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Living in the Philippines: Practical Tips in Building Your Dream House

Updated on November 2, 2012

Building your first home is a very exciting task but drawing the plan can also be one of the most challenging stages for any first time. If you are in the Philippines, try to build a simple house. This is more practical and will work for you in the long run.

In deciding the style and kind of house you are going to build, it would do you good to consider also not just your personal preferences but the context. Living in a third world country has its own drawbacks. For one, majority of the population falls below the median earning capacity and this could present added challenges to a home owner. While others would like a more lavish home which would stand out from the rest, this might not be such a good idea if you live in a third world country.

Living a simple and modest lifestyle is one secret to living a safe and secure life anywhere, but most particularly in a third world set-up. When jobs are scarce and people do not really have a great source of earning, it is best to build a modest house in the midst of poverty.

Minimal Design (Exteriors)

One of the prime considerations in building a simple house is to incorporate features to ensure and keep your family safe and secure from all elements and intruders. Try to choose an appropriate location. Next, draw the house plan with the help of an architect.

Living in a third world country means to avoid unnecessarily flaunting your wealth. Unless you are privileged to live in an exclusive and tightly-secured or gated community, living low and simple is the key to a safe living. This is not saying that you should not build a home within your whims and specification. You can still make the necessary designs to your homes but do so in the interiors.

Your home's exterior should be modest and ideally be appropriate to the local community. As much as possible, do not try to stand out too much. In effect, do not give any thief a reason to choose your future home as a likely target.

Install Safety Features in Your Home

Other equally important consideration is to address security issues. One must build a concrete fence high enough to ward anyone from entering it. But do not make the mistake of making it too high that you would risk people thinking you are hiding something illegal inside.

The house must be locked safely from inside and outside. Much better, install a home security alarm system and security cameras in and around your home. Sufficient lighting around the house is also advisable at night.


Living Small, Living Simple

The key is to keep your house looking as simple as possible in the outside. At these times, it is best to stay on the side of caution in order to live a peaceful life in a third world country like the Philippines.


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    • gmmurgirl profile image

      Geimaria 4 years ago from Pilipinas

      Hi Dave! You are right, a solid foundation will make it withstand natural calamities like storms and earthquakes (hopefully). Thanks for reading!

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Make sure you have a solid foundation and the rest will fall into place.

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