See How This 25-sqm Airbnb Condo Maximizes Space And Storage!
With buildings rising up everywhere in key locations, the metro is fast becoming a hotspot for people looking to capitalize on the recent construction boom. Glenn and Hanna Ruiz, both based in Singapore for work, are among those who believe in the returns of smart investments. The multiple condo units owned by the couple across the metro are all listed on Airbnb, a company that operates an online marketplace for people to lease or rent property. With tough competition on the platform, they realized the importance of having spaces that stood out from the rest.
This 25sqm unit located in the heart of Ortigas is the second property the couple has invested in. Its renovation was headed by MVRX Designs, a company that designs rental properties for owners to maximize their real estate investments. Glenn is among the six partners that run the company, and so it seemed right for the team to design their unit.
“The plan before was to put up this unit for long-term rentals, but when we tested the market for Airbnb, we all saw that it was picking up so we decided on short stays instead,” explains Jojo Cruzado, one of the partners of MVRX. Led by architects Karl Contreras and Ritchie Dematera, the design of the unit took inspiration from the flats of Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York.
“The couple wanted a brick wall, but we didn’t pursue it because of budget restrictions, and also because we thought we could do more with the built-ins and other furniture,” Karl explains. To compensate for this, the team opted for wallpaper that had the same effect.
The bedroom, living room, entertainment, and dining area all flow into each other in an open layout. Furniture pieces such as the bed and sofa were customized, with pieces and other accessories sourced from abroad. The bed’s headboard is made of wood upholstered in textured leather wallpaper. The bed features a pullout mattress for more sleeping options.
Located right next to the bed, the living area has a masculine appeal furthered by the use of boxy pieces in steel. Smartly incorporated into the entertainment area’s shelving system, the dining space was designed to maximize space. To make the place less stuffy, lush greens and planters were added.
Dividing the kitchen and bath area is a glass sliding door that furthers the Brooklyn-style the couple favored. Storage was also maximized with the wardrobe cabinet and open shelves by the dining area. “Since the main purpose is for rental, we assume the renters won’t really carry a lot of things with them since short stay lang. But we still added cabinets and a pullout bed as per the client’s request.”
What used to be a plain, bare unit is now a functional and modern space that renters can now enjoy. Thanks to the efforts of their team, this couple’s investment has become a home—albeit only for a short time. With smart makeover and a bit of interior sprucing, this unit definitely appeals to a variety of people—ourselves included.
This story first appeared on CondoLiving Magazine’s April 2018 issue. Edits were made for CondoLiving.OneMega.com