By Johannes Chua
Dreams are simple in the beginning: To finish school, to land a job, to buy a small car, then to purchase a first
home – whether that may be a 25-sqm studio unit or a 50-sqm townhouse. With hard work and lots of luck, a job becomes a financially rewarding career, a mini sedan is exchanged for a luxury SUV, and a small abode is left behind for a dream home.
A dream home – that’s what most people want and works hard to achieve. A dream home symbolizes a lot of things but ultimately, it means that the person (and his/ her family) has ‘arrived’ in terms of social status and financial capacity.
Then, what is a ‘dream home’?
The answers to this question will vary. Same as asking what the ‘ultimate favorite food’ is, the answers are multifold and will differ from one person to the other.
Generally, a dream home is an aspirational place. It can be a grand home seen in American television series ala Dynasty with winding staircases, grand chandeliers (that never seem to be off even during daytime), and furniture pieces wrapped in velvety fabric. Or, it can be a loft-type unit with Scandinavian-inspired furniture, filled with high-tech gadgets to control almost every appliance inside it, and is on the gray-shale color theme – something similar to the homes of bachelor lawyers and Wallstreet-type executives.
In the Philippines, there is no shortage of dream homes. No, they are not just located in the metro but are now available even in provinces. Architect Jenny Domingo said that this is not surprising as Filipinos now have a ‘global’ outlook.
“Aside from OFWs, it is now easier for Filipinos to travel abroad. Information is now also accessible via the Internet where they can see interiors of celebrity homes and browse products for a dream home,” she said.
“This is the reason why we see a lot of developers adopting international themes for their projects such as Italian, Mediterranean, Southern American, even Swiss countryside.”
As lot cuts in the province can be more generous than the ones in the cities, the size of a dream home can ‘balloon’ from 500 sqm to a thousand square meters. This can include four to five bedrooms, a three-car garage, multiple kitchens, to a landscaped garden with fountains or even a pool.
Price range is not for those on a budget as these massive dream homes can range from P12 million to P20 million. But with the ongoing infrastructure developments such as roads and highways, for example, going to Pampanga or Bulacan, land values will surely increase in the coming years – making purchasing a dream home just a dream for some.
Aside from the global theme and the enormous size, a dream home is not only for the “show” – though a lot of people tend to show-off with parties and gatherings with no occasions to celebrate. For some, a dream home should perfectly merge the merits of style with the values of functionality.
For interior stylist Katherine Go, her dream home is “a space designed in mid-century modern style bathed in natural light where function and form meet – a space that’s aesthetically pleasing and functional for living and relaxation.”
For her, furniture pieces should not only be pleasing to the eyes but can really be used on a daily basis. This statement is supported by an engineer who said that a dream home should be a usable space for the entire family’s
“A dream home should not only be for show. It should be a lived-in space where the family can grow, rest, bond, or even play around,” said Engineer Roberto Tan, a project engineer for various residential projects. “It’s not a dream home when you are afraid to break things or walk on eggshells, so to speak.”
For them, function trumps style. But again, this is on a case-to-case basis. The formation of a dream home in one’s mind is a summation of a person’s life experience (travel plays a major role), upbringing, and of course, memories.
“A dream home goes beyond four walls and corners – it’s a safe and secure space that gives you life-enhancing experiences, allowing you to create wonderful memories with loved ones,” said Terrie Yu, an executive from a top real estate developer
To make a dream home a reality takes a lot of factors, starting with finances, the choice of location, and the design inspiration. Ultimately, it should be something where families can live in and make memories to last a lifetime. If that’s not the case, then that structure is not your dream home, but a real estate developer’s model house and sales showroom.