What do you get when you put an old water tank and a bodega together? Pinoy real estate owner Ronald "Tonton" Tan said you get a tiny house.
"Yung tank house talaga is a story to tell," he shared in a Summit OG exclusive interview. Tonton explained, "Dahil nga sa pandemic na ito, nalungkot ako for my kids. Yung mga bata, even kami, hindi kami makalabas. Hindi maka-explore. So, nali-limit yung happiness and lifestyle ng family."
What started out as a dream to build his kids a treehouse eventually turned into a big project wrapped in tiny packaging. "[Wala] masyadong [trees] dito sa area. So, why not use the tank house as the treehouse? Kaya siya naging tank house," he revealed.
In an exclusive tour he granted Summit OG, he showed how a 5.4 square meter space can be as functional as your typical standard house. The two-storey residence comes complete with a kitchen, a dining area, a toilet and bath, a bedroom, and even a receiving area. Tonton made sure every corner is useful. "Dito sa taas, sa loft area of the house, puwedeng maglagay dito ng dalawang beds," he pointed out. It also has enough storage for clothes and essentials. "Yung mga sofa namin nabubuksan. Sa ilalim ng kitchen, it's a cabinet," he added.
If you're thinking of building your own tiny home, Tonton advised that you can start with P60,000 to P80,000. "Nandiyan na yung pader. Finished na siya. Puwede na siyang tulugan," he mentioned. With that price, you can also add a bed and a few essential items. "Pero yung finishing niya, yung mga important parts, yung mga lightings, hindi pa kasama [roon]," he clarified.
According to Tonton, he has spent approximately P200,000 in total for the construction of this tank house. That includes plenty of electrical outlets, lighting, huge windows, and a cozy nook where the family can relax—plus the pieces of furniture that double as storage.
Tonton hopes that the tank house would serve as an inspiration to many. "Naisip natin na maging inspiration ang building ng tank house, not just for the family and the kids na para sumaya, but also to give inspiration sa mga nagtitipid ngayong pandemic," he said.
After all, big dreams can start even in the tiniest spaces.
Watch the video below to know more about the tank house.
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