Common Questions for Owners Starting a Building or Construction


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Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City Common Questions for Owners Starting a Building or Construction

1. Question: What is the average cost or rate of a house construction?
As of 2018, the average house construction cost is P22,000-P25,000 per square meter for an average design and P28,000-P35,000 per square meter for a luxurious design, depending on the site location (excluding lighting fixtures, grills, perimeter fence, gate, and landscape). These are based on current construction costs and are meant for projection or reference purposes only. An accurate cost estimate can be determined once the plan and design of the house is completed.

2. Question: What are our Professional Fee?
Yes. Many people ask the wrong question even before the start of the work. I understand their concern. The fees are based on the work to be done.

The work is divided into 2 parts, 1. Design and 2. Construction. We require P20K before starting the design. Progress payments will be paid during different phases of the Design. At the end of design we can accurately asses the detailed Construction Cost.

Before the start of Construction, we require 35% down payment of the Construction cost. The payment cover mobilization until agreed construction targets are achieved. Progress payments are given until the completion of the project.

Construction Drawings

Construction Drawings

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Top Fears in Building or Designing your House in the Philippines


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Top Fears in Building or Designing your House

After a long process of renting an apartment, it finally dawns on you, 15% of your income goes to your landlord and this happened for over 5 or more years. That is the story of Justin, who lives in Mandurriao in Iloilo with his wife Abby. They have been working for 9 years in the new call centers in the city. After reflection, it would matter if they put their money into construction of a home, given that they are almost completing payment of their 150 sq.m. lot.

Philippines Construction - Wood House

Philippines Construction – Wood House

Finally, you too and your wife have decided to design and construct your home. If you are most future home owners, you have a concept in mind of how it would look like. Many working couples have an overview of design and Read more of this post

Understanding the Building Profession: Civil Engr & Architects


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Understanding the Building Profession: Civil Engr & Architects

Architect vs Engineering - Who is better

Architect vs Engineering – Who is better

There is a lot of confusion about Civil Engineers and Architects. Although architects and engineers perform many parallel functions that contribute to the design and implementation of buildings and structures, there are also key distinctions between the two disciplines. Understanding the traits that complement each role can help each professional execute building projects.

Architect vs Engineering - on Cost Estimates and Quotations

Architect vs Engineering – on Cost Estimates and Quotations

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The Modern House: Reincarnations of the Bahay Kubo


Archian Design Architect Studio Iloilo - Cebu City

The Modern House: Reincarnations of the Bahay Kubo

Once upon a time, there was a great bamboo stalk. The stalk among many things was warm and fuzy. It had two beating hearts. After a few years the bamboo became full and burst and out came the two great lovers: malakas and maganda. They gathered the splinters and built their home. Malakas from the bottom of his heart used his hair to tie the bamboo to build the rafters and maganda used her light to shine on the home. From them started all the Filipino race. . . . and the legend of the Bahay Kubo.

The bahay kubo has gone a long way from its early beginnings. It was time that tested the kubo’s strength and has grown all our myth of heroes and tribal chiefs with banig (sleeping matt) on the bamboo floor. Read more of this post

Bahay Kubo: The Quintessential Philippine House


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Bahay Kubo: The Quintessential Philippine House

The Filipino Bahay Kubo

The Filipino Bahay Kubo

Bahay kubo, kahit munti                      The kubo house, though small
ang halaman doon, ay sari-sari            The greens around, are variety
singkamas at talong. . .                        Jicama and eggplant . . .

The song bahay kubo sums up the simple life and beauty of the country life. For those not acquainted, the bahay kubo is the Filipino word for house. Read more of this post

The Fantasy to Build the Pretty but Cheap House in the Philippines


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The Fantasy of the Pretty & Cheap House in the Philippines

Goethe once said, ‘Be careful what you ask for, because sometimes you may actually get what you ask.”

Bahay Kubo kahit munti - ang halaman doon ay sari sari

The Cheapest and Prettiest House in the World!

Many people living in the Philippines dream of building the prettiest house with the least or no cost. It’s the Filipino’s dream.

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How an Architect can Protect you from Loss on a Building Construction


Archian Design Architect Studio Iloilo City

Why an Architect’s role is Crucial to any Building Construction

Until today, very many people are confused about engineers and architects. They understand in general about engineers but, for most part, the profession of Architects sounds like sorcery or magic. When people build their apartment, they want their property to have the best investment value. (Other than emotional significance) This is measured by its ability to generate income and have maximum resale potential. At the other end of the builder’s concern is what is the best way to cut on construction cost?

Architect- Magician or Sorcerer

Architect- Magician or Sorcerer?

Architects: Sorcery or Magic?

In a world of increasing complexity, architects in the past are tasked around aesthetics – beautifying the simple structures, adding color and light to interiors and adding details such as railings and moldings. But as buildings become more complex, the role of architects become more and more important. They are visionaries that don’t just build what is possible (engineers) but they visualize what could be.

1. Save money and lives.
Through training, architects are trained to anticipate possible conflict on the plan. A house with a simple use need less analysis between bedrooms and living room. As more functions are intertwined at an apartment or high school building, it is valuable to see logically and analytically which function should be beside each other. Imagine the wrong position of a Clinic very far from the sports area – it could for years save lives. Read more of this post

Palawud Restaurant – Banago, Bacolod City


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Project: Palawud Restaurant
Location: Banago, Bacolod City
Architect: Arch Ian Jay Bantilan
Status: Constructed 2013

Palawud Resto Bar - Banaga Bacolod - Arch Ian Jay Bantilan

Palawud Resto Bar – Banaga Bacolod – Arch Ian Jay Bantilan

Tolosa Palawud Restaurant - Banago Bacolod 1

Tolosa Palawud Restaurant – Banago Bacolod

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The Real Cost of Building a House in the Philippines


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The Real Cost of Building a House in the Philippines

It is common practice in the Philippines to find a connection, a friend of a friend, a “compare” who would give us a “friendly” fee. In some way, people have a distrust of professionals – from salesmen to doctors, others would even go to the extreme of finding someone with less credibility to give their body an assessment.

Problems with Construction Contractor in the Philippines

Problems with Construction Contractor in the Philippines

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Architecture Philosophy: Power Steering for Architecture


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Architecture Philosophy: Power Steering for Architecture

(Artists and Designers Secrets for Inspiration)

Architecture Philosophy, Philippines

Architecture Philosophy, Philippines

After the successful workshop in 2012, “Designing Architecture – Global, Green and Filipino”, Architect Ian Jay Bantilan of Bacolod City is presenting a Workshop that will enable designers to find the inspiration to finally bring the Project home. The Artists or the Architect’s philosophy acts as a frame that strengthens his work so that it stands out among the myriad art and messages that fight for dominance in our minds today.

As artists, we naturally immerse ourselves in shallow water and miss out the depth of meaning that our world holds. This Workshop is not just for architects, it can be useful to artists, interior designers to draw inspiration from.

If you are interested feel free to contact the United Architects of the Philippines – Student Auxilliary (La Consolacion College) 19122408616 or 433-3476. The Workshop will be held in La Consolacion College – Bacolod City on September 19, 2013. If you are an outsider wanting to participate in this event, please be sure to let us know before the time.

Filipino Global Green Architecture Poster

2012: Filipino Global Green Architecture Poster

The Lecture, entitled