“We always tell our guests that there are no rules—the rule is to relax,” the lady of the house relates as she sits comfortably on the edge of the lanai decked in wooden planks. It was a fine morning to take a dip in the pool, with the surrounding trees moving gently to the breeze and the sun’s rays casting shadows against the outdoor teak furniture. This is the typical scenario at Windward House, a young couple’s beach house in Tali, Batangas that serves as the family’s escape from populated and polluted city living.
The 1,450-square meter property is enveloped in abundant greenery and expansive seas, a major factor that won the hearts of the couple who has always shared a love for the outdoors. “When we were looking for lots, [the one we bought] was pretty lush, and there were carabaos with their own watering holes. It felt right,” the lady of the house recalls. For a couple who appreciates the luxury of being able to let loose in a tranquil retreat, Windward House is indeed the ideal dwelling they have envisioned even before getting married.
“We just wanted it open, so that our children can run around, and our guests can easily come and feel comfortable,” says the lady of the house. Their vision was successfully brought to life by architectural and interior design firm Utwentysix (now defunct), banking primarily on natural materials like local palacino wood from crates, and exposed, sealed, and polished concrete.
The angular roof design conveniently connects the main house to two separate casitas, which were especially built for visiting family and friends to experience the same level of privacy and relaxation. Wooden slats and louvered windows provide proper ventilation, as well as protection against sunlight. Locally produced wooden furniture completes the warm ambiance of the seaside home, along with the unpainted concrete walls that represent the couple’s carefree personality.
The Windward House has been the constant stress reliever of the couple, the ideal place where they can come home to simply be inspired and let their creative juices flow. While they plan to add a massage hut or a brick oven in the future, the couple is certainly happy with what they currently have. “The last thing we want to do is sell this house,” the lady of the house affirms. “We want this home to not just be for us, but for our family as well. We value our family a lot, and instead of going to the mall to have lunch, we’d rather come here.”