Civil engineer Mathew built a house more than six years ago in Pala. Not exactly happy with the design, his son decided to tear down the interiors and redesign the structure. The structure, which once sported a verandah and a central courtyard, was replaced by a very modern and contemporary design. The décor has undergone subtle and aesthetic changes and the interior is hardly recognizable today. It’s a study in taste and style.
The one place that looks startlingly amazing is the transformed living room. What once was a cramped room now looks full on space. A door, which opened out to a bedroom, has been repositioned. The highlight of the place is the courtyard between the living and the dining space.
Not many changes have been done on the exterior, except perhaps a coat of paint. The only change is that a part of the verandah has now become a part of the dining space. The owners were also very particular that the mango tree in front should in no way suffer damage in the heat of the construction. However, the tree withered away while the construction was on. A new sapling was planted in its place and it now stands in an exquisitely landscaped garden.
The dining room is now one of the most attractive spaces in the entire house. It stands where the old living room stood. A portion of the sit-out was removed to set in an internal courtyard close to the dining section. A wash basin was set up within this courtyard and the whole place gives out a green effect. One of the bedrooms can be accessed from the dining area.
With the dining area seeing a change in its positioning, the kitchen door too found a new exit. The breakfast counter covers the space where the old door stood. The pillars between the breakfast counter and the courtyard are covered in veneer. Venetian blinds seal off whatever links the kitchen can have with the drawing room. The kitchen looks very attractive with the new cupboards.
The staircase has been built near the courtyard from where the steps go up. You can look down on the courtyard from the hall up. A study area and an office space have been built into the hall. The chandeliers in multi designs hanging from the pergola above the courtyard are a creation of the designer himself.
There are four bedrooms, two up and two down. All the bedrooms are in one common grid. All the bedrooms have attached bathrooms with a spacious walk-in wardrobe area. The bedrooms have headboards close to the beds and these are a part of the false ceilings. Indirect lighting elements brighten up the rooms. Equal importance has been given to white lights, as well as warm lights, in all the rooms.
Area: 3,500 sq ft
Architect: Mathappen M. Mathew
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Year of completion: March 2017