Annyeong! Book A Family Staycation At This Korean-Inspired FarmhouseTake a virtual tour of this family's house in Pampanga.
Could there be anything more relaxing than waking up to verdant rice fields? For Shari Adalia, that's what makes their farmhouse worth every peso.
It was in 2018 when Shari's family acquired a farm lot in Pampanga. They knew it was the perfect location where her dad, a farmer, could happily spend his retirement years.
Farming is a main source of income in the area. "Most of the people talaga dito [ay] nagtatanim," Shari tells the OG team.
"'Yon ang hobby ng father namin. Do'n talaga siya masaya, kaya nag-provide din kami ng lot para sa kanya na nakakapagtanim din siya. Dahil siyempre senior citizen na siya, ang priority is ang happiness niya."
Construction began in 2019, but they experienced delays because of the strict protocols when the pandemic broke out. These days, they are enjoying a completed Korean-inspired farmhouse, flanked by bahay kubos.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Traditional and modern
Despite the comforts of the modern home, their father prefers to stay in the hut because it's furnished with kitchen and living essentials. There's even a hammock outside for everyday napping and relaxing. At the back, he can plant rice or corn.CONTINUE READING BELOWRecommended Videos
Shari and her family's farmhouse has three floors: the first used to be a function hall for gatherings, but currently, it serves as a private staff room.
The second floor is where they spend most of their time. It houses the main bedroom, living area, and kitchen, all in one open space.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
"Dito sa bedroom namin, favorite spot din namin 'to kasi nandito na lahat. 'Pag gusto mo mag-relax, 'ayan ang bed," Shari explains.
"Meron din kaming small living area. Dito nagba-bonding ang mga magpipinsan. Nanonood sila usually [ng] Netflix."
Stepping out onto the balcony, one can see the adjoining infinity pool, which took five months to build due to the change in tiles used. "Ang gusto ng brother ko unique ang color ng tiles, so naghanap talaga kami ng concept na gusto niya," Shari says.
Also visible from the area is a cabana, where Shari's brother likes to stay for privacy when he's working.
There's also an adjacent vacant lot where their family plans on building a fish pond. The plan is that all the food for their family will come from their farm.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
The topmost part of the farmhouse is a rooftop, which offers fresh air and scenic views of the surrounding rice fields. It has also been the venue of many of their family's parties as well as their occasional barbecues.
Sticking to a plan
The total size of their family's lot, which measures 2,000 square meters, cost 2 million pesos. The cost of the main house, meanwhile, with a total floor area of 1,800 square meters, went up to 5 million pesos due to the added cost whenever they would change materials.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
"'Yong brother ko medyo meticulous siya pagdating sa mga materials na ginamit," Shari says. "So 'pag nakita niya na hindi bagay, pinapapalitan. And that is one of the reasons kaya medyo nagtagal yung construction."
While Shari recommends the farm life for a healthy lifestyle, she advises those planning on building their own farmhouse to have a fixed plan and to invest in an architect or a construction expert.
"One of the lessons learned sa 'min [ay ang] nagpaulit-ulit kami sa construction." Shari recalls. "For example, kinabit na and eventually [tinanggal]. So do'n kami napalaki ng expenses."
Interested in renting Shari’s farmhouse? Contact Anabel Batis at 0999-761-9915.
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