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Forward-Thinking Style Breathes New Life into 600sqm Home

Proper space planning and attention to details add dimension to this space’s third renovation

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Original Article: Chinggay Labrador Photography: Toto Labrador Styling: Gwyn GS Guanzon Architect: Gerard Joson

Fresh from college, Gerard Joson took on the challenge of designing the 600sqm property that his family acquired a few years back. The initial plan was to divide the property into two 300sqm lots and rebuild everything from the ground up. As with any other project, delays were inevitable. Years later, the family decided to let go of the demolition and chose to renovate the property instead. From dated bathroom tiles, bare gardens, to the rundown kitchen shelves, a lot of work had to be done. Aside from the aesthetic aspects, Gerard wanted to focus on space planning. The result of the renovation became a mix of the old and the new.

Armed with a philosophy of working with spaces that are already available, Gerard maintained the original open-plan living and dining areas and updated them with cove lighting, streamlined angles, and bold color schemes. A maid’s room was turned into a family room, accessed through the living room by a sliding door. The bright family room grants access to all four bedrooms and an elegantly landscaped courtyard. Meanwhile, Gerard’s room was painstakingly followed down to the tiniest detail of his scale model, from the diagonal bookshelves to the slanted ceilings.

Gerard’s experience as an architect helped the whole process of renovation as it took only two months to complete – given the usual problems and construction setbacks.

Read the original article (“Residential Redux”) in the July 2008 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.

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