House plans


We will take time to think about our house. What to build and in what style. Pat thinks the "Lanna" is too dark and spooky and we both like to have an open house.

In the old days (see top picture) people made wooden houses, downstairs for the animals and upstair for living. Nowadays you see concrete version we don't like at all, see the on the right.

For now the plan is a U shaped house with the garden side almost all glass doors opening to a veranda/garden.

One floor only probably but we might raise the living room ceiling up to keep it cooler and lighter.

We want to take advantage of the shade and jungle to keep our bedroom cool. Ventilation throughout the house to cool it down in the evening will be important. The sunrise will be straight into the house so what about breakfast outside in the morning sun?

We also need to take care of the humidity, probably by creating separate spaces for clothing and storage that can be dehumidified.

We will have an indoor and outdoor kitchen (very common in Thailand because of the strong smell of some spices). The inside kitchen will be western style instead of the pretty clumsy Thai ones I have seen.

Below some mood picture we see as a direction to go. Steel and glass are not very common ways to build in Thailand, most of the time it is concrete all over. The same with windows and doors. It's all plastic and low quality. Hope that, despite our low budget, can create something that lasts.

Did you see other nice inspiring homes? Suggestions? Please add them in the comments.

Concrete steps

Time has gone quickly and so did the build. We are still right on track with the planning. There is a Songkran holiday break so time for an update.We have made big steps but is was a lot of work. A lot of time went into the swimming pool. The swimming pool walls needed strong […]

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Guest rooms and pool

The guestroom foundation has been done in a wink. Thanks to the crew working 7 days a week most of the time. Next up is the swimming pool construction. More digging and more sand to store somewhere because most of it will have to go back into.Some drone shots to get an idea of the […]

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With the help of the family we started with the prep for the electrics before the floors can be poured.Large rolls of HDPE pipe needed to be entangled and forced into more or less straight objects. Not easy with 100mtr rolls and some also heavy. Lucky we have a private road of that length and […]

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Water-well drilling

we needed our own water-well. Just dig a few meters and there is water but it might not be the best for showering etc. So we hired a company to do the paperwork for the permission and the 'extra' payments to the people in charge and got the permission in 6 weeks. Time for action. […]

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Going horizontal

Slowly we are moving from 2 meter vertical under the ground up to the horizontal beams. An immense amount of work of laying beds, then the steel rebar, al made on location. Then this gets boxed in and filled with more concrete. The main building was already around 20 trucks.Next week the digging of the […]

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Structural work has started

In December 2021 we started the work, finally. Of course a lot of digging, metal work toe setup all the rebar and then fill back everything so only some poles sticking out, hiding the enormous amount of work done under the ground.While digging we found a lot of round rocks, clearly left overs from a […]

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Lucky day

Finally we came over to Thailand and started the build. One of the first steps is a ceremony called "Lucky Day" connected to the first poles made and connected to the bedroom. They were quickly setup and we had an hour long special ceremony to celebrate this important beginning. All connected to the number nine, […]

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Settling in

We moved in the Chalet. More work than expected to get a decent place build up from scratch but we got in done with a few days shopping.We also had a lot of meeting The planning was made with the builder, we will start soon and the 'Lucky Day" (ceremony for the first columns and […]

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Finally a signature

After years of waiting and fighting we finally got our building permit signed. A big relief and also big thank you to all the people who helped us getting to this stage. We arrived in Thailand and will start with the build soon.

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Light at the end of the tunnel

Finally after many years running into problems (we can not mention the names) and a lot of bureaucracy we are now back to were we where in March 2018. All building papers supplied again to the Tessabaan for that famous last signature on our building permit, they kept from us all those years. A local […]

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