Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Moving and restoring an old Thai wood house

A few months ago, we purchased a piece of property from some people that had loaned money to one of B's aunts.  The notorious aunt, a chronic gambler on her sixth foreigner husband, had seriously defaulted on the loans from this company which then foreclosed on the property and had it all locked and chained up, and then put on sale.

There were several wooden structures, furniture, and other furnishing on the property in addition to the land.  We had attended a few parties at the property and knew it well so we put in a bid and got it for a bargain price.  I was not interested in the land as there is nothing remarkable about its characteristics or location.  But the wooden teak structures, a total of six in all, were worth many times more than the land itself.  All we had to do was to move them.  

This modest nah baan, cost us 300K baht (relocation included)

I am familiar with teak wooden structures because I once thought we would buy one for our main residence in the country.  Found out that they were more expensive (some in the millions of baht) than modern spec houses because of the scarcity and price of wood.  We did buy a small structure as our first building on the resort many years ago.  It was our home for about six months as we were getting ready to build the actual resort buildings.  We still have it right at the entrance to the resort as we have many memories in that little building.

Here is the same building as above, but with a bit more landscaping 

About a month ago, we started to move some of the structures to our resort.  The first was a modest 2 room house with a large balcony.  It was the largest building on the lot.  I was drawn to it because it was pretty detailed in terms of woodwork for this type of housing, with a great big balcony.

Its been reassembled, but now in need of some restoration

Notice the ceilings and woodwork in the balcony

The building was in need of restoration as it had been neglected plus we wanted to add a bathroom on the side, but not destroy the house structure in doing so.

Bathroom off to the side almost finished.
Looks a bit modern now, but some wood panels on the outside will take care of that.

There is still a bit of restoring needed inside, but nothing that is major in cost.  Each of the two rooms is equipped with aircon and we also got some of the old wood furniture (like this bed) with the sale.

One of the bedrooms
There is a very large porch area and this is where most of the Thai families spend the majority of the time anyway.  They sit, eat, and talk outside because its usually too hot to be inside and/or they don't want the aircon to be running day and night.

Still some work remaining for the porch area but it will be real nice when its finished.

Bench seats built in all around the porch

Can walk from the porch to the bathroom without going inside the house
This was an expensive house and it cost us over 60,000 baht to have it dissembled, moved, and reassembled plus to have a bathroom added.  In the overall scheme of things, its still a bargain and will add a lot of charm and character to our resort.

More pictures when its totally finished.

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