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Ultimate Makeover

What Can You Do with a Bare, Unused Space? Get Ideas from These Makeovers

These transformations prove there's so much you can do to turn a space from bare to beautiful

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Photography: courtesy of Macel Jimenez-Rada (Main Photos)

Bare homes or condos are ideal for homeowners who prefer having a blank canvas they can design to their hearts’ desire. However, even if you have all your ideas and pegs, having all that blank space can be overwhelming and challenging—especially if you don’t know where to start. What layout would work best? Do you need fit-out works? Should you renovate? It may be tempting to do every revamp all at once.

Sometimes, we underestimate how much a splash of paint, good fixtures, or quality furniture can do wonders in transforming a space. If you’re planning a home makeover soon, here are transformations that can help get your creative juices flowing.

7 Makeovers to Inspire You:

Bright, Airy Tiny Home in Cavite


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When wedding photographer Marco Constanino bought his Cavite home, it was dingy—with raw cement floors and ceilings. But with a little creativity, he turned this space into a bright and airy home he gets to retreat to after work. A fresh coat of paint, white furniture, and wood accents to match was all it took to transform the space to a tropical-inspired retreat.

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Wall Treatments Add Charm to this 60sqm Condo


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Although painting walls can make a world of difference to a space, sometimes, it needs a little addition to give it the exact feel you’re looking for. This was the case for interior designer Angelica Fua and her client’s condo. She wanted to design a sophisticated and modern home with a touch of whimsy so she made use of wall treatments to capture just that. By adding a captivating, custom beveled mirror piece and subdued wainscoting, it is now the elevated and charming home the client wanted.

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A Bodega Turned Into a Charming Laundry Room


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While stuck at home due to the pandemic, homeowner Sheryl Evangelista Baculinao thought it was a good opportunity to work on a few delayed home projects. From this, she got the idea to spruce up their empty bodega into a nice laundry room since she and her family love doing laundry together. With some fresh paint, added storage, and new accessories, the space is now a beautiful laundry room befitting a Pinterest board.

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A Refreshing Family Condo


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Macel Jimenez-Rada and her family were met with a challenge when they had to move into their new, bare condo at the height of the pandemic. Despite having limited access to services, they turned to research and a lot of online shopping to transform their bare unit into a bright and cozy home. They used a muted color palette throughout the house and bought premium fixtures and furniture to get the polished and sophisticated look.

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Lighting Fixtures Brighten Up This Gloomy Condo


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Interior designer Claudine Medina got the request to transform this couple’s 65sqm condo. Since they hoped to rent out the space on Airbnb, they envisioned the dingy condo to be turned into a bright, Scandinavian-inspired home their guests can cozy up in. From here, Claudine added numerous pin lights to completely brighten up the space and styled it with furniture and accessories in neutral tones to give that airy and warm feel.

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A Complete Rooftop Makeover


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Aching to be outdoors during lockdown, the Millares’ thought to take matters into their own hands. After rediscovering their underutilized roof deck, they decided to use the space to create an outdoor hangout area for them and their kids. With just P120K, they were able to turn their shabby and bare roof deck to a garden-inspired outdoor area complete with greenery, grilling station, and an outdoor seating area.

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A Change of Color Transforms This Condo Unit


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A lot of homeowners are hesitant with painting their homes white for fear of it looking too plain or getting dirty. But with the right accents and fixtures, the “plain” color scheme can bring so much brightness and character to a space. This is best exemplified by this bare condo unit that stripped away its colored walls and got a Scandinavian makeover to achieve the perfect hygge feel.

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