Beach Please!


Two years in the making and three years later, the owner asked us to visit the beach house just to give it that final HL Designs touch.  Together with the project-in-charge back in 2013, Ar. Kristin Ducao and I set sail at 5 in the morning for Ormoc.  Then took a 2-hour drive to Talahid, Biliran Province where the house is perched on a cliff-side property overlooking the sea.  

It was so refreshing to see the house lived-in and beautifully maintained after 3 years!    

Sharing some of my favorite features of this beach house.  

THE FOYER.  Notice the intricate laser cut-out details on the ceiling.  As of press time in 2018, they are no longer readily available from our supplier in Cebu.

THE OPEN PLAN.  The open plan of the living, dining and kitchen space makes it conducive for family bonding.  The fabric coordinates, the comfortable sectional sofa mixed with a variety of seating from ottomans to arm chair, the wooden tables brought together with the sisal rug under, the choice of accessories --they all just went together so beautifully!
The combination of nautical prints and patterns is a delight to the eyes!  Oh and I love that whimsical foot stool from HoliCow in the corner!  
Table accessories from Pottery Barn.

Beautiful wooden coffee table from Triboa Bay.
Floor mounted airconditioners are concealed in these tall cabinets flanking a custom-made console with a mirror above.  A painting was suppose to be hung in the middle but leaving it empty gives you a view of the sea and lush greenery when seated across in the sectional sofa or over at the dining room.  


Clients own and we love it!  Bananas from her garden in this blue wooden sail boat.  

THE KITCHEN - may not be so big but it is packed with details custom-fit for a family who really loves to cook. 

The farm house sink and double drawer dishwasher from Fisher & Paykel is a wonderful appliance to have especially when you have no help around.  

Freshly picked lemons from the garden make for a beautiful, organic table centerpiece. 

THE DRESSER.  I love that cute dresser chair upholstered in a mix of florals and stripe fabric with turned wooden legs.  But there is an even more amazing feature about this dresser.  
THE VIEW.  The window in front of the dresser opens up to that gorgeous view of the sea and Dalutan island.  Having natural light in front of the dresser is the best source of light for doing make up during the day.  

THE MASTER VANITY.  I've almost forgotten how thoughtfully planned, designed and fun this master bathroom is --his and hers vanity for convenience with mirrors directly above and a glass slit in the middle to let the view and natural light in.  The vanity looks like a chest of drawers but those are actually just cabinet doors that open up to storage below.  

Double vanity with a glass slit in between the mirrors.  The cabinet below the sink looks like a chest of drawers but they are really just cabinet doors.

THE ENTRANCE.  Spanish tiles on the stair risers in different patterns.  The kraut glass on the main door and windows reflect wave patterns in the sea.  

Project completed in 2015.
Project-in-charge: Ar. Kristin Ducao
Architect & Contractor: Client's relative 
Location: Talahid, Almeria, Biliran Province
Kitchen contractor: Siematic
Windows: Kenneth & Mock
Furnitures: Pottery Barn, Bespoke, Sara Woodcraft, Triboa Bay, Holicow, Dedon
Tiles & Bathroom Fixtures: Filmon Hardware

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