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WHEN IT COMES TO BUILDING A HOME OR COMMERCIAL SPACE, PREPARING THE FOUNDATION PROPERLY IS VERY IMPORTANT, THIS IS WHY ARCHITECT AND BUILDER MALU GUTIERREZ APPRECIATES A SOLID PARTNERSHIP WITH RENTOKIL FROM THE VERY BEGINNING.
As the principal architect at Acasia Build Inc. and graduate of the UP College of Architecture, licensed architect and current United Architects of the Philippines’ (UAP) executive director of government and external affairs, Malu Gutierrez knows all about conceptualizing and building a beautiful and functional home or commercial space. In fact, one could say the knowledge runs in her blood as her late father, Fernando Marquez was also an architect builder and Acasia Build Inc. is a family run design and build company engaging in residential and office design and implementation.
“I think the most important thing for home owners or commercial owners to consider when building is good site selection and good planning,” Malu shares. “Good planning involves physical planning and design as well as budget, timeline, and the qualified group to execute the project.” Malu relates that the beginning of a project is crucial to its success because that is when the foundation, both figuratively and literally, is built. “In designing and specifying materials we evaluate durability and sustainability,” she says, further adding, “In construction, site preparation is of paramount importance to the project success. The foundation needs to be very well designed and the soil should also be properly treated.”
It is, in fact, in this aspect that Malu first began to work with Rentokil. When creating homes and commercial spaces, Malu wants to ensure that she and her clients create investments that are durable, beautiful, and will last the test of time. She knows that soil treatment, in particular, is an essential step that should not be missed when creating a space. “Proper soil treatment involves termiticide application that starts from the foundation, the compacted soil prior to the concrete flooring and all exposed soil of external area to create a protective barrier against the most destructive subterranean termites,” Malu explains. “If no treatment is done, any structure would be more at risk as termites work their way up into the home or commercial space and damage whatever they find edible – expensive wood flooring, doors, trims, books, furniture, and more.”
To ensure this does not happen to her projects, Malu has partnered with Rentokil on several occasions. “I appreciate that Rentokil approaches termite treatment in a very scientific manner,” she shares. “They are very timely and careful and their work always results in a successful termite proofed structure. Additionally, their process is also safe for our work sites and workers. This support has helped us achieve our goals of making the project successful and our clients happy.”
And this, at the end of the day, is always Malu’s goal when working with her clients, to help them build their dream house with a strong foundation. “The home is also a family legacy that can be passed down to the next generation,” Malu says. “It is an investment that can gain good property value. The same is true for commercial spaces as well. Hence an expert pest control provider like Rentokil is an ideal partner in ensuring the security of our clients’ investments. Not only do they employ an effective scientific method but their network is across the globe so you are assured that they are equipped with international expertise enhanced by their local experiences.” She adds that it is this mix and their effective results that make Rentokil the pest management partner of choice for design and construction companies like Acasia Build Inc.
Currently, Malu and her firm are working on 2 residential projects with Rentokil in Valle Verde and Valley Golf and couldn’t be happier with their professionalism and consistency in service, two values that match her own when it comes to all of her work – designing and building beautiful homes and commercial spaces that are a true and lifelong investment.