Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Over half the roof of the Hyner house is now metal tiled. Great sheets of the stuff have been pulled up on the roof for the past three days. Inside a variety of work continues. Ceiling panels are going up in most rooms as well as windows. Those in each bathroom are frosted for greater privacy. The steel security grilles for the larger windows are being created quite rapidly, just waiting for their decorative leaf design to be added and then it’s painting time. On the roof cappings are also starting to appear over the joins and a large gutter runs the whole width of the back of the lanai/viewing deck. Finishing touches are being made to the master bedroom ceiling prior to raising the floor with more concrete and applying the floor tiles. We have selected spotlights.
In addition more materials have been delivered for the perimeter wall and we have engaged an electrician to install lighting on the wall pillars and security floodlights. Materials cost has been calculated and we will negotiate shortly on the labour rate. We are also in discussions with our perimeter wall contractor regarding a pool, having already received a bid from Northcon, our main house contractor. Our wall contractor was responsible for the construction of a large public swimming pool, paddling pool and jakuzzi at Waterworld in the barangay of Ramon so we will be interested in obtaining a comparison quote from them. Depending on what offers we get, the remaining backfill and the entrance driveway are projects we may handle independently.
There are due to be rotated power cuts this week because of the impact of the long drought on HEP. So this will disrupt progress on finishing where power tools are required and this includes the roof.
Every time we visit there is some feature being added that we had forgotten about. For instance the doorway between the dirty kitchen and the open laundry area has a molding around it as it is an outside door. All the outer doors apparently have these. I dread to think what these extra embellishments would cost to do in the UK, but then the whole house would be much more expensive, not to mention the land.
The average cost of a house in the UK is now £222,000 (P15.5M). In the south-east of England, even a two bed terrace house (joined at either side in a row of similar properties) will set you back over £160,000. Take an architect-designed house on three quarters of a hectare of land, similar to what we are building here, in the UK and you on another planet pricewise. Way beyond our means. But here you can have that dream home for less than the price of a UK terrace house.
The exchange rate of the pound vs peso is tragic at the moment but the compensation is that 1000 pennies (or £10) is the equivalent of a week’s wages for an average worker here. Hence you get a lot more for your money here when you want to build a house or run a farm or do many things. People are desperate for work so it’s a win win situation. You are providing much needed employment and they create an asset for you that you wouldn’t be able to afford in the UK.