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Move-In Date Fixed

Thailand Retirement House Build Project Finished… ?

Fantastic news from Kanyah yesterday!

She has consulted with the monk and a date for the house blessing ceremony (keun ban mai) has been fixed as the 7th November 2011.

I don’t know anything about the Thai house blessing ceremony except that Kanyah can move in to live in the retirement house she has built in Pakchong (Pak Chong), Thailand, after the ceremony.

Finishing Off The House Build

Although the house has ben “finished” for a long time there are still a few things left to do to finish it off.

Talking to other people building a house in Thailand not finishing seems to be a common trait amongst Thai house builders.

These last bits and pieces, according to Kanyah include:-

Burglar bars for the doors on the second floor. Apparently these are made from – guess what – stainless steel – and just have to be fitted. I haven’t any photos of the burglar bars from Kanyah but I can imagine something along the lines of the main gate to the front drive.

Insect screens on the doors and windows. I’m intrigued how these will be configured. Opening windows, burglar bars and insect screens. Quite a lot of components to coordinate and still allow the windows to open.

The kitchen. I don’t expect Kanyah to put in a fitted kitchen as you would find in a western house. I’m imagining just gas stand alone burner perhaps with two rings supplied from a gas bottle. The original house drawings and specification had a granite work top with fitted kitchen sink but I have no idea what Kanyah has had fitted.

Image of Retirement House Thailand Kitchen

Retirement House Thailand Kitchen

The hot water machine. Yes, that what she called it. I suppose she is talking about the hot water heater. I think she said it cost something like 8,000 Baht. Sounds like and expensive water heater to me. And why the plumber didn’t fit it wham all the rest of the water pipes were installed beats me.

Kanyah Is Living With The Neighbour

Apparently Kanyah moved out of the hotel – The Mansion in Pakchong (Pak Chong) – on 31st October. She told me that she is staying with our neighbour while she waits to move into the house. Her belongings are locked up in my workshop.

How To Succeed In Business And Leisure In Thailand

Are you considering doing any kind of business in Thailand? Thinking of retiring in Thailand? Considering building a house  in Thailand, or simply just want to enjoy a holidy there?   

The way you go about any of these activities can substantially alter the outcome for you. The manner in which you interact with the Thais is very important and here are some words of wisdom from a person who has been very successful in business in Thailand for may years.   

I received this in an email yesterday and realised that it may be useful advice to visitors to this website so I decided to post it here exactly as it was written:-


Dear Alan,   

Thanks very much for your kind words again.   

As my father says ‘it costs nothing to be nice and good willed !’ Okay lets me go through your e-mail and answer various points.   

Thanks for your enthusiastic and positive approach to working with us Alan.  

Over the many years of helping people design and build homes, it is very noticeable that people with a good attitude are always the ones who benefit far more. Not just with our company but overall with doing business here in Thailand.  

They are the ones who get best help, and they are the ones who get better prices. I see this so many times and not just with our company.  

People who are rude, arrogant, think they know it all, or are overly demanding, always end up with problems in Thailand. They get less and they create far more problems for themselves.  

That attitude does not work here and only creates negative results.  

The polite, calm, positive and understanding way is without doubt the best approach here in Thailand.  

We have been very lucky over the years and all our customers have been exceptionally nice, positive, understanding and willing to listen to good advice.  

Over the years we have built a reputation for customer care, quality and excellent value for money, so we are always happy when customers reward us with kind words and compliments.   

Yos and I are enjoying working with you Alan and the architect looks forward to completing your designs. Any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me. I am here to help.  

Kind Regards,  

Chris Clayton  

(Managing Director)
Kensington Company Limited  


That email was sent in response to one of mine to Chris with regards to the Thai house they are designing for our retirment to Pakchong. 

I can really recommend the Kensington Company Limited to you for many reasons if you are looking for a Thai Architect to design your future retirment home. Some of the reasons for recommending Kensington are in another post of mine called “A Thai Architect In Bangkok Is Making Our Retirement House Plans “. By the way, if you do go to Kensington, please let Chris know who recommended you to them because you will then get special treatment and perhaps a discount on their fees! 

Well, I hope you can take that advice from Chris and put it to use. I do in fact work as an engineer in the construction industry and deal on a daily basis with subcontractors and designers. I find that, as you suggest, I get better results from them than other people do because I win their respect by being honest, considerate and knowledgable. 

How To Work Successfully With A Thai Architect

Kensington, and more specifically, Yos, their Thai Architect are making an excellent job of translating my concept for our retirment house for Pakchong into real working drawings that can be used for a construction contract with a Thai builder. And all this design process is carried on with me and my wife here in the U.K. (Great Britain) and Yos being in Bangkok. Communication is by email with Kensington sending me drawings at various stages and me sending our (me and my wife) comments back.

I have started posting the drawings and our comments on the website. You can see one set of comments on the Comments On Thai Architects Preliminary House Design web page.

If you want to see the first concept drawings I made for our retirment house go to the How To Build A House In Thailand web page.

To see the plans made by the Thai architect based on our concept drawings go the the House Plans For Our Retirement House Produced By A Thai Architect web page. In addition to the plans (drawings) of our Thai house you will see perspectives of the house. these look like photograms of the house taken from different angles but they are in fact screenshots taken from a 3D (three dimensional) computer model of the house.

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