Thursday, January 19th, 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…

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