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Parang May Sariling Bahay-Bahayan! How A Cramped Room Was Transformed To A Loft-Style Playhouse
PHOTO BY Photos courtesy Abigail Malana, Ariel Batronel
  • Giving only the best of everything to their children is every parent's goal. For mom Alyssa Marie Rasay, that includes giving her daughter a space in their house where she can both rest and play comfortably.

    Just like many of the recent home renovation stories featured on Smart Parenting, Alyssa's bedroom project for her 3-year-old daughter Chantel was brought about during the height of the pandemic when many of us were stuck at home.

    "Dahil nagka-pandemic bihira na lumabas 'yung anak ko kaya naisipan ko na ipaayos na lang 'yung bakanteng kwarto dito. Tutal dun na din siya naglalaro pero maliit lang yung space," Alyssa tells this writer in an interview.

    Before the renovation, the vacant room was a cramped storage space with a bulky bunkbed. With the help of a contractor, they were able to turn it into Chantel's dream bedroom, which also doubles as a playhouse thanks to its loft-style design.

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    Luckily, Alyssa has a friend whose partner is an experienced contractor, so they need not look for a contrator they can trust for the project. For the overall look of the room, the 26-year-old mom wanted to create a space that's easy on the eye, has ample storage, and promotes the benefits of play for her daughter.

    Also read: This Type Of Play Encourages Positive Behavior And Makes Kids Happier, Say Experts

    The contractor ticked all the boxes on Alyssa's checklist with how the room turned out. It's as if Chantal has her own "bahay-bahayan" in her bedroom!

    PHOTO BY photo courtesy abigail malana, ariel batronel

    On the loft is Chantel's bed, which was made to look like a mini-house complete with window designs.

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    The stairs leading to the bed also double as drawers and cabinets for added storage.

    PHOTO BY Photo courtesy Abigail Maranan, Ariel Batronel
    PHOTO BY Photo courtesy Abigail Maranan, Ariel Batronel

    The entirety of lower ground Chantal can use for play and also for work when she begins her classes! For now, Alyssa bought her a mini-kitchen set for some interactive, imaginative play.

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    PHOTO BY Photo courtesy Abigail Maranan, Ariel Batronel

    'Playhouse' Bedroom Renovation Cost And Challenges

    When asked what challenges they faced during the renovation, Alyssa said one of them was getting stuff out of the cramped room. "'Yung unang part ay paghahakot ng mga gamit, sobrang dami at mabibigat pa 'yung iba," she shared.

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    They weren't also able to go around and canvass where to possibly buy cheaper materials and went for the nearby hardware store near their house in Caloocan or source it from a mall which could be more pricey.

    All in all, the renovation did not come cheap and cost around Php80,000. The room really underwent a complete revamp since they had to work on the walls, ceilings, electrical wirings, and even the flooring.

    PHOTO BY photo courtesy abigail malana, ariel batronel

    Alyssa also did not want to cut costs at the expense of her daughter's safety since they are building a loft bed. She said, "Worth it din dahil matibay po 'yung pagkakagawa nila sa bunk bed. Kahit dalawa pa kami ng anak ko ok lang."

    Although it set them back some hefty five figures, for Alyssa, it was all worth it. For her, no price can match her daughter's happiness.

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    Alyssa shares, "Sobrang tuwa ng anak ko. Kada araw na may natatapos sisilip siya para makita. Lalo na nung nabubuo na 'yung bunk bed niya. At nung natapos na ,araw-araw na siyang naglalaro dun."

    The mom also acknowledges the importance of interactive play to her daughter's development. "Sobrang importante nitong project na ito dahil magkakaroon na siya ng sarili niyang area para mas maging active. Para madevelop din ang pagiging creative at imaginative ng anak ko."

    Giving her toddler her own space to manage, Alyssa believes it could promote sense of responsibility to her daughter. "Para habang maaga pa lang ay nati-train na din siya na maging maayos at malinis ang paligid niya dahil may sarili na siyang kwarto."

    Also read: Mom Filled This Bedroom With Furniture That Will Encourage Her Toddler To Be Independent

    Tips When Doing Room Renovation for Kids

    When Alyssa's friend, Abigail Malana shared the before and after photos of the bedroom project she and her partner Ariel Batronel undertook, the kapitbahays from the Facebook page, Home Buddies we're nothing but impressed!

    We asked Abigail some tips for other parents who are also planning to renovate their kid's room. Abigail says there are five things to consider.

    1. Design and Plan
    2. Budget
    3. Research 
    4. Trusted Contractor/ Skilled Worker
    5. Willing to compromise 

    Abigail explains to us, "For sure sa mga nagpa-plan magpa renovate meron silang design/ inspiration or plan. And dapat alam nila kung hanggang saan lang kaya ng budget."

    "Habang nagpa-plan dapat magkaron din ng knowledge regarding sa mga materials na gagamitin."

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    "Most importantly, maghanap ng mapagkakatiwalaan na contractor or skilled worker. Lalo sa panahon ngayon, marami talaga nakaka-experiece ng 'di maganda sa ibang contractors or workers." 

    "And last, para sa akin, mahalaga din ang pag-compromise. Minsan kasi may mga gusto tayo ipagawa, pero hindi pwede sa structure ng kwarto o bahay. So may mga isa-suggest ang contractor/worker. Then mag-compromise kayo both para sa magandang outcome."

    Abigail and Ariel accept room renovation project. They can be reached through Abigail's Facebook account or contact her at 09173293973.

    A loft-syle bedroom also helped a couple co-sleeping with their kids achieve more space and privacy. Read their story here.

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