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6 Must-Have Features For Your New Home in the Philippines

Tricia Hingpit
09/07/2018 4:11:00
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When you imagine settling down in the Philippines, you are probably imagining yourself living in a pretty, breezy tropical house. Sure, it’s nice to live in one. But you also need to be practical and consider many factors you may not have considered before—especially when choosing a building construction firm.

If you’re planning to hire a building construction firm and settle down in the Philippines, do consider these six essential features of a Philippine home.

1. Greenery.

Would it still be a tropical residence if it didn’t have plants around?

Don’t let your unpaved space go to waste. Plants help minimize heat, especially if you’re located downtown—where the heat can be harsher. And this is only one of their many benefits.

Mention to the building construction firm that you want the most suitable flora and fauna for your surroundings. You could also ask them to choose greeneries with purpose—those that help clean the air and prevent flooding.

2. Monochromatic, reflective colours.

These doesn’t only illuminate the space—it also gives an illusion of wider space. Light colours also help reflect heat. So, be sure to use beige, white, or pastels on your furniture, roof, and/or walls.

3. Smart heat regulation.

Temperature control in your tropical home starts with correct orientation, passive cooling, and an open layout.

Correct orientation.

Your house should have proper indoor air flow and lessened radiant heat. To achieve those, your walls should only open to a northern or southern Direction to only welcome the gentler sunlight.

Passive cooling.
Passive cooling means to minimize usage of artificial coolers such as air-conditioning units. Practice passive cooling by asking the building construction company to build in an ample amount of natural ventilation—the staple of a tropical home. This will help you conserve on your utility bills.

Open layout.
With an open layout, the ventilation and communication between the occupants is optimized.

4. Cultural design theme

Every person has different tastes—but it wouldn’t hurt to pay respect to the very location you’re about to live in. Take the opportunity to celebrate and show sensitivity to the rich heritage of the Philippines.

For instance, if you’re living in Davao, why not consider asking your architect to incorporate indigenous patterns in your interiors? Your home’s design can take a hint from the 11 tribes of Davao City.

5. Indigenous materials

Speaking of indigenous design, your tropical house would also look more coherent with its surroundings with indigenous materials.

Put a modern twist on classic Filipino building construction materials such as bamboo and rattan. A smart designer can use these materials without sacrificing functionality.

6. Rain-accommodating features

The Philippines has 7-8 months of rainy season, so a home design wouldn’t be well-rounded if it didn’t have rain-accommodating features.

When conversing with your architect, ask about how you could practice sustainability in your own home using rainwater. Rainwater can be collected and used to wash your car or patio and water your garden.

Did you know that in some Philippine cities, such as Davao City, a rainwater harvesting unit is mandatory in all newly constructed buildings?

These are the six must-have features for any Filipino house. If you want a residential builder with a valuable insight on the local cultures of Davao City, or an estimate of the costs of building a sustainable house, contact us today.