Din­ing Room

YES! (Philippines) - - Kobe and Andre -

The din­ing room, along with the kitchen, is ac­tu­ally an ex­ten­sion of the house. In the orig­i­nal floor plan, this area used to be open bare space. The din­ing room and the kitchen were only added when Ben­jie de­cided to have some renovation work done in the house two years ago.

In the cen­ter of this din­ing room, sur­rounded by 10 red heavy up­hol­stered seats, is the hefty din­ing ta­ble made of ipil.

“We wanted a ta­ble na buong [ ipil] tree, ’yong walang cut,” Ben­jie re­calls. “It took eight peo­ple to carry this! We went to Tagaytay pa. Naghanap ta­laga kami. Makikita mo ’to, raw, as in, ando’n lang nakatam­bak. So, mamim­ili ka ng size, ’ta­pos ’tsaka nila aayusin. Kaya solid ta­laga.”

Ben­jie re­calls that they went to Tagaytay be­cause most of the sup­pli­ers that they vis­ited in the metro sold wooden din­ing ta­bles at steep prices. “May nakausap kami, sabi sa amin, ‘Sir, pumunta kayo Tagaytay,’ kasi do’n na­man nakukuha la­hat. Nakita nga namin, al­most half the price.”

With its im­mense size and weight, the din­ing ta­ble is prac­ti­cally fixed in its place. Re­ar­rang­ing it would be next to im­pos­si­ble. With a laugh, Ben­jie says, “Basta naka-set na siya diyan, that’s it. Wala nang galawan.”

With its slid­ing glass doors and ex­pan­sive glass win­dows, the din­ing area is bathed in nat­u­ral light. “Pi­nataasan ko na ’yong ceil­ing,” Ben­jie says, re­fer­ring to the cathe­dral ceil­ing of the din­ing area. “Gusto ta­laga ng wife ko, ganyan, para mali­wanag.”

The lush bam­boo trees lin­ing the perime­ter of the house ren­der a nice, nat­u­ral, out­doorsy am­biance. “Ang prob­lema lang niyan, natatak­pan niya ’yong araw. Pero mali­wanag pa rin na­man.”

To mark the de­mar­ca­tion be­tween the liv­ing and the din­ing ar­eas with­out hav­ing to erect di­viders or walls, Ben­jie opted to have wood-look tiles for the floor­ing of the din­ing area. These tiles are not made of wood, but are ac­tu­ally ce­ramic tiles that sim­u­late the rus­tic beauty and tex­ture of real wood.

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