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The Makeover…It’s Personal – Moving Forward 1 (Roof and Programme)

The weather in the Philippines was very unpredictable and it was crucial to complete the roof once and for all.   I was on Christmas holiday when we started working on it.  Some change in plan was consider like including covering the slab above the garage to provide a den, an extra room for guest, a TV room or study room as our previous one will be used as bedroom for one of the boys.   I left the country without finishing the work.  Eventually, a roof over my family’s head were screwed and riveted in place.

Since my family lived in here during the whole duration of construction, the architect came up with programme, doing the whole house in four (4) phases.  He prepared plan for each phase starting with the master bedroom with walk-in closet and ensuite bath (Ph1 – The Masters); the laundry, service kitchen, maid’s quarter with T&B, formal kitchen, dining and common T&B for the kids (Ph2 – The Service Area); the living room and the courtyard/airwell (Ph3 – The Front Room) and the kid’s rooms and the den (Ph4 – For the kids).  We did not include works in the facade (The Envelope) and the apartment at the back (For Rent – Back of the House).

(To be continued…)


It is not easy to grow so much, for so long.

A very long time ago, there were no groves because everywhere was a grove with no roads to bisect and no people to erect stones and fences and bridges.  The trees were very, very young and had much living ahead of them.  The enormity of their lifespan loomed in wooly mists around them, so they stretched out their root fingers and wrapped them around each others’, intertwining and holding very tight.  The ferns found pockets of root fingers where they could nestle in and the moss stretched itself out over the soil and everything became very soft.  The trees grew and made patterns of light and dark on the ground and the vines swirled in to trace the patterns.  Spotted spiders moved back and forth and up and down, making nets to catch the mist, and the mist would linger on the nets in drops that cupped the light.  It was very quiet all the time because the trees needed to focus on their lives.  It is not easy to grow so much, for so long.  Some trees became tired and lay down on the soft ground; others leaned and rested their tops on another.  Growing is forever, they whispered, and when one tree had to stop, another would grow out of it and reach very high into the grey and gold sky.  The trees rested and waited to the mist to come and cool them.  They were very large, but still not very old, and had much more growing to do.  (Markle, 2011)

 

Rosten , J. (Producer). (2010). Growing is Forever [Web]. Available from http://vimeo.com/18305022

Markle, K. (2011, January 1). ‘growing is forever’ [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://kalliemarkle.com/2011/01/01/growing-is-forever/