Archive for August, 2011

The Construction Of Our Retirement House In Pak Chong, Thailand, Is Nearly Complete

Photos Of Our Retirement House Construction Page 1

These photos arrived 15th August 2011 but until now I have not had time to post them to the website. Kanyah sent me 71 photos all at once in one email! I have sorted out the best ones to show you and they will be posted on the website over about 4 posts.

Pakchong House Nearly Finished Page 1

Our retiring in Thailand dreams are coming tue as our retirment house build project in in Pak Chong nears completion.

The Paralysing Fear Of Feeling That You’re Being Criticized

Nobody likes criticism and the Thais are very sensitive to it. I think this is why Kanyah has not been sending me the photos every weeks like she used to.

My idea was that she should send my the photos as the work progresses so that I could do a quality check and tell her what’s wrong – if anything – so that she could get the builder to correct it.

But when I started pointing out the mistakes, and there were some very serious ones, they didn’t like it. (‘They’ means Kanyah, Jalan our now deposed ‘inspector’ and the builder.) I think that’s why she is very reluctant to send me photos. She keeps telling me to ‘wait until it’s finished’. She just wants to send me photos of the finished article so that I can say how nice it looks and she can feel proud. Nothing wrong with that but by her own admission she knows nothing about building (or didn’t until she took over this house-build project herself) and in her position i would have appreciate some technical support.

Anyway I think this is why she isn’t sending me regular in-progress photos.

Even on these latest photos there are mistakes – or things done wrongly or at least not to the Thai Architects drawings. I will point thenm out to you on the website but (with one exception – and that caused an upset) I have not mentioned them to Kanyah.

The Stresses Of Running This Project Are Starting To Show In Kanyah

Kanyah used to phone me daily but now its not daily. More like avery three days. But on those days she’ll call me perhaps three times to tell me her problems and how tired and lonely she feels.

It’s a bit strange that she should complain about being lonely. She is Thai living in her own beloved Thailand – and she feels lonely!

All the time we have been married – and any farang married to aThai will resonate with this – I kept hearing the matra “I want to go back to Thailand”. Used to drive me mad.

Now she wants to come to England to stay with me but she can’t because she in locked into that house building project in Pakchong.

Anyone contemplating building their retirement house in Thailand should consider the stresses it can put on individuals and their relationships and whether the people concerned are liable to overcome the difficulties or suffer from them.

Here Is The First Batch Of Photos Of The Retirement House In Pak Chong Nearing Completion

All these photos are of the exterior of the house showing off the lovely wooden walls and the feature created by the exposed cement-rendered structural concrete.

Image of Retirement House Pak Chong Thailand View From Roadside

Retirement House Pak Chong Thailand View From Roadside

Above, the house from the roadside. Looks nice but also look at that lush green vegetation on the right. Apart from the blue neighbours house on the left, not another building in site.

Image of Retirement House Pak Chong Thailand Closer View From Roadside

Retirement House Pak Chong Thailand Closer View From Roadside

Above, a close-up of our retirement house in Pak Chong, Thailand. Left-to-right on the first floor (Thais call that the second floor) you can see the bedroom with the lovely brown coloured wooden walls, the the bathroom and shower room behind the white-painted rendered-brick waal, and another bedroom on the right.

All rooms are 3.5 m x 3.5 m so the house is 10 x 10 m = 100 m2 floor area per floor x 2 = 200 m2. (About 2,000 square feet)

On the ground floor, left-to-right is the car port which can be converted to accommodation if necessary, then my huge workshop where I will be making live-steam models.

Image of Retirement House Pak Chong Thailand Close Up View From Roadside

Retirement House Pak Chong Thailand Close Up View From Roadside

Above, closer up you can see the huge car port. Kanyah is having the whole of the ground floor laid with marble. That blue vertical line are the water pipes. these will be boxed in and invisible when complete.

Image of Retirement House Pak Chong Thailand View From Neighbour's Side

Retirement House Pak Chong Thailand View From Neighbour's Side

From this view you can clearly see the size of the balcony and the balcony roof.

Left-to-right on the second floor you can see one bedroom and the lounge. On the ground floor my workshop takes up two bays and the area under the balcony will be paved with marble. (Kanyah tells me)

Image of Retirement House Pak Chong Balcony View From Front

Retirement House Pak Chong Balcony View From Front

Above the view from the front. (Our house is built back-to-front with the front of the house facing the rear garden and the rear of the house facing the main road.)

You can see the huge balcony, access steps and the handrail.  The handrail is supposed to be wood as shown on the Thai Architect’s drawings and in keeping wit the rustic nature of the house.

A few weeks ago Kanyah phoned me up to ask if she could change the handrails from wood to stainless steel like the gate. Of course I said “No, we must keep the rustic look of the house. Stainless steel would be out of place”. I had already complained about the stainless steel gate.

And what do we have? Stainless steel handrails! I must admid, though that they do look noce. Wait until the next (or next after next) post when I show you some close-up photos.

Image of Retirement House Pak Chong Thailand Showing Carport

Retirement House Pak Chong Thailand Showing Carport

Above, just another photo of the car port.

Image of Imagine Retiring In This House In Pakchong, Thailand

Imagine Retiring In This House In Pakchong, Thailand

Above, a good shot showing the Bamboo mat ceiling to the balcony roof. Also you can appreciate the clean lines of the house – and the way the concrete structure and wooden walls contrast. Not sure if I like those white stripes above and below the windows though. They aren’t on the thai Architect’s house plans. I think Kanyah called them “Kiew” or something like that. “Kiew” in Thai means “Eyebrow”:-

Image of Thai Language Translate Eybrow

Image of Retirement House Pak Chong Thailand Lush Foliage

Retirement House Pak Chong Thailand Lush Foliage

Above look at the lush green vegetation to the right of the photo. In the middle, the blue vertical line comprises the incoming water pipes.

What To Look Forward To In The Next Posts

  • Some Internal Shots and The Teak Wood Doors
  • The Beautiful Stainless Steel Handrails and Lovely Stairs
  • The Bathrrom and Shower Room
  • The Hidden Steel Gutters
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