Total projected estimate for the house is still being determined
Hollow blocks #4 .28¢ #6 .32¢ JNYC
Sand ½ load $40 RLF
Gravel ½ load $40 RLF
Nails $1.36 GONZAGA
Ty wire $1.60 RLF/GONZAGA
16mm steel rods (rebar) $8.10 RLF
9mm steel rods (rebar) $2.20 JNYC
Cement $4.80 BOYE
Plywood 4mm $8.40 ¼ $13.20 GONZAGA
2x2x12 coco lumber $2.40 BOYE
2x3x12 coco lumber $3.60 BOYE
How we document
Daily pictures at the start and end of the day. This will track the progress of each days progress.
Detailed chart of expenses on materials. This will document how much we spend on each type of materials.
Detailed chart of who sponsored for the house.
Who is the house for? Adelfa is a 53 year old widow with 6 kids from 27 to 16. Her husband passed away 4 years ago. He built their house 14 years ago on a different property and moved it to the current property 12 years ago.
The house is made out of cut bamboo and plywood. It is elevated off the ground and the floor has gaps between the bamboos. It is actually a neat design. The problem is the house is starting to shift and it is moving. The plywood walls flex and move to the touch. I think the next typhoon could knock the house down. There are other issues where the floor sags. Because the wood is already 14 years old I don’t think it is worth trying to repair.
A sturdy house that won’t get knocked over would be a big relief. I estimate the total price for materials and labor to be $1,500. That is a lot of money and out of reach for Adelfa. Her 3 oldest daughters have families and their husbands earn just enough to provide for the families. Her youngest daughter is my assistant and going to school full time. I help her with school in return for her help with my philanthropy. Her 18 years old son works as a motorbike driver and his salary goes towards his bike payment and basic needs. Her youngest son works construction when there are jobs available. The money he makes goes for basic needs of the house. Adelfa works odd jobs to earn money but that goes for food and basic needs. On a personal note Adelfa is a good soul. She is active in the local church and has a kind helping attitude. From everything I heard about her late husband she would not be in this situation if he were alive. He did not have a regular job, but between farming, fishing, and carpentry he was able to provide for his family. I am sure he would have kept the house repaired. This house will be a huge blessing.
The pictures on the right and below show Adelfa's house. It is in a beautiful location
On the left are the best deals I could find between the different hardware stores that sell materials. The names of hardware store with the best price is listed behind the price. As you can see some materials are cheaper at different stores.
There are 3 considerations to the construction of this house.
The materials are self explanatory. The house is constructed by filling hollow blocks with a mix of sand gravel and cement. The blocks are laid together much like a brick pattern. There is also steel bars (rebar) in parts of the wall.There is no insulation so a house like this can't burn.
Normally logistics is not an issue because the hardware companies offer free delivery, which they do here. However the location of the construction site is 180 yards off the road over rough terrain. I was wondering how to move all the materials to the work site. The sand and gravel is lose and needs to be put in rice sacks to move.
Someone suggested using a carabao (water buffalo) the carabao can be loaded or pull something that can haul the materials. I did not think it was possible because the path is so rough, but I was told carabao are sure footed and can do it.
Workers This took the most consideration. With materials I searched for the best deal. With labor it is not right to always look for the best deal because some people are so desperate they would work for next to nothing. There is a line between taking advantage of someones desperation and being fair. I made several inquiries about the cost of labor for construction workers and came up with this as fair wage. This is actually above the standard but in means I can get quality workers with a high workplace moral.
$18.00 per day for 2 employees working 8 hours a day. $15.00 for salary. $9.00 for mason $6.00 for helper $3.00 food allowance and food will be cooked on site.
This comes out to $1.88 per hour for 2 workers .38¢ per hour for food allowance.