Another project complete...

We completed our second project in Thip Thani in december of last year and handed the keys over to a happy customer, just in time to move in for Christmas.

A client can have as much or as little involvement as they wish with the design of their home.  Some like to leave all of the decisions to the designer, whilst some have a very clear idea in their mind of the look they are trying to achieve.  With this property, it was a mixture of the two cases in that I was responsible for the exterior design, and the client made all of the interior styling choices around a layout that I had provided.   The project was carried out on a fixed price bases, with a set budget for things such as tiles, paint, granite  counter tops etc...  Our client then chose the interior finishes receiving a rebate if under budget and paying an excess if over the allowed budget.  This suited him as it meant he was able to chose exactly what he wanted and also allowed him to find his own savings on certain things and then use that to upgrade on other features.

We had originally bought the land for development and the contract we had with the client was for the land and for the design and construction of the home.  Garden landscaping was not something that was covered in this case as it was something that the client wanted to undertake, allowing himself time to live in the property and develop the garden over time to suit him.

Completion of blockwork

All of the door frames have been installed and most of the block work completed.  The remainder of the block work will be completed today.   Then we can get on with the initial wiring and then rendering inside and out.

I thought I would also post a 180deg panorama taken from the bedroom balcony.  I think that is safe to say that this house will have the best view in Thip Thani, even though my photograph perhaps does not do it justice! It has unspoilt views across many km of open countryside.

Ground to roof level update!

It has been just over a month since my last update about our second project in Thip Thani and as you may expect, there has been considerable progress.  In fact, we are over two weeks ahead of schedule on this project.  This is largely because the  rainy season here in Nong Khai has been very late to start this year.  All of the buffers that had been put into the work schedule for work stopping due to rain have not been needed.

So, since my last update we have cast the ground floor beams,  ground floor slab, second stage columns, second floor beams, second floor slab, third stage columns and the roof beams.  We have also added the roof.  We are now working on the block work.  As with Baan Sanploen, our other project in Thip Thani, we are using the same thermally insulating building blocks and also implementing double walls with cavity wall insulation.

Two columns in, one column out

Yesterday, we installed the reinforcement structures for the first two columns.

We had a problem with the electricity supply posts around the plot of land.  The problem was that the smaller of the two was sitting about 2 metres inside the plot of land and more troublesome was the fact that both posts had ground stays positioned within the plot.  The combined effect of the stays and the small post meant that the front access to the plot was practically blocked off.  Yesterday we had the smaller  post and all ground stays removed.  Because the plot is positioned on a bend in the road, the large mains supply post will be moved across the road in the next couple of weeks so that the line cuts the corner thus negating the need for a small post entirely.  When we eventually bring power to the house, we we run it underneath the road to eliminate unsightly overhead wires running to the house.

We also had the ground stay removed from the post at the front of "Baan Sanploen", our other project in Thip Thani.

Obviously, one can not just move electricity supply pylons at will.  This has to be carried out by the Thai national electricity company.  You can also not, generally, have posts moved just because you do not like how they are positioned.  We were just lucky that the small post had been incorrectly positioned on our land and that the best solution also involved the large post to also be moved away.

Two columns in.... one out... Two columns in.... one column out...

Breaking ground

Right on schedule, we have begun work on our next Thip Thani project.  The lucky Buddhist day for the first column to be placed in the ground is next Thursday, 27th May.  Between now and then, the foundations will be dug, and all of the re-bar for the column and footing structures will be cut and tied.

Breaking ground on a new project Breaking ground on a new project

The new design...

Having spent the last 10 days consulting with our client, the redesign of our second project in Thip Thani is now complete.  Our client had been watching the progress of our first Thip Thani project "Baan Sanploen" and liked the general layout, but also loved the general look and feel of my original design for the second Thip Thani plot that I posted pictures of a couple of weeks ago.   So the new design could be considered to be a hybrid of the two designs.

Yesterday morning I passed on all of the architectural plan drawing to structural engineer.  I should have drawings back by the end of the week and break ground on Saturday.  The target completion date is early September.

Ground floor plan

Second floor plan Second floor plan