Bahay Kubo designs

A range of bahay kubo designs from the Philippines and inspiration from beyond for Filipino builders.


These Sasa homes are next to the car ferry

Balay are the inspiration for this resort south of Mati

Eden Park’s traditional village showcases this tribal chief’s bahay kubo

Viewed here from the uphill side

Other bahay kubo at Eden Park are available for rent

Some require a bit of courage

Others are grounded at one end…

…and airbourne at the other

Island Garden City of Samal (IGaCoS)

Abandoned kubo in Toril, Samal Island

Abandoned kubo in Toril, Samal Island

Toril, Samal Island

Toril, Samal Island




A new balay family home in Catagman

Bamboo furniture makes a comfortable place on the balcony

A sizeable house under construction in 2008 near Samal\’s bat caves

As spectacular a bahay kubo as you could wish to find – at the entrance to the bat caves

Punta del Sol\’s bahay kubo

A water-front bahay kubo at Punta del Sol

The restaurant and bar at Punta del Sol

More kubo-style restaurants here.

The Paradise Island bahay kubo on Samal Island back in 2005

A beach-front bahay kubo at the Bluewater resort on Samal Island


No holiday chalet, this is a family home near Lupon

Another home amongst the rice fields of Lupon

A more substantial modern Lupon home with traditional features

A Tambayang shelter at Villa Hager in Lupon

Another private tambayang shared by two neighbours – some Red Horse and peanuts and who needs television?

It might look good enough to live in…and it is…for a pig. This young native girl defends her Pasilongang

For photos of more local bahay kubo designs click here and here – includes photos of bahay kubo construction

Boracay bahay kubos (1990)

An interesting article about Boracay’s lost innocence I agree with the author, Boracay in 1990 was magical, when I returned in 2000, it was already desecrated.

Bahay kubo in the centre of Boracay in 1990 – before the developers moved in

The large bahay kubo at the end of the white beach during a strong breeze

Tourists enjoy the novelty of the bahay kubo…

…but need their creature comforts


A pagoda at Lake Bratan in the centre of Bali

A feature on the corner of the hindu temple compound

A genuine \’bahay kubo\’ nestling on Bali\’s rice terraces

A small resort in the centre of Bali with holiday chalets set in a pleasant garden.

Another holiday chalet on the north coast of Bali at Celukanbawang

The roof shape and door feature traditional designs

A bit of a cheat – this is a private house (built of concrete), but has plenty of traditional features (photo: Marc Smithy-Evans)

This garden setting is more traditional and rural

Grounds and pool of the Bali Dynasty Resort

Another corner of the Bali Dynasty Resort building and grounds

The sunshelter has a thatched roof

The thatching provides a habitat for this tokay gecko

Macrame\’d grass hang decoratively from the roof of this shelter (photo: Marc Smithers-Evans)

The entrance to the salubrious Bali Dynasty Resort in Kuta

This reception area has no walls but shading from the sun and movement of air through the area make a pleasant environment

The open-sided, moated restaurant

The reception area to the Celukanbawang resort on the northern coast of Bali

The view from the reception into the gardens beyond

Gardens that are worth few photos of their own


A rural lakeside shack in Japan

The roof of a Japanese temple viewed through the trees

Possibly the biggest bahay kubo in the world?

Unlike European churches and cathedrals, ancient Japanese temples from the same era are made almost entirely of wood.

A gold leaf bahay kubo could attract too much attention of the wrong sort


A wooden pagoda in Katmandu

The Katmandu flea market has some ancient stone built covered areas.


The Officers\’ Club, Bukom Island, Singapore in 1983

When visiting the Club (which was on the edge of an oil refinery)…

…one was reminded not to spit in the pool.

Kenya, Africa

The \’Salt Lick Lodge\’ in Kenya\’s Tsavo National Park. If you are inspired to build one of these in your Philippine resort don\’t omit the wild lions roaming free under the kubo.


38 thoughts on “Bahay Kubo designs

  1. Nice collection.

    In addition to our balay, we’d like to put up a smaller nipa hut on one end of our property to hang out in and/or house overnight visitors. That would probably only work for local visitors, depending on how enclosed it is.

    I like what you are doing on your place, and when the time comes we may see if we could use the same.

  2. I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

  3. Hi,

    I would like to inquire Bahay kubo. I have partners in japan wants to export our native house to japan.

    Hope to hear from you soon. My cell nos. are 0917-598-0880 and 0922-858-9855.

    Thank you very much,


    • Can any readers already involved in exporting bahay kubo contact the telephone numbers provided in the previous message from Noel. You might have a new customers in Japan. Please sure to mention where you found the numbers.

      • Hi……………interested in having a Bahay Kubo built in my hometown in Zarraga Iloilo. How do I get intouch and discuss?


      • Are you sure this is economically viable? Flying builders to another part of the Philippines for a small build seems to be a way to blow the budget before works even starts.

  4. Hi! Great post! I am dreaming of my very own beautiful bahay kubo, I am thoroughly convinced that despite the practicality of concrete houses, the bahay kubo is still the most charming, heartwarming, organic and simply the best house adapted to tropical living. It only looks more rustic over time, not run-down, invites great insulation and ventilation. Plus the materials are sustainable, readily available and relatively inexpensive. 🙂 Good job! Keep the posts coming!

    • Thanks for visiting the site and the photo acknowledgment (very rare on the internet). If you fulfill your wish to visit Davao, be sure to contact us.

  5. i,m looking forward ov making one bahay kubo this summer 2013…nag iipon pa ako nang mga’s surely a different one.hopefully!

  6. Do you have the plans for the modern two story nip a house that I see in the Internet? Iam interested to have it built. Or my number is 7022355520. I wish to have it built on comotes island cebu . I maybe need four of them built to start with. Thanks Steve.

    • Apologies for the delayed reply. I don’t have architectural blue prints, if that’s what you are seeking. I have scaled drawings. I wish you were closer to Samal, I could provide you with a building crew in a month or so. They’d be really pleased with the opportunity to work.

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  8. I am looking to build a beach house in Infanta and i am looking for a traditional bamboo home but i am finding it hard to find a builder to give me a design or quote, can you assist me please Mr Fuller from manila

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  10. Hello! Thank you for the wonderful fotos, which I found by chance-I am always interested in the subject of bamboo. We are actually planning to build a bamboo house, in a semi Balinese style, and have just started the ground work on our property in Samal. I would very much like to find an experienced crew, when it comes to building with bamboo, so I was interested in your recent comment. Perhaps we can discuss this?

    • I’m sure the Mediterranean climate you enjoy is preferable to our tropical humidity. But each place has its own merits.

  11. HI Samalbahay kubo,

    paano po kayo macontact, naghahanap po ako ng pwdeng gumawa ng bahay kubo, I have a lot sa Sta Cruz, Talicud island. I hope to hear from you.

  12. Hi! Lovely article. Planning to built a bahay kubo myself somewhere in Tugbo Davao City. I am desperately in need of a crew / local artisans to help me. Can I contact you for the building crew? Or email me perhaps? Thanks!

    • Thanks for the appreciation. Please contact Robert Baldon on 0918 3526 543 to discuss your kubo requirements

    • Goodmorning!I am so glad of your Response, but where are you living ? because i am in Samal , hoping that you´re not far away from Davao.. How much is the cost of all materials and Labor? Thank you in advance.Best Regards ,Nora

      Von: Samal Bahay Kubo An: Gesendet: 0:25 Mittwoch, 17.August 2016 Betreff: [New comment] Bahay Kubo designs #yiv8491570058 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv8491570058 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv8491570058 a.yiv8491570058primaryactionlink:link, #yiv8491570058 a.yiv8491570058primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv8491570058 a.yiv8491570058primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv8491570058 a.yiv8491570058primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv8491570058 Marilyn commented: “Hi i am interested in building a bahay kobu large home out of bamboo. Please advise.” | |

      • Hi Nora, best if you can visit Emma at her eatery opposite the Warehouse Penaplata, Samal at weekends. She can answer your questions and put you in touch with builders.

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