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Walls and Drainage: A House In The Philippines

Last updated on: 1st October, 2018, 9:26 PM The walls continue to go up as some of the roof drainage system goes in. We even get a little electrical work done. Drainage Having lived in Seattle which is famous for being a very wet place, I thought I would be ready for rain in the […]

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A worker adding mortar to a course of concrete blocks.

Septic And Walls Started: A House In The Philippines

Last updated on: 25th August, 2018, 4:09 PM After a few courses of concrete hollow block were on the wall footers, the house began to take shape. The septic tank started to shape up as well. Septic and walls The exterior walls went up before the crew began on the interior walls. While one part […]

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Workmen building a concrete form for our wall footers.

Wall Footers: A House In The Philippines

Last updated on: 16th August, 2018, 7:50 PM Wall Footers Go In After the trenches were dug, the padugo ceremony observed, and the column footers were cast, it was time to start on the wall footers. The footer trenches for the walls were only a couple of feet deep. The wall footer deformed bar reinforcements […]

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Digging In: A House In The Philippines

Last updated on: 2nd November, 2017, 5:19 PM After the lot was leveled by the crew who built our concrete wall, the house contractor brought in the heaviest piece of equipment we’d had on the lot so far: a backhoe! Lay It Out, Dig It Up The contractor began by laying out the shape of […]

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House Plans: A House In The Philippines

Last updated on: 29th April, 2018, 1:17 PM   Gearing Up Again The design of our hollow block wall was linked to the design of our house. We used the same architect for both sets of plans. As I explained in the series of posts I made on building our concrete wall, we parted ways […]

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