After living in a shoe box for our first 20 months in Thailand, we were more than ready to move. There are several nice apartment complexes around town but we wanted more space. I wanted to be able to teach classes at home, we wanted to have a kitchen and we also knew that we wanted to be in town rather than on an estate further out.
Finding somewhere that ticked all these boxes was a struggle. There are no letting agents here so we were left driving around looking for rent signs outside houses to little avail. Eventually we discovered that a friend’s landlord had an empty house so we went to take a look. It was filthy, had a very strange layout and was lacking the garden/outside space we wanted. But it was cheap, in town and we thought we could transform it into a home for us.
Our options were pretty limited so we went for it and spent two months scrubbing it from to to bottom, painting the walls, buying furniture and closing up all the holes in the kitchen walls!
It’s now 20 months since we moved in and it seems to be a never-ending project. So much so that since we made this video we bought a new fridge/freezer for the kitchen and relagated the old one to being a ‘party fridge’ outside.
It’s far from perfect; Mona has scratched our furniture and marked the walls, the strange layout means that we have loads of space but only one bedroom and it’s far too open plan for air conditioning to be effective. But it’s home. We are very happy here and proud of the home we have created for ourselves.
So here’s a little tour through our house with some before and after shots to show you just how grim it was when we signed on the dotted line. I don’t have the magic estate agent powers to make a cardboard box look like a penthouse apartment and I’m not sure the after photos do it justice but hopefully you’ll get a good idea of where we live.
(Yes, that is a bottle blocking a hole in the wall!)