Nature around this dream home in Kumily is a combination of white and green and when the mists lift, there appears a piece of elegant beauty on 40 cents of land. All of the 3,283 sq ft is a picture of harmony set against a backdrop of sprawling, landscaped gardens and abundant greenery all around. The single-storey house belongs to Jose Abraham.
The way to the house is beautifully paved with cobbled stones with the spotlight on the lily pond in the centre that greets visitors.
That touch of tradition on the elevation was brought out by the concrete tiles laid on the sloping roofs set on truss work. The car porch is a separate entity and has been designed as a piece apart from the main block. The exterior walls have been highlighted with stone cladding. The interiors can be accessed straight from the garden into the sit-out.
What define the interiors are the earthy tones in all rooms. The main door opens out into a wide hall designed in the open style. The space here holds formal living, dining and family living areas. The floors have been laid with vitrified tiles. The dining area is actually a continuation of the living space. Every single piece of furniture gels with the interior dcor and even the color tones are of the same muted shades. There are no embellishments like false ceilings. Instead, light points have been set in plain flat ceilings. In effect it’s a Mezzanine style here where you get the utilities of a double floor in a single floor.
The highlight of the interior is undoubtedly the courtyard. This little space of sunshine can be accessed from all the rooms. The skylight ensures that the interiors are always bright and cheerful. The courtyard is an open space and it has been provided rolling shutters which can be downed as and when privacy demands. With pebbles and stones and plants, the place is a luxurious piece of green, an oasis of peace and calm, the ideal place for a family chill-out.
A spiral staircase takes you up to a storage space and a bathroom. The terrace area behind can be accessed through a door in the upper space.
The kitchen is an elegant piece of design. Finished in plywood-laminate and nano white counter top, the space is quite like a green patch indoors. Storage space is aplenty inside the overhead cabinets. A small breakfast counter has also been set up here.
There are four large bedrooms with attached bathrooms and dressing areas. Each wall of every bedroom has been highlighted in paint finish. Walk-in wardrobes are another design feature of the bedrooms.
What gives the elevation its stunning effect is the well-laid out garden with its immaculate landscaping that complements the natural setting around. The plants, trees, cobbled stones and a green spread of lawn gives the structure added elements of outdoor decor. It’s sheer beauty by night when the lights are on and the place taken on a golden haze.
The USP of the house is its minimally-designed exterior, eminently functional and aesthetic interiors and its expansive, well-designed garden space.
Location: Kumily, Idukki
Area: 3283 sq ft
Owner: Jose Abraham
Mindscape Architects, Pala, Kottayam
Ph: 04822 213970
Year of completion: December 2017.
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