One glimpse of a house is enough to know the design sense of its owners. This is precisely the style mantra of a discerning architect. The basic ingredients that go into the mixing and matching of a structure begin right from the lifestyle the prospective owners of a house are used to. The size of the plot and the layout then determine how imposingly the house should be structured. Trendiness is only the final flavor, which brings about a totality.
The Subair-Zeenath couple’s house in Kunnumakkara, Vatakara, is in every way a testimony to the vibrant and visibly opulent living style of its owners. When architect Shabana Nufeil designed the house, this predominantly rich lifestyle motivated her to draw up its structure. Opulent and regal all the way, Khadeeja’s Villa stands out against the verdant background of the Vatakara sky.
The structure has been done up in a semi-contemporary style. Since the family was very particular about constructing the house away from the main road, what put the architect in a fix was how its elevation could be made impressive. So the height of the compound walls was brought down and grills were fixed to complete the top. This exterior design ensured that the house on all of its 29 cents looks imposing even though it’s little away from the road. The sloping roofs and the cladding below enhance its looks.
The owners were very particular about having a totally different texture and pattern for the flooring. They did not want the common vitrified tiles laid in almost all houses. So they went in for gray Italian marble flooring. Open rooms, yet private. This was the concept of the owners. A pantry opening out into the dining room was designed as per the demand of the couple.
From the foyer
A novel “L” shaped verandah is one of the style highlights here. This ensures that those seated within the verandah are not visible to people outside. This is mainly because the car porch has been integrated into the verandah.
The couple was very particular that the drawing room be built to maintain utmost privacy. This was borne in mind when the architect very subtly merged the common living room with the drawing room while maintaining its private nature. The blue cushions and artifacts of the same hue seamlessly integrate with the color of the room.
A huge wall embellished with cladding greets you when you step into the hall from the foyer. The pergola here lets in natural light, which keeps the room bright and emits a golden hue. Though the staircase goes up from the living room, it does not intrude into the symmetry of the room. The dining section is a smooth entry from the living room, devoid of needless projections and juts. The highlight of the dining room is the glass-topped dining table.
A large unit has been deftly divided to make for a pantry, kitchen, work area, store and living area for helpers. Though the pantry opens out to the dining room and is visible to all, all the other sections of the unit are not visually accessible to others.
Of the four bedrooms, two are upstairs and two down. From the foyer, entry is open to both the floors. An open space upstairs has a study and an entertainment niche with a home theater system installed there. The study is built in such a way that it can be visually accessed from anywhere in the house. The study is like a bridge, which links both the floors.
If sophistication and finishing style would need a live demo, one needs to turn only to Khadeeja’s Villa. No desi furniture here. Everything has a foreign touch. The leather sofas jive up the ambiance of the living room. Marine ply and veneer have gone into making the beds and the sofas in the living room. The pull outs and the splash backs in the pantry and the kitchen look chic and stylish in panlac glass. The total finish comes from the teak wood used all over.
The rooms, painted in vibrant colors, add a rich hue to the place as the light streams in and blue is the theme color. The color of the wallpaper and the cushions brighten up the place. Blues and yellows mixed in white make a merry splash across bedrooms and the kitchen.
The house in all elegance complements the greenery around and is in total sync with the environment.
A first rank holder in BArch from Calicut University, Shabana Nufeil has been in the field of architecture and interior designing for the last nine years. Her commitment to Green Architecture has fetched her the Certificate of Green Associate.
Area: 4,773 sq ft
Noufail and Shabana Architects