The newly-built house of Dr Madhu and Dr Divya at Kannadi in Palakkad district, Kerala wears the distinct charm of colonial style. The dormer windows that bear the signature of colonial architecture and the slanting ceramic-tiled roofs lift the appeal of the house of the dentist couple.
Ample space is given in the front yard so that one can enjoy the visual appeal of the house to its fullest. Flat stones separated by grass grids give a refreshing ambience to the front yard. Another interesting feature is a detached style car porch that easily blends with the landscape. Next to the car porch, that has been designed using GI frame and GI sheets, is the outdoor garden seating with a serene Buddha head statue in concrete that radiates positive vibes into the green turf.
A car porch, sit-out, living room, dining room, kitchen, work area, four bedrooms, library and a swimming pool fits well in the 2000sqft residence. Dark-hued shades and heavy panelling were avoided in the interior corridors to stick to the minimalist norm. Anyone who walks into the house will undoubtedly experience the the amazing amount of freshness inside, underscoring the fact the structure has been designed to encourage maximum natural ventilation and lighting.
The dwelling is a confluence of a variety of windows. Dormer windows projecting from the roof, French windows in the bedrooms, the perforated terracotta screens, transparent pergola skylight all redefines natural lighting of the place. Vitrified tiles have been used for flooring the common area, while wooden finished tiles are laid in corridors.
The elongated dining hall overlooks a swimming pool through a door-cum-glass window on one side, while on the other side is attached a double height staircase built with a combination of GI and wood. Terracota screen adorn the side walls opposite the stairs through which sunlight and air flood into the interior. In daylight as you climb up the stairs, natural light seep in gently onto the first floor to form a canvas for different shadow patterns. The space beneath the stairs has been conveniently utilised for a wash area.
The dormer window adds charm to the classy look of the master bedroom and offers a perfect view of the landscape outside. A cozy effect is added to other bedroms through in-built seated bay windows. The rooms have attached bathrooms and wardrobe.
The plywood-laminated cabinets and granite counter tops add to the chic look of kitchen.
On the whole, the family wanted their new house to stick to a different style statement and narrate visual experience altogether. But the outcome was miles ahead of their expectations, so much so that the colonial house has now turned out to be a new landmark of Kannadi village.
Location: Kannadi, Palakkad
Plot: 10.5 cent
Owner: Dr Madhu and Dr Divya
Architect & Interior Design: Sajith Vattappara, Surya Sugunan
Etern Architects, Panampilly Nagar
Y.C - 2020