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I love Home, the idea and reality of it, the intangibility and materiality of it. I love that it can be a person, place or thing, even a dream or a memory, or a smell, a touch, a look, a sound, and a taste. It can come to us anywhere, while we’re in the middle of traffic, walking in a mall, or sitting in a park. Home could embrace us when we are with people we love and who love us. But it could also be there even when we’re with strangers or alone in some foreign place. Home is where yearnings are answered. Lucky are we if we carry Home inside us because that gives us that sense of belonging wherever we are in the world. That is the elixir that gives us the power to make the mundane magical, and make life beautiful. Home as a Place We all…

So you’ve reached the point where you have earned and saved enough to buy a lot/property and you are in the process of having your first house done. You haven’t the slightest idea on how to go about it. Here’s a guide from a Contractor’s POV based on experiences and feedback of clients. Finalize your design direction You’ve probably got tons of saves in your pinterest board on how your dream home will look like. Sort it out, from details to layouts and finishes, so when you meet up with your Architect, he/she will have a good handle on what you really want. Line up your dream team Just like in any sport, there’s a lot of team effort that goes into building a house. Tip: Get a team that can follow your design direction. Research and check their body of work, that way you are assured that they can…

After living in Europe for nearly two decades, I came back to resettle in Manila three years ago.  Manila is a city with a teeming population, relentless traffic, pollution way over the global norms, a city so built-up with hardly any public place left for nature to thrive. There were lots of decisions to be made, which is always the case when you make radical changes in life. I spent a  month of soul-searching, wondering, asking myself whether I could still call this place home. Despite Manila’s external disadvantages, the feeling of belonging I got from moving back to the Philippines and being in my own culture was indescribable. That was the clincher that made me decide to make it my home again. But where was home going to be exactly? I thought of buying a place in Cebu where my family resides. Makati? I lived and worked in this…

Your room says a lot about you, and I couldn’t agree more. But when you’re decorating a room from scratch, it can be a huge challenge to stay true to yourself and not alienate yourself from your own space. Believe me—I recently experienced it for myself! Along with my parents, I moved into a brand-new house last year. After all the architectural and construction-related decisions I made, decorating was the next big hurdle to overcome. Preparations started way before the new house was done, but the day we moved in my room was still a shell with bare walls and boxes waiting to be unpacked. I only had one piece of furniture the first night—my grandfather’s that I brought from our old house. Sleeping in an empty room was a strange feeling, one I was determined not to experience for too long. So the day after we moved I set…

Up until I was 21, I lived in my grandparents’ ancestral home. It was a late 50s/60s bungalow with huge, flower-filled gardens and enough space to accommodate four generations under one roof. While I have only a few memories of my grandparents before they passed away, living in the same rooms, sitting on the same furniture, and seeing little reminders of them every day made me feel connected to them. But it was never really my own room or home—it was someone else’s. Building A New Home While I was in college, my parents decided to move out of the ancestral home and build a new house. It was a long and arduous process from finding a village that was safe, accessible, and had the right atmosphere, to planning the house and going through every little detail. Even I don’t remember much of the construction now! Building the house literally…

You can picture it vividly in your mind. Too vividly that you even dream about it, in fact, you can almost touch it, literally.  It’s your last thought before you doze off to la la land, and the first thing that flashes in your mind when you get back to consciousness…’ah, my dream home!’ The hubby and I were well into the  fifth year of our marriage, with our then two bundles of joy born a few years apart, and had been renting a decent bungalow near my parents’ home, when I started feeling the itch to have our own place. It was an itch that never left us. So, born out of our desire to finally see our dream home after years of mindful saving and investing, we bravely started the construction of our home. It took many months of meetings and huddles with the architect and contractor, numerous…