Way before we started building the house, the hubby and I have been scouring antique shops in the city and in nearby provinces for pieces that would fit our design scheme.
Since the house is going to be a stylized Filipino Bahay na Bato, it is only apt that we use pieces that are of Filipino origins and crafted by local craftsmen.
First thing in the agenda, doors.
Since this is the first thing that you see upon entering the house..and any room for that matter…a beautiful and sturdy door for all entrances was what we looked for. We had a simple criteria in choosing, it had to be made of old wood. Better still if the door came from an old house.
You read it right, we have no travel plans this year…none. Despite all the holiday travel deals that had me itching to buy tickets for almost every declared holiday…travel plans are officially and definitely on hold.
Yes, I’m quietly sobbing inside. I had every intention of seeing the temples at Siam Reap. I wanted to go to Malacca to have a feel of what it was like during the era of the spice trade. I was even checking out deals to Machu Picchu and had every intention of riding a llama bareback as I trudged the beaten path towards the bastion of Inca civilization. And who can forget our botched summer trip to Kyoto last year in time for the Sakura festival (which was cancelled because of the earthquake).
But all that is for good reason. All time, energy, and funds will be going to the House Project. As I mentioned in an earlier post, we will be building our dream house this year. Its on hold at the moment, thanks most in part to the snail pace of our building officials at City Hall. However, with a little praying and a teeny-weeny bit of cajoling from some of our “friends”, we may be able to get our permits sooner than later.
So, my suitcases are stashed….for the meantime.
As I mentioned in a previous post, we are in the process of designing what should be our “dream home.”
Since we were fortunate enough to acquire a lot that is bigger than the one we are occupying at the moment, this means we will have more space. And more space is what everyone wants…especially me.
And if there’s one thing I want, its storage space. Lots of it. My husband too. We both agree that there should be as many cabinets as possible. We need to keep everything out of the way. Toys, books, old clothes, hardware, custom baby blankets, toi.let paper…everything. Out of the way.
So the question is…since we have more area for building, do we build and attic or a basement?
Now it can be told….we’re building a house.
Last month, the hubby and I finalized the purchase of a piece of land in a new community. In this lot we will build our dream house.
Not that we don’t love the house that we live in at the moment. We do. In fact, it pains me to think that as soon as we move into the new house, we will have to sell this house. This has been our home for 10 years so that won’t be that easy.
But the family is growing up and its time to move.
I’ll be chronicling the project from inception, execution, to the final unveiling. Abangan!!
Ever since the “summer house project” was cooked up, my husband has been toying with the idea of completely redecorating the house. He says he’s tired with the way the house looks.
Some of the things he wants to get rid of are some of the big pieces of furniture in the living room and in the kitchen.