Not Thailand, but a simple house in the Philippines

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Not Thailand, but a simple house in the Philippines

Postby Pluma » Fri Oct 20, 2006 5:30 am

My apologies if slightly off topic, but I live in the Philippines.
I want to share, for those interested, a website that will show the progress
of building a simple house in the Philippines.

The website is very much under construction, as is the house.

If you wish to follow the progress here is website.

http://paradisefound.50webs.com/

I also have prices/quantities, and a narrative of my thoughts.

Hope you like it, I will update as we progress.

It was suppossed to be $1000, but with the high prices here, I think
$2000 is more realistic.

Lloyd
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Postby SVielha » Fri Oct 20, 2006 12:34 pm

It`s interesting to see, that the people in your country are using nearly the materials as in Thailand and also the way how they work is nearly the same.

What are the other houses (the big one)?

PS: 2 photos are not working.
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Postby Pluma » Fri Oct 20, 2006 5:32 pm

The website used to be used for a ex-friend selling his beach house.
He promised to pay me if I set up a website that helped sell his house, as
he needed to go back to the USA. He was desperate, so I spent alot of time
setting this up.

Needless to say, after the house was sold, I NEVER heard from the low-life again. I guess a few links still point to his old pages.

Anyways, as my wife says, "what goes around comes around". He will get
his just reward someday.

He was asking $135,000 (USD), which was a great price for the house and all
the furnishings. Someone made out very well with that purchase.

Please let me know if the pictures on the first page do not load. I have
checked here, and they seem to load OK.

Yes, the Philippines a Thailand use similar building practices. Luckily we got
a "carpenter" that is easy to talk things over, and I have faith in him
doing a good job for us. Too many here take shortcuts, and most people
want to save every peso they can, so the quality shows when you cut
corners.
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Postby SVielha » Sat Oct 21, 2006 6:21 am

It`s always the same. You help people and cheat you as soon as they can.

We had the same with cousin of my wife, who we helped to find a man in germany to marry.

Later she said bad things about my wifes parents and that we took money from the guy.

We took nothing, actually we spend money for gas, telephone and so...

PS: If you like, have a look at my link and see my house in Sukhothai.
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Postby dozer » Wed Nov 08, 2006 10:00 pm

Took a look at the pics - thanks. Noticed that they fabricate their own cinder blocks - that's different. When is it going to be finished. Here it would be hard to build a basic house for 2k, more like at least about 5k for a basic 70sqm tiled house.
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Postby Pluma » Fri Nov 10, 2006 5:05 am

The progress has been a bit slow, but not a problem.
Hoping all will be complete well before the end of the year.
I guess it will be their Christmas gift from me.

We made our own CHB (concret hollow block) because of the quality issue.
The correct ratio of cement/sand is 1:16, and then a 3 day curing process.
The ones you buy crumble in your hands, because of incorrect ratio, and they
dry the fresh block in the sun.

The house is coming in under $2000, because it is very basic. No plumbing.
Only a cement floor, but will have wood plywood for bedroom walls.
We have revised the floor plan to better utilize the space (It is a 20 ft X 30 ft).
Will post the new floorplan on the website.

I have learned alot, and try to stay involved in each step of the way.

The roof is being constructed right now, I guess the hollow block wall
will be next.
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Postby dozer » Wed Dec 13, 2006 8:44 pm

I just looked at your site again, very interesting concept for low price construction. Your material list has list of components used. Today 1 Peso = .7140 Baht. Looking over the list, think cement is about the same price, not sure about rebar, nails and other stuff cheaper, about 30% or more. Labor is cheaper about 30% or more also.

I image that if the same house was built here it would cost roughly 30% more to complete.

Good luck on getting it finished up!
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