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Repurposed Pieces Find New Life in a Modern Minimalist Bungalow

A collaboration between an environmentally conscious mountaineer couple creates an airy and artsy home

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Original Article: Ruby Ang Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Pictorial Direction: Gwyn GS Guanzon

Interesting homes are created by homeowners who have distinct personalities, philosophies and values that reveal themselves through their living spaces. This is very much the case with couple Eng and Russ’s home – two passionate mountaineers who believe that building a home involves environmental awareness and respect for Mother Earth’s natural resources.

Their bungalow in Quezon City is living proof that one does not need to harm the environment to create an abode that is interesting, cozy, and clutter-free. The couple lived by their conservationist philosophy by sourcing recycled and reused materials from Laong Laan, Caloocan, and as far as Clark Field, Pampanga, as major parts and pieces in their home. Acquiring pieces like narra doors, glass panels, 100-year-old sampaguita glass windows, and Vigan tiles at affordable prices allowed the couple to reconstruct and renovate their home with just a minimal budget.

Combining Eng’s visual artistry skills and Russ’ experience in home renovation, the two created a house that is minimalist, modern, timeless, and teeming with personality and vibrant life.

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Original article by Ruby Ang. Pictorial direction by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article (“Haven in the Concrete Jungle”) in the January-February 2008 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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