The Different Types of Houses and Architecture in the Philippines - MAIA HOMES

The Different Types of Houses and Architecture in the Philippines

The Philippines is a 7,000-island archipelago with a varied environment of mountains, rain forests, and beaches. Each island's culture and architecture are distinct. A country with so many islands have different types of houses and the three leading houses in the Philippines are the Bahay Kubo, the Bahay Na Bato, and the American-Style House.



Firstly, the Bahay Kubo is a typical bamboo hut in the Philippines. Bamboo, nipa, and wood to make it. Ilaw (bamboo) and nipa make up the roof. The Bahay Kubo has two rooms, one for sleeping and the other for a living. The bedroom quarters are on the upper floor, while the living quarters are lower.


Contrary to what we know, the Chinese were the ones who first brought the Bahay Kubo to the Philippines in the 13th century. Initially, using it as a fishing shelter. The Filipinos adopted the Bahay Kubo, becoming the traditional Filipino dwelling. Moreover, the "nipa hut" is a common nickname for it.


A palm tree that thrives in shallow water is known as a nipa. These trees are usually in wetlands and along riverbanks. Hence, these cottages were from the leaves and trunk of this tree. The roof is composed of nipa leaves, while the walls are from woven bamboo.



Moreover, it has no foundation, allowing people to move it when necessary. It's also effortless to build, making it ideal for low-income families unable to afford more elaborate homes.

The second one is the traditional stone homes in the Philippines or Bahay Na Bato, in which stones and bricks are the common materials for this house, among other things. It served as a residence, a warehouse, and a stronghold. It is a very stable and solid type of home. Even strong winds and severe rain will not affect it in the least.

For its features, the first and second floors are of stone or brick, and the third and fourth floors are from wood. It frequently includes a terrace that extends out from the second story and has an open area beneath it where people may meet without getting wet during stormy weather. As a result, there is frequently a railing around this terrace area for the safety of residents and visitors.

In addition, it adds to the charm of any neighborhood, and this style of architecture can also protect people from natural disasters while also allowing them to enjoy the outdoors in nice weather.


Lastly, the American-Style House is the most common type of house in the Philippines. Most of these houses are from metal, wood, and concrete. This rectangular house has a pitched roof, a front porch, and a garage. Its foundation is concrete for raising or on grade. However, the house may use wood framing or reinforced steel framing. A standard design includes an open floor plan with two to three bedrooms and at least one bathroom. Thus, the garage and back and front porches are popular home-style features.


This style of the house, on the other hand, was mostly built using imported American materials and became popular following WWII, requiring new residences due to the war's destruction. Government-built homes adopted this style, and it grew even more popular.

These are the three most popular home types in the Philippines we thought you might like to know. 

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