The cost of building a house can be considerably reduced by effective planning and utilizing alternative construction materials. A visit to a house in Changanassery would convince skeptics. The 2,200 sq. ft. house is built on a plot measuring 25 cents. The total expense came to only around Rs 35 lakh.
The interiors are designed for use by a six-member family and a contemporary style has been employed for the purpose. The most striking feature on the exterior is a wall cladding in teak wood.
Door-cum-windows are featured to let in the cool breeze from the adjacent paddy fields. Guests reach the front door along a pebble court.
The house has a living room, dining room, kitchen and four bath-attached bedrooms on two floors. The flooring is done with vitrified tiles having matt finish. Cove lights adorn the gypsum ceiling which cast a pleasant illumination in the rooms.
The living – dining areas are in semi-open style. A lattice semi-partition is also provided. The TV unit has been arranged in the drawing room on a veneer panel.
The dining table is meant for six people, while the staircase and railings are built with wood and stainless combination. Space is effectively utilised by setting up a study area and a bathroom below the stairs. Grills and toughened glass over the stair area lets in light and fresh air through the skylight.
There are two bedrooms on each floor. Unnecessary furniture is avoided in all the bedrooms. Each bedroom has been given paint of a different colour to give it a distinct feel.
Kitchen cabinets have a plywood-laminated finish and black granite adorns the counter.
Even with all such facilities and rising prices, it is laudable that the cost of the 2200 sq. ft. house was restricted to Rs 35 lakh.
Area of house: 2,200 sq.ft.
Plot: 25 cents
Owner: Ashok Nair
Designer: Anoop Kumar, Planet Architecture, Changanassery