February 2018 - Dumaguete Dream Homes


villa home construction update

Villa Home Construction Update – February 20th

At the end of January, we finally broke ground on our first show home. This spectacular and unique 3 bedroom villa home has been designed to showcase the amazing North East ocean view of the lot it will sit on.

The first step was to do the layout. We used our regular geodetic engineer, Josh Cabio, from I-sukod and while he was on site, we made our own tweaks to the home positioning to line it up perfectly with the best views. Then our men got to work excavating the hard underlying substrate so that we could ensure that the column footings are set properly on sound base. With the large rocks we encountered, our workmen certainly earned their pay, lol.

While some crew members were digging, others started fabricating and tying the rebar supports for the structural footings, and columns. With the difficulty of the excavation, as well as the desire to raise the ground floor up a little to maximize the view, we decided to change the design a little by planning on a suspended ground floor slab instead of a slab on grade. Consequently there will also beĀ  added lateral stability incorporated into the design with the floor beams now acting also as tie beams.

Construction is going smooth and on schedule at this stage as we work on the forming for the beams and floor.


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Sea Wall and Fancing Construction Casa Alexandria

Fencing and Seawall Construction

With the cottage complete and turned over to the client, we have turned our attention to the seawall construction, CHB wall, fencing and other site development work. We started by submitting our design to the necessary authorities in order to obtain the proper permits including an ECC (Environmental Compliance Certificate).

With the proper permits in hand, we began construction of the main concrete hollow block wall by excavating and building our footings and column. After the columns were complete, we moved onto the wall footing over which we started to lay the hollow blocks. The last step was cement parging or “rendering of the whole wall structure. Upon completion of the rendering we started to apply primer and elastomeric paint.

For the seawall, we excavated approximately 2 meters deep, then formed an engineered rip rap wall with boulders and cement. Within that wall we set our galvanized iron fence posts which would serve as our vertical supports for the wrought iron rail and pickets.

We are in the last stages of completion of the seawall construction, and are currently back-filling and leveling the site. The final part of the process will be to fabricate all the gates and finish painting.

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home construction update feb 15th - dauin duplex

Home Construction Update Feb 15th – Dauin Semi-Detached Duplex

We started home construction of this 2 story 2 unit semi-detached house in late January, and things are going well so far.

After laying out the building, we dug appropriately 1 1/2 meters down to start our footings and foundations. Being on sandy soil, we went a little deeper than normal, beefed up all our structural pads and columns and incorporated tie-beams into the building base.

Once the footings were in we proceeded to the columns and at the same time laid out all our necessary plumbing roughing on the first floor. We then put in the proper steel matting for the floor and poured our slabs.

We are now working on the forming for the second floor beams.


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