The Rising Popularity of Tiny Houses In the Philippines

July 19, 2021



Micah Mongcal

These comfy, stylish tiny houses will revolutionize your vision of a dream home.

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For many Filipinos, owning a home seems to be an elusive dream. With a government resolution declaring a housing crisis early this year, the availability of safe, accessible, and comfortable houses has become an urgent issue. Weather conditions in the Philippines such as typhoons and heat waves, and the threat of earthquakes present further complications in the search for housing solutions that can withstand these occurrences.

Enter tiny houses: an effective and innovative movement that seeks to fulfill our basic needs for shelter and security, as well as our desire to grow as individuals and assert our freedom and creativity in a home that we can call our own.

What Are Tiny Houses?

Tiny homes are celebrated not just for their functionality and minimalist design. They are also recognized for their nod to sustainability and green design. Additionally, its “tiny” nature allows it to fit in any space and be adjusted in any type of terrain. Typically, a tiny home covers an area of less than 400 square feet to under 1000 square feet.  Many of these homes highlight the smart use of spaces through creative storage and multi-functional furniture, interiors that enjoy ample daylight, and modern finishes.

Some of the most common features of tiny houses are the main loft for the bedroom, a fully equipped kitchen, a stackable washer and dryer, a full bathroom and tub, and multi-purpose areas for dining and lounging. Some tiny homes have outdoor seating, usually an outdoor deck that can easily be assembled and disassembled. Sustainability features include photovoltaic systems for solar energy sources, rainwater harvesting, and recycling, as well as energy-efficient designs.

The concept of choosing to live in a minimalist, compact space is one of the inspirations of the tiny house design. What started out in the 1970s as an investigation into how small-footprint homes can be an alternative to a regular home became an emerging architectural movement that is inspiring people to transition to “simple living.”

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Tiny Houses In the Philippines

Today, the tiny house movement can be seen in every part of the globe. In the Philippines, young architects, designers, and even business owners in the tourism industry are starting to acknowledge the appeal for chic and stylish tiny, modular, living spaces and rental spaces. Tiny home living and tiny home tourism are now making their presence known in the tourism industry. Modular homes, mobile homes, Airbnb’s are among the top travel accommodations for millennials and Gen-Z, especially for weekend glamping and staycations.

Photo by: Red Shift Autodesk
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Photo by: Red shift Autodesk

Companies such as Cubo Modular are rising to the challenge of providing houses that accommodate our climate’s specific requirements. With Cubo Modular’s engineered bamboo building system, the company can assemble a sustainable, durable house in just four hours.

 Is a Tiny House Right For You?

As this movement builds momentum, we can expect improved regulations and affordability for tiny housing, and this may soon become an attractive and viable option for you. Tiny house living offers a myriad of benefits: simplicity, savings on utilities and upkeep, environmental sustainability, a unique perspective on ownership, and a lifestyle emphasizes freedom and adventure.

Photo courtesy of Cala Laiya

However, tiny houses aren’t right for everyone. Confined spaces such as lofts necessitating the use of ladders present considerable challenges for many people. You may also struggle with downsizing your belongings, especially if you have a lot of equipment for work or leisure. Lastly, a tiny house is unlikely to meet a growing family’s needs.

The rising popularity of the tiny house movement has great potential as a solution to the need for housing in the Philippines.

The intersection of creativity in design and innovation in technology has produced models for tiny housing that could potentially provide every Filipino with a beautiful, comfortable home to call their own.

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