Real Living (Philippines) - - Realliving - pho­tog­ra­phy MICHAEL AN­GELO CHUA styling TALA SINGSON & KAMILA GAR­CIA words CE­CILE JUSI BAL­TASAR

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.”

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