Tiny House Philippine Project

by Kent Griswold on October 16th, 2012. 21 Comments
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by Dennis Drake

I am from Montana, but have been working with the Deaf (Hearing Impaired) community on the island of Bohol in the Philippines for the past 30 years. It has always been my goal to build affordable housing for our deaf families. We have come up with a new one that I wanted to share with your readers. I have listed a couple of links below that talk about what we are accomplishing.

This concept is nothing new but has wider implication beyond our deaf employees. There is a great deal of interest from the general public so hopefully will become a business that can support livelihoods for 10 or so deaf workers and their families. We are currently using our own lumber and ship-lap siding, but will most likely shift to steel studs and composite siding that is more durable and doesn’t require painting. Our deaf families are able to make payments of only $75 a month to purchase a house and a lot.


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21 Responses to “Tiny House Philippine Project”

  1. Liz says:

    Fantastic. I love that information like this can be shared all over the world, and used where it’s needed most.

  2. justin says:

    This is great, I have never been to the island of Bohol but if you ever expand to Negros, it would be an honor to help out.

    • Ruby Ann Caseres says:

      I’m from Negros Oriental, Dumaguete City in particular. From what part of Negros are you, Sir Justin? I am an advocate for the Tiny House Movement also…

  3. Shawn says:

    Wow this is awesome, even in Philippine! I am deaf and live in America. I discovered little house movement a year ago, and I think this would make great homes for us. Good luck to these people!

  4. stpauligirl says:

    Thank you so much for your hard work! What a great idea – creating affordable housing AND jobs. Are you running for president by any chance? Great work – you ROCK!

  5. Steve says:

    Awesome. You combined my 2 favorite things, tiny houses and the philippines :)

  6. Zer0 says:

    This is really nice. It would also be very nice to be able to pay for a small house with $75 a month payments.

  7. yan says:

    Hi! How do i contact roy? Im from the phils also and I would like to do a project like this also. hope we get to see the interiors. Great Project!

  8. ?Nam Onrit says:

    Been PH on 2011, love place and people. For this tiny house, it’s interesting.

    Next time I wish I could visit Bohol.

    Great Job!!!!

  9. gregory says:

    love the project seeamerica2004@yahoo.com 407 739 9486 gregory contact me

  10. Carolyn B says:

    I enjoyed the article and the video. I was most excited seeing a tiny home village — would love to see that concept come to the USA.

    What’s the price comparison to the USA since you mentioned that house payments are $75/month in Phillipines? Thanks!

  11. Dennis says:

    I will post an interview I conducted with one of the deaf families that live in a micro house in Cohen Village on the island of Bohol in the Philippines. It is pretty inspiring. The couple also give a tour of the inside of their home. The houses are very basic so everyone can finish off the inside how every they like. I’m in the States right now but will post it in a few weeks when I’m back in Bohol.

  12. Dennis says:

    I made a mistake in saying it was $75 per month. The cost of a micro home and land is only about $40 per month (P2000 pesos).

    • Ruby Ann Caseres says:

      Wow! I would love to see this replicated in Negros Oriental, as well. We have so many families left homeless from the recent typhoons…

  13. Dennis says:

    I would love to see these micro homes spread all over the Philippines.

  14. Sam Shan says:

    I like this concept. I supply building materials from China. If you want to use MgO boards instead of timber to make similar tiny houses, please contact me. Sam

  15. Carol says:

    I have been following the tiny house movement for a while now. This is amazing the lives being touched..

  16. Shielyn Martinez says:

    I wish we have Tiny House Subdivisions here in the Philippines. Specially in Makati, so I wouldn’t have to commute three hours away from home.

    • Ruby Ann Caseres says:

      Hi, Ms. Shielyn Martinez!
      I had been an advocate of the Tiny House Movement here in our country since the year 2009. I’m trying to get the concept introduced in the mainstream. Let’s keep in touch so I can keep you posted on any developments. It is my greatest greatest desire to build my own Tiny House on Wheels in a year or two. I believe this can be realized, especially with lots of help from friends in high places, most of all, our greatest brother & friend, our Lord Jesus Christ

  17. Lady says:

    What did you use for insulation (against heat)? I plan to make one like this in our backyard but I’m afraid it will be too hot inside (like oven hot, tropical country and all).

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