Madhu Chandran and his family were struggling due to extreme heat inside their double storey concrete house that lacked a proper supply of air and light. Moreover, congested spaces and other difficulties added to the family’s woes. That is when they decided to renovate their forty-year-old house that stood in a 9 cents plot in Edappally, Kochi, Kerala.
The house has been revamped by retaining the structure on the left side. The concrete roof has been completely replaced by a truss roof that is then paved with roofing tiles.
The interiors were re-arranged to make the areas more spacious and vaster. Redundant interiors walls were dismantled to make the spaces open and roomy. More windows have been added to let in lots of fresh air and light. Designed in 2917 sqft, the stylishly renovated house has a sit-out, formal and family living areas, dining space, kitchen with work area and four bedrooms.
The formal living area is decorated minimally yet exudes an elegant charm. A portable semi partition separates this area and ensures privacy to the rest of the interiors. This could be turned into a spacious hall if the portable partition is removed.
The dining space and the family living area are arranged as a single unit. A wall here has been highlighted where the TV unit is installed.
A folding glass door in the dining area leads to the amazing sitting space outside. This area is decorated with a tree that adds a hint of greenery. Besides, the tulsi thara (a concrete platform where the holy basil is grown) brings a traditional charm to this area. Lots of cool breeze and natural sunshine come into the house if this door is opened. Moreover, the dining area looks very spacious too.
The timber from the old house has been reused for furnishing. Many doors and windows in the renovated structure are built using the old timber. A blend of terracotta tiles, white vitrified tiles and solid wood are used for flooring.
The newly added truss roof is paved with tiles, adding an element of traditional style. The upper area, meanwhile, could be used as a living space, entertainment area or a utility space as required. As the truss roof is installed at a greater height, this area has a cooler and pleasant ambience.
A skylight courtyard in double-height is an eye-catching feature here. This area too plays a vital role in illuminating the interiors with natural sunlight. The prayer area is arranged by highlighting a wall with beautiful plywood panelling.
The kitchen is refurbished with more facilities. The cabinets are done in the plywood and mica finish. The countertop, meanwhile, has been paved with granite. An adjacent work area completes the spacious and highly functional kitchen area.
The bedrooms are simple without any false ceiling or panelling works. The bath attached bedrooms have in – built wardrobes for storage.
The family is happy and proud that their old house got the fabulous makeover of their dreams. Since the house stands on the side of the Kochi – Edappally main road, the passers-by and the travellers cannot help but steal a glance at this spectacularly renovated house.
Location – Edappally, Ernakulam
Area – 2917 SFT
Plot – 9 cents
Owner – Madhu Chandran
Architect – Anjith Augustine
City Futures Design Collaborative, Aluva
Mob – 9446874872
Year of completion - 2019