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  • Couple Builds Modern Kubo In Laguna So Their Family Can Take A Break From The City

    They turned an unused hectare of land into a serene retreat inspired by tiny homes in Bali.
    by Cielo Anne Calzado .
Couple Builds Modern Kubo In Laguna So Their Family Can Take A Break From The City
PHOTO BY Courtesy of Ann YL | Uncle Rod’s Cabin
  • Living under quarantine has taught us many things, but perhaps the two most important are — first, there’s no place like home and second, having access to open spaces is essential. These are the same realizations that dawned upon Ann YL* and her husband, Johan, after they completed their modern kubo in Cavinti, Laguna.

    In a Facebook post she shared on the Home Buddies group, Ann said that “kundi pa nagka-pandemic, 'di namin mari-realize na dapat matagal na namin ginawa ito para may matatakbuhan kami sa mga emergencies like these and we need to isolate from people.”

    The completed kubo isn’t just welcoming, it also offers magnificent views of the outdoors – thanks to its location on top of a hill. It's now called Uncle Rod’s Cabin, is named after Ann’s father who acquired the land in the 80s.

    “Actually, we just tried to talk to him and ask if we can get a piece of his three-hectare farm lot. Without hesitation, he immediately gave one hectare to us! We didn’t expect it because the land has been there for decades and now is the only time we’re using it,” shares Ann in a chat with SmartParenting.com.ph.

    How to build a modern kubo

    Building the cabin was not a walk in the park for the couple. Hard work, perseverance, and the willingness to spend for it enabled them to see it through completion.

    “I took over the last two weeks of construction because I wasn’t happy with our contractor. It’s important to hire professionals you can depend on or if not, you can personally oversee the project to avoid delays,” she suggests. Uncle Rod’s Private Cabin was finished in five weeks with the help of five skilled workers.

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    Aside from resolving issues with the contractor, making sure the cabin has water and electricity was yet another obstacle that Ann and Johan had to overcome. “Securing electricity and water took three weeks. Super layo ng nearest post ng electricity sa cabin since it’s on top of the hill. I had to contract four more posts para gumapang ang cables – that was a requirement,” Ann says.

    At the end of the day, seeing the finished kubo makes the stress worth it for the couple. Not only do they have a place to come home to when they want to destress or take a break from the city, they also have an extra source of income since Uncle Rod’s can be rented on Airbnb. “We plan to add more amenities like a playground, a basketball court, add farm animals, more plants, and even photoshoot areas,” shares Ann.

    With Metro Manila becoming more congested and given the land they have, Ann says that moving near Uncle Rod’s Private Cabin is part of their future plans, especially since their kids, aged 12 and 5, also love spending time in the kubo. “Hopefully we can add more cabins, and a bigger one for us where we can settle in when we grow older,” she muses.

    Take a peek inside Uncle Rod’s Private Cabin below:

    PHOTO BY courtesy of Ann YL | Uncle Rod’s Cabin
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    Uncle Rod’s Cabin is the place to be if you want to take a break from the city. Standing on top of a hill, it’s perfect for relaxing and reconnecting with nature.

    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Ann YL | Uncle Rod’s Cabin

    Taking inspiration from tiny homes in Bali, the modern kubo’s size can be likened to a studio unit, with a semi-outdoor bathroom. “I just drew the design I had in mind then my friend who’s good in Photoshop translated my drawing,” says Ann.

    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Ann YL | Uncle Rod’s Cabin
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    The terrace is Ann’s favorite spot in the cabin as it’s the best place to marvel at the lush scenery.

    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Ann YL | Uncle Rod’s Cabin

    The furnishings follow a nature-inspired theme. Ann shopped for essentials online given the pandemic. The space is also equipped with small appliances.

    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Ann YL | Uncle Rod’s Cabin
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    You can still keep up with your favorite series and movies while staying in the cabin!

    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Ann YL | Uncle Rod’s Cabin

    An outdoor kitchen makes preparing meals a more calming experience.

    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Ann YL | Uncle Rod’s Cabin

    Inspired by Bali, Indonesia, Ann decided to have a semi-outdoor/open bathroom. The wooden finishes are lovely and complement the overall design.

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    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Ann YL | Uncle Rod’s Cabin

    Dining al fresco is possible, as well as passing the time by lying in the hammock.

    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Ann YL | Uncle Rod’s Cabin

    Can’t stand the heat? There’s a swimming pool for a quick dip.

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    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Ann YL | Uncle Rod’s Cabin

    The cabin looks welcoming during the day and whimsical at night.

    *Surnames withheld upon request.

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