If you’re looking for a modern version of the traditional Bahay Kubo, you’re in luck! In this blog post, we will discuss the cost to build a modern bahay kubo and provide you with some tips on how to make your project more affordable in which you can see at the end of this blog post.

The Bahay Kubo is one of the most illustrative and recognized icons of the Philippines. The name of the primitive Nipa hut is actually based on the Spanish phrase Cubo, meaning cube, probably because of its rectangular appearance and Bahay is the Filipino word for house.

The roof of the bahay kubo is traditionally made of nipa but the use of this material has several downsides. Nipa can be easily damaged by wind and rainwater so a GI sheet roofing can be opted to. Some modern-day hut is also a combination of concrete, bamboo, and sawali.

One of the native houses in the Philippines with a slight touch of modernization. The traditional Kubo does not use glass windows, it usually used wide pull-up windows. The native house above uses glass windows but most of the materials are made of bamboo. This feels refreshing and homey.

Commonly used by beach resorts. Most resorts in the Philippines use “Kubo” as the cottage for tourists. Why? It is not common in the city and it always feels like home to sleep in a bamboo-made house. There is a comfort in waking up in a traditional house.

It’s a modern traditional house that is made of concrete material for flooring while walls are made of hardwood to secure the safety and security of the dwellers.

Of course, Nipa needs maintenance, so most of the time traditional home lovers, do not use the Nipa as a roof anymore, they used a much sturdy roof for easier maintenance.

This Bahay Kubo is made of Nipa for the roof and bamboo woods for the walls. With a touch of modernity, it uses sliding windows. It is not the usual house you see where the living room or guest area is inside the house. The living area is outside the house with an open view of nature. It’s perfect for nap time or hanging out.

This traditional house with stilts perfectly blends the tradition and culture of many Filipinos.

old house usually are made of stilt posts for flood prevention. The shady space under the house can be used for work or storage ( if not on water ). More airflow in hot climates. Both increased airflow from underneath the floorboards, and increased wind from the slight elevation.

Nipa Huts are a living symbol of rural life in the Philippines.  It is the home of yesterday that has changed and survived even until today. Nipa Huts or Bahay Kubos are an icon of Philippine rural living.

The walls are often built with bamboo rods or mats to allow the house to be cool in the hot summers and warm in the rainy season. They are still built in a square shape and are left open for light and coolness.  The windows are large to help give light and often are held open with a long bamboo rod, to allow for airflow. This is the modern Nipa hut—an icon that has survived and adapted over time.

Gallery of Modern Bahay Kubo Designs and Ideas

In addition, you may refer to the modern Bahay Kubo design inside and outside for your inspiration

Modern bahay kubo inspired beach house in Bohol, Philippines

Here’s a modern Bahay Kubo design concept on the traditional “Bahay Kubo” for a proposed Tiny House design by Zamora Architects