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Building a house in the Philippines. We  built a house on Panay Island in the Philippines.  We’ve documented our project with photos, text and building cost reports.  This page is an index to our posts. Keep in mind that we are not architects or engineers so don’t take our opinions as gospel.  We been very open about things that went wrong and why.  That may give the impression that we are unsatisfied with the house we built.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  We love our house and our life here.  Yes, some things could have been done differently if we knew then what we know now.  Isn’t that always the case? We are open about our missteps because we’d like to give our readers a chance to learn from our experiences.

We continue to update these posts  to reflect our year to year experiences with the products, materials and designs we used in building the house almost four years ago.  For example, our CAE faucet failed quickly, so we suggest getting another brand.  Our Hunter ceiling fans are an unexpected disappointment. Our Pedrollo water pump has worked flawlessly so can recommend that brand.  Our very expensive P7,200 Hwaco “stainless steel” sink gets rusty, but our P1,200 laundry sink is fine.

Finally, in this narrative we sometimes express frustration with our construction crew.  If they had a blog, we’re sure that they’d return the favor!  These things are inevitable when managing any big projects.  Nonetheless, we feel real affection for our crew, and deeply appreciate their tolerance, honesty and hard work, work which has given us a wonderful place to live out our years.

House in 2013

House in 2013

 
 
 
 
 
 

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  1. Hi Bob and carol I have my under cinstravtion house in Barotac Nuevo can I have your contact for soil filling I need this coming summer,thank you.

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    • Getting good filling, that is filling which will eventually grow plants, is really a problem. The mountains around Leon are being used to for fill for the many new developments ongoing in Iloilo City. Your best bet is to acquire filling from local sources. Never use the yellow orange mountain soil. Nothing will grow in it.

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  2. Hello Bob and Carol
    Terrific blog, full of very useful and practical info. I was wondering of you have a plan of your build somewhere in the blog, I was not able find it.
    Also, I was wondering of you considered building a 2 storey house and do you think this is a way of getting more bang for the your buck. I have found that most pinoy online quotes seem to take into account the “total floor or living area” of the house and it’s calculated at around 20,000 pesos a square meter without taking into account the potential savings in roofing material, labor and electrical work.
    According to some Australian builders, adding a second storey might add 15-30% to the total cost.
    Cheers
    Rob

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    • We did consider a two story house, but not really as practical for us old people. The stairs take up quite a bit of room and the engineering a bit more complicated.

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  3. Hi Bob and Carol,
    I enjoyed reading your blog and glad you are enjoying your life in the Philippines with Carol. I am planning to build a house in Namocon and learned a lot from your blog. Thank you for your detailed documentation and above all sharing with your readers. Salamat gid. The lot I have is in Namocon facing the beach close to Sol Y Mar. I am looking for a reliable foreman and would like to ask the name and number of your foreman. Would appreciate it very much.
    May

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