Nipa Hut Progress on our New Property in the Philippines

the new nipa hut is going up

Here’s the latest nipa hut progress on our new property in the Philippines. For few weeks now, our brother-in-law Joery, Cousin Doening (whose daughter Mera works for as a domestic helper), caretaker Gerry and Joery’s neighbor Jon, have been busy constructing a new domicile for my father-in-law, Lolo, who is afflicted with dementia and loves to converse with dead relatives and belt out silly songs all hours of the night. Yes, I know that the poor guy, who recently socked me in they eye and gave me a shiner that lasted three weeks, cannot help himself. But have you ever lived 24/7 with someone that has dementia?  The fact that he cannot control his actions doesn’t make his behavior any less annoying.

the new nipa hut is going up


So Lolo’s new digs will be located near our crib but (hopefully) has been placed far enough away so I can’t hear his daily and nightly rantings. His nipa hut, along with our house, will be surrounded by a wall and fence since my father-in-law has the tendency to try and wander off on a daily basis. We will be able to see the hut from our abode and will always be able to keep an eye on him.



view from our new property in the philippines


Here’s a view from Lolo’s new nipa hut in the Philippines. We will live in a very remote corner of rural Guimaras, our island province home in Western Visayas, and don’t have any neighbors that are close to us. My asawa knows that I thrive on peace and quiet and don’t miss living in our former noisy location in Pavia, Iloilo, Savannah Subdivision, where we had to deal with noisy neighbors, shabu dealers and the son of Jesus who defiled one of our twin nieces.


our property in guimaras


The hut and our new roost are located on an elevation about 300 meters from our private road. My asawa and I both wanted privacy and while there is some minor motorcycle and trike traffic on our road, we’re far enough away so we can’t hear it.



Our regular tricycle driver, NoNo, delivered some bags of cement to the work site recently. That’s our caretaker Gerry in the blue shirt along with Jon, who’s also shown in the picture below, unloading the cement. You would be amazed as to how much our local drivers will pile onto a tricycle but I’ve seen very few of them breakdown in the over five years we have lived in the Philippines.



That’s my lovely spouse on the right in the next picture. The men have been busy and recently put on the metal roof. The total measurement of the new nipa hut is 17’x19′. I will have detailed cost breakdowns for the nipa hut once it is completed. My asawa is in charge of the the weekly payroll and she buys the supplies. She keeps precise records of all transactions in a small notebook. I don’t bother asking her how much she has spent so far because I know she is very good at managing money. I don’t micro-manage and haven’t been at our new property site in the Philippines for about three weeks when I took the pictures for this post.


crew at work at our nipa hut in the philippines



another look at our nipa hut in the philippines


Cousin Doening is shown to the right of the new CR, Comfort Room, that is being built for Lolo. The next photo is a shot of the interior of the new restroom which will have a shower along with a toilet, of course.


comfort room for nipa hut


My wife purchased some bamboo from our new neighbors which will be used to build the walls of the new nipa hut.



bamboo for the niap hut



bamboo being shaved in the philippines


That’s Jon, prepping the bamboo. He’s a hard worker and one of our laborers. Gerry is our other laborer, and brother-in-law Joery and Cousin Doening, are the carpenters. More laborers will be hired once the foundation for our new house is built. Once the nipa hut is completed, we will have our electricity hooked up and again, I will post all the labor and material costs for the nipa hut construction at that time.

Author: The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO" aka "THE CRUSTY OLD EXPAT." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 19 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Shepherd called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people in the last two years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.

2 thoughts on “Nipa Hut Progress on our New Property in the Philippines

  1. Dave,
    Looks like its coming along pretty good. I know you can’t wait till its completed and you can move out there. I don’t like to micromanage either. It causes problems if you do. Are the allergies completely gone yet?

    1. I don’t have any construction or carpentry skills, Papa Duck, and would only be getting in the way if I tried to “supervise” our crew. They don’t need supervision contrary to what some of my expat friends on the island might think.

      The allergies are pretty much gone. Don’t know what caused them, but I’ve been eating chicken and eggs (which came first?) despite the doctor’s admonition not to. He also told me to discontinue using Safeguard soap, which I’ve used for years. I’ve switched to another soap, BL, prescribed by Melinda.

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