If you’re thinking of buying a secondhand property, you should know that there’s a possibility that you’ll get a house in need of major repairs, or worse, a complete renovation. When the owners of this townhouse acquired the property, they knew changes had to be done to create a bright and welcoming family home.
“Only the walls and beams were left as is. Lahat iniba na. Para kaming nagtayo ng bagong bahay,” the man of the house quips. Yes, the family didn't just bring in new furniture. With the help of interior designer Johanna Corteza, the family overhauled the kitchen, redesigned the staircase, and added an extra floor! The master bedroom and master bathroom can be seen on the fourth floor, including a walk-in closet and vanity nook.
From gloomy and makalat, the townhouse now looks modern and inviting. See the transformation
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Entrance and living area
The main door used to be situated on the side, but it was moved to the front to maximize the available space. From the main door, guests can see the living area (right photo) defined by a tiled accent wall, contemporary furniture pieces, and a leather sofa in gray. Not seen in the photo is the makeshift foyer by the door, complete with a shoe cabinet.
In creating a new staircase for the townhouse, the owners decided to use Narra wood. It was already installed when they realized the wood lacked treatment (wood used in homes are often treated with different products to avoid wood rot). They had to re-install it, but they spotted wood bugs during the second time. The staircase had to be installed thrice, and the whole process took a month or more.
This townhouse follows a unique layout — the kitchen is found on the second floor. The owners invested in modular kitchen cabinets, beveled subway tiles, and high-end kitchen appliances. Why red? They believe that it’s a lucky color. Aside from having a spacious cooking area, the extra counter also serves as a breakfast bar with the addition of barstools in red.
The master bedroom floor, which also has its own door, will remind you of posh hotels. It now has a walk-in closet that features customized storage units that are ideal for keeping dresses, pants, shirts, shoes, and even bags.