‘From Pigpen to Dream House’: The Story of a Couple’s Journey Tugs at Heartstrings

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A house of their own… such is the dream of every family, right? But not everyone is born to a well-off family.

As much as we all want to start our family life inthe most comfortable way possible, it is not the case in many of us. Circumstances in our family sometimes prevents many of us from having a good start but that’s not to say that there’s no chance for us to uplift our life.

There’s always hope.

Some start their family by renting an apartment until such time when they can afford to buy a house of their own and convert it into a home. But a couple couldn’t afford renting one when they started their own family.

Raymond and his wife were forced by life’s circumstances at the time to make do with a pig pen as their living quarters for a year. It was where they lived when their child was born. And when their roof gave in during a rainy night, it made them more adamant to improve their living conditions. They made it their goal to have a comfortable future home of their own.

In a post on Home Buddies, 33-year-old Raymond shared: “Share ko lang po kahit nakakahiya. Nagsimula kami ng misis ko dito sa maliit na barong-barong (6 sqm.) kulungan po ito ng baboy nilinis lang namin para may matirhan kami ng walang babayaran na renta dahil wala po kaming pera or ipon nun.”

“Dito kami tumira ng 1 taon hanggang manganak yung misis ko. Isang gabe, madaling araw nun.. umulan ng malakas nasira yung bubong, bumagsak yung insulation na nilagay ko sa yero kasama ang tubig ulan at mga maliit na daga. Naglagay lang ako ng tolda sa bubong para di mabasa yung baby namin. Nakakalungkot ang hirap pala mag pamilya ng di kayo handa. Kaya simula nun nangarap kami ng asawa ko na magkaroon ng mas maayos sa matutuluyan para sa anak namin,” he disclosed further.

The determined husband found a job at his cousin’s pest control company and his wife, now 35, also got hired as a contractual government worker. They made sure to save up as much as they can until such time when they were able to partially pay for a parcel of land where they can start having their house built.

They then used their remaining savings to start building their own house; making sure to live on an even tighter budget for the sake of their dream home.

“Kapag walang pasok sa work, ako po mismo ay gumagawa at nag ko construction sa bahay para di po magastos sa bayad ng labor. Pa unti-unti lang po, pag nag ka extra income tinatabe po namin at pag nakaipon saka po namin ulit ipapagawa. Bale halos 2 years po namin ito binuo,” Raymond shared.

Indeed, it took them two years to at least finish the house, but a little more finishing touches and their dream home would be ready to take them in.

In an interview with News Presenter, Raymond shared that they rented a small place near their house while it is being built and will be moving in after the cabinets and vinyl tiles on the second floor had been installed. He continues to work at a pest control company and his wife now works from home. Their now four-year-old princess will soon enjoy their home sweet home with her determined parents!  Congrats, Soledad family!

On Tiktok, he shared a clip of their home’s journey:

@raymondsoledad14Bahay ni Ryzen♬ original sound – Jm Sanchez Gabriel💙 – Jm Gabriel

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