“Once my house became a home, happiness walked in,” said Dr Beena, her face a picture of pride. Her 4,200 sq ft dream home is as beautiful as a dream. It’s an unbelievably rare combination of aesthetics, imagination, professionalism and opulence.
The place is Paravoor, resonant with the history of Muziris. The house stands close to the heritage church Kottakkavu Palli and the ancient market place. The doctor couple, Justin and Beena, built their house a plot away from the main road, just enough to stay away from prying eyes and a madding crowd.
The elevation stands on an 8.7 cents linear rectangular plot. As the frontage afforded only 15 meters in length, needless experiments to make the house look impressive were avoided. The exterior is curious enough.
Two sloped roofs, horizontal and vertical elements, earthy hues and an offbeat car porch are what catch the eye as you walk in.
The couple who were all for big, joint families asked the architect to design the house in such a way that it could accommodate a lot of people, always. To architect Surya Prashanth goes the credit of designing a house that holds visual magic, practical utility and money’s worth. The effect is mesmerizing with the wow effect getting louder with each step.
The house was built in three grids in an open style as per demand. The sloping roofs have been done in MS Steel sections with HPL sheets for cladding. The earthy tones highlight the elevation. The white walls, wood finish and the vertical lines for windows stand out. The curved-roof car porch stands on steel columns holding it from inside. Galvalium sheets cover the porch. As the house is close to the market, the compound walls have been built high for privacy. Considering the limited land area, landscaping is pretty minimal. However, the planter boxes, vertical plants and horizontal shera boards compensate for the lack of garden expanse.
The house has two entrance points – the main one to the inside, and the other to the service area. The insides are expansive and wide open and allow free flow of wind, air and light at all times. The formal living, prayer space and dining area are all aligned in linear style in an open layout. The swimming pool next to the patio is more than cool. It’s a luxurious expanse of water with a cascade enhancing the design chic. The floors inside can be accessed by a lift too.
The bedrooms are large and wide. But the bathrooms are arresting. The ultimate in style and splendor, they are out of the ordinary.
A sprawling common kitchen outside is another highlight of the house. Below it is the rainwater harvesting tank with a 20,000 liter capacity.
Dr Beena, for whom cooking is a passion, was very particular about the kitchen requirements. Her haven, her open kitchen allows her to cook, talk and entertain her guests all in one go.
The spa upstairs would easily spoil you with its shower cubicles and sauna. The double ceiling ensures that the house is cool all through the sweltering summers. Only a virtual tour of the house would convince home-lovers of the novelty one can conjure up while planning or even dreaming of a house that one day will become your home.
The house was designed by architect Surya Prashanth of Irinjalakuda-based design firm Mud Bricks.