we wwere able to demolish thebottom of the old house allready,this was all relatively simple to do and for a very small cost we now have comfortable modern facilities for all to enjoy.if anyone wants to know the cost of doing this i can let them know but my focus is now on the main house.

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chris Perth building Korat 2
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2009, 09:12:58 AM »
This is the new bathroom just about finished,mum and dad prefer the traditional Thai style so in the main house we are going to alter 1 of the bathrooms to suit them,
this first unit will be for any friends or familly that come to stay for holiday,it will also be used long term if we decide to have someone stay on property to look after house and gardens.
unfortunately most of the pics we have taken so far have too large a file size to be able to post in this forum,but will change settings for future pics so i can post more.
Just another day in Perth waiting to get back to Thailand ;D

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Re: chris Perth building Korat 2
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2009, 09:37:28 AM »
You can resize your pics online  at these 2 places, http://www.picresize.com/  and  http://www.shrinkpictures.com/

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Re: chris Perth building Korat 2
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2009, 10:10:17 AM »
Thanks for the information on resizing my pics will have a look tonight

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chris Perth building Korat 3
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2009, 03:46:16 PM »
Now the earth works are down for the main house and you can see the old house getting the bottom floor demolished

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Re: Chris Perth building new house in Korat
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2009, 06:38:03 PM »
Looking good so far Chris.

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« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2009, 06:38:30 PM »
Now that's a shower!  ;D

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Re: chris Perth building Korat 2
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2009, 07:16:49 PM »
I like those ceramics with drawings; they give the bathroom a classy not just sterile touch.

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« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2009, 08:05:59 PM »
I suppose the square opening is for an exhaust fan. Cannot see an AC outlet near. Is it just off the picture?

We got exhaust fans in two bathrooms (ground and top floor) at the back of the house running all the time. They keep the whole house cool and veltilated. And especially they dry the bathroom after use. The doors have ventilation slots. But while taking showers the fans need to be turned off to keep us from catching a cold. Got switches for that outside the bathroom door together with the light switch.
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« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2009, 08:44:51 PM »
^The square opening is a slatted window, ie 2 panes that don't meet.

Think the bum gun is too high and too far forward, ie the positioning of it, not really something you proudly display, the rest of the bathroom looks nice though.

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« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2009, 09:26:22 PM »
^The square opening is a slatted window, ie 2 panes that don't meet.

Mosquitoes just love bathrooms! You'd need a screen on that, unless you love them too.  ;D
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« Reply #11 on: December 17, 2009, 09:38:03 PM »
WOW !!! you guy's actually looked at the pics,this is great
first of all yes there is a exhaust fan set into the wall between the 2 diamond shape windows,and also on far wall there is the slatted window as well, never really thought about the height of the bum gun but now i think i would have to agree,so good lesson for main house,the tyles i do like the pictures but was not happy with the finish around the basin area,so contractor will redo when main house is finished.can anyone tell me best place to buy a fridge our old one is not too good
thanks for all the feedback

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Re: Chris Perth building new house in Korat
« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2009, 09:46:19 PM »
I've built more bathrooms in the last 20 years than Johnnyforeigner has had boiled cabbage meals, and I believe he is yermen :) with the sink unit when he redoes that you might find black granite will go better, it's about 5,000baht per meter length so wouldn't work out too expensive but does look real classy, also the grey granite has many different colors in it so clashes a bit with the bathroom.

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« Reply #13 on: December 17, 2009, 10:20:05 PM »
Bum Gun? heh heh heh

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Re: Chris Perth building new house in Korat
« Reply #14 on: December 18, 2009, 11:48:52 AM »
can anyone tell me best place to buy a fridge our old one is not too good
thanks for all the feedback

Tai Fah Motors on Chomphon Road, just a few meters from Yamo, has a good selection. Good prices you might get at Home Pro in The Mall, third floor.
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« Reply #15 on: December 19, 2009, 08:08:59 AM »
Thanks again for the feedback, The reason we went with the grey granite in the bathroom was simply because that was same we used in kitchen,it has been very hard trying to put together what we need over the net with just quick visits in between and sometimes we just run out of ideas,I do like the idea of the black granite in the bathrooms so will look at this for main house,also mum and dad prefer the traditional Thai bathroom so now we are redesigning there bathroom downstairs to make it simpler for them whilst still trying to keep it modern.
Tan is off to check out the fridges this morning and i gave her the suggestions that were posted on the forum,this is the first time i have ever used a forum and so far i am very impressed with the response,
any advice or ideas you have please keep them coming because you guys are a lot more aware of whats available than me.
Cheers Chris & Tan

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Re: Chris Perth building new house in Korat
« Reply #16 on: December 21, 2009, 09:08:05 PM »
Had meeting with contractor today, actually my wife did and i was on the web cam, main work starts again in feb and expected to be completed by july, i was really excited then had meeting at work( PERTH ) all holidays cancelled too busy and dont anyone book holidays till at least march,
Now you know why i want to live in Thailand i have had to cancel holidays flights and all the people i was going to catch up with WHAT a BUMMER, my wife just smiled as she allways does, you have to love the Thai people
on a brighter note we have looked at the bathrooms and we are going to go with the black granite tops with matching tyles
i had a look at 2 bathrooms done similar and they do look smart.
will post new picks when we start again,any other tips before the contactor gets stuck in just drop us a line
cheers Chris & Tan

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Re: Chris Perth building new house in Korat
« Reply #17 on: December 22, 2009, 02:18:06 AM »
With your main bathrooms it would probably look better to granite the whole counter, ie sides and front if you are going to have the tiles laid as in the picture above, to try and line up the tiles to go round 90 degree bends and line up the joins is nigh on impossible.

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« Reply #18 on: December 22, 2009, 04:32:01 AM »
Thanks for that we are going to lay the tiles in the normal style because on large walls the pattern looks nice but when you start getting into corners or down to floor level it just does not work for me,
This is why they will redo the new bathroom when main house is finished.
also in the master bathroom we have a large area to cover and i think it would start to get too expensive to do the face of the double vanity and bath in granite so tiles look like the way to go,
Hope you have a good christmas and Happy new year
Cheers Chris & Tan