Last Tuesday, 19th of November 2013 I joined the launch of two amazing things in the world of architecture, design and construction: the “Look Home Magazine Philippines: Expert help on achieving your dream home” and “LIVEvolution: Breaking new grounds with Hardiflex flooring”. I was with the James Hardie Philippines team and we talked about a lot of things that touches very important points; it was about how climate change becomes a constant driver and determinant for developments as well as innovations in both modern and conservative construction. It is devastating to commemorate what happened in the Visayan area after the country had been hit by the super typhoon Yolanda, but on one hand it is still worth dwelling on for reviews and critique since it is very obvious that we, Filipinos have a lot to learn about withstanding construction.
The Look Home Magazine has a lot of very helpful information that will guide anyone, be it one who already has or another who is just planning to buy a house and turn it into a home. With the rising cost of living space on both vertical and horizontal, the challenge of maximizing available living area has a high probability of being in conflict with the need for style and creativity. The magazine lets you take leverage on their contributors expertise on how to have both of these accomplished with unbiased advice of what, where, when and how of home building. You can see my favorite sections of the mag below :
This particular article features the magazine as one of the most reliable sources you will find both in print and in the web. Some of the major contributors are:
- Arch. James G. Jao, went to UST and London School of Economics and has over 20 years of professional experience. A proponent of “Luzviminda ECO House 2008” and “James Hardie ECO House 2010”.
- Arch. Macky G. Corpuz, a graduate of U.P. Diliman and had been with Leandro V. Locsin Partners (one of the country’s top architectural firms) for five years)
- Arch. Michael Joseph P. Coscolluela, a graduate of Mapua and is a part of the W.V. Coscolluela and associates (WVCA) which has been in business for more than 50 years.
The magazine also features real estate properties that are of the highest quality in terms of construction and durability. No doubt, since they do partner with James Hardie materials that have been in the industry as early as 1800s. It teaches you how to be your own boss in designing your home by giving examples on how light, color and shapes can enhance and liven up your space, on this current issue , it even features the basics of Feng Shui which a lot will find an eye-opener once read. Aside from the fun part of designing, the mag also guides you towards durability and sustainability by focusing on what to choose that fits the budget you have.
Regarding the new HardieFloor product.The dawn of fiber cement has catalyzed a lot of very credible building materials that are used to date and this company is one of the pioneers in developing and mass-producing the material. I would be writing a separate article to formally introduce and answer your questions about this new and much-awaited material. There is much to tell, so for more information you can visit their site by clicking on James Hardie . As a whole I find the magazine very informative and insightful both to the determined and the curious. This is available in two volumes year every six months. There is a downloadable format, you can just click- “LookHome” and enjoy every page.