Always good reading on your website Bob. I especially enjoy the “building a Philippine house” as I lived through the experience. This category gives many expats thinking about building here in the Philippines a “starting point” and the input/comments you collect reinforce the content. It is, as you know, a stressful time in an expats life dealing with the construction differences from what they are used to in their home country compared to what is before them in building here in the Philippines. We were very fortunate to find an engineer/architect who did a great job for us () and continues to stand behind his work. In my experience, you must have patience, learn as much as you can, and continue an open dialog. We payed particular attention to the workers, showing them a level of respect, often offering some miranda (snacks), and just talking with them. This resulted in them being happy to put in the extra effort for us. There are many different approaches to building in the Philippines. Find out what works best for you and you’ll lesson your stress.
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