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Progress Report on our New Home in the Philippines [Flashback* 04.29.2015]

work has begun on our new ceiling in the Philippines

Here’s the latest progress report on our new home in the Philippines, located on the island mango province of Guimaras, in whacky Western Visayas. This is Week  16 of construction. 

framework for our new ceiling in the Philippines

We have hired a crew from nearby Iloilo to do our ceiling installation. That’s my lovely asawa standing in our sala, living room, where the installers have finished the framework for the new ceiling.

our ceiling crew hard at work

Here’s a look at two of the workers, part of a four-man crew. The men used laser pointers to layout the ceiling design. Our lead man, seen in the next picture with the orange shirt, is planning the same ceiling design he used for a residence of the Garin family, a major political clan in Iloilo. Our lead man was also the head foreman for the ceiling at the new Marriot Hotel in the MegaWorld complex in Iloilo.

We actually went to our site again late yesterday afternoon to deliver three granite counter tops we purchased at A.M. Builders in Iloilo City and a good portion of the living room had already been completed. It looks like we picked the right lead man.

The ceiling crew is working every day of the week as they are being paid by the job and are not receiving daily wages. That, too, could explain the progress the men have made in only a week.
another look at our new ceiling in the Philippines

We’re also having a spiral staircase, located in our garage, which leads to the terrace above our new parking area. The man building our staircase has manufactured the structure from scratch and originally wanted 8,000 pesos, 180 US Dollars,  to do the installation. My wife was only able to knock 500 pesos off the price and she’s a tough negotiator.

another look at our spiral staircase

the spiral staircase to our upper terrace

Our foreman has started work on concrete precast designs which will go around all of our windows and doors. It adds a nice architectural detail to our new home in the Philippines and is something my wife wanted. Our foreman is being paid 250 pesos per meter. 5.66 US Dollars, and the total charge for this work is 55,000 pesos, 1245 USD.

The 55,000 pesos is the total labor cost and our foreman pays his workers on this job from this amount. Our foreman has now reduced the crew that my asawa, our pay master, is responsible for, from 19 to 5. These five workers, separate from our foreman’s precast crew, will be responsible for installing the doors in our new home and other remaining projects, such as putting in our new sinks and Comfort Room toilets.
part of the prescast for our windows

Concrete trim, such as the section, shown above, will be added to all sides of the window and are cast ahead of time and then placed on the windows and doors after the concrete has dried.

our foreman and boy discuss an issue

That’s our foreman, Boy, on the left, explaining to my wife how our front doors will work. The doors, according to Boy, will be a double “fan door,” and will swing open to the outside. Each door will have a handle and two locks, but one lock will be a “dummy” lock. We will have deadbolts installed on all of our access doors.

my asawa in a discussion with our foreman

The roofers were supposed to complete the one remaining gable, seen below, two weeks ago, but the lead man for the crew was sick. The installers will return tomorrow to finish the installation and receive their final payment for the job.

only one gable to and the new roof will be completed

If you have new doors, you need door jambs, of course. We have double doors in the front and a set of large double doors in the rear of the house. Four CR’s, Comfort Rooms, will have the classic plastic “Pretty Door,” a standard bathroom door in the Philippines. Doors are also being built for the four bedrooms, laundry room, walk-in-closet for my asawa, plus the door to my office. A local furniture maker in Guimaras is building our doors.

the door jams for our new home in the Philippines

We still have my brother-in-law Joery, along with his two-man crew, working on the new dirty kitchen. The men have started laying the hollow blocks for the new building and have constructed the chimney, seen in the following photo. We have informed Joery that he will not need to do any wiring for the dirty kitchen. We are installing solar light bulbs for the dirty kitchen. We found solar panels that will recharge two light bulbs for 3,500 pesos at a local hardware store in Iloilo. The solar panel kit also contains a solar-powered cell phone battery charger.
work continues on our new dirty kitchen in the Philippines
chimney for our new dirty kitchen in the Philippines

The dirty kitchen chimney

homemade barbell set in the Philippines
I leave you with this final image. One of the ceiling installers works out on his lunchtime with this set of homemade barbells he made with empty paint cans, plastic pipe and concrete. Another example of the ever-resourceful Filipino.

9 thoughts on “Progress Report on our New Home in the Philippines [Flashback* 04.29.2015]

  1. dave I have really enjoyed the reports on your new house,it looks great,will be a fine home.I am off to Alaska so will have to wait to see the finished product.wish we could have had you boss on our project in subic would have been easier and would had save us a bundle.again great job and thanks for the updates.

  2. Hi Dave house looking good you have a good crew there, the ceiling looking good got a guy working at our
    House very good decorator for 400 pesos a day he’s from the province so give him food and lodging
    I buy him a beer now and again nearly finished the house then we have to start renovation on one of our
    Rental properties a large bungalow because the tenants have moved get it ready for the next people who
    Want to rent it ,it’s all work at the moment still hoping to visit guimaras one day Derek in pasig

  3. Dave: the house is looking great. like the spiral staircase design just don’t think I would want to try using it after to many beers… also looks like your dirty kitchen is going to be pretty big i’m going to be interested on how the solar panel lighting works out. i’ve thought about installing some of this at our house. it would be nice during power outages. ” don’t hurt yourself using those barbells”

  4. Dave,
    House is really coming together. I know you can’t wait until it’s finished. Looking forward to getting back on the 1Oth of May. Had to stay in Florida an extra week due to Anne having Pancreatitis due to a Gallstones and bad Gallbladder. Had to have her Gallbladder removed. Spent 5 days in the hospital, but we are back in Ohio now and she is doing fine.

  5. love the spiral staircase and the terrace above Sir dave,its a nice way to have a beer on the terrace 🙂

  6. Dave: Thanks for the info on the solar system defiantly something I’m going to look into..
    I hopefully will have our backsplash in the kitchen and the kitchen sink faucet installed soon are BB boxes with the material arrived yesterday at our house…
    Have a great PI day……..

  7. Looking nice Dave! Anxious to see the ceiling when its finished.

    Were you able to find granite for the counter tops 1 1/4″ thick or thicker, most all I ever have seen there is 1/2″ thick only and it can break fairly easy that thin, but figured different areas might have different thicknesses.

    Just curious, why do you want the front doors to swing outside rather than inside, figured you have a good reason for wanting them that way.

  8. Dave I live rite next door to the Garins…I will go and ring there door bell and see if they will let me check out the ceiling….first I have to get by the gate guard,,,,,,and then maybe a political donation may be in order….No I am joking with you…we are good friends with Lex son-in law)and Jenifer (daughter)plus the old man Oscar…we call him the boss. It is still hard to get inside unless you have a personal invitation. My wife say I also like you that I can be ugly….well what can I say we are both from the Chicago area. A year from now you will look back on this and wondered why you got so upset…this is the Philippines and Sh*t Happens.
    Fred & Ofelia in Guimbal.

    P.S. soon mango festival

  9. A recommendation on your fan doors. I would install a sliding bolt lock on each door going into the top door jam and going into the concrete floor. this will allow you to secure the door better for your family’s safety

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