A domestic helper in Singapore shares inspiring photos of the home that she was able to build for her family in the Philippines. It might not be a grand mansion, but every bit of this space is a fruit of her labor – and that makes this house extra special for this hardworking OFW (overseas Filipino worker).
Sharing her story on PERFECT HOUSE DESIGNS, a Facebook group for people who want to share photos of their homes (or house projects), Marily Barretto explained that she’s proud to be working as a domestic helper in Singapore.
She also decided to begin working on her dream house because of the saying “basta my nasimulan ka, may tatapusin” (as long as you started something, you have something to finish).
Indeed, the house is a great way to have something visible or tangible as a remembrance of your hard work in your job – and it’s something you can truly be grateful for when you’re already ready to retire.
Simple and Modern House Design
Barretto’s house is simple and has a contemporary design. It stands on a 48 sqm lot, so she doesn’t have a lot of room to build a grand home. Still, that’s already enough for a 2-bedroom home with one toilet.
The façade features different styles. There’s also a deck with built-in benches for relaxing. They can double as planters if you want to display your favorite blooms.
Towards the back is the kitchen with a single-line counter that has provision for built-in cabinets.
Work in Progress
What’s really inspiring about Barretto’s dream house can be found on the Facebook page – she had started posting about it back in 2021.
There were times when work on the home had to stop. That’s understandable and very relatable because many homeowners have to stop construction until they have money again.
In 2022, Barretto shared that she had already spent around Php245k for this house. It’s likely that the amount has reached Php500k in 2023 or until the house is completed.
See also: Judged by Others, Determined OFW Builds House (Proves Them Wrong!)
Source: Marily Barretto / PERFECT HOUSE DESIGNS