It was after quite a long time that Bijukumar, an NRI and wife Maurya, decided to buy a house in Puthoor, near Kadambanad in Kottarakkara. While the negotiations were on, as the couple was away, the house was bought on their behalf by their close relatives. They got to see the house only when they were home for a break.
The first look was disappointing. The house lacked basic amenities and did not rise to the expectation of the buyers. The first thought was to demolish the complete structure and build another in its place. An afterthought directed them to preserve the main structure and building upon it. The responsibility of re-designing and building a complete house fell on the shoulders of interior designer Linosh.
A plan to build one more floor up was finalized. Since the old structure had a strong foundation, there was no doubt about its capacity to hold one more floor up. Two bedrooms with attached bathrooms and a hall were added. The owners lived down while the first floor was being constructed.
To make things more convenient for owners and workers, a temporary staircase was built outside. The original sit-out was redesigned and that gave the entire structure a beautiful new look. The sit-out was fenced with grills, the balcony was embellished with a pergola, and a combination of ash and white gave the house a brand new look.
The floors were laid with vitrified tiles. The old 1,200 sqft structure was converted to a 2,100 sqft beauty. And all at a cost of Rs 12 lakh. The owners were convinced that they could never have built a new structure at this cost. The final deal thus gave them a brand “new” house within an affordable budget. With its sloping roofs and the pergola atop the balcony, the house just got transformed and a new beauty was born.