Taguig is the seventh most populous city in the Philippines as of 2015. It joins Makati and Ortigas as one of the bustling financial districts where growth and development is evident in its high-rise skyline. Today, it is a major residential, commercial, and industrial center, consequently making it a constant site for interior design work.
Taguig also shares jurisdiction of Bonifacio Global City, or BGC, a modern urban landscape that marries form and function. BGC is known for its designer lifestyle, where architecture, accessibility, and activity converge to define contemporary living. As such, you will find many design firms and furniture makers here that contribute to the city’s progressive mission vision.
Duly licensed architects in the Philippines carry the title “Arch.” in the industry. This title entails that the architect has a bachelor's degree in the profession, two accumulated years of apprenticeship, as well as a passing rate in the licensure examinations.
These days, there are many tutorials out there for DIY projects at home. However, when structural work (e.g. breaking down a wall to realign the plumbing) is required, it is best to turn to an architect as they will have the technical knowledge required in the planning and construction of your project.
When working with architects, he is also usually working with other team members such as a contractor, an interior designer along with suppliers and skilled workers. Therefore, architects are also highly skilled in project management, with remarkable organizational skills that will lessen the burden on your shoulders.
When it comes to design firms, Taguig can be considered as one of the hotspots
in Metro Manila. Do a quick search online and you will find many Taguig-based firms. Your only remaining task is to sift through them to find the perfect fit.
Architects are usually defined by their expertise, credentials, and reputation. Some firms specialize in one type among residential, commercial, and institutional spaces. Some do not restrict themselves from just one or from any at all. You will also notice that some designers also have preferences when it comes to style, whether it be classic or modern. Some endorse certain approaches and principles like sustainability or Filipino design. Whatever your criteria may be, it is good to take a look at their portfolios when you do your research to make it easy for you to narrow down your choices.
You might also want to look at the architect’s years of expertise. This is a good indication of their reputation because it means that clients still patronize them for their quality service and output. Some architects even have accolades from competitions for their innovative solutions. Note that besides their portfolio, designers rely heavily on recommendations. After all, a designer is only as good as his/her last project.
Architecture in the Philippines is regulated by the Professional Regulation Commission. To keep the industry alive, the law states that the architect is not allowed to give free services.
There are many factors that will affect the final cost of your home. The location of your lot or building would of course, be one of the first things that you will consider. Since Taguig is a highly urbanized city, there are many high-rise residences that flourish here which can go from P130,000 to P330,000 per square meter.
Once you have your property, you will need to decide on the amount of money you are willing to spend for quality work and materials. Standard finishing such as ceramic and granite tiles, insulated roofing, and steel casement windows can cost you about P14,000 per square meter. Imported and high-quality finishes such as natural stones, aluminium or PVC framed windows can go up to P30,000 per square meter.
However, keep in mind that a good designer will know how to balance quantity and quality, as the cost of material does not always reflect its durability. This is what makes an architect important as he or she will guide you to making the right decisions for your project.
Before you execute your project, you must first adhere to the rules and regulations dictated by the Taguig City Office of the Building Official. This will require to apply for a building permit in order to begin construction. Make sure that all your plans, specifications, and other contract documents are final and ready for submission. The plans should then be signed and sealed by the architect, along with the interior designer, and the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineers.
This will ensure that your plans satisfy the quality of safety and security standards laid out by the National Building Code. Should you have revisions, the architect will have to take note of them in the job book, entailing more work that could have been avoided in the first place.
After submission, you will have to wait for approval which can take up to 30 days. Once your plans have been approved, you will have one year to start executing the project before it is considered null and void.
“Mga arkitekto sa Taguig– Hanapin ang pinakamahusay sa Taguig.”