Photos Of Apartment Construction – Minglanilla,Cebu,Philippines

I got asked for photos of the apartments being constructed all in one post (as the original ones are scattered over a lot of individual posts on the blog). So here they are! Hover over each photo for a description

 

New frame and supports going up over Pig sty - Building a house PhilippinesRoof frame which will eventually have poured concrete form up the ceiling and floor  - Building a house Philippines Roof frame which will eventually have poured concrete form up the ceiling and floor  - Building a house Philippines Roof frame which will eventually have poured concrete form up the ceiling and floor  - Building a house Philippines  Steel being tied into posts - Building a house Philippines Roof frame which will eventually have poured concrete form up the ceiling and floor - Building a house Philippines roof sections being built - Building a house Philippines Stair jig has been poured with concrete - Building a house Philippines Old gate finding a new home - quick repaint and as good as new - Building a house Philippines exterior wall being carried up on the old piggery wall - Building a house Philippines Workers struggling to get hollow blocks up to higher level - Building a house Philippines hollow blocks forming up new wall and door opening - Building a house Philippines Steel work being welded - Building a house Philippines One of the old pig pens about to be removed - Building a house Philippines workers continuing on hollow block, mix being dumped up beside them on plywood - Building a house Philippines shuttering and jig for stair formation - Building a house Philippines Old tree about to see its last days - Building a house Philippines Glass block window openings - Building a house Philippines Opening before glass blocks were installed - Building a house Philippines Exterior wall section with rainwater gully, these are ply  - Building a house Philippineslined with GI sheet for splashback protection Exterior wall section with rainwater gully, these are ply lined with GI sheet for splashback protection - Building a house Philippines  New walls in place - Building a house PhilippinesStairwell and under cupboard taking shape - Building a house Philippines  Exterior window being installed in the bathroom - Building a house Philippines  skimming around the new glass block windows smoothing off the wall - Building a house Philippinesnew electrics in the new netcafe - Building a house Philippines Wall having levels fitted for installing concrete plastering - Building a house Philippines smoothed off concrete floor - Building a house Philippines  Doorway now installed - Building a house Philippinesfront entrance to new small courtyard - Building a house Philippines Computer desks being formed - Building a house PhilippinesInternet Cafe - Building a house Philippines Internet Cafe X Box's - Building a house Philippines
Internet cafe counter area - Building a house Philippines
Aprils father watching over the workers priming the gate - Building a house Philippines Aprils father watching over the workers priming the gate - Building a house Philippines Aprils father watching over the workers priming the gate - Building a house Philippines  

Now on to the upper level or second apartment construction. These were done several months apart with the first apartment being built while I was in the United Kingdom and the second one done while in Cebu,Philippines in phases.

walkway between apartment day 1 - Building a house Philippinesconstruction day one on top of the netcafe - Building a house Philippinesconstruction day 2 - Hollow block walls being formed - Building a house Philippinesconstruction day 2 walls being formed - Building a house Philippinesconstruction day 3 support pillars in place awaiting concrete setting - Building a house Philippinesconstruction day 3 support pillars in place awaiting concrete forming - Building a house Philippinesroof frame going up day 4 and 5 - Building a house Philippineswindows and door area apartment front day 4, 5 - Building a house Philippinesroof frame going up day 4,5 - Building a house Philippines

roof support on stairwell day 4,5 - Building a house Philippinesroof support day 4,5 - Building a house Philippinesday
6 roof structure and window lintel taking shape - Building a house Philippinesday 6 window lintel being formed - Building a house Philippinesday 6 - Steel roof frames being installed - Building a house Philippinesday 6 steel work preparing to be installed on roof - Building a house Philippinesheader and metal frame taking shape day 7 - Building a house Philippinesextension section for toilet and kitchen area day 7 - Building a house Philippinesroof framework starting to take shape day 7 - Building a house Philippinesday 7 a view from downstairs - Building a house Philippinesday 8 - Building a house Philippinesroof section day 8 still waiting for welder - Building a house Philippinesday 8 Doorway and windows take shape - Building a house Philippinesday 8 its late and a view of the compound from the CR area - Building a house Philippinesday 8 messing with my camera - Building a house Philippinesday 11 kitchen  and CR Floor is complete - Building a house PhilippinesCR Floor Installed - Building a house Philippinesday 11 - Building a house Philippinesday 12 wall gets first face of concrete - Building a house Philippinesday 12 lots going on today starting to look like a building site - Building a house Philippinesday 12 roof starts to look like a roof - Building a house Philippinesday 13 stairwell - Building a house Philippinesday 13 14 welding going on - Building a house PhilippinesDay 13 and 14 Roof being welded - Building a house Philippinesday 13 hollow blocks being laid on CR section - Building a house PhilippinesDay 13 Hollow block walls being built - Building a house PhilippinesDay 13 walls up starting to take shape as a home - Building a house Philippinesday 13 14 walkway - Building a house Philippinesday 13 14 roof starting to get ready for sheeting - Building a house Philippinesday14 - Building a house Philippinesday 14 we are waiting more materials fascia board has been installed - Building a house Philippinesday 14 roof - Building a house Philippinesday 15 kitchen and bathroom - Building a house Philippinesday 16 kitchen and bathroom - Building a house Philippinesday 17 fascia board being installed (notice the wire for insulation) - Building a house Philippinesday 17 fascia board with heat reflective insulation being installed - Building a house Philippinesday 18 heat reflective sheets now being overlaid with GI Sheets - Building a house Philippinesday 19 roof being finished today - Building a house Philippinesday 19 roof being finished - Building a house Philippinesday 20 plyboarding being installed and outside being faced - Building a house Philippinesday 20 carpenters working - Building a house Philippinesday 20 View of the apartment from the road - Building a house Philippinesday 21 wall being faced - Building a house Philippinesday 21 plumbing being completed - Building a house Philippinesday 21 looking good inside and more like a home - Building a house Philippinesday 21 looking good inside - Building a house Philippines

As the last stages of work started workers got slower and started to not show up for work (mainly down to having enough money to gamble and get drunk). This resulted in eventually having to do a lot of the work myself including most of the electrics, tiling, painting and some of the plumbing. The one thing I do have a problem with in the plumbing is people have an obsession with burying it in concrete. Generally I try to make all plumbing accessible for repairs especially when so much of the plumbing in the Philippines is prone to rusting as well as loose fitting joints.

cistern and shower plumbing - Building a house Philippines  new mahogany door - Building a house Philippines ply ceiling - Building a house Philippines                                       electrical box - Building a house Philippines  filipino kitchen - Building a house Philippines  lights and ceiling fan fitted - Building a house Philippines      Lights and ceiling fan after ceiling painted - Building a house Philippines apartment from outside - Building a house Philippines apartment from outside - Building a house Philippines walls nearly finished painting and tiling being done - Building a house Philippines bad window frames completely out of square resulting in me spending a week chipping away to get the windows level - Building a house Philippines Bladed window looking nice - Building a house Philippines new toilet and tiles installed - Building a house Philippines workers tiling sitting room - Building a house Philippines workers tiling sitting room - Building a house Philippines workers tiling sitting room - Building a house Philippines

In the last photos you will notice Aprils mother as she had to watch over the workers the whole time they are on site due to the fact they have a habit of stopping work if your not watching them. The ceiling took 3 days to paint for 2 guys! That isn’t including the fact I gave it a coat of undercoat each night as well to speed them up.

2 comments for “Photos Of Apartment Construction – Minglanilla,Cebu,Philippines

  1. Jef
    December 16, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Hi Matt,
    You mention that the workers stop when you not watch them, thats true (been there, done that haha).
    But you know that a second possibility is to pay them a certain amount to do a job (or part of that).
    In the last case, they will work… even when you are not around.
    What’s your experience in that way?

    • Profile photo of OLDARTICLES
      December 17, 2011 at 2:40 am

      Still got to watch them like a hawk because of the “yes” issue. People won’t tell you they can’t do something. An example of this was a window cill that was put in the other day in concrete while I was asleep (Im normally working at night so sleep until 11am). Got up to find the cill was more like a collection of waves than anything else but the thing is I fit my own windows because the guys don’t want to follow their own work (as well as not knowing how to do it). So explained to my mother inlaw that all he had to do was nail a straight piece of timber with a spirit level on the top to level it and then he can skim straight across the top of the timber as its straight.

      Guy came in the following day and my mother inlaw was just going to fire him but he had already started before he was noticed. My mother inlaw explained about the cill and he just replied that he DIDNT know how to do it as nobody had showed him and asked if he could put it right and he did so. But this is another reason for watching over them as jobs often end up done twice or three times as skimping is a regular problem. I do have 2 guys that I can trust but at the same time they still won’t tell you their limitations on skills and knowledge. The electrician we had and I explained about earthing (grounding) and its importance didn’t come back the following day even though he wasn’t being criticised I was explaining what I wanted doing..lol

      No easy solutions and long-term if I was setting up a construction company I would take a few guys in their 50s and train them (why 50s? because the younger ones will disappear abroad once trained).