This Family’s Rest House is Made Out of Container VansThe owner thought of turning empty, unused container vans into a relaxing space.by Cielo Anne Calzado .
How would you describe your dream vacation house? Is it by the sea or in a serene, secluded location? How many rooms are there? For Maria Victoria Evangelista, her family’s charming rest house in Davao City showcases the wonders of recycling as it started out as two unused container vans left empty inside the factory of her skincare business.
“I bought them from the container yard in Davao. It was intended to be used as a bodega for our packaging materials imported from China, but since the pandemic, we haven’t been importing anything abroad so it’s been empty since,” she shares in an interview with SmartParenting.com.ph.
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Armed with a passion for making anything beautiful, Victoria thought of building a rest house where she and her family can enjoy quick vacations. As a businesswoman and CEO of plant-based skincare and restaurant businesses, she’s a major advocate of recycling and reducing energy consumption.
“In completing this project, I tried to use less resources as much as possible to show people that anything can be made beautiful again with love, care, and a little DIY. I learned that nothing is ever too rotten nor too old to be given new life,” she explains.
From the outside, you can’t instantly tell that the house is made out of container vans because of how polished it is. To come up with a design, Victoria turned to their family friend and contractor, Gamaliel Berdin.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Since Victoria also tapped local carpenters and workers to execute the design, the entire construction process took three months to finish as she had to touch them how to execute the design properly. “I like supporting local by hiring local workers. I just have to supervise them closely,” she shares.
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The rest house is found inside the family’s skincare factory premises. Surrounded by trees, the house serves as Victoria’s family’s weekend getaway.
When the family isn’t using the rest house, she allows officers from her company to use the space. “I promised one of our research and development heads a comfortable space he can stay in,” she says.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOWADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
The wall-mounted shelves came from their old house. To complete this corner, she got frame for Php200 and a mirror for Php100 from a surplus shop.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
The patio is Victoria’s favorite area in the house. Aside from installing swings, they also lay mats here so her grandchild can play when they visit.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
This cactus mural was done by one of the oldest painters in Davao, Nong Loloy. Victoria made sure the home showcases the creativity of local artists as well.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
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