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A Pet-Friendly 800sqm Family Home

A family worked hand-in-hand to build a home fit not just for every member, but for their beloved pets, too

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Original Article: Charmaine S. Baylon Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Pictorial Direction: Issa Villar

"It was a choice between house or condo unit," remembers the homeowner of this 800sqm house . "But with my birds, cats, fish, and dogs, we decided to build a home instead." The house has a central area for a living room and two connecting structures. On the left of the middle room are the dining area, kitchen, and maid’s quarters, while on the right are the family room, office, and bedrooms.

The house’s layout is also interesting: a wall partially hides the dining room, while an entryway next to the living room signals that one is about to enter a small nook. The stay-at-home mom had a little help from the family: her dad and two brothers planned and built the house, while her two sisters helped in designing the space. They also brought in accessories to brighten up some areas. Right now, the house has accumulated a mix of modern and Asian-inspired pieces and accessories.

It may be a family affair that brought the house together, but the Cruz family members also pitched in some wisdom into making their space better. “Materials and colors must be consistent throughout the house for a uniform look. If not, the place will look smaller," the homeowners says.

Original article by Charmaine S. Baylon. Pictorial direction by Issa Villar. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article (“Pet Project) in the June 2006 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at https://summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living.

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