Photographer Prasanjith’s house in Valayanad in Kozhikode district in Kerala, is a fabulous haven of greenery that grabs instant attention. Interestingly, the structure is covered in beautiful vines and creepers and is surrounded by spectacular flowering plants, bushes, and trees. This amazing house was built four years ago in a 4.75 cents plot.
Prasanjith’s father, who was also a photographer, is passionate about gardening. The octogenarian still loves to tend to his garden. Prasanjith says it was his father who inspired him to love greenery.
Varieties of bamboos and plants had already been planted in the yard when the construction of the house was progressing. However, almost a year after the family had begun living in their brand new house Prasanjith found a unique creeper called Cat’s Paw. It is a rapidly growing climbing vine that has stunning yellow flowers that grow in bunches. This invasive vine has sharp thorns that hide behind the thick flowers and leaves, thus earning the name cat’s claw.
While some were concerned about snakes and insects making the vines their homes, others made fun of the family. However, the vines are full of thorns that prevent reptiles from crawling up these green canopies. The creeper was planted in the soil on the ground and then allowed to ‘invade’ the building. Another creeper called Mandevilla too has been grown here, granting an astounding look to the house.
The balcony is the highlight of the house as beautiful yellow flowers cover both the sides and the glass ceiling too. This space looks surreal and is the perfect spot to host parties. Besides, Prasanjith has turned this space into a photo area where mesmerizing flowers and greenery sets the perfect background. Hanging lights made using beer bottles too are an eye-catching feature.
This double-story house has four bedrooms. Interestingly, one of the bedrooms has mud plastering. The mud that was leftover after digging the well in the plot was used to plaster the walls in this bedroom. Gypsum plastering that does not require a putty finish has been done in the rest of the house. The walls have been directly painted and it has definitely saved some money for the owner.
The most amazing fact about this splendid house is that the interiors have an arresting ambience as the spaces are cooler and pleasant even during the noon when the sun is the harshest. The canopy of greenery acts as natural air conditioning here.
Prasanjith is also a seasoned rider who owns an impressive collection of vintage bikes. Yezdi, Rajdhoot, Java and Road Wing are some of the most exciting ones in his collection. He says that those who had made fun of him saying that he has invited snakes into his house should visit his fabulous abode at least once to see and experience the unique feel. The family, meanwhile, enjoys every moment of bliss in their green abode.
Location – Valayanad, Calicut
Plot – 4.75 cents
Area – 1900 SFT
Owner – Prasanjith
Mob – 9847187009
Design – Fazil
Supervision – Saheer Babu