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Pwedeng Starter Home Ng Bagong Kasal: This Tiny House By The River Costs Only P700K
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    When Andrew Elbo's parents acquired a 150-square-meter property in Lumban, Laguna, he thought of building a house for them. "Naisip ko lang na lagyan ng pahingahan na ganitong bahay na kung saan dito kami magpapahinga ng pamilya ko," he tells the OG team.

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    Fast forward to October 2020, when Andrew set the wheels in motion for the construction of a tiny house, which took only three months to complete. Today, his home is a striking matte black structure by the Pagsanjan River.

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    "Ang unique feature nitong tiny house, unang-una talaga ang view ng Sierra Madre," Andrew says.

    "Pangalawa, siguro kung gusto mong manirahan lang sa maliit na bahay, 'yong small living lang talaga [ay] masu-suggest ko sa mga nagsisimula [at] sa mga bachelor o kahit [sa mga] babae na nag-uumpisa [palang]."

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    Tiny home by the river

    Initially, Andrew lived alone in the house, something which he says never made him feel lonely because of the beautiful area.

    But these days, he is happily sharing his home with his wife Aiza, and they have started to open the property to the public as a tiny coffee shop.

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    The floor area of Andrew's tiny house measures three by six meters. Inspired by finds on Pinterest and YouTube, he was intentional with the home's industrial design and compact size.

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    Instead of using container vans, he opted for a fabricated structure, using long-span wall cladding and I-beams for the posts. To save space and avoid cooking smells inside the tiny house, Andrew placed the kitchen and the bathroom outdoors.

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    Stepping inside, guests will be greeted with a predominant grey color, in line with the industrial feel of the home. Natural light bathes the living area, which has floor-to-ceiling window panels, while the minimal furniture and fixtures add to its spaciousness. The underbelly of the staircase serves as a hidden storage cabinet for items.

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    Upstairs, Andrew and Aiza have their clothes tucked in the storage drawers under their bed. While the same massive windows give them a glimpse of the majestic Sierra Madre mountains, they still have a sense of privacy as the glass used is reflective on the outside. Blinds also help sun-proof the bedroom, which measures 3 by 3 square meters.

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    Tiny-house realities

    Andrew had his share of problems with the house at the beginning. Given the square-type structure, they experienced leaks whenever it would rain. He also worries that the glass windows might crack during the typhoon season as these are not tempered.

    Another downside was the heat as the house faces the sun, something they remedied by using styrofoam for insulation.

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    The construction alone cost Andrew roughly P700,000. He believes that a tiny house is a great option for solo living or single people, but not for more than three dwellers.

    To aspiring homeowners who also wish to build a tiny home, Andrew reminds them of the importance of adjusting their lifestyle to the size of the house given the limitation of space.

    "Dapat ang pamumuhay ninyo ay tiny lang din," he advises. "I mean, hindi kayo nagbabalak na kumuha ng malalaking gamit o kahit sasakyan. Talagang mahihirapan ka maglagay ng mga gamit mo, so dapat ang plano mo at ang pamumuhay mo ay maliit lang din, 'yong sakto lang para sa 'yo."

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