Philippines Renovating

Makeover Philippines renovating shares her treasured tips for turning drab ranch-style designs into dream houses.

Love the neighborhood but not the house Philippines renovating? Then consider the wisdom whose transforming touch has turned many a dated abode into an enviable address.

"I love redoing things. Even as a little girl, I liked to tear things apart and see how they worked". She started her business, buying houses and fixing them up, as a sideline to boost her income. "I moved 13 times in 10 years. It was a lot of work, but I enjoyed it so much."

Soon was bombarded with requests from homeowners Philippines renovating wanting her to work her magic for them, and a full-time business was born. We recently posed several questions on home renovations. Here they are, along with her responses.

Every house has potential, but I make sure there are not a lot of structural problems, such as foundation or drainage issues. The house should have good bones. I like the "dog" on the street because you can often get a better deal. Don't let surface details, such as ugly brick, scare you away.

Also, if you are going to put a lot of money into a house Philippines renovating, make sure the neighborhood is one that is going up in value or at least is holding its value. You need to be sensible though. With some homes, you might be better off tearing down and starting over.

* Your houses are so distinct. Where do you draw inspiration?

The old-world look and the designs Philippines renovating. His use of old and salvageable building materials-beams and shutters, for example-is especially significant to my style.

* What are your recommendations for giving a ranch-style or modern house some character?

Unattractive brick can be painted or "parged"-a technique in which concrete is mixed and applied to the brick, and then painted. The finish has that French Quarter feel. I used it on my own house. Other major changes that transform a structure Philippines renovating include adding a front porch with old beams and a courtyard with vintage brick. In my house, I used antique gates in the courtyard and made a little bridge in the walkway. Replacing small windows with French doors can really open up a house.

* What if cost is an issue?



For more info about Philippines renovating;


(For Manila and surrounding)
American Design Construction
#92 Ordoņez St. corner Maroon St.
Concepcion Dos, Marikina City
(For Cebu, Bohol, Negros, Leyte)
ET & p Design & Construction
#888 Katugasan, Casili
Consolacion, Cebu
(For Baguio and surrounding)
RA Gacoscos Construction
#99 Greenwater Village
Baguio City, Philippines
See website
(For Davao / Mindanao)
Raul G. Anuada (Realtor & Civil Engineer)
Unit 162, 16/F Landco PDCP Corporate Center
J.P. Laureal Ave., Bajada
Davao City



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