Building a Bahay Kubo

by Jade on November 5, 2009

We are in the middle of having a bahay kubo guesthouses built in our farm, two houses that are being built are for my aunt and my mom who got a piece of land next to our farm. We already have a few houses in the farm actually but we need to build new ones for investors visiting our farm.

2 cottages s

It is not easy doing this project from a distance though and it is especially frustrating as I don’t see the developments of the building. I just need to trust the people building there to make good judgments and to do their work.

For those of you wondering how much is it to build a house in the countryside in the Philippines, let me give you some ideas. Labor or manpower per day there cost Php200 – 300 or US$4.20 -$5.00. It’s crazy right and almost nothing compared to salaries one would get in the US (  like jobs in philly pa for example) but of course life is very different in the Philippines and the USA or any other western country for that matter.

As for the materials, it varies from the design and size of your house. A typical Bahay Kubo will cost about Php  php 35,000 or US$738.275 that includes kitchen, toilet and septic tank.

durok  clearing of land -  Php 1200
poste bakod – fence post – Php 200bahay kubo kahit munti
kahoy sa bahay – wood for the house Php4500
pako – nails – Php600
sawali -Php 4140
kawayan para sa sahig – bamboo for flooring – Php900
yero – zink for roof  support  Php 900
semento – cement -Php2500
pagtayo bakod -Php100
alambre – barbed wire -Php 1000
pawid – native (coconut leaves) roofings Php 1920
patrabaho – labor -Php 8200
kubeta – toilet – still to be determined

For our new guesthouse, check the design below I drew :P , the cost is roughly Php130,000 more expensive because of it’s size  (area roughly 10 x10 meter ) and we are using better and prettier materials like cogon which would last longer.

Bahay Kubo Ala architect PinayJade

So what do you think, can i pass as an architect maybe not hehehe…

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

pehpot November 5, 2009 at 3:51 pm

pede ba kame ang unang guest? wahehe


Jade November 6, 2009 at 9:18 am

@ Pehpot – di na kayo una e, may mauna na sa December…but you are welcome to be next :)


Vera November 5, 2009 at 5:05 pm

We used to have a bahay kubo in Laguna. I miss that house :(


Jade November 6, 2009 at 9:19 am

@ Vera- it is so nice to have one right? :)


sandy November 5, 2009 at 10:42 pm

Wow are cars cost more than building a house there; had no idea there was that big of difference.

Good luck with your project.



Nedekcir November 6, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Oi, I want to try it even for a few days…lol. kelan kaya?


Jade November 6, 2009 at 9:32 pm

@ Nedekcir – Sure dear, let me know kung magagwi ka dun :)


peenkfrik November 6, 2009 at 10:28 pm

I’m not an architect too but I guess the rough sketch is good enough though you wouldn’t want to put the bed right in front of the door. A little bit of feng sui might help you with the interiors. Good luck! :)


fedhz November 10, 2009 at 1:51 am

huwaw! di lang writer, entrepreneur.. artist pa! yes yes! ganda ng drawing mo. aw.. mahal din pala no. kulang pa din pera ko. toinks. wahah!


Eric : BlogDeManila : Philippine Blog November 11, 2009 at 12:01 pm

doon sa budget na P35,000, kailangan ko pa pala ng 34,500 para makapagpatayo ng bahay namin :(

kailan ba pwedeng makitulog dyan?


eastcoastlife November 14, 2009 at 6:26 pm

I would like to own a farm in the Philippines too! That would be lots of space for my animals and crops! :)


rob January 8, 2010 at 6:37 am

did you have some one come to check if the spirits was good before you commmenced your building and if so was u told wot the feelings of the spirit were..


kayth March 24, 2010 at 7:55 am

I cant see the picture but I must say you pass as Quantity Surveyor! :)


Opin Monjes November 6, 2010 at 4:40 am

Hey Jade,

Can’t access the pictures of the bahay kubo. We’re planning to build one. I wanna get some ideas from you. Thanks.


mc March 30, 2011 at 8:48 am

HI, jade…
We’re in the process of building one also. But so hard when you’re so far away.

Do you mind if i ask what province it is located?


Racquel June 26, 2012 at 10:07 am

Hi may I know how much cost if half amakan half cement tiles ang sahig 3 brim then 2 cr the one inside the onerm:) I plan to build pero dko Alan mga magkano dapat badget tnx :)


Tina October 20, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Please send me pics because I can’t access the pics on this :-( I’m also researching bahay kubo plans and designs… Thank you


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