OUR HOME USED TO BE AN ICE CREAM FACTORY!”
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AS A teenager, makeover winner katherine Castillo was already involved in their family’s ice cream business. She would often be absent at family gatherings in the province so she could attend to the ingreso or daily submission of remittances from their sorbeteros (ice cream vendors). “Ito na yung bumuhay sa amin,” she says. the Castillos have lived in this four- story home for over 40 years, with the ground floor serving as their ice cream factory, and the third and fourth floors housing their workers until 2006. the second floor is the center of their home.
For years, katherine’s mother emma had been promising the family that if they saved enough money, they would have their home renovated. “Nabubuhay kami na tama na yung maayos, malinis. Palagi sinasabi ko pagdating ng araw, ipapaayos natin ito…hanggang tumanda ako, hindi nangyari,” says emma. When katherine wrote to Real Living, she had hoped that the interesting history of their home would bag them a free makeover. And it did, just in time for katherine’s birthday last year. “Yung money na dapat ilalaan sa pag-repair sa house, palaging nagagamit sa iba. Naging reality yung tinitingnan-tingnan ko lang dati sa magazines,” katherine shares. grace Moslares of Magara Designs was assigned to the project, assisted by her able team of designers, painters, carpenters, and artists. First on her list of things to do was to open up the space. “Although gamit na gamit yung area, parang ang sikip ng space,” grace says of her initial impression of the home.
Another challenge to her team was the leaky roof. “Nandito na kami. excited ako sa concept ng ice cream factory, especially the Filipino element. Ayoko namang pagandahin tapos tulo lang nang tulo yung bubong. Useless lang, so buong kisame nireplace and inayos talaga,” she adds. emma showed grace a painting of a sorbetero, a treasured gift from a friend. Moved by this, grace set out to
work on the makeover, adding color and life using elements from the family’s ice cream business.
in particular, katherine eagerly waited to see what would become of their old ice cream cart or karo, now turned into a quirky bar counter. grace describes, “Dito nanggaling lahat ng kulay ko. the center table in the living room is also multifunctional, designed by my foreman Arnel Lozano.”
Pops of color— inspired by the traditional chocolate, strawberry, and cheese ice cream flavors— are now seen around the house. grace moved a cabinet that separated the Parts of a decades-old karo was used to accent the coffee table (which also doubles as a storage bin) in the living area. “Sinabihan kami na kukunin ang isang item para gamitin as one of the fixtures. Willing naman kami, kahit yung bago o lumang karo—mas pinili nila yung luma,” Katherine narrates. The painting is by Jason Bongat. The throw pillows are made with dainty fabric from Townes. kitchen and turned it into an entertainment center at the living area. the family’s existing sofa set was reinforced and resized to be proportionate to the space. the wood flooring, characteristic of old Filipino homes, was retained.
the Castillos look forward to reviving their business this year. RL’s makeover of their home is a great encouragement for the family to start dreaming again. “Noong una, naisip ko mahirap nang ayusin ito, pero untiunti, habang ginagawa, parang gumaganda. Naging posible na. Wala akong maisip na igaganda pa,” says emma.
Hindi ko inexpect na puwede pala ipangdisplay sa bahay yung takip ng karo. Pag may dumating na bisita, alam nila na ang hanapbuhay namin
ay ice cream,” homeowner Emma Castillo says. Foreman Arnel Lozano used pakong
bakya as detail for the unique coffee table. Storage bins and rubber mats (used as an area rug) from Handyman add an industrial-style vibe.
Opening up the kitchen by removing the cabinet divider and replacing it with an ice cream cart “bar” was a brilliant idea. Leftover tiles were used for the kitchen countertop. Ceiling materials and rustic-style window shutters are from Handyman.