Bungalows: architecture, inspiration & pictures

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The bungalow is one of the most common housing options in the Philippines. Aside from the fact that it is often the cheaper choice, it also provides convenience for a family because it only has one floor and it is easier for member of the household to reach every area of the house. In the Philippines, you’ll see suburban subdivisions dotted by these type of houses, offering residents the privacy because of its capacious layout — this house is often characterized by spaces in the front, back, and sides, while the house sits in the middle. Are you interested in building or buying your own bungalow? Then read on for more information, or simply go to our free consultation page to find out more!

How much will a bungalow cost me in the Philippines?

The price of a bungalow property depends on the size, the style, and the location. Sprawling bungalows in the luxury subdivisions such as Forbes Park, Ayala Alabang, or Magallanes Village can start from 10 million pesos upwards. Meanwhile, famous holiday locations such as Tagaytay or Baguio can start from 7 million pesos, while you can find something for as low as 2 million pesos for beachside locations such La Union in the north or Batangas in the south. For more modest sizes in middle class locations such as Rizal, Cebu, and Davao, you’ll be able to purchase a home starting from 1 million pesos. Usually, it is cheaper to buy a lot and have your own home constructed as you can control the cost in the end.

What are the most popular bungalow styles in the country?

The first ones on Philippine soil were prefabricated single-storey dwellings used as seaside holiday homes. Between World Wars I and II, this new type of dwelling exploded onto the architectural scene nationwide, particularly in coastal resorts and quiet suburban areas. They tend to be simple in design in contrast to the ornate and elegant houses of previous centuries, and are often constructed with an exposed brick finish. Some popular international styles are American craftsman, ranch or Mediterranean style, with “chalet-style” featuring a second-storey loft sometimes converted to a bedroom. Overwater styles, meanwhile, are becoming the preferred accommodations for resorts in places like Samar, Tarlac, Bohol, Cebu, and Palawan, to name a few.

What material is suitable for building a bungalow?

The material chosen is usually concrete, but wood is also emerging as a popular choice. To build bungalows, natural materials are preferred, even if the tassel roof is not as popular as it used to be and are now only being used for holiday houses or resorts. In order to be environmentally friendly bungalow make sure the selected material is not only natural but also safe and secure, free from the use of paints and glue that contain harmful substances. To ensure its safety we recommend contacting the architect or other professionals.

Is a bungalow the right type of home for me?

Bungalows are one of the most common style of homes in the Philippines. And, for good reason. Aside from the fact that they are cheaper, considering that there is only one floor, it is also a great option for countries with a tropical climate, with its low-pitched roof and generous front and back gardens. Another thing to consider when choosing the right home is your lifestyle and how big your family is. Ideal for small Filipino families, the advantages of buying a detached one-storey property is that it is often located in quiet, suburban areas, which makes it ideal for people who seek a more peaceful life in a low-risk location.

How do I prepare for the construction of my home?

The first step is to establish your needs and requirements: where, how, why we want to build the house, and how soon we need to move in. Once we’ve finalized the budget and the lot’s location, we can go on a deeper analysis of the available materials and the design we want to achieve. It is always a good idea to hire professionals such as architects and landscapers so there won’t be any room for mistakes, which are always difficult to reverse when comes to the construction of properties. Always keep in mind the number of people who will be using their spaces on a regular and frequent basis, and the essential amenities that you want them to have.