Lack of space and a limited budget are the two factors that often bother the common man when he or she decides to build of house of their own. The cost of the land has significantly gone up in the recent years. Besides, the high construction costs would push them almost into bankruptcy. However, Siraj, a native of Nattika in Thrissur district, Kerala, has a different tale to tell about building his dream abode.
“The plot that we own is barely 5 cents. The rectangular plot really posed challenge. Moreover, we had limited budget too. We could prevent the budget from overshooting by reducing the total area is square feet and by wisely choosing the building materials,” says Siraj.
The elevation features the flat – box style to overcome the spatial challenges of the rectangular plot. Both the interior and the exterior walls don the serene charm of the white hue. Meanwhile, the blue highlighter borders add the perfect contrast against the white color. The interior spaces are designed to suit the unique layout of the plot.
Designed in 1100 sqft, this amazing abode has a sit out, living area, dining space, two bedrooms and kitchen with work area. The spaces are designed in the semi open style. The interior spaces are vaster, yet have partitions to ensure privacy. Interestingly, a small wall is what separates the living and the dining areas.
The stairway and the wash area are arranged as part of the spacious dining hall.
Among the various factors that helped in keeping a check on the expenses, building the walls with cement blocks played a pivotal role. Using cement blocks are relatively cheaper than the traditional bricks or the laterite stones. The interiors have been designed with excellent space management by reducing the area the square feet. Moderately priced tiles that cost less than Rs 50 per square feet have been used for flooring. The use of expensive timber is limited for furnishing. Anjili wood has been mostly here. The readymade furniture pieces look trendy and match the interiors. False ceiling and paneling works have been avoided. Instead, light points are directly installed.
The house has been designed in a way which allows the family to build more rooms in the upper storey, if required, in the future. Interestingly, the construction could be completed on an affordable budget of Rs 18 lakh. This is indeed impressive as it would at least cost Rs 25 lakh to build a house of 1100 sqft with similar facilities, due to high price of the building materials.
Location – Nattika, Thrissur
Plot – 5 cents
Area – 1100 SFT
Owner – Siraj
Designer – Muhammad Mirshad
Mirsha and Associates, Calicut
Mob - +91 9947141002