RL Makeovers: New Look for an Old House in Taytay, Rizal

A family home with an unfinished ceiling and bare cement floors and walls is reinvented

Original Article: Kathleen Valle Photography: Jun Pinzon Pictorial Direction: Issa Villar Design Consultant: Grace Moslares

In 2009, couple Adrian and Cherry found out that their son Bernard was afflicted with multiple carboxylase deficiency, a rare lifelong disorder. To take care of their son, Adrian and Cherry decided to quit their jobs and stay at home, where they make children’s clothing. However, the space needed a lot of work. Aside from the bare cement walls and floors, the house had an unfinished ceiling that became the home of noisy stray cats that left smelly waste.

Although the budget only allowed for a bedroom renovation, design consultant Grace Moslares of Magara Designs decided to overhaul the entire house. “If room lang, paglabas nila, magkakasakit din sila, It’s really unhealthy; they’re breathing fresh cement and dust,” she shares. With the help of engineer RJ Gutang of Probuilt Glazing Inc. and Crossings Home, Grace was able to transform the house in only two weeks.

Read the original article (“From Bare to Beautiful”) in the March 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Since the industrial style is defined by bare and unfinished elements, Grace thought that this look would be a cheap way to spruce up the space. The newly built trusses were painted white while exposed bulbs hang above the dining table and the production area in the living room. Leftover pipes were painted black and are now used as an offbeat bookshelf.

The indoor bare cement and dust plus pollutants from the outdoors can be detrimental to anyone’s health. The design team cured the cement floor and walls first, then painted them white. Aside from making the house seem light and airy, the new color that’s a big leap from drab, dirty gray has inspired the couple to maintain the space.

The bedroom’s dirty powder pink walls were replaced with fresh white paint. Grace also highlighted the bed area itself with red and orange stripes. The brown cabinet was also repainted white for a light vibe.

A slim rack was brought in to accommodate the TV, which used to be on top of a small cabinet. It also has a space below for keeping Bernard’s diapers and other needs. A roomy armoire with a glass door was also added courtesy of Magara Designs to rein in bags and clothes. To make the space seem bigger, the futon and small mattresses were replaced with a real, sturdy bed with pullout from Crossings Home, where the designer also scored the patterned beddings and accent throw pillows.

How Much It Costs:

Crossings Home
Bed with trundle, cabinet, couch, lamps, pillows, and various decor - P 60,000
Magara Designs
Additional construction materials and customized furniture - P 29,450
Probuilt Glazing, Inc.
Additional construction materials - P 16,000
Labor and Materials
Assorted construction materials and labor and materials for customized furniture pieces - P 50,000
Grand Total:
Ready for your own makeover? Contact Grace Moslares of Magara Designs at 0927-715-1393 or email her at [email protected]

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