How to have a safe, well-built, and comfortable house in Thailand may seem too obvious to talk about. But I have noticed a lot of faulty wiring in housing that I have seen. Nuts. After speaking to several ex-pats who have built their own homes, I got the message: you have to do it yourself if you want it done right. So be it. I want to give this some thought and make sure that I have a house that makes sense, it built of high-quality materials, and is safe for kids. The movement of heat in the house is important too, and I want to pick a design that makes sense. In Bangkok, these decisions might be easy and informed, but out where I plan to live in Isaan such ideas might not be that common. I want to incorporate the traditional Thai ideas of design with modern materials. Windows and screens are a big deal, and I need to get smart about which ones to choose. Building blocks, insulation, roofing, wiring, the whole deal--I want to know what is what when the day comes to build my Thai house.