Jobish’s brand–new house at Mananthavady in Wayanad is as dreamy as the splendid nature that surrounds it. The family was fascinated with the grand colonial mansions that have become major landmarks in the high ranges. So, they wanted their dream dwelling to feature classy colonial architecture. Many designers and architects refused to take up this project as they thought that a colonial structure wouldn’t be feasible here, considering the unique geographical features and the weather patterns of the area.
The plot is about 12 feet above the road level. Besides, the rectangular plot is in a corner too. The structure has been perfectly designed to suit the unique layout of the plot. At a glance, this colonial house looks like a single storey structure. The slanted roof isn’t too tall, making the structure look compact. Interestingly, the car porch has been built separately so that it wouldn’t mar the eye-grabbing elegance of the main structure. The porch which is a GI structure sports a chic look with shingles paved on the V board roof.
Designed in 2242 sqft, this fabulous abode has a car porch, sit out, living and dining areas, kitchen, four bedrooms, upper hall and a balcony too.
The entrance door opens to the spacious living area. The TV unit, prayer space and the stairway have been arranged here. One could get to the quaint courtyard from here. This area, decked with glass ceiling and wall and soothing greenery, stays true to the colonial elegance of the house.
A unique type of timber called the purple heart has been used for furnishing. This single-coloured timber doesn’t have any grains and thus grants a clean and chic finish to the furnishings. Wooden finished tiles have been paved on the floor to complement the fabulous furnishing.
Jobish enjoys long and relaxing drives on his favourite bullet bike. The balcony on the backside of the house has been turned into a memory space where beautiful photographs from his journeys have been exhibited. Interestingly, this area is designed in Buddha theme to exude a magical ambience. Unique pictures, figurines and curios of Lord Buddha adorn the walls and shelves here. The family says that they use it as a reading area or a calm space to enjoy a conversation with tea.
Two bedrooms each have been arranged on both the floors. Three bedrooms are bath attached. The master bedroom has been separated by building it two feet below the floor level. Jobish insisted that this room should have a dramatic entrance and one should feel really special here.
The black-themed kitchen has cabinets done PVC laminate finish. The countertop, meanwhile, has been paved with granite.
The front yard, paved with baby mettle, is simple and has compound fencing to compliment the colonial theme of the house. The construction of this beautiful abode, including the structure and furnishing, was completed on a budget of Rs 45 lakh.
The family’s friends and relatives who came for the housewarming ceremony was impressed by the European style house that boasts of some incredible design features and modern amenities. Meanwhile, Jobish and his family are proud that they didn’t give up their dream even when many tried to dissuade them.
Location – Mananthavady, Wayanad
Plot – 12.5 cents
Owner – Jobish
Designer – Noufal
KCN Constructions, Kalpetta
Mob – 9747770369
Year of completion – September 2021