Congested spaces and lack of scope for future extensions are often pointed out as the disadvantages of living in flats. Most people say that they get bored living in flats as there are limitations to make changes or transform the spaces as they wish. However, Jihas and Naziya’s brand new 2 BHK flat at Kakkadu in Kannur, Kerala, is truly a ‘sky abode’ as it is on the 15th floor.
As the flat is on the uppermost floor, the family enjoys the luxury of two open balconies. Smart planning and perfect execution has granted this flat the unique cosiness of an independent house. The balcony beside the living area has been turned into dining space. This area has glass roofing fitted on GI frames that open to the sky and sliding glass windows too. A wall here is highlighted with brick cladding. Besides, the windows are secured with grilles to ensure added safety.
Meanwhile, the balcony close to the master bedroom has been turned into an activity space. This is the perfect spot to do yoga or work out or used as a fabulous creative space where beautiful paintings could be made. As the family loves greenery, both the balconies are filled with amazing indoor plants.
The interiors are done minimally using elegant features and décor. Interestingly, smaller areas aren’t crowded with furniture. The custom made furniture pieces perfectly match the general theme of the flat. A mini pantry space has been separated near the kitchen. Interestingly, the kids have made this into their study space too.
The bedrooms are simple and have attached bathrooms and in – built wardrobes. Windows secured with grill that has attractive jali designs in the master bedroom is eye catching. The concealed and sliding cabinets ensure amazing storage capacity in the modular kitchen.
Those who live in flats have said that their life had almost been like house arrest during the lockdown period. However, this family vows that they never felt any difficulty as they enjoyed the openness of double balconies.
Location – Kakkad, Kannur
Area – 1100 SFT
Owners – Naziya and Jihas
Design – Ameena Amal K
Mob - +97 466780966
Year of completion – 2019
Pictures – Akhil Komachy