Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

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 …

Building our house in the Philippines.  We decided to set up our own “welding shop” on-site.  The roof framing is all steel; trusses (15.5 meters long), center beam, purlins, and cornice framing.  All will be constructed on-site by our crew, two of…

We are building a house on Panay Island in the Philippines.  We’ve documented our project with photos, text and building cost reports.  Here’s the index to our posts: A forest of bamboo scaffolding 3-10-2010 An index to posts about our Philippine house building project. A few of the links are not yet “live” but will become so as the project progresses. Our Philippine house:  Buying our lot Our Philippine house:  Building a perimeter fence Our Philippine house:  Filling the lot Our Philippine house:  House Design Our Philippine house:  Architects and builders Our Philippine house:  Digging a water well Our Philippine house:  Building a bamboo house – a “bahay kubo” Our Philippine house:  Buying construction equipment Our Philippine house:  Buying hollow block (cement …

Building our house in the Philippines. January 31, 2010.  We’ve just ended the first two weeks of construction.  We’re generally pleased with the progress.  We have thirteen workers on our crew including two foremen.  I’m on-site most of the time so there are three “bosses”. So far we’ve spent about $8,000 including “soft costs” (architecture, permits), equipment, materials and labor.  We’d like to keep our total cost to about P15,000 per square meter or about $50,000 for the 150 square meter house.  Every day one faces decision which affect the cost.  Should we use 6″ block for a stronger house — it only costs a P30,000 pesos more!  Should the concrete floor be a bit thicker to reduce the chance of cracking?  Should we use 1/4″ thick angle bar in building our roof trusses or the thinner…