A house that is less than Rs 25 lakh and which features the looks and facilities of a Rs 40-lakh mansion – this was the dream of Dipu Mathew, a native of Piravom. He met the designer-couple Vineeth and Sini with the demands.
The main challenge before the designers was the disproportionate rectangular plot having an area of 4.5 cents. However, such issues were sorted out quickly and the house was completed in eight months. When it was ready, the house exceeded the expectations of the owner.
The elevation of the house is a blend of colonial and contemporary styles. Truss work has been done above the flat roof, which offers two benefits – availability of utility space and less heat in the interiors as direct sunlight does not fall on the roof.
The 1,400 sq ft house has a formal living space, family living area, kitchen and four bedrooms. Open style has been adopted in the interiors by avoiding unnecessary walls. This enables cross ventilation as well as making the interiors spacious. The open hall covers the formal living, family living and dining areas. TV unit and wash area also form part of this space. Vitrified tiles have been used for the flooring here.
The bedrooms are furnished sparsely. Attached bathroom and wardrobe are the only facilities in all bedrooms.
In the kitchen, the counter is made of granite. A specialty of the cooking area is a traditional firewood stove along with modern facilities.
The construction of the house was completed at a cost Rs 24 lakh. The amount covered the structure and furnishing. “Guests are amazed by these aspects of the house – the plot of just 4.5 cents, the relatively low cost construction at a time when the prices of all building materials are skyrocketing and timely completion. We are so thrilled,” says the owner Dipu.
Where costs were cut
» Structure built with concrete bricks
» Locally-available building materials used
» Foundation did not incur much expenses as the ground was firm
» Work completed in eight months
» Wardrobe, kitchen and cupboards built with ferrocement
» No false ceiling, light points given directly
» Old furniture was recycled by polishing
Location – Piravom, Ernakulam
Area of house – 1,400 sq ft
Plot – 4.5 cents
Owner – Dipu Mathew
Designers – Vineeth Joy, Sini Vineeth, Design Groove, Piravom