Building a Concrete Block House – part 5

house in the PhilippinesBuilding a Concrete Block House in the Philippines – part 5

The roof – The roof is going to be a coco wood and tin. We cut our own lumber to save costs.

This wood is very heavy because we just cut it 3 days ago. One nice thing about it is that the nails drive easily but when the wood dries the nails are really set and very tough to remove.

house in the PhilippinesThe view from up here is great because you are overlooking the valley and the sugar cane fields. There is a steady breeze and the temperature is more comfortable up here in the mountains than it is at sea level.

Banana puso – heart or flower of the banana plant – a bit off topic but this is what the flower of a banana looks like.

banana flowerBanana tree.

tin roofWe got all the wood for the roof for around 150 dollars US.

tin roof on concrete block house4 and 5 inch nails run 50 pesos a kilo and the 040 corrugated galvanized sheeting cost 272 pesos per 30 inch by 8 ft sheet. Umbrella nails used to attach the tin to the coco wood run 75 pesos a kilo.

I have to get some sort of sealant to put over the nail heads or they will leak – typhoon style rains are common here. The most common brand used here is called Volcasin.

building in he philippinesSafety inspector testing the bamboo.

safety inspector

Can you imagine working with all these kids running all over the place.

building in the PhilippinesWe decided to paint the rafters with used motor oil to keep the termites out. A commercial insecticide called “Solignum” is used by most fancy construction outfits but I am running low on money and am using the budget mix. I landed up buying “Woodsaver” – a similar product with the same ingredients but it cost 900 pesos a gallon whereas the Solignum was 1,300 pesos a gallon.

painting the raftersNoly with paintbrush. We landed up using a blend of used motor oil and Woodsaver.

building a house in the PhilippinesJunior worked 4 weeks on this house.

Building the roofJose has some real talent and a desire to work.

raftersYou have to have a kid test the scaffolding to make sure it’s safe – he he. Really I don’t know what all these kids are doing on the job site. You just gotta scratch your head sometimes over here!

Building a house in the philippines

Building a house in the Philippines part 5 – making the roof

Oct 21, 2010

11 responses to “Building a Concrete Block House – part 5”

  1. Hi DP,Hope all is well!Here in the States. What did you use on the Coco lumber to take care of the insect infestation? Just curious! I’m going to be doing the same next year & wanted a non-toxix alternative. All the Best & enjoy the upcoming Holidays!!

  2. I really enjoyed viewing your posting. Thanks for including the prices. That is so helpful to understand the difference of there -vs- here. I am now excited to see your next posting. So are you American? I am from Dallas, TX. I hope to visit that area this Dec, or Jan. I am a construction project manager. I find this very interesting.

    Keep up the good work,


  3. Hi DP

    This is great post. I like the pictures.

    I was wondering if you can give me permission to copy the
    series and post over at my RP building website. I will give
    link back to your blog, but want to save this article.

    Thanks so much

  4. Dutch
    I understand and will just link to your webpage.
    i appreciate the work you put into this blog.
    Keep posting as I enjoy reading every new article.

  5. nice house dai..

  6. Very interesting article, lot’s of lessons to be learned here, thanks!

    By the way, I think the sealant you mention is called Vulcaseal. You can get it in hardware stores and in the malls. Good for fixing leaky gutters too.


  7. Where is the finished product and how many square meters? Also, do you have a list of all materials used, the amount as well. that would help. WE have properties and I would like to build something like this as well.


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