Finishing the fence and garden at the house in the village

During the last three days we have made three trips to the village to organise the finishing of our house. The village is a two hours drive south east of Ubon. (101km)

Old time readers of this blog will know this information but for all the new comers…. the house was finished 2 years ago when we arrived here in Thailand. What was never finished however was a kitchen for downstairs as well as a fence and garden. This was always going to be stage 2 and we had no plan to do this for many years. When my father in law died suddenly a year ago those plans changed and we were able to clear the land next door (where he used to live) and make plans for our garden. With all the animals around you cannot have a garden without a fence so we started on that which is now almost finished. As soon as it is the garden process will begin. At the same time we thought we may as well enclose one corner of the downstairs for a kitchen and store room. We have a builder and a few helpers on site so it is all go at the moment and we expect to make a few more trips out there over the next week or so.

Here are a few photos of what is going on. It is so exciting to have a almost blank canvas to design a small garden and we cannot wait for the finished product.

Front fence is half finished - side and back fence is complete

A nice blank canvas for our garden.

The main gate

constructing the fence

Welding the fence

16 responses to “Finishing the fence and garden at the house in the village

  1. Michael Hare

    A very impressive house. And the area for the garden looks huge. Always a challenge making a good garden in Isarn on completely depleted soils which are 85% sand.

    Why do you want to live in Ubon with such a nice place down there at Naachaluei?

    • The house was always built as a shack/holiday home so we were never going to live here full time. To have a home away from home (wherever that is) is wonderful. It is the first time in my life that I have ever bought or built a house that I never intend to sell. Business kind of took over here in Ubon hence us living here but it has been so nice recently being able to return at a moments notice and stay a few nights. In fact we are back off there again tomorrow!

  2. That’s a beautiful house, and it seems well-suited for land it’s on.

    You’re ready to enjoy the tropical breezes, and still be “high & dry” if/when the area floods.

  3. Jürg Hölzle

    Very nice and climatic-response design! Can you say something about the building costs?

  4. I don’t remember a slab party or a roof party or even a house warming party…….. You could throw it in Ubon if you like…..

  5. It is okay I can smell a beer miles away, especially if an Aussie is having a party with a few snags and hamburgers and Aussie mini pies and tuna pies and choc coated balls, and pizza and…….and……

    See you there with bells on…..

  6. Love the house, a blend between thai style and a Queenslander. But I cant pass up the opportunity to comment on the safety gear worn by the metal workers.
    1. Safety Thongs – important to keep your feet cool.
    2. Removable safety guards – avoids getting in the way when the cutting disc is getting small.
    3. Sunglasses and baseball cap – Very important to keep the sun out of your eyes while welding.

    I have the same issues, amazing Thailand. I’m building a pig sty and have build a glorified verandah around the wife’s house, all metal framed.

    • Hi Tony, thanks for your comment. Yes watching the safety of Thai workers is always amazing that’s for sure. I emailed my Dad the photos and he commented on the man using the grinder who was wearing safety glasses. He couldn’t believe it and called him a big girls blouse!!

  7. Safety issues! Boots, hard helmets, gloves, etc are TOO HOT. Got to keep cool.

    And keeping your house cool is important. Trees taller than the house, sited 3-4 metres away, will stop the sun getting into the verandah and cool your house down by at least 4-5C. But I notice that there isn’t much room around three sides of the house.

    • Hi Michael, yes it is a real shame that there are no trees around the house. The land we built on was the original family home so no trees to inherit. We built to the boundary because we knew that at some stage the land next door would be available to us to do a garden. It just happened a little quicker then we thought! The garden wont do much to reduce the temp but it will look good and will keep the dust down and give us somewhere to relax when it is too hot upstairs.

  8. Michael,

    Very beautiful house. We ‘ll be living in Thailand in a few more year. If you don’t mind, what is the ballpark cost to build a house that size ( $40 / sq. ft) without a land ?



    • Hi Tom,

      Andrew here (Not Michael!) I am the wrong person to ask these sort of questions as I didn’t take much interest in building process. At a guess, my house cost around 1.1m baht to build (includes the fit out inside) plus approx another 150,000 for the fence/garden and kitchen. We could have spent a lot more but as it has only ever been intended to be a ‘holiday house’ we kept the price down in many areas.

  9. Andrew,

    Sorry. I saw Michael for the previous replied. I’m a dork sometime. I appreciated your answer though. Don’t need to publish this on your blog. Thanks again.

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