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  • Take a Tour of the Family Dream House Inside This Warehouse Building!

    You will find inspiration in the bedrooms that were designed to match the occupant.
    by Cielo Anne Calzado .
Take a Tour of the Family Dream House Inside This Warehouse Building!
PHOTO BY courtesy of Maj Doca
  • Whether it’s a compact apartment filled with essentials or a big home you worked hard for, we all have a vision of our dream home. For a Filipino-Chinese family in Caloocan City, theirs is never too far from their source of income. They have transformed the fourth floor of their warehouse building, where construction and other materials are dumped, into an elegant home.

    Interior designer Ann Margarett Doca, who worked on the design of the residential space, decided to work with an open layout to keep it looking spacious. “The living area is designed that way to create more interaction with the family. The dining area has enough space for bonding, while the kitchen can also be a place for spending time with [each other] or taking some time off. Aside from that, it’s the client’s request to have this style so they can welcome friends and guests,” the designer explains.

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    Take a tour of a warehouse building that became a family dream home

    Maj worked closely with the owners to make sure the space design will fit their lifestyle. Each bedroom mirrors the personality of the occupant, but they all had one request: bigger closets! “It’s a must-have for the clients. Their old house has less closet space, and their things were somewhat cluttered,” shares Maj.

    Facade

    From the outside, the warehouse looks like an ordinary building. But a surprise is waiting on the fourth floor!
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Maj Doca

    Living Area

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    After a brief elevator ride, guests are welcomed into a bright and welcoming house. Wooden touches and cement walls create a minimalist yet cozy look. The concrete walls geometrical lines and gold accents define the living area. There are enough seating pieces to accommodate guests.

    The family loves having guests over. There is a custom-made sofa that’s roomy enough to accommodate visitors while leaving enough open space to make sure everyone can interact and move around freely.
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Maj Doca
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    Using wood adds warmth to the space while having plants give it a refreshing touch. And the room utilizes the natural light, brightening the space even more. 
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Maj Doca

    Kitchen

    Marble walls, black granite countertops, white laminates, and wooden finishes complete the modern cooking area.

    The designer incorporated a kitchen island to make sure the people in the house can work swiftly and efficiently. There’s also a breakfast bar that is perfect for quick meals and entertaining while cooking.
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Maj Doca
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    Dining Area

    Found next to the living area, the dining area occupies an open space with French doors and white curtains separating it from the other areas of the residential space.

    Before the floor’s renovation, the living and dining areas were separated by a concrete wall, which has now been replaced by French partitions.
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Maj Doca

    Master Bedroom

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    Like a hotel suite, the master bedroom features a mix of monochromatic colors, wood finishes, and a cushioned headboard. The designer took inspiration from log cabins to achieve the look and even incorporated dark toned wood as requested the owners.

    Most of the pieces in the room are customized to fit the look and feel the designer had in mind. There are also customized wood slates with a green wall design to create a refreshing, natural feel.
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Maj Doca

    Second Bedroom

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    “Wooden flooring, paddle walls, and metal accents are the main features of this room,” says Maj. Occupied by the eldest sister, this room showcases wooden finishes, elegant lighting, and a combination of white bricks and wallpaper on the walls.

    This room has a T&B and walk-in closet. The designer added French panels by the window to make the room cozier.
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Maj Doca

    Third Bedroom

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    A French partition separates this bedroom from the rest of the home. Since the owner of the room is a bachelor and an architect, Maj made sure it exudes a masculine vibe as seen on the colors used and pieces added to the space.

    The occupant has a work nook and a special corner for his collection of toys and robots. The design team also decided to soundproof the gray padded walls.
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Maj Doca
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    Fourth Bedroom

    Since the occupant wanted to achieve a Pinterest-worthy bedroom, they decided to follow a Scandinavian chic theme. Muted colors complemented by wood, glass, white bricks, and different textures make it inviting and relaxing.

    The room is dominated by touches of gray and white, with hints of pastel colors to complete the feminine vibe.
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Maj Doca

    Powder Room

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    While the powder room's black-and-white hue complements the color palette of the rest of the house, it becomes a complete departure when it came to the wall design, which features a botanical mural.

    The black-and-white wallpaper complements the cement tile flooring and white subway tiles. Though simple and compact, the powder room still has style!
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Maj Doca
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