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8 Things to Love In Richard Gomez and Lucy Torres’s Bright and Spacious Home

Tucked in an exclusive village in Makati, the property is perfect for entertaining guests and spending quality time with the family

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Photography: Rene Mejia

There are different reasons why many homeowners opt to renovate their spaces. Some simply want to achieve a new look, a few would like to bring in new pieces, and there are some who want to maximize a property’s potential.

After acquiring this modern two-storey home in Makati, Richard Gomez and Lucy Torres-Gomez opted to renovate the space into a haven that’s more aesthetically pleasing—with a functional layout and tons of open spaces. In one year, the house was renovated with the help of architect Jay de Ramos and contractor Anolito Guina. The final look made the most of the available floor area—with airy living and dining areas, an envy-worthy kitchen, and an outdoor space that’s cozy and inviting. Here are eight more reasons that make this family home extra special:

1. The open layout

The couple wanted to have an open layout and this can be seen in the first floor. The living and dining areas occupy one big space—giving the owners and guests the freedom to move from one area to the next comfortably. Adding to the bright and spacious feel are the huge windows and sliding doors that let in plenty of natural light.

2. The compact yet comfy sitting area

Friends often visit the family at home and they wouldn't be lacking in areas where they can welcome guests. This nook is perfect for intimate conversations and sharing stories over snacks. To make this area truly stand out, a pair of Chiquita stools by Kenneth Cobonpue complete the look.

3. The lovely living area and the collection of art pieces

The living area is just right for lazy Sunday afternoons—when the family is complete and ready to take on a movie marathon. Since it leads directly to the lanai, they can easily entertain guests and host parties with ease. To keep the home from being too plain, different works of art spruce up the walls.

4. The compact dining nook with a view of the outdoors

Who wouldn't love dining with a view? Given the huge open space, the house has two dining areas. This cozy setup—complete with a round table and chairs from Dimensione—is perfect for hearty breakfast meals or a zesty afternoon merienda

5. The relaxing powder room

Often used by guests, this powder room is kept neat and organized with the help of a few catchalls and a low wooden table. If you have a similar room at home, you can keep it spic-and-span with a slim shelf, too. You can also work with wall-mounted shelves to store toiletries and other essentials.

As seen in this private space, you can add scented candles or diffusers to keep it smelling clean and fresh all day.

6. The spacious kitchen

Who wouldn't enjoy experimenting with a few recipes in such a functional and spacious cooking area? Richard and Lucy had the kitchen renovated for it to have a bigger floor area. Aside from enabling them to add more cabinets and storage solutions, they were also able to squeeze in a breakfast nook for quick meals and hanging out.

RL Tip: A tiny kitchen can still be functional! Familiarize yourself with the basic kitchen layouts here.

7. The stunning shelves on the second floor

Different books, Richard's acting awards, and works of art liven up these beautiful shelves that lead to Juliana's bedroom. Since these storage pieces take up one wall, an illusion of wider space is likewise achieved. Additional boxes and bins were added on the lowermost shelf to store other belongings.

8. The relaxing outdoor area

We can imagine the whole family spending quiet afternoons outdoors—sharing meals, stories, and even taking a refreshing dip in the pool. It also makes for a pretty venue for get-togethers and small parties—they can add tables and seating pieces for an instant setup. The lanai, which can be accessed from the living area, also has a wooden dining table and sturdy benches bought from a restaurant. It can accommodate around 10 to 15 people, too.

Click here to see more photos of Richard and Lucy's Makati home.

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