This Tiny House With Ocean Views Is Worth the Trip to Eastern Samar
Engineer Jess Clarito became a big fan of tiny houses during the pandemic.
This fascination has inspired him to build Balay Guti Beach House, a charming 30-square-meter haven just a few steps from the sand in the town of Sulat in Eastern Samar.
He said it started as a personal project for his parents who love going to the beach. “It started when me and my wife Lyra decided to build a house for our parents kasi nakikita namin every time pumupunta sila sa beachfront, nare-relax sila... During the pandemic, during the successive lockdowns, sabi nila nanghihina sila kapag ‘di sila pumupunta.”
Though it will be a full-time retirement home in the long run, Balay Guti’s door is currently open to anyone who wants to experience living in a tiny home by the beach.
Balay Guti may have limited space with indoor dimensions of only 3x8 meters, but it seems more spacious due to its open-concept layout. Such design makes it easy to take everything at a glance. This design route also helps foster closeness and feeling of being in the moment among the guests.
"It will bring your family closer together kasi halos lahat ng area magkikita-kita kayo,” Jess said.
Upon entry into the house, guests are immediately greeted with a fully furnished kitchen.
To the left is the mini living room where the couch and a television is provided making up a humble hangout area for the guests. To the right is the toilet and bathroom. Upstairs of this tiny abode that adapts a loft design is the sleeping area.
Outside the main house, there is a lanai, which Jess said is the family’s favorite part of the outdoor area. That’s despite the fact that the front yard also has a pool and a fireplace.
“Kasi kapag nandito kami sa lanai, accessible lahat. Nakikita mo yung view ng natural formation ng beach. At the same time, dito namin nakikita yung mga bata na naglalaro sa trampoline, sa swimming pool,” he said.
Balay Guti was originally intended to be a tiny house built from a container van, which Jess saw plenty of on social media and sparked his desire to kickstart the project. However, the logistics of procuring a container van proved to be a challenge. This made Jess think of a more practical alternative and opt for conventional construction materials.
“Unfortunately, based on my research, it will be costly to deliver the container van from Metro Cebu or Metro Manila kasi doon lang siya available. So, we decided to make it a conventional one, using the concrete hollow blocks with steel bars in constructing the tiny house,” he shared.
Construction of the main house, the pool, the fireplace and purchase of furniture came to Php1.5 million. But you can rent and enjoy all these and more (including the relaxing ocean view) starting at Php5,000 per night. With all these, you could say it’s worth the trip to Eastern Samar!
If you wish to escape and relax into this cozy tiny home, Balay Guti Beach House is taking reservations through its Facebook page. [LINK to https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100078856265619]
Be charmed with Balay Guti Beach House’s tiny but adorable features by watching this full virtual tour on OG Youtube Channel. Watch the video below.
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