Jayesh, a native of Kozhikode, Kerala is incredibly proud and elated to show around his brand new house Nirmalyam, which he has designed all by himself. The story of Nirmalyam begins from Jayesh’s own childhood which he spent in a battered thatched house, with leaking roof. When the harsh monsoons flooded his frail house, he would pack his books in a plastic sack to save it from the gushing water.
The harsh winds that accompanied the showers often found fun in blowing out the kerosene lamp in whose light Jayesh earnestly learned his lessons. It had always been his dream to build a house which provided them safety and security. Years later, he has fulfilled his dream by building an amazing house in Nanmanda.
“The dream of building a house of my own began to grow wings when I settled in Hyderabad after landing my first job. I had then dreamed of a single storied house with just two bedrooms. Later, I moved to Bangalore after getting placed in the ISRO. After I have earned enough money, I bought some land beside the road in my hometown. A well too was dug here. The next year, I got transferred to Thiruvananthapuram and my dream home got an additional storey as well,” says Jayesh.
Jayesh decided to design and build the house on his own with the intention to keep the expenses at bay. His father, who is a construction worker, helped with the measurements and other technical aspects of construction. They didn’t have to look around for laborers as his father’s friends came forward to help. It was this unity and friendship which gave Jayesh the confidence to design his house. Online drawing software was used to prepare the plan of the house. Besides, Jayesh studied the basics of Auto – Cad as well. There are lots of tools available online which helps in drawing the plan of a house, designing it and even visualizing the finished look. The drawing which had to be submitted to the panchayat to secure the permission was, however, done by an architect.
As the land is predominantly covered with laterite stones, there was no need to do piling or concreting the belts. The foundation is built with hard rocks that were acquired when the well was dug. These hard rocks were also used to construct a part of the boundary wall. This helped reduce the cost of construction significantly. The structure is constructed using laterite stones.
The house is designed in minimal style with flat roof. Pergolas are designed on the balcony roof which illuminates the area with pleasant sunshine besides adding a designer element. The electric points and boxes for concealed LED lights were installed while concreting the house. Thus ceiling lights are fitted without actually arranging a false ceiling.
Two bedrooms are bath-attached. The sanitary items are placed by dividing the bathroom into dry and wet areas. Concealed bathroom commodes are used here. As the bathrooms, on both the floors, are built on the same side of the house, the length of the plumbing lines got reduced significantly. A single water heater unit is used for both the bathrooms. Hot lines from the up stair bathroom are extended to the bathroom in the lower floor as well. The power switch of the water heater can be switched on from both the bathrooms.
Vitrified tiles, in elegant and easily available ivory hue, are paved on the floor. Matte finish tiles are used on the kitchen floor. They are paved on the floor in the open terrace as well. Full black body tiles enhance the classy look of the stairway.
Off white and grey shades dominate the house which enhances the chic look of the house. Grey hue is predominantly used on the parapet and the sun shades, while the rest of the house is painted in off white.
It was already decided to limit the use of wood for furnishing. The frames of the doors and windows are done in GI pipes. Iron pipes were purchased in huge quantities and welded at the site to desirable shapes. The window panes are made with aluminum and glass. Readymade panel doors are used in this house. Limiting the use of wood helped reducing the budget significantly. The windows and doors are installed in such a way that excellent cross ventilation is ensured inside the house. To push out the warm air from the hall, GI pipes are welded in slanting positions on one side of the window above the stairway.
Though Jayesh was worried about the budget, he had enough funds to arrange the interiors elegantly. He had already decided to install a modular kitchen with lots of storage spaces. Marine ply and mica are used to furnish the kitchen. Granite is paved on the counter top instead of nano white which is costlier.
The cots, wardrobes and dressing tables in the bedrooms are made with marine ply and veneer. There are enough storage spaces inside the cots. Granite topping is done on the wash counters built using ply.
Marine ply is used to make the TV unit and showcase as well. The hand railings of the stairway are done in square steel pipes. Instead of glass, reasonably priced colored polycarbonate is used to cover the pergola in the balcony.
Most of the home appliances and electric fittings were purchased online. These products were purchased by comparing the costs on different sites and by availing the discounts. A part of the boundary wall is built using readymade concrete shutters. The rest of it is made using the hard rocks saved while digging the well. Laterite stones are used to construct the boundary wall right in front of the house. The gate is done in GI square pipes. The car porch and the area around the house are paved with interlocking cement bricks. However, stones or bricks are not paved in the front yard to allow the rain water to seep into the earth.
Jayesh is happy and excited to have achieved the greatest dream of his life. Now he hopes to have new dreams at his elegant and charming home which is amazingly special to him in many ways.
Location – Nanmida, Kozhikode
Area – 1950 SFT
Plot – 11 cents
Owner and designer – Jayesh CS, ISRO, Thiruvananthapuram
Budget – Rs 30 lakhs + Rs 10 lakhs (interiors and furnishing)