The Bahay Kubo or nipa hut has long been recognized as a national house symbol of the Philippines. This was chosen as the national house because this style of the house is truly an icon of the Philippine culture. You’ll find a nipa hut across the country, particularly in rural areas. Yet many urban barangays also have a lot of nipa huts.

modern Bahay Kubo
Modern Bahay Kubo

These days, however, it is not uncommon to see a Bahay Kubo with modern modifications to make the flimsy structure more durable and long-lasting.

In this modern Bahay Kubo, a concrete base provides a sturdy foundation to the house that keeps it less prone to damage during minor floods. This also puts the house at a higher level and protects it from damage caused by termites.

Spacious Porch, Beautiful Design

Although a simple house, it is clear that this place was designed well. It comes with a spacious porch with bamboo railings and supporting posts that also have bamboo designs.

The exterior walls have bamboo coverings that are carefully set to also create a nice design to enhance the look of this house. Sliding windows definitely upgrade the house’s appearance.

Lovely Interiors with Native Design

The interiors are surprisingly spacious in this beautiful house with a native design. The walls outside the bedroom also come with double walling made of bamboo that matches the exteriors.

Though the rest of the interiors have plywood walls, the look can easily be upgraded with a few coats of paint. This house also features stylish ceilings.

Nice Kitchen, Spacious Dining Area

There’s a small kitchen in this house, located between the bedroom and the bathroom. Modern appliances are used to maximize this small spot.

Meanwhile, a spacious dining area occupies its own spot and features a beautiful dining set made of wood. Depending on the materials used and actual prices in your locality, this 1-bedroom house costs around Php500,000 to build.