Mujeeb of Kottakkal in Malappuram district in Kerala has to pinch himself to be doubly sure he is sitting inside the very same quaint 30-year-old concrete house that once wore crammed lackluster interiors hostile to natural light and fresh air. Call it a wonder makeover, Mujeeb is now the proud owner of a luxury home decked in a glam contemporary setting, all but on a low-cost budget of Rs 30 lakh!
The surprise element in the facelift lies in the intelligent twist given in design so as to conceal the drawback of narrow plot.
The facade of the old house underwent a splendid trendy makeover, by adding an extra amount of elevation on the old slab and a projected roof in double height. Industrial roofing technology and shingles give the exterior an extra edge.
A car porch, sit-out, formal living area, family living space, dining, kitchen, six bedrooms, a balcony and an open terrace are part of the 2,750 sqft renovated house. The problem of space constraints in the rooms was overcome by revamping the interiors.
The first issue was to fix the small crammed rooms of the old house. The rooms were redesigned in an open space theme and two of them merged by knocking down a wall or two. The old-fashioned mosaic floors gave way to stylish katni marbles, while the old pieces of furniture were given a new life by cleverly refurbishing them to fit into the chic contemporary environment.
Bedrooms assume a commanding position here. While a normal dwelling has a maximum of five bedrooms, this house features six bedrooms with two of them on the ground floor and four on the renovated first floor. All of them now have the luxury of attached bathrooms, and extra wardrobes for storage.
The kitchen gets a refreshing touch of state-of-the-art features, modular cupboards laminated with mica+plywood finish, and granite countertop. There is an adjoining work area too.
If people think home renovation is an expensive affair, then Mujeeb's experiment is sure to make their jaws drop. The house owner had to shell out just Rs 30 lakh to get the entire structure and furnishing completed, when otherwise it would require Rs70 lakh to construct a 2,750sqft house!
Getting it done cheaper
» Extra care was given in the purchase of construction materials. High-quality materials were purchased at moderate prices.
» The furniture in old house was remodelled and reused
» Doors of old house were spruced up using plywood-cum-mica lamination
» Katni marbles on the floors, renders a classic Italian finish to the floors
Location: Kottakkal, Malappuram
Plot: 14 cents
Area: 2,200sqft (old) 2750 sqft (new)
Design: Sabeer Ali
Shabco Properties and Builders
YC: December 2020