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Lot Leveling: A House In The Philippines

Lot leveling - Open expanse of flat lot.

This is the second installment of the series on designing and building a house in the Philippines. An index to all of the posts in this series can be found here: House Build Philippines: Index.

We also built a concrete hollow block perimeter fence. The index to all of the posts in that series can be found here: Perimeter Fence Philippines: Index.

The Last Task: Lot Leveling

As we mentioned in the concrete fence series, we had some differences with the architect who designed and built our wall. Because of that, we decided to find a different builder for the house. So the last task for the crew that built our wall was to compact and level the lot with a road roller.

The rear of our lot sloped toward the front. The architect’s dump truck dumped piles and piles of crappy “builder’s fill” on the lot. The crew distributed the piles with two wheelbarrows (one of which was our own) and shovels. The fill was full of rocks and very hard to walk on. 

Here’s a small gallery of how the fill was delivered and what it looked like as it was being distributed.


We wanted a few truckloads of topsoil for the front of our lot. My wife, Menchu, has all sorts of ideas and plans for grass and gardens at the front of the house especially. Topsoil is more expensive, however. So we wound up paying more for those loads. In the end, we wound up in a dispute about the number of loads and the quality of the soil (which was very poor).

We got to the point, here at the very end, where we just wanted to project over, the lot leveling completed and the crew off of our property. It was frustrating.

Finally Flat!

The road roller used to compact and level our lot.Another shot of the road roller used to compact and level our lot.At last, the day came when the crew hired a beat-up road roller to compact and level the lot. The roller kept overheating. You can see in the first photo how the cowling had to be left open in an attempt to cool the engine.

It had to be shut down and water added to its cooling system. More frustration! The architect tried to shave a few pesos off of his cost by hiring his brother to do the lot leveling.

Another shot of our compacted and leveled lot.Our compacted and leveled lot.In the end, the road roller did its job and the lot leveling was complete. Our lot was level, even if the soil underfoot was mostly clay and rocks. 

Now it was time for us to find a contractor to build our house with the architect’s plan.

But first, we had to fix the gates. They were already rusted and the yakal hadn’t been treated correctly. 

That’s the subject of the next part of this series, though. For now, here’s a short video of the road roller in action, doing some lot leveling. Wait until the end to see the driver hit our mango tree. *TOINKS*!

Check out the rest of this series on the design and build of our house in the Philippines here: House Build Philippines: Index.

Also, check out our series on building a hollow block wall. That series is here:Perimeter Fence Philippines: Index.

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3 Responses to Lot Leveling: A House In The Philippines

  1. Charlie April 15, 2017 at 9:55 PM #

    thanks for the updates on you construction projects.

  2. JD April 16, 2017 at 11:51 AM #

    Thanks much for reading and commenting, Charlie!

  3. charlie April 21, 2017 at 9:36 AM #

    We have a few more years of work here in the states.
    Then we are planning to retire in the Phill.
    i’m not sure if we will build a house, rent or buy a house.
    thanks again and keep the updates coming

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