A Black-and-White Three-Storey Townhouse in Laguna

A ten-month renovation leads to a well-planned space filled with charming pieces

Photography: Marc Jao

When homeowners Jaime and Dr. Susan De Guzman Florentino purchased their three-storey townhouse, they immediately noticed that the home was too small, the staircase was in front of the front door, and the bathroom door faced the living area.

In order to address these issues, the couple decided to take on an extensive home renovation project. They worked closely with contractor Engineer Felix Miranda (mobile 0927 428 0668) to create a bigger home, move the staircase, change the bathroom layout, and implement other important changes. 

Jaime explains that Dr. Susan chose the black-and-white color palette, finishing materials, furniture pieces, and home decor for the space. While Dr. Susan was responsible for the style and function, Jaime was the one who visited the construction site everyday for 10 months. Their unique hands-on approach has resulted in a completely transformed sanctuary perfect for their lifestyle, tastes, and personalities.

Living Area

Dr. Susan's love for the classic combination of black-and-white is evident in the living area. The ceiling, most of the walls, and furniture pieces are all white. To create visual interest, there are pops of black and red in the space.

Living Area

Jaime explains that the bathroom door used to be placed on the striped black-and-white accent wall. This created a strange and awkward feel in the living area. In order to make the space look better, he had the door moved to a hidden side.

Accent Wall

Now that the bathroom door is placed on another side, the main wall is now a focal point. The couple completed the striped accent wall with an oversized "wall clock."

Living Area

Although the architect wanted to build walls that would separate the living, kitchen, and dining areas, Jaime and Dr. Susan wanted an open space. Since there are no partitions, the first floor looks airy, breezy, and spacious.


Dr. Susan reveals that the U-shaped layout is patterned after her own habits in the kitchen. This helps her prepare meals more efficiently.


For a sleek and streamlined feel, the kitchen backsplash is made up of white subway tiles from Ortigas Home Depot. 

Dining Area

Want to create an illusion of a bigger dining area? Choose benches instead of chairs! Since benches have no backrests, they will make the space seem open. 

Another way to create a spacious feel is to choose light-colored flooring material. Jaime and Dr. Susan opted for floor tiles that mimic the look of real wood. 


Even the niche near the staircase is spruced up with a wall mirror, a white table, and a collection of woven baskets.


The hall closet on the second floor is disguised with four framed prints. 

Master Bedroom

In line with the color scheme of the home, the master bedroom is only in black-and-white. Jaime adds that the patterned bed quilt is a handmade piece from a friend's mother.

Guest Bedroom

In the guest bedroom, a "True Love Was Born in a Stable" print hangs above one of the two beds. 


Since a black-and-white theme may seem repetitive, you can play with interesting prints and patterns. This is exactly what Jaime and Dr. Susan did in the second floor bathroom.  


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