Mga bakla!!!!!! Here it is!!! The before and after photos of our renovations!
Before I start, you have to know that Alvin and I bought a 15 year old bungalow sitting on a 190 square meter lot. Like I have told you before, it took us almost 5 years before we found the house that we both wanted.
Kung ako lang ang papapiliin, I would rather buy a lot then build our own house. Ang toxic magrenovate ng nakatayo na na bahay, I tell you. You won’t be able to get the house that you really like. However, if we buy a lot and build our own house right now, financial suicide naman ang abot naming dalawa (imagine we’ll be paying rent, mortgage and the construction cost all at the same time). I mean, makakapagpatayo kami ng house but sa kotse kami titira. Ganun =p
Before March 2015, since we started looking for a house, there was never a time when Alvin and I gave a thumbs up sign with the same house. Either Alvin likes the house but I don’t (pihikan kasi ako sa pagka-aliwalas ng bahay) or I like it but Alvin finds them very expensive.
Finally, last March, we were able to find THE ONE.
The cost of the house and lot was within our budget. Yung tipong makakakain pa naman kami ng 3x a day everyday after buying it. Hahahaha! We had to convince nga lang the previous owners to give it to us in that price. Our house now was their family house. They lived there for 15 years. They started their family there and dun na din sila umunlad. They were a bit hesitant in selling it because of its sentimental value. However, they are now living in a much bigger house so they don’t need their old house anymore. Apparently, they agreed with the price except that we were to shoulder the transfer tax etc eklaver. Gorabelles naman.
Before I start, you have to know that we didn’t hire any interior designer. Ako gusto ko but Alvin didn’t want. He wants kasi personal touches and decisions namin ang interior ng house. Nakaka-sira ng bait for a very fickle minded person like me. What I did was I consulted with my architect officemates for the color scheme. I asked them what colors are bagay with what. My bestfriends, Pineda and Janis, also helped out. Ma-touch ka diyan kay Pineda. Send ng send ng mga pegs for me kahit gabing gabi na. Si Janis, moral support ang peg. At least may support di ba? Hahahaha! I was thinking if Arnaiz were here malamang siya ang taga mando sa bahay during the renovations. Takot lang ng mga workers sa kanya.
Anyways, I got the services of two contractors. The first one did the painting of the house, masonry and some carpentry works. The second one did the replacement of the kitchen cabinet doors, the divider and the TV accessories rack at the living room. I will mention na lang every after blogpost who did what, okei?
Shall we start na? =)
For the first part of the before and after feature, lemme show you our living room muna.
Here’s how the big wall of the Living Room looked like before.
It now looks like this:
When we started the renovations, I was firm with my choice of colors for the living room: white walls with a light gray accent wall. Eto ang accent wall namin. I am very happy because I got the shade of gray that I wanted. To those of you who are asking, I brand of the light gray paint for the sala is Nippon. The specific shade is Gray Prose. Patimpla ito. You can buy it from CW Home at Pasong Tamo. It costs Php 400 per liter. You will need 2 liters for that wall. However, we had to repaint it kasi nadumihan just before they finished with all the works. Yun yung magastos.
We chose to retain the floor tiles. Coincidentally, the design and color of the tiles of the old house matches the gray and white color scheme.
The wall divider was suggested to me by my second contractor. Para daw when you enter the house, may konting break muna bago magsala. Happy naman ako because he was right. It will look very plain if wala yun.
This is the before photo of the wall where our TV is now:
This is how it looks like now:
If you can notice, we didn’t remove the cornice anymore. Ang trabaho eh. We just painted them white. We maintained the baseboard but we colored it same with the accent wall. We used up around 2 liters of the same gray paint.
For our TV rack, shelves and drawers, initially, I wanted to have one custom made using wenge wood laminate. Kaso mahal yun. For the meantime, while we’re saving up for that, we asked our second contractor to make us the overhead shelves and the base drawers and shelves. We had it customized to fit the Pioneer Entertainment system, which I will blog in a while.
This one naman is the before photo of the other side of our living room.
This is how it looks like now:
As you can see, the baseboard and the door jambs are painted in the same color as the accent wall. That was Alvin’s idea and maganda naman. I had a window seat custom made from my first contractor’s carpenter. Hindi pa nga lang nakakabit ang doors ng shelves. May doors yan para hindi masamok when I put all my stuff inside. I have yet to have a cushion made. I’m still looking for somebody who can do it.
Alvin replaced all the glasses in the windows. It costs us Php 8,000. Okay na din because the old ones were cracked already. Alvin also had aluminum window and door screens made and installed for all the windows and doors. Tumataging-ting na Php 30k pala yun. Screens are expensive. Brown colored screens are more expensive than silver ones.
Moving forward, this is the before photo of the arc going to the kitchen.
This is how it looks like now.
We got rid of the curves. Makalumang design na kasi siya. The previous owners had this opening na hindi ko ma-gets. I had it removed. I wanted the post between the two openings removed too however, it’s a structural post so we can’t remove it. Para nga tuloy may entrance/exit sa gitna ng bahay ko. Lol. It annoyed me at first but when we were living there na, okay naman lang pala.
This is how the stairs looked like before.
This is how it looks like now.
Alvin installed the stair edges today. One thing I wanted to rectify back then was the height of the stair step. Alanganin eh. However, may kasabihan na naman sa stairs. Are you guys familiar with the Oro, Plata, Mata? Parang you cannot end with Mata daw kaya hindi na namin ginalaw. Hassle.
Anyways, since this is a 15 year old house, Alvin had all the electrical wires rewired. It cost us Php 45k! Sumakit ang bangs ko when Alvin told me about it. Nevertheless, hindi nanghinayang ang asawa ko. He is willing to spend as long as he’s kampante that the house is safe from potential fire. Yan ang pinagsisimulan ng sunog din eh. Faulty wiring. When he had all the wires checked, ang rurupok na. Talagang dapat palitan lahat.
So there you are guys for the first batch of the before and after photos =) I hope you enjoy them. Standby for the rest!
Here are the contact details of my contractor. Please introduce yourself and tell them that you got their number from my blog.
Engr. Mayce Gasgonia (0917-8230502): They did the painting and masonry works in the living room
Engr. Elmer Kalaw (0939-9151630): They did the entertainment system overhead shelves and the lalagyan ng sound system and the room divider.
Note: Both contractors can do fit-outs and house constructions. Inquire lang kayo sa kanila. For this series of House Renovations Before and After Photos posts, I will just indicate the specific works that they did.