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MANILA - A Filipina interior designer in the US is proving that one can still own a house with less space and cost.
"A lot of people get into the tiny-house movement because of financial constraints, but it can also be a way to reassess what’s really valuable to you," Vina Lustado said in an interview with Organic Connections Magazine.
Born to Filipino parents, Lustado's family emigrated to the US. She graduated at the University of Southern California with a degree of Bachelor of Architecture in 1991.
After working for some firms and time spent traveling abroad, Lustado decided to give it a go and establish her own business called 'Sol Haus Design' in 2010 in Ojai, California.
Her website describes her as being drawn to social and environmental causes. She volunteered with Habitat for Humanity both in Alaska and in Ventura.
Lustado designed her 140 square feet sustainable and functional home.
"I believe that what I was searching for in my own home is very much what others are yearning for as well: a home that is well-designed, sustainable, and affordable," she said on her website.
Her tiny house is designed with solar panels and passive heating and cooling techniques; its interior includes non-toxic finishes, according to her website.
Its approximate cost is at $35,000 or around P1.5 million.