Here’s the latest update on our new home construction in the Philippines. This marks Week 12 of this project and the work is progressing on schedule. My asawa and myself are quite pleased with the quality of the workmanship done thus far. Our foreman, Boy, has been using a crew of carpenters and laborers, totaling 19 in number, but has informed us that once the concrete finishing work is done, the laborers will be let go.
Here’s the latest progress report on our new home in the Philippines on the mango island province of Guimaras in Western Visayas were we reside. Construction is going into Week Five and the following pictures were taken only a few days after the latest post regarding this enterprise. Our new house will be the dwelling for five people and covers over 3,000 square feet. It will have four bedrooms and four corresponding CR’s, Comfort Rooms, one for each bedroom which will include a guest bedroom.
An independent contractor is being hired to build our new home in the Philippines. As Lolo’s (my father-in-law) nipa hut nears completion, work will begin shortly on our new house located on our island province of Guimaras in Western Visayas. We had previously spoken to “Boy” in late October and while he has an architect that is developing the plans for our new digs, we felt the price that this Filipino contractor was asking for labor was way too much. He was requesting 4,500 pesos per square meter for labor costs. Over 24,000 US Dollars. We would pay for all the materials. Our abode will have over 250 square meters in floor space meaning that the labor costs alone would be over 1 million pesos. This was not acceptable to us.
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.
After an initial setback, in which I believed a new survey could spark a turf war with one of our new neighbors, the survey on our Guimaras property finally yields a sketch plan. But it wasn’t easy as the crew from Iloilo had to work under rainy conditions for most of the day and convince the owners of the lot to the east of us, that the initial survey which revealed we owned 7,020 square meters, was, indeed, correct.
We didn’t have enough umbrellas to go around, so my resourceful asawa cut down a banana leaf to provide me with some cover from the nasty weather. I’m wearing a fashionable tank top that my spouse bought for me at the SM Hypermarket in Iloilo for 129 pesos, 2.89 US Dollars.
Could you cash in with cashews? Is it possible to make a living in the Philippines by harvesting the tasty nut from your own cashew trees? My wife’s family helped supplement their income by selling cashews. Currently my asawa informs me that cashews now sell for P1,600 a kilo, around 35 US Dollars.
First of all, sorry for being such a stranger to all in recent months, but since our move here December 12 2012, we have been pretty busy building our dream retirement home here in Paranaque (suburb of Manila).
(Photo courtesy of Scott H)