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.


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5 Responses to “Move-In Date Fixed – Thailand Retirement House Build Project Finished… ?”

  • Len:

    I put a hot water heater for the kitchen sink – they usually run about 3-4 K Bt.

    They are installed under the sink. More important did you get hot water heater units for the bathroom showers – unless you like ice cold showers every day. As said they run around $100-125 each and are not hard to install but you get hot water in a minute.

    Stone counter tops are great – looks good and a nice place to prepare foods.

    I had western cabinets put into the kitchen about 100K bt but nice heavy cabinets, but then we do Thai and American cooking.

    Don’t know about burglar bars (probably a good idea) – but screening is essential.

    I have 2 types of windows – The bedroom and kitchen/dining room areas have vinyl 4 and 8 foot windows that slide open and the screens fit inside and slide back and forth.

    The Thai half of the house has windows that swing open (typical Thai style) and the screen open into the house while the windows swing out.

    They keep the mosquitoes and flies down to a minimum (never zero). Not that expensive 200 bt for one wood window (put them in the middle of each three) and the Vinyl windows were 500 bt each — all measured, hand made and installed. Put them in – you will be glad you did (PS I had doubts about how they would work also – work great)

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    admin Reply:

    Hi Len and thanks for the comment.

    On the subject of water heaters Kanyah has a bath in her bathroom so I hope that she has bought a very large water heater otherwise she will be waiting hours to fill the bath with hot water. Ah! That gives me an idea. Next time she phones I’ll ask her if she has had a bath since she moved in. She loves to lie in a hot bath with all that smelly bubble bath stuff – makes her really relaxed.

    Kanyah was talking of 8,000 Baht for her water heater, that’s £150 or $240 – a lot more than the $125 you mentioned. But ever time she tells me the price of something it’s always double what I expect and what other people (like you for example) are spending.

    I don’t know what she has done about burglar bars and insect screens. It’s been so long since she sent me any photos.

    The burglar bars are because Kanyah won’t be living in our retirement house in Pakchong all the time, she will spend time with me here in UK until I finally retire to thailand – whenever that is!
    Again, thanks for the observations and

    Chock Dee Khrap

    Alan

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  • phil:

    will looking for a small metal lathe in bkk i came across your blog. i spent the next hour reading about your experience. ive been thinking of doing the same thing about house and land but now will think a little better.

    as i read your news and was impressed with your models i would like to know if you were able to find any good sources for a small lathe.( hobby shop lathe )
    i found 1 good source direct from china but $900 is a bit high for something site unseen. any sources new or used and accessories would be appreciated.

                                                                              thx,  phil
     

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  • phil:

    while looking for a small metal lathe in bkk i came across your blog. i spent the next hour reading about your experience. ive been thinking of doing the same thing about house and land but now will think a little better.
    as i read your news and was impressed with your models i would like to know if you were able to find any good sources for a small lathe.( hobby shop lathe )
    i found 1 good source direct from china but $900 is a bit high for something site unseen. any sources new or used and accessories would be appreciated.

                                                          thanks,  phil

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    admin Reply:

    Hi Phil and thanks for the question – I wish I knew the answer to that one – where to buy small metal-working machine tools (in your case a metal-turning lathe) in Bangkok.

    I guess you have read about the Thai websites I posted on the Retirement House Finished – Today. That’s about as far as I got.

    You could look at buying a lathe from the UK and having it shipped over. Here are the links to the top UK sites selling small metal working lathes:-

    http://www.warco.co.uk/12-metal-lathes-metalworking-lathe-machine

    http://www.chronos.ltd.uk/acatalog/copy_of_copy_of_copy_of_Clarke_300m_Variable_Sped_Lathe___Accessories.html

    http://www.emcomachinetools.co.uk/EnterShop/tabid/268/CategoryID/123/List/1/Level/a/productid/1252/Default.aspx?SortField=UnitCost+DESC%2cProductNumber

    http://www.arceurotrade.co.uk/Catalogue/Machines-Accessories/Lathes/Model-C3-Mini-Lathe/Model-C3-Mini-Lathe

    All those lethes, though, are imported from China so will be more expensive that your unseen one. Any chance of sharing the source with me? I’d like to take a look at it. I may recognise it as one of the lathes imported into the UK and give some advice on the quality.

    If there’s any call for this kind of model-making metal working lathe and machine tools in thailand i might start up an import agency when I finally retire to Thailand.

    Sorry I cant be of more help at the moment but as more people see these pages, we might get better information about buying machine tools and metal lathes in Bangkok, Thailand.

    Chock Dee

    Alan

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