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    Well there's no shortage of the raw material for solar in Thailand but the initial cost is very high.

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    We paid about 110k bht for a solar system fitted about 3/4 years ago. I grudged paying that when you can get a very efficient electric water heating system fitted for a fraction of that and electric is cheap when used carefully.
    Don't know much about them but all I wanted was hot water on demand.
    Frankly, unless your planted there the cost benefits dont really come in to it. Quite high maintenance cost as well after guarantee runs out and almost impossible to find someone if a panel is cracked. Our roof is constantly bombarded with bones//??!!
    Of course you could be going down the environmental route.............
    Shouldn't be in Thailand then!
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    Have been following this thread with interest as the dream (?) of a new build edges ever closer to reality. Again, we only have a very small plot of just half a rai with a modest budget to match. I'm impressed so far with what I've seen on the Together Construction website and the reviews and recommendations. Before we take that leap in the dark, does anybody here have any ideas or suggestions for design / planning websites that we could use for ideas and inspiration of what choices might be available. I really just want to get some ideas for the type of house that we might like. Cheers - Allan and Nuy

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    Fascinating thread, looks like 'mai pen rai' / family recommendation's and the face thing all work together to form a perfect sh*tstorm when house building.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allan View Post
    Have been following this thread with interest as the dream (?) of a new build edges ever closer to reality. Again, we only have a very small plot of just half a rai with a modest budget to match. I'm impressed so far with what I've seen on the Together Construction website and the reviews and recommendations. Before we take that leap in the dark, does anybody here have any ideas or suggestions for design / planning websites that we could use for ideas and inspiration of what choices might be available. I really just want to get some ideas for the type of house that we might like. Cheers - Allan and Nuy
    Allan, The house you would like to build. Is the land in your wife's name or joint?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allan View Post
    ...any ideas or suggestions for design / planning websites that we could use for ideas and inspiration of what choices might be available.
    Pencil and paper. If it's a new build can you not design your "dream house". I left ours to Nok (big mistake ) and she just drew out her layout and that's what was built. Apart from the rather large outdoor kitchen that we have added it all seems to work well.
    Maybe I would have had things a little different but it's "her" house at the end of the day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by te2008 View Post
    Allan, The house you would like to build. Is the land in your wife's name or joint?

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    The land can't be in his name or joint as farangs can't own land in Thailand but many ways around this by long term lease or trusting your wife.
    And before all the trolls jump in with never trust blah blah blah don't bother I heard it all before. I know hundreds of happily married farangs going back decades including myself.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Allan View Post
    Have been following this thread with interest as the dream (?) of a new build edges ever closer to reality. Again, we only have a very small plot of just half a rai with a modest budget to match. I'm impressed so far with what I've seen on the Together Construction website and the reviews and recommendations. Before we take that leap in the dark, does anybody here have any ideas or suggestions for design / planning websites that we could use for ideas and inspiration of what choices might be available. I really just want to get some ideas for the type of house that we might like. Cheers - Allan and Nuy
    I checked out a few sites that Together Construction recommended for some ideas and then I modified one that I liked to suit my needs and style. If you have any ideas Alan in TCT can draw a basic sketch for you and then when you are happy they will send it to their architect for proper plans and engineer approval.
    Worked out to be very cost effective and I asked for multiple amendments as I changed my ideas and they were fine with that.


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    Great thread!!!! pictures when the project gets on the way would top it all off ,good luck as this will be a stage in my life in the next 5 years for me .

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    Quote Originally Posted by alanhass View Post
    And before all the trolls jump in with never trust blah blah blah don't bother I heard it all before. I know hundreds of happily married farangs going back decades including myself.



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    We don't have trolls on this forum just people that try to give helpful advise. As te2008 has been a member for a decade I am sure he knows farangs can't own land perhaps he meant joint as in wife's family.

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    Thanks for all the interesting replies. As Gary mentioned - it is (will be) her house but at the end of the day I will need my western creature comforts. I am leaning towards going with Together Construction so will probably look to them for inspiration when ready to start the build. That's if they are interested in such a piddly size build!

    Just to clarify some of the other queries. The land and any future house is and will be in Nuy's name alone. This is for her security and her future. Without going into detail, believe me when I say she has earned it and deserves it. If I get to spend some time with her there during my twilight years it will be a bonus. But it's hers no matter what happens. "OMG another farang is going to get ripped off by another cheating Thai when she marries her cousin" I truly am not bothered. She deserves her security and future. My only interest during the whole house build thing is that she doesn't get ripped off and that she has the rightful chanote ownership thing and everything and that we end up with a reasonable build.

    I kind of like the idea of posting stage development pics during such a project that was mentioned earlier. I'm up for that if such a thing is ok with the admin bods - and someone can show me how to set up and run with the story book thing!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allan View Post
    The land and any future house is and will be in Nuy's name alone. This is for her security and her future. Without going into detail, believe me when I say she has earned it and deserves it. If I get to spend some time with her there during my twilight years it will be a bonus. But it's hers no matter what happens. "OMG another farang is going to get ripped off by another cheating Thai when she marries her cousin" I truly am not bothered. She deserves her security and future.
    My thoughts exactly when we bought our land and eventually built the house in Laos, although I did have to sign some papers (with Nok signing as well) when we bought the land.
    I am not sure if land can be owned by a Farang in Laos or not, but it doesn't matter it is hers, and like you say about Noy Allan, Nok deserves it all, especially having put up with me for 11 odd years now.

    So fair play to you and blow (different word used but language filter kicked in) anyone than thinks different.
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    Coincidentally Aea has just returned for the second time this year after project managing a little 1 story 2 bed 2 shower room house and hats off to her for what she has achieved with no prior experience and I have very little so was of no help.

    It does need a few finishing touches but considering the "skills" of the workforce from the (her) East for some of it it could have been a lot worse, you should have seen the skirting board joins , she also had to explain to them how to apply paint to the walls having helped me out with some decorating in the UK in the past she knew how to paint, no wallpaper there thank goodness, in fact it looks very nice indeed.

    Bit of plumbing and the proper loos will be in then it appears the hardest part will be trying to find some reasonable quality furniture.

    My thoughts echo yours Allan.

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    In my case it was not my wife with the bad intentions. When I met Nat she already had a house, with a mortgage and she supported her mother who lived with her.

    We decided to build a house and Nat sold her house put that money into it and got a mortgage. I paid the deposit on the house and the mortgage.

    Unfortunately Nat became ill and we did a will, her idea simply saying you paid most of it you should have it.
    This did not go well with the family with all her mothers friend telling the mother the will is not legal and Thai law says the house is hers not mine.

    Within a week of Nats death the Blue book disaappeared, then returned. I looked at it and noticed that Nats name had been removed as the house owner and the mothers name had replaced it whereas before it said she was just resident there, Nats brother and sisters name were also on the book all of a sudden.

    It turned out the mother had gone to the amphur and had the book changed. As I was executor of Nats will I didn't know how the amphur or mother could do this. Nats mother, brother and sister wanted the house sold as the were on the blue book. Anyway it ended up in court with the judge ruling that I was in charge of the assests and ordered things to be put back the way they were, however the amphur would not do this instead issuing a letter saying Nat was the owner.

    Of course the mother, brother and sister then came looking for "their" share under Thai law. You can guess the answer they got.

    I will be eternally grateful to Nats mother for the boundless care she gave Nat for 3 years day and night at home or in hospital and as per Nats wishes she got a huge amount of money. Even though Nats mother new what money she was going to get she still tried to go for the lot.

    As long as you are happy with what is happening thats ok but don't underestimate what may be going on behind the scenes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmbo60 View Post
    In my case it was not my wife with the bad intentions................
    That's a hell of a story Jimmbo - well done for seeing it through the courts. I think a lot of the stories you hear about foreigners losing out in deaths and break ups stem from foreigners just walking away because of what they've heard.

    A lawyer told me more or less what your story points out and its refreshing to know that not everything is against us. The Thai land laws actually worked for me in my divorce last year - she didn't even try to go for the house because of course - I don't own it do I .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allan View Post
    Thanks for all the interesting replies. As Gary mentioned - it is (will be) her house but at the end of the day I will need my western creature comforts. I am leaning towards going with Together Construction so will probably look to them for inspiration when ready to start the build. That's if they are interested in such a piddly size build!:
    They build all sizes, mine was hardly a mansion
    I am the same as you, the land belongs to the wife and she has more than earned it. Never seen me wrong and looked after me well now for 9 years. She paid about 30% of the land cost from her own savings so can't argue with that. Not many Thais would have offered up anything to help out with the costs.
    Cynics will say it's all part of the long con but after 9 years of my bull❇❇❇❇ and hopefully many more to come I reckon I got the better deal
    Best of luck with whoever you choose, it's a wild ride but as long as you pick the right company it's worth the trip.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmbo60 View Post
    We don't have trolls on this forum just people that try to give helpful advise. As te2008 has been a member for a decade I am sure he knows farangs can't own land perhaps he meant joint as in wife's family.
    Thanks Jimmbo - before these people make comments, then they should ask one the mods to see whether I am a troll.
    Allamhass good news. NO am not a troll

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    Quote Originally Posted by te2008 View Post
    Thanks Jimmbo - before these people make comments, then they should ask one the mods to see whether I am a troll.
    Allamhass good news. NO am not a troll

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    Just to clarify, I never said you were a troll.
    Read the post again


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    Quote Originally Posted by alanhass View Post
    They build all sizes, mine was hardly a mansion

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    Hi Alan, quick question, if I may?

    How long from start to finish did your build take? We're probably looking at 3 bed / bath, undecided about single floor (bungalow) or with an upstairs, western kitchen, living room etc.

    The only reason I ask is that when we do eventually get around to starting the build I am hoping to spend as much time as possible "on the ground" so that I can make regular (if not daily) site visits. Therefore I am toying with the idea of renting a condo or similar in town for the duration of the build and however long it take us to furnish the place before we move in. Not sure whether I am looking at 6 months or a year or whatever??

    Any other thoughts also welcome. Cheers!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allan View Post
    Hi Alan, quick question, if I may?

    How long from start to finish did your build take? We're probably looking at 3 bed / bath, undecided about single floor (bungalow) or with an upstairs, western kitchen, living room etc.

    The only reason I ask is that when we do eventually get around to starting the build I am hoping to spend as much time as possible "on the ground" so that I can make regular (if not daily) site visits. Therefore I am toying with the idea of renting a condo or similar in town for the duration of the build and however long it take us to furnish the place before we move in. Not sure whether I am looking at 6 months or a year or whatever??

    Any other thoughts also welcome. Cheers!!
    From first hole to moving in was 5 months. We built a 3 bed, 2 bathroom bungalow with garage. Have to remember though that things like rain season can have a dramatic effect on a build. We were unbelievably lucky that we had no rain at all during our project so no delays.


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