Our Philippine House Project – we move in!

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Yesterday, November12, 2010, we moved into our new house in Tigbauan, Iloilo. We just wanted to share our excitement. In some ways, the nine months of construction were a challenge (as our readers know!), but we are very, very pleased with our new house. For nine months Bob had to commute from our apartment to house construction site. For nine months we had to fight Iloilo City traffic day after day to make sure the workers had the materials they needed. Now that is over and we can relax and enjoy our house and our lives in this paradise.

Our Philippine House - June 2011

Living room/Kitchen

Once we get settled in, we plan to reorganize our posts describing our project, but for now we’re going to relax and enjoy!

We bought quite a bit of furniture (shown above) during a recent Mandaue Foam sale.

Just because we moved in does not mean the house is done.  We still have two workers, one a caretaker/yard worker.  The other is our former foreman who is staying on building furniture, kitchen cabinets and wardrobes.  For closets we decided to built 4′ x 8′ freestanding wardrobes “armoires” rather than built in closets.  This allows the wardrobes to be built and finished outside the house and then moved in.  The wardrobes will not need holes drilled in our brand new tile floors and can be moved about easily.  We’ll have two in the “master’s bedroom” and one in each of the other three bedrooms.  We’ll build them, as we’re building just about everything, of plantation-grown mahogany from Guimaras island.  So, the work continues.

Bob and Carol

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  1. Bob and Carol,
    I can’t begin to thank you enough for your detailed writings on the home building process. My wife is from Altavas, Aklan and has some property where we plan to build our retirement home in the next year or so. Your detailed writing, as well as the photos, really helps bring the process together for us.

    It will take me a while to read and digest all the pages you’ve published, but what I’ve read so far seems spot-on based on my visits over the years, most recently this past April/May.

    Again, thank you for sharing.

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  2. Hello:

    You have a very nice house.
    I hope we have the change to built that.

    Many Greetings from Holland: Freek

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  3. I’ve looked to find a floor plan to show to my fiance (from Bacolod) and I have not found one. Is it safe to say that its 3 bedrooms on one side, an L shaped living area, and then then final bedroom (and CR???) by itself?

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  4. Really nice bungalow, it looks airy in the inside… its good that you have a spacious lot this is good for gardening and if you have dogs. And its a good decision that you chose to live in the countryside. The smell of the fresh morning countryside air is priceless!

    I’ve been reading your blog the whole morning its interesting and fun to read about living in Iloilo from a foreigner’s point of view… will bookmark your site.

    Anyways, congratulations to your new house! and hope you will continue to enjoy Iloilo!

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  5. We think you’ve got a simple, but beautiful and sturdy home, basing on all the detailed photos and documentations you’ve unselfishly shared. Praise God for leading you to retire in this country with Carol, for patiently taking all clear photos and giving clear technical descriptions of your house construction. A blessed and bountiful new year 2011.

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  6. Congratulations! House looks beautiful, like a perfect idyllic retreat. May there always be warmth, love, happiness, and good health, to complement what you have wonderfully built. You both have done a fantastic job to create your tropical paradise. Very inspiring for those of us who plan to retire in Iloilo or anywhere in the Philippines someday. For that I thank you. Cheers!

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  7. Congratulations Bob and Carol. I am a frequent visitor of your website and had followed the building of your wonderful home. I learned a lot from your site. You project will serve as inspiration for me when I go home to retire and build my home over there.

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  8. I am so happy for you Bob & Carol! I pray you enjoy your beautiful house for many years with your family and friends. Martin and I will see you soon. God bless!

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  9. Congrats Carol and Bob! What a task (almost) done. Great. See you in Iloilo. Enjoy your new home.

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  10. Bob Congrats. It’s a masterpiece. I can” believe how that place has changed since I was there in April of 09. The house is done with great taste.

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  11. Congratulations!
    I have followed this blog since you were bying hollow block for the fence, and have learnt a lot. If you re-arrange the blogs, I hope you keep it all, for others to learn in the future.
    Thanks to you both to keeping up the good work all this time.
    Hope you can enjoy your house for may years to come.
    Thanks!
    (hope there is more to come 🙂

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  12. Congratulations to both of you, job well done!!! God Bless you on your new “Home Sweet Home” enjoy every minute
    of it.

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  13. Congratulations, Bob! That’s a fantastic effort and I bet satisfying, too. I’d love to see a full set of pics.

    Your detailed description of your house building project will certainly helped me when we have our place built starting in the new year (in Silay). Very much appreciated!

    Have you thought about getting in a landscaper to have a look at your yard?

    Andrew

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  14. Bob its great. Some thoughts. Has your ideas of keeping the house cool worked? Do you plan on shades or blinds on the windows? Really a nice home Bob-happy for you guys. Ron

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    • Ron,

      We have drapes on all windows EXCEPT those shown in the interior photo. We plan on some sort of bamboo shade on the west kitchen window. Yes, the house is quite comfortable. We were up in the attic of the apartment that we’ve been renting here. It has a metal roof with no insulation. It was unbearably hot up there. Our insulation really works to keep our attic temperatures down. Of course the big windows help but to be honest one of the biggest reasons our house is pretty comfortable is because our property is in an open agricultural area and it’s almost always breezy. The ceiling fans are great when the wind dies down. Now that the NE “monsoon” (Amihan) has set in, it’s super breezy. Early in the construction we had a lot of sand around. The Amihan wind would blow the sand around. My workers said it was like working in Saudi Arabia!

      Bob

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  15. Congrats you’all! It’s beautiful. I love the daylight that illuminates the living room. I’m still planning to go home next year and hope to take a closer look at your house. Well done and enjoy!

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