My Antipolo hills home project made from recycled wood.

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Blog entry by Benji Reyes posted 1596 days ago 4423 reads 0 times favorited 13 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 1596 days ago

WOW! Benji that is gorgeous. Congratulations!

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

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#2 posted 1596 days ago

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 1596 days ago

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 1596 days ago

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 1596 days ago

Yan ang Pinoy! Mabuhay!

-- "Real jocks do it on a bench"

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#6 posted 1596 days ago

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 1596 days ago

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

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#8 posted 1596 days ago

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 1596 days ago

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

-- Rogue

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#10 posted 1595 days ago

Wow…... Need a Roomate?

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#11 posted 1595 days ago

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

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#12 posted 1595 days ago

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 1156 days ago

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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