These are snapshots of other tropical houses, tropical house details and so forth to help us define the design of the retirement house we plan to build on our Tigbauan, Iloilo land. They are an unorganized hodgepodge of things we’ve seen, things which caught our eye. Maybe something here will be an inspiration to your Philippine building plans.
A classic bahay na bato - location uncertain.
Bahay na bato literally means house of stone but almost always means a house with a stone (or concrete?) first level and a second floor of wood. See http://www.aenet.org/photos/bahay.htm for a little more narrative. If you’re in the Cebu City area be sure to visit the Casa Gorordo Museum. Casa Gorordo is a 19th century bahay na bato which has been beautifully preserved and restored (but not over restored) by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation. On the grounds of the museum is a bookstore. I bought a copy of a study of Casa Gorordo “Casa Gorordo in Cebu: Urban Residence in a Philippine Province” by Resil B. Mojares. You won’t find better writing about old Philippine houses.
Casa Gorordo, Cebu City
The oldest house in Cebu City c. 1738, a classic bahay na bato
Note the fantastic old tile Chinese gambrel roof – “hsieh-shan” (sliced-off mountain). Studies have shown that the vast majority of skilled building trades workers in Cebu were Chinese. This place is a treasure.
This looks to be a bahay na bata but a modest version
Leyte House with the feel of a traditional design
Arcade in Florida
Enclosed porch in Florida. These offer a dependable shady place on sunny days.
Lovely old residence (now commercial) building in Lucban, Quezon Province, Philippines
Excellent new construction on plaza in Lucban, Quezon Province, Philippines
Roof structure on old house, Molo, Iloilo City
Roof, San Antonio Street, Molo, Iloilo City, Philippines
Bamboo over block wall - Sol y Mar Resort, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines
Bamboo wall (over block) pebble over block foundation, Sol y Mar Resort, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines
Classic Panay Bahay Kubo, San Miguel, Iloilo, Philippines
Wall gate, Montebello Hotel, Cebu City
Balcony without an entrance - San Jose Street, Molo - not an idea for our house!
Cottage - Pandan
Tiny Cottage - Pandan
Bedroom window 2m high and 2.5m wide (on a 3m ceiling and 3.5m wall). Also note sliding screens. These windows were custom fabricated.
Painted on moldings - it's hard to get more economical than this!