Array
Houses

A Heritage Home Restored to its Former Glory

From an office to a cozy home, this bahay-na-bato is reconstructed to save a piece of Vigan’s rich heritage

Shares
Original Article: Coni Tejada Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions Styling: Gwyn GS Guanzon

Restoring a heritage home to its former glory not only takes a lot of time and money, it also entails a good amount of patience and vast reserves of persistence. That's what businessman and public servant Roland Singson found out.

About 15 years ago, his father acquired a bahay-na-bato in the UNESCO heritage city of Vigan. After being rented out as an office space by a friend, however, it fell into disrepair. Wanting a house that he could call his own, Ronald took on the restoration project himself. Planning took the better part of six months. Every detail had to be submitted to the Vigan Heritage Commission, which it in turn forwarded to the National Historical Institute in Manila for approval.

The reconstruction itself was another story. The house was stripped to its shell; its foundation reinforced with steel and covered with concrete. All these took three years. The result is a bahay-na-bato which respects its storied heritage, but also gives a nod to its new owner's distinct personality.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Original article by Coni Tejada. Styling by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Photographed by Ocs Alvarez / ACME Visual Productions. 

Read the original article ("Metamorphosis") in the April 2007 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/real-living/id553158056?mt=8) now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.  

More on Realliving.com.ph

Shares

Latest Stories

This 28sqm Studio Unit in Bacolod is Perfect for Staycations

The design team created a compact yet inviting small home with a warmth that matches the vibe of the City of Smiles

7 Plants That Can Help You Keep Dengue Away

You need to do more than just plant them outside your home

Make Your Home Smell Like a Fancy Hotel for Less Than P700!

Shop for scented candles, room sprays, and more essentials while maintaining your budget

10 Things You Need to Clean to Avoid a Stinky Home

We tend to overlook how scent contributes to the first impression our house makes on guests �" or on us!

5 Organizing Ideas We Can Learn from this Family Home in San Juan

This home doesn't just have picture-perfect rooms. Let it inspire you to get organized.

Amoy Kulob at Mabaho? Here Are Ways to Keep Your Home Smelling Fresh

Because a beautiful house needs to smell good, too

Those School Buildings We Grew Up With Are Called Gabaldons

The President recently signed a law that mandates their conservation

These Are The Reasons Why You Have a Messy Home

Manage the clutter in your house with these tips from an interior designer

Which One is Best for Your Home: A Diffuser or A Humidifier?

Here is a quick guide between a diffuser and humidifier to help you decide which one is better for your space

6 Convincing Reasons Why It's Better to Rent Than Buy a Home

Paying monthly dues is less stressful compared to managing real estate taxes

9 Affordable Ways to Give Your Kitchen Cabinets a Makeover

Updating the look of your cabinets can greatly improve the overall ambiance of your kitchen

Is Your House Making You Sick?

Household pollutants may cause respiratory diseases and other health problems
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!