Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Being your own contractor in the Philippines.  Our Philippine house building project is almost  complete.  After our unhappy experiences with hiring an architect to build our perimeter fence (see _____)  we decided to hire our own crew to build our house.  We hired an architect to do the plans and to come for site visits on an as-needed basis.  We shopped for our own materials and supervised the work with help from a foreman. Was this a success?  It looks like it’s going to cost us about 2.5 million pesos for our 150 square meter house or about P16,500 per square meter.  Houses can be built for that amount or less, but we tried to use top quality materials, so we feel as though we have gotten a…

We’re building a house in the Philippines.  This will show how we’ve constructed our floors; filling, compacting, reinforcing bars, pouring concrete and tiling. The height of the fill contained within the perimeter walls of the house is adjustable based on local conditions.  Our house is located on level agricultural land on Panay Island.  We want the have our finished floors about one meter above the surrounding terrain because we wanted to avoid any possibility of storm water entering the finished house.  We already…

We’re building our house in the Philippines.  We build a carport as part of our Philippine house building project. A carport was a part of our original plans and permits, but we only decided to really commit to building it when our small crew started to run out of work while waiting for the house roof to be finished.  After the house roof is done, then there’s the floor to pour and finishing of the interior and exterior walls. In the meantime we could use our crew to build the carport.  Also we had over- ordered 16mm rebar …

Our biggest Philippine house building blunders. В We don’t want to present our project as a paragon of perfection, so here we show what went wrong during our Philippine house construction project and why, in the hope that others can learn from our mistakes. Most of these photos also appear in other sections of the site. No room for concrete in this column This photo shows the top of a 15…

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…