This Earthquake-Proof, Prefab Home Was Built In Just 6 Days
The welcoming family home measures 72sqm and costs P800K
Just like many families, Jomar Rabajante and his family felt the impact of the pandemic on their social activities. With the enforcement of lockdowns at the height of the global crisis, the Rabajantes could no longer go on overseas trips together.
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“My dad, nag-retire siya nang pre-pandemic around 2019,” Jomar tells the OG team. “And sabi niya. gusto niya ng coming from the retirement benefit na nakuha niya, may tangible na makita. And then nangyari yung pandemic around 2020. Gusto naming mag-bonding kaya lang hindi puwedeng pumunta sa mga public area kasi pandemic.”
A speedy alternative
Given the situation, they decided to build a new home in Laguna, one wherein they could spend their quiet moments together, and in the future, entertain relatives and close friends.
Wanting to conserve as much of his father’s retirement benefit as possible, Jomar went online to research affordable alternative housing methods. Because of his work, his siblings still being in school, and his parents being both senior citizens already, Jomar realized that the house had to be built over a short period of time since they would have a hard time supervising it during the construction phase.
That’s when Jomar stumbled across prefabricated homes, which, to his delight, were not only considerably easier on the pocket, but could also be built in as little as a week.
Home sweet home
Today, the Rabajante family’s 72 square meter house has all the charms of a typical Filipino home: a mix of old and new elements. In the living area sits two TVs; one of these a fully-functioning cathode ray tube (CRT) set. The dining area, similarly, features a dining table from the home of Jomar’s parents. Over in the corner sits a telescope that Jomar purchased online, and on a bookshelf, old encyclopedias.
Upstairs, a balcony gives dwellers a refreshing view of the surrounding lush farm landscape, as well as a generous amount of space for lounging, exercising, or other recreational activities.
On the second floor is the bedroom, where bamboo beds complete the farm feel, with an arresting view of the greenery through large sliding glass doors that open into the balcony.
Outside the main house, Jomar’s dad enjoys tending to a garden. A kubo serves as a secondary dining area, connected to a kitchen at the back. True to its intention of being a bonding place for relatives, there is also a dipping pool in the yard for both adults and Jomar’s little pamangkins.
A worthy investment
All in all, the Rabajantes only spent P800,000 for their prefab home, and it was only constructed in six days. In fact, Jomar says even the fences and the kubo took longer to build.
“Itong bahay na ‘to typhoon-proof, earthquake-proof, tsaka fireproof,” Jomar explains. “Unang-una, itong mga bakal na ‘to ay talagang may insulation sa loob na hindi agad masusunog in case magkaro’n ng fire. Tapos rust-proof din ‘tong mga main columns na ‘to, kasi well-coated talaga ‘tong mga metals na ito.”
“’Yon yung motivation dito, na meron kaming magkakapamilya. Kung gusto naming mag-rest, umalis do’n sa usual na routine ng pang-araw-araw namin, dito kami pupunta.”
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