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'Parang Bakasyon Araw-Araw!' Expecting Couple Built Modern Bahay Kubo For Only P150K
PHOTO BY YOUTUBE / OG CHANNEL and the Suminguits
  • Tiny living is all the rage these days because it's practical, and even more when the tiny home is situated away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

    When Red Jun Suminguit's grandfather entrusted two hectares in Sapang Dalaga, Misamis Occidental to him and his wife Darleth Mae, they gamely took it on.

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    "It's so special for us kasi dito nakakapag-relax kami," Darleth Mae tells the OG team. "Fresh ang air, at malayo sa masyadong busy streets [at] maingay na kapitbahay, so parang nagbabakasyon lang."

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    Even before Red Jun and Darleth Mae moved into the property, it had already meant so much to them. It served as the venue not just for their prenup shoot but for their wedding as well.

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    Building materials from around the area

    Surrounded by trees, the Suminguits made use of the natural resources available as materials for their home. While they had decided on building a modern bahay kubo, they wanted it to have a different design.

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    "Mostly ang materials na ginamit namin [ay from] around the area lang," Darleth Mae says. "That's why we were able to save a lot on the cost."

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    Their house features exterior walls made of bagalnga (neem) trees, framing and flooring made from coconut trees, and posts made of mahogany. The interior, meanwhile, is made of amakan, while the roofing is made of nipa.

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    "Ang windows namin ay galing sa old windows ng parents ko, so we also didn't have to buy those," Darleth Mae adds. "The wood frames for the doors [ay] salvaged din dito sa area."

    Multipurpose areas

    Red Jun and Darleth Mae's bahay kubo consists of a six-by-12-foot patio and a 12-by-12-foot main room.

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    The room serves as the couple's bedroom and workplace area. They both work online: Red Jun being a programmer and Darleth Mae being a virtual assistant.

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    The room connects to a bathroom that used to be made entirely of bamboo. Realizing that bamboo easily deteriorates, Red Jun and Darleth Mae changed the material to concrete.

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    Outside the bahay kubo is a detached kitchen and entertainment area made with a mix of nipa and concrete, where the couple watches TV and YouTube, or streams music on Spotify.

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    And to enhance the cozy vibe of the property, Red Jun and Darleth Mae installed string lights in front of their home.

    All in all, the Suminguits spent around P150,000 for the construction of their modern bahay kubo. Because they used mostly materials from the farm and pre-loved furniture from their parents, they saved a lot on expenses.

    A baby on the way

    With a baby on the way, Red Jun and Darleth Mae realize that their modern bahay kubo may not be ideal in the long run, which is why they are considering converting the area into a bed and breakfast someday.

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    "If it's just going to be the two of us, we can live in this payag (cottage) for a long time," Darleth Mae says. "But in reality, for our growing family, we also want each member to have their own space.

    "And then siguro later, if may budget, we are planning to have a small café here and also maybe do parang a farm-to-table experience for people. Maybe we can officially open this area to the public."

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