Malayan Alavi is proud to show around his brand new mansion that he built at his hometown in Pookkotumpadam near Nilambur, Kerala.
Born into a not so well off family, Alavi grew up experiencing the bitter realities of life. Later, he went abroad to work and started his own business. Slowly, his standard of living improved as his business flourished. Whenever, Alavi came home for the holidays he used to stay at his family home in the town. He decided to build a new house, at a place which is surrounded by greenery and tranquility, to enjoy his life after toiling abroad for more than 2 decades.
It’s only been a week since the family has moved into their new home named Dar es Salaam. They had celebrated the housewarming ritual on 8 January. The family decided to have an elegant single storey house to make maintenance easier. This fabulous abode dons the classic style of colonial architecture.
The plot is a bit raised from the road level. Meanwhile, the structure has been built by retaining the natural layout of the plot. The hills or the dunes haven’t been leveled here to build the house. The gate is made in metal with attractive CNC designs. The walkway that begins from the gate is on a slope.
The front yard is paved with natural stones and grass which allows the rain water to seep into the ground. Interestingly, the landscape too is designed as amazingly as the house. A beautiful water body and a sitting space have been arranged as part of the landscape. The design of the well and the sitting area, done in the shape of a tree, is quite unique.
The flat roof has been installed with truss work and is then paved with tiles. Designed in 5500 sqft, this majestic mansion has a car porch, sit out, formal and family living areas, dining space, courtyard, five bedrooms and kitchen with a work area. The car porch and the generator room are built separately from the structure.
The interiors are designed in the open style. However, privacy has been ensured at the areas where it is required. The grand elegance of the Italian marble flooring adds to the fabulous look of the interiors. The furniture pieces were exclusively imported from Indonesia.
The entrance door opens to the spectacular view of the courtyard where a sitting space has been arranged. The formal living area is chic and there is privacy too. From here, one could enter the spacious hall where the dining area, family living area and the courtyard have been arranged.
The bedrooms are designed uniquely to suit the interests and likes of the family members. The bath attached bedrooms have in – built wardrobes for storage and separate dressing spaces too.
The kitchen cabinets are done in multi wood and PVC sheet. Alavi says the kitchen has been furnished in his wife’s favorite grey and red color theme.
Solar panels are installed on the roof to make the house energy efficient. Interestingly, the house is mostly run on electricity produced by these solar panels. As the house stands in a hilly area, lightening arrester too has been installed here.
The truss roof, in fact, allows an additional attic space which could be used for storage or other purposes. Alavi has three children and his eldest daughter is interested in painting. The loving father is currently setting up an art gallery and studio for her in the attic space.
Location – Pookkottumpadam, Nilambur
Area – 5500 SFT
Owner – Malayan Alavi
Plan and construction – Rajesh
Interior design – Subin, Vipin
Avishkar Designers, Nilambur
Mob – 8281777569
Year of completion – January 2021
Pictures – Ajeeb Komachy