We are in the middle of having a bahay kubo guesthouses built in our farm, two houses that are being built are for my aunt and my mom who got a piece of land next to our farm. We already have a few houses in the farm actually but we need to build new ones for investors visiting our farm.
It is not easy doing this project from a distance though and it is especially frustrating as I don’t see the developments of the building. I just need to trust the people building there to make good judgments and to do their work.
For those of you wondering how much is it to build a house in the countryside in the Philippines, let me give you some ideas. Labor or manpower per day there cost Php200 – 300 or US$4.20 -$5.00. It’s crazy right and almost nothing compared to salaries one would get in the US ( like jobs in philly pa for example) but of course life is very different in the Philippines and the USA or any other western country for that matter.
As for the materials, it varies from the design and size of your house. A typical Bahay Kubo will cost about Php php 35,000 or US$738.275 that includes kitchen, toilet and septic tank.
durok clearing of land - Php 1200
poste bakod – fence post – Php 200
kahoy sa bahay – wood for the house Php4500
pako – nails – Php600
sawali -Php 4140
kawayan para sa sahig – bamboo for flooring – Php900
yero – zink for roof support Php 900
semento – cement -Php2500
pagtayo bakod -Php100
alambre – barbed wire -Php 1000
pawid – native (coconut leaves) roofings Php 1920
patrabaho – labor -Php 8200
kubeta – toilet – still to be determined
For our new guesthouse, check the design below I drew , the cost is roughly Php130,000 more expensive because of it’s size (area roughly 10 x10 meter ) and we are using better and prettier materials like cogon which would last longer.
So what do you think, can i pass as an architect maybe not hehehe…