The plans for our new house in the Philippines are forging ahead. Yesterday, my asawa and I met with Boy, a local contractor from Guimaras. Boy comes highly recommended and has built several residences for foreigners on our mango province. Our brother-in-law, Joery, along with a crew of three men, will begin work on our father-in-law’s nipa hut first. The nipa hut will be the location where our initial electrical service will be provided. It’s best to start applying for new service early. There are several utility poles already located near our property so hopefully our electrical service will be provided before our new house is built, which could take five to six months.
Boy wants to charge P4,500, 100 US Dollars, a square meter for labor. We plan to build a 240 square meter home, 2500 square feet. At today’s exchange rates the cost for labor would be 1,080,000 pesos, 24,000 USD. Again, that’s only the labor cost. Boy will submit a plan to his architect who will quote us a package deal.
Frankly, I think we can do the job cheaper. We are only exploring other options as our brother-in-law, Joery, has been quite busy, and may not be able to focus entirely as the foreman for our new home, as was our original plan. At this time, we do, however, plan to go ahead and have Joery and his crew start building our new home after the nipa hut is done.
Previous nipa hut Joery has built
Boy has stated that he would be able to construct the steel trusses and build a new roof for us. We’ve seen some of Boy’s roofs and he does an exceptional plan. Since Joery does not have the necessary skill sets to build a roof, we will probably contract out Boy and contract out an experienced electrician to do our wiring.
Joery is very adept at construction and will be able to build a solid foundation and construct the exterior and interior walls. We will be using hollow blocks reinforced with rebar. Joery is good at plumbing along with his carpentry skills and will be a key player in the building of our new house in the Philippines.
With the lease at “The Farm” extended for another year, we will have plenty of time for the construction of your new home without feeling pressured to move out. I’ll leave you with a general floor plan for our one story home. With over 7,000 square meters to build on my asawa and I felt it would be safer, in light of the propensity for earthquakes in our area, to build a one story structure, plus it will help to keep the construction costs down. Our new home will have four bedrooms and three Comfort Room, CR’s inside.