Forward-Thinking Style Breathes New Life into 600sqm Home

Proper space planning and attention to details add dimension to this space’s third renovation

Original Article: Chinggay Labrador Photography: Toto Labrador Styling: Gwyn GS Guanzon Architect: Gerard Joson

Fresh from college, Gerard Joson took on the challenge of designing the 600sqm property that his family acquired a few years back. The initial plan was to divide the property into two 300sqm lots and rebuild everything from the ground up. As with any other project, delays were inevitable. Years later, the family decided to let go of the demolition and chose to renovate the property instead. From dated bathroom tiles, bare gardens, to the rundown kitchen shelves, a lot of work had to be done. Aside from the aesthetic aspects, Gerard wanted to focus on space planning. The result of the renovation became a mix of the old and the new.

Armed with a philosophy of working with spaces that are already available, Gerard maintained the original open-plan living and dining areas and updated them with cove lighting, streamlined angles, and bold color schemes. A maid’s room was turned into a family room, accessed through the living room by a sliding door. The bright family room grants access to all four bedrooms and an elegantly landscaped courtyard. Meanwhile, Gerard’s room was painstakingly followed down to the tiniest detail of his scale model, from the diagonal bookshelves to the slanted ceilings.

Gerard’s experience as an architect helped the whole process of renovation as it took only two months to complete – given the usual problems and construction setbacks.

Read the original article (“Residential Redux”) in the July 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.

Outdoor Detail

The exterior is a mix of concrete and white paint while retaining some of the original details such as the cantilevered porte-cachere (coach door).

Living Area

A series of black and white photos from Gerard's travels are displayed in square frames on the whitewashed walls. A soft brown L-shaped sofa with neutral-colored throw pillows from the same palette give the room a streamlined but comfortable vibe. The Arco-inspired lamp provides an interesting contrast to the sharp angles of the ceilings.

Living Area Detail

A subtle divider separated the living area from the dining area. The series of vertical slats offer guests a peek into the next space.

Design Detail

More black and white photos add dimension toward the entrance of the bedroom. The ceiling follows the angles of the bookshelf wall --- adding a bit of flair for the avant-garde.

Dining Area

The dining area is a room with a view—of the now decorated garden. Cool air and bright light circulate freely through the double doors. It highlights a square, eight-seater dining table.


The kitchen was kept spacious with the addition of gray wall that serves as a masculine backdrop to the space. It gives contrast to the white shelves.


For Gerard's personal space, diagonally situated bookshelves adorn the walls alongside his prized Arturo Luz piece.

Bedroom Detail

Large windows in the dressing area provide ample ventilation and light, while still maintaining the homeowner’s privacy. Dark wooden floor-to-ceiling cabinets provide ample storage.

Bedroom Detail

A refreshing view is seen through this large picture window.

Master Bathroom

In the master bathroom, the dark gray walls are highlighted by lighter colored mosaic tiles.


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