A previous post focused on a pitched roof as an important feature in our vernacular architecture, a style of building which did not involve professional architects.  This is the building style of our ancestors, which used materials in the area and took local traditions into consideration. Looking at a bahay kubo (a traditional Filipino home), the pitched roofs stand out but so do extended eaves, also called deep overhangs. Extended eaves are extensions of the roof that project beyond the walls, and create an overhang for an exterior space like a…

To achieve the intended best results, a lot of paint products used as topcoat will require you to apply not just one but often several layers of paint—often two or three coats. Here we discuss some of the basics every DIYer needs to know about recoating. Number of Coats and Recoat Time When it comes to recoating, there are two important things to take note of: the number of coats and recoat time. The number of coats refers to how many layers of a paint product you need to apply to…

Summer yum goes hand in hand with summer fun, and what can be more cooling to the palate during the hot sunshiny days than sherbet! Do I hear sorbet? Well yes, that too. Ice cream? Definitely. Although many of us are not that particular about where we get our sugar rush, these three uber-cool treats—sherbet, sorbet, and ice cream—do come with major differences. Trivia: All three have two things in common, water and sugar. Sorbet does not contain any dairy, which is why the flavor is more tart, and is lighter…

We all get stuck in our own heads from time to time. Sometimes, all it takes is one bad thought or memory to cross our minds to completely sour the entire day. It might be because we’re not getting quality sleep or nutritious meals. Or, we forget to nourish our souls with prayer and guided meditation. Whatever the case may be, sometimes all we need is a quick reminder to get ourselves out of that funk. It will not completely fix your bad mood, but it’s a good place to start.…

It’s still summertime but there’s already work to do! Today, we have a list of house projects and chores that need to be done while we still have these hot and sunny days. Not only because these will be more difficult to accomplish when the rainy season starts, but also to help prepare your home for the heavy downpours and strong winds coming its way. Now, place these on your to-do list: 1. Clean the Gutters and Downspouts If your roof has rain gutters and downspouts, it’s best practice to inspect…

You’re here probably because you’ve tried your hand at a bit of home painting and found you’re not getting the smooth, unblemished painted surface you hoped for. We’re here to tell you not to give up! Heed these tips to avoid pesky brush and roller marks. Tip #1: Avoid Using Low-Quality Tools It may not seem like it matters that much which brush or roller you use, but it does. And sadly, you only find out once you’ve started painting and notice that it’s leaving marks on your walls. Aside from…

One of the four palettes in Boysen Color Trend 2022/23 is the Bloom palette. The first one we talked about in detail here in the blog was the Breathe palette, then the Move palette. The fourth which we will write about in the coming days is the Live palette. Read more about the Breathe palette. Read more about the Move palette. We had a teaser about this latest color trend called FLOURISH in this post. As mentioned, there are four color palettes in this latest color trend—BREATHE, MOVE, BLOOM, LIVE.  Each palette…