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Ultimate Makeover

Color and Amazing Space Planning Transform a 30sqm Home In Quezon City

In just two weeks, Real Living transforms an entire family home from cramped to cozy

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Original Article: Kathleen Valle Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions Pictorial Direction: Dagny Madamba

The flight to the Panes family’s unit on the fifth floor of a walk-up condominium reveals a nondescript 30sqm space. Though hardly a wonderland, it’s home to couple Romeo Panes and Joan Salmon-Panes and their two children—plus the occasional visiting relatives.

“Every now and then, our relatives and friends from Iloilo City come over in our place to stay with us for days, weeks, or months, and my cell group from Fairview Christian Fellowship gathers in our home for prayer meetings,” says Joan. This seems hard to believe at first, but Joan relates that at one time, they were able to fit in almost a dozen relatives into their diminutive space.

The well-loved “open house” soon showed signs of wear and tear within seven years since the family moved in. And to begin with, the unit could really use improvements in a lot of aspects. Aside from poorly planned living spaces that were inefficient—not to mention cramped—there was the presence of clutter, discolored walls, worn-down vinyl floors, and a bathroom that Joan admitted needed a lot of work.

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“My husband and I were planning to renovate…but both of us were too busy, and thinking about every detail to handle in renovating the condo, plus the huge amount of cash to give out, [prompted us to] set aside the plan,” she shares. Simultaneously a working mom and a law student, Joan says reading Real Living was a welcome break from poring over her law books and case studies. She decided to send an entry for the makeover. Here are the amazing space and color tricks the design team implemented on Romeo and Joan’s home:

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Update the space, but allude to its former use

How Much It Costs:

Crossings
Furniture and various decor - P 80,000
Davies Paints
Paint and paint materials - P 24,072
Homestore
Toilet bowl, faucet, and other bathroom fixtures - P 22,497
Hanwha
Tiles and adhesives - P 30,300
Brushstrokes Creatives
Sticker mural - P 17,031
Firefly
Bulbs, circular ceiling lamps, switches - P 11,180
La Farge
Cement - P 5,000
3M
Command caddies, Command picture strips and hangers - P 5,000
Labor and materials
Does not include designer's fee - P 98,647
Grand Total:
293,727

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