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tips for building a house

The most important thing that people should consider in a house is whether or not it has a jacuzzi. CTRL+A+DEL. Kidding aside, when starting a new home, some factors have to be considered. Understanding the important tips for building a house can help you build a residence that can stand the test of time.

Here are the TOP 5 most important tips for building a house:

1. Build a house you can use.

build a house you can use tips for building a house
Build a house that will be totally functional to you.

Our house is where we spend most of our time. Hence, when building a house, we have to think about our lifestyle. Love gardening? Make sure that there is space for plants to grow. Working at home and meetings are unavoidable? Set up an office. Love entertaining visitors?  Make sure you have a spacious living room. In building a house, consider your hobbies, your work, and your other activities.

2. Hire an expert designer.

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It is always a good idea to hire an architect or an engineer for creating a design.

Many people just DIY (Do It Yourself or Destroy It Yourself, you choose) their houses. While this works for some, it does not work for most. To save money, homeowners choose to do the design themselves; however, NOT hiring an expert will cost them more. Remember that experts are not experts for no reason. Experts help us have a plan that can save money. More than you do, they understand house plans because that is their specialty.

3. Design for the future.

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Thinking about the future can help you renovate easily once you need it.

A 5-year or 10-year perspective must be in mind when building a house.  If not, we may end up spending more money and time on the renovation or rebuilding. For newlywed couples, the future family should be considered. If, for instance, you are planning to have children in the future, make sure that there is enough space for family expansion. It is always wise to design the house to be future-proof, that is, unlikely to become outmoded.

4. Use standard materials.

use standard materials tips for building a house
Always check if the materials you use are not substandard.

We have to make our houses sustainable. To do that, avoid using substandard materials in construction. Remember that the structure of the house — its foundation — is very important. When a natural disaster like an earthquake hits, strong beams will sustain your building; hence, we should never ever compromise with our house’s material. EVER! It may cost us some money to stick to standard materials but we are sure that its sustainability will last for generations.

 5. Flood-protect your home

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Flood-protecting you house should be highly considered at this time.

Flood protection is not considered, even by many designers. In reality, we do not often see houses with flood protection systems. However, whether we like it or not, we have come to a time when climate change is worsening and is bringing heavier rains and tropical storms. We now see more properties submerged into floodwaters. 

However, whether we like it or not, we have come to a time when climate change is worsening and is bringing heavier rains and tropical storms.

To be worry-free from any future worsening weather considerations, flood protection must be greatly considered. Flood protection can come in the form of flood barriers. These flood barriers can be operated manually, semi-automatically, or automatically! Your house gets protected because the flood barrier systems are so easy to deploy. They are lightweight yet heavy-duty as they are made of marine-grade aluminum, hot-dipped galvanized, or stainless steel. Seals and membranes also help in preventing leakage.

Though not a lot of architects and engineers are considering incorporating this flood control technology in their designs (for now), many people from around the world can attest to the efficiency of this German-engineered technology.


A house is not just a structure. For different people, it may be a refuge, a place of security, a place of rest, a room for fostering growth, and a place for building dreams.  With the importance of houses in our lives, it is just right that you build your house on solid foundations. Our houses should match our lifestyle, designed by a professional, future proof, use standard material, and be flood-protected.

Following these, we can be assured that building a safe home for our family is achievable. 

To see the flood protection of the house of Arnell Ignacio, a popular TV and radio personality in the Philippines, click the ‘WATCH HERE’ button. 

To talk to a Flood Expert about your flood protection needs, BOOK A MEETING!

Andreas Klippe

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Andreas Klippe is founder of the Asian Center for Flood Control located in Clark Freeport Zone, Philippines.

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