Manaaf’s house was constructed in Edavanakkad near Cherai. The entire work was overseen by the owner’s bother-in-law as Manaaf and his wife were working in Dubai.
The first step in the plan was to zero in on the exterior design. With windows everywhere, the style definitely had to be Victorian. The plan was drawn up only after that. The house had to be different, far from the ordinary, yet comfortable to live in.
The initial plan was to let out the upper floor of the 4000 sq ft house. The floor can be accessed from outside. Manaaf’s singular wish was to see the backyard wall even while seated in the living space. Hence, the plan was drawn to suit the owner’s particular wish. As Manaaf had 'Padippurakakathu' as his family’s name, he built a padippura (traditional arched gateway) by the side of the main entrance.
It’s into a quaint space of beauty that one enters into right from the foyer. A magnificent chandelier hangs from the ornately painted glass ceiling in double height within this space. The wall on the foyer space holds verses from the Quran in Arabic calligraphy.
It’s mostly a show of woodwork inside. Teak, cheruthek (pincoda) and mahogany have been used for the interior decor. Stained mahogany for windows and kitchen cabinets effects an ornate look. Gypsum for false ceiling and e-boards for ceiling decor look attractive.
The floor tiles have a natural rough look finish and are not as smooth as the glossy variety of tiles usually used. This is to save folks from skidding and hurting themselves. Most of the fancy light fittings have been sourced from abroad. The curios too are imported. A lot of importance has been given to storage space inside. The storage atop the wash area and TV unit is likely to be overlooked because of the ornate designs for the covering. All the bathrooms have been provided lofts for storage.
The designers who did the interiors were given an exact form of how the four walls and ceiling of each room ought to be. The lighting, landscaping, padippura design, the color scheme inside, the walls and the guitar-shaped fish tank were all designed by the owner himself. The house reflects the aesthetics of the owner. Manaaf is a multi-faceted and multi-talented artist. The paintings, photos and digital pictures displayed inside are all his creations.
The bedroom wardrobes are of marine ply. The kitchen counter top and the sit out have white granite for their decor.
A work area and a kitchen garden are highlights at the back. The well was spruced up. Fruit trees have been planted all over. All the trees which stood on the plot have been left intact and they add to the color of the place.
Manaaf is into painting and photography. He is also an expert in fractal art and has had his work displayed in India and abroad.
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