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5 Filipino Materials for a Bahay na Bato in Bulacan

Interior designer Michelle Dumlao-Pastoral shares 5 must-have pieces for an improved house facade


Real Living reader Jane Santos sent us a message through our Facebook page to ask how she can update the façade of her family home in Santa Maria, Bulacan.


In her message, Jane explained that her family's small home stands alone near the middle of the block. Jane and her daughter want to change the façade because it looks dull, drab, and dreary

She added that her daughter would prefer a traditional bahay na bato look. Her daughter would also like to have an extended roofdifferent windows and doors, and an authentic Filipino style.


To improve the old façade, interior designer Michelle Dumlao-Pastoral suggests the following changes inspired by the traditional Filipino home:

  • Attach araal to the lower half of the home's facade.
  • Replace the old front door with a front door made from Philippine hardwood.
  • Replace the old window with Capiz sliding windows.
  • Cover the ground in front of the home with Vigan tiles.
  • Extend the roof with cut-outs from a metal sheet.

Ready for your own makeover? Contact interior designer Michelle Dumlao-Pastoral at (02) 209 8730 or (02) 342 4939. You can also email her at mdpastoral[at]

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