While renting houses in Olongapo city years ago, I was still working on board merchant ships, when I was home from sea, every Sunday we would come up the Mountain in Bataan to visit my wife’s family there. While sitting under their mango tree I noticed that the temperature was at least 10 degrees cooler than in “Olongapo City”, normally at that same time of the afternoon, I’d be hiding in a room with the air/con going full blast.
Within a few months I bought a lot that was 997 square meters. I have no idea where the missing 3 square meters went. A couple of years later my wife started building her house, I helped by sending money every month. As the land was not level she built a wall and back filled the land with 67 dump trucks of fill. My man Cave was built first to store building materials and a place for the workers to live and cook. And since there is no city water we drilled our first deep well for water.
In 1999 she started construction, with a contract for labor only. She and the family would provide needed materials. They found out that you could save vast amounts of money if you buy the entire truck load of cement and re-bar at one time vice daily trips to an overcharging hardware store.
The house was build with as many windows as we could have and still support the roof, (which is an18 inches thick slab) to take advantage of the cooler air.
About the house;
Cost of the lot: (997 sq. meters.) $2,500.00
Cost of Wall: $1,500.00
Cost to level the land: $ 600.00
Labor Contract: $ 20,000.00
Cost of the House: I really don’t know, my wife’s not done with it yet. When I moved in to the house my bank account was light by $160,000.00 (1999 dollars) this included the cost 1st deep well, the Man Cave/dirty Kitchen plus all fixtures for plumbing and electrical, Tinted aluminum sliding windows, and least we forget the required prison bars over the windows… And not one centavo for interest, as no mortgage was desired.
Man Cave/ Dirty Kitchen: 403 Square feet
House: 1,980 Square feet
Roof Patio: 1,100 Square Feet, The house is made up of 2 Master bedrooms w/full baths, 2 Bedroom that share a 3rd bath, Eat in kitchen, Living Room, Dining room, and a storeroom for treasured junk. (Paul k. I have no JOT storage area).
In the picture I called the dining room set “My 1st Generator” There is a reason for that. I left to pick up a Ship in Korea; and left behind a thousand dollars for the purchase of a generator. I’m in Perth Australia and my wife is telling me she had dining room set, handmade using the generator money. Then I joked and told her to plug the electric into the table during the next brownout. She didn’t find that as funny as I did. I bought a Honda Generator next time I was home.
As any guy who lives here will tell you, a woman will keep all boxes that any appliance came in. Sometimes they will be displayed and/or stored. I came into the new house and found the storeroom chocker-block with boxes that cockroaches happen to love the flavor of. I smiled and asked my bride if she had plans to divorce me or move? She shouted “NEVER!! And I replied, “Thank God, now we don’t need to keep those boxes, do we?”