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A Modern Tropical House in San Jose, Antique

Former Real Living creative director Gwyn Guanzon welcomes us into his family home in the province

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Original Article: Rachelle F. Medina Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions

In 2001, Simona "Monie" Salazar and her late husband Teopisto "Ben" Guanzon Jr., the parents of former Real Living creative director Gwyn Guanzon, started building their own family home with a budget of only P800,000.

To help them save more money for the construction, the couple decided to haul rubble and sand to make hollow blocks that they could sell for P7 apiece. The excess hollow blocks were saved for their house so that they would only have to purchase the cement, the roof, and the beams.

Monie explains that they also made the most of their money by recycling many things! For example, she purchased all of the stained glass windows for only P3,500 at the renovation site of an old mid-century church. 

Read the original article ("Fine Antique") in the April 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.

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