When White means Green (the white roof movement)
(image by Gatewaygreen.org) There’s a movement going around called the “White Roof Movement” which says that painting your roof white can help save the environment and your wallet. The idea is that a white roof, having a higher solar reflectance (reflection of ultraviolet rays to reduce heat transfer), leads to less heat being absorbed by your roofing system and thus lessening the need for air-conditioning. I guess this is fairly similar to wearing a black shirt compared
Price vs Cost
I just spent the last 3 days trying to close a prospective client who wanted to have his house built in a mid level subdivision in the south. I received an email inquiry from him thru my webpage I spent the last 3 days introducing myself, my background, my works and basically sharing my experiences. I gave him references to other clients I had worked with and I was hoping he would call them as I am confident that talking to my old clients could only be beneficial to my pitch.
Condominium vs Townhouses (Philippine experience)
I'm sharng an article I wrote a couple of years ago, I feel that though the examples may not be the latest projects but the observations are still spot on, hope this article may be of some value to my readers ;) You need a house and are thinking of either buying a Condominium unit or a Townhouse, these are the two common options for a first time home buyer. The common question though when faced with this choice is… which one is better for you? Today we’ll try to compare the p
10 tips on how to improve your space...
For those in the habit of watching cable TV programs featuring home makeovers where they transform cluttered or boring spaces into sleek and hip new rooms im sure you have at one point or another wondered if you could do the same for your own home. I have collected a couple of tips that may help us spruce up our own homes to get that makeover look. 1. Make sure our big items such as Bed, Sofa, Dining tables have very simple designs, this makes them flexible while allowing yo
3 reasons why you should build your dream home now!!!
One of the biggest dream of every family today is have their own home, a place they could call their own. Today with the influx of OFW remittance and the success of the BPO industry many families have been able to reach this dream. For the average "Joe" planning, saving up or thinking of building their own home in the near future, I have gathered some information for you and would like to share why it would be best to build your home as soon as possible. 1. Low "Home loan" in
How long does it take to build a house? (timeline for home building)
One item that is very important in planning to have your house built is the timeline. In as much as the timeline will vary based on your house's size, its design, location and the condition of its lot; let's work on an average 2-storey house in the Philippines just to give us some point of reference. Usually, deciding to have your house built and finally turning it into reality takes quite a long process. There are several milestones that need to be accomplished, one after th
How much does it cost to build a house? (Construction cost - Philippines)
One of the first questions that anyone who thinks of having his home built is… “How much will it cost?" For today’s entry, I've tried to gather information regarding this very important question that I'm sure is bugging the mind of every prospective home owner. First place I looked was thru the data base of one of the largest and more credible international quantity surveyors, Langdon and Seah Philippines Inc. According to their Construction Cost handbook for 2015: (TOTAL SE