An Open Layout for a Relaxing Tropical Home in Quezon City

Generous windows, elevated flooring, and an open design make this home a sanctuary amidst the hustle and bustle of the city

Original Article: Tisha Alvarez-Angluben Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Issa Villar Architect: Peter Buendia

“Very simple, airy, with natural light,” – this is how the owner described his vision for his family home. With the help of Architect Peter Buendia, this dream was turned into reality. Reminiscent of a weekend home, the house is filled with sliding doors and generous windows that open up to the outdoors – allowing light and air to breeze into the space. 

The living, dining, and kitchen areas all share a singular open space. Because of the open plan, the area is bathed in natural light. The calming sound of water from a small pond by the dining area creates a more relaxing atmosphere.

Adding a quirky element is a Meralco post – a frequent topic of conversation among guests and visitors – as it stands on the edge of a glass wall inside the living room. The space is completed with metal accessories found in different areas for a surprising industrial feel.

Read the original article (“Chef’s Special”) in the September 2008 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

Living Area

The living area flows into the dining and kitchen areas; a change in elevation demarcates the areas.

Living Area Detail

The Japanese-inspired narra table was repurposed from their old home. The owner replaced the tabletop with glass with sinamay wedged in between.

TV Area

Partially hiding the TV area is a glass wall with sinamay, anchored with an old Meralco post. Using a Meralco post as a design element has become a frequent topic of conversation between house guests.

Design Detail

The painting by the stairs is by the owner's in-law.


Since the owner is a chef, the kitchen is the highest area on the first floor. The wall is painted with a warm orange hue while appliances are neatly organized. The cylindrical range hood was crafted by the owner himself.

Kitchen Detail

The cupboards are made of wood and glass, allowing the homeowners to easily see the dishware they need. Small appliances are lined up against one wall.

Dining Area

Wicker and wrought iron chairs surround the glass table in the dining area. The dining set will work just as well outdoors --- enhancing the tropical feel of the home. Sliding glass doors lead out to the lanai while the windows open up to a small pond. 


Bamboo framed seats with soft white cushions decorate the lanai. The bamboo frames of the seats were refinished for an updated look. A metal crucifix with wooden detail is seen on one side of the wall. 

Lanai Detail

A comfortable seating area is seen by the kitchen window where sumptuous meals are being prepared.


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