This Maaliwalas Home in Pampanga Used to Be an Old Lying-In Clinic
At the height of the pandemic, the owner decided to turn it into an isolation space/bachelor pad with the help of InnovArc Design & Construction
We’re all familiar with the sacrifices of our frontliners as we continue to rise above the pandemic. Aside from the grueling hours working in hospitals and wards, they also need to isolate from loved ones to curb the spread of the virus. Dr. Paul Edwin Baltazar, a pediatric doctor, was familiar with how difficult it is since he can be called by duty anytime and he shares a home with his father and son.
Out of need, he asked InnovArc Design & Construction to transform an old lying-in clinic into a house extension where he can isolate and decompress after a shift. Known for creating not just masterpieces but not innovative structures as well, InnovArc collaborated with Dr. Paul to create a home that meets his needs.
They settled on a bright and airy home, with a practical layout that maximizes the 87sqm space. “The structure itself is an opportunity to innovate,” says principal architect and CEO Ar. Justine Amor Garcia. “Each design or texture amplifies every detail that composes the whole design. We used organic materials like Mactan tiles, Tisa tiles, and natural adobe bricks and stones,” he adds. They also incorporated proudly Betis-made products into the home.
Take a peek inside this functional and homey abode below:
The home’s unique façade can command anyone’s attention with its slanted wall with Plaquetta tiles. Though not seen in the photo, completing the exterior of the house are black metal screen to ensure proper ventilation and the main door designed by artisans from Betis.
“There’s also a black glass above that gives an illusion of reflection of the extensive eaves,” says Ar. Justine.
The dining area also functions as a living area where the owner can entertain friends. Natural wood planks were used for the ceiling. The openness gives the space an airy vibe, but it’s the dining set that stands out. A sturdy wooden table is paired with handmade stools and a wooden bench which are made in Pampanga.
Streamlined and organized, the kitchen showcases the Muji-inspired aesthetic. According to Ar. Justine, they opted to have a quartz countertop as the said material is non-porous and durable. If you look closely at the floor, you’ll see the machuca tiles used as accent and breaker tiles.
In this cooking area, each appliance has its own space. One side of the kitchen serves as an appliance station where the refrigerator, oven, and microwave are located. There’s also a customized wine rack that complements the storage nooks.
“The wall behind the bedframe features Mactan tiles (white natural coral stone) that works well with the wooden finishes,” says Ar. Justine. The inviting bed gives off an organic feel while creating an illusion that it’s floating.
To accentuate the side table, a hanging pendant light doubles as décor.
The design team was also able to incorporate a bay window in the bedroom that gives a view of the outdoors.
“The bay window is an innovation in terms of fenestrations (windows) and at the same time, it portrays an area for resting,” adds the architect. There are niches where the owner can keep and display books, too.
Dr. Paul also requested for a “New York apartment-feel” in the house. To deliver this, the walk-in closet has industrial touches such as Tisa tiles used on the wall and metal rods.
Within the walk-in closet is a lavatory with neutral-colored tiles and simple furnishings to achieve the clean look.
To maximize every inch of space, there’s also hanging shelves where toiletries can be kept.
The luxe stand-alone bathtub serves as the focal point in the bathroom and accentuated further by a sophisticated lighting piece.
In addition to making sure it’s completed with top-notch bathroom fixtures, the design team made sure it complements the overall look of the home. In the toilet area, a similar material used on the home’s exterior can be seen.
“We’ve also incorporated the use of decorative blocks that are purposefully installed as ventilation. To make it look like it’s connected to nature, we also placed indoor plants,” says Ar. Justine.
Ready to achieve your dream home? Get in touch with InnovArc Design & Construction through Facebook: facebook.com/innovarcConstruction. You can also email them at info.innovarcdesignbuild[at]gmail.com.
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