Monday, February 27th, 2017

Our Philippine House building project.  The accidental bodega and laundry.  First of all, in the Philippines a “bodega” refers to a warehouse or storage area.  We built our carport using …

Our Philippine House Building Project House Construction Expense Report – Sept. 25, 2010 Granite installed For those of you…

Our trials and tribulations with finding and installing granite on our Philippines kitchen and bathroom counters.  Today it’s over — the granite installers are done and gone. We must have looked at every piece of granite in Iloilo City ten times.  We looked at Moostbrand,  AM Builders, Citi Hardware and Merit Marble.  Merit had some lovely Italian granite, but the price was a bit too high for our budget.  Much of the other granite was saw was just too bland for us.  Finally we found what we were looking for at AM Builders, Tanza. The granite we selected Here’s what it looks like installed: Granite installed This “Jun Li” granite is from China, as is most granite for sale in the Philippines.  The pattern is called “weave white”.  The price per 60cm by 220cm slab was P3,990.  We required four slabs to do our kitchen and a small counter in our bathroom for a total of P15,960.  After some haggling we paid P13,866 including delivery to Tigbauan.  AM Builder’s Depot recommended an installer.  After negotiation, we hired the recommended …

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 painting the interior walls of our new Philippine house now. Here are the steps we’re following: 1. The finished concrete walls need to cure from two weeks to a month before painting. The setting of concrete is a much longer chemical process than it seems. 2. The walls are treated with a neuralizer to reduce the alkaninity of the concrete. We used Boysen #44 Masonry Neutralizer. This is diluted 16/1. Be careful with these neutralizers. They seem to be pretty strong acids. We applied the dilute neuralizer with an ordinary paint roller and pan. When the neuralizer is dry the wall can be washed down with water or sanded to remove any effloresece caused by the reaction between the concrete and the neuralizer. Applying concrete neutralizer 3. Next we primed the walls. We used Boysen B701 “Permatex” flat latex paint applied with a roller. 4. At this point, there…

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Earthquakes When we hired the engineer to design our house we were aware that the Philippines was included in the “ring of fire” earthquake zone and that our part of Panay Island had experienced a magnitude 8.2 earthquake in 1948.  In 1948 the island was much less developed.  Doubtless all or almost all the hollow block buildings on the island were built after 1948.  The 1948 quake damaged or destroyed. …

Crime concerns.  Our construction crew are mostly from Iloilo City.  They live on the site and go home Saturday night after being paid, so they can see their families –or girlfriends,and return for work at 7:00am on Monday.  When I got to the site this morning they were asking for a padlock for the gate.  They said that people are roaming the surrounding fields after midnight.   My crew are pretty tough guys.  They sleep with their knives at hand, but

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

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…