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Arbitatt: Pictures and slideshows of architecturally interesting buildings from around the world, features on current projects (submissions accepted) and biographies of famous architects.

Archibot: Architecture portal. Includes select list of online resources, forum and news headlines from around the net.

Archihub: A forum for architects and designers to share their knowledge and discuss architecture.

Archinform: International architectural database listing thousands of built and unbuilt projects. 20th-century architecture is the main theme.

Archiseek: Architecture forums, planning news, architectural competition announcements, and guides to the architecture of selected countries and cities. Read more of this post

Don Salvador Benedicto Mini-Resort Project

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I especially wrote this blog for friends and family about the Don Salvador Project on our Lot. Please Comment so I can adjust or defend and we can think about it. Please keep the password I give you and you can visit this site, in case you’d be interested to see it again.

I will be posting a more significant write up and video when I see a greater clarity in this project. For now, I want to keep it low key. If you believe that sharing this link and password would help my Company,  Archian Designs in finding a future client, you may share this link and password. Read more of this post

Bamboo Architecture: Green School, Bali

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Architect Feature: Green School in Bali, Indonesia

Environmentalists and designers John and Cynthia Hardy wanted to motivate communities to live sustainably. Part of that effort was to show people how to build with sustainable materials, namely . They established the Green School, and its affiliates: the Meranggi Foundation, which develops plantations of bamboo plants through presenting bamboo seedlings to local rice farmers; and PT Bambu, a for-profit design and construction company that promotes the use of bamboo as a primary building material, in an effort to avoid the further depletion of rainforests.
The Green School, a giant laboratory built by PT Bambu, is located on a sustainable campus straddling both sides of the Ayung River in Sibang Kaja, Bali, within a lush jungle with native plants and trees growing alongside sustainable organic gardens. The campus is powered by a number of alternative energy Read more of this post

The Advantages of Hiring an Architect

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Do you really need to hire an architect ?

Filipino architects wear many hats in many building design and construction projects. They may create the design, make the drafts, select the materials and supervise the entire work process. For other projects, an architect’s role may be limited to drafting the blueprints.

You can go for some cost-saving options but they don’t always work out for everyone. Here are the alternatives and their advantages and disadvantages:

1. Buying a Stock Building Plan
Architects and home designers create stock building plans for mass marketing through magazines, catalogs and websites.

Advantages: It’s easy to find stock plans for houses in a wide variety of sizes, styles and budgets. If you can find stock blueprints similar to what you envision your dream house to be, you can hire an architect to make necessary alterations. This will help save money because changing an existing plan is always less expensive than designing a house from scratch. Read more of this post

How to Maximize the Budget for Your Dream House

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Do you already have an idea how much building your home in the Philippines will cost? Before you peg an amount, think it over again because your residential construction project may actually cost lesser than expected. Here are some tips to help you cut costs without compromising the comfort and beauty of your future home:

1. Estimate Early
Before you get too far ahead in the planning process, make some early estimates that will help you make important building decisions. Estimating the building costs will allow you to modify your plans to suit your budget.

2. Beware of Cheap Building Lots
The cheapest lot might not be the most affordable. Your costs will increase if your construction team needs to blast through rocks, clear away trees or provide extensive drainage. Also, don’t forget to include the cost of installing public utilities. Oftentimes, the most economical building lots are those in developments with access to electricity and water.

3. Keep Your Design Simple 
When you have your architect design your future home, choose simple shapes because
triangles, trapezoids and other complex forms are difficult and expensive to build. Square or rectangular floor plans will help you save costs. Avoid cathedral ceilings and complicated roofing.

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4. Build Small
If you compare costs per square foot, building a big house may seem like a bargain. After all, even the smallest house still needs plumbing. But the bottom line is, smaller houses are still more affordable to build and more economical to maintain.

5. Build Tall 
The most affordable houses are compact. Instead of building a sprawling single story house, it’s a good idea to build one with two or three stories. A taller house has the same amount of living space, but the roof and foundation will be smaller and the plumbing and ventilation will also be less expensive in multi-story homes.

6. Know How Much Space You’re Paying for
Before choosing a plan for your new home, find out how much of the total area is actual living space and how much are just “empty” spaces like the garage, attics and wall insulation.

7. Put Quality Over Flashy
Invest your hard-earned money in quality construction materials that will bear the test of time. Don’t be a scrooge when it comes to features that can’t be easily changed. Forget about the fancy doorknobs, faucets and light fixtures: you can always upgrade them later.
When it comes to storage, solid wood cabinets are elegant, but you can achieve that “designer look” on your kitchen and bathrooms without blowing your budget. Open shelves and stainless steel cabinets with frosted glass doors are good options.

Why Hiring an Architect Saves You Money

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If you’ve been working hard all these years as an OFW, building your dream house is one of the best investments you can make. An OFW’s dream house represents the fruits of your labor and the sacrifices you’ve endured during your time spent away from your family.

So should you hire just anyone to design and build your home?

A well-conceived residential construction project can be built more efficiently and economically. Let’s face it, building your home in the Philippines is not going to be a walk in the park. House design and construction is a long process that can be messy and disruptive if not done the right way.

That is why hiring a Filipino architect is a wise investment for your money and not an added cost when you design and build your home.

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First of all, architects plan the project with you. As you get more ideas on how you want your house to look, your architect can make changes on paper much less expensively than when construction is already underway without an architect’s supervision.

An architect’s thorough drawings and specifications make it easier for contractors in the Philippines to accurately price and build your home. He/she regularly visits the construction site on your behalf to ensure that your project is being built according to your specifications.

Architects work with your budget and help you select the appropriate materials and workmanship at a fair price. Choosing materials and finishes that are beautiful and durable at the same time will help you save on frequent maintenance and replacement costs. A good architect always stays updated in the latest advancements in roofing, brick work, floor tiling, paint finishes, etc.

And, if you decide to sell your residence in the future, a sturdy and well-designed house has a higher resale value.

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5 Points to Consider in Building Your Home in Cagayan de Oro

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Building your new house in Cagayan de Oro City doesn’t start with the pouring of the foundation. A house is a work of art and is the product of the blood, sweat and tears of the entire construction team. But before the actual construction, it all starts with you. Costly mistakes during home design and construction could be avoided if you plan ahead of time.

Here are 5 Important Points to consider in Building Your Home in Cagayan de Oro. Read more of this post