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It’s Your Money => Building in the Philippines => Topic started by: tennesseevolunteer on October 06, 2009, 02:07:28 AM

Title: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: tennesseevolunteer on October 06, 2009, 02:07:28 AM
My wife and I after numerous days of debate and searching hired Maricel of this forum to be our architect. She has been Great. She has so far gone beyond to help us obtain an official plot plan of our lot from Stat. Lucia. It was not very easy!!! We sent her a informal design of our ideas and after several designs and reversions she got very thing we wanted and more. We have so far spent hours emailing and chatting on Yahoo Messenger. Our lot is 381 square meters, a corner lot that is not perfect straight but she designed our home to fit plus room for a future pool.

Now she has the big job of still putting in the required American style interior and I feel this will be no problem for this talented woman.

  The home is 120 square meters on first floor including a large family area including a kitchen a separate entertainment room that can be converted to a bedroom if I ever get to the point I cannot climb the stairways, a full bath, a laundry combination storage area, one car garage, two terraces, grilling area. the second floor is 105 square meters including large master bedroom and walking closets and large bath for the wife,also three other bedrooms with a study hall/library, full bath and a guest sitting area. Plus a door to a balcony over garage saving money on another roof.

We really like her work ;D ;D Below is a link of a picture of the house. I have tried to upload floor plans but too big.


http://confluxpartners.web.com/apps/photo?photoid=54566445
Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: dylanaz on October 06, 2009, 03:33:14 AM
That sounds like a nice place. I think the link may not work but feel free to email the photo to me and I can even make the large ones smaller so they can be posted also.

Just send to my username and add @cox.net

Looking forward to seeing this !

Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: geno555 on October 06, 2009, 04:06:28 AM
My wife and I after numerous days of debate and searching hired Maricel of this forum to be our architect. She has been Great. She has so far gone beyond to help us obtain an official plot plan of our lot from Stat. Lucia. It was not very easy!!! We sent her a informal design of our ideas and after several designs and reversions she got very thing we wanted and more. We have so far spent hours emailing and chatting on Yahoo Messenger. Our lot is 381 square meters, a corner lot that is not perfect straight but she designed our home to fit plus room for a future pool.


Glad to see it it sounds divine and how I think trusting to hire that nice young artichect I read some of her posts she sounds intelligent. get that link working, send it to Brad (dylanaz )he can fix it up for you he is a good man.

looking forward to seeing your dream house


Murf

Now she has the big job of still putting in the required American style interior and I feel this will be no problem for this talented woman.

  The home is 120 square meters on first floor including a large family area including a kitchen a separate entertainment room that can be converted to a bedroom if I ever get to the point I cannot climb the stairways, a full bath, a laundry combination storage area, one car garage, two terraces, grilling area. the second floor is 105 square meters including large master bedroom and walking closets and large bath for the wife,also three other bedrooms with a study hall/library, full bath and a guest sitting area. Plus a door to a balcony over garage saving money on another roof.

We really like her work ;D ;D Below is a link of a picture of the house. I have tried to upload floor plans but too big.


[url]http://confluxpartners.web.com/apps/photo?photoid=54566445[/url]
Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: tennesseevolunteer on October 06, 2009, 08:09:10 AM
Maybe this link may work. I think it is fourth picture.

http://confluxparntersweb.com
Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: c_a_p_t_a_i_n_r_o_n on October 06, 2009, 09:06:54 AM
Maybe this link may work. I think it is fourth picture.

[url]http://confluxparntersweb.com[/url]


Erm that\'d be.....http://confluxpartners.webs.com (http://confluxpartners.webs.com) for the general website
 
and http://confluxpartners.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=54566445 (http://confluxpartners.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=54566445)

for the designed house
Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: geno555 on October 06, 2009, 09:44:20 AM
Maybe this link may work. I think it is fourth picture.

[url]http://confluxparntersweb.com[/url]



congrats my friend what a lovely designed house she has created for you and yours,hope things go smoothly, but expect a few setbacks well unless your the luckiest person I have met, there always a few nails in the drive way? :)

Great looking place keep us posted, thanks for the correct link The  CAPTAIN!

Murf
Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: grizzi on October 06, 2009, 02:48:27 PM
Very nice design with some nice modern aspects.  Can\'t wait to see the construction pics as they build!
Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: dylanaz on October 06, 2009, 03:31:32 PM
Maybe this link may work. I think it is fourth picture.


I got your email - it looks really nice !

here goes:

(http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/dylanaz/e55b4039.jpg)

(http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/dylanaz/100c70dc.jpg)

(http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/dylanaz/0b8a9862.jpg)
Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: tennesseevolunteer on October 06, 2009, 09:22:06 PM
Thank you for posting picture and floor plan. I know this will be a major task ahead of us. Without dreams we have nothing. This is my dream so my wife and her family willl have a nice home after the Good Lord calls me home. No amount of money is enough for what Salve has done for me and my mom.
Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: Lee2 on October 06, 2009, 11:23:04 PM
Good luck with your project. It looks very nice and I am sure will make everyone very happy. One word of advice, also plan for their future and do not overdo it to the extent that they will not be able to afford the upkeep once you are gone, which we all hope is many years down the road.
Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: c_a_p_t_a_i_n_r_o_n on October 06, 2009, 11:58:48 PM
Good luck with your project. It looks very nice and I am sure will make everyone very happy. One word of advice, also plan for their future and do not overdo it to the extent that they will not be able to afford the upkeep once you are gone, which we all hope is many years down the road.

Sage advice....I\'ve set up two or three things to look after Glo after I\'m gone
Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: dylanaz on October 07, 2009, 05:24:29 AM
Sage advice....I\'ve set up two or three things to look after Glo after I\'m gone

I took care of this as well... by planning to be the last one to go  ;D
Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: Braddo on October 07, 2009, 06:08:27 AM
LoL  ;D ;D ;D  I luv your style of thinking Dylanaz ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: on October 07, 2009, 08:06:45 AM
I am planning to become a centenarian or is that a centurion? Whatever...... but Bing has just gained her UK state pension and will also have half my private pension when I have gone, so should have no problems.

Colin
Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: c_a_p_t_a_i_n_r_o_n on October 07, 2009, 10:34:13 AM
Sage advice....I\'ve set up two or three things to look after Glo after I\'m gone

I took care of this as well... by planning to be the last one to go  ;D

Don\'t forget to switch off the lights then  ;D
Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: RUFUS on October 07, 2009, 11:32:50 AM
Very nice floor plans, can\'t let Mrs.RUFUS see any of the members plans or I can never afford to retire.
Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: tennesseevolunteer on October 09, 2009, 09:09:49 AM
Thirty plus years working industrail construction. Hands and arms hurt so bad hard to hold a cold one. Legs and knees almost gone but my Salve make all that go away. We really hardly cannot wait to start our home. Just hope I can get in pool with all your family in it ;D
Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: Gray Wolf on October 10, 2009, 02:53:25 AM
Very nice design, my friend!  I think I may have to run some ideas past Maricel about what Glo and I want.   ;D
Please do keep us all informed on the progress as well as any setbacks you experience.  We can all learn from our collective shared experiences.
Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: dylanaz on October 10, 2009, 07:14:41 AM
We can all learn from our collective shared experiences.

I totally agree! Thats what were here for ... to share and learn so each new venture is that much more successful !
Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: tennesseevolunteer on October 10, 2009, 08:45:05 AM
Maricel is doing a lot of work obtaining prices and will soon start on the blue prints for approval. We hope to start construction Jan. 2011. I still have not made my mind up concerning using a contractor(I want at least 3 bids) or supervising the job myself,  if we were building in USA it would be less of a situation. We are going to use solid concrete with insulation embedded in between the concrete. That will be far better than the traditional hollow block construction and should take less time building. I do know that I will be there from start to finish to watch for quality and the way our money is being used. It is only one tricycle and one jeepney ride from our sister\'s home to our subdivision.

 I bought Rosetta Stone\'s Tagalog learning software and hope I can be able to communicate enough.(Still in second grade ;D) I will keep everyone informed as we move on. I will keep a daily log book of everything trying to account for materials, equipment, time and money as we move forward. I have been trying to read and learn from the experiences of other that gone before me.
Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: dylanaz on October 10, 2009, 11:40:26 AM
I bought Rosetta Stone\'s Tagalog learning software and hope I can be able to communicate enough

That, my friend... is the BEST $350 you will EVER spend.... no other brand even comes close. fugeddabout it.

Best $350 spent ... EVAH !!!!!
Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: tennesseevolunteer on November 20, 2009, 09:00:22 AM
UPDATE ON OUR HOME: MARICEL JUST emailed me partial blue prints of our future home. The structurial. plumbing and electrial will take the longest. Salve and I are planning on a trip home hopefully in May. She wants to go home for festival in Catanduanes.
We will try to stay one month. 1 week for festival, the rest window shopping for building materials and I want to meet up with at least 3 contractors.
Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: coutts00 on November 20, 2009, 07:52:57 PM
One a side note, where in Catanduanes is your wife from?

My wife is from there also.

Wayne   ;D ;D
Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: tennesseevolunteer on November 20, 2009, 11:38:36 PM
She is from Cabungahan, San Andres. Her father still resides there.
Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: tennesseevolunteer on January 05, 2010, 10:12:53 AM
This is the view from our front door from the 3-D Maricel sent me.

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Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: Braddo on January 05, 2010, 10:53:48 AM
Looks Very nice i hope to see more photo\'s as they come available you should be very happy living in that house and area

Braddo ;)
Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on January 05, 2010, 12:04:02 PM
This is the view from our front door from the 3-D Maricel sent me.


From a prior post of CaptainRon, this link is to the front elevation of the house.  Photo #9 is a large view of the thumbnail you posted.

http://confluxpartners.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=54566445 (http://confluxpartners.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=54566445)

Is this an architectural rendering or from a model home already constructed somewhere?

Are you still on schedule to start construction in January of 2011?

Best of luck to you and Salve.

Tom in Big D

Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: tennesseevolunteer on January 06, 2010, 04:04:21 AM
This is not a model home. I first sent Maricel a couple designs of what we wanted in our home. Plus a list of do\'s and don\'ts. After a few designs she sent us this one which was the combination of all our ideas. She has sent us basic floor plans and we are trying to make changes now instead affter final approval of all the blueprints. The 3-D renderings really help in visualizing each room. At that point we either make a Changes or approve and go to different area.


Maricel is doing an excellent job.

Our time table of January 2011 is our target date but since I am my aging mothers only care taker we may have to be somewhat flexible. She has been very confussed the last month and at the present we are trying to find dependable caregivers to help me out.  
Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on January 06, 2010, 06:00:18 AM
This is not a model home... The 3-D renderings really help in visualizing each room. At that point we either make a Changes or approve and go to different area.

...since I am my aging mothers only care taker we may have to be somewhat flexible.

The 3-D system seems like a great idea.  I built our present home 3 years ago... certainly wish my architech would have used a 3-D system... visualizing the resulting sight-lines and aesthetic effect of wall removals, floor elevation changes, etc., using blueprints is challenging to say the least.

From what is posted so far, I really like your proposed design.

I have a similar problem with my Mom... she 86 years of age... and miraculously still lives independently... actually an understatement - she teaches line dancing at a coummunity center 3 days a week. :o But, I know that is just a matter of time... and that requires me to keep some flexibility in my plans also.

Good luck with your home building, your moving plans and your Mom\'s situation.

Tom in Big D
Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: on January 06, 2010, 07:15:01 AM
This is not a model home... The 3-D renderings really help in visualizing each room. At that point we either make a Changes or approve and go to different area.

...since I am my aging mothers only care taker we may have to be somewhat flexible.

The 3-D system seems like a great idea.  I built our present home 3 years ago... certainly wish my architech would have used a 3-D system... visualizing the resulting sight-lines and aesthetic effect of wall removals, floor elevation changes, etc., using blueprints is challenging to say the least.

From what is posted so far, I really like your proposed design.

I have a similar problem with my Mom... she 86 years of age... and miraculously still lives independently... actually an understatement - she teaches line dancing at a coummunity center 3 days a week. :o But, I know that is just a matter of time... and that requires me to keep some flexibility in my plans also.

Good luck with your home building, your moving plans and your Mom\'s situation.

Tom in Big D

I would recommend using Google Sketchup (free download) to produce a 3D model that can be rotated and walked through. It is possible to input basic floor plans and build a model from that. This can then be given to an architect/engineer and will express your ideas better than a pencil sketch on the back of an envelope  ;D. Most architects and engineers use Autocad and it is possible to input those drawings into Sketchup as well. It does take a bit of learning, but there is a lot of help on the Sketchup website as well as a forum. I used Chief Architect for my design, but there are a number of other simpler software packages that can be used to design a house, and they all can be converted into a 3D model.

Colin
Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: tennesseevolunteer on January 06, 2010, 09:13:11 AM
Here is a 3-D rendering of the living room. The sliding glass door goes to the terrace to the pool also covered by the master bedroom balcony.PS after she gets done with everything she will send one that we can move around as you mention.

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Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: tennesseevolunteer on January 06, 2010, 09:20:51 AM
Here is one side of master bath. There will be a light fixture over mirror the lenght of vanity. This is one of the changes we made due to the 3-D.

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Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on January 06, 2010, 12:37:19 PM

I would recommend using Google Sketchup (free download) to produce a 3D model that can be rotated and walked through. It is possible to input basic floor plans and build a model from that.

Most architects and engineers use Autocad...


I\'ve jotted it down and will give it (Sketchup) a try when I get offline.  Being the Forum\'s resident techtarded member, if I can use it, then Google can officially stamp \"user friendly\" of the box.

BTW, I installed Autocad several years ago, spent several weeks trying to learn to use it, and after numerous failed attempts to construct a simple 3-D box... uninstalled it.  It takes a big (or chicken) man to know when to quit.  ;D

I\'ll let you know how Sketchup turns out.

Tom in Big D
Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: tom.inbigdtexas on January 06, 2010, 01:23:52 PM
...The sliding glass door goes to the terrace to the pool also covered by the master bedroom balcony...

Very nice... I like the ceiling detail and what appears to be recessed indirect lighting.  Are all of the finish out items, such as the foregoing, that are shown on the 3-D included and priced into the final product?

I assume you are aware that anything you post is an open invitation to unsolicited advice from \"know-it-alls\" such as myself  :o -- If not, I\'ll give you this example: 

Your floor plan has a terrace exiting the family room, and a second terrace exiting the dining room.  It would be relatively simple to extend the overhang outside the dining room about 4 feet, both providing shade for the dining room windows and also connecting the two terraces.  If you have a large gathering, this would provide a great circular traffic flow through the living room, past the kitchen, through the dining room, across the outside terraces and back again - rain or shine.

I\'ll save my other ideas until I see if you tell me to \"buzz off.\"  ;D

Tom in Big D 
Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: on January 06, 2010, 05:39:07 PM

I would recommend using Google Sketchup (free download) to produce a 3D model that can be rotated and walked through. It is possible to input basic floor plans and build a model from that.

Most architects and engineers use Autocad...


I\'ve jotted it down and will give it (Sketchup) a try when I get offline.  Being the Forum\'s resident techtarded member, if I can use it, then Google can officially stamp \"user friendly\" of the box.

BTW, I installed Autocad several years ago, spent several weeks trying to learn to use it, and after numerous failed attempts to construct a simple 3-D box... uninstalled it.  It takes a big (or chicken) man to know when to quit.  ;D

I\'ll let you know how Sketchup turns out.

Tom in Big D

I would not recommend Autocad to anyone other than a serious architect/engineer. It has a very steep learning curve and does far more than an amateur designer would ever need. I do have it on my computer but just to convert the approved autocad plans to Sketchup. I prefer Chief Architect, but it is also complicated and again does far more than is required, and I am not making any attempt to master it all.

Colin
Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: abw on January 06, 2010, 08:12:37 PM

I would recommend using Google Sketchup (free download) to produce a 3D model that can be rotated and walked through. It is possible to input basic floor plans and build a model from that.

Most architects and engineers use Autocad...


I\'ve jotted it down and will give it (Sketchup) a try when I get offline.  Being the Forum\'s resident techtarded member, if I can use it, then Google can officially stamp \"user friendly\" of the box.

BTW, I installed Autocad several years ago, spent several weeks trying to learn to use it, and after numerous failed attempts to construct a simple 3-D box... uninstalled it.  It takes a big (or chicken) man to know when to quit.  ;D

I\'ll let you know how Sketchup turns out.

Tom in Big D

I would not recommend Autocad to anyone other than a serious architect/engineer. It has a very steep learning curve and does far more than an amateur designer would ever need. I do have it on my computer but just to convert the approved autocad plans to Sketchup. I prefer Chief Architect, but it is also complected and again does far more than is required, and I am not making any attempt to master it all.

Colinitech

I agree with this. I\'ve been using AutoCad for over 18 years (I\'m a Mech Engineer). Although it\'s a very powerful program, it\'s not for the casual user. Also, although you can draw things in 3D using AutoCad, it\'s basically a 2D CAD package. For 3D, you need a dedicated modelling package (I use Solidworks in my job). I\'m not really that familiar with Sketchup, but I\'ve heard it\'s pretty good if you\'re not experienced in using CAD. It should be ample for visualising a house design. At the end of the day the architect will use AutoCad to produce 2D drawings.

Andrew
Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: tennesseevolunteer on January 07, 2010, 02:04:18 AM
I tried Auto Cad and it is way over my head. One main reason We are using a Filipino architech is the building codes etc. Per our subdivision restrictions is we have our plans approved my the subdivision contractor and the city. My son is a Design Engineer and he reccomended using a local since he had no knowledge of the building codes. If we were in the province it would not matter. This will be my last home and we want what we want so we can be comfortable. I realize Sallve and her family will live there for many years in the future after I am gone( I am probably going to piss them off since I pan on living a very long time ;D)

As for the balcony extending to the other terrace if you look at plans the roof line will be so that if should provide ample shade. I posted on this forum because I like the input good or bad. A lot of you have experience in building in the Philippines and I need the input so I hopefully can avoid situations causing cost over runs.

Our budget when we started was 3.5 million but being in the construction business 30 + years I know there will be cost over runs. With knowledge from listening to  others and a lot of research we hope to cut down on those over runs by getting the design right before actual approval of the blue prints.

Salve and I hope to get to the Philippines soon to interview contractors and look at their work plus do a lot of pricing materials too get a real  grasp on the actual cost.
Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: on January 07, 2010, 07:35:04 AM

Our budget when we started was 3.5 million but being in the construction business 30 + years I know there will be cost over runs. With knowledge from listening to  others and a lot of research we hope to cut down on those over runs by getting the design right before actual approval of the blue prints.

Salve and I hope to get to the Philippines soon to interview contractors and look at their work plus do a lot of pricing materials too get a real  grasp on the actual cost.

My initial budget was P5M which I guessed would be unrealistic, but it did lead to discussions and the removal of some unnecessary features. Our build is stalled at the moment sorting out some problems with the proposed contractor, but when we resume, we will now purchase all the materials, so I will post costs as we go along.

Colin
Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: uk on January 07, 2010, 11:23:16 AM
this article is a interesting read for those who have started a build or looking to start

http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/home/opinion/20611-lets-stop-the-cement-overprice.html



Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: JHunt on March 22, 2010, 01:25:10 AM
Tennesseevolunteer,

You mentioned your budget was 3.5 million.  Isn\'t your floor plan about 240 square meters (120 each floor)? 

I checked on the type of wall construction you mentioned a few months ago (December) and was told \'typical\' costs for the concrete walls with foam sandwiched in between would be about P25,000 per square meter.  I am curious as to what you are finding out about that.  Below is the source I contacted in December:

Northcon Construction and Management Corporation
> > Main Office:
> > GF, PCPD Building
> > 2332 Chino Roces Avenue Extension (is the old
> \'Pasong
> > Tamo Avenue\')
> > Makati City 1231

Jim
Title: Re: Our Dream Home in Bulacan, Philippines
Post by: tennesseevolunteer on October 31, 2010, 01:53:42 AM
Well it\'s been a long while since my last post. We have been seriously trying to have a baby and taking up a lot of time. LOL. We have received copies of the complete final plans for approval. My son is looking them over and making any adjustments to help eliminate any construction changes. Our lot will be paid in full by March and then I will travel home to Philippines searching for a building contractor. Maricel has done a fantastic job on our plans putting in thing we want and telling us if we are wrong on some. At this time I will give her first opportunity on construction. We have faith in her knowing that quality  a d honesty will be first.  We realize that our first budget was too low. The same as others in this forum.  God has been so good to Salve and I that we pray to have all paid for before construction. Number one my mother to whom I am her only care giver has improve so much from her Altimizers. Her doctor has give her medication for it and it is like difference in day and night.