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Antique Pieces in a Two-Storey 400sqm Dream Home

Heirloom pieces from the homeowners’ parents complement their sleek and modern residence with an open layout

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Original Article: Ciel Tagaza Photography: Ocs Alvarez Pictorial Direction: Issa Villar Architect: Dan Lichauco

The first step to take when building one’s dream home is to find an ideal location that’s within the vicinity of each family members’ workplace or school. The Bengzon family took this a step further by considering their dream home’s “orientation, elevation, and wide frontage” before purchasing the 400sqm lot where they built their family home.

With the help of architect Dan Lichauco of Archion, the Bengzons realized their dream of having a modern home that satisfied their needs – from identifying specific areas best for entertaining to bedrooms that allowed more than enough room for the parents and kids to bond to roomy bathrooms, walk-in closets, and bay windows perfect for reading.

The key to achieving their goal of building their dream family home is systematic planning, says the homeowner, and while it took them seven months to finalize the plans before they started construction, it was well worth the effort and time. From their architect’s initial “interview” with the homeowners about what they wanted and needed in their dream home to deciding which areas of construction needed to be invested on more (basic structure, electrical and plumbing quality) to managing the budget, the Bengzons completed their home project with teamwork, a well-organized plan, financial discipline, and resourcefulness.

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Original article by Ciel Tagaza. Pictorial direction by Issa Villar. Photographed by Ocs Alvarez.

Read the original article ("Exceeding Expectations") in the November 2006 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. 

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