Libin Joseph’s brand new house at Kakkanad, Kochi, Kerala, is a unique abode that overcomes the spatial challenges of a smaller plot, quite seamlessly. The house that is built on a cost effective budget stands on a mere 4.25 cents plot.
The elevation which looks as if square and rectangular boxes are arranged in perfect geometrical patterns is the highlight of this house. Interestingly, this unique design has, in fact, helped in reducing the use of concrete. Walls built in multiple levels and the columns make the structure extra sturdy and strong. The family had taken advantage of the clause that relaxes the setback area in smaller plots with the consent of the neighbor.
Designed in 1300 sqft, this amazing abode has a car porch, sit out, formal living area, dining space, kitchen with a work area and bedroom in the ground floor. Meanwhile, the family living area, two more bedrooms and a deck space are arranged in the upper floor.
Even though the spaces aren’t vaster, they have been separated into public and private areas. The clear blue skies and the views from the road could be enjoyed through the long vertical glass windows on the elevation.
The entrance door opens to the formal living area that has a double height ceiling. This makes the interiors look vaster. Besides, the outer and the inner walls don lighter shades of hues. This too helps in making the spaces look comfortable and vast.
A bedroom in the upper floor has been turned into a study cum office space to accommodate the work from home and study from home schedules of the family members.
The simple yet elegant stairway connects all the floors in the house. A tastefully done family living area is arranged in the first landing of the stairway. The sliding glass door here opens to the balcony.
The kitchen cabinets are made in marine ply with MDF finish. Meanwhile, the counter top has been paved with granite. An adjacent work area and store room completes the kitchen space.
Efficient waste disposal is often a challenge, especially in houses built on smaller plots. So, an incinerator has been installed to burn the plastic waste and a compost to process the food and other organic waste. The owner, meanwhile, vows to install a solar panel next, to meet the energy needs of the house. Anticipating the installation of the solar panels, the open terrace has been designed in a spot which receives good amount of sun rays.
The construction of the structure was completed on a reasonable budget of Rs 30 lakh. An additional Rs 10 lakh was spent for furnishing and interior designing. The family is joyous that they could build their dream dwelling on a smaller plot without burning a hole in their pocket.
Location – Kakkanad
Plot – 4.25 cents
Area – 1300 SFT
Owner – Libin Joseph
Architect – Rahul Nair
Atelier Noir, Ernakulam
Mob – 7994156169
Year of completion – 2020