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.

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