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A Complete Makeover In Taytay For A Deserving Family

We revisit one of our most heartwarming makeovers by Grace Moslares for a deserving family with a child who needed a new home

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Original Article: Kathleen Valle Photography: Jun Pinzon

Just before Taytay homeowner Cherry Sanvictores-Bondoc gave birth to her and husband Adrian Bondoc’s fraternal twins in 2009, the couple already had plans to acquire a house and lot for their growing family. This was before they found out that Bernard, one of the twins, was afflicted with multiple carboxylase deficiency, a rare life-long disorder. Son Bernard would need round-the-clock care from then on.

“We both decided to quit our jobs and mag-fulltime sa bahay since our son needs special care,” says Adrian. Renovation plans had to be shelved, and the family just had to make do with where they live—an unfinished second storey in Cherry’s family’s house. It was as bare as it can get: a nonexistent ceiling, lack of actual windows, rough cement, and no paint. As Taytay is famous for fabrics and garments, the couple went into a garment business, producing children’s clothing, and located their work area in the living area of their home.

There were attempts to make the structure as livable and comfortable, but with no funds for further improvement, it remained a far cry from being suitable for a couple with kids. There was only one area—the bedroom of Bernard—that offered a semblance of a normal house, but even that room needed improvement. However, Grace Moslares of Magara Designs—the assigned decorator for the project—was all set to overhaul the entire house. “If room lang, paglabas nila, magkakasakit din sila, It’s really unhealthy; they’re breathing fresh cement and dust,” she shares.

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With the help of engineer RJ Gutang of Probuilt Glazing Inc., Grace came out with an amazing “new” home for the Bondocs in two weeks’ time, turning it over a few days before Christmas. Here's how the team did it. 

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