Above all, it is a place where the in­doors and out­doors can co-ex­ist. “I want a nat­u­ral flow into na­ture,” Patsy ex­plains

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rest­ing on stilts, it is built in a con­tem­po­rary style that al­lows the max­i­mum use of glass and opens up to take ad­van­tage of the breeze.

An el­e­vated walk­way con­nects the liv­ing and din­ing ar­eas in one struc­ture to the other struc­ture, which holds the master suite. “The high­light of the de­sign is a four-anda-half me­tre can­tilevered ex­ten­sion of the master bath­room, an out­door space for the shower, and the nat­u­ral stone tub from Bali,” Saratan says, point­ing to the most stun­ning part of the house. The pond and wa­ter fea­tures, which Saratan sug­gested for the first Calata­gan house, were again re­quested to en­hance the calm­ing at­mos­phere of the sec­ond house.

For fur­ni­ture, Patsy has cho­sen sim­ple pieces made by lo­cal crafts­men from Calata­gan. For beds and so­fas, she went to another long-time col­lab­o­ra­tor, the fur­ni­ture de­signer Yola John­son of Soumak De­signs. “She is firm about us­ing indigenous items made

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