WHITE TO BLACK.
IN THIS COMPACT BACHELOR PAD, EVERYTHING HAS ITS PLACE—EVEN THE LAUNDRY BASKET
This minimalist bachelor’s pad boasts practical solutions to maximize a small space.
When Bryant Cuison moved into his 28-sqm studio six years ago, he changed nothing in it. He kept the walls and ceiling white, the cabinets small, and the overall look generic. His bed was near the front door so he can easily flop on it after a long day. At the far end of the unit was just empty space for clutter to accumulate.
“Eventually, nagsawa na ’ko sa itsura,” Bryant says. So five years after moving in, he decided to renovate and turn his unit into a veritable bachelor’s pad, overwhelming the remaining white with gray and black. He gave himself 30 days to finish the renovation. Because Bryant works in the construction industry—he runs construction firm William Brothers, Inc. with his brother—that deadline wasn’t too crazy. He and his team completed the renovation on time. “I put all our best workers on the project, and a couple of my friends helped, too,” he reveals.
His friends are interior designer Rod Lascano, who finalized the overall layout and the electrical layout, and architect Mary Bocalid, who provided interior design services.
The first thing they had to do, says Mary, was to create “spatial boundaries without compromising the overall feel of the space. The room should transform into whatever function Bryant needs at any specific time—entertainment space, home office, private sanctuary. We also focused on storage solutions.”
Albeit the small space, homeowner Bryant Cuison was able to keep this living area cozy with a custommade sectional sofa. Meanwhile, the bicycle on the wall not only serves as eye-candy; Bryant actually uses it when he runs errands.
“The most number of people I’ve had over is seven,” says Bryant. “It was a homeowners’ meeting that I hosted, and we were all comfortable in here.” A big factor for the maximum comfort level is Bryant’s dining table that swings out from part of his desk. “Four sat at the dining table, and the others were on the couch.”