Eto na siya guysssssss! I’ll show you na how our house renovation turned out. So sorry natagalan ng slight. Hinanap ko pa diwa ko after all the moving out, moving in, fixing of everything and settling down. I’ll be doing the before and after photos of our renovation per area ha? Para ma-emote ko siya more thoroughly.
Before I start, I wanna tell you a little background about our house. Our family house sits on a 240 sqm. lot. Yung house miso back then was like 150 sqm lang yata na bungalow.
Wowa and Lolo Papa bought it in the early 80s. I think I was 2 years old while Toots was only a year old when we moved in. LT and Faye moved in with us when I was in 3rd grade yata. I lived there until the first half of my first year in high school. I went to live with Wowa after that. Wag niyo na itanong kung bakit, mahabang kwento. Lelz. However, I still go home to our family house every now and then naman. Same with my brothers, when they went to college, they lived with Wowa and me. Walking distance kasi yung bahay ni Wowa sa La Salle so it was very convenient. But even if we were living with Wowa, we’d still go home every weekends.
Anyway, years passed. I got married and lived with Alvin. My brothers have na their own condominiums. Faye married and lived na with Fonz. LT lived na also in Sta. Rosa. You all know Lolo Papa lives in Amsterdam and Wowa’s living in her own condo as well. So wala na tumitira there in our family house. LT just goes there every now and then to clean and check it out.
Kaya siya napunta sa amin.
My first thought when they offered the house to us was that kailangan gawing maaliwalas ang bahay. I have this thing for free flowing energy/eklaver sa bahay. Gusto ko maluwag. Gusto ko when I go inside the house, kita ko na lahat ng parte ng bahay ko. Gusto ko maaliwalas.
In short, even before the renovations started, alam ko na how our house is going to be. I showed my pegs to Alvin. Let’s start with our living room.
Here’s how our living room looked like before.
I think in it’s 35 years of existence, once lang yata na-renovate itong house namin.
As you can see, colored cement tile pa siya dati. Our main door was an old school Narra heavy door. There was a screen that I never remembered we open that led to a lanai.
This is how it looks like now after the renovation.
I moved the front wall ng 2 meters nearer sa gate to make the sala space bigger. Best idea ever.
I asked Alvin to make the window taller so we can have an option to make it into a window seat. I also had the lanai doorway bigger. By doing that, we had to put extra beams and columms kasi load bearing ang mga walls na pinagtiti-tibag ko.
For the windows and the lanai door, instead of aluminum windows and sliding door, I opted to put the old school steel casement windows. I wanted a lot of natural light coming in. I wanted also na tagusan ang hangin.
Sinabi ko na ba na it’s a lot harder to renovate an existing house compared to demolishing everything and starting from scratch?
Well, totoo yun.
Anyway, I let Alvin design the lighting of the entire house. Siya kako bahala. Sa kanya na yan. So there, para kaming stockholder ng Meralco sa dami ng ilaw nilagay ni Mr. Sombrero. Pero aminin niyo, napaka-ganda ng effect.
I chose a black, white and gray color scheme. Malamig kasi sa mata. We chose gray tiles na 60×60. May drama pa yang tiles na yan which you all know about. The design was not my first choice but it turned out to be nice din so keribels.
This is the view facing the lanai. That Sacred Heart of Jesus statue has been there since the house was built. We are going to have it restored na and I am looking for a place where to put it. The wall were the statue is hung is made of Narra plywood. Hindi ko na siya kaya irestore so it had to go. Sayang din kasi mahal daw yun.
Here’s how that space looks like now.
I never realized how expensive shopping for curtains and curtain rod is! Lekat na yan. That curtain rood costs Php 3,400! I had to buy 3 for the sala and dining. The inexpensive curtain rod costs Php 400. Ang cheap din tingnan. Sayang naman na ang ganda ng bahay tapos hindi maganda yung small details na ganyan. And the curtains! Emergerd. Php 800 ang isang panel. For that lanai door alone, four panels yan. So I had to buy 8 panels kasi siyempre yung pamalit. Wasak ang wallet! Pero kasi the curtains can make or break the interior design of your house eh so okay na din to invest.
This is the before photo of this part of the house.
Ganito na siya now.
I removed all the curves in the old house and ginawa kong straight ang openings. I also made the opening to the kitchen a lot bigger para mas free flowing. It was a nice idea also to put a breaker by the stairs beside the bookshelf. Gosh, I love my bookshelf but I won’t discuss that now. I have an entire blog post dedicated just for it! Haha!
The TV stand there, I had it made. It matches the laminated bookshelf.
For the living room, everything was about additional space. As in pwede ka magtumbling sa loob.
It’s also very airy. Menos sa electric fan sa gabi hehe. Kidding aside, ang presko dito sa bahay. Wowa was just here and I think dadalas siya dito kasi ang sarap tumambay.
Here’s what the living room looks like with furniture. I will blog about this when we finish decorating the whole house ha. Temporary furniture pa lang ang mga iba ditey. Ipon ipon pa muna ng konti for new furniture and decor.
We got the lighting fixture in the sala from Ikhea in CW Home Depot. Yuh. Ikhea talaga ang name ng store lelz.
You have to know also that walang For Construction plan that we followed. Widow lahat yan including the electrical. Everything was written down lang in a paper. Hindi yan advisable ha? Like sa electrical, we had to move some sockets kasi there was no furniture layout being followed. Pagkatapos dun lang nakikita na mali. Extra labor and extra materials ang na-waste.
Nevertheless, at least, na-iraos namin. I like, no, I love how our living room turned out. Nandito lang kami always. We watch movies together.
For replacement na yung sofa namin dapat. Ayaw ni Alvin. Ipalinis na lang daw. That is what I’m looking for right now –> taga linis ng sofa. I hope they can remove some of the stains too, though hindi naman halata masyado.
I’ll show you the improved version soon. I ordered a new center table from Upcycle Manila. I relocated also the blogging table. Iniisip ko ngayon what to put in the walls on both side of the window. I need an interior designer to
help me decide for me. Hahahaha!
Osha, until the next post! Leave your questions in the comment area ha? I’d love to answer them!