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How an Architect Transformed an Abandoned Construction Site into a Cozy Two-Storey Home

Dubbed as Blessed Hill, the house was finished despite the pandemic �" enabling architect Mary Ann Peralta to provide a source of income to a group of workers

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Photography: Courtesy of Architect Mary Ann Peralta Architect: Mary Ann Peralta

When we rang in 2020, we had no idea how challenging the year would be. Architect Mary Ann Peralta started working on this project in January 2020 and was only able to schedule a final turnover in November of the same year. “It has become an inside joke within the team how we survived a volcanic eruption, the earthquakes, storms, and even the pandemic,” she shares. Understanding the need of the workers to provide for their families, Mary Ann chose to proceed with the construction in July after securing the necessary permits and completing the rapid tests of the workers. “We developed standard operating procedures and limited the number of workers on site,” the architect adds.

The finished townhome, which they now refer to as Blessed Hill, has a striking story to say the least. Not only did it go through a diligent and inspired construction process, it also used to be a desolate construction site. According to Mary Ann, the current owner saw the potential of the place and decided to acquire the property regardless of its state. The space had unfinished walls, the stairs cannot be located, and it seemed hopeless. Understanding the structural concerns that need to be addressed and having a clear vision of what her client wants, Mary Ann successfully transformed the site into an inviting space that seems to welcome you with a warm embrace. Meant to accommodate big groups and missionaries who long to take some time off, the home has snug shared spaces, comfy bedrooms, and even a pocket garden that adds a calming touch to the final look. After looking through the photos, you’ll definitely get a sense of how blessed the project is.

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