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Isabela House (Construction Log 27) Details Details

Isabela House (Construction Log 27) Details Details

Over half the roof of the Hyner house is now metal tiled. Great sheets of the stuff have been pulled up on the roof for the past three days. Inside a variety of work continues. Ceiling panels are going up in most rooms as well as windows. Those in each bathroom are frosted for greater privacy. The steel security grilles for the larger windows are being created quite rapidly, just waiting for their... [Read more]


Isabela House (Construction Log 25) Windows & Contractors

Isabela House (Construction Log 25) Windows & Contractors

As the team continued with the wall footings in the background we could see the the first window installed in the front wall of the master bedroom. The first insulation and roofing also appeared on the parking/garage. Inside the Hyner house the welders were constructing the first security grille, bending the steel into curling shapes. The spiral staircase from the lanai to the viewing deck was... [Read more]


Isabela House (Construction Log 20) Work Continues & Fence Permits Revisited

Isabela House (Construction Log 20) Work Continues & Fence Permits Revisited

When we arrived at the site a couple of days ago, from a distance, it looked as if they had already installed insect screens in two windows of the Mangligot house. On closer inspection we realized that it was large dimension steel wire security netting to protect the materials they will store temporarily in the house. The only insect prevention would have been against giant mosquitoes, but it... [Read more]


Isabela House (Construction Log 18) Roof Continues / Fence Planning Beginnings

Isabela House (Construction Log 18) Roof Continues / Fence Planning Beginnings

The Northcon crew were steaming ahead today. Lots of activity in every area of the house and many skills/craftsmanship in evidence. I feel a certain buzz of excitemen as I wander through the rooms of the house and see all these skills coming together to create a lovely home. I have always been fascinated by the way so many of the tools they use are created on site in DIY fashion. For instance,... [Read more]


Isabela House (Construction Log 12) Going Up! (Walls That Is)

Isabela House (Construction Log 12) Going Up! (Walls That Is)

The first walls are constructed for the parking/garage/storeroom using the box system of construction. The window openings in the front wall are prepared using prefabricated curved shapes. Despite its intended use, we wanted it to look like just another part of the house, hence it will have windows to match those for the house. Check out this video: Hyner House Construction 30 December 2009 Construction... [Read more]


Isabela House (Construction Log 11) Foundation and Floors

Isabela House (Construction Log 11) Foundation and Floors

The first concrete floors of our house are made. So far the floors of the garage, lanai, laundry and dirty kitchen have been completed. Waving around are all the colored pipes carrying the different services to each room. Check out this video: Hyner House Construction 23 December 2009 Well it’s now Day Two of concrete pouring and the 20 workers are full tilt laying the floor... [Read more]


Isabela House (Construction Log 9) Box Construction

Isabela House (Construction Log 9) Box Construction

Things are beginning to take shape and in the absence of the release of the building permits the site is being prepared in every other way short of pouring concrete. So in a sense concreteless progress is being made! This is probably the first time the box construction system has been used in Santiago City. Projects in Ilocos and further north in Tegeugarao have certainly seen its use, but not... [Read more]


Isabela House (Construction Log 7) Back Fill & Box Construction

Isabela House (Construction Log 7) Back Fill & Box Construction

Progress is being made at last. Lorries are now delivering gravel directly onto the back fill area saving considerable shoveling and wheelbarrowing. The men worked yesterday (Sunday) and even today which is a public holiday in order to reduce the slippage in the construction schedule caused by the wet weather. For the first time we were able to see the box construction technique in use creating... [Read more]


Isabela House (Construction Log 4)  Lot Marking Pt. 2 & Backfill Preparation

Isabela House (Construction Log 4) Lot Marking Pt. 2 & Backfill Preparation

At 6.30 am this morning our door bell sounded and it was the senior engineer from our contractor together with the project foreman he has appointed. They just called on their way to our lot where they will spend the day marking out the position of the buildings. So after breakfast we went over to visit them. They had already hired some local workers who were assisting in clearing the rice stalks.... [Read more]


Isabela House (Construction Log 2)  Site Marking

Isabela House (Construction Log 2) Site Marking

After the plan for our lot having been approved, it was marking out day when the boundaries of our land were permanently marked by short, round concrete posts set into the ground. So the engineer invited us to join in. Gina’s brother, Nelson, who is presently growing rice on our lot, also came along as he is familiar with the location of the existing boundary markers and was able to guide the... [Read more]


Isabela House (Construction Log 1)  Plans and Site Inspection

Isabela House (Construction Log 1) Plans and Site Inspection

The Isabela House is the retirement home of Andy Hyner. Andy is from London, England and moved to the Philippines in 2009. He designed the house based off size cues from his house back in England. The house located in Santiago City, Isabel, Philippines, on the island of Luzon. Andy is a very detailed oriented person that watched over his construction like a hawk. His construction is located here: View... [Read more]


Philippines Building Projects

Philippines Building Projects

Today we are introducing a new category of posts that will contain detailed “construction logs” by everyday people in the Philippines. They are building their retirement homes. Under categories / building your dream home / philippines building projects. The posts contained within were written by their prospective authors. We just wanted to consolidate the information in one location so... [Read more]


A Room The Size Of A Closet

A Room The Size Of A Closet

Will you delegate your maid to live in a closet? If you accept a pre-designed home in the Philippines then probably yes. Most higher end homes in the Philippines come with a designated maid’s room. The designers of these homes have tried to fit a room (can we call it a room?) into whatever nook or cranny they can find. These rooms are typically 3-4 square meters / 30 – 40 square feet.... [Read more]


Living Local Part 2 (Rental Houses)

Living Local Part 2 (Rental Houses)

In a follow up to an earlier post Living Local, I wanted to delve deeper into what you can do to “Live Local” and save tons of money on your next trip to the Philippines. Inevitably in your lead up to moving / retiring in the Philippines you will make several if not many trips to your new / future home. We usually go every 2 years to the Philippines and spend a extended time there. We... [Read more]


“Dirty Kitchen” Will / Does your Retirment Home Have One

“Dirty Kitchen” Will / Does your Retirment Home Have One

Implying that someone has or want’s a “dirty kitchen” in the west would be considered somewhat rude, but in the Philippines its a normal thing. Open Air Dirty Kitchen Wood Burning The term “dirty kitchen” in the Philippines relates to kitchen workspace, typically separated and outside the main living space. It is usually the second cooking area of the home. It is used... [Read more]