This Architect Turned An Old Marikina Apartment To Modern, Comfy Work From Home SpaceArchitect Orange Clemente created a bright, well-thought-out, and modern home where she and her brother can live and work comfortably.
How does a design professional take on the challenge of achieving his or her dream space? You might be surprised to know that the process doesn’t differ from how they work with clients.
It all starts with a vision, understanding what needs to be achieved, and making the most of the space you have.
For architect Orange Clemente, her vision for her own home is to “design a space that’s human-centered and adaptive to change or the new normal.” She says, “it’s important to nurture the inhabitants, me and my brother, in order to enhance our living and working experiences from the inside out.”
Prior to the pandemic, Orange was renting a space near her place of work. Since she started working from home, the architect realized how having her own home can help lessen her expenses.
“We were lucky that my grandparents invested in apartments and were kind enough to let me, as an architect, practice my design skills, renovate, and use one of the units,” she shares with Realliving.com.ph.
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Old Apartment Complete Transformation
Before the renovation, the apartment looked outdated and needed repairs. Orange went for a mix of contemporary and Mid-century modern design by incorporating clean architectural lines, open planning, and muted tones.CONTINUE READING BELOWRecommended Videos
“I placed a dark-colored rug which defines the living area apart from the dining and kitchen areas,” she adds.
Since the siblings are both sneakerheads and since the apartment is located in a flood-prone area, Orange raised the flooring of the bedrooms then used the space underneath as shoe storage.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Keeping in mind the online meetings she needs to participate in, Orange designed the dining area as a dining nook and mini conference area in one.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
She incorporated a back-painted glass on the wall where notes can be written on, a white table where material samples can be checked, and a lamp for late-night reading.
Minimal yet impactful changes were done in the compact cooking area. In the words of Orange, the design is “simple and straightforward.” “The clean and crisp lines of the backsplash lure your eyes from the living area and makes you pay attention to the end of the room. I also used black laminates and a gray solid surface countertop to blend well with the overall palette,” the architect adds.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Before the makeover, the doors of the rooms are located near the common areas.
Aside from raising the personal spaces, Orange also had the doors relocated and now facing each other.
To personalize the apartment, the architect put her toy collection on display including photos she personally took.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
One of the bedrooms used to feature lackluster flooring and chipping wallpaper.
To transform the space, Orange chose a lighter color palette then combined it with accent pieces that showcase her personality.
“The goal is to make the room warm and cozy where you can rest after a long day of work. I used wood tiles to differentiate the use of the area from the communal spaces,” she explains. The architect also made sure she has an ergonomic chair and good lighting in her workspace to boost her productivity.
A low wooden bed completes the bedroom, giving it an inviting and minimalist touch.
One of the well-thought-out features of the home is the layer of glass blocks at the top of the rooms. “It helps us know if there’s someone outside who turned the lights on.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
It’s helpful in many ways as well – making sure we don’t forget to turn off any lights in the evening, plus, it can be used as a night light when going to the bathroom. It also allows light to stream into the room in the morning,” explains Orange.
Ready to transform your own home or make your dream home a reality? You can collaborate with architect Orange Clemente! Get in touch with her through Facebook or Instagram: Orange Clemente. You can also email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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