Contemporary and minimalist in design, this quaint 1,400 sqft house stands on 14 cents of land amidst the pastoral settings of Cheruthuruthy in Thrissur. Far from the hustle and bustle of the city, the structure has a well-planned design and is quite an eye-turner.
Salam and family, NRIs, wanted a neat and nice-looking small house to live in during their holiday stops in their native village. The owners were particular about the size of the house. They wanted a cozy nest, which could be easily cleaned and kept neat. The little house nestles close to nature, enjoying all its natural benefits.
A small canal runs between Salam’s plot and the paddy fields adjacent to it. Care was taken to keep the canal intact while laying the foundation of the house. The compound wall was raised to a height of six feet and the canal was allowed to flow without any interruptions effected by the construction. The elevation comes in different levels. The striking design element is the orange-colored highlighter wall.
The wall is special in that it has been plastered and has grooves laid in. The LED strips inside the grooves are in turn covered by toughened glass. The structure is a magnificent sight by night with the lights bathing the house in special colors. Parties can be arranged on the open terrace.
The house enjoys the facilities of a car porch, a sit-out, formal living, family living, dining room, kitchen, work area, bedrooms with attached bathrooms and a balcony.
The cross-ventilated rooms bring in fresh air and brighten up the space with sunrays. To highlight the effect of expansiveness, space-eating walls have been done away with. Another special feature is that a lot of importance has been given to storage. Small storage units have been built into the available open space.
The living room comes in double height. The wall paper on one of the walls here highlights the décor of the place. The TV unit has been set here. The interiors are in muted colors. Vitrified white tiles in matt-finish adorn the floors. The furniture in jute fabric goes well with the design elements of the space.
The living-dining space has been done up in the open style. The quaint-looking dining table can seat six and is special in that it too is a storage unit.
The designer has tried to bring in novel features inside. The handrail of the staircase has been designed with GI pipes. The pipes have been painted white and look attractive. There are skylights at the stairway and in the kitchen. The wash area finds its space under the staircase. A family living space on the floor up is a special addition.
The bedrooms are very privately set. All the three bedrooms have attached bathrooms and wardrobes. A wall in the master bedroom where the headrest stands has been given design highlights.
The kitchen has been done up in black and white and has a breakfast counter within. Here too, mica-covered storage units make the space high on utility.
With an effective plan, the cost did not exceed Rs 35 lakh. There were a lot of trees inside the plot, but not one was chopped down. The trees keep the place cool and breezy. The beauty of the house lies in its simplicity.
Location: Cheruthuruthy, Thrissur
Area: 1,400 Sq ft
Plot: 14 cents
Owner: Salam P.A.
Designer: Jitheesh Gopal