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See How a Bare Space Was Transformed into A Contemporary and Spacious Haven

An efficient layout, a fresh coat of paint, and proper furniture proportions did wonders for this two-bedroom home

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Original Article: Coni Tejada Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Issa Villar

The story of Captain Harold Pre and wife Melanie is different from other makeover contestants. Their dream of having a home of their own was shattered after Harold went through a tough three-year ordeal. “After almost three years in military detention, I was fortunate to be granted a pardon... Luckily, I was granted a government loan to have our own place after five years of renting. We are very happy about it even though it is just a bare place to live in,” he shared.

This “bare place” was the ideal size for the couple and their daughter, but it looked smaller because of the dark yellow paint used on the walls, the bulky furniture pieces, and the existing layout which hindered easy access from one area to another. Interior designer Vivian Gacad assessed the two-bedroom home, made a couple of changes, and successfully turned it into a modern and relaxing space for the Pre family.

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Here are three makeover ideas that we learned from this transformation:

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How Much It Costs:

Handyman Do-It-Best
Paint, electrical, and carpentry materials - P 29,091
Mandaue Foam
Sofa, side table, dining chairs, bookshelf, other furniture pieces - P 40,000
Robinsons Department Store
Curtains, frames, candles, and other home accessories - P 11,004
Additional paint and paint materials - P 9,240
Additional carpentry materials - P 13,499
Construction materials - P 4,003
Labor and Other Costs - P 30,450
Grand Total:
137,287

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