This house is the perfect example of a home renovation done right
Renovations are more difficult than building from scratch, but this home proves that it’s definitely worth it
Renovation was undoubtedly a better choice for this homeowner and her family. The lady of the house’s creativity and resourcefulness was what put her family’s signature on a pre-loved home. She found the perfect canvas in a three-storey house nestled in a quiet village in Mandaluyong.
The house has ample space for the family of five, in addition to visiting family and friends. Furthermore, the mostly neutral interior gave her the chance to personalize it according to her taste. “I immediately saw potential in the two year old house. It had a modern but plain feel that made it much easier to alter,” she says. However, renovations aren’t easy work. It took six months to finish the project with the help of interior designer Jen Sohu and her team led by Danica Lu Chiu-Lee of Sohu Designs.
The first decision entailed setting which rooms to retain and which to alter. The powder room underwent one of the biggest transformations. It serves as an introduction to the rest of the house. Blue accents provide contrast to the mostly neutral elements in the living area. An accent wall that encloses the upper half of the staircase was left untouched.
The renovation also operated on the homeowner’s need for storage. Practicality won even with her love for trinkets and decor. “I learned that from living in a much smaller townhouse. It was a challenge to work in a couple of storage areas that didn’t ruin the view,” she recalls.
The modern kitchen is spacious and streamlined. It is fitted with a center island that adds to the functionality of the space. The lady of the house, however, had a list of non-negotiables. “The chandelier in the living room and glass-tiled backsplash for my kitchen were my must-haves. Day one pa lang, I knew I wanted them,” she says.
For the most part, what dictated the flow of the renovation was how she handled the challenges that came their way. One such example was the master bedroom. The placement of cove lights were adjusted to go with the new design of the space. Another challenge was tearing down the wall in the master bath to extend the walk-in closet by three feet.
The lady of the house’s youngest daughter was her trusted assistant throughout the renovation. She was quite hands on with her room while her two other siblings only had few requests. “Looking at houses has always been one of my greatest joys,” the lady of the house enthuses. It’s a passion her youngest doubtless took after her.
Even though they haven’t lived long in the house, every room feels like an extension of each family member’s personality. It’s probably the little details that give this home its compelling character.