Our Philippine House Project – Kitchen Cabinets and Closets

Our Philippine Dwelling Undertaking – Kitchen area Cabinets and Closets

Our Philippine house making task, kitchen area cupboards.  We decided to stick to the standard provincial Philippine process of setting up our kitchen area cupboards.  This Philippine method for kitchen area cabinets is radically diverse from that we’re acquainted with in the U.S.  Generally, U.S. kitchens use a wooden foundation, prefabricated cabinets which are of wooden or particle board clad with a laminate or other protecting finish and topped with different counter materials.  These cupboard programs are available in the even larger Philippine metropolitan areas, but are high priced.  We speculate about their durability, especially that of foundation cupboards, in the very hot, soaked, bug/fungus-infested Philippine circumstances.

Kitchen Counter Bases

Reinforced Concrete Kitchen area Counter Bases

The Philippine process is a concrete skeleton base, conclude panels and under counter.  In basic properties, the countertop may perhaps be tiled and the bare concrete painted.  The aspect of the concrete foundation within the cupboards is ordinarily tiled.  We’re working with the similar concrete main, but with utilized wood cabinets faces and stop panels, manufacturing facility-designed doors and drawer fronts, granite countertops and, inside of, some of the stainless steel kitchenware shelving programs available listed here — slide-out baskets and so forth.  The wood framework may well be of mahogany which is attractive and low-cost, about P25 per board foot.  We can go to the local sawmills and choose however the stock to obtain the most effective lumber.

The to start with cupboard bases we crafted were not built to suitable dimensions and experienced to be demolished.  I should have stored a nearer eye on the function.  We required a finished countertop 85cm substantial (33 1/2″).  The initial counter was too large.  The workers experimented with to employed scrap Hardiflex cement board for the types.  It bulged and deformed.  The gravel utilised was too coarse so the concrete was a little bit crude.  We demolished it all and rebuilt working with 1/2″ maritime plywood forms and the wonderful pea gravel remaining around from screening sand for finishing.  The new counter bases are so a lot greater!

Sink Base

Sink Base – wood forms not still eradicated

Carol wants granite counter tops.  I want marble but Carol is the boss of the kitchen area and granite it will be. We’ll also have a small granite counter in our rest room.  We have a concrete cabinet main there way too.  Our lavatory sink will be an HCG porcelain less than-counter product which we had to special get from Manila.  The concrete counter had to be manufactured to accommodate and assist the sink.  The personnel did a good job of this.  Final sink setting and adjustment will be built when the granite countertop is mounted. The strong Singapore-created Hwaco stainless metal kitchen sink is a fairly conventional product with the rim on best of the counter.

In the corner of this photo you can see a bit of the bathroom window.  In 1 of our residences, there was NO rest room window.  The meant rest room ventilation was by usually means of a tiny louver in the plastic toilet door.  It was so incredibly hot and humid in the toilet!  We set a significant 100x90cm windows in the two of our bathrooms.  As you can see, they are set substantial for privateness.  With good ventilation our bogs are so a lot far more pleasurable.

Cabinet base for under counter sink

Cabinet foundation for below counter sink

The earlier mentioned picture also demonstrates the tiled rest room. In retrospect we designed blunders with the toilet sink and cupboard.  In contrast to in the kitchen, we did not put in tiled concrete cupboard bases.  The challenge is that when the toilet flooring is washed (or flooded) water can seep into the cabinet and nearly anything saved on the floor will be soaked.  The purpose for not setting up the bases was that we did not want to pour concrete for the bases in excess of the freshly tiled bathroom flooring.  That was a blunder!  The second challenge is that the sink was put in too significantly back again in the counter.  It would have been simpler to use if it was additional forward.

Skip ahead quite a few months.  We ended up unsure about what we really should do about kitchen cupboards.  The prefabricated cabinets which were out there in Iloilo City were generally flimsy and overpriced.  We knew that other individuals experienced obtained nicer cupboards in Cebu City.  In the end, for motives of velocity (we required to transfer in) and expense we resolved to let our carpenter try his hand at the cabinets.  If we have been not happy with the final result we could employ a cabinet maker to redo the do the job.  We acquired planed lumber (mahogany and acacia) from a neighborhood sawmill and doors, hinges and other hardware from Citi Components.

Tiled cabinet bases

Tiled cabinet bases

Cupboard bases, as is regular in the Philippines, are tiled with the same tile as the floor.  This helps make the bases impervious to bugs, rodents and rot — a authentic plus.  They are quick to preserve clear. The plastic racks within the cupboard are temporary.  They will be replaced by slide-out cabinets.

Cabinet door hinges

Cabinet doorway hinges

Possessing endured with lousy hinges on cupboards in our rentals, we acquired the ideal kinds we could come across.  These Home Support hinges ended up about P110.  They work very well.  More cost-effective hinges are about P30.

The cabinet carcass is of 2″ x 2″ mahogany.  The experiencing is 1″ mahogany.  Wood is attached to the concrete cupboard sides, top, and base with nylon “tox” expansion anchors and screws.

Cabinet drawer

Cupboard drawer

We applied three-segment ball bearing drawer slides, once again due to the fact we experienced struggled with low cost drawer slides somewhere else.  Low cost hardware is one of the banes of Philippine houses.  These slides allow the drawers to be thoroughly extended.  The drawers are created of acacia lumber, which reminds me of the butternut located in the US — a quite, fairly delicate wood.

At the upper proper of this photo you can see screw heads the place the cupboard facial area is connected to the concrete cabinet body.  Of study course, these will be loaded.


We acquired really good stainless steel handles for the drawers and cupboard doorways.  These have been P209 each and every at Citi Components.  We thought they were being a significantly better offer than the handles presented at Ace Hardware.

Cabinet door handles

Cupboard door handles

Kitchen cabinets - finally painted in 2015!

Kitchen cabinets – eventually painted in 2015!

Hwaco Kitchen Sink

Hwaco Kitchen area Sink

We purchased and put in the best kitchen sink we could uncover.  We selected a Hwaco (produced in Singapore) which expense far more than P 8,000.  It was a rather and the gauge of the stainless metal seemed durable.


Now, just after a few yrs, the “stainless steel” sink is pitted with rust.  Since we acquired the sink and many other supplies from Iloilo developing solution supplier “Moostbrand” we instructed them of the rusting sink.  Their salesperson implied that the rust was our fault but promised to have a supervisor connect with us.  It hardly ever transpired.  We have experienced far better luck with Citi Hardware and Handyman.

Instead of setting up in closets, we made the decision on acquiring free of charge-standing wardrobes. Why? Continued beneath.

Wardrobes instead of closets

Wardrobes instead of closets

Originally we have been going to install crafted-in closets but we finished up obtaining no cost-standing wardrobes.  We delayed the design of closets since they were not definitely essential to going into the dwelling. When we experienced moved in we required to prevent the mess of even more development.  We seemed at wardrobes, but most of them ended up so badly made we could not carry ourselves to get them, even even though we lived out of bins and suitcases for two several years.  Finally we noticed some massive wardrobes at an Iloilo Metropolis retail outlet which sells surplus furnishings imported from Korea.  They were built of totally of pine and we found them to be desirable.  We bought all 3 for P35,000.  Two are proven earlier mentioned. It was a delight to move our outfits from the boxes to our new closets!