My familiarization with construction materials started at an early age - first there were Lego blocks. I made sure that the house I built using Lego blocks were the biggest if not the most beautiful among my siblings. A few years later when I was old enough, I would help around our small hardware store. During that time, my mother was running a garments factory while my father was running the hardware.
Every summer, when there was no "Loreland" yet, I would help out in the store by selling concrete nails, paints, hardware materials, etc. My salary If I remember it right was about Php 10.00 to Php 30.00 a day. They would also bring me to Wilcon in Libis to shop for more materials and when their real esate company was formed, they would take me to the site then I would see them supervising construction. The white sand delivered by 10 wheeler truck was my playground. I thought all kids have that kind of playground.
The moment I joined family business, I told my boss, my mother that she cannot make me stay in the office from 8:00 to 5:00 pm. I made that quite clear to her. I just can't sit in a cushioned chair and in an airconditioned room all day being a paper pusher. It wasn't me. Some people were cut out to be one, but not me. I felt I just had to be out there supervising something from scratch to its completion. So when my boss gave me the go signal to do renovations, I felt extra excited. I was so looking forward to every morning and fix anything I could get my hands on. Another reason was that I could get my clothes dirty in the process and that laundry would be more sulit. I like it when I'm out naiinitan, that way sulit din ang sunblock. (!)
Just do what you love best then it will all follow, she said. Why did I say that it takes a village to build a house or do renovations? Because it entails a team of skilled workers to make it possible. From carpenters, masons, electricians, plumbers, painters, laborers, welders, roof installers to gardeners, housekeepers, sales and marketing people and to all those working in the admin. All of them make up a team who build something from scratch to finish. From ground, up. From floor to ceiling. From bare to bright. It entails alot of close coordination and supervision just to make sure that materials are delivered, workers are present, bills are paid, etc.
And now to share with you some of the rooms that my team made at Loreland: