Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

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

Our Philippine house building project, kitchen cabinets.  We decided to follow the usual provincial Philippine method of building our kitchen cabinets.  This Philippine system for kitchen cabinets is radically different from that we’re familiar with in the U.S.  Generally, U.S. kitchens use a wood base, prefabricated cabinets which are of wood or particle board clad with a laminate or other protective finish and topped with various counter materials.  These cabinet systems are available in the bigger Philippine cities, but are expensive.  Most importantly we wonder about their durability, especially that of base cabinets, in the hot, wet, bug/fungus-infested Philippine conditions. Kitchen Counter Bases The Philippine system is a concrete skeleton; base, end panels and under counter.  In basic homes, the countertop may be tiled and the bare concrete painted…

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 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…

The finishing (plastering, stuccoing) of  the pretty crude hollow block concrete walls is the process which covers up a multitude of construction sins and starts to convert the project into a finished home.  Finishing uses a mixture of cement and screened sand to create a smooth, paint able wall. Finishing Workers begin by laying out a network of guide strings to ensure that the finished wall will be flat.  During the process, about 3/4″ of finishing will be applied, first rough courses to level the wall and then increasingly smooth final coats.  Lots time and cement are consumed. Finishing – more It’s this process of finishing which makes me really appreciate the Filipino method of construction.  My workers are quite skilled at their finishing work.  I worked at restoring old houses in the U.S.  We always tried to use plaster rather than sheet rock when we could afford it.  Plastering, especially over wood lath, creates wall surfaces and interiors with character and visual interest whereas sheet rock is…

How much does it cost to build a house in the Philippines?  Here’s our experience, month by month. February 20, 2010. Construction cost report for our Philippine House Project.   Thirty work days so far. Here’s what the house looks like after thirty days of work: After thirty work days… House Construction Expense – YTD:2 1/1/2010 through 2/21/2010 (in U.S. Dollars) Category Description 1/1/2010- 2/21/2010 House Construction 15,788.01 Equipment 2,345.72 Labor 2,489.01 Materials 10,104.24 Soft Costs 849.04 OVERALL TOTAL 15,788.01 H ouse Construction Expense Summary 1/1/2010 through 2/21/2010 (in U.S. Dollars) Equipment 2,345.72 Labor 2,489.01 Materials 10,104.24 Soft Costs (architecture, permits) 849.04 OVERALL TOTAL SO FAR: $15,788.01 Number of workers: 16 Current cost of cement: P212 ———————————————————————————————————————— March 12, 2010 construction expense report . Covers 45 work days since beginning of construction on January 18, 2010. House Construction Expense – YTD:2 1/1/2010 through 3/12/2010 (in U.S. Dollars) Category Description 1/1/2010- 3/12/2010 House Construction 22,843.05 Equipment 2,350.47 Labor 3,658.36 Materials 15,908.79 Soft Costs 925.43 OVERALL TOTAL 22,843.05 House after 45 days of work and about one million pesos. March 12, 2010 Total House Construction Expense to date  (in U.S. Dollars) Equipment 2,350.47 (10.29% of total) Labor…

Building our house in the Philippines. Buying our construction equipment in Iloilo.  Delivered, premixed concrete is rarely used in residential construction in the Philippine provinces.  In fact, many houses are built without even a cement mixer.  The concrete is mixed on the ground by workers with shovels. When we were considering a two story house, we were certain a gas powered mixer would be a good investment in the quality of the concrete and the safety of our house and ourselves.  This is…

Building our house in the Philippines. January 15, 2010.  After months of planning and many changes we …

Perspective Drawing for our Tigbauan…

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