Housing in the Philippines: Nipa Huts

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  1. Yeap I would love one of those places. They do look cool and would make you feel like you’re living native style. I don’t know how well they hold up over time. Regardless of the bugs. I don’t know how much maintenance you need to keep one looking like that. I guess you would also be living green…as bamboo is considered renewable…

  2. Yah, I’ve been looking at some of the nicer Nipa-style homes and floating restaurants.. that bamboo is considered as strong as steel. Treated properly it holds up really well when lacquered. Many quality hardwood floors are made from bamboo. It’s an amazing plant.

  3. The first picture, I’ve lived in before with my tito and tita many times back then when I was a kid. The second picture looks really nice, If I planned on moving there I would build that kind but a lot more bigger/more space!

  4. I couldn’t say exactly, but considering a same-size concrete home would cost about $30k.. I’d say maybe in the $15k-$20k range. (USD) Possibly even less.

  5. Great insight. Nuff said. My sis nipa hut got wash away by the waves and the neighbors brink house was destroyed too. It took about 10 yrs, before the tides changed and ate all the houses and outrigger boats along the shore lines. Now the edge of the water is about 100 yards away from the houses where it was. The 10′ high sea wall is now 2′ high. The sand reclaimed it. Built a house further inland. It’s better to walk to the beach. A good long term investment. LOL..

    1. Depending on who you hire and the size.. you can get a basic one-room nipa hut for less than $800.. or you could spend a whole lot more for a design with porch, added rooms, indoor kitchen and all the usual luxuries.

  6. I built a concrete foundation with coconut and germilina timbers, amakan (like woven mats for wall panels), and nipa for the roofing for around $1000.  This was eight years ago and I also did not have to purchase all of the coco timbers.   Eight years on and the only problem has been with the germilina wood, some timbers have been infested by “agay agay”  which are similar but more slowly destructive than termites that north americans see.  So that building is truly a “nipa” house, because the roof is nipa.   Balay kubo (bahay kubo in tagalog) means bamboo house.  These native houses look cool and are cheap to construct, but do have maintenance issues and pest issues.  Good topic

    1. @vikk440 dont worry,bamboo house can be made in 15 days, unlike thehouses flatten by katrina take years to bulid,bamboo will only bend but not broke, alot of these houses stand still during typhoons

    2. A typhoon hitting either Bohol or Cebu is extremely, extremely rare in the 3.0+ categories.  In fact, even Yolanda didn’t hit either Bohol or Cebu directly, it veered northward.

  7. looks nice, but my worry with these Nipa huts are insurance, don’t forget typhoons do hit the lower pacific very frequently pushing water against the coast line of Philippians so if water hits land guess what floats into the sea? That hut!  

    1. Antonio Johnson I’ve seen houses of old timers, in Hawaii, that were attached to ropes, and the ropes were attached to steel rod posts, driven into the ground, sort of like giant tent pegs. And this was for the same issue that you describe

    2. @Antonio Johnson ya,same as the americas atlantic coast hurricanes,same result,your strongest woodhouse would flattened as our bamboo house,ours is only cheaper and easily to construct

  8. In the cordilleras (especially in Baguio) in northern philippines, Nipa hut is rare, instead – they have the Cape Cod bungalow style houses… also, Nipa huts don’t exist at all in Batanes, the northernmost part the Philippines… instead, they have stone houses like the ones in Ireland…. but they’re made of limestone.. 

  9. If I was to sell the condo I have now and build a new house in Cebu area ,, I would build a Nipa Hut in the back yard for a Guest house and a place to sit relax days

  10. Henry,
    I should have posted this question here….instead of on the ‘Carbon Market’ video.
    What about flush TOILETS…..in the Philippines ??
    And indoor plumbing….such as bathroom SHOWER stalls.
    I have also heard that you need to carry your own supply of TOILET PAPER with you.
    When you go out to various places…..because there usually is none.
    Can you shed some light on this subject….please  ??
    I assume that if you BUILD a house…..you can have FLUSH toilets installed ?
    Also….they probably use SEPTIC tanks…..because there are no sewer systems there.
    Thanks 

    1. $30K would get you a really  really nice house… 1500sq ft or 2000sq ft total 2 story…ranch style.  And land cost varies  soooo much with location here. from P200 per sq meter in the provinces to over P10K a sq meter in the city. The issues here are numerous as well as materials and construction techniques are so different. You need to personally supervise everything and watch them like a hawk or you will end up with undersized spaces and over runs in cost…(no laborer/carpenter wants their job to come to an end) he he..
      Most houses also have tall fences..and that cost a bit too but compared to usa it is still dirt cheap. What I did was stayed on the job site daily and watched everything…if  i  did not like what I saw…I made them stop and do as I asked…even againt thier advice…it help to be an engineer like me…but you can do it…it is common sense really…  gald to help you all I can… I even know a American who has a construction company here…they are higher than a local…but your house will be exellent..  let me know  ..pass me your e-mail and ask what ever you need…i can talk to you about permits, materials, techniques, plans, and cost… had to learn all this even though it was a pain in the ass, he he  I went a combination of native and American …it can be done

    2. @RandomActUpMedia
      What kind of money are we talking to build a “nice” house…..say, a western style
      Cape Cod bungalow, 3 bedrooms, kitchen, dining room, large bathroom with flush
      toilet and nice shower stall, tile roof, etc.   Could that be built for maybe $50K  ??
      I’m not too keen on living in a straw HUT.   I have seen some Condo projects with
      nice western style condos for sale on golf courses.  That would be another option,
      although I do not know how well those are built.  Your thoughts please.  Also, I read
      that in the Philippines, a Westerner can own his own house, but not the LAND it sits
      on.  What does a SINGLE guy do in a case like that ??  Find a wife first  ?

    1. @Valentina Veterriano You have watched way too many action movies mate, just think how fast does the blood circulate in your body…Now if a snake bites you no sucking can save you since the venom is already in your system, the only way to help you and get you some extra time for reaching a hospital etc. Is to get electric shock either from a car battery or the socket on the wall! Good luck trying to suck the venom back from the circulation…hahaha, what a joke!

  11. What is the estimate price for Nipa huts 120 X 90  where can you get the house plan. I really like nipa huts that were in the in the pictures. I am planning to build one in Asluman beach in Antique. Can you give some information on the price and house plan to build on

  12. I like your videos their great !! lot off learning here haha.
    Well do you know what I mean by big frigde walls,there be using in the supermarkets and freshfood industrie,they exists about thinsteel walls with foam in it,and they about 20 up to 40 cm thick.tell me if you know what i mean,beceauce when its availble there then you can really build a cheap house,and finished with ainy material,ok best regards Bjorn keeeep moving ok hahah,ciao

  13. The house shown at 3:51 is like one of the designs we are looking at for our lot in Batangas. The contractor has told us about treating it for bugs, and says (if properly done) it can last for many decades. The price is not bad either (less than P1M for a 3 bedroom house).
    Todd P.

  14. did you see Indians working In Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, KOREA, Malaysia?

    what kind of teaching opportunities for Indian English language teachers or other teaching jobs In Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, KOREA, Malaysia?

    is it possible for Veterinarian to live In Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, KOREA, Malaysia?

    can you please make more videos on life In Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, KOREA, Malaysia with reference to Indian?

    1. my experience has been limited to the PH, so far. as for teaching english in vietnam, thailand and south korea.. there is a huge demand for this. those who are willing to get certified and live there can earn a very comfortable living. as for veterinarian, i can only say i’ve seen maybe two in the PH and those are usually only afforded by expats and rich filipinos. not much disposable income for the average filipino to spend on health care for a pet. more than likely you’d find work with the cow and pig farms who hire for vaccinations and treatment of livestock for sale. by the way, i don’t know if by ‘indian’ you are referring to Native North Americans or people from India. (not the same).

  15. My girlfriend and her family live in a very basic one. I don’t like it because when it rains heavy or moderate rain for a long time, the roof leaks and when it is windy rain, the rain comes through the walls so the end result is they have to cover everything whenever there is heavy or windy rain or constant moderate rain. Oh and also of course the mosquito problem.

  16. Hi there. I am heading to the Philippines this summer to start the process of building a bamboo/nipa hut to live in. Can anyone direct me to a company or person who is familiar with designing and building these types of homes?
    My email address is: pbrady2010@gmail.com
    Thanks!
    Paul

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