A Modern Family Home in Balagtas, Bulacan

Architect Ireneo P. Roque builds a unique house with a neutral color palette and contemporary design elements

Photography: Marc Jao Architect: Ireneo P. Roque

A minimalist property looks clean, sleek, and streamlined. It is special because of its open layout, glass and steel materials, and white furniture and accessories

An example of a modern house that looks pristine and spic-and-span is this family home in Balagtas, Bulacan! Since homeowner Isagani Alcantara has always wanted a contemporary space, he asked architect Ireneo P. Roque to build this 150sqm property on this 845sqm lot. He only requested for a modern style, a roof deck (instead of a traditional roof), and predominantly white elements


As mentioned above, most modern homes should have the following elements: glass and steel materials complemented by a cool neutral color scheme. These details can also be appreciated even from the outside of the 150sqm property.

A curved pathway made from piedra stone and a row of ornamental plants mark the entrance of the home

Water Feature

To make the home feel tranquil and peaceful, architect Ireneo built a water feature with rough granite slabs. For a more dramatic effect, this part of the outdoor area has bright blue lights.

Living Area

Since the homeowner specifically asked for a "white" home, the living area is filled with white elements — from the ceiling and walls to the floor tiles and furniture pieces

If you would also like a modern home, you should choose white elements paired with floor-to-ceiling glass windows

Living and Dining Areas

Homeowners that would like to have a modern home should choose an open layout! An open layout with no walls will always seem airy, bright, and spacious

Levi Yu Artwork

The focal point of the living area is an interesting painting by Levi Yu. Beneath the artwork is a console table used to display the homeowner's collection.

More favorite pieces, including a set of miniature Japanese prints, are placed on the wall-mounted shelves.

Dining Area

The dining area is furnished with a glass-top dining table with a curved wooden base surrounded by fully upholstered chairs. White drop lights are used to illuminate the comfortable space.


To add warmth to the modern kitchen, the space is completed with a few unexpected touches, including the quartzite stone cladding on the left wall, the wood veneer cabinet to cover the panel boards, and the colorful fruits and flowers paintings by Fatima Baquiran.


Architect Ireneo used painted green glass for the kitchen bar and backsplash, frosted glass for the cabinet doors, and synthetic resin for the countertops.


Past the living, dining, and kitchen areas is a hallway that leads to the bedrooms and bathrooms. At the end of the hallway is a wood veneer panel that is actually a concealed bathroom door.

Son's Bedroom

To draw attention to the bed in the son's bedroom, the plain wall behind it is spruced up with a raised wooden panel and an upholstered headboard

Guest Bedroom

Just like the son's bedroom, the guest bedroom also has a special corner for working or studying. For a sophisticated look, this particular space also has the same cove and recessed lighting.

Master Bedroom

In line with the modern style of the home, the master bedroom is also awash in neutral colors. The accent wall is covered with zebrano wood veneer cladding. The Noel Pascual painting with a bold red hue serves as a fitting final touch.


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