Saturday, June 17th, 2017

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 […]

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 […]

Carport, almost done! Carport, big enough for delivery trucks Carport from the road House Construction Expense Report 1/1/2010 through 7/18/2010 (in U.S. Dollars) Equipment 2,379.95 Labor 9,465.06 Materials 36,341.32 Soft Costs 1,023.19 OVERALL TOTAL 49,209.52 Total includes stockpiled material; floor and wall tile, Hardiflex for ceilings, all plumbing fixtures and cost of carport.   Also included are the tools and equipment needed to build the house. Some of this (cement mixer) will be sold.  Some (power drills, saws, cut-off saw, welder, grinder) will be kept after the job is complete.  Many skilled workers are available, but realistically, the employer must provide the major tools.  You may be able to hire a contractor with tools, but you’ll pay more. House is 150 square meters Carport is 36 square meters Size of crew: 7

House Construction Expense 1/1/2010 through 5/22/2010 (in U.S. Dollars) House Construction 40,904.32 Equipment 2,545.19 Labor 7,095.75 Materials 30,251.73 Soft Costs 1,011.65 OVERALL TOTAL 40,904.32 Includes stockpiled materials, almost all electrical and plumbing supplies and fixtures.  Electrical work about 50% complete.  Plumbing about 75% complete. Includes work on 35 square meter carport.  Next step finishing the walls (cement plaster) inside and out. House Construction Expense Our Philippine house building project – construction cost report as of 5-22-10. Roof completed 1/1/2010 through 5/22/2010 (in U.S. Dollars) Equipment 2,545.19 (Most to be sold at end of project. Concrete vibrator

Our Philippine House Project:  new construction cost report as of April 21, 2010 Project after 70 work days 4-19-10 House Construction Expense 1/1/2010 through 4/21/2010 (in U.S. Dollars) House Construction Expense – YTD:2 1/1/2010 through 4/22/2010 (in U.S. Dollars) Category Description 1/1/2010- 4/22/2010 House Construction 31,080.37 Equipment 2,484.79 Labor 5,866.73 Materials 21,756.69 Soft Costs 972.16 OVERALL TOTAL 31,080.37 Equipment 2,484.79 Labor 5,866.73 Materials 21,756.69 Soft Costs 972.16 OVERALL TOTAL $31,080.37 Number of workers: 8 Cost per square meter P9,324 so far. Cost figures include a P200,000 ($4,500)

What we’ve learned about roofing systems, roof trusses, roofing materials and cost of roofing in the Philippines as part of our house building project. Roofing systems have become very standardized in the Philippines.  What we describe here is the roof system that goes on most houses except the very high end such as real clay tile or cement tile, a few asphalt shingle roofs and the Nipa or sheet steel roofs of the ordinary “bahay” – native house. Steel trusses of various designs rise from the topmost concrete roof …

Rebar splicing a key problem area with our Philippine house building project. Philippine buildings generally consist of steel reinforced concrete columns or posts supporting steel reinforced concrete beams with the spaces filled in with fairly weak concrete block forming the walls.  The reinforcing steel is referred to as “deformed rebar”. Ours is a one-story house, so a single standard six meter long rebar (about 20 feet) can extend from the footer (1.2 M deep) to the topmost roof beam without splicing.  That’s a good thing.  Our columns used 12mm diameter rebar. All …

How much does it cost to build a house in the Philippines?  Here’s our experience, month by month. February 20, 2010. Construction cost report for our Philippine House Project.   Thirty work days so far. Here’s what the house looks like after thirty days of work: After thirty work days… House Construction Expense – YTD:2 1/1/2010 through 2/21/2010 (in U.S. Dollars) Category Description 1/1/2010- 2/21/2010 House Construction 15,788.01 Equipment 2,345.72 Labor 2,489.01 Materials 10,104.24 Soft Costs 849.04 OVERALL TOTAL 15,788.01 H ouse Construction Expense Summary 1/1/2010 through 2/21/2010 (in U.S. Dollars) Equipment 2,345.72 Labor 2,489.01 Materials 10,104.24 Soft Costs (architecture, permits) 849.04 OVERALL TOTAL SO FAR: $15,788.01 Number of workers: 16 Current cost of cement: P212 ———————————————————————————————————————— March 12, 2010 construction expense report . Covers 45 work days since beginning of construction on January 18, 2010. House Construction Expense – YTD:2 1/1/2010 through 3/12/2010 (in U.S. Dollars) Category Description 1/1/2010- 3/12/2010 House Construction 22,843.05 Equipment 2,350.47 Labor 3,658.36 Materials 15,908.79 Soft Costs 925.43 OVERALL TOTAL 22,843.05 House after 45 days of work and about one million pesos. March 12, 2010 Total House Construction Expense to date  (in U.S. Dollars) Equipment 2,350.47 (10.29% of total) Labor…

Building our house in the Philippines. Buying our construction equipment in Iloilo.  Delivered, premixed concrete is rarely used in residential construction in the Philippine provinces.  In fact, many houses are built without even a cement mixer.  The concrete is mixed on the ground by workers with shovels. When we were considering a two story house, we were certain a gas powered mixer would be a good investment in the quality of the concrete and the safety of our house and ourselves.  This is…