Building & Renovating

RL Tips: Designers and Designers' Fees

The Real Living Team together with guest designers answer your decorating queries and more!


From home basics to color queries, the RL team and a couple of guest designers answer your questions sent via social media. Keep the answers in mind as they may come in handy in the future.

Read the original article ("50 Solutions to 50 Home Problems") in the July 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

Condos on a Budget

Q. How do I decorate a three-bedroom condo on a budget? I was given an estimate of P600,000, which is too expensive. —Det Francisco

A. Prioritize your budget. The standard renovation cost for a lean budget is P10,000 to P15,000/sqm. Categorize where the bulk of your budget will go, for example: furniture, 20%, built-in items, 40%, and so forth. —Dr. Raquel B. Florendo, interior designer

Budget Planning

Q. With a lot of ideas we got from Real Living, we are thinking of hiring an interior designer for our 48-sqm unit. Is it possible to hire one if we have a budget of P300,000? —Theresa Sta. Brigida-Teodoro 

A. I believe P300,000 is still feasible. Do proper canvassing and budgeting. Remember not to compromise safety, comfort, and maintenance. Real Living has a good roster of designers, please check out previous and current issues. —Dr. Raquel B. Florendo, interior designer


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