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5 Ideas to Steal from a Three-Storey Townhouse in Laguna

Discover what we can learn from this couple's renovated home in the province

Photography: Marc Jao

What is one of the disadvantages of buying a condo or a townhouse during the pre-selling stage? Unlike some ready-for-occupancy units that you can inspect and examine before purchasing, you might only see your pre-selling unit once the keys are turned over to you. In some cases, you might not even be entirely satisfied with the actual place that you will move into.

Homeowners Jaime and Dr. Susan De Guzman Florentino know this problem all too well. Although they felt that their three-storey townhouse was reasonably priced and conveniently located, they thought that there was still a lot of room for improvement. To make the most of their newly purchased property, they decided to take on a complete renovation.

If you would like to spruce up your own personal space, you may want to draw inspiration from this home in the province:

Paint the town (or door!) red

There is a reason why this tip always seems to pop up in our tips and guides section! Why settle with a bland and boring front door when you can have one in navy blue, emerald green, or fire engine red? You can simply paint an old door in the color of your choice for a brand new look.

Order white slipcovers

Make your old sofa look new again with a white slipcover! A white slipcover can help even out a lumpy texture and instantly cover up stubborn stains on the seat. It can also be easier to clean than traditional upholstery. 

Paint stripes on the wall

You can define a plain wall with thick black-and-white horizontal stripes. A striped wall looks fun, playful, and interesting.

RL Tip: You may also want to put up an oversized wall clock. Not only will it serve as a great way to tell time and keep you on schedule, it will also help start conversations in your home.

Invest in subway tiles and floor tiles

The homeowners replaced the standard-issue kitchen tiles with white subway tiles. For a cool, modern, industrial-style kitchen, you may also want to look for white subway tiles.

And, while you're at it, you may also want to look for floor tiles that mimic the appearance of wood! Unlike real wooden panels, floor tiles don't need to be waxed or polished. You only need to sweep and mop it clean every now and then.

Cover old furniture with white paint

Do you have mismatched furniture pieces in your bedroom and other parts of your home? You may want to paint everything white! The same paint color can make your place look streamlined and well-coordinated.

RL Tip: No time to paint your old belongings? You can tie the look of your place together with soft furnishings and decorative pieces in the same color. For example, you can bring out a black shawl used as a throw or a few black-and-white throw pillows.

Click here to see more photos of this three-storey townhouse.

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