A Flood-Proof Contemporary Home in Quezon City

Pockets of peace and clean, minimalist designs lend a bright, airy feel to this renovated home amid the rainy season

Original Article: Tisha Alvarez Photography: Jun Pinzon Styling: Issa Villar Architect: Raymond Co

After years of dreading the rainy season and having to ferry their belongings to the second floor every time it pours, the Gonzales clan finally decided to build a new home two meters above street level. The result: wide, airy spaces with small gardens thoughtfully peppered throughout the open plan, and contemporary yet classic low-maintenance pieces set against white walls. It’s a labor of love that reflects a seamless merger of old and new.

It was mostly Agnes and her son Gino who collaborated with architect Raymond Co in the rebuilding of their family home in Xavierville. Their new-old house’s key features include a larger dining area, a kitchen equipped with top-of-the-line appliances, and a more spacious living room where family and friends alike can feel right at home, no matter the occasion.

Original article by Tisha Alvarez. Styling by Issa Villar. Photographed by Jun Pinzon.

Read the original article ("Flood Relief") in the October 2009 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Living Area

One is greeted with the living area upon stepping into the Gonzales home. It is adjacent to the dining room—both boast of roomy interiors, as the Gonzaleses love to entertain guests.

Living Area Detail

A chocolate brown sectional sofa and two big ottomans offset the stark whiteness of the walls, while banig blinds open up to reveal a mini koi pond.

Dining Area

The dining area that's adjacent to the living room likewise welcomes the guests. The Gonzaleses’ old furniture were swapped for more streamlined pieces that sport a contemporary Filipino look. “We needed something less ornate and easy to maintain,” Agnes says.


A wide marble countertop makes for the perfect hangout place among friends and family who want to catch up while munching on light snacks.

Kitchen Storage

Shelves were cleverly built on the countertop’s sides to fully utilize space.

Contrast of Colors

The Gonzales home consists mostly of neutral shades—white and brown—but are brightened up with modern pieces that come in poppy, earthy shades (mostly red).

A Fresh Outlook

Adding to the house's comfy and refreshing feel are the fresh flowers that are displayed on tables and cabinets.

Keeping it Clean

To keep the house's clean look, white is utilized as well as seen in the white table lamp and framed décor.

Display Tip

A functional décor found at the Gonzales home: hanging shelves holding various knick-knacks. It organizes the décor as well as give the space a playful touch.

A Hint of Green

Strategically placed gardens and nature-inspired décor provide a vibrant, verdant vibe amidst the dreary rainy season.

Gino's Bedroom

The bright-against-white theme is played out in Gino’s personal space via miniature paintings in shadow boxes, all mounted above his bed.

Gino's Studio

Gino’s bedroom leads to his studio, which is accessible via a separate entrance. Worktables and stools from Dimensione provide plenty of space for creativity to flow. Shelves are stocked with books, while a built-in ladder provides access to a storage loft.

Marty's Bedroom

The first and only grandchild of the Gonzales clan also has his own personal space in the family home. Playful shades of blue, green, yellow, and red are happy additions to the predominant neutral shades.


The pristine whiteness of the guest bathroom is balanced out by the subtle hues of the capiz tiles and potted plants.


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