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    • CommentAuthortotoboymd
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2008
    Hello. I need an advice on building a stone house. I wanna build this in the Philippines and since I worked in the Healthcare industry I don't have any idea about house building. And most of the houses in the Philippines are built on hollow blocks filled with cement and iron bars. So our builders in the Philippines are not experienced on building a stone house. In my province alone, there isn't any house that is made of stone.

    Any advice on how to go about it?

    • CommentAuthorSaint
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2008
    I worked on a development in Cavite, Manila Bay a few years ago. Certainly all the houses were single storey hollow block with concrete infill and reinforcement due to the region being in the hurricane and earthquake zone. If there are no stone houses or forms of construction that differ from this style in your area then maybe that's the reason?
    • CommentAuthorCWatters
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2008
    Just what I was thinking, earthquakes and stone don't really mix do they?

    I'd also avoid getting into a situation where the builder is learning new techniques while building your house. Go for a construction he knows.

    I hate to suggest it but what about stone cladding?
    • CommentAuthortotoboymd
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2008
    There is an island to the northern side of the Philippines called Batanes, most of the houses there built in the spanish era are made of stone and it lasted thru the test of time considering it is the place where lots of cyclones and storms are in.

    I was contemplating on a brick house but it is too expensive since the bricks had to be imported. And when I saw the stone houses in England I really feel in love with it.

    I feel that the stone houses can take more stress than that of our local hollow blocks which easily crumbles if you tried to lift them with your hands, how much more throwing it on the ground.

    I don't really know if it is possible...

    We're in a 'seismic' zone in Provence. The method there is concrete blocks and steels - then prettied up with rubble stone facings. There are stone houses but if you want to build new or renovate, the regs mean concrete.
    • CommentAuthorstephendv
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd 2008
    Our architects also recommended a pre-cast concrete frame (pillars, floor and roof) - and then stone facings. Apparently the concrete structure goes up really fast as well!
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