Undoubtedly, designing houses in small plots in urban setting are challenging. But the newly built 'L' shaped house of Shumaiz at Kallayi on six-cent plot, squeezed among several other houses, in Kozhikode, Kerala overcomes the tricky situation and tides over the issues of space constraints.
The path leading to the house itself eats away 1.25 cents. This means, the owner is left with approximately 5 cents of land to build the structure, leaving aside the legal setback area. This is where a brilliant house idea was born that has the signature of wow factor. The main requisite for the family was that the inside of the house should override the limitations of plot size and make the space feel bigger. Though located in a congested plot, the house has not compromised with the free passage of light and air and has incorporated maximum number of windows in the structure designed with box-style elevation.
The 2950 sqft-house has a car porch, small sit-out, living room, dining room, kitchen, work area and 2 bedrooms on the ground floor while there are two more bedrooms, a living room, study space on the first floor along with a beautiful open space garden on the second floor.
The building sticks to the contemporary design of open-space theme where the corridors are separated by GI shelves. A sliding glass door blurs the line between the indoor and outdoor and helps an easy transit from the formal living space into a beautifully decked courtyard adjoining the compound wall. The courtyard with pergola ceiling sports a few chairs and it offers the ideal place to sit and relax.
All pieces of furniture have been imported and interior lightings customised. The fact that false ceiling has not been used here is another significant part of the design element. Wooden finish adorns the staircase from top to bottom, adding a stark contrast to the makrana white marble flooring.
A long table fits snuggly into the elongated dining hall. One of the walls is highlighted by setting up a mini seating area at the far end.
The acrylic finish used in kitchen cupboards gives a glossy sheen to the cabinets while the black galaxy granite countertop increases the durability. A pantry counter that opens into the dining area is another hallmark of the kitchen segment.
Contrast coloured ceilings and windows seats are the highlights of the bedrooms. The rooms give adequate thrust to storage facility with the help of concealed walk-in wardrobes. They are all bath-attached demarcated with dry and wet areas.
In short, not an inch of a space has gone unused that defines the beauty and versatility of the house. By all means it confirms to the dream of the houseowners. The long courtyard enables the visitors to park four or five cars at a time. Any person entering the ‘spacious’ house will only be awed to know that house stands on a minimal space of five cents.
Location- Kallai, Calicut
Plot- 6 cent
Architect- Faheem Moosa