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Offline tom.inbigdtexas

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Re: Our Novaliches Project
« Reply #15 on: April 27, 2010, 09:21:25 AM »
... And another thing they changed, they didn\'t extend the roofing over the second floor veranda, so no shade!... They changed the veranda into an exposed area, with no overhanging roof...

Hello Jack,

An alternative approach to the roof terrace \"leaking - no shade\" problem.  On your original sketches it looked as though the rooftop kamarin covered about 40% of the terrace. Since they deleted the roof over the 2nd floor veranda, it is likely closer to 50%. 

Might just double its size, trade the nipa for metal roofing... and solve much of both the leakage and shade problem.

Since the in-laws have already jacked your design,  >:( you might as well improvise.  ;D

Looking forward to the photos.

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Re: Our Novaliches Project
« Reply #16 on: April 27, 2010, 04:16:13 PM »
B-Ray,



I know for a fact that they did not include any special ingredients to the mix.  We\'ll just have to see what we can come up with for a sealant.  At the very least we\'ll use standard concrete sealer for the base and then perhaps a good quality concrete paint much like the porch paint we use at home.  An option would be to check out the Pioneer Pro \"Water-tite 101\", as you suggested.  Thank you for that!  



Rufus,

I\'ll also have my bro-in-law check to see if plastic cement is available and if his cousin the builder has any experience with it.  

Thanks guys!   :)

Jack,

 
In all my renovating I used a commonly available product called \"Sahara\" this is a powder that is mixed with the cement/concrete mix and is a sealant. My front wall was leaking badly as it faced the incoming rain. After plastering the wall using Sahara, No more leaks. This comes in 1Kg pack and I believe it\'s 1 Sahara to 1 bag cement. Instructions are on the pack

Bostik powder sealant is also available, same as above. Both products I used and they were Php40 a pack.

As a good recommendation, I used Sahara andBostik on my seawall. No water penetration.

That should cure your problem, hope the info helps

Graham

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Re: Our Novaliches Project
« Reply #17 on: April 27, 2010, 10:31:05 PM »
Tom,

Yes, the kamarin now covers more of the roof terrace than before, especially since they didn\'t extend the roof decking all the way to the front.  I still want to stick with nipa for the roofing material, but I noticed in one of the photos the family sent they had forgone my metal truss and replaced it with wood and they also have a \"temporary\" flat, corrugated metal roof, typical of so many others.  I think it looks like crap, but then the house is for the family, not me.  So much for my suggestions.   :-\\



Graham,

Thanks for the tip on Sahara and Bostik.  I\'ll pass this info along and see if they can do one thing correct.    ;D  This experience has certainly taught me a lesson.  You can bet your last peso that when I build my own house, everything will be done my way, even if I have to do it myself!   ;)   :) :)

Thanks to everyone for their suggestions and help. 
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Re: Our Novaliches Project
« Reply #18 on: July 17, 2010, 09:27:06 AM »
great pics thanks Jack gives us rgeat ideas!!! stillbilly

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« Reply #19 on: August 27, 2010, 03:24:19 AM »
What you want GW is a kugon roof.
It looks a bit similar to an Irish thatched roof. Way better than nippa in both looks and longativity. It is more expensive than nippa or tin though.

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Re: Our Novaliches Project
« Reply #20 on: August 27, 2010, 07:35:28 AM »
What you want GW is a kugon roof.
It looks a bit similar to an Irish thatched roof. Way better than nippa in both looks and longativity. It is more expensive than nippa or tin though.

I understand that kugon is highly inflammable, here is a quote from the internet:-
 
The term ningas kugon traces its origin to the \"kugon grass\" that is sometimes used as roofing material. If the roof catches fire, the fire spreads very rapidly and can burn a whole roof in minutes.

Colin

At present there are 3 products used to make a thatched building fireproof.

    * Thatchbatts
    * Aluminum Barrier Foil
    * Fire Retardant Spray

Some are retardants, some isolate the roof from rest of building reducing chances of fire AND limiting damage to building and occupants.

Unaware of whats available (or it\'s cost) in RP

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Re: Our Novaliches Project
« Reply #21 on: August 27, 2010, 07:18:18 PM »
What you want GW is a kugon roof.
It looks a bit similar to an Irish thatched roof. Way better than nippa in both looks and longativity. It is more expensive than nippa or tin though.

I understand that kugon is highly inflammable, here is a quote from the internet:-
 
The term ningas kugon traces its origin to the \"kugon grass\" that is sometimes used as roofing material. If the roof catches fire, the fire spreads very rapidly and can burn a whole roof in minutes.

Colin
Well it is used in lots of upmarket resorts.
Must be fireproofed as CRon says.

It looks the business

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Re: Our Novaliches Project
« Reply #22 on: May 24, 2011, 12:56:12 AM »
It\'s been more than a year since I\'ve updated this thread on our project.  So much has happened and without being on site, it has been like pulling teeth to get photos for me to \"critique\".  I\'ll try my best to bring you all up to date with some photos taken with cell phone cameras from a couple of different phones.  Not the best photos, but it will have to do until I get on site again in September of this year.  I\'ll update again with better photos as I capture them during our trip.

And just another update on something very personal.  I don\'t think I posted much, if anything, about this earlier but my Dad passed away on April 22 at the age of 79 after 10 years of failing health, the last 2 years of which were constant trips in and out of the hospital.  He broke his hip in 3 places on April 20 while I was at a baby shower for my daughter\'s upcoming \"big event\".  They had to perform an operation to repair his hip and somewhere along the line either during the operation or shortly thereafter he had a stroke.  He passed away at 7PM Tuesday April 22 with my Mom, myself and younger brother at his side.  It\'s taken us all a while to get over the initial phase and move ahead with family business, but all is well now.  In fact, my Mom will come with us in September for her first ever trip out of the US.  She\'s as excited as a little school girl at the thought of seeing the Philippines and Gloria\'s family for the first time!  The family is equally as giddy and are busily making ready for our homecoming and house blessing.  But enough of hijacking my own post, on to the building project update!

Again forgive the photo quality, I didn\'t take these.  But I\'m grateful to have them, as is.  One of the first things that hit me, and let this be another example of why you need to be onsite if you build, was that they almost completely ignored my design and proceeded to change whatever suited them on that particular day.  Instead of bringing the second floor all the way to the front posts, they stopped short, directly above the existing front of the house.  They did extend the \"lop\" of the veranda a bit forward of the front, so as to have a small overhang, instead of fully covered as in my design.  Oh well...

This is how the front looked in 2006, before we began this final phase of reconstruction:



During construction before painting:

 

It now looks like this:



A view of the old kitchen:



The old kitchen space is now a stairway going to the second floor.  Earlier in the process:



And now, with painting complete and handrails finished:







Another view of same stairway showing connection to the new kitchen at left in this photo:



The stairway has two landings.  This is a view looking down from the second to the first, showing the Sto Nino niche.




The sala was expanded.  This is a view from the stairway before painting:



Same sala (unfortunately not the same view) after sealing and painting.  Blocking the view is my sister in law, nephew playing peek-a-boo and niece.   ;D



To be continued in next post....



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Re: Our Novaliches Project
« Reply #23 on: May 24, 2011, 01:13:18 AM »
This is the new front entrance, underneath a small overhang that makes up the veranda on the second floor.  It\'s been sealed, painted and had molding added to the window and doorway.  Also the old ground level was brought up and a new concrete floor was laid down, bringing everything up to one level



Inside front entrance, right side of sala



Front window from inside



Left sala wall with new TV



View towards kitchen from front corner of sala.  Stairway to second floor is visible in upper right of photo



View of kitchen in December 2010 before paint



New kitchen counter and cabinets.  Note: cabinets were built-in then completely covered with ceramic tile.  The only wood is the cabinet doors.  Wall is not painted in this view.  They used a soft yellow for the walls



Another view of counter at corner showing the old ref.  You can see the paint in this view.  A new 18 cu ft ref is on it\'s way.  This one will go to the rooftop for cold beer storage.   ;)



Small bedroom on first floor just off the kitchen will serve as a maid\'s room



New CR on first floor



Stay tuned for photos of the second floor!   ;D  ;D  ;D



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Re: Our Novaliches Project
« Reply #24 on: May 24, 2011, 01:28:15 AM »
Now some second floor photos...   The veranda







Second floor CR.  I call it \"The Golden Room\" for obvious reasons





Stairway to 3rd floor roughed in around December



Painter working on same stairway to 3rd floor.  



Painting hallway of second floor.  Note \"vents\" above CR wall




View of hallway from veranda doorway.  Note nice high ceiling to draw heat up and out.



More soon!


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Re: Our Novaliches Project
« Reply #25 on: May 24, 2011, 01:55:52 AM »
Now my favorite part of the entire project.  The rooftop!!  This is where I\'ll spend 90% of my time when I\'m there visiting the family.    

This is the view looking south in early morning



My little sister in law sweeping up early morning



From the south side looking north.  Brother in law Ronnel, my best friend!



Another view of the exit structure onto rooftop, this one from the front



This one from the side, looking towards the wash area under cover.  



I\'m waiting for more photos tonight.  I\'ll post them as soon as I get them.  Also in the wings awaiting construction is a bahay kubo.  Ronnel was thinking of something like this, the typical cramped coffee table with walls.



Not for me.  I\'m thinking more along the lines of something like this



We\'ll just have to wait and see!  Catch up to you guys soon!
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Re: Our Novaliches Project
« Reply #26 on: May 24, 2011, 02:56:28 AM »
Everything\'s lookin\' good Jack.  I can see why you\'ll spend so much time on the rooftop.  Although I\'m most interested to see that fridge on the rooftop and it\'s contents.   ;D
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« Reply #27 on: May 24, 2011, 04:51:21 AM »
I promise, that ref will be full of beer, cold soft drinks and bottled water.  I\'m going to purchase a good cooler also, that will be filled with ice every day, if necessary.  I gotta have my beer cold  

We\'re planning on leaving around Sept 13.  I was talking with our travel agent and was advised to wait until July to book as she would then have some \"specials\" to consider.  We\'ve been consistently getting prices from $1395-1595 per person, and that just won\'t cut it.  I don\'t give a damn how much they\'re paying for their fuel, I\'ll wait until I get a better price other than what I can find within 5 minutes of hitting the search engine button.  My agent says she\'ll be able to reduce it by $300 minimum person.  That\'s another $900 we can spend on beer!!   ;D  A man\'s gotta have his priorities.  

\"Did you say $900 Gray Wolf?\"   Yes, I did!  You see one of the positives that came from the passing of my Dad was that Mom is now free to travel!  She has her passport (first one ever) all her shots, and a clean bill of health from the doc!  She doesn\'t need or take any meds at all.  For a woman of 79, she\'s a spry old gal and can drink me under the table any night.  She will be one fun person to be around during the visit.   ;D

In addition to the work we\'ve been doing on the house, the barangay has been busy cleaning up the whole area, paving dirt paths, getting rid of mosquito breeding areas and generally making things nicer in Phase 3.  The old path out front looked horrible our last visit.  

Here\'s the previous pathway looking east



The old pathway looking west, directly in front of Ronnel\'s sari-sari and our front gate.



The new look!!






I\'m anxiously waiting for today\'s photo download from Ronnel.  When I get those, if there\'s anything good (or shocking) I\'ll post it.  

I did find out that we have a couple of nice surprises waiting for us.  One is a Malungay tree growing in the corner of the property and going up the side of the house.  For those who don\'t know about Malungay (aka Moringa), here are some links about this magical tree and it\'s healthful, medicinal leaves:

http://www.philippineherbalmedicine.org/malunggay.htm

http://hubpages.com/hub/Health-Benefits-of-Malunggay-Leaves

http://healthassistant.blogspot.com/2009/03/moringa-malunggay-is-miracle-vegetable.html

Another pleasant surprise is a papaya tree growing up the corner of the house in the back.  Ronnel says he can walk up and pick the fruit right off the tree directly from the rooftop!  WooHooo!  Tree ripened papaya!  Masarap!!  

Looking forward to seeing the new photos!  Stay tuned folks!!   :)  :)  :)  :)  
  
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Re: Our Novaliches Project
« Reply #28 on: June 03, 2011, 02:38:10 AM »
My pamangkin Ryan turned 11 this past weekend, so the family hosted a B\'Day party for my little pare.  
It was the first opportunity for them to show off the new house.  Here are a few photos giving some good views of the kucina and sala.

Please forgive photo quality.  They were taken with a cellphone camera.  
(Note to self: buy digital camera for family)  ;D

My little buddy Ryan



Yummy!


Ryan and cousin with Lola and Lolo Alonzo (my Nanay and Tatay)


Some cousins pig out under the stairwell


More cousins sitting along the east wall of sala


Good view of kucina after final paint job.  Smile sister!   ;D


Ryan outside the front \"fence\"


My brother in law Ronnel outside the front gate


Just inside the front gate (out of view to left) Ryan in courtyard, with sari-sari in background.  This will be opened up making the store larger and new walls will be built to enclose it.  


During our trip in September Ronnel and I will draw up our plans for enlarging and improving the store.  Improvements will include a new commercial grade sliding glass door ref for cold drinks.  I also plan to purchase a backup generator for the store, which is now on a dedicated circuit with new circuit breakers.

Ronnel is now completing the final paint job on the interior \"courtyard\" walls as well as the outside of the store, and a bit of finish work on the rooftop terrace.  I\'ll post more later.
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Re: Our Novaliches Project
« Reply #29 on: June 10, 2011, 09:52:01 AM »
wolf

great pictures...love it...nice cake! just wondering about the backup gennie...guess the price can vary but what did you end up paying?

ricky
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