Meera and her family had decided to demolish their old ancestral home at Choondi in Alappuzha district, Kerala, as time had begun taking a toll on the structure. Besides, the family wasn’t comfortable with the limited facilities and congested spaces of the old house. Even though the structure was dismantled, the sturdy foundation of the house was retained.
The classic style of the traditional architecture is the highlight of this beautiful abode. After building a flat roof, a sloped truss roof has been installed at a height. The tile paved truss roof is what grants a traditional look to the house. Moreover, the area below the roof could be used as an attic space. This area is spacious enough to host small parties or gatherings.
Usually, the backyards of the houses aren’t decorated as elegantly as the front yard. Here, the fabulous landscape and the vast verandah are continued in the backside of the house too.
An extremely enchanting and spacious sit out is what welcomes the guests. Traditional style pillars, amazing ceiling and sitting spaces that have in – built storage units make the sit out one of the most attractive spaces in the house. The old flooring of the ancestral home has been retained here to give a unique vibe to this space.
Besides two car porches, there are long verandahs on the front and the back sides of the house. Sprawling in 6900 sqft, this mega mansion has formal and family living areas, dining space, kitchen with an adjacent work area, four bedrooms, home-theatre and a balcony.
Apart from the main door, there is another entrance into the house through the office space. The formal living area has been designed by ensuring privacy. One could directly enter this area from the office space. However, one couldn’t grab a view of the other common areas in the interiors from here.
The family living area designed with a double height ceiling is the favorite spot for the family to gather. The stairway, meanwhile, is just beside this area. The elegant stairway carved in exquisite teak wood is really an eye catching piece. The hand railings feature the classic combination of teak wood and toughened glass.
The false ceiling done in veneer and gypsum add a classy ambience to the interiors. Meanwhile, amazing spot lights and strip lights make the spaces look and feel spectacular.
The show kitchen has been designed in the island style. The cupboards here are done in plywood with laminate finish. The counter top, meanwhile, is paved with granite. An adjacent working kitchen too has been arranged as part of the spacious kitchen unit.
The spacious bedrooms are bath attached and have lots of in – built storage units. Huge dressing spaces are the highlights of the bedrooms. However, they are smartly concealed using wooden walls.
The home-theatre equipped with modern dolby technology is the star of the upper storey. This area has also been turned into a library space by adding book shelves.
The car porch outside the house has been designed as a miniature of the main structure. The front and the backyards where lots of shading trees form a wonderful canopy of greenery are extremely attractive.
Interestingly, this house designed in the traditional style stands out for its modern amenities and smart technology. The family is ecstatic that their fusion house has turned out exactly the way they had dreamed.
Location – Choondi, Alappuzha
Plot – 25 cents
Area – 6900 SFT
Owner – Meera Chandrashekhar
Architect/designer – Shini Paulose and Paulose Alex
Paul and Shini Associates, Thammanam, Kochi
Mob - 9633961117
Year of completion - 2020