Tiny House Renovation Week 1 & Plans for the House

So, let's pickup where we left off. I shared a whole bunch of details regarding this whole deal in this previous post. How we came up with the decision to renovate / build at bf's family's property, and some plans that had been brewing in my mind that never came to life, or even a hint of the chance to come to life. What?  Read and you'll see.

Anyway, here's a summary of what went on in the past 2 months:

1) We decided / and asked for permission to renovate / build on part of bf's family's property
2) They generously obliged to our request :)
3) Since the area is currently being used (1st floor- bf mom's room, 2nd floor- bf's room, stair hall-storage), we have to de-clutter some area of their house to have additional storage, and create a new room for his mom.
4) Sort, de-clutter, organize galore. 
5) Renovate a room for her mom. See it here.
6) Transfer, organize, transfer, organize, repeat--stuff from "our" unit to make way for the demolition
7) Enlist the help of my trusted contractor to sort of materials / labor for this project. We've decided to do daily or "arawan" for the labor. I'll further discuss in other post re that decision. That would be a very boring post, stay tuned! haha
7) Get list of materials for the renovation/expansion, canvas nearby hardware stores for prices, change list of materials due to change of building strategy, canvas, and repeat. We've actually not yet finalized all the details so we'll be doing this some more. 
8) Get things started! 

Anyway, this week, demo started. We first closed off all passageways to the main house to prevent dust/debris going over their living spaces. Then they went ahead and started demolition. Ceilings we're removed, walls are being jackhammered this very moment, yep that would be the soundtrack of our lives in the next couple of months or so. Maybe not the jackhammering part, but mostly hammering and other dusty and noisy stuff.
Major things will be happening next week and I'll update you with that. But for now, lets discuss the plan.

As mentioned in previous post, the area we're doing is a "cute" portion of the bf's family's house. It sits in 26.25 sqm of lot as shown in this very technical diagram. Haha
Here's the house. It's a two-storey unit attached to the main house to the left. I think this was built around 20 years ago, so all of the interior finishes needs to be replaced, but the structure itself is very solid. As one of the engineers we consulted said, houses made back in the days were sturdier as all materials used were up to standard, so that's a very comforting thought. Anyway...

This is the existing layout. One area on the ground floor were sectioned off to make a room. The stairs were being used as storage, since there's another entry point to the bedroom upstairs via door in the balcony connected to the main house (see photo above). It's like a small maze. :)
NEW PLAN

Here it is. Or should I say, here is what it will be?! Whatever. Haha.. 
First floor:
We'll enclose the big access way to the main house and keep the door by the stairs. Oh we'll also re-layout the stairs. As you can see, the original stairs took up a lot of floor space, which we don't have much of, so we configured it to fit in a 6'x7' area.

Second floor:
We'll also enclose the balcony and make it part of the bedroom. The remaining area will be our storage/closet/dressing space. To save on cost, we'll keep the bathroom where it sits and just reconfigure it to make way for the new stairs.

That's the renovation part. As for the expansion, here it is. We're building an additional level with a loft. Some were asking why would we put the bedroom on the second floor, and living space on the third. Here's why.
Since we will be adding one level + loft space, we'll have a high-ceiling portion on the third floor, around 15ft high, which is a big deal if you have limited floor area. We figured we'll spend most of our time in the living space and office, so we wanted to put that on the nicest area possible. 

Something like this:

Not exactly this style nor design, but the flow and layout. Same narrow space, yet doesn't look too small because of the ceiling height which we love. We can now do our dream industrial loft look. 

Third floor: I tried to fit 2 stairs, powder room, full kitchen, dining, and living area in 26.25 sqm. It's tight, but totally doable. Just like living in a small condo unit. We're also planning to put bricks on one of the tallest wall. Both the bf and I love brick walls, so we'll get it NO MATTER WHAT.

Loft: We both needed a dedicated office/studio space, that's why we decided to add this level. All of our work related / creation (?) related stuff will be in here, hence, all the shelves and storage. One side the bf will design as he pleases, the other side will be my design. I'm sure it will still look cohesive since we basically have the same idea for the house, except he's not so much into pinks and mints. :) But we can deal.

We pretty much know the look we want for the entire space, but that would be for another post. We still have a lot of construction to do before we even get there. 

The other night while looking at all the rubble, the bf and I looked at each other and said.. "Wala ng atrasan to." (there's no backing out now), we've already destroyed their house. Haha.. So this is it! My obsession and dream will soon be realized (insert evil laugh here). We're unexpectedly very calm about it all, excited yes, but not at all nervous. I guess once all the material and labor cost pile up, then we'll be very very nervous! But until then, we'll enjoy the calm before the money-pit storm. Haha


Project Modern Mix: Living / Dining / Kitchen Reveal

I did it! Got the chance to photograph Project Modern Mix a few days ago, and I'm really happy with how everything turned out. The bedrooms are a different story though, there are still no beddings and such, so no reveals for those. Hoping to snap photos of those sooner rather than later, but I'm just stoked I get to share the main area of the unit. 

Now stopping the "intro" chitchat and go straight to the reveal. As stated on the other post about this project, we knocked down one wall to combine two units. This is that wall.

We now have one big open living and dining space. 


The client wanted a very spacious feel, so we installed a grid mirror wall on the dining area. The chandelier is just a temporary fix since the one we got still hasn't arrived yet, so they borrowed one from the store as a placeholder.


We closed the pass-through to one of the kitchen and gave ourselves a showcase wall for their ever evolving art collection. Also note the ceiling textured paper and that big nice chandelier. In love with both!

This is the kitchen we ended up using since it's bigger and right by our intended dining space.

We removed the walls and moved the sink further out to give the kitchen more floor space.


Here's the initial board I presented to the client. Some things have changed (like the chairs, I wanted a more casual chair hence those simple lower ones), but we kept true to the feel and scheme of the concept.




And here are more photos of the finished unit.... and lots of blabber from me. :)

Most of the furniture I had custom-made. Love all the black and wood tone all over the space. It grounds the space nicely, and they pop against our light walls.

That big shelf unit right there will actually be their wine and coffee station. Note the wine glass holder. :) But since they haven't officially moved-in yet (no coffee maker, mugs, wines glasses etc) decided to style it with stuff around the place just for the reveal. hehe

I love love vintage furniture, really I do. But what I appreciate about custom-made pieces is I get what I want. Take the console table behind the sofa for example, I really wanted a simple but graphic base with wood top, and we got it.

Since most of our furnishing are neutral, I wanted colored chairs. Nothing too shocking, just a very laid-back blue. It keeps the space from being too monotonous.

We had a built-in bench built along one of the windows since they have an incredible view of a golf course. But I really struggled capturing this angle since all the sunlight is making the interior really dark, so I decided to turn on all lights and keep the shades down. Bummer. Haha.. Next time, next time.

Even the lamp I had custom-made. Fell in love with a floor lamp I saw online and felt it would be perfect for this project, so here it is. :) It has a really nice tripod legs and natural wood tone.

See what I mean? This lamp is wonderfully weird.


See how the wood and black "pops"? I find it very graphic and nice. That's why I had furniture made with very clean modern lines, I really like the contrast.

That stainless mosaic tiles are definitely a splurge, it makes the kitchen extra special. Since I don't want the kitchen to be sterile looking, I opted for a light wood tone cabinets to echo the new light wood flooring.

This is how the kitchen relates to the space. It's open, but still its own "room". Cabinets lightly matches the floors, grey tile kitchen floors, matches the paint color. And the mosaic tiles sparkles! I want those, but no way it will fit our budget. Haha

I like how everything is clean and modern without being the usual modern space. I really don't know what "usual modern" is, but I just made sure that every piece of furniture is special. Ooh maybe when I go back, I can shoot each piece of furniture so I can share it here. They are simple, but they have special little details here and there. :)


As a bonus, here's the before and after of the "powder room." They actually don't have a legit powder room, what they have are 4 full baths. So instead, they dedicated one of those to be the guest bath, which of course means, it needed to be extra special.

We installed a leather like orange wallpaper to give the space some life. Black sink cabinets were installed, and when I saw this orange / black mirror, I have a "this is it" moment. It's made to be in this room. I'm right, right??

So that's the reveal of main area of Project Modern Mix. I really did enjoy doing this home. There's not to say we didn't have setbacks. We did, as for most renovation. But being able to see the transformation of the space, and my vision come to life, it is sooo satisfying and well worth it. Also got to step out my comfort zone and experimented with some finishes, which is scary but great. Hope to be able to get the chance to photograph the bedrooms, but until then, I'll get to come back to this post and enjoy.

So for the next post--Tiny House Renovations / Project Dream Home just started!!! Woohoo... It will definitely be NOT like this place, we don't have that kind of fund, Haha, but I'm sure it will be fulfilling just the same, maybe more. We'll see. Til then!

Small space idea: Work / Dining table

I was doing my usual browsing habit when I came across this idea at Apartment Therapy and I just had to share. I know this blog is mostly a hodge-podge of my non-sense blabber about the dream house and other design projects, but maybe I can throw in something that is actually useful once in a while? :)

I've seen more than a few extremely tiny studio units around here and this may come in handy to those of you who have one -a drop-down dining/ work table. Pull-it down when needed, and it's easily out of the way when not in use. What I love is the use of mirror (or you can even put photo / artwork) so it's actually part of the decor and does not look like a table at all. Brilliant.

I'm sure you can have your trusted carpenter / handyman do this for you. 

And since this blog is a hodge-podge of my non-sense blabber about the dream house, etc, I've got some news. July 19 is demo day. It marks the beginning of Tiny house renovation / Project Dream Home and I can't wait. Well, the bf and I will be doing the demo on the 19th (Lucky Feng Shui date), and we'll officially start with actual workers next week, before ghost month begins.

Yes, I'd like to practice a little feng shui for the house since we're basically doing the lay-out from scratch. I know a lot who believes in it, and a lot who don't. The thing is, I believe in its basic principles... the energy, the flow, basically the good vibes. ;) And besides, everyone I know who practice feng shui are wealthy! Haha.. Maybe it does help? No idea, but at the very least, we'll have a house with a nice flow and good energy so I'll take that.

Hope everyone's safe and dry!

Project Modern Mix: Before and Progress (A.K.A. New-to-Me Style that I enjoyed doing so much)

I told myself that I won't post anymore projects unless it is completely done and I have the after photos to show. I have a very bad track record of sharing projects before and progress, and no afters until a year later. Hence, the extreme quietness of this blog. I'm not sure which is worst, no post at all, or project post without results?! I think it's like watching Extreme Makeover, then cutting it right before the reveal! Cruel. 

So anyway, I choose cruelty. Haha... I just need to share this project right now. We're about done so maybe I can catch after photos soon? Who knows? If not, you'll get it in about a year. Hopefully not!

This is a combined unit so it's quite spacious. Four bedrooms spacious! We started with the basic builder finishes that you see when they turnover new units. Plain, simple, nothing special. The owner wanted "maaliwalas", with special details, and some wow factor. I was somewhat stuck on what direction to take this project since the owner's request's are very broad. But I've always wanted to try my hands on doing non-typical modern spaces, with lots of textures, clean contemporary furnishing, and a not to industrial details. Here's my chance. :)

This is the wall we removed to combine the units. 

Much bigger space to play with! We installed cove lights and wallpaper on the ceiling for that texture I really wanted to bring in. We also replaced the flooring for the entire unit. As you go through this photos, you'll notice the flooring before is your typical orangey glossy laminate, it's fine, but not the look we're going for. What we have now is so much lighter, still with a light natural wood tone, with some texture to it.
Please note that the console table behind the sofa will be altered to be the same height as the back of the sofa. It is actually for a different spot, but as we played around a bit once the furniture arrived, this is the best resting place for it, so furniture maker to the rescue. Haha


The other side is the dining spot. We installed a mirror wall to visually expand the space. One of the owner's request's is "Gusto ko mukang maluwag" (I want it to look spacious), so mirror it is. We're still waiting for the chandelier for the dining space, and I can't wait for it to arrived.

As for the living room light, here's a modern twist to a chandelier. It's big, but it's not heavy-looking because of it's "skeletal" structure. I love it!

Since it's a combine unit, it of course, has two kitchens. We decided to use the other one so we enclosed this pass-through.

Here we are choosing some art to hang. Fun stuff.

Though that one above didn't make it. It will go to the small guestroom, and here's the one that made it. I still need to find two accent chairs and a small table for this wall. I need to find something special, and I need to find it soon!

This is the kitchen we decided to use. It's bigger than the first one, and it's located near the dining space, so win-win.
We moved the sink area further out and opened up the surrounding walls. Stainless backsplash for the entire kitchen wall (fancy I know!) and new light wood cabinetry. Pinlights and undercounter lights were installed as well.

Two units = two master bedroom. Here's the master guestroom. 

My client love this light. I love that he has non-traditional taste, and go for quirky accessories for the place. 

I don't have a before photo of this same angle for the master bedroom, but based on all before photos above, it's the same white walls, orangey laminate floors, and plain surroundings. 

Since this is the Master of all master bedrooms (HAHA), I wanted it to be extra special so wallpaper goes to all surface, wall and ceiling! I'm in love with the wallpaper we used for the walls, it's subtle with some brickish stonish texture to it. I think I'll be using it for our room for project dream home. Of course all the other things won't be this grand, hehe. Artwork will be installed above the headboard. The light fixture is one of my last minute purchases, and I'm glad I waited. I love it. 



They wanted something special for the master bath so I had an accent tile installed over the sink. Also had cabinetries built under all bathroom sink, will show you what we did to the other bathrooms as well, when I get the chance to photograph all the afters, in a year! Haha.. Hopefully nextweek.

I guess that's it for now. I'm proud of this space I did. I've got to experiment on another look/concept which I'm dying to try, and it's a huge plus that the client has a lot of art to play with. Few key pieces of furniture / accessories will be installed next week, and they'll have a house warming the week after that. It's crunch time.


Before and After: Bedroom Makeover

If you've read my previous (very long) post about the what-the-hell-is-going-on-about-project-dream-home update (thank you!), then you might remember that we needed to relocate the bf's mom to another room since the room she was using would be part of the tiny home renovation. That was a so-so room, a single bed, and lots of clutter she doesn't own/need. So this is a great opportunity to give her a space she could relax in, meaning, take the grand kids in which happened as soon as we revealed the room to her! :)

This is the room where we relocated her. It was just a spare room that houses all stuff not needed elsewhere. Don't be fooled, this was shot after we have cleared most of the stuff in here. 

It needed so much tlc. Rundown of what we did to this place:

1) Put a proper wall between this room and the maid's room.
2) Added pinlights
3) Repainted everything
4) Sanded and sealed the floors.
5) Installed aircon and exhaust fan
5) Wiring for new outlet / light / aircon / fans
6) Move in furniture
7) Accessorize


On reveal day, we actually had a ribbon cutting "ceremony". Haha.. 

This is what four days can do to a space. TADA! 

It's a very simple makeover, but it is so so worth it! We painted the walls a bluey purpley pale gray. We think it would be great with all the wood tones we're bringing in. All of the furniture in here are from around the house. They have a lot of beautiful vintage pieces so we have no trouble furnishing this room.

Oh and some of you might remember the curtains, it's the curtains I used for the very first makeover of my bedroom. (Pre-professional-decorating days) I love the print, but never loved it in my room. It just didn't clicked. But in here, it's perfect. Bf's mom loves plants, so this is a great nod to that. And the colors works better with all the wood tone in here, unlike my very ordinary furniture.

Just look at these wardrobe cabinets, gorgeous details, solid narra wood, and a very nice finish as well, not the plasticky shiny thing we used to seeing.

A simple gallery wall is in order. Even all the frames we already have. The main peacock print is something we found while cleaning up, and we have more of those prints! I need to decoupage something with those. There's a vintage portrait of their family, and others have placeholders that we're planning to replace with family photos. 

So that's the four day makeover challenge. She loves it so much, she even texted the bf that night to tell us how much she loves the new room, and all the details we put in there. Super worth it. 

As for the bf and I, we're still in a hazy organizing spree. And I'm guessing we'll be on it for the next couple of weeks. And after that, it would be a hazy renovating spree. We are looking forward, and a little bit dreading, the process. We know that this will be a step closer to the dream home, but I can just imagine the stress! Haha.. We'll get there. Slowly, very budget-consciously, get there.


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