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Re: Building has started, of sorts....
« Reply #15 on: March 24, 2011, 09:22:56 AM »
From what I\'ve seen, in the pics, the whole footing is tied together by concrete and re-bar along the bottom. I assume when the floor is poured it will also interconnect with the footings and wall, tied in with re-bar. I\'m not too sure how deep they filled the footing with concrete as I only have the photos my wifes sends me.

The columns are not \'supporting\' anything as such, and as far as I can tell not taking the full load of anything. They appear to tie the walls together and add stiffness, rather than act as a frame holding everything \'up\'.

The walls are basically fairly self supporting too, tied with re-bar at .75 metre centres vertically and horizontally, filled with concrete, then tied to the columns, at the corners and centre of each wall. There will be a lintel beam all the way round at the 2.5 metre level as well.

I wish I was actually there to see more, but I still have to earn a crust on the other side of the world on a regular basis. :(

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Re: Building has started, of sorts....
« Reply #16 on: March 24, 2011, 09:33:07 AM »
Really like the plans and design. Garage/shop looks great. I would just put some windows and vents in the garage if I were planning on spending much time in there. Or I guess you could put A/C if you have the money to pay for it.

Nice place!

Thanks, glad you like the design, it has taken several months to thrash out, back and forth between the wife and I.

I have a long window on the one side of the garage, facing what will be the back yard. The work bench will be under that, natural daylight and all. And I have drawn in two 1/2 metre square vents, about halfway metres up the back wall, one each end, that will take extractor fans eventually.

It may be an idea to add at least one more right up near the top of the roof to allow hot air out.

I may make one lower vent hole big enough to take a small air-con. You never know, it could turn into a granny flat at some stage, or even a small rental house, with a little work. ;)

There is a small bathroom in the design too, with toilet, sink and shower, but very simple and small.

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Re: Building has started, of sorts....
« Reply #17 on: March 24, 2011, 06:57:58 PM »
I just heard from the wife, she tells me the walls are already half up. ;D

The plumbing is in place for the toilet too, something I was worried they might not think about until after all the concrete was in place.....

And apparently one of the neighbours just came round to complain that we are building too close to the boundary wall, that it needs to be more than 1 metre away, that they were told to move their house by someone from \'the municipal\' when they started building it a few years back. ???

Walking round our sub-div every third house is built right up to the boundary wall on at least one side, so I doubt this is a hard and fast rule.

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Re: Building has started, of sorts....
« Reply #18 on: March 24, 2011, 08:16:03 PM »
I just heard from the wife, she tells me the walls are already half up. ;D

The plumbing is in place for the toilet too, something I was worried they might not think about until after all the concrete was in place.....

And apparently one of the neighbours just came round to complain that we are building too close to the boundary wall, that it needs to be more than 1 metre away, that they were told to move their house by someone from \'the municipal\' when they started building it a few years back. ???

Walking round our sub-div every third house is built right up to the boundary wall on at least one side, so I doubt this is a hard and fast rule.

You can build right up to the boundary providing it is a firewall i.e no openings. Any wall with openings must be at least two metres from the boundary. That is the regulation here but you need to check with the planning department. If you have a genuine building permit then you should be OK.

Colin

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Re: Building has started, of sorts....
« Reply #19 on: March 25, 2011, 07:41:15 AM »
Building permits have been applied for, but it would appear that once you have applied you can start building, and it is rare for the permits to be fully approved before the building is finished, such is the speed things move at in the halls of power..... ???

Sounds pretty bizarre to me, but it appears to be the way it is done. I don\'t know what would happen if the powers that be decided they didn\'t like the design that was being applied for.

We don\'t really want a 2 metre space down the side of the house, as it narrows the drive too much on the other side, so I\'ll make sure that is checked into before we start laying the main house footings.

I heard it was 1.5 metres here, but I\'m not positive. There are dozens of houses around here that directly contradict that regulation. Situation normal, it won\'t be a problem until a kano does it.


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Re: Building has started, of sorts....
« Reply #20 on: March 25, 2011, 08:14:23 AM »
You had better make sure of the set back a friend of mine extended his second floor of his house by 2 feet for a shaded walk way one side of his house this put it in violation of the set back. City would not grant permit for occupancy until he tore it down and broght it into compliance

Ended up he had to buy the adjoining lot then have it re-subdivided and add a few feet to his lot so that his house was in compliance with the set back restriction

He trusted his contractor to much and his wife who was watching he construction had know idea of the law

Better find a copy of the building code in your town

Tom / Roxas City

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Re: Building has started, of sorts....
« Reply #21 on: March 25, 2011, 08:51:04 AM »
Building permits are granted immediately here. Personally I would not start building until I had the permit in my hands. Many Filipinos will build without even applying for a permit, and they often get away with it if it is a simple house. Our neighbour in our rented house started building an apartment block with window openings right on our boundary wall, he ran out of money, but he would never have got an occupancy permit.

You should go to the city hall before starting on the main house. Even if a little \'encouragement\' produces a permit, you will still need to get the occupancy permit. An inspector will come and look around the completed house and may pick up any deviations from the regulations.

It is just not worth taking the risk.

Colin

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Re: Building has started, of sorts....
« Reply #22 on: March 25, 2011, 10:02:40 AM »
Oh, what is that I hear?

Is that the rustle of Kano \'encouragement\'?

Not sure......... maybe I need to listen a bit closer ;D

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Re: Building has started, of sorts....
« Reply #23 on: March 25, 2011, 10:18:53 AM »
I think I will send my wife down the city hall, to ask for first hand info on the facts. The builder and the architect are \'pretty sure\' we are okay with 1 metre, but that don\'t matter one iota if the city hall or whomever decide we have to change it six months down the track. >:(

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Re: Building has started, of sorts....
« Reply #24 on: March 25, 2011, 10:26:31 AM »
King,

You ever put much thought into putting a mist unit out on your roof patio? I have heard both, that they do work and that they do not work well in the Philippines. I saw alot of them in Jamiaca, Virgin Islands, Mexico, and Hawaii.  So I would think that they would do ok here also and even though I am renting now, I would sure like to have about an 7 or 8 foot misting unitl out on the patio. They are pretty cheap and easy to install. Just need a water line to your patio area and the rest is just basic pvc work.
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Re: Building has started, of sorts....
« Reply #25 on: March 25, 2011, 02:42:22 PM »
The plumbing is in place for the toilet too

king

im happy for you but thats a bit extravagant isnt it?

ricky a
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Re: Building has started, of sorts....
« Reply #26 on: March 25, 2011, 02:54:49 PM »
I think I will send my wife down the city hall, to ask for first hand info on the facts. The builder and the architect are \'pretty sure\' we are okay with 1 metre, but that don\'t matter one iota if the city hall or whomever decide we have to change it six months down the track. >:(


The city engineer is the focal point of getting building permit.....

When did you apply for building permit? In our township it\'s a structured process.....
1) Fencing permit - 1 day.......
2) building permit 2-3 days.....
3) occupancy permit 1-2 weeks

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Re: Building has started, of sorts....
« Reply #27 on: March 25, 2011, 05:19:36 PM »
King,

You ever put much thought into putting a mist unit out on your roof patio? I have heard both, that they do work and that they do not work well in the Philippines. I saw alot of them in Jamiaca, Virgin Islands, Mexico, and Hawaii. So I would think that they would do ok here also and even though I am renting now, I would sure like to have about an 7 or 8 foot misting unitl out on the patio. They are pretty cheap and easy to install. Just need a water line to your patio area and the rest is just basic pvc work.

The misting units I encountered in Singapore just seemed to make you feel damp/clammy, without actually cooling you down. I expect the ambient humidity is too high there for it to be effective.

Richard


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Re: Building has started, of sorts....
« Reply #28 on: March 25, 2011, 07:47:06 PM »
King,

You ever put much thought into putting a mist unit out on your roof patio? I have heard both, that they do work and that they do not work well in the Philippines. I saw alot of them in Jamiaca, Virgin Islands, Mexico, and Hawaii.  So I would think that they would do ok here also and even though I am renting now, I would sure like to have about an 7 or 8 foot misting unitl out on the patio. They are pretty cheap and easy to install. Just need a water line to your patio area and the rest is just basic pvc work.

I saw such a thing on one of the new bars down Field Avenue, though I\'m not sure if we will have enough water pressure up on the roof. We\'ve also seen them at Disney world. As Richard says, I\'m not too sure if they\'d work in the PI, or just made us/the floor damp.

The plumbing is in place for the toilet too

king

im happy for you but thats a bit extravagant isnt it?

ricky a

Well, I wanted a sink out there, for hand washing, to save traipsing dirt and grease into the house, so it seemed a simple thing to add a small closet in the corner with a toilet and shower in. It is less than 2 square meters so no great problem. Ans one day, should we turn it into a granny flat or mini apartment, well..... ;D

I think I will send my wife down the city hall, to ask for first hand info on the facts. The builder and the architect are \'pretty sure\' we are okay with 1 metre, but that don\'t matter one iota if the city hall or whomever decide we have to change it six months down the track. >:(


The city engineer is the focal point of getting building permit.....

When did you apply for building permit? In our township it\'s a structured process.....
1) Fencing permit - 1 day.......
2) building permit 2-3 days.....
3) occupancy permit 1-2 weeks

Hmm, that sounds a little more logical. I\'ll make inquiries about why it apparently takes so long where we are. The architect is organising that side of things, but the wife has already signed the forms for him.

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Re: Building has started, of sorts....
« Reply #29 on: March 26, 2011, 12:45:16 AM »

I think I will send my wife down the city hall, to ask for first hand info on the facts. The builder and the architect are \'pretty sure\' we are okay with 1 metre, but that don\'t matter one iota if the city hall or whomever decide we have to change it six months down the track. >:(


The city engineer is the focal point of getting building permit.....

When did you apply for building permit? In our township it\'s a structured process.....
1) Fencing permit - 1 day.......
2) building permit 2-3 days.....
3) occupancy permit 1-2 weeks

Hmm, that sounds a little more logical. I\'ll make inquiries about why it apparently takes so long where we are. The architect is organising that side of things, but the wife has already signed the forms for him.

Our architect IS the city engineer...... :D

 


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