Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. 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 […]

When it comes to choosing an Architect for building a custom home in the Philippines the process is a bit more involved than in the US. Architects in the states design / draft the plans so that a builder or general contractor can then take said plans and build the structure. The builder / general […]

Roofs are responsible for up to 50% of home’s cooling loads. And that means large air-conditioning bills. If your home overheats in summer and hot weather, reflective roofs and insulation are excellent means to solve the problem. Common dark-color asphalt and fiberglass shingles absorb most of the solar radiation, and are a major cause of […]

You have read about our retirement location and the specifics regarding where our property is. Now its time to introduce you to your home design. Our property if you remember is located within a gated subdivision just outside Davao City. http://www.philippinesorbust.com/2010/09/our-retirement-locale/ The lot itself situated on the golf course and having a fairly severe slope. […]