This Modern Bahay Kubo Is One Answer to Living Outside of the City

It cost around P400,000 to build.

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(SPOT.ph) If you've ever needed your own place to escape to when the city becomes too much (in other words, always), then how about building a modern bahay kubo? Sure, having a second home may seem like something only a certain few could do, but columnist Susan "Toots" Ople found a more affordable solution: a modern bahay kubo

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Built away from the urban jungle, this tiny house is exactly what Ople and her partner Fort Jose needed. It is neither big nor grand but, "Yong bahay kubo life talaga, tribute 'yon sa simple joys of the past." And hey, if it worked before, then it can definitely work now—with all the modern advantages, of course.

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This modern bahay kubo is a different take on the tiny house takeover:

Ople's take on the bahay kubo sits on a sparse, quiet lot. From the outside, it looks very much like the huts we're all familiar with but a step inside shows how the couple took it up a notch or two. Measuring around 35 square meters, the kubo was built using bamboo for the structure and amakan panels for the ceiling. Inside, there's a sleeping area, a living area, a bathroom, and an attached kitchen. The highlight of the space is the bright mural behind the TV on the main wall; peep the couple's dog painted on one corner.

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The home was built early in 2021. Sure, there were some obstacles to adding updated technology to a bahay kubo—think figuring out how airconditioning would work in a room made with bamboo-slat walls—but Ople managed. "Siguro, lesson learned, maganda rin na mayroong professional na mag-ga-guide. Pero ang maganda lang dito yung vision na nasa isip ko na-carry out din namin."

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All in all, the project cost Ople around P400,000. Certainly more than one typically pays for a bahay kubo—but this isn't your ordinary take. If you're looking for one way to solve property woes, this might just be the ticket. "Kung hindi kaya ng magarang bahay, ipagmalaki natin ['yong kubo]," as Ople says. "Ang importante lang 'yong structure maayos. It's really not in the size of the house. The size of the house is secondary only to the love that is within the walls of the house."

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