A New House

Last December we got a visit from my FIL.

It was the first time he came by our apartment in Caloocan.

I think we forgot to tell him that we were living as high up the third floor because he had a lot to say when he saw our apartment. Like how it was different if we have “land” to put our feet on and how he could never live in a condo where you only own a property and no land to speak of.

Of course, we all took it with a grain of salt. We are already used to living in the third floor. The last apartment we rented was also in the third floor. Anyway, wouldn’t you know after his visit he decided it was high time we finally tear down the old house and construct a new one?! And just like that they tore down the old house and started construction. We are just beneficiaries of his generosity so we have so much to be thankful for.

This is a picture I took of the property last December. The old house where my hubby grew has been torn down. If you see the orange wall that’s part of the original wall. The old house was a few feet below the road level that’s why it was prone to flooding. This new house will be approximately three hollow blocks higher than the road which hopefully means we’ll be safe from floods in the future.

What you see now is the future garage (left) and future store (right). We are planning to either set up a furniture store here or maybe lease  it for added income.


We’re on the second month of construction and what I can say is money vanishes so fast when you’re having a house constructed. There are so many things to buy like steel, hollow blocks, cement, nails, wood and even the occasional stuff like stainless steel u bolts. Thank God we have our supportive FIL who takes care of the bill but sometimes we still have to pay something and it really hurts our pocket. haha!

Anyway, hopefully construction will be finished this summer and by June we’ll be moving back. I admit I’m torn between moving back and staying here in Caloocan because I’ve been learning a lot here but rent is expensive and I am looking forward to not paying anything again. haha!

40 thoughts on “A New House

  1. Olga

    Hubby doesn’t want to stay in condos as well. He wants a yard and a “real” house. :) Hope the house gets finished before the rains come in August.

  2. Jhari

    Wow! Congratulations on the on going construction mommy Paula. You said it right, it’s like magic when you’re currently doing a project, but in the end, you’ll see that it’s all worth it :)

  3. Mylene

    You are blessed to have a generous and kind FIL :) He has a point though condos are much more available now.
    Good luck to your house construction.

  4. Vera

    Building a new house can get exciting! Deciding on paint swatches and how the layout turns out, then furnishings! Looking forward to your updates here on the blog :)

  5. Yhey Garcia

    I just recently had my room made, and I very much agree on money easily vanishing because you have to buy this and that every now and then. Yet, it’s still worth it in the end. What more, you are having a house made. Can’t wait to see your new home! :)

  6. Lady Anne

    Oh, same here! We are also trying to finish our house construction before the rainy season sets in. Grabe, ang mahal ng materials. But it feels good to see our own home almost done (in photos lang, can’t wait to see the real thing soon), nakakawala ng pagod and homesickness. Let’s just hope wala munang typhoons para hindi ma delay ang construction! God bless Ms Paula! Post again some pics of your new home once everything’s done, para may before and after. Hehehe! :)

  7. Pinay R.

    Congratulations! It is always best to have a house of your own! My hubby also is strongly against condos because there is no land…of course, we are in Zambo and there is no need to choose this.

  8. Aileen

    You are really blessed to have someone to support this endeavor, financially. That is a whole lot, considering the huge expense! I hope you could move back by June and not worry about rent anymore. :-)

  9. Daddy Allan

    Before we got married we tried to look for house to rent in caloocan area because our work is based there. However, we come up looking for own house payable in ten years. Renting house even for a long time does not make you own the house unlike what we did. Now we are just 5 years away before we finally own our house.

  10. Mom Michelle

    You’re very blessed to have a FIL who’s very generous. He only looks what’s best for his family. It is indeed much better to live in your own place and property minus the rents. I’m so looking forward to that day for us too. I hope it’ll be very soon. :-)

  11. KRIZZA

    Congrats on your upcoming new home Paula! There’s no better feeling than staying in your own home sweet home. The process might had been so tough but the end result is definitely rewarding. I knew it! I had been in that situation a number of times but the hardship is all worth it.

    Good Luck!

  12. ElizOF

    Such good fortune to have a generous FIL… Wishing you much success in completing the home… Looking forward to seeing the after photos. :-)
    Eliz bc blogger

  13. Louise Antonette|Mommy Practicality

    You are lucky to have a very generous father-in-law. Me and hubby would want to get a house of our own as well. For the meantime, while we still cannot afford it. My mom naman allowed us to reconstruct the house so we could have our own family space, but on the second floor. We plan to construct another extension/third floor when budget already permits again.


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