Small Space Ideas in a Doctor's 58sqm Condo

Architect Jaii de Guzman designs a colorful second home for a small family

Photography: William Ong Architect: Jaii de Guzman Jr.

Sometimes, the best things that could ever happen to us come from unexpected events. A simple meeting could bring you to new places, a chance encounter could lead to a job opportunity, and a surprising change of plans could bring something special into your life.

In the case of homeowners planning to build, renovate, or furnish their home, they can never tell where they will meet the right architect or interior designer for their personal sanctuary. For example, homeowner Dr. Joselito Diaz originally hired architect Jaii de Guzman Jr. of Manuel+Lance Architectural Studio to work on his new clinic at a local hospital. However, the doctor eventually asked the architect to renovate his two-bedroom condo in Mandaluyong. To make the most of the 58sqm space that the doctor shares with his two sons, the architect chose an efficient layout, wall accents instead of decorative items, and built-in furniture pieces.

Ready for your own makeover? Contact architect Jaii de Guzman Jr. at (0917) 503-0203.

Living Area

If you want to spruce up your living area without taking up too much floor space, you can simply focus on how you can improve your walls! For example, instead of a bulky TV cabinet or console table, you may opt for a media or entertainment wall. You could also have built-in shelves and cabinets for gadgets, consoles, and other belongings.

RL Tip: Make the place more interesting by creating another accent wall! For this particular living area, the architect chose a woven pattern. However, you can simply hang up framed artworks and family photos.

Dining Area

Another way to save on space is to place a tall dining table and bar stools against a wall. This would create more room for you and your family to move around in.

RL Tip: The architect used affordable flooring materials to create an accent wall for less than P5,000! You can also look for wooden panels or even ceramic tiles at home depots.


How can you instantly transform the standard kitchen in your condo unit? You can make the space look cool and modern with matte black paint and stainless steel mosaic tiles! This is perfect for bachelor pads and industrial-style homes.

Boys' Bedroom

Since the boys' bedroom was relatively small, the architect designed a space-saving bunk bed that would fit two people. If you would look closely, you would see that the bed even has drawers for bed linen and other belongings.


You can also improve a small space with a bold and vibrant shade. A happy color like avocado green can make a cramped area stand out. 

Master Bedroom

Even the master bedroom is filled with wall-mounted details! At the head of the bed is a wall niche with glass shelves for decorative pieces. Facing the bed is another entertainment wall for the flat-screen TV and other special finds.

Master Bathroom

For a clean and streamlined look, the architect decided to keep things simple in the master bathroom. He only painted one of the walls and installed small wall-mounted shelves.


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