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Original Coolthaihouse BuildA pictorial view of the building of the 'cool thai house' prototype. Arranged in sections as follows, please click to see the details!

Note: If you are doing your own project and want information on building that applies to what you are doing, it has been compiled in the information section. The two sections are similar (information and cool shots), both drawing from this house being built, the difference is, the info section details options of building materials and the like, where this section is simply a history of the cool thai house being built!

(This is circa 2004 the original CTH)
Original Coolthaihouse InfoA great place to build, but the more information one has, the better. This page has many articles and write-ups on various aspects of building a house in Pattaya, Thailand. Most of the information can be applied to other areas within Thailand as well. Most of the articles contain picture examples showing various stages of house construction. You are not going to be building the house yourself, but the more you know the smoother it will go. Hopefully these articles will help you visualize some aspect of your project ahead of time and provide information on various house building options.

The text is divided up into sections as follow. General: General information about building and some good ideas. Basics: basic materials, foundation columns, concrete pours, wall construction, tile laying, roofing, windows and doors. Details: ceiling construction, finishing the eves with grc sheeting, how to create a inexpensive but nice kitchen, bathroom options along with a construction example and electrical considerations. Other: perimeter wall types and example, water systems and options, gate and security metal installation, an example of building a planter box and rain gutter installation.

Last additions - Original Coolthaihouse Section
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This is the land plot after some fill dirt has been brought in (to the left of the truck). It is 84 square wah. (01-Jan-04) dozerSep 28, 2011
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The front gutter system. (15-Aug-04)dozerSep 28, 2011
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The rear gutter and down spout.(13-Aug-04)dozerSep 28, 2011
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Added the final gutter on top of the patio. (23-Jun-04)dozerSep 28, 2011

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Tile roof example (cool thai house). This is the most common roofing material in use for houses built for foreigners. (03-May-04)dozer
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The cement is poured to anchor the base in place. The depth of this pour is around 20 cm. After this there will be a pour up to ground level which is 60 centimeters wide. Form wood is used as support for this pour.dozer
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If you go with hot water throughout the cost of the faucets increases by about 3 fold. A faucet like this is around 2000 Baht. (23-Jun-04)dozer
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The grc sheeting being laid in over the carport.dozer
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For wood windows, one option to make for easy opening is a push/pull rod like this. These are not commonly sold, but can be bought at Homepro. Once the screen is installed an apparatus like this makes opening the windows very easy. The handle you see is a rod which connects to the window. It can be pushed to open the window and closed to shut the window without having to adjust the screen. (27-Jun-04)dozer
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Mid range expat house. (25-Jun-04)dozer
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WALL EXAMINATION: A good enough looking wall section but can you notice two things? The posts are far apart (3.5 meters) and the fact that you can see the imprint of the underlying blocks indicates that the stucco layer applied was very thin. (06-Jul-04)dozer
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This shows the septic being vented out the to the rear away from the house. If it is the solid septic, PVC is sometimes used (as shown here) to direct the exhaust air out and away from the house. (21-Aug-04)

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