The dream home of this OFW will inspire you to work harder

This hardworking dad built the dream home his family deserved after years of working abroad


Albert Calibara has been working in Saudi Arabia for over 30 years to provide a good life for his family. “It’s hard to be separated from them. Every year we only get together twice at most, during the summer break and Christmas,” he begins. Decades of hard work finally paid off as he was able to build his family’s dream home.

Albert’s wife Marie stays with him abroad while their two children are based here. The couple wanted a place where they could all settle down as a family since their retirement is nearing. The family own a condominium unit in the metro, but wanted their dream home in a more peaceful location.They decided to build their new house in Rizal.

Double volume ceilings and amazing views welcome guests to this stunning home. The homeowners opted for modern light fixtures to illuminate the whole area


They enlisted the services of architectural firm Green Ideas, which counted among its projects several other properties in the subdivision. “The owners wanted the house to be majestic while also prioritizing their security. That’s why they wanted it built on the highest slope,” architects Jeffrey Reyes and Grace Kim explain. It took a year to construct their 440sqm house.

The living room is kept simple with gray sofas and a textured rug. Beige curtains complement the tiled floors and frame views outside


The interiors of this dwelling are anchored on a contemporary Asian style. In addition to a tranquil color palette, its lines and forms are simple and clean. High ceilings and a grand staircase made from tanguile welcomes guests into this dwelling. Underneath the stairs is a dry garden that furthers the relaxing feel of the space.

The dining area follows the neutral tones of the main spaces. Texture is incorporated through the accent wall underneath the stairs and the backsplash of the kitchen


The area opens to the dining space and kitchen that both keep to the same feel and color palette. Marie loves to cook for her family so she requested for a big, functional kitchen. A pantry is located further in for additional storage.

Albert and Marie only saw their house twice during its construction since they are based abroad. Communication between them and the design team transpired online. “It was really nice that the couple wasn’t restrictive with the budget. It was always a go as long as the materials and fixtures we presented suited their taste and were within budget,” Jeffrey shares. The family gave their inputs, but mostly let Green Ideas have free reign with both the interiors and exteriors of the house.

The kitchen features deeper shades of brown. An island serves as a nook for quick meals and snacks


“They personally handpicked and purchased the furniture pieces ahead of time,” the architects say. The sofa, dining table, and chairs that the couple chose were incorporated in the space after construction.

The three bedrooms upstairs were designed according to the preferences of each family member.The couple wanted a luxurious hotel room feel so the designers opted for shades of beige and gold for the master bedroom. Across it are the children’s spaces that are simply furnished but blessed with spectacular views of the surrounding areas.

The master bedroom exudes luxury with its gold and beige color scheme that contrasts with the greens outside


The son’s room keeps to the earth-toned scheme but uses vibrant blue as accents. Wood tiles and wallpapered walls add to the relaxing vibe


The daughter’s room is sweet and feminine with white and shades of pink


This contemporary dwelling is full of the family’s personal touches. Living far from family has been especially hard for the couple, but seeing their dream home has given them renewed strength. “It’s hard living away from my children but at least it’s rewarding to have financial stability. We built and finished our new house without any loans from banks,” Albert proudly shares.

This family’s days of living separately are coming to an end as Albert and Marie will soon settle back home. This dream home will see the family reunited as they begin a new chapter of their lives.