While designing his own house, architect Sreekant had a clear idea about his dream dwelling. He intended to build a house on a moderate budget. The 1800 sqft house in a 5.5-cents plot in Muttambalam, Kottayam house emanates a traditional charm with interlocking bricks. The exteriors are not plastered with cement and this provides a rustic finish as well.
Old clay tiles were re-polished and paved on the roof. The roofing done in the filler slab method helps to keep the interiors cool even during blazing summer. The two pillars on the front, made with hard rocks add to the traditional charm of the house.
There is a sit out, dining space, living area, kitchen, 4 bedrooms, upper living area, balcony and an open terrace in the house. The interiors are designed in the semi open style. The living room is simple, and a TV unit too is arranged here. One of walls here is highlighted to add a perfect contrast. Sreekant has designed his house by wisely utilizing the space.
The bow window with a sitting space, adjacent to the dining table is a highlight here. The railings of the stairway are built using MS pipes. Few glass tiles are paved on the ceiling near the stairway to let in natural light.
The bedrooms are designed in minimal style, with in – built wardrobes. There is an attic and deck space in the first storey and a folding ladder is arranged here.
Features that stand out:
1) An old aatukallu (big stone blender) has been transformed into the wash basin
2) Ural (traditional stone grinder) is used as the thulasi thara (separate area where the sacred thulasi is planted) in the front courtyard.
3) Folding ladder.
4) Bay window which can be used as a sitting space.
The factors which helped keep the budget low:
1) The exterior built using interlocking bricks do not require cement plastering.
2) Old roofing tiles were reused. The roofing done in the filler slab method reduced the expenses.
3) Tried to avoid wooden works as much as possible
This two-storey house has been completed on a moderate budget of Rs 30 lakh. Sreekant says that he was free to experiment with the design and other features since it was his own house. He proudly flaunts his house as a fine example of a moderate budgeted house, which has all the modern facilities. Wise usage of space and recycling of old objects make this beautiful and elegant house stand apart.
Location – Muttambalam, Kottayam
Plot – 5.5 cents
Area – 1800 SFT
Architect and owner – Sreekanth Sasidharan
The Neo Indian, Kottayam
Mob – 9711876975
Budget – 30 lakhs