Fasal, an expatriate who works as an accountant in Dubai, had dreamed of building a house of his own before getting married. Though it didn’t happen then, Fasal is extremely happy that his dream dwelling finally materialised at the right moment. He proudly shows around his brand new house that stands in an 8 cents plot at Aloor in Palakkad, Kerala. Fasal’s ancestral home that stood at this plot was demolished before constructing his new house.
He confesses that he wasn’t interested in building a house there as the plot was narrow. However, it was his father who persuaded him to build his dream home in the same plot itself. Besides, the fact that the plot is in a prime location too helped. Fasal’s father, who had the experience of overseeing the construction of two houses previously, was entrusted to oversee the construction of his son’s house as well. Fasal was thus able to build his house without fretting too much about the budget. The plan was drawn and the elevation was made ready by Riyas and Shahul of the Kootanadu White Wing, who are Fasal’s close friends as well.
“It was I and my father who went hopping to purchase all the construction materials. We selected high quality materials on reasonable rates. Most of the materials were purchased from whole sale firms by paying ready cash. The rest were bought by bargaining. It helped control the budget from the beginning itself. Every stage of work was entrusted to different teams of workers on contract basis,” explains Fasal.
This beautiful house, in 2400 sq ft, has a car porch, sit out, living and dining areas, kitchen with an adjacent work area and five bedrooms. It was Shahul of the White Wing who designed the interiors too. Minor changes in these designs were suggested by the family. The materials for furnishing were purchased by Fasal himself and the work was done by contracted workers. Thus he was able to decorate the interiors within the allotted budget itself. Noted artist Subair too had chipped in with creative suggestions and encouragement.
The exclusive granite paved on the lower floor was purchased directly from Jigani. A few other items of decor were brought from Dubai.
The interiors reflected a touch of wood, in general, which enhances the classy look of it. Fasal admits it was a trip with his wife to the Dubai La Mer which gave him the inspiration for this design approach. Tiles in wooden finish are paved on the floor in the sit-out and the steps on the stairway as well. The hand railings are done in mahogany and painted in the attractive shade of teak wood.
The huge pergolas above the stairway let in natural light in abundance and illuminate the dining area. The entrance door is made in teak wood and the rest of doors in the house are done in timber from jack fruit tree. It took four years to complete the construction of the house. Fasal too had joined the construction workers on the site, toiling hard to build his dream home, whenever he was home for vacation. His heart brims with joy and excitement as he talks about his dream abode. Fasal is sure that only an expatriate could fully understand his elation and incredible pride in finally seeing his dream come true.
Location – Aloor, Palakkad
Plot – 8 cents
Area – 2400 SFT
Owner – MT Fasal
Mob – 0071503436200 (gulf)