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Retiring In Thailand House Build Project Finished – Photos Of The Finished Retirement House

At last Kanyah settles down to live in the retirement house she has built in Pakchong (Pak Chong), Thailand.

Let’s Get Straight In With The Photos

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Nine Monks Performing The House Blessing Ceremony (Keun Ban Mai)

This photo shows the nine Monks perform the House Blessing Ceremony (Keun Ban Mai) presumably to bring good luck and fortune to those who live there. Until the House Blessing Ceremony (Keun Ban Mai) is done the owner of the house can’t move in to live there, according to Thai Buddhist Tradition.

View Of The House From The Road

How the house looks from the front – the road side. The new gravel drive on the left and the garden on the right yet has to have the landscape treatment.

Side View Of The House From The Neighbour’s Side

Here the shape of the house is clear. You can see the main house roof and the balcony roof. Looking at the detail the ant-burglar bars to the ground floor workshop and the second floor windows are visible.

The Utility Building From The Neighbour’s Side

The massive size of the Utility Building is clear to see. The narrow window on the left indicates the toilet and shower room and the large window on the right is to the ‘washing and ironing room’. (I have another plan for that room – so I’m not complaining too much.)

I can understand the window to the toilet being on the rear of the building but I would have thought that Kanyah would want to overlook her own beautiful garden when ironing the clothes… Strange.

Above, A Complex Arrangement Of Building Forms And Materials Combine To Generate Mystery And Architectural Mastery

I love this photo. If Kanyah took it knowing that it was a brilliant composition – an exciting and beautiful composition of shapes directions and materials – then I have seen a new side to Kanyah that I never knew existed. This photo could easily be part of any renowned Architect’s portfolio.

Another Great Photo Showing The Stainless Steel Handrails On The Balcony

This is more of an ‘informative’ photo than the ‘pure art’ photo above. Nevertheless notice how the view at ground floor level through the ‘car port’ to the front drive and gate adds interest to the house. That ‘car port’ space was intended to be used as a car port originally but now that Kanyah has paved it with marble terrazzo I don’t know what it will be used for. Just a collecting place for junk or a table tennis or snooker table maybe?

I designed it to be available for additional accommodation in future if we need it.

Natural Wood Lightweight Steps And Stainless Steel Handrails Leading Temptingly Up To The Balcony

I altered the original Architect’s design for these steps specifically to be steps and not the stairs that he designed. The difference between ‘steps’ and ‘stairs’? Steps have a vertical fill material between the treads. I took that out so that you get the gap you can see between each tread to make the steps look light.

Originally I wanted wooden handrails (balustrades if you like) and only agreed with Kanyah’s idea of stainless steel when she said it was cheaper than wood!

I’m glad I went along with Kanyah’s idea because I really do love the stainless steel handrails. They emphasise the ‘light’ look and help give the house a touch of the “Wow!” factor.

What do you think? Please feel free to comment below.

Rubbish All Around – Why Can’t They Tidy Up?

By the way – and this is something you’ll see in many of the photos – why do they leave bits an pieces of junk lying around. It makes the place a bit like René Magritte’s modern art paintings who put common everyday objects at laces in his paintings where you wouldn’t expect them to be, just to shock you.

Image of René Magritte's Man and Dove Painting

René Magritte's Man and Dove Painting

It’s like these Thai’s purposely placed junk around the house just to annoy you.

Don’t know what I mean? There is a plastic bottle at the base of the steps. And on the left of it is a Thai floor brush. Further over on the left is a Thai home-made ladder. You’ll see this junk in most of the photos.

Above, the stairs (steps actually) have that light ‘look-through’ feel.

The design intent of the wooden steps leading up to the Mai Malay wooden balcony was to make them look light and airy. This has been accomplished by leaving out the stair risers and using thin sections of wood.

The polished Mai Malay (Malaysian hardwood) floor of the balcony is well shaded from the sun and protected from the rain by the low overhanging tiled roof.

Another view of the wooden balcony floor but at low level which shows the full extent of the balcony and the beautiful red colour of the wood. Also clearly visible is the wonderfully workmanship of the polished stainless steel handrails locally made in Pakchong (Pak Chong), Thailand.

Although the red coloured hardwood is from Malaysia (called Mai Malay in Thai) it makes a wonderfully warm and welcome flooring.

The hand made Thai teak wooden doors to the accommodation on the second floor level and the polished stainless steel security gates.

Beautiful hand made in Pakchong (Pak Chong) Thai Teak wooden doors and hand-crafted stainless steel security gate with the highly polished balcony floor make a very lovely view and easy on the eye when relaxing on the balcony.

The highly polished and ornate hand-made stainless steel balustrades and handrails together with the natural Thai wood of the stair landing and the white-painted concrete structural frame of the house make a stunning vision.

An optical illusion that takes a bit of mental dexterity before you realise that the wooden planks in the centre of the photo are actually the vertical wall of the house not the flat balcony floor.

Interesting view of the stairs showing masses of stainless steel on the handrails and lovely re-coloured wooden stair landing.

This photo shows the steel anti-burglar bars fitted to the second floor bedroom window. It’s not clear how the steel anti-burglar bars are secured to the window frame or wall of the house, and whether they are made from stainless steel or not.

It’s no surprise that the anti-burglar bars fitted to the ground floor model engineering workshop doors are made from highly polished and decorative stainless steel similar to all the other stainless steel handrails around the retirement house in Pakchong (Pak Chong), Thailand.

This is the same white stone drive that runs all the way past the house to the rear garden. The drive is higher than the garden area and is held in place by a small brick retaining wall.

This photo of the white stone front drive is taken from further away from the road so that the full length of the drive from the road to the house can be seen.

The driveway is made from small white stone pebbles (I think marble chips) and passes beside the house into the rear garden. It gives access to the land at the rear of the house.

Proof that Kanyah has moved out of The Mansion in Pakchong (Pak Chong). A Pile of her things collected from her travels around the world and sent to Thailand from our house in the U.K.

80 Days To Fit This Ugly Western Kitchen!

Kanyah told me she had bought a kitchen for 50,000 Baht and they wanted another 40,000 Baht to fit it.

40,000 Baht to fit a kitchen! Taking a Thai craftsman’s wage at 500 Baht/day that’s 80 man-days!!

Nearly 3 months to fit a kitchen.

I later learned that she hadn’t bought it and when I saw this photo it’s obviously a shot of a show kitchen still in the showroom.

I quickly warned Kanyah that the bamboo mat lining to the walls of our house were not strong enough to support the upper cabinets.

She didn’t believe me but after checking with her Thai neighbour she agreed.

Hopefully this grotesque western monster is still in the shop.

Another finely composed photo from Kanyah showing the stainless steel handrail curving towards the house with the teak doors in the background.

View of right-hand part of the massive utilities building. This is the toilet and shower room side.

Left hand side of the utilities building. Note the lack of windows! Looks more like a jail than a washroom.

Why did she put the window at the back?

Notice the concrete forecourt in front of the building where the car is standing.

The photo of the shower unit in the utilities building shows again how much space there is in the shower/toilet room.

The WC in this photo of the inside of the utilities building is not the objective of showing the picture> The purpose is to show how much room – wasted space and expense – there is in the building.

As with the other photos of the shower room/toilet in the utilities room on the ground floor of the retirement house in Pakchong (Pak Chong), Thailand, this picture also shows what a huge room it is.

The roof water collection system comprises rain water gutters that collect the rain water from the roof and downpipes that then deliver the water to the rain water plastic storage tanks.

Storing rain water collected from the roof of the retirement house in Pakchong (Pak Chong), Thailand, is essential to be able to irrigate the garden in the dry season. This plastic water storage tank is one of two that we have to store the collected rain water.

This plastic water storage tank has the number 2000 in bold letters on the packaging so I assume it’s 2,000 l capacity. (2 m3)

Another plastic rain water storage tank to store the rain water collected from the roof.

The super-strong Thai Teak wood doors are enough of a deterrent to keep the casual burglar from trying to get into the model engineering workshop at our retirement house in Pakchong (Pak Chong), Thailand, but these stainless steel gates will make breaking into the workshop virtually impossible even for the most determined burglar.

The strongest Thai teak wood was used for the hand made doors for the model engineering workshop in the retirement house in Pakchong (Pak Chong), Thailand.

The massive electric water heater has been sized to suit the bath that Kanyah has had put in her bathroom. in our retirement house in Pakchong (Pak Chong), Thailand. In front of the electric water heater you can see the stainless steel sink in the workshop.

The stainless steel sink is to wash my hands and dirty metal model parts in my model engineering workshop in our retirement house in Pakchong (Pak Chong).

Notice the tiles around the sink. Actually it’s a wash-hand basin. I wanted a massive industrial sink suitable for dropping heavy steam locomotive boilers about 2 ft (600 mm) long in for cleaning after they have been welded. What chance of that with this punitive little basin?

Have A Laugh On Me

Click on the image above. I mean it.

You’ll love it. Honestly.

That’s all for now. Took me 3 weeks part time work to put this Post together hope you like it.

Please leave a comment below.


Thailand Retirement House Photos Page 3

Just a few more photos of our retirement house at it edges towards completion in Pakchong (Pak Chong), Thailand

More photos from Pakchong (Pak Chong), in Thailand, where Kanyah is gallantly managing the construction of our retirement house.

In the foreground you can see a huge pile of sand and some stones. What are these for I wonder, they weren’t there on any previous photos…

… all is revealed later…

Photo Of The Retirement House In Pakchong (Pak Chong), Thailand Showing The Balcony
Photo Of The Retirement House In Pakchong Showing The Balcony

Next a close-up of the front of the house, shown in the photo below.

This is where we will be spending most of our time, on the first floor balcony and suitably protected from tumbling to the ground by strong stainless steel handrails.

When Kanyah first asked me to agree to these I said “no because I think they will be out of place on a rustic style wooden Thai house”. I wanted tradditional wooden balustrades and handrails.

Always the saleswoman, Kanyah trotted out some powerful reasons to support her proposition:-

  • Stainless steel doesn’t need painting. Wood will need annual maintenance. (Good point, Kanyah, when I retire to Thailand I’ll be far to busy in the workshop to be doing house maintenance)
  • Stainless steel handrails won’t rot. If not looked after carefully wood is likely to rot and become unsafe. (Another good point – I like the idea of not falling 3 meters and landing on my head on the floor – an early end to my retiring in Thailand plans)
  • By the way notice Kanyah’s optimism here.  How long would it take good quality Thai hardwood to rot? 10 years?, 20 years? That’s at least how long she expects me to be living in that house when I retire to Thailand!
  • Stainless steel handrails are cheaper than wood. Now she’s really got my interest. Of course I doubt that and there is no way for her to prove it either way.
Image of Front View Of The Retirement House In Pakchong (Pak Chong)
Front View Of The House

Galvanised Steel Rain Water Gutters

Next some shots of the galvanised steel rain water gutters gutters.

Why galvanised steel? At first we looked at plastic which were rerasonable cost if in white colour. The white colour ones are made in Thailand.

Image of White Plastic Rain Gutter
White Plastic Rain Gutter

But I wanted dark brown colour so that they would be camouflaged as you can see in the picture below – and plastic rain gutters  in this colour are made in Japan hence a huge import duty is imposed making them rediculously expensive.

Also if you look at the photo of the plastic rain gutter above you will see that the down-pipe is rather small. that surprised me for a country that has such heavy downpours of rain. I would therefore expect that several down-pipes would be needed and we wanted just one at the end of the house to send the roof run-off water to the water storage tanks. We plan on using this stored water for the garden in the dry season.

Below is a photo of the brown plastic rainwater gutter and in addition to all the other disadvantages I have mentioned above, ot looks too angular and modern for the rustic appearance I want our house to have.

Image of Windsor PVC Rain Gutter Brown Colour
Windsor PVC Rain Gutter Brown Colour From Catalogue

Below is the complete plastic rain water brochure from the company Windsor of Japan:-

Below, this is sort of galvanised steel rainwater gutter that I wanted, but I would have painted it. And I don’t like the idea of sending the water from one gutter to another as shown in the photo – could overload the second gutter. The photo again is from a brochure:-

Image of Galvanised Steel Roof Gutter Unpainted
Galvanised Steel Roof Gutter Unpainted

Anyway, Kanyah found someone who could supply rainwater gutters made from galvanised steel and she bought them. Below is one of the gutters delivered to site before painting:-

Image of Galvanised Steel Gutter Before Painting
Galvanised Steel Gutter Before Painting

When the gutters were painted, according to the photo below, it seems they did not use a primer, but just painted the top coat straight onto the galvanised steel. No that’s OK if they used a special paint designed to pe applied directly yo galvanised steel.

With normal paints it is necessary to apply a special primer to the galvanised steel before painting the finish coat.

If a special paint is not used on the galvanised steel then the paint will not adhere tot he galvanising and will soon flake and drop off.

Image of Galvanised Steel Gutter Painting
Painting The Galvanised Steel Gutters On Site

Below is a picture of the end of the gutter showing the d0wnpipe spigot which again looks too small to me.

Image of Galvanised Steel Gutter Downpipe
Galvanised Steel Gutter Downpipe After Painting

The next photo is in fact the same photo as the first one at the top of this page – and I bet you didn’t notice the gutter on that photo. It’s even difficult to see on this one. That blue plastic is a temporary down-pipe and will be replaced by a permanent brown pipe once the water storage tanks have been delivered. Rainwater storage is something Kanyah is really keen on. She wants to have massive water storage tanks to keep the garden green and watered in the hot season when there is no rain.

Image of House Showing Rain Gutter Downpipe
House Showing Rain Gutter Downpipe

Below is a photo of our new builder – seems like he’s doing a bit of cement rendering himself.

Photo Of Our Second Thai Builder
Photo Of Our Second Thai Builder

Terrazzo Marble Flooring

If you remember on the Cleaning Up That Terrible Thai Builder’s Mess Post the previous builder had made such a mess of the workshop floor by letting cement from the rendering process fall onto it that Kanyah had to do something to hide the cement droppings. Here is a photo from that previous Post:-

Image of Pakchong House Workshop Concrete Floor Spoilt 02

Pakchong House Workshop Concrete Floor Spoilt 02

I thought that the floor could be “simply” ground to a smooth finish and left at that. After all this is a workshop not a living room. I had already paid for a hard finish to be applied to the floor to prevent cement dust  from being created – cement dust is the last thing you want in a machining workshop which this will be.

Here is a photo of the floor when it was originally cast:-

Image of Building Thai House Workshop Floor Slab
Ground Floor Conrete Workshop Floor Slab

That red colour is what’s called “Dry Shake” – it’s a special floor hardener for new concrete floors and it provides a highly abrasion resistant surface to fresh concrete floors and prevents dust from forming.

Back to the story… anyway, when Kanyah sent me these next couple of photos and talked about “Hin On”  Image of "Hin-On" the Thai language word for "marble" - the stone I had a good idea that she was referring to marble. (I knew that “Hin” means “stone”)

And when I saw these photos I thought that they had poured a levelling compound to accept marble tiling – something like this is what I imagined the end result would look like:-

Image of Marble Tiled Floor
A Marble Tiled Floor (Not Our House)

Below, the first photo that Kanyah sent me, it looks like a levelling compound to make the rough concrete surface smooth enough to lay marble tiles on:-

Image of Preparing The Concrete Floor Slab To Take Marble Tiles
Preparing The Concrete Floor Slab To Take Marble Tiles

Below, more of that messy floor levelling compound.

Image of The Marble Terrazzo Floor Finish Applied To The Patio Area
The Marble Terrazzo Floor Finish Applied To The Patio Area

Above, I had to change the story here when a couple of weeks later I received another set of photos of the floor from Kanyah. Then I realised that she did not mean to put marble floor tiles down. What you can see in the photos above is the first stage of laying a marble terrazzo floor. Terrazzo is basically a concrete floor that is ground down after laying to expose the aggregate (stones then). There are many kinds of aggregate to use in terrazzo flooring – Kanyah chose to use marble chips – hence we have marble terrazzo floors.

Remember I mentioned in the beginning of this Post about a huge pile of sand and some stones? They could be the materials used for the terrazzo flooring. Here is the picture again:-

Image of Materials for Marble Terrazzo Flooring?
Materials for Marble Terrazzo Flooring?

You can see the marble terrazzo flooring grinding process and the finished floors in the next Post.

Road Side View Of The House

Image Showing The Rear View Of The Pakchong (Pak Chong) Retirement House
Rear View Of The Pakchong (Pak Chong) Retirement House

Above, this is a view of the house from the road side, or front garden. Our house is ‘back-to-front’ with the rear of the house at the front, facing the road. We built it this way so that we could have the balcony facing the countryside at the rear and to give ourselves some privacy from the road side.

Image of Another Rear View Of The Retirement House in Pakchong (Pak Chong), Thailand
Another Rear View Of The Retirement House

Above, another view of the house from the roadside.

Image of The Service Shafts To Hide The Water And Drainage Pipes
Service Shafts To Hide The Water And Drainage Pipes

Above, the two columns of wet cement you can see here are the services risers. This is where the water pipes and electrical cables rise into the house. Those two white rectangles that you see are in fact plastic access doors.

The Next Post

The next Post will be called “Mission Creep – Costs Escalate – Time Overruns – Photos Show Why” and is a monster of a web page filled with all the latest photos from Pakchong (Pak Chong), Thailand, along with my usual running commentary.

Here are some of the topics covered:-

  • Latest Photographs Showing The Progress On Building The Retirement House In Pakchong (Pak Chong)
  • Is Kanyah Building The House Of Babel?
  • Or Eschers Ascending Descending Stairs?
  • How To Waste Money On Building A Retirement House In Thailand
  • Photos Of The Terrazzo Marble Floors
  • Three Reasons Why Marble Terrazzo Flooring Is A Complete Waste Of Money
  • The Largest Utility Building In Pakchong (Pak Chong)!

Photos Inside Our Retirement House In Thailand

At last I can find a few spare minutes to update the website with more photos of our retirement house in Packchong (Pak Chong) as the building phase nears completion.

Most of the pictures this time are of the interior of the house.

Starting off with the place where we intend to spend all our time relaxing… The Balcony

Image of Retirement House Thailand Balcony Stainless Steel Handrails 2

The Balcony Showing The Stainless Steel Handrails

Above, showing the wooden floor balcony and the stainless steel handrails hand made in Pakchong (Pac Chong).

Do You Like The Stainless Steel Handrails?

At first when Kanyah asked me if she could have stainless steel handrails I was in a mind to say “No”. Quite clearly (in my mind) the house is intended to be modelled after a traditional rustic Thai house and the handrails should, of course, be made from natural wood. Stainless steel would be completely out of character, I thought.

That was back in the dark days of the project when I was backing off telling Kanyah what to do. At that time she told me that stainless steel balustrades would be cheaper than wood and that really struck the right chord with me! So I said OK but regretted that immediately afterwards.

Anyway, we now have stainless steel handrails and i quite like it. there’s no doubting that the quality of the product is really superb and I do think they add a bit of a wow factor to the house, particularly at the stairs.

Look at the photos below, make your own mind up and please tell me what you think.

Image of Retirement House Thailand Balcony Stainless Steel Handrails 3

Wooden Balcony And Stainless Steel Handrails

Above, another phot of the balcony and you can see the underside of the balcony roof with the exposed rafters and bamboo mat lining.

Image of Retirement House Thailand Balcony Stainless Steel Handrails Stairs 1

Steps To Balcony With Stainless Steel Handrails

In the photo above the posts supporting the landing and the stringers look like they are made from wood, but in fact they are steel. The treads are real wood, though as shown in the next photos.

Also note that the stainless steel balustrade on the landing in the first bay (where that person is on the stairs) is purely decorative and serves no other function. This is also clear in the photos below.

Image of Retirement House Thailand Balcony Stainless Steel Handrails Stairs

View From Balcony Of Stainless Steel Handrails To The Wooden Stairs

Above, looking from the balcony down the stairs.

Image of Looking Down The Second Flight Of Wooden Stairs From The Balcony

Looking Down The Second Flight Of Wooden Stairs From The Balcony

Two things to note from the photo above:-
1. The stainless steel handrails at balcony level are for appearance sake only. You can see that the wooden balcony does not reach that far.
2. The treads of the stairs are natural wood.
The next photo shows the view from the bottom of the stairs.
Image of The Lower Part Of The Steps And A Good View Of The Stainless Steel Handrails

The First Flight Of Steps And The Stainless Steel Handrails

Above, the last of the stainless steel handrail photos.

Now on so some interior views of our retirement house and on the way we’ll pass through the real Teak wood doors.

Image of Teak Doors To First Floor Kitchen

Teak Doors To First Floor Kitchen

Above, the folding doors into the kitchen from the dining area. mow let me tell you something…

I Don’t Know Why These Doors Are Here!

The original Thai house plans as drawn up by our Thai Architect based on my own concept house layout drawings never had any doors into the Kitchen as you can see in the extract from the construction drawings below:-

Image of Second Floor Doors Layout From our Retirement House Thailand Construction House Plans

Second Floor External Doors Layout

The image above is taken from the Thai house construction drawings made by our Thai Architect. As you can see there are no doors between the Dining Area and the Kitchen.

My concept of the folding doors is for the Living Room doors to open for the full width of the room and for there to be similar wide doors leading out on to the balcony thus creating a huge open-plan space with an outside feeling even if you are inside.

Why Kanyah has decided to put doors leading into the Kitchen beats me. A total waste of money!


There’s a big And here. And I don’t like it… as explained below under the heading “The Big Problem With Folding Doors”.

To introduce that topic, here’s a photo looking into the Kitchen from the Dining Area:-

image of Teak Doors Opening Into The First Floor Kitchen
Teak Doors Opening Into The First Floor Kitchen

The Big Problem With Folding Doors

One thing I want to mention is the lower door runner on the floor.  These are a major issue with me and I ranted about them on the post Wood Floors, Folding Doors where you can learn all about how (not to) fit folding doors into your house.

Take a look at the marked up photo below:-

Image of Lower Door Runner Kitchen Teak Door

Lower Door Runner to The Kitchen Teak Door

In the photo above, see the lower door runner? Each of the leaves of the folding doors has a ‘peg’ (in modern-style doors this is usually a wheel) that runs in a floor guide to keep the lower part of the door in place when it is being folded open or closed. In the case above the ‘pegs’ run in a slot in the lower door guide.

This ‘peg’ also acts as a bolt to secure the door when it is shut and locked. Without the ‘pegs’ and lower door runner the door would be floppy at the base and easy for an intruder to push in and gain access to the room.

I Did Not Want That Lower Door Runner

My concept (as I described above) for the living, kitchen and dining areas was to have them as a large open-plan area with no visible or physical barriers between them. In particular I knew that the Dining Area was really not long enough to take a reasonable sized dining table and chairs. I wanted to have the ability for the Dining Area to expand into the Kitchen unimpeded if necessary.

Now, that lower door runner sticks up above the floor and divides up the space between the two areas. It also creates a trip hazard and a place where you can’t sit on the floor or put table or chair legs.

In short it destroys my open-plan concept.

But that’s not the end of it – there’s worse to come… much worse.

Enough of those doors, let’s look at the main doors into the Dining Area from the Balcony.

These are the main entrance doors into the house. Again, like the Kitchen they are hand-made from Teak wood. All these doors are not off-the-shelf doors from Home-Pro. No, they are bespoke craftsman-made doors built by hand from scratch in natural Teak wood in Pakchong (Pak Chong), Thailand.

Image of First Floor Exterior Teak Doors Leading To The Dining Area

First Floor Exterior Teak Doors Leading To The Dining Area

Above the doors leading from the Balcony into the Dining Area.

Perhaps you can see the lower door runners at the bottom of the photo? The picture and narrative below let’s me repeat my rant of an earlier post when the stupid builder (the one Kanyah sacked, not the current one) ruined my split-level concept. Look at this photo of the teak doors with the lower door runner highlighted:-

Image of Lower Door Runner Dining Teak Door

Lower Door Runner Dining room Teak Door

As I mentioned above, the lower door runner protruding from the flat floor makes a trip hazard.

It’s small enough to not be easily seen, but high enough for people to trip up on, particularly when there is a party going on!

Put that’s not the main fault here. The main fault – and this is really serious – is that the door runner is not high enough to prevent the rain from pouring in under the doors driven by the winds.

The problem is not with the doors, nor with the design of the house.

The problem is cause by our first builder whom Kanyah sacked for incompetency and blatant fraud.

The design of the house, as shown on both my concept drawings and our Thai Architect’s drawings puts the Dining Area 150 mm higher than the Balcony. Also, the Bedrooms and Living Room were 50 mm higher than the Dining Area for the same reason – to stop wind-driven rain entering the house.

But the first builder put all the floors on the same level!

All the gory details are explained on the “Thailand Retirement House Build Plans Dashed” Post. Just go to that Post and scroll down until you come to “Later On I Realise Some New Blunders By Our Builder“.

If you’re skipping that invitation for now  let’s continue the house tour by looking out towards the Balcony from the Dining Area:-

Image of Looking Out From The Dining Area To The Balcony Through The Teak Doors

Looking Out From The Dining Area To The Balcony Through The Teak Doors

The next photo, below shows the view from the Dining Area looking into the Kitchen and out to the Balcony.

Image of Retiring Thailand House Teak Doors First Floor To Kitchen

Teak Doors First Floor To Kitchen

Enough of doors, but before we move on to the bathrooms I have a question.

Why are there no photos showing the light fittings?

I was very specific and prescriptive about the lights in the rooms lined with bamboo mat. They were all to be wall-mounted uplighters to highlight the bamboo mat and capture the warm colour. See the  Now They Have Trashed The Vaulted Ceiling Concept post for a beautiful photograph of the effect I wanted.

My guess is that she has changed to ceiling lights and isn’t taking photos because she doesn’t want to hear me complaining!

And while I’m complaining the tiles she has chosen for the bathrooms are so boring and ordinary.

Judge for yourself, this is Kanyah’s bathroom:-

Close-up Photo of Kanyah's Bathroom

Close-up Photo of Kanyah's Bathroom

And the hand wash basin in Kanyah’s bathroom:-

Photo of Thai House Pakchong Kanyahs Bathroom

Kanyah's Bathroom - Wash Hand Basin

Below is the same pattern of hand wash basin in my shower room. but notice the black hole in the wall tile with wires hanging out? That is for some kind of electrical device. Shaver socket?

I don’t know but perhaps I was premature to suspect Kanyah of changing the wall-lights in my comments above. Perhaps there are no photos of light fittings because they have not been installed yet.

Image of Hand Wash Basin In My Shower Room.

Hand Wash Basin In My Shower Room.

Below, my shower room.

Image of View Of My Shower Room

View Of My Shower Room

Enough of bathrooms, a couple more photos of the Balcony and the Balcony ceiling:-

Photo of Underside Of The Balcony Roof Showing Exposed Rafters And Bamboo Mat

Close-Up Photo Of The Underside Of The Balcony Roof

Above, I just love the combination of the exposed rafters and Bamboo mat. That is the look I specified for the Living Accommodation. But she changed it. Just to rub it in, there is a photo of the how our rooms were supposed to look on the Now They Have Trashed The Vaulted Ceiling Concept post.

Another photo I love is this view from the Dining Area out to the Balcony:-

Photo of the View From The Dining Area To The Balcony

The View From The Dining Area To The Balcony

Next a dead boring photo just showing the water pipes entering the house. I have no idea why there is more then one pipe and why it (they) are so small. These will be covered over by brick and render as you will see in a later Post.

I just mentioned that about the water pipes to prepare you for the best and most exhilarating photos on the website! Just scroll down a little.

Image of The Blue Water Pipes Comimg Into The House

The Blue Water Pipes Comimg Into The House

I Have Saved The Best Photos For The Last!

These net couple of photos are quintessential Thai.

The Thais are without doubt the world’s finest creators of hand-crafted precision holes in the soil!

Image Of A Septic Tank Installed In A New House Being Built In Pakchong (Pak Chong)

One Of The Two Plastic Septic Tanks

Above one of the two beautiful septic tanks.

Photo Of Two Septic Tanks Installed At A Thai House

Two Septic Tanks Installed In The Garden

Above, just look at how snugly these septic tanks fit in their holes. Barely 10 cm to spare. Truly a work of art, those holes in the ground. I can imagine the rush of pride in the digger when the tanks are lowered in and they fit perfectly with not an ounce of energy wasted in the dig.

If the builders can get this right so why are there so many other cock-ups in the house build?

Wait! Did I say they got this right? Let’s look at the design drawing made by our Thai Architect:-

Image of Thai House Pakchong Construction Drawings Septic Tank

Septic Tank As Drawn On Our Pakchong House Plans

As you can see in the above drawing, our Thai Architect has only shown one septic tank. So why have they installed two on site?

Well, I could get into all kinds of discussion on that but life’s too short. You’ve been waiting long enough for me to finish this Post so this is where I’ll wrap it up and get on with uploading more photos on the next post for you.

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