Sincerity for Quality Work Leads to Places

‘Practice makes perfect’, in this case, persistence is the means in making work efficient as time passes by. Some had it in a blink of an eye but for others, it takes dunks and setbacks used as tools for skills to enhance. One might take a few turns before final directions came at play but what matters in the long run, is the drive to achieve premium satisfaction in offering services that gage self-fulfillment of one’s work in each opportunity. 

Started his first biff on architecture at Palafox Associates in Manila, a multi-disciplinary firm where expertise mainly lies on Architecture, Urban Planning, Town Planning, Site Planning, Engineering, Interior Design, and all other Project Development Studies, Architect Jason Chua saw first hand the demands of his field at the top flight. His experience brought him a wide understanding and tempered his expectations toward his journey ahead. From there, the exposure led Jason to come home and venture into freelancing. A few projects that were mostly from friends of the family were his first commenced takes on his new rove in his profession. The architect admitted that he was not closely adept at his works at that time hence, he was more geared in master planning large scale developments compared to smaller and architectural in nature projects he was receiving during his independence.

Attempts never came at a smooth pace for Jason, the first few years were in the midst of trial and error but his clients saw his sincerity to do well in his craft. Now, Jason is the head of Visionary Studio Architects in Cebu. He learned from his shortcomings, charged it to experience and made sure to only make mistakes once. Though it may sound like he is somewhat establishing a tight allowance in the process, this is a trait that he still tries to impart on his team today. The diligence of the architect paid off as he was starting to improve and new projects were coming in. Jason found his takeaways along with the transactions and that is the immense passion for design and the sincerity for quality work that ultimately led him to where he is now today. 

As a professional who transforms ideas into a concrete vision and bringing it into reality, Jason has been experimenting on a wide variety of concepts that ultimately help form their succeeding projects. Although without a specific specialization, the architect is just grateful for the opportunities to design for residential, commercial, institutional and hospitality. In every project, Jason foresees functionality and aesthetic appeal should have equal weight. This challenges every architect to create more innovative solutions that address both factors. 

Jason usually starts their service by acquiring the client’s brief for the project, conducting an ocular inspection of the site to better understand the conditions of the property. Aside from the aforementioned, there will also be thorough research, consultations with government agencies, fuse the group’s design values, and then start to formulate a design concept that responds and adapts to the requirements for completion. He also added that the whole process is relatively organic and the design just continues to evolve as the project moves along. As for design inspirations, Jason shared that it tends to present itself naturally as the projects develop. It may come from research, lessons learned from the previous work, travel abroad or in most cases, from the site and its surrounding context, after all, the avenues to find ideas are just limitless. 

In terms of dealing with the clients, the architect sees his patrons as “partners” and not “bosses” which is mostly the common set up in services. Jason thinks the distinction should be pointed out as both professionals and clients alike to misconstrue the nature of the working relationship. There always has to be a certain amount of giving and take with the willingness to listen to what the other party is trying to convey. “If we perceive the dynamic to be this way, we can fully share our knowledge and expertise with them,” said Jason. He further explained that the tactic enables their clients to make sound and well-informed decisions that are greatly beneficial in the project and its end users. 

Being one of the professionals who takes part under realty services, Architect Chua sheds his tips for future homebuyers. According to Jason, one must try to have a reasonable budget in mind in advance for one’s architect to craft design strategies just around the given budget. When it comes to selecting design professionals, it’s also important to look at the portfolio of the people one is considering, the work that they produce for a homeowner will opt to be similar to their past output and it has to be a design that one like and can relate to. One tip that Jason would like to illiterate is that cheaper is not necessarily better. Jason elucidated that buying an existing home always asks for built-in plans from the previous owner and this will make a lot easier if one decides to do some renovations in the future. One should consider the fact that one might be living in the house for the rest of one’s life and investing in quality materials, furniture and fixtures will save one from hazard costs. 

Real estate Philippines is on its booming season but Architect Chua with his forte in house designs said that one should also be vigilant in terms of how one invests one’s hard-earned money as status and conditions may change anytime. He suggests trying investing in quality projects by high-caliber developers and professionals as those projects will retain more value over a longer period.

The Niche of Making Home Dreams Happen

Years ago, there was a young girl who promised to never follow her parents’ profession and even told the accountant of the office to have the same occupation instead. Having a mother who is a Civil Engineer while her father is a Mechanical Engineer, she hated the idea of her parents spending long hours at work while she was killing boredom waiting for them to finish. But fate has its funny way in making ought things to happen, because the lass became a professional who shares the same circle with her parents. 

Architect Sharon Prado, happily married and a loving mom to her 7-year-old son, concedes that she was influenced by her parents’ and elder sister who is also a licensed Structural Engineer in Australia. The nature of the field and the line of work spurred Sharon to pursue a path that co-relates her family’s niche. Before taking the board, she ventured into a two-year regular work and apprenticeship in one of the established design-build firms in Cebu. 

In 2004, she passed the licensure exam and officially became a part of a team of young architects rendering drafting services for a firm based in Utah, United States. Sharon also had an opportunity to work as a manager in 2008 for a Manila-based firm for a project in Cebu. The sail was smooth so far when she decided to leap and headed a corporation that offers design-build services. At present, she has been practicing her profession independently for four years. 

Fifteen years in practicing her expertise, Sharon identifies residential dwellings as her main specialty. Although she has done commercial, institutional, industrial and mixed-use projects, the draft maker said that building other people’s dream houses makes her feel a sense of pride and satisfaction every time she sees a family that is grateful and happy right after completion.

As an architect, Sharon always ensures that her clients feel comfortable every step of the way. Her clients are mostly from referrals who often ended up to be an addition to her circle of friends. “There are instances where some clients are unfamiliar with the technicalities. They would inform me that they don’t quite understand what they see on paper. Thus, I would show them the actual measurements, have them choose from swatches of the materials, make them feel and touch the actual finish or invite them to the project sites.” said Sharon. When asked about design inspirations, her clients also play a big part in her craft, “I get inspiration from my clients’ perspective. In our first few meetings, I would admire and feel what their family is like. By seeing how they interact with each other, between parents and children, their characters and their day to day activities, that is how I draw ideas for the design” the architect shared. For Sharon, the visual and spatial aspect of the design is a reflection of a client’s profile.

Sharon wants clients and all other occupants to own a home that will surely favor their style and comfort. She shared some tips for all families or even individuals who are planning to own a house anytime soon.

Owning a house should mean living in it.

 A house needs care and maintenance. If one is not ready to move in, then one should wait for it to be built. A house without an occupant wears out faster than one that is inhabited.

Any house of your choice should generally answer to your needs and budget.

If one is on a tight budget, one may start with a modest abode and can always make renovations when the need arises.

Opt for homes with good natural lighting and ventilation.

Not only does it let one’s house breathe, but it practically lets one save on utility costs.

When you choose to buy Ready for Occupancy, walk yourself thoroughly in all spaces.

This is to earnestly check the unit and gauge how comfortable it is. One can also bring an expert in buying the property and during the turn-over to assess the quality of work to make sure that all specifications are met.

With the emerging growth of real estate Philippines, Sharon also shared her sentiments that in the following years, people might either be expecting more costly values on the need for shelter specifically for complex scale developments. However, standard quality of materials and acceptable workmanship should always be applied in the construction of the units for the safety and comfort of the holders, she emphasized.

Young Couple’s Journey in Finding a Dream Home

For most people, buying a home is quite far beyond reach but for this young couple from Talisay City, Cebu, there is no better time to buy than now. With such a venture, finding one’s dwelling is not a walk in the park. The couple experienced hardships along the way but efforts and difficulties are rewarded with fulfillment. 

Married for three years now, Edwina and Canny Edward Hilongos decided to finally buy a house that they can call their own. The house is under MSY Holding Corporation which is known for its environmentally-friendly designs in accordance with international standards. For the house’ amenities and surroundings, Edwina said that those are the things they like about the unit. Although they are not an exception to those other families who dream to own a big house where kids can play just about widely anywhere, the light of the family shared that for now, they want to start in a small home that fits their budget and more preferable compared to renting an apartment.

The journey of the hunt did not come as easy as one, two, three. Location, budget and never-ending papers, any homebuyer shall conquer all through it all. “Buying a house is not an easy decision to make, especially when it involves a big amount of money, at first we settled in buying a vacant lot where we could plan for our own design for our dream house. But as the years go by, we realized that if we are to build our house five years from that time the cost of housing would increase every year, that is why we decided to just buy a rent-to-own house to save cost and to own a house in less than 5 years”, said Mrs. Hilongos.

But after the daunting phase, Edwina then saw the light at the end of the tunnel. She narrated that the first night with their new house was just unexplainable and mixed emotions came at play within their hearts. “We didn’t want to sleep and just stare at the corners of the house” as she reminisced. Right there and there, Edwina and her little family felt that they definitely found themselves a home.

Edwina gave her insights about the advantages of owning a house rather than renting a property. Aside from the obvious reasons such as having a sole right to the house, one may grant oneself the satisfaction and happiness knowing that it is the result of hard work and determination. She shared a few short tips to all other young adults out there who are still in the planning stage:

You will never know what you can do and what you can achieve if in the first place you are not willing to try.

Mrs. Hilongos believes in the law of attraction that says if one thinks he can then he will. She then elaborated that hardships are just on the first step and after the obstacles, one will be amazed at the journey and of how one survived the big rocks along the way. Everything that one work hard for will be worth it in the end.

We don’t know what’s at stake for us, why wait when you can have it now.

Sometimes, things will never come if one will never take the track at some point in life. Edwina encourages every individual to start the hunt now, explore for possibilities that might be helpful in one’s journey. One may not have all the time in the world, every minute counts.

It is best to invest right now.

Edwina explained that the competition is still tight and there is still a lot of low-priced housing today than there will be in the future. “We should always remember that investing in a house and lot is more practical knowing the value of the house and lot gets higher every now and then compared to other investments such as cars and gadgets. Also, it is way better than those apartments for rent,” said Edwina.

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