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  • Dreaming Of Owning A Tiny Home? Let These 10 Small Spaces Inspire You!

    From the budget you’ll need when building one to how you can keep it clean and organized!
    by Cielo Anne Calzado .
Dreaming Of Owning A Tiny Home? Let These 10 Small Spaces Inspire You!
PHOTO BY (FROM LEFT) Courtesy of Team ABC and Ervi Zamora-Leyco
  • If there’s one thing we can learn from tiny houses, it’s that you shouldn’t let the size of the space you have stop you from achieving the home you’ve always wanted. Whether it’s a bungalow, a compact room, or a loft-type space – you can still make it work for your family by knowing how to properly maximize every corner.

    As seen in the houses we’ve featured on SmartParenting.com.ph, a small space can be transformed into an IG-worthy, functional home sweet home. The secret lies in knowing what to prioritize during construction and making it as comfortable as possible for every member of the family.

    Tiny house design ideas

    Whether you’re saving up for your own home or you’re already on the planning stages of your project, we’ve rounded up some of the small homes we’ve featured to inspire you to turn your dream tiny house into reality:

    Be creative with how you use the available space

    The elevated space on the right is a home office!
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Annaliza Espinosa

    A mini house within a house? This is exactly what Annaliza and Joedel Espinosa achieved when they renovated an entire third floor into a home for four.

    Following a design by Joedel, they were able to incorporate their basic needs into the space — including a dining area, a loft-type bed, a functional kitchen, and an elevated home office. Read more here.

    Make the most of storage nooks

    The bench in the dining area doubles as storage.

    It can be challenging to live in a small space if you’re used to bigger areas, but Ervi and Nelson Leyco discovered they can live large in a bungalow. They took inspiration from staycations to make it as relaxing as possible, plus, they have well-thought-out storage compartments around the house to keep clutter at bay. Read more here.

    Maximize the outdoor area

    The kubo houses the indoor pool.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Karen Riva
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    If you have an outdoor space at your disposal, you can take inspiration from Karen and Richard Riva’s second home in the mountains. Aside from having a tiny home where they can relax and relish the fresh air, they also built a kubo with an indoor pool, a tree house, and a special villa for their pets. Read more here

    Be adventurous

    “When kids have less, they tend to value things more,” mom Katrina Quisil shares.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Katrina Quisil

    Have you seen shows featuring tiny houses on wheels? It can be quite an adventure and this is something single mom of two Katrina Quisil chose to embrace as she juggles two jobs. Living the van life has also taught her children to adapt an eco-minimalist lifestyle. Read more here.

    Follow a budget

    This tiny home proves that you can still make your dream home come true even if you’re working within a tight budget.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Team ABH

    For only Php280,000, AB Magtulis and Hazel Garcia were able to build their tiny house complete with workstations, a sleeping area, a bathroom, and a roofdeck. Just like them, you can also schedule additional home improvement projects in the future when you’ve saved up extra funds. Read more here.

    Look into working with a design professional

    With its open layout, the ground floor is flexible enough to also function as a play area for the kids.
    PHOTO BY Mariane Dela Cruz

    With the help of engineer Louigi Gayutin, Ayen and Apollo Ylagan successfully realized their home that takes inspiration from Tiny House Nation in just 54 days. Measuring 4 meters wide and 17 meters long, the loft-style house locates the bedroom on the upper floor and the common areas on the ground floor. Read more here.

    Consider your surroundings

    When it comes to building a home, location is of utmost importance.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Irene Vidaurreta

    Don’t hesitate to plant your roots in the province just like Irene and Benjie Vidaurreta. The newlyweds built a tiny house on top of a hill – giving them breathtaking views of the lush surroundings.

    This setting suits them perfectly as they want their future kids to enjoy a peaceful environment and take pleasure in buhay probinsya, too. Read more here.

    Embrace simplicity

    The family spent around Php500, 000 in total to complete the kubo.
    PHOTO BY Courtsy of Jorenjoy Malaran-Guevarra

    They say there’s beauty in simplicity and this is what the Malaran family’s bahay kubo exemplifies. By choosing to build a modern bahay kubo with durable materials and basic necessities, they are able to appreciate their surroundings more.

    “Masaya at nakaka-relax po magpagawa ng bahay kubo, lalo na kung malawak ang paligid at makakapag-tanim ng maraming puno,” Jorenjoy Malaran-Guevarra shares. Read more here.

    You can always try DIY

    The 42sqm loft-type space used to be the kitchen area in Jun’s parents’ home.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Carmela Bustos

    Living under quarantine has inspired us to get busy and creative when it comes to improving our homes. For Carmela and Jun Bustos, the time they had gave them an opportunity to renovate the loft in their family home. Read more here. Read more here.

    Learn more about minimalist living

    "Even our furniture and décor pieces, we made sure na cohesive when put together," says Jannica.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Jannica Suillan

    Many who have transitioned to small space living have started living with less to keep their tiny homes as clean and welcoming as possible. First-time mom Jannica Suillan was drawn to the idea of minimalist living to maximize their home.

    “It’s about happiness and making room for the good things in life, the irreplaceable things — ‘yung feeling namin na pag nasa house, peaceful, happy, magaan, and focusing in the moment,” Jannica says. Read more here.

    Want to share your #budgetperofancy home makeover? Email us at smartparentingsubmissions@gmail.com and tell us about your project. For more home improvement and renovation ideas, click here.

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