Before we begin... Part 4

This post is the final part of a series of extracts taken from a brochure that we give to clients prior to commencing construction.  If you are planning to build your own home in Thailand and it is all new to you, then I am sure that the content of this series of blog posts will benefit you as much as it will our clients.  

Expecting The Unexpected

So far, we have talked about the sort of things that are in many ways common to most projects. They are not issues that need resolving. They are just facts that we understand and are accustomed to working with.  However there is always the possibility that a problem may arise unexpectedly during construction.   In some cases these can be rectified swiftly with little or no impact on the project, whilst in other cases, they can cause delays.  The love we have for construction is born out of the varied nature of our projects and the new challenges that we face with each one.  If an issue does arise, we take it in our stride and resolve it with the minimum of fuss.  Obviously, we cannot predict the unexpected.  Though we can give a little insight into the sort of issues that we have faced in the past and what effect they had on the project.


No matter how much planning and how many resources are put into a project, we cannot control the weather.  Whilst we can generally work all year round we are sometimes at the mercy of the elements and there are times when work is forced to stop.  With one particular project we needed to drive piles in a particularly muddy plot of land.  A "tracked" pile driver was not available and so we had to use one on wheels.  We needed three clear days without rain for the ground to dry out sufficiently for the pile driver to move around on the site.  We did not get that break in the weather for 2 months.   We had done all other possible preparation work that could be done whilst waiting, but it still meant a total slip of 6 weeks in the project.  Extreme cases like this are rare, but when they occur there is not much that can be done and, however frustrating, has to be accepted.


It was at about the same time as the example above that Bangkok was faced with the worst flooding in years, with much of the city cut off.  The effects of this were felt all the way up to Nong Khai, with many local suppliers being out of stock of the items that would usually come from the factories and warehouses in Bangkok.  We had a project that was using thermal insulating blocks, but we only had enough for part of the home.  The factory in Bangkok had advised that it would be two months until they were operational again.   In this case we gave our client the option of waiting or continuing with a different type of block, and they chose the latter.  We used the insulating blocks in areas that were more critical and standard blocks in others.  As the alternative block was cheaper, we reimbursed the difference to our client.


We make every effort to select the best suppliers, selling highest quality materials, but in some instances, we have had sub-standard materials delivered to site.  Of course, every delivery is checked and poor quality materials will not be used on our projects.   In cases where sub standard materials are delivered, they will be sent back.  Materials are ordered in advance of when they are required and so occurrences such as this will usually not have an affect on the project.

Always remember that if problems do arise during construction, we have the experience, capacity and responsibility to resolve them, so you can rest assured that you are in safe hands.

In this series of posts we have covered a range of things to expect during your home build project. What we have not revealed is all of the wonderful moments during construction.... We will leave those for you to discover and experience for yourself, as the surprise is what makes them special!

I hope that you have found this series of blog posts useful, whether you are building your own home or if you are interested in using our construction services.

Udon Thani - Thai Style Home and Guest House

We completed the design and engineering of this Thai style property in April of 2013.  The design brief was for a home consisting of three buildings connected by a balcony on the second floor.   The main building had a living/dining room on the ground floor, with the master bedroom on the second floor.  The second building housed indoor and outdoor (covered) kitchens on the ground floor with a study and dining terrace on the second floor.  The third building was used as a carport and laundry, with a second en-suite bedroom on the second floor.   These three buildings formed the main residence.  

We also designed a forth, separate, building to be used as a guest house.  This building had an entirely open ground floor to be used as a games/dining area.  On the second floor there were two en-suite bedrooms and a spa room.

The will also be a pool adjacent to the guest house added later, not currently shown in our model.

With this project, we provided our design services, then the client self managed the build.  We also treat the design and engineering phase as separate from construction.   So, if using our design services, you are not obliged to use our construction services.   We were very happy to be able to offer advice and support to our client during construction as and when questions or issues arose.  This construction project is nearing completion now and I hope to be able to add some pictures once complete, with their permission.   Although we have not built it, personally, I always love to hear how our design clients have got on with their construction projects and it is always a pleasure to see in reality, what was once just a 3D computer model.

Before we begin... Part 1

I have recently finished preparing the artwork for two printed company brochures.   The first is a brochure detailing the services that our company offers that will be given to potential clients and will also be used during our initial consultations with clients, as we talk through the design and construction process.   I will be adding a PDF version of this brochure, available to download from our website shortly.

The second brochure is one that we will give to clients prior to commencing construction.  I think that the content of this brochure would be ideal for our blog because it may apply other projects, not just NKD's projects.   If you are planning to build your own home in Thailand and it is all new to you, then I am sure that the content of this series of blog posts will benefit you as much as it will our clients.  


The construction of a new home is very exciting.  It is when all of the ideas and dreams that you spent weeks, months or years discussing begin to rise up out of the ground.  NKD takes every step possible to ensure the smooth running of our construction projects, maintaining the highest standards of construction.  However, every project is different and presents its own unique challenges.  You have handed us the responsibility of building your home and so, as your main contractor, these challenges are ours to face.

Of course, we are not going to draw a curtain around the site and only reveal your home to you once it is finished.   We want you to be involved and feel a part of the process, which means that you will see every aspect of the build.   Whilst we have a vast experience of building in Thailand and so are used to what to expect, we understand that for you it may all be new.  We want you to soak in as much of this wonderful experience as possible, and feel that a little preparation for what to expect will enable you to enjoy the process all the more. This brochure is therefore intended to give a little more detail on some of the aspects of a construction project that could lead to frustration, if unexpected.

There are three distinct topics.  First is the general flow of a project, to give an idea of what to expect in terms of the perceived pace of the build.   Second is a little about our workers and their way of working. These two topics are common to most projects.  Finally we cover the topic of the "unexpected" events unique to individual projects.

This is the first of a four part blog post... part two coming next week.