Sijith, who works as a medical representative, is elated to show around his brand new house built on a 5 cents plot in Payyanur in Kannur district, Kerala. The family wanted a house with three bedrooms that perfectly suited the unique structure of the small plot. One would be surprised to know that this beautiful house, that has all the required facilities, is just 1000 sq ft in area. The structure was built after leaving the setback area that is legally required to be spared. One side of the house is taller than the other to grab maximum visibility. Interestingly, this house looks like a two-storied one from the outside. The serene charm of the lighter shades of hues dominates both the exteriors and the interiors. Wooden panelling and a show wall are the highlights of the exteriors.
This beautiful house has a car porch, sit-out, living and dining areas, kitchen and three bedrooms. The sit-out has been given a putty finish while paint was directly applied on the rest of the house.
The interiors are designed in the semi-open style. All the common areas feature stylish false ceiling. Vitrified tiles are mostly used for the flooring in the house. Meanwhile, lapotra granites are paved in the sit-out and black granite is used in the kitchen.
The TV unit acts a partition between the living and the dining areas. An elaborate couch set, bought directly from the factory for Rs 25,000, adorns the living area. The coffee table, meanwhile, is built by paving nano white on plywood frame. The dining area and the kitchen too are designed based on the open theme. The dining table features a stylish bench on one side.
The two beautiful courtyards are the liveliest spots in the interiors. A vertical pergola with GI frames and a skylight ceiling have been installed in the main courtyard that is closer to dining space. The natural sunshine that comes in through this skylight illuminate the interior spaces. Synthetic grass is paved on the floor of the courtyard and sitting spaces too have been arranged here. The wash area, meanwhile, is just adjacent to the courtyard. Besides, there is a mini courtyard on the left side of the entrance door. Beautiful indoor plants add a hint of greenery here.
The kitchen cabinets are built in the plywood and mica finish. Meanwhile, the counter top is paved with nano white. A store room too has been arranged closer to the kitchen.
All the bedrooms are bath attached. Built-in wardrobes with plywood finish are installed in the rooms for storage.
The construction of this house was completed on an incredibly low budget of Rs 12 lakh. An additional Rs 13 lakh was spent for furnishing. Sijith and his family are proud that they could build their dream home on a moderate budget of Rs 25 lakh, without burning a hole in the pocket.
Among the many factors that contributed in lowering the expenses, making the house incredibly space efficient by reducing the area in square feet played a vital role. The semi vitrified tiles that cost Rs 60 per square feet are used for flooring. Factory finish plywood and laminate were directly purchased without any middlemen, for the furnishing. The budget for the light fittings did not exceed Rs 4000. Moreover, the use of timber for furnishing is limited. Aluminum fabrication is done on the window frames.
Location – Payyanur, Kannur
Plot – 5 cents
Owner – Sajith
Design – Niyas Payyanur
Mob – 8547440077
Year of completion – 2019 December
Budget – Rs 25 lakhs
Picture courtesy – Ajeeb Komachy