This Pinoy Transformed an Old Water Tank Into a Cozy Tiny House

This two-storey 5.4sqm home comes with all the essentials.

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PHOTO Courtesy of Ronald “Tonton” Tan ILLUSTRATION War Espejo

What do you get when you put together an old water tank and a bodega? Ronald “Tonton” Tan turned it into a tiny house.

Dahil nga sa pandemic na ito, nalungkot ako for my kids,” he explained. “'Yong mga bata, even kami hindi kami makalabas, hindi maka-explore.” 

What started out as a dream to build his kids a treehouse turned into a big project. Walang masyadong tree[s] dito sa area. So why not use the tank house as the treehouse? Kaya siya naging tank house,” he said. 

In an exclusive tour, he showed how a 5.4sqm space can be as functional as your typical standard house. The two-storey structure comes complete with a kitchen, a dining area, a toilet and bath, a bedroom, and even a receiving area. Tan made sure every corner is functional. “Dito sa taas, sa loft area of the house, pwedeng maglagay dito ng dalawang beds,” he said as he walked the team around the house.


It also has enough storage for clothes and essentials. “'Yong mga sofa namin nabubuksan. Sa ilalim ng kitchen [is] a cabinet,” he said.

If you’re thinking of building your own tiny home, Tonton said you can start with P60,000 to P80,000. “Nandyan na 'yong pader, finished na siya, pwede na siyang tulugan,” he explained. At that price, you can also add a bed and a few essential items. “Pero 'yong finishing niya, 'yong mga important parts, 'yong mga lightings hindi pa kasama doon,” he pointed out. 

“For the construction of this tank house, ang nagastos ko is around P200,000,” he said. That includes plenty of electrical outlets, lighting, huge windows, and a cozy nook where the family can relax—plus the pieces of furniture that double as storage. 

Tan hopes that the Tank House would serve as an inspiration. “Naisip natin na maging inspiration ang building ng Tank House, not just for the family and the kids na para sumaya, but also to give inspiration sa mga nagtitipid ngayong pandemic,” he said.

Watch the tour here:

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