Small Space Ideas in a 33sqm Condo in Marikina

Architect Jaii de Guzman Jr. worked closely with a doctor-homeowner to create a modern one-bedroom unit

Photography: Marc Jao Styling: Therese Dehesa Architect: Jaii de Guzman Jr.

When it comes to building, renovating, or decorating your home, less can be more! For example, the owner of this 33sqm condo believes that a simple home can be a beautiful one.

In line with this belief, the homeowner, a doctor and hospital administrator by profession, asked architect Jaii de Guzman Jr. of Manuel+Lance Architectural Studio to turn a two-bedroom condo into a one-bedroom space. He also chose a modern minimalist color scheme composed of black, white, and a few bright shades here and there.

Ready for your own makeover? Contact architect Jaii de Guzman Jr. at (0917) 503 0203.

Living Area

The condo used to have two bedrooms, but the homeowner and architect realized that this made the 33sqm home seem too small! The second bedroom was torn down to bring in more light, open up the limited space, and create a bigger living area

In order to make the brand new living area appear even more spacious, architect Jaii decided not to have traditional furniture pieces! A built-in window seat mounted on the wall takes up less floor space. The cabinets underneath the seat are used to hide the homeowner's belongings.

Entertainment Wall

Instead of a bulky TV stand or cabinet, you can also opt to mount a flat-screen TV on an entertainment wall! This will help you save on space and display interesting home decor.

Home Office

The space where the second bedroom used to be is now an extension of the living area and a home office for the doctor-hospital administrator homeowner.

Just like the built-in window seat and entertainment wall on the other side of the living area, the wall-mounted work desk is a better choice! Since clutter can also make a space seem even smaller, the homeowner can hide his belongings in shelves, cabinets, and drawers.

Dining Area

Since there was not enough space in the 33sqm condo, the architect and homeowner turned the hallway into a kitchen and dining area. Instead of a traditional dining set-up, the architect chose a space-saving bar set-up with two bar stools, perfect for enjoying meals at home. 


Since white can make a compact space seem more spacious, the one-wall kitchen is defined by white materials, fixtures, and finishes

Master Bedroom

In the master bedroom, the two steps that lead to the homeowner's bed serve as a built-in bed frame and provide hidden storage options. The drawers underneath the steps can be used to keep clothes and other essentials.


The architect and homeowner agreed to retain the standard elements that they found in the condo's only bathroom. For a neat and organized look, the homeowner decided not to bring in too many things. 


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