My Antipolo hills home project made from recycled wood.

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Blog entry by Benji Reyes posted 04-08-2010 05:44 PM 5192 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi fellow LJs, I would like to share with you and invite you into my home, my heart and soul! Together with my team of students, I started building my house in 1998 for my wife and two daughters. It is located on a severe slope on top of a hill with a majestic view of Laguna de bay. It has been a 12 year work in progress and it’s almost done. It is my tribute and testament to Filipino ingenuity, design and craftsmanship. It is where I get all of my design inspirations. The entire house is totally made from reclaimed wood. the roof tiles were also salvaged from an old house. It’s a pity though that the video interview I have on file is in Tagalog, my native dialect. It’s still worth viewing though just click on the link below. I hope to inspire others on the possibilities and uses of recycled construction materials and its potential beauty.

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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#1 posted 04-08-2010 06:31 PM

WOW! Benji that is gorgeous. Congratulations!

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#2 posted 04-08-2010 06:50 PM

I was hoping I would get to see it sometime. I read about it in this article:

I noticed a desk in the video that didn’t look like your unique design, is that your Grandfather’s?

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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Benji Reyes

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#3 posted 04-08-2010 09:07 PM

Right you are Norm’s nephew. That desk belonged to my great grandfather, Severino Reyes, a.k.a. Lola basyang. It was where he wrote his Zarzuelas in the early 1900’s

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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#4 posted 04-09-2010 01:09 AM

Magaling. Totoong maganda ang bahay mo. Once again you make me jealous Pare. I continue to live vicarious dreams of woodworking in San Pablo through images of your art.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#5 posted 04-09-2010 02:34 AM

Yan ang Pinoy! Mabuhay!

-- "Real jocks do it on a bench"

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#6 posted 04-09-2010 06:17 AM

I’m speechless. A mansion in paradise filled with beautiful wood sculpture and furniture. Oh, my.

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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#7 posted 04-09-2010 06:36 AM

Beautiful home. Now can we see a video of your shop? You do beautiful work.

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#8 posted 04-09-2010 07:41 AM

Looks fantastic Benji! Truly a work of passion. Never mind the tagalog, the images speak for themselves. I just wish they’d have stopped moving the camera for even just a second to get a better look! I’m dizzy! I hope you get a chance to post some pics on here. I can always move my head if I find it too still :)

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#9 posted 04-09-2010 09:06 AM

Benji how blessed are you? Thanks for sharing. It is an honor.

-- Rogue

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#10 posted 04-09-2010 10:21 PM

Wow…... Need a Roomate?

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#11 posted 04-09-2010 10:46 PM

Too many rules here where I live. Would love to do something like that.

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#12 posted 04-10-2010 12:56 AM

Wonderful home benji. I continue to be inspired. Thankyou

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#13 posted 06-22-2011 04:43 PM

Today is 6/22/11. went to the facebook page. screen says it cannot be found?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 09-26-2015 09:21 AM

Can you share your masterpiece ideas about woodworking… I am seeing all your works and they are really great.

-- - 2070 Newcomb Avenue, Unit B, San Francisco, CA 94124

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