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Home Builders/house Builders Isaan - A Success Story

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I`ve seen this topic come up a lot lately and it always seems to generate a lot of interest so I thought I would share a few photos of my new house that has just been completed with a few details as it is always interesting to read others stories and gather knowledge.

In the bigger Cities like Bangkok, Pattaya etc I think it is easier to find a reliable quality contractor who can do the work for you and deliver a good home but when you are looking to build a new house in Isaan it is nerve wracking experience (well it was for me) as there are not as many choices up here as far as builders go and you have to tread carefully.

Myself and my wife bought a small plot of land about a year ago which suited us as the location was good near to her family about 45 mins from Nakhon Phanom. We went about the process of screening some contractors and looking at examples of houses that they had completed recently, most of them for falangs. We short listed a couple and then made our decision putting our designs forward to them to get their views. I did most of the design myself as I knew what I wanted such as open plan kitchen, hot water in all rooms, walk in shower and basically a better finish than some of the properties we have seen over the years here. We decided to make it a 2 Bedroom instead of 3 and make the rooms bigger as we don't have a large family. This turned out to be probably the best move of all as the rooms really are huge with plenty of space and lots of light.

It took them about 5 months to build the home but we are very happy with what they have done and it has gone beyond our expectations in terms of quality and finishing's (which were upgraded from original specs). There were a few minor teething problems along the way but I think that comes with any new build and were always rectified. Here are a few images picked at random of the house just before completion and the carpentry work. Any questions feel free to ask or send me a message.

Thanks.

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Nicely done!!! I like the layout from what was shown. May I ask how big is the house and approximately how much was spent to have it built?

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It looks very good finish mate,,,,,,,allthough we live in the UK my wife has land and property in Ban Pak which is also near to Nakhon Phanom area and we are gonna want a good builder to build us a new bungalow on her land in the future ,so if you could give us his mobile number it would be handy,,,,,,,,as I also have a friend that has built from the ground up and not had such a good experience.

Cheers all the best I wish you many happy years there ,,,,,allthough it would be too grand a place for us , as we will probably only live in Thai 2 or 3 months in the UK winter max.

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Off the top of my head I can`t remember the size exactly will let you know when I can find the drawings. The contract cost was 1.76 Baht then we did an upgrade of 200K with best materials for bathrooms and kitchen to have the finish we wanted.

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Off the top of my head I can`t remember the size exactly will let you know when I can find the drawings. The contract cost was 1.76 Baht then we did an upgrade of 200K with best materials for bathrooms and kitchen to have the finish we wanted.

Very nice house. CONGRATULATION.

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Congratulations on your new home.

You have clearly put a lot of thought into the project and it shows in the finished product.

I hope you enjoy your new life here in Thailand

Dave

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Ok a few questions, why doesnt the roof cover the first floor balcony, why only guttering on the front of the house, and no Mossie nets on the windows?no fixed fans or AC? and the ground looks very rough, did it have at least 1 rainy season on it and some baking hot sun on it for a few months or was there a house there before? Just a few questions to help other prospective home builders.

Nice place, Cheers, Lickey..

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Nice house, looks like they did a great job on it.

I'm looking at building in Mukdahan most likely starting March or April.

Do you have the builders details?

Also, where did you find the majority of your fit out items?

Thanks Craig

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Ok a few questions, why doesnt the roof cover the first floor balcony, why only guttering on the front of the house, and no Mossie nets on the windows?no fixed fans or AC? and the ground looks very rough, did it have at least 1 rainy season on it and some baking hot sun on it for a few months or was there a house there before? Just a few questions to help other prospective home builders.

Nice place, Cheers, Lickey..

Come on Lickey, the guttering is BECAUSE the roof don't cover the upper deck. Guttering all around for what?

And the house isn't even finished yet... there's a ladder on the floor in one pic so I would guess that the screens, fans and the like are not even bought yet.

It's NEW so of course it hasn't had monsoon rain or April heat yet... do the math!

What difference does having a 'house there before' make?

My take, it looks OK but don't like that exposed pvc pipework and why is there an external electrical conduit running up from that small breaker box? I think I know that answer.

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Ok a few questions, why doesnt the roof cover the first floor balcony, why only guttering on the front of the house, and no Mossie nets on the windows?no fixed fans or AC? and the ground looks very rough, did it have at least 1 rainy season on it and some baking hot sun on it for a few months or was there a house there before? Just a few questions to help other prospective home builders.

Nice place, Cheers, Lickey..

Come on Lickey, the guttering is BECAUSE the roof don't cover the upper deck. Guttering all around for what?

And the house isn't even finished yet... there's a ladder on the floor in one pic so I would guess that the screens, fans and the like are not even bought yet.

It's NEW so of course it hasn't had monsoon rain or April heat yet... do the math!

What difference does having a 'house there before' make?

My take, it looks OK but don't like that exposed pvc pipework and why is there an external electrical conduit running up from that small breaker box? I think I know that answer.

Guttering all round? a good idea, it stops the exces water making rivers in the garden, and if its colected in the big urns, its good for drinking and watering the garden,

Having a house their previously would mean that the ground is settled and of good foundation, if its new ground, and hasnt had a rainy season on it, it will be prone to subsidence ect,

If what you mean by "math" mathmatics, yes, i have done plenty of mathmatics on our house,and all is ok by following the local rules, ie ground settlement.

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Ok a few questions, why doesnt the roof cover the first floor balcony, why only guttering on the front of the house, and no Mossie nets on the windows?no fixed fans or AC? and the ground looks very rough, did it have at least 1 rainy season on it and some baking hot sun on it for a few months or was there a house there before? Just a few questions to help other prospective home builders.

Nice place, Cheers, Lickey..

The roof doesn`t cover all of the first floor balcony just over half of it that`s how we wanted it same as the guttering we only did it on the right side of the house to keep the rain off the neighbours tin roof and in places where needed, I personally think it looks really ugly from the outside to look at. Mosquito nets will come after as will AC`s lot of finishing jobs to be done. There was a house on the land until we knocked it down, cleared and left it untouched for just under a year.

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