A Family Home with Additional Spaces and Minimalist Aesthetics

A 400sqm bungalow is transformed into a spacious multilevel residence for a growing family in Paranaque

Original Article: Tisha Alvarez Photography: Ocs Alvarez Styling: Gwyn GS Guanzon

Couple Hansel and Pinky knew they needed to expand their 400sqm home as their own children grew and their family dynamics change. Moving to another location was out of the question; they loved their neighborhood in Paranaque and have grown attached to their neighbors who have become friends of the family. They wanted to entertain more at home, and as the children grew up, the couple looked ahead into the future to the time when the kids would have their own families as well.

The couple chose to rebuild their bungalow into a multilevel Mediterranean inspired home that would give them not only more room, but also allow them to embrace a more social lifestyle. Hansel’s major consideration were the construction costs, and to address this issue, he made sure to establish an open discussion with his architect and contractor about his concerns. As expected, Hansel and Pinky were able to recreate a home that is not only to their liking, but also manage to create a house that is an investment into their growing family’s future.

Original article by Tisha Alvarez. Styling by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Photographed by Ocs Alvarez.

Read the original article (“Home Grown”) in the July 2006 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at


A short gallinera and an aquarium complement the colors and vibe of the house entrance.

Living Area

The Dela Cruz family wanted a minimalist home that is clutter-free and contemporary. The living area's black-and-white palette is sleek, yet the plush white sofas and black leather stainless steel chairs are inviting enough for long periods of entertaining. Sliding doors in the living and dining areas open up to the lanai and a small garden.

Living Area Detail

The living room furniture – from the white sofas with dark wood armrests, black leather chairs in stainless steel frames, and the glass coffee table were all custom-made by CLT Gallerie Corp. Silver candleholders are from Rustan’s while the tall glass vase is from Play and Display.

Dining Area

The dining set which seats eight people were also customized by CLT Gallerie Corp. This allowed the homeowners to modify the furniture to their needs. Since the family loves to entertain, they made sure their dining seats were comfortable for long periods of lounging so they requested plush cushions for them.

Design Detail

Since the family still had furniture from the old house, they decided to keep some of them to use in the new home. The accent chair in this photo is one of those.


The same black-and-white motif is maintained throughout the kitchen.

Kitchen Detail

Pinky consulted a feng shui expert for the home’s layout, at the same time, it allows the family to enjoy an open kitchen that is perfect for entertaining guests.

Entertainment Room

The furniture found in the entertainment room is the refurbished sala set from the family's old home. The console table against the wall was an old buffet table -- Pinky just had the color changed.


With the rebuilding project, the children were able to have their own spaces to enjoy. The minimalist and clutter-free look is maintained even in the kids’ bedrooms, as seen in this photo. A simple shelf positioned high up the wall provides storage and display for a doll collection, while keeping the rest of the room clean and orderly.


A major architectural addition to the Dela Cruz home is the lanai which provides an alternative area for entertaining, especially during the rainy season. The roofing design allows natural light to stream in during daytime, yet keeps rain and draft from coming in during the evening.

Deck and Veranda

A favorite spot for the family and their guests, the deck/veranda has a Jacuzzi perfect for cooling down during hot, lazy summer afternoons. Pinky wanted a Jacuzzi big enough for the whole family but Hansel preferred a smaller one. They compromised on a mid-sized one instead.


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