Saturday, April 21st, 2018

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…

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…

A ponke in action Building our house in the Philippines.  Ensuring concrete quality.  This photos shows the workers adding material to the cement mixer using a “ponke”.  The ponke is a wooden box with handles.  The inside dimensions of the ponke are 40cm x 40cm x 40cm.  The ponke is sized to hold one sack of cement.  I asked that the ponkes be built and used as a means of controlling the concrete mixture. After research,  we decided on a mixture of one part cement, two parts sand and three parts gravel …