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The "proposed" house that is show on the images in THIS THREAD, is something I have been working on for a while. Trouble is, I keep changing the actual roof style AND size of the home I want to construct. I would like to share the current one I am working on. I am trying to create a plan that is fairly easy to expand later.
The first plan shown is the smaller of the two, thus a better choice to build, financially.
Anyway, no matter which "plan" we end up going with, the first issue is money. We will have to build it in stages. We have recently completed stage one, adding fill dirt to increase the height of the land where the home is to be built.
In this first image, you can see where I added a 4" (10cm) foundation slab, showing where we could possibly expand later. Adding the exterior door gives us a walk through later, and the window will probably be changed to a "pass through" type opening, as well. That way, we limit our "losses" in the original build. (I did not notice that I had not added stairs to the front deck, until I took the screenshots. I will add them later.)
No expansions will be added to this side of the home, due to its close proximity to the property line.
The rear of the home will face south. I originally went with a hip roof, in order to face the home the same direction as all other structures existing on the property. I later changed it to a shed style roof for easy mounting of solar panels. Then, I decided to consider a static ground mount for the solar array, to simplify maintenance on the array. This may change again. But, I am leaning heavily on sticking with the ground mount.
In this image, you can see 3 - 20,000 liter (~5,283 US gallons) water storage tanks. I've calculated that this would add a significant buffer for water usage during the dry season. However, we would start off with one tank, later adding the others as time and money permitted. (Yes, I know locating a horizontal LPG tank would probably not happen here. Most likely, I will go with several vertical 45kg LPG tanks, probably in a small vented shed. That was the closest image I could find, to add to the drawing.)
Here is an alternative plan, originally created by a friend of mine from my Cebu Forum. I have made some alterations to the plan, though. This was the first plan I started with.
My changes to the plan, above.
Doll house view of the plan. This is a two bedroom, one bath plan. But, I chose to use the second bedroom as an office area.
Plan with a hip roof. The best roof to go with, if I were going to go with solar panels on the roof and face the home the same direction as other structures on the property.
Same plan with a gable roof.
To be perfectly honest, I don't know what I will end up doing, regarding what we will build. Just taking it one step at a time here. I will probably come up with a few other options, regarding size, roof style, etc. Main thing is to get a roof over our heads out there. I may just start with a bedroom and bath, with the rest of the house unfinished.
So, Chan recently negotiated the price down to $60 USD / cubic meter of ready-mix concrete. (Hopefully, if we go that route, we will be able to negotiate further.) This was with a guy out near the farm, who is in charge of a project where they are running two - six cubic meter concrete trucks. But, I wanted a comparison, to see what the cost difference would be, by asking Chan to drop by a local place I learned about, here in town (Battambang).
The place here in town, wanted $78 USD / cubic meter, to deliver ready-mix out to the farm. A significant price difference, for sure.
HOWEVER, she also learned something else. Let me explain something, first.
If you haven't read, we recently filled in a pond at the farm, whilst digging another, to build up the land where we wanted to build a small home. The former pond we filled in, aka the future building site, was 3 meters deep. So, we would need to let that dirt settle for a while - I figured one rainy season should do it pretty well, before digging footings and pouring a foundation slab on top of all that. (The last thing I want is for a foundation to crack.) So, we would have to wait about a year in order to build on that land. (See other threads, below.)
Now, back to HOWEVER. While Chan was at the concrete place here in town, she learned that they also pour preformed concrete pilings, driving in the ground, for $10 USD / meter. (Seems like a fair price to me?) Anyway, I am not certain of the dimensions of these pilings, yet. We will go there later today (It's well past 5am here now) and check them out. If we can get concrete pilings long enough - I figure 3 meters below the former bottom of the pond. So, they would need to be AT LEAST 6 meters long, if not a bit longer, for this idea to come to life.
That is, have this company take X number of piles out to the lot, drive them into the ground at 3 meters below the former pond, and we would have the beginnings of our foundation already in place. Even if we needed say, nine concrete piles driven into the ground, that would be (9 x 6) x $10 = $540 USD. Still $120 USD cheaper than 11 cubic meters of concrete, at $60 USD / cubic meter. 11 x $60 = $660 USD. And, that is NOT including labor OR rebar needed for the foundation. Not to mention, we wouldn't have to worry about forming up pilings, or looking after them for the first week by keeping it wet, etc., while they slowly cure / dry to gain full rated strength. All that was already sorted when they are manufactured.
Anyway, just something we are thinking about, as an alternative to going with ready-mix concrete.
These images were taken last Wednesday, when we were deciding on where to layout the house and what fill needed to go where. Just so happened that the house got laid out on top of the "old" pond. So, we knew where the fill was going to have to go! Women!