Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Isabela House (Construction Log 2) Site Marking

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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 surveyors.

One surveyor was equipped with a Nikon elecronic theodolite which bleeped when lined-up with that of his counterpart. I assume he feeds in the co-ordinates of the lot and then the positioning of the markers is automatic.

Below are different views of our lot, some taken from the barangay road beyond Patul and some looking back toward the Patul barangay road.

To facilitate the sale to us the boundaries of existing land owned by the family had to be slightly modified, one of the reasons it has taken so long to reach this stage. The old boundaries were far from straight whereas our plot now comprises straight lines. In some cases this means that Nelson has in fact planted rice on the land of another owner, and in some cases the other owner has planted rice on our land. Now the markers are in place hopefully post-harvest time, everyone will adhere to the new boundaries.

Altogether three new concrete marker posts were placed that day as the fourth was an existing boundary marker at the back.

We begin to see for the first time how deep is our lot although the shape is wider at one end than the other. We have the width (50m) where we most need it, towards the front of the lot. The remainder we intend to use for cultivation anyway. 7,500 Sqm is a bigger area than we imagined and only around 10% of it will be used for the two properties plus garden area.

The view looking back is amazing. I gave up following Nelson and the surveyor as the narrow banks between the rice fields were very muddy and I really needed boots or bare feet to go right to the back of our lot.

The wiggling border below is the old boundary. The new one is dead straight right to the marker in the far distance. But it does mean that once the rice has been harvested we will need to redefine the old boundary with trees and new footpath earthworks, the latter to keep out the water when other rice fields are irrigated, although where we will be building will be almost 2 metres above the rest of the land. This is necessitated by the height of the road, which is much higher than the rice fields. When it rains the water runs off into the surrounding fields so your property needs to be at least 0.5 of a metre higher than the road.

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