Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Ceiling Support System Our ceilings will be about 30cm (1′) below the top of our walls and 3.1m (10′) above the finished floors.  We wanted high ceilings because we hope that the hot air will rise above us but also because it makes our modest rooms feel more spacious.  Changing lightbulbs will be a challenge! Generally Philippine ceilings are marine plywood or one of the cement board products such as Hardiflex.  The price is about the same.  There are plusses and minuses for both.  Termites and rot don’t attack cement board but the cement board is more affected by roof leaks.  Originally we were going to use Hardiflex but we decided to use plywood instead.  Like gypsum board, cement board is a totally uniform material.  Plywood has some texture, some hint of once being a natural product.  We just like the look of plywood ceiling better. Ceilings can be supported by wooden joists or one of many suspended ceiling systems.  We decided to use 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ 2.5mm steel angle bar …

House Construction Expense 1/1/2010 through 5/22/2010 (in U.S. Dollars) House Construction 40,904.32 Equipment 2,545.19 Labor 7,095.75 Materials 30,251.73 Soft Costs 1,011.65 OVERALL TOTAL 40,904.32 Includes stockpiled materials, almost all electrical and plumbing supplies and fixtures.  Electrical work about 50% complete.  Plumbing about 75% complete. Includes work on 35 square meter carport.  Next step finishing the walls (cement plaster) inside and out. House Construction Expense Our Philippine house building project – construction cost report as of 5-22-10. Roof completed 1/1/2010 through 5/22/2010 (in U.S. Dollars) Equipment 2,545.19 (Most to be sold at end of project. Concrete vibrator

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 15, 2010.  After months of planning and many changes we …