UPDATE as of May 2013: I moved into My Nuvali Home in September 2012, and have since enjoyed living in Nuvali. Tremendously. My journey has turned another way, however, and I will soon be moving again to pursue art studies full-time. Thanks for joining me in my adventure to build this special home. I will still be here to carry the torch of green living, and maintain a foothold in Nuvali in whatever way I can. And of course, someday, I shall be back, to create/jumpstart another adventure!
Read on to get an idea of how it all began for me, way back in October 2010.
Am slowly building my dream house — and like any dreamer, I know the first step is to build it in my mind!
When we were kids, my brothers and I would spend hours drawing our dream houses. Siyempre pagalingan! Afternoons would be spent making the best possible rendition of our fantasy mansions. Mine had a bed that popped into a slide every morning and sent me straight to the pool for a wake up splash. There was even a version of a house on a hill with an underground river accessed by a secret speed boat and a super high-tech elevator.
Many years have passed and, thankfully, I’m left with much simpler goals for my house.
When Lord of the Rings was all the hype in college, I swore I’d have round doors and a wall-free house.
I guess some of that sensibility remains: I still want a free-flowing house, one that I’ve learned is called “open-concept”.
My house musts:
- lots of natural light coming in
- good use of natural ventilation / breezeways
- with gathering places (they don’t have to be big)
- easy to maintain (I don’t want to spend bulk of my time cleaning!)
The living spaces
I have been living alone for almost a year, which has been a blessing in the sense that I know my living habits better now. I know what I like doing every morning, how much storage space I need for each activity, how much time I devote to each living space.
Labels aside, my living spaces based on my habits are as follows:
- sitting area for guests to converse (minimum 4-seating capacity)
- sitting area to be quiet in the morning and late night– read, take in the view, write
- table for eating
- open-air storage and preparation area for food
- designated areas for wet trash and dry trash
- table for office work with wall for vision boards
- table and drawers for art work (must be mess-friendly but with stationary section)
- open-air work area for experiments
- an enjoyable bathroom with windows for breeze and light, and area for laundry
- a place to watch movies comfortably (lazy boy please!!!) and without bothering neighbors (my brothers told me I usually get carried away with the volume when I watch movies)
- a queen bed that is near a window — the best alarm clock is the sun on my face in the morning
- a garden! for the view, well-being and most especially for farming
Things I thought I wanted but seldom used:
- a library — I used to dream of a long library with a rolling ladder… now my books are just gathering dust! Booo! When I moved out of my parents’ house, I had the hardest time packing my books– it was easier for me to let go of shoes and clothes. I’m not ready to let them go despite this unexpected non-use, so I’m hoping it’s just my set up at home now, and that making them physically accessible will make the difference in my new home.
Things that need improvement/solutions:
- a better way to organize clothes
- an even better way to organize shoes
My ever-changing floor plan:
Just a visual to help me explain what I want– this is drawing #2 so far…
My lot is small, and part of the problem has been to maximize space and still stay within my budget (every square meter added to the house will also make me dig deeper into my pocket)!
Mom likes to tease me and asks for my latest drawing every single day– she knows how fickle-minded I am! But laying out my ideas on pen and paper has been a daunting task–and also a whole-family affair (which actually makes it more fun, and also less of a big-bad deal).
Will be adding composite images here to put together a visual for my dream house, so do come back to this page and watch this dream house come to life! I would also be very glad for inputs if you have any
Will also be posting whatever research I find on interior design, green architecture, and compact house building, especially those relevant to building this dream green home in Nuvali. You can view them under Nuvali house design or click on the posts below:
- Back to homemaking
- Greening the roofdeck
- Artificial grass – tips?
- House build: looking back after a year++
- Hello, literally from My Nuvali Home!
- Garden inspiration: Cafe Juanita
- A must watch for every homebuilder…
- Getting the wood grain look
- Salvaged wood accent wall — almost done!
- Yellow yellow yellow!
- Of windows and the quiet
- Modern-Mexican house: kaya ba talaga?
- The countdown begins!
- The search for that elusive ceiling fan…
- Resurrected furniture at 10A Alabama
- Construction update: no birthday picnic just yet
- Tile inspiration along the Sta. Rosa road
- Other Binondo finds: garden set + ceiling fans
- Bargain hunting for lighting
- Interior Vertical Gardens
- Solar garden lamps for P488
- Construction update: a month to go and counting…
- Hurry to Megatent– last day today for 36 mos 0% installment!
- Appliances at 0% interest anyone?
- Ready for furniture shopping at Manila FAME
- Palitada na!
- My Green Ribbon
- My house is 3D!
- Nooks and crannies
- Banggerahan-inspired window
- Hidden cabinets– so clean and pretty
- Let’s build affordable Philippine green homes!
- Affordable Green housing for $100k
- First pouring — check!
- Construction update: Week 3
- A Celena on the way!
- biomimicry in architecture
- FINALLY! building permit in!
- A look at Treveia’s green home
- Orchids, etc. for the home
- statement lamps
- House inspiration from Pinto Gallery
- A completed house in Treveia!
- Artist’s workspace at home
- Going with Nuvali house plan B…
- A peek into green Antipolo
- Moodboard: Living-dining-kitchen
- Moodboard: Front Porch
- I will fight for my roofdeck!
- My Nuvali moodboard
- Modern and mexican – do they go together?
- House perspective#2: almost there…
- I’m officially a Nuvali lot owner (finally!)
- House perspective#1: it’s really happening
- My Nuvali dream house: floor plan update
- Green Architecture Advocacy Philippines is here to help!
- Tropical alternative to sun rooms?
- Passive cooling house tips for tropical climates
- The banggerahan from lola’s kitchen
- Open-concept kitchen, living and dining
- Wind power for the home
- Dwell: for inspiration
- Indoor garden idea: light and tree well
- Mud House training in Palawan
- green architecture guide for my first house!