A house wedded to space

by Wednesday , May 04 2016 11:12

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Home is where the heart is! And who said contemporary style of architecture refuses to reconcile with Mother Nature? Welcome to this dream home of doctor couple Bobby K. Mathew and Swapna at Kadavantra, in Kochi. Step in, and you forget the hustle and bustle of the city.

The home had already taken shape in their dreams when Bobby and Swapna approached architects Rahul and Shanthi with the concept of a simple house with four bedrooms and a spacious living room, contemporary in style, with low-maintenance as their priority. Land to build a four-bedroom bungalow in Kochi may remain a distant dream for many, but indeed, they overcame the limitations of the nine-cent plot by designing the building with two bedrooms on ground floor and two on first floor.

The house has been built on one edge of the plot, providing space for a spacious courtyard for parking three cars. The pleasant and soothing interiors accommodate a prayer area. The user-friendly cupboards, furniture and furnishings manifest simplicity and are designed in such a way that it is easy to keep them clean. A consultation room has been set up adjacent to the living room. Provision of a 14,000-litre tank for rainwater harvesting underground the consultation room is the brilliant idea of Dr Bobby’s father, K.J. Mathew IPS. Solar electrification fulfills the power needs.

The two bedrooms on the ground floor open to the dining room whereas kitchen and work area are completely separated from this area. This ensures privacy for domestic helps in the kitchen.

The staircase from the dining room winds up into a spacious corridor on the first floor, which in turn opens into bedrooms and home theatre. Besides this, there is a utility area specially designed on the first floor. The terrace is easily accessible from this area, which makes drying clothes as well as ironing them easy. Custom-made cupboards in bedrooms ensure ample storage space.

Teak’s the word

Dr Bobby’s father insisted on use of teak for wood work in the entire area. One can rely on the strength of teak, and needless to elaborate on the aesthetic factor. Also, teak demands less maintenance, which is a major attraction that makes it cost-effective. Of course, teak texture doesn’t go well with the contemporary style. This was a challenge for the architects, but they took it up and were indeed successful. Here, teak was given mat finish so that it doesn’t affect the modern style and aesthetic beauty of the building. Elaborate use of teak, not just for making cupboards and wardrobes, but even for panelling, adds grandeur to this dream home. White nanoglass has been spread on kitchen slab, which balances the visual effect in kitchen and highlights teak cupboards there.

The couple’s aesthetic taste reflects on floors too. Dr Swapna chose Italian marble for main areas, whereas tiles and granite were used in bedrooms. Leppatto-finish marble was used in sit-out and for stairs.

The couple could not even think of compromising on ventilation. Roof has been designed in different levels; a technique which helps regulate heat in the interior. Living room and dining room have been built in double heights. Generally, roofs are a little high in all rooms, which also gives rooms a spacious effect.

How can garden be not a part of this sweet home? Green is the colour that enriches the dreams of this couple now. Dr Bobby and Dr Swapna have already started work on a beautiful terrace garden.

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