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Building a Cheap House in the Philippines
Building an Inexpensive House in the Philippines
I have read too many blogs where people have spent millions of pesos to build sub-standard house that ends up needing expensive maintenance. In my work, I see people with their hearts and budgets broken as they attempt to renovate or build a house. Quite often my advice comes post-disaster. So it is with this experience and after a lot of research that I started to build my own house in the Philippines five years ago.
I kept the floor plan simple: three bedrooms, one bathroom, a lounge/family room, and a large eat-in kitchen with verandahs surrounding the entire house. The total area was 140 square metres.
- I built the house on a 100mm concrete slab with tied steel and concrete post-and-beam construction.
- The walls are rendered, 100mm-filled concrete blocks tied to the slab with steel and horizontal beam. This part of the construction was cost- and labour-intensive, but it will for itself with years of maintenance-free living.
- The roof is corrugated steel on a steel truss welded and tied to the slab with steel through concrete blocks.
- Material cost was 310,000 pesos.
- Labour cost of 80,000 pesos.
- Construction took about eight weeks.
- The total cost of this part of the construction is about 400,000 pesos.
The House is Born
Material Amount Unit Cost Totals
Listed below is the material cost breakdown for the home I build in 2010.
- 12mm deformed bar (6000mm), 210 lengths@P-160: P33,600
- 10mm deformed bar (6000mm), 350 lengths@P-112: P39,200
- #16 G.I. tie wire,1 roll@P-1,600: P1600
- Grand cement, 300 bags@P-196: P58,800
- 4" concrete hollow blocks, 2800@ P-9: P25,200
- Washed sand,18 cu. metres@ P-750: P13,500
- Crushed gravel, 18 cu. metres@ P-750: P13,500
- 2"x2" coco lumber, 500 lengths@ P-48.50: P24500
- 6mm plywood sheets (8'x4'), 15 sheets @ P-250: P3,750
- 4" nails, two boxes@ P-840, P1,680
- 2 1/2" nails, one box@ P-910: P910
- 1 1/2" nails, 15 kilo@ P-49: P735
- 4" conc nails, five kilo@ P-75: P375
- 1 1/2" fin nails, 10 kilo@ P-55: P550
- 1 1/2"x3/16" angle iron, 35 lengths@ P-320: P11,200
- 4"x2" purlins, 70 lengths@ P-415: P29,050
- Welding rods, one box@ P-2,400: P2,400
- Roofing sheets: P50,000
- TOTAL: P310,300
Resources for Home-Builders
- A Yahoo Thread for Philippine Homebuilders
Readers exchange stories and advice about building a house in the Philippines.
- Working on the Building: Retiring to the Philippines
Advice from a retiree who moved to the Philippines and built his own home.
- Philippines Expat Forum
A forum for expats in the Philippines who are thinking of building a home.
- Advice About What to Consider When Building in the Philippines
A Q&A with a property expert about what to look for when planning a home-building project.
- Ex-Pats Share Advice About Building a Home
This forum is for people in the Philippines to share advice and photos of their home construction projects.