The beautiful hamlet of Kakkadampoyil at the Kozhikode – Malappuram in Kerala border is often touted as the ‘Ooty of Malabar’. This area which is graciously blessed by Mother Nature boasts of a pleasant and cold weather. Interestingly, it was only recently that the authorities discovered the incredible scope for tourism in this area.
Meanwhile, the fabulous abode owned and designed by Bava Karadan, a native of Edakkara in Nilambur, perfectly complements the amazing nature. The misty mountains, the enchanting brook and the lush greenery set the most amazing backdrop here. The structure has been built as a weekend home where the family could getaway to. However, they have plans to host tourists as well, at their brand new holiday home.
“I run a lubricant business which is based in Kozhikode. However, I really am curious about homes and their designs. I regularly read the Home Style feature in Manorama Online and note down interesting ideas. That is how I gained the confidence to design my own house. Earlier, I had designed a house, in similar theme, at Gudalur in Tamil Nadu. However, we gave up that house due to close proximity to wild animals and extreme weather,” says Bava.
The new house, meanwhile, stands in one of the highest points in Kakkadampoyika. So, the pristine beauty of nature could be enjoyed in all its glory from here. Most importantly, the structure has been built without harming the natural environment of the area. The fabulous blend of flat and sloped roofs is the highlight of the exteriors.
Designed in 1700 sqft, this amazing abode has a sit out, living and dining areas, kitchen, three bedrooms and a balcony. The house has long verandahs on both the sides from where the stunning views of nature could be enjoyed. Interestingly, an additional balcony has been built, using industrial work, above the actual balcony. Bava says it truly is a surreal experience enjoying the misty mornings at this roof top balcony.
The structure has been uniquely designed to suit the moist surfaces and misty and cold climate of the area. So, wooden furnishing has been avoided. Meanwhile, GI and aluminum furnishing grants a classy elegance to the interiors. The kitchen too has been primarily furnished in aluminum fabrication to tackle moisture. Vitrified tiles in wooded finish are paved on the floor in the common areas.
“We had approached a person to design the landscape. However, we backed out as the proposed budget was exorbitant. We then designed a landscape using the limited knowledge that we had. This helped in limiting the expenses at Rs 50,000. There are spaces for the kids to play and special spots where the family could relax and unwind,” notes Bava.
The construction of this spectacular dwelling, including the structure, furnishing and landscape, was completed on a budget of Rs 40 lakh. Transporting the building materials to a higher terrain had actually increased the expenses. However, Bava and his family are thrilled that they had fulfilled the dream of owning the perfect weekend home. The house is named ‘Munna’, after the couple’s younger son. So, every weekend, Munna’s guest house eagerly awaits the family and a few tourists too.
Location – Kakkadampoyil, Calicut
Plot – 50 cents
Area – 1700 SFT
Owner and designer – Bava Karadan
Mob – 97476 10000
Year of construction - 40 lakhs
Pictures – Ajeeb Komachy