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"My Inspiration For This House Are My Kids" Mom Builds P1M Farmhouse With Mountain View
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  • Imagine this: a wooden house teeming with beautiful greenery. Sounds like a plant lover's dream, right?

    That's exactly what 42-year-old mom Joy Montejo's house is. A certified plantita, Joy shows her love for plants throughout her home, which she named "Munting Hardin".

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    Joy's property sits on 1,854 square meters of land in Villa Paraiso Rizal, Nueva Ecija. Outside, children can run freely on a grass-covered lawn and a playground, which has a slide and a seesaw.

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    "My inspiration for this house are my kids," Joy tells the OG team, "kasi gusto kong ma-experience nila ang childhood na naranasan ko: being outdoors; tumatakbo-takbo kayo sa paligid; naglalaro kayo ng taguan, patintero; you play with animals, nagtatanim ka ng mga gulay."

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    A haven for plant lovers

    When planning for the house, Joy initially wanted just a small bamboo bahay kubo in the middle of a farm. But her father persuaded her to use wood from the mountains instead. The result: A two-storey farmhouse made of glass, concrete, and eighty percent wood.

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    The house was built during the pandemic, a time Joy describes as very uncertain. Nevertheless, she had faith that it was the right time. "I decided to push through with the construction of this house because this is my longtime dream," Joy says. "Pangarap ko talaga that at the age of 40, mayro'n na 'kong retirement house."

    Joy’s farmhouse has the common elements of a home: a living area with a television, a dining area, two bedrooms, a mini kitchen, breakfast nook, and a bathroom.

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    But what sets it apart is the constant presence of plant life in every nook and cranny, as well as the wooden elements. "Here in Munting Hardin, we make sure na mayroon talaga kaming mga plant corner as source of oxygen," she says. "Gusto ko kasing hindi artificial ang mga halaman."

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    A mountain view

    Of course, Joy's home also comes with unique features, such as a bar that overlooks the Sierra Madre mountain range. Joy recalls seeing just how breathtaking the view was that she decided it was where she would build her retirement house.

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    Other pieces of interest include a mahogany sala set, rattan cabinets, and capiz windows, a reflection of how the house is a fusion of modern and traditional architecture. There are also plans to add a mini Jacuzzi area that also provides a view of the Sierra Madre.

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    For the size of the farmhouse, which spans a total floor area of 180 square meters, Joy also spent more or less P1 million for the construction. The lot, meanwhile, cost her only P200,000.

    Also available for staycations

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    Joy opened her farmhouse to the public this 2022, and the property is now on its second phase of construction. Soon, there will also be a mini pool, some cottages, and a bigger playground.

    Presently, overnight accommodation ranges from P3,500 to P7,000, depending on the number of guests. If you’d like to experience life in Joy’s farmhouse, visit her Facebook page, Munting Hardin, for inquiries.

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