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10 Most Popular Homes for 2014

Inspiring transformations and modern styles headline the list of most visited homes last year


Over the years, Real Living has featured different homes with various styles. From a modern-industrial house to a calming, resort-like dwelling, these well-designed spaces have inspired us to build a home that showcases our passions and personality, too.

We look back at the most viewed homes last year and take note of the different reasons why each home is a cut above the rest.

A 40sqm Bungalow Transformed into a Two-Storey Home

When architects Rowena and Boyong Aquino decided to revamp their old bungalow, the first thing they agreed on is that it should feel light and airy; “maaliwalas” to be exact. They were able to achieve this goal by maximizing each other’s expertise. Rowena designed a functional house that’s easy to clean and maintain. Her plan was complemented by Boyong’s minimalist aesthetics – as the warmth of earthy colors dominate the space with splashes of terracotta and green.

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Modern Industrial Style Updates a Family Home

The modern industrial style has seen quite a following as of late as bare and simple spaces are affordable with no need for expensive elements. Beijing-based architect Marco Torres helped the owners of this home achieve their dream space with a sleek and streamlined style. The spacious home highlights an open layout with white walls and a high ceiling.

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An 800sqm Resort-Style Dream Home in Makati

Given the owners’ love for vacationing in resorts, it only made sense that they opt for a resort-style haven amidst an urban jungle. With the help of architect Joel Munoz, the theme of their house wasn’t just fit for their lifestyle, it was also suited to our climate. The home highlights earthy modern touches reminiscent of Zen-inspired spas and the Balinese tropics.

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A Flood-Proof Contemporary Home in Quezon City

After years of dreading the rainy season, the owners of this home finally decided to build a new home two meters above street level. Wide, airy spaces with small gardens are found throughout the open plan while contemporary yet classic low-maintenance pieces are set against white walls. This space is a perfect balance of the old and new.

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Recycled Wood Completes a Modern Tropical House in Quezon City

For this Balinese-inspired house, the owner tapped architect Felix Zabala for help. 200 recycled wood planks were used for the flooring of the first floor alone. This well-designed home highlights clean lines, white walls, wooden details, and Asian touches.

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An Extraordinary Bahay Kubo in a Modern Setting

Eccentric angles, wide open spaces, floor to ceiling windows with tiny glass panels that slide open like ventanillas, and a roof made of thatch and cogon make this home a little less ordinary. Instead of the usual wood or tile, araal stone flooring runs through the entire place. 

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A Modern Tropical House Inspired by the Sea and Sky

We want our home to showcase our personality and the things closest to our heart. In this home owned by a flight attendant and one who works for a shipping company, it’s only fitting to have a sea and sky theme. Their two-storey home by architect Jeff Velasco and interior designer Vivian Gacad, a modern tropical look is created with white walls and floors and an open layout combined with wooden ceilings, dividers, and furniture pieces.

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A Rustic Weekend Home in Lipa City

A modern take on the Spanish colonial residence, this weekend hideaway is located in the midst of cornfields and coconut trees. The spacious home has whitewashed walls, sliding doors, and vertical windows. Its interiors is a chock-full of wooden furniture and vintage finds.

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A Harmonious Two-Storey Home for Two Families

Taking inspiration from hotels, this eight bedroom two-storey house owned by two sisters is divided into two “homes” for two families; with a public-private sphere in mind. The “public” common area has the living and dining rooms while each family has their own kitchen and garage. For the private areas, the home is divided into a left and right wing – with children’s bedrooms and adjacent master bedrooms.

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A Contemporary Asian Starter Home

With the help of interior designer Chabby dela Rosa-Hortaleza, the owners of this home was able to transform their space from a rundown 1960s brick house into a starter home with a contemporary Asian theme. The main living area highlights a white space with a distinct Zen vibe. To complete the look, architectural details like simple casement windows, a floating wood staircase, and huge windows are seen throughout the space.

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*The list of popular homes is based on Google Analytics.


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