This Couple Made Their Tiny-House Dream Come True in Batangas

Think of it as an amped up little home!

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PHOTO Courtesy of Julius and Smile Garcia

(SPOT.ph) Been thinking of doing the big move, straight out of Metro Manila—and literally anywhere else, pretty much? It's how we feel sometimes too. Which is probably why tiny-house tours have been at the top of our sanity-saving, binge-watching content throughout the pandemic. If you've been wondering how to take it to the next level, here's one example of a couple that went from seeing the concept online to making it in real life. 

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How this couple built a tiny house in Batangas:

Julius and Smile Garcia's little abode sits on a green space in Padre Garcia, Batangas. They had originally acquired a lot in a subdivision in Lipa City but then decided to go the tiny-house route after coming across the tours on YouTube—plus, choosing to build a small home was the better way to stay within their housing budget and timeline. 

"Nagsabi rin kasi ako [kay Smile] na on her 40th birthday, doon kami mag-celebrate ng birthday niya sa sarili na naming bahay," shares Julius in an OG exclusive video. 

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PHOTO Courtesy of Julius and Smile Garcia
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So the couple set to work in July of 2020 and by December, the structure was already up. They were able to move into their cozy new home by January.

What sets their tiny house apart is how the couple set out to make it feel as un-tiny as possible, resulting in a well-designed home that feels anything but cramped. “Itong tiny house namin dinesign na maliit lang 'yong space pero functional lahat,” Julius says. “Tapos 'yong dining area marami kang pwedeng gawing arrangement to accommodate different situations. Iyon 'yong favorite part ko."

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Dubbed "La Casita Garcia," their home has two floors: the bottom has 27 square meters of space while the upper has 18 square meters. The rooms are around 3x3 meters in size. And since we're talking about rooms, they fit in a kitchen, a full bathroom, two lofts upstairs, and one bedroom directly facing the entertainment area on the second level—with room to move around. 

While it may look like a container van—a typical base for tiny homes—this one is not. “Sa materials namin we used concrete and wood. And then for those areas na may water, like the toilet, bathroom, and kitchen we used concrete, and for the rest of the house, we used wood framing para magaan lang siya and lightweight. And then for the walls, we used a long span na makapal na yero. Custom na siya, ganoon din 'yong aking roof," explains Julius.

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Check out La Casita Garcia in the OG video below:

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