Decor https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor.rss Get Inspiration for Home Decoration • Beautiful Home Renovation Ideas • House Design Magazine for Interior Design • Home Decor Advice • Onmanorama en Fri, 22 Mar 2019 11:34:31 GMT https://www.manoramaonline.com/privacy.html Amid greenery, this Palakkad mansion is breathtakingly ravishing The majestic abode owned by Moitheen and his family in the bucolic countryside of Chalissery in Palakkad is perfectly in sync with the beautiful nature outside. The serene beauty of lush greenery surrounds the house, where peacocks make occasional visits. The mansion, in 6000 sq ft area, stands regally on a 30 cents plot. Both the exteriors and the interiors of this house offer an unending array of spectacular sights and features. The vast front yard has been aesthetically decorated by paving shiny stones and Mexican grass. The pebble court on the left side of the sit-out is filled with round and shiny white pebble. This unique feature truly is a fine example of creative designing. The pergola roof installed right above the pebble court welcomes pleasant sunshine which illuminates the entire area. The interiors of this house exude a classy charm of minimalism. The main entrance door opens to the tastefully decorated formal living area. The formal and the family living areas and the dining space have been arranged as a single module, making the hall look incredibly vast and spacious. A small partition wall here acts as a designer feature as well. There is a beautiful pebble court on one side of this wall and a sitting space on the other. This space, designed in double height, is the liveliest spot in the house. The LED spot lights, elegant false ceiling and the exquisite timber works play vital roles in making the interiors look mesmerizing and elegant. Teak wood is mostly used in the interiors which add a classic look to the furniture and other decor. The stairway built entirely in wood looks regal and sturdy. The steps are made in timber and the handrails feature the classic combination of wood and glass. The wash area is arranged beneath the stairway. The beautiful hanging lights and the strip lights in the stair area make it look pleasant and welcoming. The bedrooms are designed based on the theme of minimalism. The master and the parents’ bedrooms are on the ground floor, while the remaining two are in the upper storey. Neutral shades of colors don the interiors, giving the spaces an enchantingly beautiful look. The island kitchen has all the modern facilities. Lots of cupboards and storage units have been arranged in the kitchen. Nano white is paved on the counter top. The shutters here are done in teak – veneer finish. There is a glass opening from the kitchen to the dining area. Moitheen says he feels extremely proud when the guests admire his fabulous abode. This dream dwelling truly is as scintillating and charming as the mesmerizing nature around. Project Facts Location – Chalissery, Palakkad Area – 6000 SFT Plot – 30 cents Owner – Moitheen Designer – Raajesh MR M Designs, Panampilly Nagar Phone – 984610086 Year of completion – 2018 https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/23/palakkad-mansion-ravishing.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/23/palakkad-mansion-ravishing.html Tue, 23 Jul 2019 04:46:34 GMT Stylish, spacious mansion on a small plot in Kozhikode The brand new house owned by Biju in Karaparambu, Kozhikode, Kerala stands out for its brilliant design that deftly meets spatial challenges. This incredibly beautiful house with all the modern facilities stands regally on a 5.6 cents plot. There is a small front yard and space to park two cars. A vertical garden too has been arranged in the small space that is available. Instead of projecting the exteriors with dark shades of colour, the family opted for a cement texture which makes the outer walls exude a classy charm. The brick cladding on one side add the perfect contrast here. As there isn’t a vast and spacious front yard, it has been compensated with a leisure area by installing truss roof on the terrace. Besides offering spectacular views of the surroundings, this is the favorite spot for the family and their friends to gather for parties or get together. It could even be used as a play area for kids. This scintillating house, in 3200 sq ft, has a car porch, sit-out, formal and family living areas, dining space, kitchen with an adjacent work area and four bedrooms. The main entrance door opens to the spacious hall which includes the formal and family living areas and the dining space as well. The interiors are designed in the open style. However, the spaces are designed in a way which ensures enough privacy as well. The wooden flooring highlights the formal living area. Meanwhile, the Italian marble paved on the floor in the rest of the house enhances the elegance of the interiors. The stairway and its handrails, built using exclusive Nilambur teak wood, are sturdy and magnificent. The stairway leads to an upper living area where a home theater has been arranged. The four bedrooms are bath-attached with wardrobes for storage and separate dressing areas. Besides a modular kitchen which boasts of all the modern facilities, there is a working kitchen and an adjacent work area as well. The unique design of this house meticulously utilizes every bit of space, making it comfortable and extremely cozy for the family members. This mesmerizing house is a fine example of a perfect and spacious dwelling built on a small piece of land. Project Facts Location – Karaparambu, Kozhikode Area – 3200 SFT Plot – 5.6 cents Owner – Biju Designer – Muneer, Nufail – Muneer Associates Mob - 9847249528 https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/22/spacious-mansion-small-kozhikode.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/22/spacious-mansion-small-kozhikode.html Mon, 22 Jul 2019 06:18:53 GMT A design marvel in Kottayam that is surprisingly elegant The owner of this beautiful dwelling in Alumood, Kottayam, Kerala, wanted a spacious house with all the modern facilities and a front yard as well. However, the house which suited her preferences and interests had to be built in a 7 cents plot. The plot, situated at the corner of a lane, is a bit raised from the level of the main road. The structure is constructed after leaving enough space for the front yard. The exteriors of this house exude the spectacular elegance of the contemporary architecture style. Truss work is done over flat roof and clay roofing tiles are paved over it. Beams, in double height and the slanting roof designed in three layers make the house look majestic and vast. This house has been smartly designed to keep a check on the budget without compromising on the stylish look of the house. The groves installed on the cement plastering in the outer wall are enhanced using texture paint. This feature, at a glance, looks exactly like stylish claddings. There is a sit-out, formal and family living areas, dining space, kitchen and three bath attached bedrooms in this beautiful house which has an area of 1800 sq ft. The elegance of granite attracts the attention in the sit-out. Meanwhile, vitrified tiles are paved on the floor in the rest of the house. The pristine charm of the white hue dominates the interiors which makes it look vast and spacious. Texture paint in the pleasant shades of blue and orange add the perfect contrast in some areas. The gypsum false ceiling with LED lighting makes the interiors look chic. The handrails of the stairway are done in mahogany timber. The wash area arranged beneath the stairway is a fine example of meticulous utilization of the spaces. The wall here is highlighted using sand stone cladding. The cupboards in the open kitchen are done in multi-wood with auto paint finish. Granite is paved on the counter top. The house is constructed by strictly following the rules of the vastusastra. The thulasi thara (the sacred platform where the tulsi plant is grown) is built right in front of the entrance door. The construction of this house, including the furnishing, was completed on a budget of Rs 45 lakh. Project Facts Location – Alumood, Kottayam Area – 1800 SFT Plot – 7 cents Owner – Sruthi Designer – Anandhu ASN Builders, Kottayam Mob – 98959 75527 Year of completion – 2019 Budget – Rs 45 lakhs https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/21/a-design-marvel-in-kottayam.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/21/a-design-marvel-in-kottayam.html Sun, 21 Jul 2019 05:06:27 GMT Uniqueness of this dream house will bewitch you Sharin Peethambaran’s grand dwelling at Nettoor in Ernakulam, Kerala is exactly what he had dreamt of. The family had, in unison, demanded beautiful exteriors and spacious interiors where there is abundant supply of natural light and air. Architect Sebastian Jose of the Silpi Architects deserves credit for designing a spectacular house which perfectly suits the interests of the family. This stylish house stands elegantly on an 11 cents plot. There is a car porch, sit-out, formal and family living areas, dining space, courtyard, four bedrooms, kitchen with an adjacent work area, upper living area and a home theater as well in this charming house which has an area of 3200 sq ft. The car porch isn’t part of the main structure; instead, it is arranged as an extension by fixing toughened glass on GI roof. The tropical-themed elevation, with slanting roof in layers and high walls, amazingly suits the weather in the region. Plants are grown in the open terrace in the front, adding a hint of greenery. The roof designed in double height makes the interior spaces look vast and spacious. Meanwhile, the interiors designed in the open style exude the elegant charm of minimalism. The spaces are interconnected and don lighter shades of hues which is soothing for the eye. Besides, it helps the interiors look pleasant and lively as well. The courtyard is a stunning feature, which is separated from the rest of the area by a raised wooden deck. The pergola skylight in the roof lets in lots of natural sunshine lighting up the interiors. The courtyard is decorated with indoor plants and shiny, round pebbles. The dining table can comfortably accommodate six people. The wash area is separated by a colorful tiled wall. The concealed LED light lining the mirror here is an eye-catching feature. There are huge glass windows adjacent to the dining area through which one can enter the patio. The creative installation of an old bicycle instantly attracts attention here. The windows in the bedrooms open to the beautiful sights outside. The bath-attached bedrooms have wardrobe facilities and separate dressing areas as well. The kitchen is amazingly designed with meticulous utilization of the spaces. An adjacent work area completes the kitchen. Lush green plants add a pleasant charm to the main balcony as well. There is small vegetable patch in the backyard of the house. This brilliantly designed house is mesmerizingly beautiful and utilizes spaces in the most creative way. Project Facts Location – Nettoor, Ernakulam Area – 3200 SFT Plot – 11 cents Owner – Sharin Peethambaran Architect – Sebastian Jose, Silpi Architects Ph – 0484 2663448, 2664748 Year of completion - 2018 https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/19/uniqeness-galore-kochi-house.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/19/uniqeness-galore-kochi-house.html Fri, 19 Jul 2019 10:05:20 GMT A flood-resistant bamboo house in Kerala built on Dutch technology Kaduthuruthy (Kottayam): Archana Women’s Center based in Ettumanur, Kottayam, Kerala has set an amazing example by building an environment-friendly house using a unique Dutch technology, in Vadayar, in Thalayolaparambu, Kottayam where the floods had wreaked havoc, a year ago. The construction of the house using just bamboos has been already completed. The 650 sq ft house is built for Mattathil MV Manoj and his family who had lost everything in the flood. Peter Hoginberg, a native of Holland, had stayed in Mundar in kaduthuruthy, Kottayam for days, to study the prospects and feasibility of building houses using the Dutch technology. He also provided the technical know-how to build the bamboo house in the 3 cents plot. The construction was overseen by Archana Women’s Center program officer PK Jayasree, Omana Soman and Radhika Prakash. The house was built in just 90 days. The floor of the house was constructed by first fixing 12 concrete pillars in a marshy land and then arranging bamboos at a height of four-and-half-feet. Light-weighted ferro cement slabs are used as walls. A special chemical treatment too is done to increase the durability of the bamboo. This beautiful house has 2 bedrooms, a living room, kitchen and a bathroom. Archana Women’s Center director Sr. Thresiamma Mathew said that the key of the house would be handed over to Manoj at an event next week. https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/18/flood-resistant-bamboo-house-dutch-technology.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/18/flood-resistant-bamboo-house-dutch-technology.html Thu, 18 Jul 2019 06:58:44 GMT Architectural magnificence at its best in this dreamy home Niyas and Sincy decided to demolish their old house at Perinjanam, Thrissur, Kerala as time began taking a toll on the structure. Besides, the family wanted to build a brand new house which looked incredibly stylish and has all the modern facilities. Architects Manuraj and Arjun of the i2a Architects have designed an elegant house with spacious interiors, catering to the interests and preferences of the family members. The charmingly designed 3200 sq ft house has a car porch, sit-out, formal and family living areas, dining hall, kitchen with an adjacent work area and four bedrooms. The interiors designed in the semi-open style makes it look vast and spacious. The formal living area is arranged in a way which ensures enough privacy as well. From here, one can enter the spacious hall where the family living area and the dining space have been arranged. Large windows and doors ensure excellent cross-ventilation inside the house. Instead of wooden doors, UPVC sliding glass doors and windows are installed. The interiors are designed by wisely utilizing and arranging the spaces. A study area is arranged at the first landing of the stairway, while the prayer area is beneath it. Two courtyards fill the interiors with pleasant sunlight and cool breeze. These courtyards are the liveliest spots in the house where the family loves to spend time. A patio too has been arranged beside the courtyard between the car porch and a bedroom. The raised deck space here is the play area for the kids. The family’s old house had a spacious kitchen. However, in the new house, a stylish and quaint kitchen has been arranged, making it easier for the person to move around and reach things. Two bedrooms are arranged in each floor. All the bedrooms are bath-attached with wardrobe facilities for storage. As the windows in the bedrooms are installed at a height, there is no need to keep it shut always for privacy. Lots of natural light and air come in through these huge windows. The family admits that their dream dwelling exudes positive energy which is reflected in their lives as well. Project Facts Location – Perinjanam, Thrissur Area – 3200 SFT Owner – Niyas Architect – Manuraj CR, i2a Architects Mob – 9746423078 https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/17/magnificence-dreamy-home.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/17/magnificence-dreamy-home.html Wed, 17 Jul 2019 09:43:26 GMT Low-cost gypsum panel houses are the latest trends in Kerala The project envisaging the construction of low cost, portable houses using the glass fibre reinforced gypsum (GFRG) panels is slowly gaining foothold in Kerala. The GFRG is promoted by the Building Materials and Technology promotion Council which functions under the central ministry of housing. The RCF Building Products Limited, based at FACT’s headquarters in Ambalamedu, Kochi, is the first enterprise to carry out the project in the state. GFRG panels are known for building low-cost and environment-friendly houses whose construction can be completed in an impressively short time. Every feature of the house including the walls, roof, stairway and ceiling could be made with the GFRG panels. However, the foundation and the basement cannot be constructed using this technology. This unique technology helps avoid cement plastering the walls, thereby saving a considerable amount of money. Technology The main raw materials used to make the GFRG panels are phosphogypsum (a byproduct of phosphoric acid), rowing glass and ammonium carbonate. Building and size The slurry obtained by heating the calcined raw gypsum at 140 – 150 degree Celsius, is transported to the facility where the panels are made. This is then mixed with water and other chemicals and spread in moulds which are 3 meters wide and 12 meters long. The glass fibres are mixed into the first layer using screen roller. Another layer of raw gypsum is spread and is finished off with an outer layer of glass mixture. These panels are sent to a dryer where they are dried at 275 degree Celsius for at least 60 minutes. The dried panels are then transferred to the storage area where they are cut into required pieces and transported to the various construction sites. The panels which are 3 meters wide and 12 meters long have a width of 0.124 meters or 5 inches. These panels weigh around 1800 kilos. A square meter of GFRG panels cost Rs 1120, while an entire panel costs around Rs 40,000. Advantages • The houses made using the GFRG panels can resist natural calamities like earth quakes. • The temperature inside the house would be 3 – 4 degree Celsius less than the temperature outside. • As the width of the panel is 5 inches, the carpet area ratio would be more. It helps reduce the cost of construction. • The panels have a smooth finished surface which can be white-washed or painted without cement plastering on it. • The walls of the bathrooms and the roof of the house, constructed using GFRG panels, become naturally water proof. • The hollow cavities in the 3 meters wide and 12 meters long panels help balance the weight of the house. • The use of cement, steel and sand could be reduced. • Time could be saved as the hollow cavity panels are cut according to the plan, leaving space to install windows, doors and other openings. • For constructing the roof, the panels are hoisted and arranged using crane and secured with 3 mm wild mesh. Concrete plastering in 2 inches thickness too is done to complete the roof. • The foundation should be built using hard rocks. The basement is then constructed at 1:10 ratio mixture, with a beam belt, in 20 cm x 20 cm, built over it. 10 mm iron rods are extended from this beam belt into which the panels are arranged in a vertical position. The walls are strengthened using concrete mixture containing 12 mm mettle. • The cost of construction of the GFRG house would be 30% less than the usual houses. The price of the panels begins from Rs 1500 per square feet. The construction could be completed pretty quickly as well. • The wiring jobs could be easily done as electric pipes could be inserted through the cavities in the panels. https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/16/low-cost-gypsum-panel-houses.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/16/low-cost-gypsum-panel-houses.html Tue, 16 Jul 2019 08:41:53 GMT Design keeps construction of this dream home within budget Mahin Yusaf and his family are incredibly elated to talk about their brand new house at Oravakuzhi near Muvattupuzha, Kerala. The house stands on a 6 cents plot which lies below the road level. The family wanted their dream dwelling to be amazingly beautiful and with all the modern facilities, that too, without burning a hole in the pocket. The unique design of the house does justice to their wishes and aspirations. This house is beautiful and immaculate. The roof done in double height on one side and the flat roof on the other add a mesmerizing charm to the exteriors of this house. The pillars in the sit-out are highlighted using natural stone claddings. The interiors are designed in semi-open style to overcome space crunch. A car porch, sit-out, formal and family living areas, upper living space, kitchen and three bedrooms are arranged in this scintillating house which has an area of 1894 sq ft. Vitrified tiles are paved on the floor. The partially installed gypsum false ceiling with stylish LED light fitting adds an elegant charm to the main hall. The TV unit also acts as a partition here. The design of the stairway is wisely executed by amazingly utilizing the spaces. Storage space is arranged beneath the stairway. The handrails are done in teak wood and toughened glass. The elegance of minimalism is evident in the interiors as spaces aren’t overcrowded with décor and furniture. The bedrooms are bath-attached and have wardrobe facilities. The bedroom on the upper storey opens to a beautiful balcony from where the beautiful view of the surroundings could be enjoyed. The cupboards in the L-shaped pantry kitchen are done in marine plywood and laminate finish. Granite is paved on the counter top. A breakfast counter completes the kitchen which has all the modern facilities. The construction of this house, including the furnishing, was completed on a reasonable budget of Rs 30 lakh. The plot lay about one and a half ft below the level of the road. So, a considerable amount of money was spent to raise and level the plot using mud. Besides, the foundation of the house has been built using hard rocks. Among the various factors which contributed to keeping a tab on the expenses, purchasing the construction materials from wholesalers played a vital role. The owner was able to save a fair amount of money through this. The use of timber in furnishing is limited. Readymade doors are purchased and installed in the interiors. PU paint finish is applied on all the doors and windows in this house. The construction was completed in just 10 months. Project Facts Location – Oravakuzhi, Muvattupuzha Plot – 6 cents Area – 1894 sqft Owner – Mahin Yusaf Designer – Binshad Ali, Nature Design Mob – 9447720684 Year of completion - 2019 https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/15/design-dream-home-budget.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/15/design-dream-home-budget.html Mon, 15 Jul 2019 07:50:59 GMT A traditional Kerala mansion, an architectural masterpiece The enchantingly beautiful palatial house, Harivihar, situated at Bilathikulam in Kozhikode, Kerala, is more than 170 years old, donning a significant position in the history of the place. It is here that the royal household of the Kadathanadu kings was based. In the 1950s, a doctor named Appan Nair had purchased the plot along with the house. A large joint family with more than 40 members had been staying in this house. However, the families, in the course of time, had moved out and settled in different places. The house recently had a facelift, without hampering the traditional look of it. Now, the house functions as a homestay cum ayurvedic resort run by the doctor couple Sreekumar and Neetha. This house is built in the traditional ‘padinjatti’ architectural style which was once popular in North Kerala. Instead of the prominent style where the inner courtyard is surrounded by rooms on all four sides, here it is open on one side. The house was given a modern makeover by retaining the traditional structure. The rooms are arranged with all the facilities to host up to five guests at a time. The guests who stay at this serene dwelling could enjoy a holistic wellness experience along with the goodness of ayurvedic treatments. There is a room to practice yoga, an elaborate kitchen and a spacious hall as well in this resort. Changes The walls which were plastered with slake lime are strengthened. The rafters which had are replaced with GI pipe and truss work is done over the roof. The old roofing tiles in clay are re-polished and used. All the bedrooms are now attached with bathrooms. The old electrical materials were discarded and replaced it with modern concealed wiring. The traditional flooring is retained by giving it a touch of fine polish. Flooring tiles, exclusively purchased from the historically significant Basel Mission Clay Factory adorn the floor in some rooms here. Traditional lifestyle The unique cultural practices and lifestyles that were seen in the traditional Hindu households are still in practice here. A day in this mesmerizing resort begins by lighting the ceremonial lamp at the 'thulasi thara' (sacred stone platform where the thulasi plant is grown) and ends with an exquisite performance of the traditional art forms of Kerala. There is a beautiful pond here where the guests can take a relaxing dip. The Harivihar resort has earned the green leaf accreditation, given to ayurvedic resorts for excellence, by the government of Kerala. Project Facts Type – Ayurvedic Resort Location – Bilathikulam, Kozhikode Area – 12,000 SFT Plot – 1 acre Owners – Dr. Sreekumar, Dr. Neetha, Namitha, Murali Mob – 9847072203 Architect – Dinesh, Midland Builders https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/14/traditional-kerala-mansion.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/14/traditional-kerala-mansion.html Sun, 14 Jul 2019 09:27:17 GMT This colonial house in Thalassery gets a royal facelift Muhammed, a native of Thalassery in Kannur, Kerala, decided to give his old house a modern makeover when the family members began complaining about space constraints and other discomforts. The house, which is more than a decade and a half old, now sports a chic royal colonial look which makes it stand out from the rest in the area. The newly added rectangular pillars and the textured walls enhance the regal look of the exteriors. The space constraints were overcome by re arranging the interior spaces. Unnecessary walls were demolished to transform the interiors in the open theme. This beautifully renovated house, in 3500 sq ft, has a car porch, sit out, formal and family living areas, kitchen with an adjacent work area and five bedrooms. Among the many alterations that were made, the major one was joining the old car porch with the formal living area, making it vast and spacious. A new car porch is built and the height of the roof is raised. Truss work is done over the slanted roof and is paved with roofing tiles. The temperature inside the house is pleasantly regulated as the sunlight doesn’t hit the roof directly. A bedroom is added on the upper storey. Granites are replaced with elegant Italian marbles on the lower storey and ordinary marbles are used on the upper floor. The old ceiling over the dining area got transformed into a roof in double height. The stairway which looked boring earlier got a mesmerizing modern makeover. The new stairway is done in exclusive teak wood. The handrails in toughened glass add classy elegance to the stairway. The stylish hanging lights bought from Bengaluru projects the majestic look of the double height roof. The furniture and the paneling are done in plywood veneer finish. There are three bedrooms in the lower storey and two bedrooms on the upper floor. The bath attached bedrooms have full length wardrobes and separate dressing areas as well. Unique designs and paneling on the head boards make the bedrooms incredibly attractive. The kitchen got modified into a modular kitchen with all the modern facilities. New cupboards and storage spaces are added here. Besides, an adjacent work area completes the kitchen. The house has become more spacious and looks elegant after the interiors are redesigned. Muhammed says that guests and relatives often get confused as they look around for the ‘old’ house. This house has had a mesmerizing transformation that it hardly looks like a renovated one. Project Facts Location – Thalassery, Kannur Area – 3500 SFT Plot – 30 cents Owner – Muhammed Puthenkod Designer – Shaheed Abdulla, Design Studio Mob – 99469 99906 Year of completion - 2018 https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/11/colonial-house-thalassery-renovation.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/11/colonial-house-thalassery-renovation.html Thu, 11 Jul 2019 06:04:23 GMT Budget of this quaint Kozhikode house is stunningly modest Raghavan Nambiar, a lawyer based in Kozhikode, Kerala, wanted to build a quaint house at his hometown in Thottilpalam. Nambiar, whose son is settled in the United States and daughter is in Bengaluru, had asked his architects to design a beautiful house which is suited for a single inhabitant. The 781 sq ft house stands in a 5.7 cents plot and has a sit-out, living-cum-dining hall, a bedroom and a kitchen with an adjacent work area. Aluminum roofing sheet is installed right beside the structure to make it a car porch. The interiors, which are lesser in area, are designed in the open style. It makes movement easier inside the house. The TV unit is installed on the wall in the dining area. An impressive collection of books are neatly stacked in a shelf arranged on another wall. The kitchen is small and the cupboards here are done in multi-wood finish. Granite is paved on the counter top. The construction of this beautiful house was completed in just seven months on a meager budget of Rs 14 lakh. Among several factors, which contributed towards keeping the expenses low, the decision to cement - plaster just the outer wall in the front side played a vital role. The rest of the house features walls in exposed laterite stones. Old roofing tiles were polished and paved on the roof. Used doors and windows were purchased to install in this house. Truss work is done on the roof without concreting, thereby saving considerable amount of money. Putty finish alone is done on the walls without applying coats of paint. Construction materials Foundation – hard rocks Basement and structure – laterite stones Floor – vitrified tiles Roof – pre used clay tiles Doors and windows – used timber Project Facts Location – Thottilpalam, Kozhikode Plot – 5.7 cents Area – 781 SFT Owner – Adv. Raghavan Nambiar Designers – Ajmal Abdulla PV, Ashar NK, Muhammed Ajmal, Zherow Architects, Vadakara Mob – 7012951181, 9747885325 Budget – 14 lakh Year of completion – 2018 (Photos: Akhil Komachi) https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/10/quaint-kozhikode-house.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/10/quaint-kozhikode-house.html Wed, 10 Jul 2019 05:39:22 GMT Lo and behold! The largest mansion in Kerala is here The pictures of a humongous palatial mansion were doing the rounds on the social media, few months ago, terming it as the biggest house in Wayanad, Kerala. However, the magnificent Arackal palace is way beyond what has been said about it. The majestic palatial house is classy, luxurious and so extravagant that you could easily call it one of biggest houses in the state. Joy, a well-known businessman, wanted his house to reflect his incredible successes in life. The 40,000 sq ft grand house that he built in his hometown in Mananthavady looks regal and brims with luxury. The Arackal palace designed in the colonial architectural style is scintillating and breath-taking. The luxury house stands regally on a sprawling 4 acres of land, which is raised from the level of the road. The aesthetically designed landscape is a stunning feature and it highlights the incredibly charming features of the exteriors. The house is designed in a way which facilitates amazing and unique views of it from all directions. Lush green meadows, paved with Mexican grass, adorn the landscape which lies in layers. The beautiful gazebo here becomes lively and is filled with mirth, in the evenings, when guests arrive to enjoy a gala time. The charming lamps illuminate the garden, making it look amazing. The exeuberant car porch which projects to the front of the façade is the most prominent and spectacular feature of the exteriors. The sit-out which is uniquely designed in 180 degree angle provides mind-blowing views of the landscape. Sheer luxury and grandeur dominates the interiors of this house, which is truly awe-inspiring. The endless sights of exquisite curios, unique decor and perfect designing skills are sure to stun anyone. The roof, which is at a height of three times that of the contemporary measurements, is what makes this elaborate edifice stand apart. So, one feels as if he/she is entering a dreamy palace which is unbelievably vast and spacious. The main hall is 26 meters long and is lined with unusually tall pillars covered with imported marble. Joy has an amazing extended family and a group of devoted friends who often visit them to enjoy some mesmerizing moments. The vast spaces have been designed to accommodate his family and friends. These spaces are extremely comfortable and pleasant and emanate the classy charm of luxury. The custom-made furniture is specially imported from Indonesia. The furniture and the paneling on the stairway are all done in high quality, exquisite teak wood. This grand house has formal and family living areas, two dining areas, three kitchens, eight bedrooms, courtyard, home theater, prayer area, entertainment area and swimming pool. These are just some of the facilities in the long list of luxuries that make this house the talk of the town. The exclusive Italian marble, paved on the floor, enhances the classy elegance of the interiors. The imported chandeliers are unique pieces which boast of fine artistry and craftsmanship. The dining areas are spacious enough to host any number of guests. There is also another quaint dining area and a separate pantry kitchen for the family’s regular use. The majestic imperial staircase, with double flights has golden hued hand railings in ornamental designs. This stairway is as stunning as an exclusive work of art and is the highlight of the mesmerizing hall. The ornamental handrails, on all the floors, play a vital role in lending a royal look to the interiors. The beautiful corridors, soothing waterbody and an impressive and unique collection of curios and insignia are factors which enhance the stylish look of the house. The island kitchen is designed in the theme of pristine white. Nano white is paved on the counter top. The cupboards here are done in glossy laminate finish. A breakfast counter completes the kitchen that has all the modern facilities. There are three bedrooms on the ground floor and five on the upper storey. Each bedroom is designed in unique themes and eye catching designs, with luxurious facilities. The bedrooms are two times vast than the usual size. False ceiling and stylish LED light fittings give a dreamy look to the bedrooms. Arackal palace, in all its majestic glory, redefines the idea of a dwelling. Joy has amazingly honoured his hard work and success through this palatial structure which oozes regality and elegance. Project Facts Location – Mananthavady, Wayanad Area – 40,000 SFT Owner – Joy Designer – Jabar Bin Ahmed Mob – 9387776704, 9745856704 Year of completion - 2019 https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/09/largest-mansion-kerala.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/09/largest-mansion-kerala.html Tue, 09 Jul 2019 11:20:38 GMT See what makes this Malappuram house stunning Dr. Ali’s brand new house at Valancherry in Malappuram, Kerala, has become the talk of the town for its ‘intriguing’ patterns in the exteriors and the exuisite interiors. The mesmerizing house stands regally on a 20 cents plot that lies in layers. Architect Shajeeh of Crayon Architects deserves praise for coming up with such a smart design which perfectly suits the unique feature of the plot. There are lanes in the front and the back of the house. So, the elevation has been designed in a way which facilitates amazing view of the house from both the sides. The box shaped designs, in multiple layers, is a unique designer feature of the exteriors. A singular box-styled feature on the second storey is in fact a bedroom. This stunning house, in 5000 sq ft, has a car porch, sit out, formal and family living areas, dining space, pantry and main kitchens, six bedrooms and a swimming pool. A ramp leads to the entrance of the house and the car porch is situated adjacent to the ramp. The space above the car porch has been turned into a sitting space, decorated with beautiful plants to make it livelier. The ground floor is designed in double height which makes the interiors look vast and spacious. An exclusive ‘L’-shaped sofa is the highlight of the formal living area, designed in double height. The stairway also acts as a partition between the living and the dining areas. Designed in the cantilever style, the stairway extends to the top most floor of the house. Handrails, done in a beautiful blend of MS tubes and mahogany are an eye-catching feature. The white glass top is the most striking feature of the dining table which can comfortably accommodate eight persons. A wall here has been highlighted using teak wood claddings. A quaint side courtyard, adjacent to this, is a charming feature. Natural light enters the house in abundance through the glass skylight. Glass walls separate the main courtyard where indoor plants have been arranged for a touch of greenery. Natural materials are mostly used for furnishing in this house. Teak wood claddings are pasted on the exterior walls. Similarly, timber from mahogany is used on pillars, handrails, paneling and for furniture. Vitrified tiles are paved on the floor in all the common areas. Meanwhile, wooden tiles are used in the deck space and in the bedrooms. There are three bedrooms on the ground floor, two bedrooms on the first floor and another one on the second floor, which projects as a prominent feature of the house. The ceiling of the bedroom on the second floor isn’t plastered and has been retained with a unique cement finish. There is a working kitchen besides the pantry kitchen. The cupboards here are made using wood plastic composite and mica finish. Nano white is paved on the counter top. The excellent cross ventilation helps maintain a pleasant atmosphere inside the house. The house looks breath taking when the highlighter lamps in the exteriors are switched on at twilight. Project Facts Location – Valancherry, Malappuram Area – 5000 SFT Plot – 20 cents Owner – Dr. Ali Architect – Shajeeh, Crayon Architects Mob – 9746939689 Year of completion – 2019 June https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/08/malappuram-house-stunning.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/08/malappuram-house-stunning.html Mon, 08 Jul 2019 06:47:26 GMT Chic features dominate interiors of this Manjeri flat Abdul Fathah and Febina Fathah, an expatriate couple, dreamed of owning a beautiful abode in their hometown in Kerala, to spend their holidays. Their dream came true when they bought a 1200 sq ft flat in Manjeri. The couple had entrusted young designer Arshak to decorate their brand new flat. They had given him creative freedom to transform their flat into a dreamy abode which emanates classy elegance. Abdul and Febina say, in unison, that the interiors are now brimming with positive energy and lively vibes. The spaces in the flat looked congested when it was bought. However, Arshak made it sure to adopt unique design features which make the interiors look vast and spacious. The passage to the kitchen was partly demolished to make it spacious and alterations were done in the frontage of the flat as well. A sliding door has been installed in the balcony to let in natural light. Curtain fittings with vertical lines are used to make the interior spaces look vaster. The elegance of neutral shades of colours dons the interiors. The classy combination of green and white hues and the furnishing done in marine ply veneer add to the pleasant look of the flat. The theme of minimalism has been followed in the interiors and the custom-made furniture does justice to this theme. The living and the dining spaces and the kitchen are arranged in a single module by avoiding partitions. This feature helps the spaces look incredibly vast and spacious. The dining table top, in shiny Korean stone, is an eye catching feature here. Meanwhile, nano white is paved on the kitchen counter top. The shutters installed on the windows are all in marine ply veneer. A breakfast counter too has been arranged as part of the open kitchen. The two bedrooms are designed by giving prime importance to the theme of minimalism. However, the furnishing features add a pop of colour which makes the rooms extremely pleasant. Besides wardrobe units, additional storage spaces are arranged beneath the cots as well. Arshak has designed this flat by following the theme of minimalism and highlighting it with classy features, with a hint of pleasant greenish hue. Abdul and Febina are extremely proud that their dream dwelling looks as beautiful as they have imagined and can’t wait to spend some amazing moments in their charmingly elegant flat. Project Facts Location – Manjeri, Malappuram Owners – Abdul Fathah and Frbina Fathah Area – 1200 SFT Designer – Arshak Nirman, Nirman Tower, Manjeri Ph - 9072223412 https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/07/interiors-majeri-flat.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/07/interiors-majeri-flat.html Sun, 07 Jul 2019 09:00:23 GMT A magnificent house completed without owner's supervision The biggest dream of every expatriate might be to build a house of his or her own. Though many wish to visit the construction site to oversee the works, they often wouldn’t get leaves during those days. However, Alex Antony has a different story to tell. Alex wasn’t worried at all about the various stages of the construction as he shared a great rapport with the architect who designed his dream dwelling. His brand new house now stands on a 20 cents plot adjacent to his ancestral home in Thannermukkom, Alappuzha, Kerala. Alex was impressed by architect Shinto’s works that were featured in Manorama Online, and had contacted him. He wasn’t here when the construction works of his house were progressing. “I just came down, once, when the construction had begun. After that, I saw my completed house only on the day of house warming ceremony. We communicated and shared our ideas through WhattsApp and also through video calls,” says Alex. The family had demanded that the house should have three bedrooms and a modern kitchen with an adjacent work area. Besides, they wanted the interiors to be designed uniquely to make maintenance easier. There are main roads on two sides of the house. So the elevation has been designed to make the view of the house possible from three sides. Shingles are paved on the truss work done over the roof. Gray cladding tiles and wooden texture paint make the exteriors incredibly attractive. The elegant house, in 2450 sq ft, has a car porch, sit-out, formal and family living areas, dining space, two bedrooms and a modular kitchen with an adjacent work area in the lower storey and a living area and an additional bedroom in the upper floor. The interiors are designed in the minimal theme, without over crowding the spaces with too many decor and furniture. Vitrified tiles are paved on the floor in the common areas. Meanwhile, granite is used in the sit-out. A wall in the living area has been highlighted using paneling in plywood – laminate finish. False ceiling too has been installed here, which gives a charming elegance to the space. The handrails of the stairway have been built by alternatively arranging GI tube and wood. The windows in all the bedrooms open to the beautiful lush greenery outside. Full length wardrobes are arranged for storage. The bedrooms are bath-attached as well. The furnishing of the kitchen has been done in multi wood – laminate finish. Alex Antony says that their great confidence in the designer had paid off, as Shinto has built an incredibly beautiful abode for the family. Alex confesses, on a lighter note, that he felt his brand new house looked way too beautiful, when he saw it for the first time on the day of the house warming ceremony. Project Facts Location – Thannermukkam, Alappuha Area – 2450 SFT Plot – 20 cents Owner – Alex Antony Designer – Shinto Varghese, Concept Design Studio, Ernakulam Mob – 9895821633 Year of completion – April 2019 https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/05/magnificent-alappuzha-house.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/05/magnificent-alappuzha-house.html Fri, 05 Jul 2019 07:39:28 GMT As floor is fifth wall, note points to bust some carpet myths Shalini Joslin of The Carpet Barn based in Kochi that designs and supplies carpets has amazing concept of carpeting. She is engaged in carpet customizing as part of interior designing. The Carpet Barn also offers services of false ceilings, home theater interior, acoustical walls, wall-coverings etc. Shalini demolishes certain popular myths about carpeting prevalent in Kerala. • Myth: It is mandatory to remove the carpets and wipe the floor everyday. Truth: It is more important to keep the floor clean, your carpet does it already. • Myth: Carpets need to be machine-washed often. Truth: It is always better not to wash carpets on your own. There are spot-cleaning solutions available to remove stains. Your carpets need to be subjected to professional shampoo wash only once in a year • Myth: Vacuum cleaning your carpets is a must. Truth: Woolen carpets have to be vacuum cleaned. Normal synthetic shaggy carpets needs just to be dusted twice a week. • Myth: Lay the carpets and forget them. Truth: A carpet is very well a part of your interior decor. They need to be taken care of. You have to be careful not to spill curry or beverages on them. You have to be extra-soft with your carpets in order to make them long-lasting. • Myth: Carpets hide the beauty of the floor. Truth: Carpets enhance the beauty of your home interior, highlighting your furniture, ceiling design and lighting. • Myth: Carpets collect dust and cause allergies Truth: You need to choose the right material and design of carpet that suits your health, life-style and home environment. https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/04/some-carpet-myths.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/04/some-carpet-myths.html Sat, 06 Jul 2019 00:39:54 GMT Why this elegant house on a tiny plot is incredibly lavish Kannan Nair, a native of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala shares his experience of building his dream home, in 5 cents, at his picturesque home town in Kulathara. The lush greenery and other bucolic nuances of nature surround this plot, giving it a tranquil charm. Though there aren’t any houses near Kannan’s house that stand on the banks of the Karamanayar River, the adjacent plots are up for sale. So, there are chances for lots of houses to be built in this area in the near future. Kannan’s house, therefore, is designed by keeping this in mind. The house features a tropical style to suit the area where there is an abundant supply of sunshine and rains. Metal grilles are installed on one side of the balcony to allow the flowering creepers to climb. Though the plot is smaller, a car porch has been arranged, close to the boundary wall. The family didn’t want to feel space crunch inside the house. So the interiors have been designed in an open style, without any unnecessary walls that separate spaces. This beautiful house has a sit-out, car porch, formal living area, and spacious hall cum dining area, courtyard and three bedrooms, arranged in 1750 sqft. Spaces have been meticulously designed to accommodate more features to suit the interests of the family members. Instead of brighter shades of colour, an elegant combination of rustic finish and wooden theme dons the interiors. Tiles in rustic finish are paved on the floor. A long corridor, from the sit-out, leads into the interiors. The rooms are arranged on both sides of this corridor. The beautiful pillars act as a semi-partition between the living and the dining areas. Walls, adorned with brick claddings, lend a natural and rustic charm to this area. The courtyard is the most stunning feature of this house, through which the pleasant sunshine, cool breeze and the soothing rains make their way in. Natural stones and lush green grass are paved on the floor here. Indoor plants and a small water body fill this space with tranquility and peace. A pooja room too has been arranged here. Metal pergola has been installed above the courtyard to secure it. The living and the dining areas and the bedrooms are designed in a way that an excellent view of the scintillating courtyard is possible. The stairway is designed using metal pipes, by avoiding free spaces. The wall adjacent to the stairway is in glass which brings in natural light in abundance. The family members say that there is no need to switch on the lights and fans inside the house during the day time as the interiors are well illuminated with natural light. The windows in the upper storey bedrooms open to the thrilling view of the Karamanayar River which flows through the back of the house. The glass walls too help in bringing the beautiful sights of the river into the house. The modular kitchen is designed by giving prime importance to storage spaces. A breakfast pantry counter where two persons can be accommodated has also been arranged here. Kannan Nair says that the guests often forget that the house has been built on a five cents plot when they enter the house. The cool breeze that flows in from the river and the soothing views of the lush greenery ensure that this mesmerizing house is in perfect sync with the nature. Project Facts Location – Kulathara, Thiruvananthapuram Area – 1750 SFT Owner – Kannan Nair Architect – Syamraj Cahndroth, View Point Designs, Thrissur Mob – 90610 48106 https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/04/house-on-a-tiny-plot.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/04/house-on-a-tiny-plot.html Thu, 04 Jul 2019 06:45:52 GMT Tiny Tom’s dream home ‘Eden’ in Kochi is a garden of peace Actor Tiny Tom, who had earned praise for his incredible mimicry performances, has carved a niche for himself in the Malayalam film industry as well. The actor’s dream home, ‘Eden’, is close to the Aluva town, yet away from the bustle of the city. The house stands regally on an 8 cents plot, surrounded by trees and beautiful flowering gardens. The floods in August last year had taken a major toll on this house, submerging half of it. After the flood waters receded, the family had to wait for months, get the walls to dry up. Repainting and renovation of the house were done after that. However, now, Eden hardly looks like a house that was once ravaged by the floods, barely a year ago. Like most of the silver screen stars, Tiny Tom, a master of deadpan humour and witty comments, enjoys a special affinity with cars. The stylish cars parked in his spacious car porch vouches for his taste in automobiles. Passion fruits and beautiful flowering creepers add to the greenery on the premises. The house has two entrances, one leading to the main hall and the other to Tiny’s office room. It is the elegant prayer space, arranged beside the main hall, which draws everyone's attention. The lighted candles and the idols add charm and tranquility to the entire area. Framed photographs of Tiny’s ancestors don the adjacent wall plunged in yellow texture. The main hall has a scintillating charm which relaxes the minds of guests who visit the family. Several photographs in which Tiny is seen posing with big names in the industry, like superstar Mammootty, film maker Ranjith and so on, decorate the office space. The unique mirror on the wall, in the formal living area, is truly stunning. This makes the area look vast and incredibly spacious. The TV unit has been arranged on the wall highlighted with yellow textured paint. A swinging cot acts as a partition between the living and the dining areas. A comfortable dining table is arranged in the dining space. The area beneath the stairway has been converted into a storage space. The beautiful chandelier hanging from the roof, above the stairway, is an eye-catching feature. The idol of Jesus Christ and a rosary, crafted in teak wood, were purchased from Indonesia. A charming painting, beside it, instantly catches the attention. However, one would realize that it is a sliding shelf only when it is observed from a closer angle. A unique painting, brought from Australia, adorns the master bedroom in this house. The painting, titled ‘flowing honey’ is done by aborigines of Australia using natural fibers. A bedroom in the upper storey has been converted into a home-theater, enhanced with the Dolby sound system. Tiny says the home-theater is his son Adam’s favorite corner, where the latter has decorated with the images of his favorite super heroes. Tiny’s wife Roopa is an excellent cook and enjoys cooking special dishes for her family. So, the spacious kitchen is arranged with all the modern facilities. “I was active in mimicry programs from the school time itself. I became part of troupes after completing college. That’s what led me into the movies. I purchased the plot and built this house, around twelve years ago, using the money that I saved from mimicry performance on various stages. So, you could say that I built this house using my throat,” laughs Tiny. Tiny’s wife Roopa is a homemaker and son Adam is a class ten student. “Ours was a love marriage. During those days, fashion shows too were part of stage programs. Roopa used to take part in such shows. That is how we met and got married. Though I own two more houses, I am emotionally attached to this one because it is built using my sweat, during the days when I struggled to make a mark in the movies,” reveals Tiny. Eden becomes a charming ‘garden’ of mirth and laughter when Tiny Tom is home during breaks between his busy schedules. Then, the family has a gala time enjoying the peaceful moments which are unique and special. https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/03/tini-tom-dream-home-eden.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/03/tini-tom-dream-home-eden.html Wed, 03 Jul 2019 12:05:39 GMT Unique windows and roof make this colonial house a stunner Sajith, an expatriate, is extremely proud and elated to talk about his brand new house built at his hometown in Thonadayad, Kozhikode, Kerala. The family wanted their house to feature a unique style which instantly grabs the attention. Meanwhile, Sajith, who has been living in Canada for quite some time now, had fallen in love with the colonial architecture which is commonly seen there. The family stays in the house in Kerala only when they are here on vacation. So the interiors are uniquely designed to make maintenance amazingly easier. The structure is built by leaving enough space in the front yard for the kids to run about and play. The sloped roof and the walls lined with huge glass windows evoke the charm of the colonial architectural style. The use of timber is limited, instead doors and windows made in UPVC are used. This house in 3000 sq ft has a car porch, sit-out, formal and family living areas, dining space, kitchen with an adjacent work area and five bedrooms. The interiors are designed in the open style. The roof in double height makes the interior spaces look vast and incredibly spacious. The huge glass windows ensure that there is abundant supply of natural light and fresh air. The bridge that connects two rooms is an eye-catching feature here. Polished and matte-finished kota stones are paved on the floor in alternate design. The courtyard is the most stunning feature in the interiors. The beautiful view of this courtyard could be enjoyed from all the common areas in the house. It is surrounded with long glass windows which ensure amazing air circulation inside the house. The dining area too has glass windows on three sides through which the mesmerizing view of the lush greenery and beautiful garden outside could be enjoyed. Elegant hanging lights add to the overall look of the dining space. There is a bedroom in the ground floor while the upper storey has three bedrooms. All the bedrooms are bath-attached with wardrobes and separate dressing areas. The open kitchen grants an amazing view of the beautiful garden in the courtyard. Nano white is paved on the counter top. A pantry counter completes the beautiful kitchen. Sajith says that the family, now, eagerly waits for the holidays, to come home to their dream abode. Project Facts Location – Thondayad, Kozhikode Area – 3000 SFT Owner – Sajith Aboobakkar Architect – Sherina Anwar Muhandez, Kozhikode https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/02/unique-colonial-house-kozhikode.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/02/unique-colonial-house-kozhikode.html Tue, 02 Jul 2019 09:38:49 GMT See how this Kochi woman weaves magic of carpets The ceilings, walls and floors talk the most about a house, they say. Your customized furniture unit, perfectly wrapped wall-papers and fancy show-pieces are all in vain if your ceilings are webbed and your floors, dusty. Traditional households usually use pieces of waste cloth as floor-rug. But as interior designing concepts get global in the modern era, people have started considering carpets along with customizing furniture, wall-papers, wardrobes and so on as part of room furnishing. But who will match floor mats with the furniture you own? Will someone actually spend time on the rugs you pick for your floors, rather than you going to a carpet store and buying one from available designs? The Carpet Barn is the answer. Meet Shalini Joslin who has reaped success as a carpet designer and supplier. Shalini's passion for carpets sprouted when she was disheartened to see torn cloth pieces and rugs scattered on the floor on the house-warming day of her friend's home. Thence Shalini researched and tried carpet customizing as part of interior designing. Shalini demolishes certain popular myths about carpeting, prevalent in Kerala. A beginner's guide to carpeting There are too many types of carpets and it is really tough to select a perfect carpet for your home. Still, there is always an expert's take that will guide you through this dilemma. According to Shalini, carpets are widely categorized into two: wall-to-wall carpets and area rugs. “Floor is not just floor – it is the fifth wall that connects all the interior decor elements of your house,” says Shalini. There are mainly three material options in case of carpets: fibre, wool and nylon. Synthetic wool, artificial nylons and others fall under sub categories. Synthetic fibre and nylon are most suitable for houses and small office spaces. Large busy spaces like hospitals, hotels and transport stations are carpeted using high-quality wool, she says. Shalini suggests shaggy carpets for modern homes. Though area-rugs have long been matched with the furniture colors, ceiling pattern and over-all theme of the house also determine the carpet patterns. “Area rugs are popularly laid under coffee-tables or centre tables. It is cut in the size of the couch and other furniture. Off late, people prefer the area rugs that extend underneath the couch. They say that it looks as a single unit in that way,” she says. There are several designs of carpets. From normal machine-made synthetic carpets that are economic and popular, the types of carpets range to hand-knotted silk carpets take at least two months to craft just one piece. Wall to wall carpets suitable for homes and offices come as tiles. Small pieces in customized size are conjoined as to meet the edges of the floor. Those covering large areas come as rolls which are spread freely. Woven wool carpets, knitted carpets, jute rugs, semi silk and nylon are some other carpet materials. First solo-trip, first business Shalini, the eldest of three daughters of Joslin-Ponnamma couple hailing from Kochi, is a graduate in Chemistry. She started off her career as a front-office staff at a star hotel. After getting married, she pursued her career as a quality analyst at a medical transcription company in Coimbatore for almost nine years. She moved to Kochi after her three children were born. Shalini conceived the idea of designing carpets when her youngest child Joanne, was a year old. “I attended the house-warming ceremony of my friend who bought a studio-flat in Kochi. The interior designing, show-cases and wardrobes were done so flawlessly that the structure looked straight out of a movie. Yet, I was disturbed by waste-cloth pieces scattered on the floor instead of floor mat. If they could arrange everything else in a perfect manner, why didn't they pick up matching carpets too, I wondered,” Shalini recalls. Shalini researched about carpeting ideas and available patterns all over the market and the web. Finally, she discovered that a remote village in Uttar Pradesh called Badhohi is the home to almost all the carpets and their materials available in India. She booked her train ticket to Varanasi without even sparing a second thought. She built several contacts and sources in Badhohi and managed to seal informal business tie-ups with some artisans. Shalini returned Kerala after the most happening four days in her life as a start-up entrepreneur. Big deals of The Carpet Barn It was Shalini's neighbour, who ran an interior designing show-room in Kochi, who gave her the first order. Shalini sat with the architect and interior designers to develop suitable designs and colours for her carpets. By the time she completed her work, Shalini had started getting inquiries from different clients. The big break that awaited Shalini came via the reference of Kitco technical consultancy, Kochi. Collaborating with them, Shalini did the carpeting works of the new, third terminal of Cochin international airport. Later, she worked for Hotel Casino Cochin, The Avenue Regent, Le Maritime and so on. Shalini is also the carpeting partner for the administrative offices of CIAL MD. Shalini also extends her services to homes and common office spaces. “I also undertake economic carpeting works for homes, villas, studio flats and office rooms,” she says. https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/02/kochi-woman-carpets.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/02/kochi-woman-carpets.html Wed, 03 Jul 2019 04:36:24 GMT Five vital aspects to note while designing your dream home • Lighting Lighting plays a vital role in highlighting the unique features of a house. From the exterior lights and the landscape lighting to the beautiful interior light fittings, it enhances the overall look of the house. The lighting should be arranged in a way which makes the entire house visible from the outside. Wall washers which spread light from the bottom towards the top are the latest trend. It must be noted that the yard lighting is significant till 9 in the evening, after which the lighting on the building must be given prominence. The lamp shades used in the interiors must match the general theme of the house. • Paint Painting the exterior walls predominantly with lighter shades and using darker shades for highlighting is the latest trend. White, green, blue and light yellow are the trendiest shades that would look amazing on the exteriors. A putty finish is added before painting the exterior walls in desired colors. Though this method is a bit expensive, it gives a finished and charming look to the house. • Pavement The significance of the pavement begins right from where one enters the gate from the road. It should perfectly complement the design of the landscape and the theme of the house. Concrete tiles and natural stones are often used on the pavements. The texture, colour, design and pattern should be given importance while choosing the right kind of material to be paved. The pavement should match the flooring on the car porch. You could even design it in contrasting themes by separating these areas using strips. It should also go with the design of the gate and the pillars. Instead of paving the entire front yard with tiles, you could layer it alternatively with the lawns. A walkway through the middle of the lush green meadows or the beautiful landscaping would look spectacular. Service pavement which leads to the kitchen too is arranged in some houses these days. • Garden accessories Eye-catching garden accessories can be used in both big and small gardens. Statues, small rock gardens and unique flower pots are some of the accessories that could find spots in your beautiful garden. Materials made in ferro cement, boundary stones, ceramic and terracotta are widely used to decorate the gardens. It must, however, be noted that the garden accessories must match the design and the theme of the house. • Well If the position of the well is in front of the house, then it must be designed as part of the landscaping. The position and the design of the well must not block the beautiful view of the house. The theme of the house should be continued in the design of the well as well. A traditional well, designed using laterite stones and wood, would look amazing in front of a house which features the traditional architectural style. The outer wall designed in the shape of an uruli (traditional vessel) would look spectacular in the landscape of a traditional house. Meanwhile, the well should look simple in a contemporary style house. However, it could be made attractive using claddings. Designing the outer walls of the well in the shape of a flower pot or other objects is quite common these days. However, it should be done only if such designs complement the general theme and look of the exteriors. Over decorating the well may diminish the significance of the stylish exteriors of the house, as the eyes would be instantly drawn to the well. It is better not to experiment too much with the look of the well if the plot is small. https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/01/vital-aspects-designing-dream-home.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/07/01/vital-aspects-designing-dream-home.html Mon, 01 Jul 2019 05:50:18 GMT Surviving floods, this Kottayam house is truly a vision Ranganathan has built his dream abode on the banks of the Puthenthodu, a tributary of the Meenachil River, at Karappuzha, just two kilometers away from the Kottayam town. The house stands on a 6.25 cents plot, which is prone to flooding during the monsoons. So, the surface of the plot was raised up to four feet and leveled before beginning the construction of the house. The pile foundation had to be used as the soil here is not firm enough. The contemporary style house, in 1520 sq ft, has a sit-out, living and dining areas, four bedrooms, a common bathroom, a prayer area and a semi modular kitchen with an adjacent work area. To keep a check on the expenses, the construction of the house wasn’t assigned to builders. Instead, the owner supplied the construction materials and opted for a labor contract. Though Ranganathan had to roam around, quite a bit, looking for quality materials on reasonable prices, he is happy that all the materials used for building the house are of high quality. A beautiful blend of sloped and flat roof is the highlight of the exteriors. Light blue hue adorns the exteriors while a pleasant light yellow color makes the interiors look spectacular. Vitrified tiles in ivory color are paved on the floor. The kitchen cupboards and the wardrobes in the bedrooms are done in aluminum fabrication. The lights are directly installed without attaching the false ceiling. The pergola in the dining area brings lots of pleasant sunshine into the house. The stair way stands out for its steel and glass hand railings, with beautiful etching work on it. The same eye catching design feature is repeated on the balcony as well. The construction of the house was stalled for a month due to the floods in August last year. However, the house survived the floods and was completed soon after. Project Facts Location – Karappuzha, Kottayam Area – 1520 SFT Plot – 6.25 cents Owners – Ranganathan, Induraj and Reshma Architect – Kurian Mathew https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/30/surviving-floods-this-kottayam-house.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/30/surviving-floods-this-kottayam-house.html Sun, 30 Jun 2019 06:15:05 GMT When a house in Vadakara had stunning makeover for wedding Yusuf decided to give his old house, with outdated design features, a stylish and modern makeover to host the grand wedding festivities for his son. The two-storied house in Thuneri near Vadakara, Kozhikode, Kerala, was renovated without demolishing too many parts of the house. The positions of the walls and the rooms are re-arranged to make the interiors semi-open. Unnecessary walls which blocked the passage of light and air were removed. There is a car porch, sit-out, formal and family living areas, dining space, three bedrooms and a kitchen with an adjacent work area in this beautifully renovated house which has an area of 2800 sq ft. Among the major changes that were made, the car porch and the sit-out, extended to the front of the façade amazingly altered the look of the exteriors making it more stylish and elegant. A show wall in the exteriors adds to charm of the house. The driveway is separated by paving interlocking bricks. The lush greenery of the Mexican grass adorns the landscape. The old granite flooring is replaced with elegant marble. The newly added gypsum false ceiling with chic LED light fittings make the interiors look incredibly pleasant. The furniture and the paneling are done in plywood – veneer finish. The Roman blinds add a touch of classy elegance to the windows. The bath-attached bedrooms have wardrobes and separate dressing areas. A new modular kitchen is added with an adjacent work area. It is the dark green show wall which highlights the pristine white hue of the exteriors. The interior spaces are re-arranged to ensure excellent cross-ventilation. This feature plays a vital role in regulating the temperature inside the house. The house got a grand ‘wedding’ makeover within a reasonable budget of Rs 25 lakhs, including the elegant landscaping and new boundary wall. Project Facts Location – Thuneri, Kozhikode Area – 2800 SFT Owner – Yusuf Designers – Ajmal Abdullla PV, Ashar NK and Muhammad Ajmal, Zherow Architects, Vadakara Mob - 759187987 https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/28/house-in-vadakara-stunning-makeover.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/28/house-in-vadakara-stunning-makeover.html Sat, 29 Jun 2019 06:55:27 GMT Classy and contemporary; this Kochi house is a design magic It is the dreams, ideas and the creativity of the family that make each house unique and special. The 3500 sq ft majestic house, owned by Abdul Rahman and his family, at Palluruthy, stands out for its mesmerizing fusion of contemporary and colonial architectural styles. Surrounded by lush greenery and huge trees, this house has beautiful bushes and flowering plants grown on its balcony as well. The elevation emanates the elegance of the colonial style and also the chic charm of the contemporary architecture. Beautifully designed boundary wall perfectly complements the stylish look of the exteriors. Besides the main gate, a wicket gate too has been arranged here. The sloped roof, modern pergola design, toughened glass and eye-catching wall-cladding works add to the overall look of the elevation. The interior spaces are designed in a way it receives maximum supply of natural light and cool breeze. The design theme and elements followed in the interiors complement each other in the most aesthetic way. The ‘L’ shaped verandah leads to the foyer space from where one can enter the central space of the house. The courtyard, adjacent to the staircase, is the most stunning feature of the interiors which draw instant attention. The beautiful courtyard serves as the focal point of the interiors. The scintillating view of the courtyard can be enjoyed from the living and the dining areas as well. Sitting spaces are arranged here for the women in the family to enjoy a blissful evening. The vast and open spaces make the interiors look incredibly spacious. However, privacy too has been ensured by adding beautiful partitions between the spaces. The CNC partitions in stylish patterns acts a designer element as well. The continuation of this feature can be seen on the ceiling too. The pleasant lighting enhances the charm of the ceiling. The ‘L’ shaped sofa adds a classy touch to the living room while an armchair in wood lends an old world charm. The TV unit has been highlighted with wooden paneling. The eight-seater dining table is set in an elongated dining area. Long windows line the wall here through which the beautiful greenery and the garden could be enjoyed. The crockery shelf, unique ceiling pattern and the wall paper in eye-catching design pattern makes the dining space look amazing and comfortable. There is a splash of colours in all the three bedrooms. The elegant and colourful designs of the head boards and the unique ceilings are the highlights of the bedrooms. The decor and the arrangements in these rooms elicit a tranquil and pleasant feeling of greenery. A study table and a corner shelf are arranged in the son’s room. The kitchen is designed in open style. The wooden flooring adds a special charm to this area. Green and golden glass mosaic is pasted on the back wall. A breakfast table completes the kitchen. Besides the main kitchen, a working kitchen too has been arranged here. The house follows the classy charm of minimalism, without overcrowding the spaces with decor or dousing the walls with myriad hues. The designers have done a commendable job by catering to the interests and preferences of the family members. Abdul Rahman calls his brand new house a ‘complete and perfect’ construction as each space in the house has been designed by giving priority to the family’s requirements that also suited their beliefs. Project Facts Location – Palluruthy, Ernakulam Plot – 10 cents Area – 3500 SFT Client – Abdul Rahman Designers – Xaviour Alunkal and Caroline Xavier, Active Designs Private Limited, Kochi Ph – 9447035933 Year of completion - 2018 https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/27/classy-contemporary-kochi-house.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/27/classy-contemporary-kochi-house.html Thu, 27 Jun 2019 12:10:11 GMT This Ottapalam house shows how to firmly stay on budget Most people make sure that a detailed budget is prepared before beginning the construction of their dream dwelling. But, after completing the construction they often complain that the expenses have exceeded the initial budget. However, Anishad, a native of Palakkad, Kerala, has a different story to tell. The ex-army man has successfully built his brand new home at Palappuram, Ottapalam well within the estimated budget itself. It was his determination and meticulous planning that helped Anishad achieve this incredible feat. The quaint house of 1000 sq ft has all the modern facilities and flaunts unique design elements. It was BP Saleem of the BeePee Designers based in Cheruthuruthy, Thrissur who designed this enchanting house. Anishad’s two-storied house has been built by wisely planning the features in a relatively smaller plot. The house that stands in 6 cents plot has a sit-out, living and dining areas, kitchen with an adjacent work area and three bedrooms. The design of the contemporary style house projects the elegant charm of minimalism. Minimal decor makes the interiors look scintillating and spacious as well. The milky glass window in the front welcomes lots of pleasant sunshine into the house. The exteriors designed in the box style pattern, with flat roof, looks amazing. The rotating TV unit is an interesting feature in the living area. Natural design elements have been included to reduce construction materials. It played a vital role in keeping a check on the expenses. The construction of this beautiful house was completed on a minimal budget of Rs 20 lakh. An additional amount of Rs 5 lakh was spent to dig the well and construct the car porch, boundary wall and the gate as well. The structure is built using locally sourced laterite stones. Unnecessary interior walls have been avoided to reduce the cost of construction. Besides, this helped the interiors look vast and spacious as well. The interiors adorn the lighter shades of hues which make the spaces look pleasant. These lighter shades amazingly reflect the natural light that abundantly enters the house and illuminates the interiors. A wall in each bedroom has been highlighted using a darker shade of colour. The kitchen with an adjoining pantry counter is on the left side of the living and dining areas. The view of the sit-out is possible from the kitchen. The meticulous selection of the construction materials played a major role in completing the construction within the estimated budget. Vitrified tiles are paved on the floor in the common areas. Meanwhile, tiles in matte finish are used on the bathroom floor. The wardrobes and the kitchen cabinets are made by attaching ACP sheet doors on ferro cement shelves. Granite is paved on the kitchen counter top. The house has all the comfortable facilities required for a four-member family. Anishad’s active presence on the site during the initial stages of the construction and the lesser area of the house contributed in completing the construction well within the budget itself. Designer BP Saleem notes that his client’s cooperation and incredible attitude too had a vital role in limiting the budget at Rs 25 lakhs, including the amount spent for constructing the boundary wall and the gate. Project Facts Location – Ottapalam, Palakkad Area – 1000 SFT Plot – 6 cents Owner – Anishad Designer – BP Saleem, BeePee Designs, Cheruthuruthy, Thrissur Mob – 9847155166, 8086667667 Year of completion - 2019 https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/26/ottapalam-house-stick-to-budget.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/26/ottapalam-house-stick-to-budget.html Wed, 26 Jun 2019 05:01:39 GMT This Angamaly house brilliantly blends needs and vastu The beautiful house owned by Jose in Angamaly is an amazing example of a contemporary house built by following the traditional rules of the vastu sastra. This 3072 sq ft house that stands majestically in an 18 cents plot stands out for its interesting exteriors. The roof, which is a spectacular blend of slope and curve, is eye-catching. The unique light fittings in the exteriors and the interiors play a major role in highlighting the spaces and features. The regally designed formal living area, classy furniture in black leather finish, impeccable wood works in traditional designs, the beautiful paneling on the wall and the niche work are all unique features which makes the interiors of this house look ethereal. The box – curved ceiling enhances the charming elegance of the family area. Vitrified tiles in pristine white hue are paved on the floor. The magnificent design done using wood and defense glass makes the stair way look like a piece of art. The dining and the family living areas are separated in a semi-open style. Six people can be comfortably accommodated on the dining table. Wall paper in classy designs and an attractive aquarium add to the overall look of the dining area. Ventilation has been given prime importance while designing all the bedrooms. False ceiling in simple design, wooden wardrobes and comfortable bathrooms divided into wet and dry areas are arranged in the bedrooms. The kitchen is simple yet with all the necessary facilities. The cupboards are done by pasting laminate sheet on marine ply. The classy combination of cherry blue and white makes the kitchen incredibly attractive. Tiles in wooden finish are used for flooring in the kitchen. Project Facts Location – Angamaly Area – 3072 SFT Plot – 18 cents Owner – Jose Architect – A – cube creators Mob - +91 9645528833 https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/25/angamaly-house-blends-needs-vastu.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/25/angamaly-house-blends-needs-vastu.html Tue, 25 Jun 2019 04:09:45 GMT Make your home look anew with soft furnishings New Delhi: Lifting the look of your house can be easy with a change or two in soft furnishings. Play around with a rug or throw in cushions to style it well, suggest experts. Rashi, Founder, Carpet Couture, has the following tips to share: • Style the windows: The windows are the eyes of the home, letting in light and confining the world outside. Try and pick trendy curtains for your windows - for example, strong textures or wild examples, Venetian blinds or manor screens. • Make a statement with a rug: Your eyes will normally be attracted to walls and furniture, but did you realise that a carpet/rug can truly integrate the room? Pick something that you can manage the cost of. Only buy if you adore it. A rug encompasses the furniture arrangement and makes the decor look complete. Important points to note while selecting a rug are size, colours, texture and most importantly, its maintenance. • Scatter cushions: In case you are becoming weary of a plain, uninviting room, a simple method to add positivity is by introducing some cushions or throws. • Revive a favourite sofa or chair: We all have that one most loved household item that we just couldn't stand to dispose off. Regardless of whether it's a legacy wingback seat or a comfortable Chesterfield couch, there's no requirement for a substitution. Pick squashed velvet, an extravagant print or much calfskin - maybe pick something swanky to make the thing emerge significantly more to give a special style to your living room. Sameer A.M, Founder and CEO, Bonito Designs, suggests: • One of the easiest things to look for while decorating is curtains, things you might have already stashed away in your cupboards. There are plenty of things already in your home you may not have considered wall-worthy. Take another look at curtains, scarves and fabrics you've collected and use one large, or several smaller pieces by hanging them on a rod or directly onto the wall with small hooks sewn onto the back. • Complementary bed linens accentuate the decor. A printed bedspread really uplifts a space when it comes to decor. • Pile on the pillows, and don't shy away from mixing patterns. This is one of the easiest ways to accessorize and brighten a room, whether you buy them or make your own. Combine large prints with small ones, geometrics and florals. Bright, fuller pillows in varying colours and textures, blend different groupings. However, one should be careful not to go overboard. • Another quick hack to make a throw pillow seem so much more luxurious is to replace the original insides with a feather insert. They will look and feel so much better than foam. • Using objects such as musical instruments and album covers makes a fitting display in your living room - particularly when hung together in a grouping or salon arrangement. Choose matching frames to bring it all together for a cohesive look. https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/23/home-decor-soft-furnishings.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/23/home-decor-soft-furnishings.html Sun, 23 Jun 2019 06:15:53 GMT A beautiful house in perfect harmony with nature Soordas and Minu, who are doctors, wanted their brand new house to be in perfect harmony with the nature. They didn’t want their house to harm the environment; instead wished it to be one with the nature. The couple had approached PK Sreenivasan of Vastukam to help them build their perfect eco friendly house. Soordas and Minu are incredibly happy and proud as they show around their unique mud house built at Ollur in Thrissur. The foundation of the house is constructed using hard rocks. The walls are built in the rammed earth technology where mud and slake lime are mixed and then rammed or stacked tightly. Old roofing tiles are reused on the slanting roof made in the filler slab style. The house, at a glance, looks like a single storied one. However, taking advantage of the mezzanine floor, facilities of an extra floor too has been arranged here. The beautiful house which has an area of 1697 sqft has living and dining spaces, kitchen with an adjacent work area and three bedrooms. The interiors emanate a mesmerizing charm of simplicity. The elegant pieces of furniture amazingly complement the minimal look of the interiors. Instead of paint, the walls are beautified with mud plastering which lends a spectacular rustic charm to the house. The genuine smell of nature could be felt inside this mud house and a pleasant coolness lingers inside the rooms. It is the mud walls which play a vital role in controlling the temperature inside the house. Light points are directly installed without adding false ceiling. Oxides in yellow and red shades are used on the flood. The meticulous space utilization is another striking feature of this beautiful house. The stairway is built by doing industrial work in GI. The unique design of the stairway, which is in many levels, is a highlight. The lowest level is separated with wooden flooring and the first landing of the stairway has been converted into a study area. The three bathrooms are bath attached. There are lots of storage spaces in the kitchen. A pleasant and calming atmosphere is always maintained in the interiors, irrespective of the weather outside. Though fans and air conditioners are installed in all the rooms they are hardly switched on, says the family. The front yard has been retained as it is without paving with interlocking bricks. Lush greenery makes the front yard closer to nature. The charming house stands in the shade of huge mango and jackfruit trees and is surrounded by beautiful flowering plants as well. The construction the house, including the structure, was completed on a budget of Rs 46 lakh. Project Fact Location – Ollur, Thrissur Area – 1697 SFT Owners – Dr. Soordas, Dr. Minu Designer – PK Sreenivasan, Vasthukam, Thrissur Ph – 0487 2382490 Email – mail@vasthukamarchitects.com https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/21/house-perfect-harmony-with-nature.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/21/house-perfect-harmony-with-nature.html Sat, 22 Jun 2019 00:42:00 GMT Avoid being penniless after building a dream home Budget estimate is one of the most important factors that needs to be done with precision before beginning the construction of a house. The amount of money, that you intent to spend for the construction should be decided in advance. Bank loans or money borrowed from other means, its monthly installment of repayment and the duration should be considered while preparing the budget. The duration of the construction too should be planned as the budget or the construction costs are directly related to it. The detailed estimate of the construction should be collected from the engineer or the architect. Besides the construction of the structure, the amount required to build the boundary wall, well, out house, store room and landscaping too should be included in the budget. The construction of a house gets complete only when all these are built or arranged. The designer’s remuneration and the various fees that have to be paid to the government too should be considered while preparing the estimate. The specification details have to be noted while preparing the estimate, as the variations in the cost of the building materials, depending upon its brands, may result in fluctuating budget. For instance, the cost of materials such as floor materials, switches and water taps varies with brands. Similarly, such variations could be seen in the cost of multi wood, marine ply, MDF and its paint finish that are mostly used for furnishing jobs. While constructing a budget house, it is important to realize these material specifications and choose only those materials that fit our budget. The furniture that is required in the house should be decided in advance. It must be decided whether your old furniture, wooden shelves and cupboards are fit enough to be used in the new house as it is, or require a retouch to suit the design and features of the house. People often complain that the cost of construction has gone up significantly than the estimated budget. This happens due to lack of proper budgeting and its execution. These are some of the most important points that need to be kept in mind while constructing a house: • Prepare the budget of the house in advance. • The amount of money required for the boundary wall, well and landscaping should be included in the budget. Besides, the designer’s remuneration and governmental fees too should be added. • Understand the specification details while preparing the estimate. • Discuss with the designer to decide about the areas where you intent to cut down the budget. https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/21/budgeting-dream-home.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/21/budgeting-dream-home.html Fri, 21 Jun 2019 09:00:26 GMT Facelift transforms this house in Mahi into a chic dwelling When Noushad felt his 20-year-old house required a modern facelift to make it more attractive and stylish, he didn’t hesitate at all to actually do it. Though the family had asked the architect to make minor alterations, Noushad says that the house, now, looks as stylish and elegant as a brand new one. The family wanted the interiors to look vaster and spacious which receives abundant supply of natural light. They chose lighter shades of colour to adorn the walls. Besides, the family members, who weren’t impressed by the congested spaces in the old house, demanded spacious interiors which gave them freedom to move around comfortably. It was architect Imthyas of the Ingrid Architects who gave an amazing facelift to this house by adding lots of box structures in the front elevation. The changes Noushad’s was an ordinary terraced house which was built 20 years ago following the design patterns of that time. He decided to renovate the house as he wasn’t ready to spent money to build a new one. The two-storied house had one bedroom in the lower floor and two bedrooms in the upper storey. However, these rooms were small. The stairway which began from the dining area took up lots of space and had a small verandah in the front. The front yard is now beautified by paving stones and natural grass that amazingly complements the renewed look of the house. The exteriors are square-shaped and the sun shades in box structures lend a chic look to the elevation. The long lines are a highlight of the elevation. White, brown and black hues create a mesmerizing colour palette which is soothing for the eyes. A new sitting area extends from the façade. From the sit-out one can enter the living area. Stylish flooring patterns, lighter shades of colours and chic furniture enhance the elegance of the living area. The stairway is arranged on one side of the light tower which connects both the floors and there is small water fountain on the other side. This water fountains adds a pleasant and refreshing look to the dining area which is illuminated with natural light. A wash area completes the dining space. The stair way made using steel and teak wood is re installed in the living area. The hand railings are done in wood and glass finish to make the area look vaster. The classic combination of wood and Italian marble adds regal elegance to the renovated interiors. Alterations have been made in the upper storey as well. The two bedrooms are transformed into a spacious dressing area. A new bedroom block with two rooms is built on the west side. Besides, a brand new suite room too adorns the upper floor. The new bedrooms have all the modern facilities and look incredibly stylish as well. As the plot is small, it was a challenge to build a new block in the west side. The architect realized it would make the interiors darker. So, a light tower is constructed between the two blocks which brings lots of pleasant sun shine into the interiors. It is this central part which connects both the blocks in the house. The newly added west block has even altered the look of the exteriors significantly. The kitchen which was built in old style is given a modern and chic makeover. Counter top replaced the wood fire stove which took up much of the space. Storage has been given prime importance in the renovated kitchen. There are lots of cupboards and shelves in this kitchen which also ensure excellent cross ventilation. The island kitchen is the highlight here. The open terrace is modified to a party space. The owner says that the guests are overwhelmed by the spectacular transformation of his house, that too, by giving importance to meticulous utilization of spaces. Project Facts Location – Mahe Owner – Noushad Plot – 12.5 cents Architect – Imthyas, Ingrid Architects Emil – ingridarch.clt@gmail.com Ph – 9847810645 Year of completion - 2019 https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/20/facelift-house-mahi.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/20/facelift-house-mahi.html Thu, 20 Jun 2019 09:21:01 GMT This majestic house in Kozhikode blends dreams with design Like all expatriates, Muhammed Ali too had dreamed of building a house of his own at his hometown in Kerala. After years of hard work and meticulous planning, he finally realized the dream. Muhammed Ali beams with pride as he shows around his brand new luxury house at Mukkom in Kozhikode, Kerala. The family wanted their abode to feature unique designs and style, with all the modern facilities. It was architect Shaiju Suhail who designed their amazing house, catering to the interests and preferences of the family members. The house, built on 23 cents of land, has lots of space in the front yard and features incredibly beautiful landscaping. The aesthetically done landscaping highlights the majestic exteriors of the house. The front yard is paved with natural stone. Lush green meadows and beautiful flower gardens complete the landscape. The well, textured in the design of a stump of wood, is an eye-catching feature here. A scintillating fusion of contemporary and traditional architectural styles gives the house impeccable charm and grace. Beige coloured roof tiles are paved on the slanting roof. There is a car porch, sit-out, formal and family living areas, upper living area, dining space, kitchen with an adjacent work area and five bedrooms in this beautiful house which has an area of 3800 sq ft. The interiors are designed in the classy theme of white and wooden theme. The formal living area is arranged in a way that gives enough privacy to the guests. The family living area, dining space and the courtyard are designed as part of the open hall. The Italian marbles lend a majestic look to the lower floor. Wooden tiles too are paved on the floor in some areas here. Meanwhile, vitrified tiles are used on the upper storey. The textured walls are the highlight of each area. The dining table can comfortably accommodate ten persons. A pantry table and a crockery counter complete the dining area. The handrails of the stairway feature the classic combination of wood and toughened glass finish. Storage spaces are arranged beneath the stairway. There is a pergola roof in GI and toughened glass on the balcony which is the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing evening watching the beautiful garden outside. This is also the family’s favorite space to gather on special occasions. All the five bedrooms are vast and spacious. The bath-attached bedrooms have full length wardrobes, separate dressing areas and sitting spaces. The cupboards in the kitchen are done in acrylic and mica finish. Fridge and oven are arranged built-in in the kitchen. The huge windows welcome lots of sunshine into the interiors. The excellent cross ventilation helps maintain a pleasant atmosphere inside the house. Muhammed Ali and his family are elated that their dream dwelling had turned out more beautiful and elegant than they have imagined. He vows that the positive energy that fills the interiors is reflected in their lives as well. Muhammed Ali has no doubts when he says that his brand new house has given unique and special meaning to his life. Project Facts Location – Thamarassery, Kozhikode Area – 3800 SFT Plot – 23 cents Owner – Muhammeed Ali Designer – Shaiju Suhail, Skylight Architects Mob- 9946872986 https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/19/luxury-house-kozhikode-dream-design.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/19/luxury-house-kozhikode-dream-design.html Wed, 19 Jun 2019 06:58:41 GMT Beautiful mansion on a small plot in Kochi Don Bosco and his wife Lara hailing from Kochi share their experience of building an elegant house, overcoming the spatial challenges, on a 5.5 cents plot at Vaduthala in Kochi, Kerala. It was after doing considerable amount of homework that the couple actually began the construction of their dream dwelling. They wanted a comfortable house with all the necessary facilities. They were particular that there should be abundant supply of natural light and fresh air in the interiors. From the initial planning to the housewarming ceremony, Don Bosco and his wife had lent their special touches to everything. Don Bosco says that they used to regularly follow the home style feature in Manorama Online. They are happy that the pictures and articles that appeared in the segment had inspired them while planning and designing their own house. It took around a year for them to prepare the plan and the design of the house. The house designed in the contemporary architecture style highlights the theme of minimalism. This beautiful house in 2400 sq ft has formal and family living areas, dining space, kitchen and four bedrooms. Cladding tiles are used on the exterior walls and the interiors as well, to highlight the walls and spaces. Unnecessary interior walls are avoided to make the spaces more open and spacious. The windows that line the walls bring in lots of pleasant sunshine. The skylights on the ceiling too help illuminate the interiors with natural light. The windows are done in UPVC with white paint finish to suit the theme of interiors. A classy combination of white and wooden theme is followed in the interiors. Cement tiles in 40 cm X 40 cm are paved on the floor. The ceiling in the dining area and the upper living space are left with the cement finish without painting it. It lends a rustic charm to these spaces. The kitchen too is designed in the white and wooden theme. Nano white is paved on the counter top. The kitchen and the adjacent store room were separated at the beginning. However, the owners turned it into open style and now the kitchen looks vast and spacious. Unique color themes make the bedrooms stand out. Space utility and storage have been given prime importance here. In–built storage spaces are arranged beneath the cots. The small front yard is beautified with elegant landscaping and flower gardens. Don Bosco and Lara vow that an amazing house could be easily built on a small plot with proper planning and wise utilization of spaces. Project Facts Location – Vaduthala, Cochin Area – 2400 SFT Plot – 5.5 cents Owners – Don Bosco and Lara Architect – Frank Antony, FA Architects, Kaloor, Kochi, Mob – 9656562977 Interior designer – Sharafuddin, Shardes Interiors, Cochin https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/18/exotic-decor-lavish-mansion-kochi.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/18/exotic-decor-lavish-mansion-kochi.html Tue, 18 Jun 2019 12:51:16 GMT This Kottayam house is a perfect gift of expatriate life Every Malayali who flies abroad toils hard and gets motivated by the dream of building a house of his or her own. Tony, a native of Kottayam, too had dreamed of constructing an house ever since he completed his studies. He began his efforts dream from the time he started his life as an expatriate. Tony did his share of home works about the various aspects of constructing a house. However, he soon realized that things weren’t as easy as he thought. It was then that he contacted a builders firm from a Facebook group. The triangular shape of the plot was the biggest challenge while designing the house. Tarred roads run through both sides of the plot at Karapuzha which is 2 kilometers away from the Kottayam town in Kerala. The structure is built 3 meters way from the road as per the regulations. Tony says that the area of the plot further decreased after this. This plot was flooded years ago and it was found marshy after digging a meter deep, while it was being readied for the construction. The surface of the plot was then hardened by spreading sand and bricks. The exteriors emanate the elegance of the contemporary architecture style. An amazing blend of flat and slope roofs is the highlight. A classy colour combination of off-white and rosewood shade adorns the house. A part of the exterior wall is highlighted using black stone claddings. Living and dining spaces, kitchen and three bedrooms are arranged in this beautiful house which has an area of 1560 sq ft. Vitrified tiles in matte finish are paved on the floor. The TV unit, done in multi-wood, is decorated with cladding tiles. The stainless steel handrails of the stairway look elegant. The dining table is arranged beside the stairway utilizing the spaces. Tony built a modular kitchen with all the facilities. All the cupboards in the kitchen are made of multi-wood. The bright benz red colour of the cupboards makes the kitchen incredibly attractive. Two bedrooms are bath-attached and there is a common toilet as well. Wardrobes are arranged in all the bedrooms. Though there were concerns about space, false ceiling too is done as Tony didn’t want to compromise on the stylish look of the house. Elegant LED lighting enhances the pleasant look of the interiors. The construction of the house was completed in 10 months. Tony and his family are thrilled that they have finally accompliished their dream. Project Facts Location – Karapuzha, Kottayam Area – 1560 SFT Owners – Tony Soman, Sujatha Soman Mob - +971528362335 Builders – Innovate Designers and Builders PVT Ltd. https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/17/kottayam-house-expatriate-life.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/17/kottayam-house-expatriate-life.html Mon, 17 Jun 2019 07:20:36 GMT Amid nature, this Thodupuzha house is blissfully unique Sajimon’s brand new house stands regally in a sprawling 40 cents plot, just beside the main road, at Muttom near Thodupuzha. The unique and intriguing design is the highlight of this elegant house. Though the house may seem like a double storied structure from the outside, it actually is single storied structure. Excellent views of the scintillating natural beauty that surround the house are possible from all directions. The drive way is separated by paving the natural stones. Lush green meadows and beautiful flower gardens adorn the landscape. The plot lies in two levels and the architect took advantage of this unique feature of the plot to design a basement floor as well. The car porch and a utility space too are arranged in this basement floor. The foundation of the house is built using the column beam structure. Concrete roofing tiles are paved on the GI truss work on the roof. The area under this could be used as an excellent utility space. This mesmerizing house, built in 4000 sq ft, has a car porch, formal and family living areas, dining space, kitchen, courtyard, four bedrooms and a basement utility area. Several open spaces are arranged for excellent ventilation and to let in pleasant sunshine as well. The glass windows open to the beautiful sceneries outside. The interiors are vast and spacious without the hindrance of unnecessary walls that separate spaces. Tiles in wooden finish are paved on the floor in the common areas. The entrance leads to the main hall where family living area, dining space and the courtyard have been arranged. The skylight on the ceiling above the courtyard brings in natural light that illuminates the entire hall. The floor here is separated by paving the wooden tiles. A hanging cot is arranged here, which is the liveliest space in the house. The windows in the bedrooms open to the beautiful gardens outside. The bath attached bedrooms have wardrobes and separate dressing spaces and study areas. The kitchen is designed with all the modern facilities. An adjacent work area completes the kitchen. The beauty of the charming nature is reflected in the interiors as well. The lush green meadows, the fresh air and the unique features of the plot play vital roles in filling the interior spaces with incredible positive energy. Project Facts Location – Muttom, Thodupuzha Area – 4000 SFT Owner – Sajimon Architect – Sebastian Jose, Silpi Architects Ph – 0484 2664748 Year of completion – 2018 December https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/16/nature-thodupuzha-house.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/16/nature-thodupuzha-house.html Sun, 16 Jun 2019 11:30:44 GMT The long wait before an expat's dream home comes true Fasal, an expatriate who works as an accountant in Dubai, had dreamed of building a house of his own before getting married. Though it didn’t happen then, Fasal is extremely happy that his dream dwelling finally materialised at the right moment. He proudly shows around his brand new house that stands in an 8 cents plot at Aloor in Palakkad, Kerala. Fasal’s ancestral home that stood at this plot was demolished before constructing his new house. He confesses that he wasn’t interested in building a house there as the plot was narrow. However, it was his father who persuaded him to build his dream home in the same plot itself. Besides, the fact that the plot is in a prime location too helped. Fasal’s father, who had the experience of overseeing the construction of two houses previously, was entrusted to oversee the construction of his son’s house as well. Fasal was thus able to build his house without fretting too much about the budget. The plan was drawn and the elevation was made ready by Riyas and Shahul of the Kootanadu White Wing, who are Fasal’s close friends as well. “It was I and my father who went hopping to purchase all the construction materials. We selected high quality materials on reasonable rates. Most of the materials were purchased from whole sale firms by paying ready cash. The rest were bought by bargaining. It helped control the budget from the beginning itself. Every stage of work was entrusted to different teams of workers on contract basis,” explains Fasal. This beautiful house, in 2400 sq ft, has a car porch, sit out, living and dining areas, kitchen with an adjacent work area and five bedrooms. It was Shahul of the White Wing who designed the interiors too. Minor changes in these designs were suggested by the family. The materials for furnishing were purchased by Fasal himself and the work was done by contracted workers. Thus he was able to decorate the interiors within the allotted budget itself. Noted artist Subair too had chipped in with creative suggestions and encouragement. The exclusive granite paved on the lower floor was purchased directly from Jigani. A few other items of decor were brought from Dubai. The interiors reflected a touch of wood, in general, which enhances the classy look of it. Fasal admits it was a trip with his wife to the Dubai La Mer which gave him the inspiration for this design approach. Tiles in wooden finish are paved on the floor in the sit-out and the steps on the stairway as well. The hand railings are done in mahogany and painted in the attractive shade of teak wood. The huge pergolas above the stairway let in natural light in abundance and illuminate the dining area. The entrance door is made in teak wood and the rest of doors in the house are done in timber from jack fruit tree. It took four years to complete the construction of the house. Fasal too had joined the construction workers on the site, toiling hard to build his dream home, whenever he was home for vacation. His heart brims with joy and excitement as he talks about his dream abode. Fasal is sure that only an expatriate could fully understand his elation and incredible pride in finally seeing his dream come true. Project Facts Location – Aloor, Palakkad Plot – 8 cents Area – 2400 SFT Owner – MT Fasal Mob – 0071503436200 (gulf) +916235565454 https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/14/expat-dream-home.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/14/expat-dream-home.html Fri, 14 Jun 2019 12:20:17 GMT Trending decor to deck up homes: Studio pottery Crafts do enthuse and inspire people – be it painting, music or pottery. Yet, pottery stands apart for its fragility and utility value. Pottery and its invention was a milestone in the human growth but its demand fell with the discovery of metals and polymers. Traditional potters lost their job and many of them embraced other professions. Still, pottery survived all the tides and the craft kept asserting itself on a parallel path. Interestingly, pottery and ceramics rule the latest home decor arena. Studio pottery, a field where art meets craft, has lured the hearts of home decor connoisseurs in Kerala. Customized ceramic table-ware, kitchen and garden ware, wall-pieces and what not! Studio pottery is there everywhere. Utility-based designer ceramic ware According to Anu Cheeran, a budding studio-potter hailing from Thrissur, the increasing environmental awareness and the urge of people to return to nature has triggered the demand for pottery again. She owns a designer brand of studio pottery and ceramic ware called The Little Goldfish. Anu specialises in customized tableware, like designer ceramic plates, coffee mugs, jars, saucers and wall-pieces. “At first, people hesitated to accept that these customized ceramic utensils are for serving food. They believed ceramic pottery is only art and not craft. But of late, I have started getting orders to manufacture kitchen and tableware. I manufacture ceramic tableware that can be heated over oven. You may very well put them to use. Yet, it has a high art-value too,” she explains. For Anu, pottery goes hand-in-hand with nature. It is organic and disposable, yet reusable and hard. Anu is a graduate in industrial designing from Allahabad school or designing. Her father Varghese Cheeran is a chartered accountant and mother Mini, a housewife. Anu owns two studios, one in Thrissur and the second, at Kakkanad. She also conoducts workshop for aspiring studio-potters in her Kakkanad studio. Art-pottery, a burgeoning decor trend When utility ceramic ware is vividly building demand, art-pottery is not slowing down too. Jayan, a studio potter and chief designer at TerraCrafts, Kochi, says that non-utility pottery is also high on demand in home decor area. Jayan manufactures garden ware – like urns, planters, garden-chairs and flower-vases. Having an upper hand in non-ceramic pottery, Jayan says that the value of art-pottery has increased in the wake of biennale. Earthen themes for living rooms and kitchens is the latest trend. Right from wall-hung sculptures, urns, jars and vessels to show-pieces for display-cases, people are all for pottery. Jayan, 54, left his job to revive his family buisiness in the field. Though his art-pottery did not yield enough profit in the beginning, he persevered to become one of the highly-earning art-potters in Kochi. While mud-houses and brick-homes conquer the realm of architecture, pottery adorns show-cases, walls, kitchens, gardens and dining tables of innumerable modern houses. https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/14/decor-studio-pottery.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/14/decor-studio-pottery.html Fri, 14 Jun 2019 07:25:30 GMT Dream homes of four brothers who opted out boundary walls The four identical houses that stand majestically in a sprawling 60 cents of land in Thazhapookom, Kannur are, currently, the talk of the town. The houses owned by four brothers, Hameed, Mehroof, Nazar and Firoz, stand out for its striking similarities and amazing facilities. Three of them are expatriates while one brother is a businessman based in Bengaluru. Architect Muhammed Shafi of Arkitecture Studio deserves credit for designing the four houses which features elegant and classy exteriors and luxurious facilities. The four brothers had decided to buy a single huge plot, so that they can live together. The idea of building four identical houses came up as an exciting thought. The architect made sure that the houses were designed amazingly to suit the interests and preferences of the families. Each house has a car porch, sit out, formal and family living areas, dining space, staircase, upper living space, five bedrooms, a pantry kitchen and an adjacent work area arranged in 4000 sqft. Though the facilities are similar, the interiors of each house are designed uniquely. The elongated plot gets narrower in the back side and has roads running on both the sides. These positive features of the plot were exploited to design the houses, by projecting their exterior looks. The pillar works on the exterior walls and the roof remind one of the Egyptian pyramids. The beautiful golden hue highlights the groves, texture and claddings on the outer walls. The formal living areas in all the four houses are designed in double height. This feature helps the houses look vast and spacious. Exquisite plastering, textures and marble works adorn the walls here. The floor, laid with exclusive Italian marble, enhances the regal charm of the interiors. Teak wood is used to make a few pieces of furniture and paneling as well. Jali designs, done by doing CNC cutting on wood, are a stunning feature. The majestic stairways and its hand railings are crafted in teak. The artificial lighting lends a chic and stylish look to the interiors. Mood lighting enables the family members to arrange the lighting according to their moods and preferences. The exquisite sofa, classy dining tables, scintillating chandeliers and charming LED lights are all imported. The spacious dining tables can comfortably accommodate eight persons. The bedrooms are designed in unique themes. The paneling on the headboards stands out for their different shades of colour. The bath-attached bedrooms have wardrobes, separate dressing spaces and study spaces as well. The kitchen is designed in the glossy laminate finish. In – built fridge and oven saves space. Most of the furnishing materials used in the kitchen is imported from China. There are gates in the front and back of the plot. The yard is paved with natural stones. The houses aren’t separated with boundary walls and this alone shows the beautiful relationship that the brothers share. The water supply to the four houses is facilitated from two wells dug in the plot. The over head view of the houses is splendid and breathtakingly beautiful. The identical houses look like four amazing drops of pearls from a precious chain. Designer Shafi admits it was quite challenging to undertake the construction of four identical houses at the same time. It was precision and planning which helped him build the four houses with unbelievable perfection. It took around two years to complete the construction of the houses. These four houses have already become a major landmark in Thazhepookom. People are curious to know more of the houses and many even come from the neighboring districts to have a look at these structures. The owners say that at least three families would visit their houses in a week to enjoy these architectural marvels. Project Facts Location – Thazhepookom, Kannur Plot – 60 cents Area of each house – 4000 SFT Owners – Hameed, Mehroof, Nazar and Firoz Designer Muhammed Shafi, Arkitecture Studio Mob – 9809059550 Year of completion – 2018 December https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/13/dream-homes-four-brothers-kannur.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/13/dream-homes-four-brothers-kannur.html Thu, 13 Jun 2019 09:12:50 GMT A Kozhikode mansion that dwells in the art of architecture Bineesh Arur, a native of Arur in Kozhikode, Kerala is excited to talk about his brand new house which amazingly blends the charm of traditional style with modern luxuries. He admits that he drew inspiration for his dream dwelling from a house which was featured in Manorama Online. Bineesh contacted architect Rafeeq who had designed that house. The family wanted a luxury house which emanates the elegance of traditional architectural style, that too, with all the modern facilities. The house stands regally in a sprawling one acre of land. The majestic beauty of the structure is amazingly projected as it is built by leaving lots of space in the front. The exteriors of the house are so enchantingly beautiful that it instantly draws attention. Unique roofing tiles, imported from Indonesia, are paved on the slanting roof. The adjacent car porch looks like a miniature of the elegant main structure. A corridor connects the car porch to the house. The incredibly beautiful landscape perfectly complements the luxurious look of the exteriors. Natural stones are paved on the driveway. Lush green meadows and charming gardens complete the landscape. The water body in front of the entrance and the bridge across it add a dramatic touch to the whole area. This spacious house, in 5000 sq ft, has a car porch, an elaborate sit out, formal and family living areas, dining space, courtyard, five bedrooms and a kitchen. The name board on which ‘Niranjanam’ is etched in wood, with an intricate peacock design is truly eye-catching. This name board which is an amazing work of art in wood was custom-made by the carpenters who did all the other wood works in the house. The sit-out is long and spacious, and the pillars done in wood and brass and painted in white hue are the highlights here. A hanging cot has been arranged here to enjoy the beautiful landscape outside. The interiors are designed in the semi-open style. The interconnected spaces make the interiors look vast and spacious. The family living area is designed in double height. Wooden paneling is done on the wall where the TV unit is arranged. Windows lining the walls upstairs welcomes pleasant sunshine in abundance. This makes the interiors look more spacious and facilitates amazing ventilation as well. The majestic grandeur of wood works fills the interiors. The furniture, handrails of the stairway and paneling are done using exquisite timber. Plywood and veneer are used in prominent parts of the house. The regal Italian marble can be seen laid on the lower floor. Meanwhile, wooden flooring and vitrified tiles are used on the upper storey. Beautiful claddings adorn the wall beside the stairway. This designer feature extends to the upper storey as well. The courtyard is the most stunning feature in the interiors. The luster of the laterite stones make the walls shine. The natural light coming in through the skylight illuminates the interiors. Shiny pebbles are paved on the floor here and the courtyard is decorated with indoor plants. A hanging cot is also arranged here. This scintillating courtyard plays a vital role in filling the interiors with positive energy. The spiral stairway which elicits the elegance of wood is another striking feature. The steps and the hand railings are covered with teak wood. The stairway leads to a long and spacious hall upstairs. A living area, with a TV unit, is arranged here. The false ceiling, designed according to the slant roof, acts as a designer feature. All the bedrooms are spacious. Unique designs on the headboards are the highlighting features in the rooms. The mesmerizingly beautiful head board, in the master bedroom, spreads to the ceiling as well. A masterful blend of rexine, black acrylic and plywood could be seen on this head board. Storage has been given prime importance in all the bedrooms and full length wardrobes are arranged for this. Unique false ceiling add to the elegant look of each bedroom. The classic European kitchen is elegant, spacious and has all the modern facilities. The cupboards are done in wood and laminate finish. Korean stone is paved on the counter top. The center table can be used as a quaint breakfast table as well. Bineesh and his family are thrilled and elated that architect Rafeeq has amazingly designed their dream abode. The house warming ceremony of this enchanting house was celebrated just a few months ago. Bineesh proudly says that the guests are mesmerized by the unique features and exquisite design of the house. “Everyone wants to know more about our dream home. Some want the plan of the house, while others are curious about the building materials and the budget. Our happiness grows when we explain about it,” says Bineesh with a smile. Project Facts Location – Arur, Kozhikode Area – 500 SFT Plot – 1 acre Owner – Bineesh Arur Designer – Rafeeq, Nimfra Architects Project Manager – Bivin Ph - 9747103043 https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/12/kozhikode-mansion-art-architecture.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/12/kozhikode-mansion-art-architecture.html Wed, 12 Jun 2019 06:08:44 GMT Which one is a better roof, slanting or flat? Note these tips Is it profitable to construct a flat roof or a slating one? Building a flat roof is more profitable when it comes to keeping a tab on the budget. The construction charges are comparatively less for a flat roof. However, a slanting roof can significantly reduce the temperature inside the house. The cost of construction of a slant roof will be around 30% more than that of a flat roof. The concrete mixture has to be spread carefully to construct the slant roof perfectly. So, installing GI truss work over a flat roof and then paving it with roofing tiles have become common these days. Besides, the spaces below the truss work could be used as utility / storage areas. These roofs help reduce the heat in the interiors as well. How expenses for roof concreting can be reduced The expenses incurred for concreting the roof could be significantly reduced by adopting the filler slab method. The concrete and the iron bars could be saved by adding hurudees blocks or mud tiles in the concrete mixture. However, the work must be entrusted to contractors who have previous knowledge and experience in the filler slab method. https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/11/roof-slanting-flat-tips.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/11/roof-slanting-flat-tips.html Tue, 11 Jun 2019 06:53:39 GMT Classic example of a dream home on minimal space Linu Raj, a native of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, and his family are incredibly proud and elated that they have been able to build their dream dwelling, overcoming the spatial challenges posed by a small piece of land. The 3000 sqft house that stands in 4.75 cents has living and dining areas, kitchen, pooja area, home theater, bar counter, internal courtyard and four bath attached bedrooms. It was architect Radhakrishnan of the SDC Architects, who designed this beautiful house that has all the facilities required for a middle class family. The elevation of this house features a unique straight line formation which makes it stand out from the other houses in the locality. The stone claddings and louvers enhance the classy look of the exteriors. The interiors are designed in the open style and partitions have been avoided to separate the living and the dining areas and the kitchen. Neutral shades of colours, which are soothing for the eyes, dominate the interior spaces. The charming courtyard is the highlight of the interiors. The pleasant sun shine that comes in through the sky light illuminates this space. The door-cum-window in the dining area lets in lots of cool breeze. It helps maintain amazing atmosphere inside the house especially in the dining and living areas and in the kitchen as well. The courtyard is beautified with indoor plants and the hint of green here goes amazingly well with the surrounding neutral shades. A classic combination of glass and wood are used on the stairway. Unique light fittings and hanging lights enhance the chic look of the interiors. Aluminum composite panels are used for all the wood works in this house. The bedrooms aren’t overcrowded with decor to ensure that they are filled with tranquil charm. Wardrobe and dressing areas are arranged in all the bath attached bedrooms. The long windows in the rooms welcome lots of natural light and fresh air inside. It is the classic charm of the wooden finish that makes the kitchen impeccably stunning. Enough storage spaces are arranged in the kitchen. Nano white is paved on the counter top. A coffee table completes the kitchen. This scintillatingly beautiful house proves that a perfect abode, fitting for a middle-class family, could easily be built on a small plot. Project Facts Location – Thiruvananthapuram Owner – Linu Raj Plot – 4.75 cents Area – 3000 SFT Year of completion – 2019 Design – SDC Architects, Thiruvananthapuram nrks2003@gmail.com PH – 0471 2363110, 9447206623 https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/10/dream-home-small-plot.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/10/dream-home-small-plot.html Tue, 11 Jun 2019 03:54:22 GMT This renovated Alappuzha house retains the essence of Kerala Unnikrishnan, a teacher, always loved to live in a beautiful house which emanated the serene charm of the traditional architectural style. He wanted its unique features to inspire nostalgia of an enchanting past and sheer joy among people. The family had initially decided to demolish the old ancestral house and build a brand new house in its place. However, as the members shared a great emotional connect with the 600 sq ft quaint house and they didn’t want to demolish it. It was then the decision to renovate it by retaining the original structure took shape. But architects Mithun Balan and Arun convinced them about the difficulties of retaining the old structure which has already showed signs of decay. The family, now, proudly show around their 1600 sq ft renovated house, built within a reasonable budget of Rs 20 lakh. Some parts of the house were demolished and few other features were added to transform the house into a unique dwelling, which elicited the traditional charm, while offering comforts of all the modern facilities. The colour of the sand in the front and the back yards and the sit-out projecting to the front of the façade are the highlights of this scintillating house built in traditional style. The earthy shade that adorns the elevation amazingly complements the surrounding lush greenery. The laterite stones on the pillars in the front aren’t plastered with cement, to give it an effect of a mud house. As it was extremely difficult to renovate the old structure, only a few walls of it are retained. The floor of the old house too has been retained which play a major role in giving a rustic charm to the beautiful house. The new house is perfectly designed in the traditional architectural style as per the wishes of Unnikrishnan. The new house has been built by including all the necessary modern facilities. Most of the materials from the old house were reused while constructing the new one. Old furniture are renewed with new upholstery work and used again. The interiors of the old house weren’t spacious and natural light shied away from entering it. There were just a hall, verandah, kitchen and two bedrooms in the old structure. Meanwhile, the new house has formal and family living areas, dining space, kitchen and four bedrooms. The pleasant shade of off - white lights up the interior spaces making it look amazing and spacious as well. The spaces are designed meticulously giving prime importance to utility and facilities. The living – dining areas are arranged beside the entrance door. The interiors, designed in the open style, make the spaces look vast and spacious. The elongated verandah is another striking feature of this house. Unnikrishnan possesses an impressive collection of antique objects which are exclusive and incredibly special as well. So the family didn’t have to go shop hopping to buy interesting curios to decorate the interiors. Among the many factors which helped reduce the expenses, reusing the materials collected from the old structure played a vital role. The ceilings were removed after marking all the measurements. These were re attached after the construction. Ceilings are built in the newly added bedrooms as well. Old roofing tiles were repainted and used. The living space, dining area and two bedrooms are built by retaining the floor of the old house. The construction materials were carefully chosen to avoid wastage. Project Facts Location – Alappuzha Area – 1600 SFT Owner – Unnikrishnan Designers – Mithun Balan and Arun Yuuga Designs, Manjeri Ph – 8943661899, 8589881899 Email – yuugadesigns@gmail.com Budget – Rs 20 lakh Year of completion - 2019 https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/09/renovated-alappuzha-house-essence-kerala.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/09/renovated-alappuzha-house-essence-kerala.html Sun, 09 Jun 2019 09:03:19 GMT Built on 6-cent plot, this Thiruvalla house is incredibly spacious Aji, a native of Nedumbram, Thiruvalla, Kerala, owned a 6 cents plot here, which didn't have any particular shape or structure. A road runs in front of this plot. Aji was skeptical about constructing a house on this plot. Although he approached many architects to design a house, none showed any interest. In the end, it was architect Anoop Kumar who took up the challenge of designing a beautiful house on this plot. The family was very particular that there should be no space crunch in the house. When the construction was over the meticulous design of the house make anyone forget that it was built on such a small plot. Flat roof dominates the elevation to make use of the spaces. A high - slanting roof right in the center is a striking feature which adds a chic look to the exteriors. It could be used as a utility space as well. The water tank too is installed here. The gate is made by doing CNC cutting on multi-wood. The car porch is built away from the main structure as the family wanted to have some front yard. It is quite unique that the beams aren’t installed in the sit-out. This 2000 sq ft charming house has a sit-out, living and dining areas, kitchen, courtyard and four bedrooms. The interiors, designed in the open style, make the spaces look vast and spacious. The living area and a TV unit are arranged right beside the entrance. A simple dining table completes the adjacent dining area. The prayer space is arranged on a wall here. Vitrified tiles, in matte finish, are paved on the floor in all the main areas. Tiles in wooden finish are used on the bedroom floor. The panelling and false ceiling done in plywood, veneer and gypsum finish and the stylish light fittings enhance the pleasant look of the interiors. The handrails of the stairway are made of mild steel with wood covering. The ceiling here is in double height. A courtyard, paved with artificial grass, is arranged beneath the stairway. A hanging cot too has been arranged here as per the wishes of the family. The natural stone cladding that highlights the exterior wall is repeated on the wall beside the stairway as well. The bedrooms are vast with attached bathrooms, wardrobe facilities and separate dressing spaces. The spacious kitchen has cupboards done in marine plywood and laminate finish. Granite is paved on the counter tops. A small breakfast counter completes the beautiful kitchen. This house is a fine example of building a beautiful house on a plot that is spatially challenging. Project Facts Location – Nedumbram, Thiruvalla Area – 2000 SFT Plot – 6 cents Owner – Aji Samuel Designer – Anoopkumar CA, Planet Architects, Changanasserry Email – planetarchitecture@gmail.com Mob – 9961245604 Budget – Rs 70 lakh https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/07/6-cent-plot-thiruvalla-house.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/07/6-cent-plot-thiruvalla-house.html Sat, 08 Jun 2019 06:05:47 GMT This Malappuram house is renovated for just Rs 6.5 lakh Sulfikkar’s ancestral house at Makkaraparamba in Malappuram, Kerala was more than 40 years old and time had really started taking a toll on the old structure. Though the family dreamed of building a brand new house, financial difficulties posed a challenge. It was Sulfikkar’s nephew architect Sajeer who suggested that the house could be renovated on a low and affordable budget. Just a few changes were made in the structure to make the exteriors look chic and stylish. The interior spaces were rearranged to make it vast and spacious. The house was built using the hurudees blocks which were partially concrete. This made the renovation quite easier. The house was demolished only up to the level of the lintel. The foundation was retained and the stones from the demolished parts were reused. Old stones were spread below the structure while new ones were used in the renovated parts. The wall with the brick cladding has been projected to the front of façade to make use of the old stones. These are the major changes that were made while renovating the house: • Old slanting roof over sit-out levelled to arrange an open balcony • Old and decayed rafters replaced with truss work using GI • Corridors, in the old structure, took merged with other interior spaces • Formal living area and the hall are rearranged in the open style • Two bedrooms are added • An old bedroom merged with dining area, making it spacious • Kitchen, which was renovated a few years back, has been retained Among the many factors which helped keep a check on the tab, reusing the stones from the demolished parts played a vital role. The old roofing tiles were washed and used. Old furniture is polished and reused. The hurudees bricks from the demolished parts are used to build the boundary wall. A sit-out, living and dining areas, three bedrooms, bathroom and kitchen have been rearranged in this beautiful house which has an area of 1600 sq ft. Space has been left vacant near the boundary wall to build the car porch. The family is happy that their house has had a stylish make over well within a budget of Rs 6 lakh. This house proves that renovation is not only about demolishing and adding on features but also of artistically rearranging the spaces. Sulfikkar’s dream abode provides an amazing model for those who wish to give their house a mesmerizing facelift, that too within an affordable budget. Project Facts Location – Makkaraparamba, Malappuram Area – 1600 SFT Owner – Sulfikkar Designers – Riyas and Sajeer, Covo Architecture Studio, Malappuram 9946607464, 9656009001 Year of completion – 2019 Budget – Rs 6.5 lakhs https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/07/malappuram-house-renovated-for-6-lakh.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/07/malappuram-house-renovated-for-6-lakh.html Fri, 07 Jun 2019 06:02:59 GMT A majestic mansion in Kochi synonymous with palatial luxury Anil and Anee, a doctor couple, is proud that their brand new luxury house has become a striking landmark in Kakkanad, Ernakulam, Kerala, within just three months after celebrating the housewarming ceremony. One would be awed at the array of mesmerizing features that deck up the interiors of this house. The family wanted their dream dwelling to be built closer to the city yet surrounded by serene natural beauty. They were not ready to compromise on the modern and luxurious facilities as well. Architect Albin Paul of B Studio, Kakkanad has designed this scintillating house keeping in mind the interests and preferences of the family members. The beautiful landscaping done on the plot, which spreads in two levels, is what highlights the majestic look of the house. The exteriors and the charming landscape amazingly complement each other. Beautiful kadappa stones are paved on the drive way. Trees, plants and lush green meadows complete the well maintained landscape. The spaces in the house are designed in elongated shapes taking advantage of the long plot which lies in two levels. The slanting roof adds to the regal aspect of this house which emanates the charm of contemporary style. It is the unique roofing tiles imported from Portugal that gives the exteriors a luxurious and majestic look. The interiors are designed in such a way that the spaces are always filled with lots of natural light and refreshingly cool breeze. Sliding glass doors and windows, sans the rows of grille, are stunning features which lend a classy look to the interiors. Rolling shutters are installed to ensure extra safety. The incredibly spacious house built in 7500 sq ft boasts of unique features and facilities like formal and family living areas, dining hall, five bedrooms, a working kitchen and a pantry kitchen, work area, library, home theater, gym and party areas as well. From the formal living area, one could enter the vast living cum dining hall which alone has an area of 700 sq ft. The family living area, designed in double height, makes the interiors look vast and spacious. The beautiful prayer area is made by installing special lighting behind a patch of exposed brick work. Exquisite paintings and curios adorn the walls in the interiors, enhancing the luxurious look of the house. The luxury of Italian marble could be seen on the floors in all the main areas. Wooden flooring is done in the bedrooms. Meanwhile, vitrified tiles are paved in the kitchen. Natural lights and artificial lighting are wisely combined to light up the spaces. Gypsum false ceiling with mood lighting add a chic look. This feature helps adjust the lighting according to the mood of the family members. The imported semi precious stone slab used as the table top on the dining table is incredibly stunning and exclusive. The water body is another striking feature in the interiors. The beautiful view of the soothing water body is possible from the formal living area and the sit out as well. A bronze statue of Lord Krishna makes the water body extremely attractive, giving it a mystical feel as well. All the bedrooms are spacious and are laden with luxurious facilities. The bath attached bedrooms have wardrobes, separate dressing areas and sitting spaces as well. There is a pantry kitchen besides the spacious working kitchen. An adjacent work area completes the kitchen. The island kitchen is designed in pristine white theme. The cupboards are done in automotive paint finish. A sink, counter top and an extended breakfast counter are arranged in the island kitchen. Nano white is paved on the counter top. The house shines amazingly when the beautiful yellow lights, in the exteriors, are switched on at twilight. This dream dwelling is truly a design marvel which has plenty of wondrous sights in store. Project Facts Location – Kakkanad Area – 7500 SFT Owners – Dr. Anil and Dr. Anee Architect – Albin Paul, Be Studio, Kakkanad Mob – 9846979960 Year of completion – February 2019 https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/06/mansion-kochi-palatial-luxury.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/06/mansion-kochi-palatial-luxury.html Thu, 06 Jun 2019 09:56:00 GMT Windows make this Malappuram house mesmerising and unique Faizal, an expatriate, is thrilled about his brand new house built at his hometown in Kootilangadi, Malappuram, Kerala, His dream dwelling stands regally on a 20 cents plot, in a small valley, close to his ancestral home. The construction of the house was overseen by Faizal’s father PC Hamsa, who is the vice president of the Moopilangadi panchayat. Architects Riyas and Sajeer of the Covo Architecture Studio, who are Faizal’s good friends as well, were entrusted with the task of designing a beautiful house. Faizal says that he wasn’t tensed at all about the construction as his close friends and family members took care of everything, from drawing the plan and purchasing the building materials to adding the final touches. The elevation features a unique box style with pristine white hue adorning the exterior walls. The beautiful brick cladding adds to the perfect contrast here. The car porch extends to the facade of the house. The structural work is done using MS in the sit-out, to allow creepers climb it. Gravel is paved on the front courtyard. This house which has an area of 2600 sq ft has a car porch, sit-out, living and dining areas, kitchen with a work area and four bedrooms. The living area, designed in double height, is the highlight of the interiors. An entire wall here is lined with windows. UPVC glass windows of 2.5 m X 4.5 m are installed in the living area, giving it a unique charm. These windows bring lots of amazing sun shine into the house which illuminates the spaces with natural light. A vertical garden built using mild steel is a striking feature in the living room. The handrails of the stairway are done using MS. A wash area is arranged beneath the stairway. Living and study areas are arranged on the upper landing. Vitrified tiles in matte finish are paved on the floor. Merbau wood is used to make most of the doors and windows in this house. A gypsum false ceiling, in minimal style, adds to the elegant charm of the interiors. The TV wall in the living area, a wall each in the dining space and the bedrooms are highlighted using texture paints. The dining table which can comfortably accommodate six people is made using irul wood. The kitchen cupboards are done using plywood and paint finish. An adjacent work area and a store room complete the kitchen. Two bedrooms each are arranged in both the floors. The headboards in the bedrooms are decorated with striking wall papers in beautiful designs. Three bedrooms are bath-attached and there is a common bathroom as well. Construction of this elegant house, including the additional design and furnishing, was completed on a budget of Rs 60 lakh. Faizal vows that he was able to build his dream dwelling well within the allotted budget. There are lots of windows in this house which help illuminate the entire house and fill the spaces with refreshingly cool breeze. So, there is no need to switch on the lights and fans in the house during day time, thereby saving significantly of the electricity bill. Project Facts Location – Koottilangadi, Malappuram Area – 2600 SFT Owner – Faizal Designers – Riyas, Sajeer, Covo Architecture Studio, Malappuram 99466 07464, 96560 09001 Year of completion – April 2019 Budget – Rs 60 lakh https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/04/windows-malappuram-house-unique.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/04/windows-malappuram-house-unique.html Tue, 04 Jun 2019 07:01:19 GMT Architectural exuberance: This Malappuram house sets example Jits, a police officer, dreamed of building a comfortable abode with all the modern facilities at his hometown in Vettilapara, Malappuram, Kerala. He wanted to construct his brand new house without burning a hole in his pocket. It was architect Juman who designed this beautiful house by keeping in mind the interests and preferences of the family members. “It has only been a month since we moved into our dream home. I am a police officer and my wife is a teacher. We wanted a house which comfortably accommodated the interests of my six-member family which includes my parents as well. I was very particular that the budget shouldn’t exceed Rs 30 lakh. Designer Juman drew a plan which perfectly catered to our demands and interests,” says Jits excitedly. The space behind the plot, which has hard rock surface, is raised. So, the foundation was naturally strong and no additional cost or efforts were needed for it. It saved a considerable amount of money. The rooms are designed according to the differing levels of the plot. The amazing fusion of roofs is the most striking feature of the elevation. The slanted roof, in double height, in the center is flanked by a flat roof and a slop roof on either side. The eye-catching combination of dark yellow and white hues highlights the incredible design features in the exteriors. A wall with wooden claddings adds a scintillating contrast here. Landscaping is done in various layers to suit the unique structure of the plot. Planter boxes are installed in the boundary walls by diving it in strips. There is a car porch, formal and family living areas, dining space, kitchen, three bedrooms, an upper study area and library in this elegant house, which has an area of 1350 sq ft. The house is designed in such a way that spaces are meticulously utilized. Vitrified tiles, in reasonable rates, are paved on the floor. The formal living area, designed in double height, makes the space look vast. Natural sunshine enter through the skylight on the wall, illuminating the interiors. So, there is no need to switch on the lights during the daytime inside the house. Skylights are installed in kitchen as well. The interiors emanate the incredible charm of minimalism as the spaces aren’t over-crowded with decors or other exquisite design features. The prayer area is arranged on a wall in the dining space. Planter boxes are installed by adding niches on the walls. This feature not only saved money but also add a hint of greenery in the interiors. The theme of minimalism could be witnessed in the bedrooms which has all the necessary facilities. Two bedrooms are bath-attached. There is a common bathroom beneath the stairway. A small aquarium above it is an interesting feature. A study area and a library are arranged on the upper floor, taking advantage of the flat roof here. The kitchen is designed in striking white and maroon colour theme. The cupboards have ACP powder coating. As the plot is raised a little, an excellent view of the greenery is possible from all the windows in the house. The cross-ventilation helps maintain a pleasant atmosphere inside the house. The constriction of the house, including the structure and furnishing, was completed on a reasonable budget of Rs 30 lakh. The family is extremely joyous as they show around their dream abode which, as per their wishes, was completed on a low budget. Among the many factors which contributed to lowering the expenses, the strong surface of the plot played a vital role. An elaborate foundation didn’t have to be additionally built. Light points are directly installed without adding the false ceiling. The kitchen cupboards are done in aluminum fabrication. The use of wood is limited. The windows are in metal frame and glass finish. https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/03/architectural-exuberance-this-malappuram-house.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/03/architectural-exuberance-this-malappuram-house.html Mon, 03 Jun 2019 07:34:47 GMT This Mammiyoor house on moderate budget has surprises galore Syam Krishnan, the assistant priest at the famed Guruvayur Sree Krishna temple, proudly shows around his brand new house at Mammiyoor. It was his greatest dream to build a house, in minimal style, in the five cents plot that he had inherited as ancestral property. The house, designed in the contemporary style, features a square shaped exterior. The 1650 sq ft house is designed by engineer Vineeth who is also Syam Krishnan’s close friend. The construction of the house, including landscaping and the boundary wall, was completed on a budget of Rs 36 lakh. Blending styles A unique construction style, which suited the nature of the locality and the general lifestyle here, was adopted. The stylish design makes maintenance of the house easier as Syam and his wife are employed. The expenses too had to be checked as the owner had given clear instructions that he intended to build a moderately budgeted house. The construction materials were meticulously chosen as the family was not interested in modifying their house according to the latest trends. The tastefully done landscaping amazingly blends with the design of the house. The gate which looks like it has been made by arranging wooden planks is made of NCP panels. The unique design of the gate undoubtedly adds a rustic charm to the house. An idol of Lord Ganesha is fixed on the gate by doing CNC cutting on a multi-wood sheet. The front yard, paved with kota stones and the charming garden, enhance the overall look of the house. Open interiors The interiors emanate an elegant charm of minimalism. A sit-out, living and dining areas, an upper living area, kitchen, three bedrooms, patio and a beautiful balcony are featured in this house. There are many features which bring in natural sunshine to illuminate the interiors and there is an abundant supply of cool breeze as well. Lighter shades of colors adorn the interior spaces. The living and the dining areas are designed in ‘L’ shape. The old furniture, brought from Syam’s ancestral home, is modified to suit the contemporary look of the house. The gypsum false ceiling in teak finish and the unique cycle lamp elevates the classy look of the dining area. The leftover wall-papers, MDF and plywood are used to decorate the pooja space. The teak finish on plywood adds a regal charm to the spaces. All the doors in the house, except the entrance door, are Tata’s ready-made steel doors. The entrance door, made in teak wood, emanate a luxurious elegance. Vitrified tiles in matte finish are paved on the floor. Cabinets in multi-wood are arranged in the bedrooms. The stairway which connects both the floors begins from the dining area. A bedroom and an upper living area complete the upper storey. One could enter the balcony from the bedroom upstairs. The spacious sitting area on the upper storey is an ideal space to host parties. A swimming pool is built on the terrace in the backside of the house as the family members, belonging to the Namboothiri community, may require taking a ritual dip in the waters. The pool which is four feet deep can hold about 8000 liters water. The kitchen is designed with all the modern facilities. Steel cabinets and granite counter top are arranged here. An adjacent work area completes the kitchen. As the owner was not ready to compromise on the quality of the materials, branded steel cabinets from Godrej is installed in the kitchen. Project Facts Location – Mammiyoor, Guruvayur Plot – 5 cents Area – 1650 SFT Owner – Syam Krishnan and Saritha Designer – Engineer Vineeth Ph – 9497828000, 8606580000 Budget – Rs 36 lakh Year of completion - 2019 https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/02/mammiyoor-house-moderate-budget-surprises.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/06/02/mammiyoor-house-moderate-budget-surprises.html Sun, 02 Jun 2019 07:07:40 GMT Planning to build a home? Procure these documents first It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that an average Malayali always yearns to build a house of his own. Most people do not mind spending their entire life’s savings to construct a magnificent house with all the modern facilities. However, not many are aware about the various documents that need to be procured before beginning the construction of a building. This article provides a list of such documents to make the readers aware about the importance of it. Documents needed under the jurisdiction of a village panchayat: » The title deed of the property » Possession certificate » Certificate validating the nature of the land » Latest land tax receipt » Plan (The plan of the house has to be submitted online for approval. It can be uploaded using the ‘Sanketham’ software if the property comes within the bounds of a panchayat. ‘Sulekha’ software can be used in the corporation areas.) Documents to be submitted in the panchayat office: » Application form to the panchayat » Three sets of the sanctioned sketch or plan » A detailed report about how the construction would be done » Three sets of the consultant certificate » The original copy of the plan should be shown at the panchayat office Procedures The panchayat has to provide the permit within fifteen days. Or else, you re-submit the application to the panchayat secretary or the president. If the panchayat fails to give the permit again within fifteen days, the applicant has the right to commence the construction of the building, assuming that the plan has been approved. However, the applicant has to take care that the construction happens by strictly following the laws. How to apply under corporation The plan of the house has to be uploaded using the Sulakha software. The documents that have to be submitted at the panchayat should be submitted at the corporation office too. However, the original copy of the plan needn’t be shown at the corporation. The applicant would be alerted about the date of the site inspection. The law states that the permit should be given within fifteen days. If not, the application could be submitted again to the corporation secretary or the mayor. The applicant can begin the construction assuming that the plan has been approved if he/she doesn’t obtain the permit fifteen days after the re-submission of the application. https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/05/31/documents-building-conustruction.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/05/31/documents-building-conustruction.html Fri, 31 May 2019 09:12:30 GMT Design fusion makes this Kasaragod house a visual treat The brand new house owned by Narayanan at Munnad in Kasaragod, Kerala stands out for its uniquely stylish exteriors. It is the perfect combination of different architectural styles that make this house quite special and stand apart among other traditional or contemporary houses in the locality. Narayanan wanted his dream dwelling to be nothing like the surrounding houses. An elegant blend of flat, slope and curved roof make the elevation of this house look scintillating. The yellow, green and white hues perfectly highlight the unique features of the exteriors. Locally sourced laterite stones are used to construct the structure. The charming house which has an area of 2900 sq ft has a car porch, sit-out, living and dining spaces, four bedrooms, kitchen and an upper living area. A wall in every room is highlighted with a bright shade of colour, which immediately draws attention. The chic sofa in ‘L’ shape, adorning the living area, gives a classy vibe to the interiors. A six-seater dining table is arranged in the dining area, where a wall is highlighted in pleasant yellow hue. The gypsum false ceiling and the elegant light fittings make the interiors look incredibly beautiful. The spiral stairway with wooden handrails is a prominent feature of the interiors. The ceiling above the stair area is in double height. A quaint yet comfortable courtyard, paved with artificial grass, is arranged adjacent to the stairway. Seating arrangements complete this area. The cupboards in the kitchen are done in marine plywood. Three bedrooms are bath attached and there is a separate common bathroom as well. The construction of the house, including the structure and the furnishing, was completed on a budget of Rs 55 lakh. Project facts Location – Munnad, Kasargod Area – 2900 SFT Plot – 15 cents Owner – P Narayanan Designer – Anil Kumar MV Mob – 9846968078 Year of completion - 2018 https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/05/31/design-fusion-kasaragod-house-visual-treat.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/05/31/design-fusion-kasaragod-house-visual-treat.html Fri, 31 May 2019 06:16:14 GMT A house in Kannur that brims with beauty and serenity Vijayan, a bank employee in Bahrain and his wife Smitha had bought 3 acres of land in Chettipeedika, one of the prime locations in Kannur, to spend their retired life in a beautiful house built here. The value of the land had amazingly increased by the time the couple decided to construct a house in this plot which is covered with lush greenery and has continuous availability of clean water. Though many approached them to buy the land, realizing its incredible market value, Vijayan was not ready to sell it off. He was determined to build his dream dwelling there. He approached architect Sreekant Pangapadu to design a house in the traditional style with abundant supply of natural light and fresh air. The house designed in 2000 sq ft has three bath-attached bedrooms, formal and family living areas, dining space, a modern kitchen with a work area, sit-out and a car porch. GI truss work is done over flat roof and is paved with roofing tiles. This feature has transformed the entire terrace into a spacious utility area. The cross design of the hall is the most stunning feature of this house. This unique feature ensures excellent ventilation besides offering incredible views of the lush greenery around the house. The central courtyard welcomes lots of pleasant sun shine and refreshing breeze in to the interiors. A beautiful stairway inside the house connects both the floors. Vijayan and Smitha are proud about their brand new house from where they can enjoy the charm of nature and the thrilling city life as well. Project Facts Owner – Smitha Vijayan Manimekhala, Kannur Designer – Sreekant Pangapadu, PG Group Designs, Kanjirapally Ph – 9447114080 Email – pggroupdesigns@gmail.com https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/05/30/house-kannur-beuty-serenity.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/05/30/house-kannur-beuty-serenity.html Thu, 30 May 2019 05:24:19 GMT Mesmerising makeover of a Kozhikode house on moderate budget Vijayakumari is proud and happy as she shows anyone around her recently renovated house. She had entrusted architect Babith and his friends with the task of makeover. What Vijayakumari initially wanted was adding one more floor above the existing structure. However, the natural lights shied away from the interiors and there wasn’t a stairway which could connect the floors. So, it was decided that the house could be renovated to suit the modern style. Several unique ideas that came up when she met a designer, who is also her relative, were perfectly executed in this renovated house. The old house had a living and a dining area, three bedrooms and a kitchen in 1000 sq ft. An extra floor is added to overcome the space constraints. Certain parts of the old structure were demolished, while some others were added. Now, the renovated structure has an area of 1385 sq ft. The interiors are designed in such a way that the maintenance became easier. The elevation of the house is given an extremely stylish makeover with the elegant brown and white hues adorning the exterior walls. The box-like pattern is the highlight of the exteriors. A sit-out which extends to the front is newly added. The car porch in the old structure was demolished to make the front room spacious. A bathroom too has been added here. The design patterns adopted in the interiors gave the family freedom to alter the arrangements as per their wishes and preferences. A stairway is newly constructed to connect both the floors. There is a family space and a bath-attached bedroom on the upper floor. The house was renovated without making any major changes in the original structure. The mosaic paved floor is replaced with stylish vitrified tiles. The wiring and plumbing works are updated to the latest versions. Elegant LED light fittings highlight the gypsum false ceiling. Fresh coat of paint in pleasant and attractive hues makes the house lively. These make the interiors look vast and feel amazing as well. Project Facts Owner – Vijayakumari Designers – Mukil, Babith, Rajesh, Dijesh Concern Architects, Kozhikode Area – 1385 SFT Plot – 16 cents Mob – 9847194014, 9895427970 Year of completion – 2017 Cost – Rs 17 lakhs https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/05/27/makeover-kozhikode-house-moderate-budget.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/05/27/makeover-kozhikode-house-moderate-budget.html Mon, 27 May 2019 09:19:56 GMT This Kozhikode house blends luxury with slice of nature Those who dwell in this house had actually wanted an elegant abode where a family of four could live comfortably. The contemporary style house stands regally in a 40 cents plot at Kuttikattoor, Kozhikode, Kerala. The unique roof, at varying levels, is the highlight of the exteriors. The groove, highlighted with bright yellow colour, stands out as an amazing designer feature. The aesthetically done landscaping enhances the overall ambience of the house, besides adding pleasant atmosphere. There are in – built benches in the beautiful garden where you can sit and unwind. The elegance of kota stone and lush green grass add a rustic yet mesmerizing charm to the exteriors. While the upper storey of the house was being constructed, the family noticed that a bird had built its nest on an upper deck and had even laid eggs in it. So the construction work was halted for a while. The work of the floor resumed only after the eggs were hatched and the birds flew away. The owner says that they didn’t have the heart to destroy the bird’s nest. The landscaping is done by retaining the trees that stood on the plot. There are living and dining areas, kitchen, four bedrooms and courtyard in this beautiful house which has an area 2950 sq ft. Each wall in the interiors is highlighted using striking hues. The yellow-painted groove area that we see in the exteriors is actually the stair area. The vertical skylights here welcome lots of sunshine into the house. A crockery shelf and a wash area are arranged beneath the stairway utilizing the spaces. The handrails of the stairway are done in wood with CNC designs. The dining table is arranged adjacent to this area. The courtyard is the most striking feature in the hall. A wooden bridge across the courtyard is scintillating. Artificial grass is paved in the courtyard as it is easy to maintain. The spaces are beautifully decorated with indoor plants which add a hint of pleasant greenery as well. The four bedrooms are designed in unique themes. The colours on the walls and the stylish designs on the paneling on the headboards make the rooms stand out. The kitchen cupboards are done in plywood and laminate finish. Besides the modular kitchen, one with a traditional hearth too has also been built. The family is thrilled that their perfect dwelling is a haven where nature is in sync with modernity and comfort. Project Facts Location – Kuttikattoor, Kozhikode Area – 2950 SFT Plot – 40 cents Owner – Simal Gafoor Architect – Noushad, Spatio Architects Year of completion - 2019 https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/05/26/modern-house-nature-kozhikode.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/05/26/modern-house-nature-kozhikode.html Sun, 26 May 2019 11:09:13 GMT This mansion amid lush greenery in Thrissur is worth seeing The luxury house that stands majestically on 71 cents of land in Perumpilavu, Kunnamkulam, Kerala is truly a treat to for the eyes. The landscaping which brings beautiful nature closer to the house is truly the highlight here. The position of the house has been planned to retain most of the trees that already stood in the plot. A combination of flat and sloped roof enhances the elegance of the house. The beautiful combination of the colors that adorn the exterior walls and its unique finish add to the overall look. There is a vast open terrace and an adjacent sitting space with a pergola roof. There are formal and family living areas, prayer area, kitchen, dining space, five bedrooms, spacious library, upper living area and home theater in this charming house that has an area of 5825 sq ft. The positions of the windows and the doors were decided by giving priority to excellent ventilation and air passage. The bedrooms are designed by ensuring enough privacy. Wall to ceiling wardrobes are arranged in the bedrooms where storage has been given prime importance. Pergolas and features in wooden finish make the interiors extremely attractive. Project Facts Location – Perumbilavu, Kunnamkulam Area – 5825 SFT Plot – 71 cents Owner – Mr. Prasad Architect – Acube Creators Mob - +91 9645528833 https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/05/24/mansion-lush-greenery-thrissur-worth-seeing.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/05/24/mansion-lush-greenery-thrissur-worth-seeing.html Fri, 24 May 2019 09:33:50 GMT Selecting paint of right shade for your dream home The choice of colours obviously plays a significant role in enhancing the overall look of a house. Brighter shades like yellow, blue and orange which were once considered unsuitable for houses and other residential buildings have now become favorites. Keralites love to make their dwellings stand out by experimenting with different styles and shades. A fresh coat of paint add oodles of charm to the building, be it old or newly constructed structure. There are lots of factors that need to be considered before having a paint job done. Besides making the house look beautiful, painting should also help protect the walls. However, quality shouldn’t be the only factor to be considered while choosing a brand of paint. Shade and structure too play vital roles in making a house attractive. Similarly, preferences of the residents have to be considered before painting the house. Lighter shades of hues always find takers as they are the most popular choices when it comes to painting houses. There was a time when people preferred dark and brighter shades as well. However, now, darker colours are restricted to the exterior walls while the interiors still adorn the lighter shades. Among the lighter colours, ash, beige, light yellow and green are incredibly popular. Single shades are mostly painted on the exteriors with borders done in contrasting colours. Emulsion, cement and textured are the three types of paints applied on the exterior walls. These are available in matte, satin, semi gloss and glossy finishes. Extra care has to be taken while choosing the colours for the rooms. Our favorite shades or colours may not necessarily suit the structure or nature of the room. Darker shades may make the rooms look dark and gloomy. Besides, painting smaller rooms in dark colours would highlight its congested features. Lighter shades make the rooms look vast and spacious. Distemper, luster and emulsion paints are mostly used in the interiors. Distemper is the most inexpensive style which is also called white washing. It is prepared by mixing slaked lime with water. Luster paints are oil-based paints which cannot be mixed with water. It takes longer to get dried. Besides, it has strong odor as well. Emulsions are water based paints which stays longer. Stains can be easily washed off the walls which are painted with emulsions. This is the best type of paint which helps prevent the proliferation of fungus during the monsoon season. Choice of colours Family members often come up with myriad ideas and preferences when it comes to choosing the right colour for the house. Each hue has unique nature which has to be understood very well. Painting every room in the same colour has become out-dated. The colour in the living area should be pleasant as guests are received here. Shades of orange or red create a vibrant atmosphere which is excellent to inspire pleasant conversations with the guests. This style could be tried in houses built in any architectural style. It is from the foreign countries that darker shades made their way into our interiors. Lavender and pink for bedrooms Bedrooms are in fact private spaces where individuals love to set up a world of their own. Shades which help us relax or which reflect love and passion could be used in the bedrooms. Lavender, pink and green hues would make the bedrooms look amazing. Pink have many takes as it is the colour of romance. Nature lovers prefer to have their rooms painted in cooler shades of green. Baby blue and pink for kids’ rooms The colour of the kids’ room should be chosen after considering their ages as well. Baby blue and pink colours suit kids’ rooms. However, it doesn’t mean that only these colours would make their rooms attractive. Their preferences and interests too should be considered while choosing the colours. Painting their favorite cartoon characters on the walls would make the rooms look amazing and lively. Orange for office spaces Office room and work out area are the two spaces which should emanate amazing positive energy. Orange and red colours make these areas extremely active. Light brown, white and light yellow shades provide a tranquil effect. These colours could be painted in the rooms of old people or in the prayer areas. Green is trending as the most preferred colour for kitchens these days. The latest trend is to paint colours on the ceiling which contrasts perfectly with the hue on the walls. Different shades of the same colour too could be used like this. The furniture and other interior decor could be arranged in the same theme of colour that is generally followed in the house. https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/05/22/selecting-right-paint-for-your-house0.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/decor/2019/05/22/selecting-right-paint-for-your-house0.html Wed, 22 May 2019 10:08:06 GMT