Philippines Building a House

Though the title and dustjacket make this resemble another piece of 'Heritage' bookmaking, it contains the fullest attempt so far to explain the financing of Philippines building a house country-house building of all sizes. Dealing not with the architects and architecture of country houses but with the economic and social context of builders and building, it enlarges on topics such as the key function of the clerk of the works, work forces, and the procurement and transport of Philippines building a house materials.

Packed with information in charts, figures and tables, it is not an easy read written so that all the chapters seem to be on the same subject, it moves confusingly from one century, county, and class to another on the same page. We struggle for air through paragraphs like that running from pp282-284, which is 52 lines long. The effort is worth making, for the book answers the important question, how far did these Philippines building a house houses ever rely on their own land for an income? We learn that they were seldom built from landed rents alone, but depended on the fruits of political office, speculation in government stock, marriage settlements, city finance and banking, the law, and colonial plantations. At the same time, Philippines building a house builders seem to have loosely linked building expenditure to the rentals of their landed estates.

In financial terms building a country house was a poor investment, indeed existing houses might add so little to the value of estates that they were often let or demolished. So much for 'power houses'!


For more info about Philippines building a house;


(For Manila and surrounding)
American Design Construction
#92 Ordoņez St. corner Maroon St.
Concepcion Dos, Marikina City
(For Cebu, Bohol, Negros, Leyte)
ET & p Design & Construction
#888 Katugasan, Casili
Consolacion, Cebu
(For Baguio and surrounding)
RA Gacoscos Construction
#99 Greenwater Village
Baguio City, Philippines
See website
(For Davao / Mindanao)
Raul G. Anuada (Realtor & Civil Engineer)
Unit 162, 16/F Landco PDCP Corporate Center
J.P. Laureal Ave., Bajada
Davao City



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