Home Designs

5 Beautiful Wooden House Ideas Fit for Filipino Families

Wooden House Ideas

Wood is one of the most abundant building materials in the Philippines. The country has a wide variety of wood species including the kamagong, molave, and narra. Continuously serving their purpose as a building material, these wood pieces are sold in markets at a reasonable price. Wood will always be revered for its natural appeal, timelessness, and durability. It is present in almost every home, often becoming the structure’s main building material.

In this article, you will find a couple of wooden house ideas that are sure to make any Filipino homeowner feel inspired to start their own project. Browse through the gallery of stunning wooden homes below.

5 Wooden House Ideas Perfect for the Filipino Setting

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1. Massive farmhouse

Farm House Design Ideas

Rural provinces like Batangas, Tarlac, Laguna, and other scenic areas in the Visayas and Mindanao boast the most beautiful farmhouses. Wood is a common material used to build these houses, as its naturally warm tone helps bring out the relaxing vibe of the province. A large balcony is a great detail to add in your farmhouse, as it allows you to really soak in the incredible views the countryside has to offer. To complete your farmhouse, turn the wide outdoor space into a lush garden. Growing a garden is bound to help take away all the big city stress you’ve been holding in.

2. An enchanting cottage in the woods

Cottage in the Woods

Wooden cottages are the perfect dwelling place for anyone who wants to get in touch with nature. Turn your rustic dreams into a reality by building this home in the middle of the woods. Wood cottages can house as many as three people. Don’t forget to create a comfortable living room with patio doors that lead to your garden. To prevent this tiny space from getting flooded, you can always slightly elevate the home.

3. A modern rustic home

Rustic House

Modern urban living meets simple rural life in this lovely dwelling place that is also reflective of a real Filipino contemporary design. The concept of rustic modern designs reached its peak after the year 2000, with thousands of California residences adapting this style. This design method uses elements that represent the twentieth century juxtaposed with the luxuries of a modern home. The exterior of the house above features an elevated patio, which is perfect for spending time outdoors and admiring the view. Inside, it is easy to spot the contemporary details like the glass panels and modern furniture, making it one of the best wooden house ideas for those looking to live in a house so simple yet still reflects design trends.

4. A perfect blend of wood and stone

Wood and Stone House

While color is always an exciting way to liven up a home; there really is nothing as soothing as a neutral color palette. Choose colors that are abundant in nature like brown and beige. Pictured above is one of the best wooden house ideas, which perfectly illustrates how a combination of stone and wood can be used to create a beautiful and relaxing home. As an added plus, the home features a balcony to allow your family to breathe in some fresh air.

5. Breathtaking wooden courtyard

Gorgeous Wooden Courtyard House

Wooden courtyards are both cozy and beautiful. From floor to furniture, this wooden courtyard has an unmistakably rustic feel to it. It’s almost as if you’ve created the perfect escape without ever leaving the comfort of your home. The white doors help highlight the warm tone of the wood while the flowers and throw pillows add a touch of color.

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Food

Proudly Pinoy Street Food: Quick and Easy-to-Follow Ginabot Recipe

Ginabot

If you happen to be Cebuano or have been to the wonderful province of Cebu, you must be familiar with ginabot. This crispy dish is the Queen City of the South’s take on chicharon bulaklak or pork crackling made from pig intestines.

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Fried Ginabot

Ginabot is a finger food often served as an appetizer. But numerous sidewalk vendors, locally known as pungko-pungko, offer them as the main course. Preparation includes chopping the large pieces of pork intestines, salting them, and deep-frying until crispy. Ginabot is typically served with vinegar onion dip that is spiced to perfection. Ginabot retails for just ₱10 to ₱15 a piece, not bad for a meal that is sure to satisfy your stomach!

In Cebu, you can find the best ginabot around the downtown area. But you don’t necessarily need to leave home to enjoy this mouth-watering delicacy! Today, with this easy-to-follow ginabot recipe, you are about to learn how to make your own version of this palatable food.

A Taste of Cebu: Quick and Easy Ginabot Recipe

Street Foods

Note: Ginabot is not recommended for people who have a history of hypertension, as it is high in cholesterol and salt. 

Ingredients

For the main dish

  • 1 kilo of pork intestines, cleaned and sliced
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 teaspoon of rock salt
  • 2 gloves garlic
  • Frying oil
  • Egg
  • Cornstarch

For the sauce

  • Vinegar
  • Salt
  • Crushed garlic
  • Chili pepper

Procedure

  1. Boil the clean pork intestine in water together with the garlic, onion, ginger, and vinegar.
  2. Drain and slice the pork intestine into even slices. Season using the minced garlic, salt, egg, and cornstarch.
  3. Heat oil in frying pan.
  4. Deep-fry until golden brown.
  5. Drain on paper towels to remove excess oil.
  6. Combine ingredients for sauce and serve together with chicharon.

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Home Designs

From Bolder Colors to Stunning Geometry: The Living Rooms Trends for 2018

Living Room Trends for 2018

The year 2017 is officially coming to an end in just a few months. This means designers are putting their heads together to come up with the latest designs that are going to make it big in the coming year. Today, you will be introduced to the latest living room trends for 2018. Bold colors and an eclectic mix of textures dominate the design trends, giving your personal space that much-needed lively boost.

Style Radar: Living Room Trends for 2018

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Living Room 2018 Interior Design

Living Room Designs for 2018: Color Trends

It appears that the color trend will be making a subtle comeback in 2018. Color was notably absent in the market this year after more neutral shades were placed in the spotlight. Consumers have already started purchasing furniture pieces with bright and bold color palettes. Want to try doing this for your home? Let your imagination run wild with neon green tables, mustard yellow armchairs, and neon lamp shades. The key is to draw attention to the piece, which means you should be more careful so as not to overdo it. Take the example above, two mint green recliners adorn the living room to add a subtle yet modern touch.

2018 Sofa Design

Think of a picturesque location that you’ve been wanting to visit . . . and recreate this in your living room! Be sure to incorporate the beautiful and natural colors of the environment. For example, if your destination of choice is the lavender fields in Luberon, France, then try contrasting a bright lavender couch to a burnt orange wall to mimic the fields during a sunset.

2018 Living Room Trends

Pastel shades are also becoming a huge part of the home trends for 2018! It will surely be refreshing to see more pops of colors compared to the overflow of gray hues this year.

Living Room 2018

Living Room Trends for 2018: Furniture, Texture, and Accessories

Disco fever is set to hit furniture designs for 2018. The retro looks of the ’40s and ’70s are given an upgrade with flowing lines and textiles reigning supreme. Art Nouveau patterns are going to be present in living room designs as well.

Living Room 2018 Trends

Geometrical patterns (like cages) will be present in most stylish homes next year as well as textured ones. But another intriguing design trend worth exploring for 2018 is the Baroque style used by Vienna salons during the late twentieth century. Use rich material compositions like velvet, highlight in satin gold, and copper to adorn dark wood furniture.

Living Room 2018 Interior Design Trends

Geometrical shapes made of glass should also make a splash in 2018.

2018 Living Room Designs

Living room designs for 2018 are literally shooting for the stars with these cosmic-inspired designs that mimic the surface of Mars. It appears on lamps, rugs, and even tables.

2018 House Interior Designs

Speaking of rugs, choose a material that blends into the floor surface. Stay away from black and opt for textured, cool-tone rugs instead.

Living Room 2018 Floor Designs

If you’re lucky enough to live in a big space, then use it as an opportunity to get creative. Dividers are a wonderful way to liven up the tone of any room. Textile installations and ceramics are a great deviation from wood to use as a divider. You may also use the furniture available at home. Alternatively, large sofas and tables make convenient dividers when you want to create dimension in the room.

Living Room Dividers 2018

Living Room Interior Designs 2018

Small and not-so-small details should not be overlooked. Lamps have become an important addition to any space of the home these days. Lamps made of brass, matte metals, and satin gold should grow in popularity by 2018.

Lamps-Living Room 2018 Interior Design

Hope you got some trendy design ideas from this list! Don’t forget to share this post to help others learn more about the latest and most elegant living room trends for 2018.

2018 Living Room Interior Design Trends

Interior Design 2018

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Food Recipe

Tasty Grilled Mussels Recipe for the Perfect Backyard Party

Tasty Grilled Mussels

Who doesn’t love grilling in the comfort of their own backyard? Having a little talk with friends and family over barbecue is simply one of the best forms of a get-together. Everybody knows that barbecued pork is always on the menu list when it comes to grilling parties, so it is time to mix things up by throwing in some grilled mussels!

The grilled mussels recipe you are about to learn is the perfect appetizer for a variety of reasons. It is delicious, easy to prepare, and a perfect dish to serve to non-meat eaters.

Easy Grilled Mussels Recipe

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Grilled Mussels Recipe

When it comes to purchasing a good batch, timing is everything. The peak season for mussels is October through March. Though farm-raised are safe to eat and are generally cleaner than the ones you’ll find in the sea, it is still important to clean them.

To clean your mussels, scrub the shell and remove the “beard” inside them using a brush or scour pad. To remove the beard, you’ll have to open the mussels. The easiest way to do this is by boiling them. Mussel shells automatically open after you leave them to boil for a few minutes.

Seafood Appetizer

Next to baking, grilling mussels is the easiest way to cook them. How many mussels you want to grill is all up to you, but for this recipe, it will be 1 lb. Mussels are best consumed fresh off the grill, but be warned, as these shells can be extremely HOT!

Here’s what you’ll need.

  • 1 lb mussels
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 medium diced plum tomato
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 tablespoons bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  1. Scrub the mussels and boil in 2 cups of water for 2 to 5 mins.
  2. Let the mussels cool and remove the beard. Set aside.
  3. Heat olive oil in a pan.
  4. Sauté the onion until soft.
  5. Add the garlic and continue to sauté for another minute.
  6. Finally, add the tomato and tomato paste, then sauté the mix for 1 minute. Transfer to a bowl and let cool.
  7. In a separate bowl, combine parsley, mint, breadcrumbs, and lemon juice.
  8. Scoop the sautéed onion, garlic, and tomato mixture and arrange on top of the mussels. Add the breadcrumbs mixture.
  9. Heat the grill and grill mussels for 5 to 7 minutes in medium heat.
  10. Transfer to a serving plate and serve as an appetizer.
  11. Share and enjoy with a fine glass of wine!

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Home Designs

Tree House Designs You Can Build in Your Own Backyard

DIY Tree Houses

Want to live like Tarzan without having to leave the comfort of your own home? Well, you and the kids can pretend you’re jungle royalty by building your own tree house!

For years, tree houses have served as a shelter for great apes against the dangers on the ground. It is believed that early human beings derived this idea from them and eventually constructed their own. As time went by, tree house designs have adapted to modern changes and has now become a staple in most homes.

In this article, you can find the best tree house designs that fit perfectly in Filipino households. These fun, safe, and stylish tree house plans are sure to make your kids and grand kids happy for the years to come.

Popular Tree House Designs for Filipino Homes

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This cool tree house is a pricey investment that could all the way up to a million pesos. If you can afford it, you’ll need to hire a good contractor to build the structure and come up with a specific house plan so you don’t end up wasting your money. The house may not be suitable for small kids since it is built so high from the ground. Nonetheless, you can guarantee a spectacular view especially if you decide to build this in an area that overlooks the city.

Best Tree House Designs

This snug and pleasant tree house is a more budget-friendly option. It is the perfect tiny fort for children. Despite its size, this tree house was not a simple venture. It was built in the image and likeness of the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

DIY Tree House Design

The photo below is a tree house resort situated deep in the jungle of Khao Sok National Park.

Khao Sok Tree House

This tree house is what fantasy dreams are made of! Live like you’re the prince and princess of the forest by constructing this magical fortress. Of course, you’ll have to invest a huge amount of money to build something as grand as this. Aside from that, you need to find a sturdy base and an area that isn’t prone to landslides and earthquakes.

Tree House

This cute tree house is made of bamboo and nipa. It is a popular design that can be seen all around the Philippines.

Tree House Designs

Itching to do a DIY project? You can construct the tree house below on your own! Do consider the health, maturity, and strength of the tree you plan on building your fort on. The main difference between building a tree house and an actual house is that a house relies on a foundation, while a tree house is built on a platform. The platform should be sturdy enough to hold everything atop it. At the same time, it should minimize damage to the tree and keep it from swaying on a windy day.

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Food

A Touch of Spain: How to Make Your Own Arroz Valenciana

Arroz Valenciana

The “ber” months are here and the countdown to Christmas has officially begun! Even as early as September, Filipinos can’t help but hang up Christmas lights and play all those iconic holiday songs by Filipino-Chinese crooner Jose Mari Chan. Now if those aren’t enough to get into the festive spirit, then how about whipping up a Christmas recipe?

Today, you’ll get to learn how to make your own version of the Noche Buena staple Arroz valenciana. A concrete proof of Spanish influence in the Philippines during the centuries-long colonization, Arroz valenciana is served during holidays and other special occasions like New Year’s Eve. This dish is quite similar to paella, except it makes use of malagkit (glutinous rice) and coconut milk. Keep reading to know the easy steps to making this sumptuous meal right here.

Quick and Easy Arroz Valenciana Recipe

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Arroz Valenciana Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup glutinous rice
  • 1/2 cups of jasmine rice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic (peeled and minced)
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 pieces of chorizo de bilbao, sliced diagonally into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 pound boneless chicken thigh or breast, sliced diagonally
  • 1 pinch Spanish Saffron
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ½ cup green peas (thawed)
  • ½ red bell pepper (seeded and sliced thinly into strips)
  • ½ green bell pepper (seeded and sliced thinly into strips)
  • Salt and pepper for extra flavor

Instructions

  1. Combine jasmine and glutinous rice in a bowl. Rinse with cold water until water is clear then drain.
  2. Heat oil in a wide, heavy-bottomed pan, adjusting fire at medium heat. Add onions and garlic until golden brown and season with salt and pepper. Saute chicken and stir until the color changes to light brown.
  3. Add chorizo de bilbao and cook until lightly brown and releases color. Add the saffron and allow to cook for about 1 minute. Pour in fish sauce, then cook for another 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Add the malagkit-rice mixture and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. (Remember to stir occasionally to avoid letting the mixture stick to the pan.) Add the coconut milk, chicken broth, and tomato paste and stir until well combined. Allow mixture to boil.
  5. Lower heat, cover, then cook for another 15 to 20 minutes until the rice is tender and liquid is absorbed.
  6. Add the green peas and stir. Cook for another 2 minutes before you add the bell peppers.
  7. Wait until bell peppers are crisp before you serve. Arrange mixture on a plate and garnish with parsley and sliced egg.

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