For a long time Wonderful Wi had been wanting to add a little something extra to her already spawning village garden. Last year the green fingered country girl announced to the nicotine stained fingered town boy, ” Hus…band, I want make coffee shop our garden”.
It took a few questions and answers before I realised Wilai wasn’t about to take on Starbucks in a coffee shop war, but she simply wanted to have built what we in the UK call a summerhouse or wood cabin of sorts.
Calling Wilai a keen gardener would be an understatement because she spends the most part of her free time during daylight hours working away amongst her flowers, plants and trees. Her summerhouse would be an early morning refuge for a quiet coffee to start the day, and an early evening hangout to watch the sun go down. It would also double as an overnight room for any relatives who visited and needed somewhere to stay. It wouldn’t be a big structure but sizeable enough for two people to comfortably sleep the night.
It was late last year the build started and it was estimated the cost would be around 50,000 baht. One of Wilai’s uncles is pictured above helping out.
During my Christmas and New Year holiday the roof appeared and the coffee shop started to take shape. It was a small wood structured room with a balcony at the front and down one side.
Wilai kept promising the coffee shop would be finished by the time I arrived in Thailand for my October vacation and days before I landed she announced the project had been completed. I was quite surprised at how good the finished coffee shop looked.
The total cost ended up at near 70,000 baht but Wilai and myself are well pleased with the end result. I did have a few too many Beer Leo’s and Jack Daniels one afternoon and peacefully slept inside the coffee shop until well after dark. It was most comfortable and very very quiet, in fact I may have found the perfect place for my much needed early evening forty winks.
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