A Tropical 33.3-Sqm Rental Unit Dressed Up with a Budget of P100,000!

In a country with a constantly shifting tropical climate, it’s intriguing how tropical design style is rarely the go-to style for Filipino households. Design styles like Scandinavian, Industrial, or Minimalist are actually more popular and commonly found. Luckily, more and more condo dwellers are starting to delve into tropical design style nowadays, like husband and wife Rubel and Mylette Namoc.

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Based in Singapore, Rubel and Mylette purchased this 33.3-sqm unit in Taguig back in 2011 as an investment. The couple sought for a designer who can dress-up their space with only a Php100k budget.

Rubel and Mylette met interior designer Angela Martinez-Wee Sit of Spaceplan Design + Build through the building’s sales agent. With her are design partners Alison Brandon Carlos and Mark Montehermoso. “They really were looking for someone who could work with their budget. Our company has just started as well so we were up for the challenge,” shares Angela.

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The goal of the renovation project was simple: to make the unit rentable and appeal to fututre tenants. Since the unit owners are based abroad, Angela communicated with them through Facebook. This posed no difficulty during the renovation process, as the couple gave the design firm total control over everything.

“The client didn’t specify anything they wanted for the unit and allowed our firm to just really design. They were really kind and understanding. They just gave us a budget to work with and the rest was up to us,” Gela explains.

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Upon turnover, the semi-furnished unit came with a sofa, a coffee table, and a queen-sized bed. But just as any other turnover units, it looked bare and boring. When the project commenced in April, the interior designer turned this 33.3-sqm unit into a fun living space full of tropical elements.

“In Spaceplan Design + Build, we want to showcase and focus designing condo units with tropical interiors so more people could appreciate the look,” Angela states. “We want to highlight the tropical feeling inside condos given that we live in a tropical country. And since there are foreign renters that rent units for staycation, so we want them to experience it as well.”

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For the unit’s color scheme, the design team painted the bedroom with teal and paired it with lime yellow accents. “Since we want to highlight the modernized tropical design style, we picked a wall that can serve as the unit’s accent. We painted the bed area with a bold color for it to be the focal point upon entry,” shares junior designer Janica Uy.

To further the tropical design style inside the unit, the team incorporated real plants and pillows with tropical prints. They also customized wooden and wicker furniture pieces, which turned the unit into a more tropical space. The stunning headboard was made with solihiya while its side tables were made with abaca.

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“It’s better to use local materials like rattan and solihiya. Some people think using them would make a space look outdated, but you can actually match it with modern pieces,” shares Janica. “They make a great accent as well!”

Across the living area, there’s a small dining space if renters want to eat in. Its neutral palette greatly matches the overall theme of the unit.

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After a month of interior styling and redecorating, the vibrant tropical interiors of the unit will surely capture any potential renter’s eye!

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“In the end, the couple was really happy with how the unit turned to look like,” shares Angela. Up until today, Rubel and Mylette have not seen their newly designed unit up close and personal. But with Spaceplan Design + Build’s efforts and design tweaks, the couple would surely love it too!


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