Why your home needs these design elements. If you want a home that appeals to the heart of a typical Filipino family, make sure to incorporate these design elements. Every house should be a home. That’s the Filipino home architecture ideal. We don’t just design houses and interiors—we incorporate living into them.
Or else, all we have will be an office or fastfood outlet in the place we think is our “home.”
We don’t want a “home” where family members are each too busy for a good talk even on holidays, and all they do 24/7 is take care of business.
We also don’t want a “home” where all family members do is stop by, open the fridge, grab a bite and then leave again. To prevent these things from happening, this is what our homes should have.
Every Filipino home should have a family room or area, even a small one, where the family spends quality time together talking, praying and reading the bible together. The room windows should look over a nice, quiet garden scene or anything from nature and air or breeze should freely go in and out the windows.
A typical traditional Filipino home often had a “balkonahe” or balcony, often on the frontage, where the family spent time resting and chatting together while looking over at the street, greeting passersby. Terraces also provide a break for releasing stress because they provide a wider view of the outside world and enable you to take in more fresh air into your lungs.
Storage Room Underneath
Again, typical Filipino homes had “silong” or some spaces underneath the house as storage form farm implements. Thus, it’s always a good idea to have two levels for your house, or one with a slightly elevated loft where you can use the space underneath for the “silong.” The loft or mezzanine can serve as an extra room for guests who plan to stay overnight (or for your teenager’s “sleepover” adventure with his friends) which is consistent with Filipino hospitality, while the “silong” can serve as storage or garden.
And speaking of a garden in the silong, Filipino homes should have gardens today. It used to be strictly flower gardens, but modern homes should consider more an organic vegetable garden with the health of the family in mind. A home is protection for the family, and one way of protecting your family is saving them from chemical-contaminated vegetables mostly sold in the market. It’s high time to be organic-vegetable-conscious in this grossly chemicalized world. Did you know that most of our vegetables were heavily bombarded with deadly chemical pesticides before they were harvested?
Hence, the need to seriously consider an organic home vegetable garden.