The enchanting house of Renjith that stands on a 5-cent plot in Eranjippalam, Kozhikode, Kerala, proves that a comfortable house with four bedrooms and all modern facilities can be easily built on a moderate budget.
Renjith had spent his childhood in his beautiful ancestral home which has always evoked nostalgia. It was his sheer love for this house that prompted him to renovate it. However, it wasn’t possible to do renovation as time had taken a toll on the structure, quite badly.
Besides, his friend and designer Mukil had told him that it would be expensive to renovate the old house. That is how the family decided to demolish the old structure and build a new one by retaining the foundation.
The 1640 sq ft house with four bedrooms was constructed on a budget of Rs 22 lakh. This elegant house flaunts the perfect combination of two architectural styles. The interiors and the exteriors feature different styles which is quite exciting. The hard rock cladding enhances the mesmerizing look of the exteriors. The slanting roof and the ‘thoovanam’ (wooden decoration) in the porch add a touch of the traditional architecture.
There are living and dining spaces, kitchen, work area, store room, upper living and four attached bathrooms in this house. Two bedrooms each are arranged in both the floors. The interiors designed in the open style adorn lighter shades. Each area is highlighted with different hues to separate spaces. The open spaces ensure excellent cross ventilation and the skylight in the stair area brings in lots of pleasant sunshine as well.
Furniture like cots, wardrobes, dining table and sofa set were purchased readymade. Besides, materials from the old house too were reused which prevented the budget from crossing Rs 22 lakh.
Factors which helped reduce expenses included that building materials were purchased as wholesale for various construction projects. Wood from ancestral home was reused. The doors and windows in the new house are made of old wood. The sand from the floor of the old structure was used for plastering.
Location – Eranjippalam, Kozhikode
Area – 1640 sq ft
Plot – 4.9 cents
Owner – Renjith
Designers – Mukhil, Ragesh, Babith, Concern Architectural Concerns
Ph – 0495 2767030, 9895773322
Cost – Rs 22 lakhs