With the passing of 6 months, there has been plenty of work done, and with the start of 2019, the home construction is almost complete. There will be small odds and ends, but this is not stopping the happy client from making last minute arrangements to move in.
Now that the roofing is on and the building is watertight, we can begin with some of the interior tasks that cannot get wet. We install 2 layers of 2″ fiberglass insulation, then attach the drywall to the ceiling furring frame. Once the gyproc installation is complete, we tape and “mud” the joints. This process is done twice, and sanded to a smooth surface so that when painted, the joints will be invisible. All light openings are carefully cut out, then a layer of primer applied.
While the crew is working on the ceilings, our masons now begin building more exterior hollow block walls to provide the courtyards which are a key feature of the design. These walls are made with reinforced concrete columns spaced 5 meters apart and then a CHB wall atop a concrete footing. Once the structural components of the walls are up, there is a finer sand cemnt rendering applied to both sides which is then painted with primer and elastomeric paint.
With the ceiling finished properly, we now begin the skim coat of the walls with a product called “Zemcoat”. This product provides a nice smooth finish and avoid the issues of crack which are typical of a pure cement rendering. We then begin the painting of the interior walls, and then installation of the electrical outlets and fixtures.
As the painting is completed in each room, the tiling crew steps in and gets to their work.
While the tiling is ongoing, the windows and sliding glass doors are installed by our window contractor. For this project we are using top of the line UPVC from a supplier based in Cebu.
While the tiling crew works, we come behind with the finishing crew who hang the doors, stains them and installs the hardware. We also install the soffit, which is wood planks in some areas and aluminum spandrel around the eaves.