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A Pet-Friendly 800sqm Family Home

A family worked hand-in-hand to build a home fit not just for every member, but for their beloved pets, too

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Original Article: Charmaine S. Baylon Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Pictorial Direction: Issa Villar

"It was a choice between house or condo unit," remembers the homeowner of this 800sqm house . "But with my birds, cats, fish, and dogs, we decided to build a home instead." The house has a central area for a living room and two connecting structures. On the left of the middle room are the dining area, kitchen, and maid’s quarters, while on the right are the family room, office, and bedrooms.

The house’s layout is also interesting: a wall partially hides the dining room, while an entryway next to the living room signals that one is about to enter a small nook. The stay-at-home mom had a little help from the family: her dad and two brothers planned and built the house, while her two sisters helped in designing the space. They also brought in accessories to brighten up some areas. Right now, the house has accumulated a mix of modern and Asian-inspired pieces and accessories.

It may be a family affair that brought the house together, but the Cruz family members also pitched in some wisdom into making their space better. “Materials and colors must be consistent throughout the house for a uniform look. If not, the place will look smaller," the homeowners says.

Original article by Charmaine S. Baylon. Pictorial direction by Issa Villar. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article (“Pet Project) in the June 2006 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at https://summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living.

Facade

From the outside, the house looks airy and spacious. The materials and colors used work well to give the home a cozy vibe.

Entryway

A well-designed entryway greets guests upon entrance to the house. A console table is decorated with fresh flowers and a couple of vintage pieces. Chairs were added on both sides as well.

Design Detail

An archway is seen from the living room. It helps give an illusion of a bigger space.

Décor Detail

Most of the things in the Cruz home are gifts from family and friends. Paula loves the colors on this intricately carved mirror, which was a wedding gift.

Living Room

The living room highlights wooden pieces with modern lines and a few Asian accents. To keep up with the pet-friendly theme, animal prints are seen on the armchairs.

Living Room Detail

Paula likes putting plants inside the house. In the living room, a potted plant is seen on a side table. Generous sunlight stream in from the windows as well.

Living Area Detail

The center table at the living room holds a couple of accents that add character to the space.

Dining Room

The dining table came from Paula's old apartment in San Francisco. More plants are seen while the mirrors help make the room bigger. The elegant lighting fixture gives the space a warm glow.

Family Bonding Area

The small round table is not for breakfast or small meals. The family converge here for a couple of different games to pass the time.

Design Detail

More plants are seen in the area. Paula believes that plants help brighten the colors of any room.

Décor piece

Even without birds, the cages serve as lovely and romantic home accents.

Indoor Plants

All the cut stems or flowers inside the house came from the garden.

Stairwell

Large windows fill the stairwell with the natural light. Frosted panels were strategically placed to provide privacy while the unfrosted ones give a view of the greenery outside.

Bedroom Detail

Walls in Enrique's room were liven up with painted images of animals.

Bedroom Detail

The giraffe and elephant images were actually taken from Enrique's bedsheets. Paula asked one of her brothers to paint them on the wall.

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