This structure in Kazhakoottam, Thiruvananthapuram, deserves a big salute. It’s laudable that designer Sabeer Thirumala could put up an eye-catching 1,018 sq ft structure on two cents of land and on a very modest budget of Rs 13 lakhs. The owner, civil police officer Sanal Kumar was simply floored by the elevation.
The owner wanted only the fundamentals: two bedrooms, bathroom, and kitchen. But the finished product offered him that and much more. And the best part of the deal was all well within the budget.
The foundation had to be reinforced as the land lay close to the coastal belt. Though this incurred a bigger budget than expected, the owner was only happy to go for it for the sake of a strong base. GI pipes have gone into the gate design. Hand-made machines used for plastering the walls brought down the cost considerably. Ready-made doors and windows in anjili wood were other cost-cutting measures.
A lot of furnishing and interior décor was done with whatever was left after the major works were done. For example, the sofa in the hall was built with the MDF wood left over from the kitchen cabinet work. Sacks were transformed into curtains and a big tire became the base for a new wash basin. An old letter box, a typewriter and a radio of days gone by have been turned into showpieces. And the dining chairs were chosen with a view to maximizing the limited space under the staircase which doubles up as the dining section.
The kitchen cabinets built from MDF wood cost less than Rs 50,000. There are three bedrooms, one down and two up. A blue-themed bedroom looks attractive. The master bedroom in black and white tones has music for its theme. Though not lavish on space, all the bedrooms are high on décor. There are common toilets on both the floors. A small living space up is a comfy nook. You can step on to the balcony from the hall. A ladder has been provided to access the terrace.
Area: 1,018 sq ft
Designer: Sabeer Thirumala
Sindooram Charitable Trust
Location: Kazhakkoottam, Tvm
Year of completion: 2017