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28 minutes ago, emptypockets said:

Google 'Qeenslander'. These were houses built for the tropics. Very wide verandahs, 3 metre high ceilings etc etc. Don't need air conditioning, in fact when they were building them 100 years ago there was no such thing as a domestic airconditioner

that's Queenslander ..... they are a high set timber house with big airy verandahs and open underneath so as to let the breeze flow through.

I've got some website's of Thai wooden houses that some folks might want to visit …. 

when I find them shortly I'll post them up ..  

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8 minutes ago, steven100 said:

that's Queenslander ..... they are a high set timber house with big airy verandahs and open underneath so as to let the breeze flow through.

I've got some website's of Thai wooden houses that some folks might want to visit …. 

when I find them shortly I'll post them up ..  

That's websites. 

Yes, I do know how to spell Queensland ( I see it on the mail often when we are in Oz) but even with my superior typing skills I still make the occasional typo.  My apologies Stevo old mate.

Why do people need websites to see highset Thai houses? I just have to walk down the soi.

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12 minutes ago, emptypockets said:

I can understand if you are transplanted from a cool/cold country to Isaan and the heat may be oppressive to you - but that doesn't mean we all are.

I have a feeling this is going to be a pointless discussion as you seem very set in your ways.

As I say I am open to discussion, I have lived in the tropics for over 40 years and earned a living working in steaming hot engine rooms, pump rooms and shipyards so am as acclimatised as I am going to get - but I am also looking for comfort.

Google weather tells me that the temperature in Queensland has a high of 31c is that wrong? It's not unusual without any heat index to see 40° plus in the summer months here in Isaan.

Doubtless the heat would be channelled with the correct roof shape but if the temp is 40° plus its not going to be very comfortable?

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32 minutes ago, CGW said:

As I say I am open to discussion, I have lived in the tropics for over 40 years and earned a living working in steaming hot engine rooms, pump rooms and shipyards so am as acclimatised as I am going to get - but I am also looking for comfort.

Google weather tells me that the temperature in Queensland has a high of 31c is that wrong? It's not unusual without any heat index to see 40° plus in the summer months here in Isaan.

Doubtless the heat would be channelled with the correct roof shape but if the temp is 40° plus its not going to be very comfortable?

Queensland is a vey big place. 31 degrees is quite pleasant and certainly not the 'high'. Some places hit the high forties regularly in summer. Just checked the temperature in the nearest big city/town to where my place is. 26 degrees at 10:11 pm. it will hit 31 tomorrow. Not too bad for what some people would call spring. 

 

 

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39 minutes ago, CGW said:

As I say I am open to discussion, I have lived in the tropics for over 40 years and earned a living working in steaming hot engine rooms, pump rooms and shipyards so am as acclimatised as I am going to get - but I am also looking for comfort.

Google weather tells me that the temperature in Queensland has a high of 31c is that wrong? It's not unusual without any heat index to see 40° plus in the summer months here in Isaan.

Doubtless the heat would be channelled with the correct roof shape but if the temp is 40° plus its not going to be very comfortable?

I know what you are saying. On two occasions I have had my hard hat melt and deform due to heat. Both time checking temperature transmitters on very high temperature furnaces. 

40 degrees plus is never comfortable, but can be mitigated to a certain extent with the correct design. 34 degrees with high humidity is not real comfortable either and a lot harder to mitigate. That's when air con comes into play.

I've worked in very low humidity areas at 45 degrees and it's not that bad to be honest. You sweat and cool down. High humidity is a killer.

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32 minutes ago, steven100 said:

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They look lovely.

I personally would never have anything wood on a house here,the expansion contraction is huge.

The up keep of preserving the wood to keep termites out.

Saying that with a steel structured roof there's a lot of creaks and groans.

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58 minutes ago, emptypockets said:

I've worked in very low humidity areas at 45 degrees and it's not that bad to be honest. You sweat and cool down. High humidity is a killer.

Agree with you there, I've been in the desert when its ~45c it's really, as you say - not that uncomfortable, high humidity just can't be comfortable, near killed me! got a bad case of heatstroke some years back working on a "dead" ship in a Singapore shipyard, silly hot - ridiculously humid, simply couldn't drink enough water to stay hydrated!

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Large over hangs raised high up will do nothing to lower temps if  the outside temps are 36-37 or whatever, you cannot defy ambient air temps  without aircon, doesnt matter how  many trees  you put round the house, hell you could  put an umbrella  over it and the temp  will not be less than ambient.

If its 34 outside it  will be the same inside, anyone who thinks  you can lower that temps is kidding themselves without air  con

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7 minutes ago, gunderhill said:

Large over hangs raised high up will do nothing to lower temps if  the outside temps are 36-37 or whatever, you cannot defy ambient air temps  without aircon, doesnt matter how  many trees  you put round the house, hell you could  put an umbrella  over it and the temp  will not be less than ambient.

If its 34 outside it  will be the same inside, anyone who thinks  you can lower that temps is kidding themselves without air  con

Never heard of the Coolgardie fridge? Trees can have a similar effect. They can change the local climate. Even a grass lawn instead of a concrete slab can make a huge difference to comfort.

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Just wondering is permission to build a house required in Thailand?

 

Or if I own/lease the land can I build whatever I want on it without consulting/paying the authorities?

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1 hour ago, Ddbanksy said:

Land is already levelled mate.
Q.better to build house whilst the THB is strong now or wait till 2020/21/22?

Sent from my SM-N950F using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
 

You are asking the wrong person. I live and work in Thailand and all my savings are in Baht, so exchange rate really doesn't affect me. Most construction materials are locally produced so it shouldn't have much of an impact. If, however, you are bringing money in for the build, now would not be the best of times due to reduced exchange rate. But will the rate improve in the near future? I have no idea. 

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