Excited To be Nearing Completion of our Clients House Construction in Prachinburi. Record Time for building a House !

We are very excited to be in the final stages of the construction of our clients 650 sq.m house in Prachinburi, Thailand. The project has gone so well and it has been our pleasure to be the  construction contractor. Much appreciation to our client.

He and his wife are now in the process of choosing the light fittings, paint colours, bathroom furniture and various others parts of the  final installations. We help each customer with options and choices for the finishes such as wall tiles, floor coverings and bathroom products. Much of which is already in the architectural drawings specifications, but where the clients needs assistance, we are only too happy to help.

The house will be completed in a record time for us and within 9 months of starting. Our client is so happy and enjoying walking the site with our project supervisor to choose colours and discuss the finish.

Bangkok Builder is always happy to discuss a construction project in Thailand and welcome enquiries. If you are seeking trust, genuine desire to do ones best and complete your construction project to a good standard and within sensible time frames, please do not hesitate to contact us.

If you have the professional architects finished drawings, we are happy to provide a quotation to build your house. It normally takes 2- 3weeks to do a full cost quotation. If you decide to then move head, we provide a comprehensive professional construction contract, which we have used for over 15 years. It details everything we provide and all the clients and our responsibilities, laying out all the terms of agreement. Once signed and the first installment payment is paid to us, we normally start construction within 7-14 days.  We take all the worry and concerns away and take full responsibility for the construction. You are welcome to meet on site from time to time and also discus anything. We send you stage payments, as and when they are due for payment.

We insure the project throughout the period of construction and provide you a guarantee of the house build.

If you do not have architectural drawings, we do have our experienced English speaking Thai architects who can provide you all that is required.

Bangkok Builder provides the complete service from start to completion. Just drop us a line and we can begin to turn those ideas into a wonderful reality. We look forward to hearing from you. Contact Bangkok Builder.

House Construction in Prachnburi, Thailand Going Very Well. Completion Ahead of Schedule.

The Construction of the house for our client is going very well and client is very happy. The roof is now all completed with two layers of rain protection. This is a special design our architect created from European ideas. As Thailand gets a high quantity of rain, especially during monsoon periods, tour Thai architect looked to reduce any chance of water penetration. It is an excellent idea which we now implement in all our design designs if the client wishes.

Wall plastering is almost completed, electrical and plumbing 2nd fix should begin within two weeks. Ceilings are going up. We are also starting additional requests works, such as a long driveway in and extra electrical works.

It has been a pleasure to work with our customer. If you want to build a house in Thailand and are looking for a professional construction contractor, please contact us. We have over 15 years of experience and always enjoy new projects. We love to help people build their houses in Thailand. Every project is also supervised by our foreman and project manager. In addition to being inspected by our professional, highly experienced construction consultant.

Our Thai architects speak Thai and English. They have helped many people design homes and provide full architectural services in Thailand. If you need a house designed and built in Thailand, contact Bangkok Builder.

Build a House in Thailand: Planning- The Best time to Start by Bangkok Builder

Bangkok builder often gets asked when the best time to start building a house in Thailand and how best to plan in regards time and seasons.

The best way to consider the planning is to consider the timing and how long each stage takes to complete.

The best time to start a construction project is when the weather is dry and there is little rain. So in Thailand from November to January is probably the best time. However you can start at other times during the year but naturally heavy rain delays works. But all of this should be considered.

The Architectural Stage

The architectural stage takes a minimum of 3-4 months for the architect to complete the detailed construction drawings, after the preliminary design stage has been confirmed by you. So you need to include this in your planning.

It is never a good idea to rush the architect or architectural stage. So with the stages involved, our advice would be to give you a minimum of 6 months for architectural stage. It can be quicker, but to be on the safe side allow a minimum of 6 months.

Application for Permissions to build

Every building project requires the permissions to build from the local government authority. The time this takes depends on the type of project and the specific area. House permission can take 2 weeks or several months. But from our experience, for a single house, it normally is quite quick, as long as everything you supply is correct – So a few weeks is normal. You must check with your local authority.

Construction Stage

The construction schedule and time it takes to complete a construction project, depends on the individual project, so it varies. For a standard size house it can take approximately 10-12 months. For larger more luxurious home it can take 12 to 18 months. If you build with Bangkok Builder we provide the time it takes in our contracts and a schedule of works. The construction contractor should provide the projected time to build and a schedule of works. So you must discuss this with the construction contractor before starting the project, as each project is different. Bangkok builder talks to you about this at the time before starting and gives you clear time frames of how long we think it will take. Weather and suppliers do affect how long it takes, but from our experience the above time frames are a good guide. Trying to rush a construction project is never a good idea, so give yourself sensible time scales.

We hope this helps give you some idea of the time scales and best times to consider starting your project. Please contact us for further information.

Thailand Construction Contractor – Bangkok Builder offers a professional Construction Service in Thailand

Bangkok Builder has over 15 years experience in construction in Thailand and have helped lots of people build a house in Thailand.  If you need the assistance of a construction contractor in Thailand, then why not contact Bangkokbuilder.com

We can help with the architectural stages of your project too, but alternatively if you have architectural drawings completed already and signed off, our construction team can provide a quotation to build your project. We work mainly in Bangkok and within a 3-4 hour drive area of Bangkok. It is best to ask us and we can then see if we can facilitate your requirements. As the construction contractor, we can build houses in Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Nakhon Nayok, Chachoengsao, Chonburi, Rayong, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Songkhram, Samut Sakhon, Cha-Am, Petchaburi, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan and Prachin Buri.We are only an email way, so let us know what project you have and your details. We will get back to you.

Construction and Building a House in Thailand: Important Tips and Useful Information by Bangkok Builder.

 

Written By Bangkokbuilder.com  published in expatsinbangkok

Building a house in Thailand can be an exciting, fulfilling and rewarding experience. But it can also be most challenging. So it is very important to consider all aspects and take the right approach. The construction of any form of property is not easy and can have its fair share of pitfalls, especially if you have not done it before, or do not have construction experience. If you follow the rights steps and process, it can be made a lot easier. In addition you can help reduce the potential problems and costly mistakes that can and do occur, by doing it correctly.

Two of the most important parts in house construction in Thailand, are to have a professional Thai licenced architect and a professional construction contractor, with plenty of experience. Another is proper scheduling and project management, which the construction contractor should supply. There are of course others too, but these are some the main ones.

We have built homes for customers in various locations in Thailand and as a house builder ourselves; we have tried to give you some of the basic information and advice to help you on the right path. It is only basic and if you require more information it is best to contact us directly. We are happy to help.

For the article’s sake, we have assumed you have a piece of land to build on already, have done all the correct due diligence on it, had the boundary survey done and want to move forward to build a house. There are many aspects to consider and these are some of the main ones. If you have any questions relating to land, you should seek the advice of a professional licenced Thai lawyer. This article is regarding the building process only.

Boundary Survey

We always advise our customers to have a land boundary check survey done by the local government authority. It is not a full topographic survey, but a low cost way to have your land boundaries checked against your title deed. The officials will come out and check land posts and the boundary line against the title deed. This is a very good idea to have done, as it is inexpensive to do and gives you peace of mind. It can also help avoid any potential disputes with neighbors over construction on the boundary line. This can happen, so it is best to make sure you have your land boundary and markers checked. The last thing you need is to find out later, that the neighbor thinks you have built it on their land. So we strongly advise you have one carried out. Please discuss with your local authority for more details and information.

Architectural Stage

The most important stage other than the construction of the house is the architectural stage. The builder and construction contractor build from a set of professional architectural drawings. They are sometimes referred to as the construction drawings, or architects drawings.

The architects drawings are a detailed set of technical drawings completed by the professional architect, and engineers which among other aspects, include: master plans, floor plans, elevations, perspectives, architectural, structural (engineering), mechanical, electrical, sanitary (plumbing) and any technical construction drawings relating to the property.

In Thailand, they must be completed by the licenced Thai architect and licenced Thai engineer. It must be in the measurement system of Thailand and have Thai language. It can have some English of course, but it must have the Thai language. The drawings must follow and adhere to all the regulations and laws of Thailand, as well as the local management or juristic authority. If you are building on a development, golf resort, or a property within a community, there may be specific regulations that the drawings also have to adhere to, so all of this must be checked by the architect and the drawings must be correct in accordance with them.

In addition, when the owner of the land goes to apply for permissions to build the property, they must have the license details of both the Thai architect and Thai engineer. All drawings must be signed by both of them.

Architects drawings can take anywhere from 4- 6 months to complete, depending on the size and complexity of the project. If it is a large luxury home it could be 6 months plus. Much depends also on how quickly the client responds to drafts and what changes they make during the design development stages. So do give yourself plenty of time when considering time frames.

The first stage is often referred to as the preliminary design stage which includes the master plan, floor plans, elevations and perspectives. This also includes design development where you and the architect develop the layout and design. Once the preliminary design stage is completed and you as the client have confirmed it, then the architect, engineer and any other professionals involved, complete all the detailed construction drawings.

From years of experience, our architects have found it takes normally 8-14 weeks from confirmation of the preliminary design stage by the client. Preliminary design can take a few months.  Of course, every home is different and clients vary on how much they want to develop a design and how quickly they respond. So please take this information, as a basic guide to time frames only.

Once the drawings are fully completed and all signed by the licenced Thai architect and licenced Thai engineer, then the land owner can put in the application for permissions to build at the local government office. How long that takes varies, so ask when you apply. If you are looking for a Thai Architect to design your house in Thailand, why not contact us. Our architects speaks good English and helped many people design their property in many locations all over the country. We provide a comprehensive professional service at reasonable prices.

Soil Survey (Soil Tests)

When carrying out construction in Thailand, it is very important, as it is anywhere in the world, to know what is below the ground that you are going to build on; to know ground conditions and soil content. Soil content varies depending on location and also the specific piece of land. So when the engineer calculates all the structural detail and considers the foundations, he/she needs to know what is below the surface of the ground and the consistency of the soil.

It is from the soil survey, they calculate what type of pile and foundation your house or property requires. The civil engineer will advise the bearing capacity, which is is the ability of a soil to support a load from the foundation. They need to calculate, how far the piles need to go down, to safely and securely hold up the weight of your home. When they calculate the loads of the property they use all of this information. It is a vital part of the construction process.

The structure is a major part of the construction and you do not want any mistakes or miscalculations. The result of not doing it all correctly can be terrible, with unsafe structures, cracks, foundation issues, pile issues and subsidence. Our advice is always; make sure you have the soil survey completed. It must be done by the professional company.

It takes about 1-2 days on site for the team to go there with the machinery and take samples and do bore holes. Then maybe another 2-3 weeks in the laboratory for the tests result and report to be completed. You should have the soil survey done before the engineer requires them. Normally from our experience, the customer asks us to facilitate them, once they have land and are ready to go ahead with architectural drawings. So it’s one of the first things they do. If you need a soil test survey we can help facilitate this. Contact us and we can provide the quotation.

Topographic Survey

A topographic survey is a drawing of the land and are used to identify and map the contours of the ground and existing features on the surface of the earth or slightly above or below the earth’s surface. This could include trees, buildings, streets, walkways, manholes, utility poles, retaining walls, ponds, lakes, rivers, streams etc. The topographic survey is carried out by a professional surveyor.

If your land is not flat, has hills, contours, existing building, slopes, electrical installations, large rocks and trees you wish to keep, or streams, rivers, lakes, or any form of object or aspect to the land that effects the architectural and engineering drawings etc, then you may well require a topographic survey. If your land is flat, at road level and basically ready to build on, then you may not need the topographic survey. But you must ask the architect, who will advise on this.

The topographic survey may also required by the architect and engineer to enable them to design and do all the drawings correctly, based on your land. If the land is sloped they need to know and must use the topographic survey plan to help create their drawings correctly.

If your land is flat, at road level, has electricity and water close by and you have no existing buildings or contours, then you may not need one. But if not, then you must have one done.  Some of our customers do and some do not. Much depends on the specific land and the architect can tell you if you require it or not. Bangkok Builder has helped other clients with topographic surveys. Please contact us for further assistance. Please contact us and we can provide the quotation.

The Construction Contractor and Building the House

Once you have completed all the above stages and any pre build aspects you are required to do according to the regulations and laws of Thailand, then you can consider moving ahead on the build. A construction contractor builds what the architectural drawings guide him to do. So before starting the build, do make sure you have considered all of the above and have it all completed, professionally by the correct people. You do not want problems in the pre build stages, to then come to cause you problems in the build stage; because that is when a mistake can be very costly.  Do it once and do it correctly is our advice. Going down a path of trying to cut corners, or taking inexperienced advice, can potentially cause you terrible problems and enormous additional costs. The best way to avoid that is to do it correctly.

The first step towards the actual build is to have a quotation completed by a professional house builder and construction contractor. Bangkok Builder can help with this and are very happy to provide a quotation. For us, it normally takes 2-4 weeks depending on the size of construction project. It is very important to choose the right contractor. Get the wrong one and your house build can turn into a nightmare. So choose carefully and make sure they have experience.

Once you know the cost, then if you wish to go ahead, you sign contracts; a deposit payment is made to the contractor; and the builder starts building your house. Payments are in stages and according to the schedule of works.

What we do, when we build a house for a customer, is provide a comprehensive legal contract for us both to sign, which includes all that is agreed, the schedule of works, the stage payments, guarantee and both the customer and our responsibilities. We also take out a standard insurance policy on every construction project we do. You must verify with your chosen contractor what they do and what they provide, as it does vary.

A standard size home can take 8-12 months to build and larger, more luxurious homes can take 12-18 months. Much depends on the architectural drawings, size and complexity. But these are approximate guides. Give yourself plenty of time, as designing and building a home takes time. If you would like us to provide you a construction cost quotation for your house build, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will start to help you.

Construction Costs in Thailand

This is a question we get asked a lot and it is not an easy answer, any experienced construction person can easily give. The only way you can know the accurate cost to build your house, is to provide the construction contractor, or quantity surveyor with all the finished architectural drawings. Costs vary so much from the specific house that is being built, or what type of house, what is included in the costs, the materials used, the complexity, specifications and of course what is in the architectural drawings.

If you do not have finished professional architectural drawings, there is no accurate, exact answer. Any experienced construction person would only give you an approximate projected guide; as it is impossible to know without them. It is merely guess work to try and give accurate cost for building a home, before all architectural drawings are completed, all specifications and materials are known. Also what does it include within the cost ? Does it include project management, insurance, all the materials, air conditioning systems etc. So it is always best to wait to have final architect’s drawings to get an accurate cost.

However, the architect and contractor can give you an idea of construction costs based on industry standards and their experience. But it is important to be aware it is only an approximate guide. It is best discussed with the architect before working on the drawings, so they understand from your information you provide them, what sort of home it is, the sorts of standards you expect and the types of materials. They can then determine an approximate projected, guide cost for you.

We hope this helps you but do please treat it as a basic guide only for information purposes. Every project should be discussed on an individual basis with the specific architect, builder and in accordance with all laws and regulations of Thailand and the specific location. For all legal matters and questions regards the laws of ownership, you must seek the advice of a professional, licenced Thai lawyer and act in accordance within the laws of Thailand. Good luck with your project and if you have any questions relating to building a house in Thailand, you may contact us, via our web site.

 

Thailand Architect: The process of designing a house and working with a Thai architect. Bangkok Builder Offers Design and Build Service, or Only Build. The choices are yours to make.

Bangkok Builder provides architectural drawings with our Thai licenced architects. We can help with only this, do design and build, or only build. The choices are all yours to make. We are very flexible and wish only to please the client. Below is some very useful information on the architectural process in Thailand. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of our Thai architects. They speak Thai and English.

Designing a house in Thailand can be a fun and highly enjoyable part of the construction of a home. Working with a professional architect is paramount. According to the laws and regulations of Thailand, for you to apply for permissions to build a home and then construct it, you must have a full, professional set of architectural construction drawings. They must have been completed by a licenced Thai architect and licenced Thai engineer. They must be signed off by both and their Thai licenses to practice, must be provided when you apply for permissions to build your home. If not, you will not get permissions to build it.

There are various stages in the architectural and design process. However the two main stages are the preliminary design stage (master plans, floor plans, elevations, perspectives. This is when design development takes place. And the other is the technical construction drawings; or detailed drawings stage. This is when the architect and engineers do all the technical detail based on the designs produced and confirmed by the client, during the preliminary stages. This stage includes, architectural, structural, engineering, mechanical, electrical, and sanitary/plumbing; and any other technical systems required for the construction drawings to be complete.

Rushing the architectural stage is never a good idea and do make sure you give yourself plenty of time to carry out the process. The house is built from the architectural drawings, so it is very important you take the required time to work with the architect on them. On average from experience of designing many homes, our architects normally take 4-6 months, depending on the size of project, the complexity, how quickly clients respond and how many changes are made during design development. But it is fairly normal for the architectural drawings of a home, in Thailand, to take many months and it is no different overseas.

The first step is for us to gather all the information regarding your project in Thailand. This we can do by meeting with you or by e-mail if you prefer. Some of our clients are very busy and work overseas. So we have helped many like this, dealing with it all via e-mail communication, Skype or telephone. E-mail is by far the best as it allows records to be kept which we can go back to and check as we progress. It also means both parties have information and can understand it more clearly. We work with you every step of the way.

Once we have all the details and information we will then send you the architectural job description and proposal fee. It takes about 5-7 days to complete. We have a questionnaire that we need to send you, so you can gather all the information we require. If you want us to send you that, please request it in the contact us form. This is free and without obligation. Contact us today for a free architectural job description and fee proposal.

Architectural Preliminary Design Stage

Once you have confirmed the architects job description and fee then a deposit is paid. Once the deposit is received, works begin. We can meet you at anytime and communicate easily by e-mail. Meetings are very helpful but are not essential. We leave this decision to you. If you are busy then we can communicate via e-mail, phone and Skype. We are most flexible and customer care is most important. We help you every step of the way.

The first stage is to create the design concepts, floor plans, elevations and perspectives. Bangkok Builder’s architects will work with you on these and take the time to make changes as requested. It is during this stage the design development takes place. You can amend them and there will be plenty of e-mails, numbers of drafts and communication. This preliminary design stage can take only 4 weeks or several months. Much depends on the choices, decisions, changes, size and complexity of the project.

Architectural Detailed Drawings Stage

Once you have confirmed the concepts, floor plans, elevations and perspectives are completed to your satisfaction; the architect will start the technical detailed construction drawings. This is the stage, when all the accurate details are put onto the plans: Details of windows, doors, materials, electrical installations, and plumbing, and security systems, mechanical, engineering and all structural drawings. The engineer calculates loads and structural information. The architect does all the technical detail required.

This can take normally 8-14 weeks; once again, depending on how big and complex the project is and how quickly confirmation is given. Some drawings will need to be sent to you for checking such as the electrical details. You can see how many sockets are in each room, how many light switches and where air conditioning units and fans are. You can add or reduce the number of units, make amendments and confirm any final details. It is not a stage to be changing the number of rooms, or shape of the home, as you have already confirmed that during the preliminary stages. Changing that at this stage would incur extra fees maybe, as it affects many other aspects and changes within the detailed drawings. Once all drawings are completed by the architect we will send you one copy to check and confirm you are happy. But normally clients do not, as they have already confirmed this during design development and are happy.

At the end of the architectural stages and all payments are made; you will have finished set copies of full architect’s drawings with all electrical, plumbing, mechanical and all details required within a professional set of architects plans. As per Thailand’s regulations, they will be signed by both licenced Thai architect and licenced Thai engineer. At the end of the project and once all payments are settled, if you require it, our architect can also provide an AutoCAD file. You will receive all you need from our architect to then apply for permissions to build and for us to provide a quotation to build, if the location is within our building area.

Below are three other important points in regards Land and also building a house in Thailand.

Boundary Survey
We always advise our customers to have a land boundary check survey done by the local government authority. It is not a full topographic survey, but a low cost way to have your land boundaries checked against your title deed. The officials will come out and check land posts and the boundary line against the title deed. This is a very good idea to have done, as it is inexpensive to do and gives you peace of mind. It can also help avoid any potential disputes with neighbors over construction on the boundary line. This can happen, so it is best to make sure you have your land boundary and markers checked. The last thing you need is to find out later, that the neighbor thinks you have built it on their land. So we strongly advise you have one carried out. Please discuss with your local authority for more details and information.

Soil Survey (Soil Tests)
When carrying out construction in Thailand, it is very important, as it is anywhere in the world, to know what is below the ground that you are going to build on; to know ground conditions and soil content. Soil content varies depending on location and also the specific piece of land. So when the engineer calculates all the structural detail and considers the foundations, he/she needs to know what is below the surface of the ground and the consistency of the soil.
It is from the soil survey, they calculate what type of pile and foundation your house or property requires. The civil engineer will advise the bearing capacity, which is is the ability of a soil to support a load from the foundation. They need to calculate, how far the piles need to go down, to safely and securely hold up the weight of your home. When they calculate the loads of the property they use all of this information. It is a vital part of the construction process.
The structure is a major part of the construction and you do not want any mistakes or miscalculations. The result of not doing it all correctly can be terrible, with unsafe structures, cracks, foundation issues, pile issues and subsidence. Our advice is always; make sure you have the soil survey completed. It must be done by the professional company.
It takes about 1-2 days on site for the team to go there with the machinery and take samples and do bore holes. Then maybe another 2-3 weeks in the laboratory for the tests result and report to be completed. You should have the soil survey done before the engineer requires them. Normally from our experience, the customer asks us to facilitate them, once they have land and are ready to go ahead with architectural drawings. So it’s one of the first things they do. Contact Bangkok Builder for a Soil Test Survey.

Buy Existing Drawings Off The Internet.

Our advice is never buying architectural drawings off the internet. The reason for this is they are often incomplete, they relate to other countries, measurement systems, climates and naturally are not created with your specific land in mind. A house being built in Europe or parts of the USA are not designed for Thailand’s climate, weather conditions or have any idea of soil conditions, land conditions and so forth. Also how will you apply for permissions when they have not been created by a licenced Thai architect or engineer ? It can lead to problems and your home never being built. So it is not something from our many years of experience we ever suggest you should do.

The only way to do it correctly is to employ a professional Thai architect to design your house. Our architects have successfully helped many people over the years carry our architectural design and are very happy to help you too. Please click contact us and they can start to assist you.

Bangkok Builders Construction of a Luxury Home at Lakewood Golf Club, Bangkok

Bangkok Builder was pleased to have completed the construction of a luxury, Thai house, for a client at Lakewood Golf Club, Bangkok. We worked closely with our architect and the client to design the property. Once it was all completed, as the chosen house builder, we then started the construction of the house. The home used some natural stone, sand stone and German standard wooden flooring. It had a main swimming pool and child’s pool, separated by a bridge, which went over to the Sala. There was also an individual heated Jacuzzi.  Our smart home systems expert installed automated lighting systems, automatic remote control gates and various smart home systems for the client.

The house was built with 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, living room/dining room, modern luxury kitchen, office/library, storage room, laundry room, maids accommodation, Thai kitchen and carport for 3 cars.  The master bedroom suite had a glass shower cubicle, with three types of showers, with a wall in a natural stone finish. There was also an external outside rain shower. Our carpenters installed and built walk in wardrobes and dressing room.

Another main feature in the master bedroom, was a custom made, in ground heated spa bath, with exact temperature control and automated refill. It was in fact the first time a spa bath of this size, which filled in an incredibly fast amount of time, had ever been done in Thailand.  It was custom made for the client and the actual system too was specially created for the project. Special thanks to Pooltech who assisted with all technical details. Over head fans and air conditioning was used to keep the home cool, with plenty of good insulation in the roof.

The construction of this house in Bangkok, is an example of what we can do at Bangkok Builders, as a professional construction contractor. We love to build houses for clients, we love to design them and it is our primary goal to always finish with a happy customer. Building a house in Thailand, can be difficult if you do not know a professional construction contractor, so Bangkok Builder is here to assist you every step of the way. We have our own English speaking, experienced Thai architect, if you require architectural drawings and also offer the house building service too. If you already have architectural construction drawings, then we can provide a quotation for the construction of the house only. If you are looking to build a house in Bangkok, please do contact us.  We look forward to hearing from you.

 

House Build Survey Completed For New Customers House Build, by Bangkok Builder

Boundary checks completed. Workers camp completed with private washing and toilet facilities. Land site survey and the arrival of the piles. The construction work begins ! As a house builder and construction contractor, we are always excited by a new construction project. It is really gratifying to build a house for a client. When the piling starts it is all steam ahead. The depth of how far a pile goes down into the ground, is calculated by the engineer, based on the engineering drawings/calculations and also the information he receives from the soil survey report. A soil survey is an important survey to have done, on any construction project. The soil survey team will go to the land and bore down, taking samples at various depths. The samples they collect and are sent to the laboratory for testing and checks. From this information a professional written, soil survey report is provided which gives vital information to the structural engineer to know how far the piles need to go down into the earth, to support the house structure. This is vital so your home is not only safe, but will not suffer from subsidence or any form of structural issues. Bangkok Builder has helped many people wishing to build a house with soil test surveys. If you would like us to assist you with this, please ask us. It should be done, preferably early on in the architectural phase, so the engineer has the information to finalise his structural drawings. Please contact Bangkok Builder for a soil test survey.

This home our client also asked our English speaking Thai architect to do all the architectural drawings. Once completed after some months working closely with the client, they then applied for permissions to build and we provided the price to build. An agreed start date given and then contracts were signed.

Thailand Construction Costs: How much does it cost to build a house ?

We often get asked how much does it cost to build a house in Thailand, or what are the construction costs in Thailand ? So we will try to offer some insight into what to expect and how to do it correctly.

A professional construction person if genuine, would not give you simply a figure without informing you, that construction costs vary according to the individual project and who is building it and what they provide within their quotation. It is impossible to know accurate construction costs until you have finished architectural drawings, have knowledge of the specifications, size, site conditions and what materials are being used. Each house is different, as the architects drawings are different, the materials are different, the site conditions could be different and all the other varying factors. Costs are calculated once all architects drawings are completed. A cost quotation can take 2-4 weeks depending on the size of house.

To know costs, the builder has to know from the architects drawings facts such as: what type, product and manufacturer of each material and every aspect of the construction. This includes, windows, roof tiles, doors, electrical systems, sockets, light switches, insulation, wall material, pumps, bathroom finishes, tiles, floor coverings, light fittings, wood, steel, concrete, cement and all the other materials used within the construction. What size, what quantity, what product etc ? They need to know the details and information, then calculate quantities and amounts required to complete the construction. It is the only accurate way to know the cost. So to answer how much a house costs to build in Thailand, is a very difficult question to answer, as you can see, it varies according to each project.

What Bangkok Builder does, if our architect is designing the home, is to provide an approximate projected, construction cost, when our architect provides the architectural job description and fee proposal for architecture. It cannot be 100% accurate, as it will change during the design development stage and also we have no knowledge of the materials or specifications yet. But we try to give you an approximate projected guide. It is no guarantee of cost at all and is helpful information based on the architects experience in construction costs. But it gives you some idea for a starting point.

To do construction correctly and follow the correct process, you must work with the architect and have your architectural drawings completed first, before knowing accurate costs to build the house. You can discuss budgets with them and they can try their best to design a home within your budgets. But do remember that any changes or requests you make, during the architectural stage, alter that projected cost. So it is always a good idea if you are on a restrictive budget, to let the architect know in advance.

Approximate Information of House Construction Costs in Thailand: Remember construction costs can increase over time and because of market forces. But as of this date in 2017, we have seen the construction cost for houses be any where from 20,000 baht per sq.m to 40,000 baht per sq.m, depending on everything we have mentioned in this article. It can be more if the house is high spec and a high end luxury house. But for a good, standard home, maybe 25,000 to 30,000 baht per sq.m. Can it be less, yes of course. We have seen costs be 20,000 Baht per sq.m for lower end, small homes with lower specifications and material standards. This is not a cost quotation from us, as we do not have the required information yet, but it is merely a guide to be helpful to give you an approximate idea. But the only true way to know, is have your architectural drawings completed, all specifications and materials known. Then a professional cost quotation done by the construction contractor. It is too misleading to try and guess it without all of that accurate information.

If you would like Bangkok Builder to help you with construction costs, then please contact us. We do our best to help you restrict the costs as much as we can. But remember the only true way to know the cost of your house to build, is to have finished architects drawings. So it is best to start there and talk with our architect so we know what your expectations are and your approximate budget. Our advice is always follow the correct procedure, talk to our architect, talk to us and we can help you understand it more clearly. Do it correctly and you can have your house built to what you can afford, to a good standard. We are always happy to help and offer our best suggestions.

The Importance of an Anti Termite System Under Your House in Thailand

Termites are a tiny insect that used to be called in English,  ‘wood ants’ or ‘white ants’. Do not underestimate them. They can be a severe problem in many parts of the world and Thailand is no exception. They can cause terrible damage to your house and cause you costly repairs.

They are capable of causing serious problems to the strength and safety of an infested structure. Damage by termites can in some circumstances, render structures uninhabitable without costly repairs being carried out. They also cause terrible damage and destroy all sorts of wooden made furniture and installations.

Houses constructed mainly of wood are not the only structures threatened by termite activity. Homes constructed from other types of materials can also host termite infestations, because they are capable of getting over plaster, metal sides and more. Termites will feed on wardrobes, cabinets, floors, tables, chairs, ceilings, doors, windows, kitchen units,  and wooden furniture within  your home. You can be shocked at how quickly they can destroy things.

So it is very important to have a ‘under house’ termite system installed, at the very early stages of construction. The system is fairly simple and a series of pipes that run under your home. The piping system in conjunction with the chemicals put through them, will provide a termite barrier around the foundations of the house. They are not 100% guaranteed full proof, as there are a variety of types of termites, but anyone building a house in Thailand, should have one. They are one of the best forms of protection against termites. There are plenty of pest control companies in Thailand who can provide the service. Using careful control of the chemical application, the pipe system helps to protect against invasion by termites. The pest control company will then advise how often they need to come and release the chemicals. Often it can be only every 3 to 6 months, but do seek the advice of the company.They may also advise spraying around the home too, but do seek the professional advice of the pest control company.

Bangkok Builder always recommends it and if our architect is doing the architectural drawings, advise you to have one. If you are working with an architect of your own, we recommend you instruct them to have one in the drawings. Don’t be a victim of termites.