Ligy Zachariya and Asha are excited to show around their recently renovated house at Puthupally in Kottayam district, Kerala. The house that was built around four and a half decades ago is surrounded by pristine woods. Ligy had bought this house that exudes the majestic charm of traditional architecture around twenty five years ago. He says that he didn’t dismantle the old house then, as he had fallen in love with the unique design features of the house.
However, the family decided to give it a modern makeover as time had begun taking a toll on the old structure. Besides, congested spaces and lack of proper supply of natural light and air too had bothered the family. Though they wanted to give their abode a facelift, they didn’t want to lose the traditional charm of the house. Interestingly, this house was renovated without dismantling or adding too many parts.
The concrete house has a slanting roof like the olden times. The slanting roof has been retained to stay true to the features of the traditional architecture. Meanwhile, GI truss has been newly installed which is then paved with mud tiles. Interestingly, the house dons unique looks from the front and the sides too. The old porch was removed to make the front yard spacious. Meanwhile, a new porch has been built on the side, by raising the plot a bit.
The spectacular landscape plays a vital role in highlighting the amazing features of the house. Buffalo and pearl grass that require minimum maintenance have been used in the lawns here. Asha is passionate about gardening. So, she made sure that both the interiors and the exteriors are tastefully decorated with beautiful plants and bushes. Moreover, the gate and the car porch too are adorned with flowering vines that oozes charm. The long sit out is spacious and amazingly complements the structure. This sit out is the perfect spot to enjoy the fabulous garden and the surrounding nature outside. This space too is decorated with lots of refreshing indoor plants.
Designed in 3800 sqft, this splendid mansion has a car porch, sit out, formal and family living areas, dining space, kitchen with a work area and four bedrooms. The spaces have been rearranged to make the interiors spacious and vaster. The interiors, meanwhile, are furnished minimally without any brighter shades of hues or over the top décor. The walls don the pristine charm of white hue. The old furniture pieces have been reused after giving them fresh coats of polish.
The interiors have been designed in the semi open style. Besides making the spaces look and feel vaster, it ensures amazing cross ventilation too. The formal living area is arranged just beside the entrance door. From here, one could enter the spacious dining hall where the quaint family living area too has been arranged. Lots of windows and light colored curtain fittings grant a pleasant ambience to this space.
The old mosaic flooring has been replaced with stylish kota stones. Meanwhile, a new bedroom is built in the place of the old kitchen. Similarly, a bedroom got transformed into a modern kitchen after the renovation. The bath attached bedrooms are simple yet elegant. Wardrobes and cupboards are arranged in the bedrooms for storage.
The new kitchen is modern, stylish and compact. Interestingly, everything is arranged within the hand’s reach here. The classy elegance of the white color theme is the highlight of the kitchen. The cabinets, meanwhile, are done in teak wood with PU paint finish. An adjacent work area too has been arranged as part of the kitchen. The work area opens to the back yard where a grand old mango tree stands. A lawn has been grown around this mango tree to turn it into an enchanting space where the family members could relax in the evening. One could enter this side of the plot from the road through a wicket gate.
The family is joyous that their dream home has undergone a modern makeover without losing its traditional charm. They say that the beautifully renovated spaces exude positive vibes that inspires the family members.
Location – Puthupally, Kottayam
Plot – 65 cents
Area – 3800 SFT (New), 2600 SFT (Old)
Owner – Ligy Zacharia and Asha
Architect – Jose Vellapalli
Cyriac Vellapally and Associates, Kottayam
Year of completion – June 2020