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4 Characteristics of Country Homes

Aside from a picket fence, make sure your house has these elements

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Photography: Paolo Feliciano Styling: Dagny Madamba and Tala Singson

A country home has a distinct charm that's seem so hard to resist. Maybe it's something about the lovely wooden touches or the warmth that seem to emanate from the space. If you are planning to build a country-inspired home in the near future, there are certain elements that you need to consider to complete your dream haven.

An entrepreneur's cottage in Tagaytay is the perfect example of a cozy space that you can achieve with the right details! Designed by interior designer Vera Villarosa and architect Hector Ligeralde, it has a white picket fence and tons of charming details. You can achieve a similar look by making sure that these elements are present:

Abundance of wood

Invest in quality wood materials. If you have a limited budget, you can discuss with your designer or architect how you can save on costs. For this home in Tagaytay, the ceiling is made of carved plywood because real wood is too heavy. The cabinets are also in laminated wood made to look like real wood, while the flooring consists of wood-designed ceramic tiles.

RL Tip: Consider the climate when deciding on materials. Since the home is in Tagaytay, its cool and moist climate would also make real wood expand.

Well-ventilated interiors

Ang country house, dapat well-ventilated kasi hindi dapat gagamit ng aircon dahil nature eh. Walang firewall,” shares Hector, adding that when building a country house, the direction of the wind must be studied “para ma-minimize mo yung aircon usage.”

French windows

Dapat talaga sa country house, French windows na made out of wood. But hindi mo pwede i-wood dito kasi unang-una, may moisture. Magdidikitan sila nang husto tapos masisira na,” says the architect. Instead, he substituted traditional wooden French windows with glass windows to let in a lot of natural light, which is also a characteristic of a country home.

Distressed finishes

Consider using recycled, upcycled, or secondhand finds. In this country home in Tagaytay, Hector used recycled narra for the balustrades and balusters on the staircase. “Ang maintenance mo rito is pahiran lang ng wax. Kasi kailangang magmukhang luma so huwag mo siyang ire-retouch. Ito hindi na minasilyahan. Hinayaan lang namin yung natural,” the architect explains.

Click here to see more photos of this country home in Tagaytay.

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