TAKE NOTES FROM THIS BRIGHT AND OPEN MODERN HOME PEPPERED WITH TRADITIONAL PIECES
An open layout with elements of wood and greenery make this family home an oasis within the urban jungle.
It’s always a wonderful surprise when a home catches you off-guard in a good way. Walking through a well-designed house for the first time feels like unboxing a space as though it were a gift basket, and then finding all these goodies inside. This particular threestorey home, tucked away in a hilly village in the middle of the metro, was a gem to unbox.
From street level, a set of stairs lined with lush plants and small trees leads up to the main entrance on the upper ground level. The main entrance is a solid wood door framed by metal sheets and flanked on all sides by alternating panels of glass and solid columns that give you a sneak peek of what lies beyond it. For the owners of the home, their basic wishes were simple: a lot of open space and natural light—two things that, before renovation, the house barely had. “This didn’t have a second floor, and there was a total of four small rooms on this floor,” says the lady of the house. “So my husband thought of putting up another level to add more rooms, but only partially so that we wouldn’t have to change the façade of the house.”
Before they’d gotten any work done, the place had felt too compartmentalized and dated. Luckily, though, the man of the house has had a fair number of successful home makeovers to his name, so taking on this project was anything but daunting. “We’ve lived in different houses before. We moved from QC to Alabang, and now back to the north.” The lady of the house continues, “My husband has always had this foresight for the potential of a space. The first townhouse that we bought was this foreclosed property that was super rundown. When my
mom first saw it, her reaction was, ‘Ay.’ But when my husband remodeled it, it became like a model unit!” The same thing was done to this abode: walls were taken down, windows were enlarged, a second story was built, and voila, the house was given new life.
Though they knew exactly what they wanted in terms of look and layout, the couple wasn’t as confident when it came to accessorizing. On one of their sourcing trips to the mall, they met interior designer Wilan Dayrit at the furniture showroom of Triboa Bay, and almost instantly knew that he was someone they could entrust the task to. “We didn’t know how to put everything together,” laughs the lady of the house. “If it were up to us, it would all be chopsuey!”
Adjacent to each other on the upper ground floor is the foyer, the dining area, the kitchen, and the living area. The living area opens out into a lanai that has a sweeping view of the metro and part of the mountain range that lies beyond it. “We wanted a house that we would be comfortable in, not a house na pang-display lang,” explains the owners. “We have two growing boys, so we want them to enjoy the house also. We don’t want to be telling them ‘Be careful with this or that’ or ‘Don’t touch this or that’. They have weekend play dates when their friends come over, so we didn’t want to be the type to police them.”
Past the living area is a short corridor that leads to the powder room, guest bedroom (which is formerly the master bedroom), and the den. “The den is the boys’ territory,” relates the homeowner as she points to different paintings done by her eldest son, her eyes beaming with pride. Works by various artists, as well as inherited heirloom pieces, adorn walls, corners, and tabletops in the entire house. Given a choice between a designer furniture piece and art, the couple admits to being partial to the latter.
On the second floor, the boys’ bedroom and the master bedroom branch off to another short corridor at the top of a modern open staircase. Each bedroom faces the side of the house that has unobstructed views of treetops, rooftops, clusters of buildings, and a mountain range far off in the distance. “It’s nice to see far out, especially in the evening with all the lights,” shares the lady of the house. “Also, our neighbor has a koi pond, so from here, we can hear the water, and it’s really relaxing.”
The play of levels and layers in the house makes walking through it an experience, while Wilan’s touch of understated elegance was the icing on the cake. The décor pulls everything together, creating a living space that this young family of four can grow into for years to come.
“There’s a lot of wood and greens in and around this home, so the general idea I wanted to capture was that of an oasis within the concrete jungle. At the same time, I didn’t want to create the typical modern home,” explains Wilan. Given the open layout, Wilan defined the spaces while keeping it seamless and organic. “We created an invisible foyer with the trestle table from Triboa Bay and the black wall accent. In this space, you can see different silhouettes in the furniture, and if you remove all that, it’s just wood and white, that’s why I wanted to create all this texture play." The carved wood wall accents at the right are also from Triboa Bay.