This Antique House in Negros is Made With Bricks From an Old Sugar Factory
This antique house mounted in the middle of in Negros Oriental’s lush greenery is owned by artist and furniture maker Karl Aguila. Karl grew up in Negros before moving to San Francisco in his 20s. “The landscape was so barren and primal that it could feed my creativity,” he recalls when asked why he purchased the two-hectare property.
Since the area gets beaten by strong winds, the house is made out of massive boulders to pay homage to Negros’ sugar factory. The exterior of the house uses repurposed fire bricks from the sugar mills of Negros. Some Sienna bricks are imported from Europe and the beams of coral stones and wood from Spanish churches support the foundation. Old Church doors serve as the house’s main entry. The exterior preempts you for the beauty of the antiques inside. During summer, greenery dries up and are replaced with tints of brown and yellows, matching the house’s main color palette from exterior and interior.
Upon entry, you are greeted by mosaic flooring made of antique stone mills, terra cotta slabs, and slate. Karl built an antique-inspired house for his wife Ophanie and son Rafaelo.
“I want to take advantage of the aesthetics of discarded materials — old bricks from sugar mills, salvaged sunken boats, excavated timber from river banks, reclaimed wood from hard trees, old window grills from different haciendas, and demolished houses — by converting them into coffee tables, chairs, and other functional sculptures,” shares the artist.
The owner’s home is warm and inviting, especially with the use of a warm color palette and the mixture of textures of the walls to the textiles. In the living room, an old church door is used as a wall where a painting by Danillo Sollesta hangs.
The home is a collection of the family’s favorite pieces from all over the world. Within the property is the artist’s workshop where he makes his furnisculpture line. The home doubles as a gallery of Karl’s works and other Negros-based artists.
The bedroom is sprawling with bohemian patterns and varied textures.
The tiled roof, untreated concrete, and gray tiles evoke an unstudied version of the Mediterranean look. The home has a cocktail lounge perfect for family get-togethers with a view of the Tambobo Bay.
“Our home is overlooking a bay that’s full of sail boats, yachts, and other objects of movement and transport that symbolize escape and adventure. Looking at this beautiful landscape nourishes your soul,” shares Karl Aguila on their rustic antique house.