Firos, an expatriate, has named his dream dwelling at his home town in Munduparamba in Malappuram district, ‘Thoovalkoodaram’ or a mansion of feathers. The fabulous designs and the space efficient features of this house easily overcomes the spatial challenges posed by the 6 cents plot. The family, meanwhile, wanted vast interiors that had amazing supply of natural light and air.
The construction was completed in stages and it took around three years for the family to finally move into their brand – new house. The owner relied on WhattsApp messages and video calls to oversee the construction. The elevation with the slope roof suits the tropical climate of Kerala. Moreover, the splendid charm of brick cladding imported from Vietnam is the highlight of the elevation.
Designed in 1600 sqft, this beautiful abode has a sit out, living and dining areas, courtyard, four bedrooms with attached bathrooms and a kitchen with an adjacent work area.
The classy dining table, the couches in the courtyard and the furniture in the study area are done by covering timber on steel frames. Moderately priced vitrified tiles have been used for flooring in the common areas. Meanwhile, black lapotra marble are paved in the sit out and stairway. The hand railings of the staircase are metal tubes covered with wooden panels.
The family wanted the bedrooms to be bath attached. The bedrooms are cosy and have been designed in unique themes.
The owner’s wife enjoys cooking and demanded the kitchen to be spacious and efficient. Around Rs 4 lakh was spent for just furnishing the kitchen. The modern kitchen dons the elegant plywood and laminate finish. The counter top, meanwhile, has been paved with white tiles. Tiles are pasted on the backsplash and are highlighted with concealed LED lights to add more definition.
The construction, including the structure and furnishing, of this simple yet elegant house was completed on a pocket friendly budget of Rs 35 lakh. It indeed is profitable considering the skyrocketing prices of the building materials.
The family’s friends and relatives say that the house hardly look like it has been built in just 6 cents.
Among the many factors that helped in keeping a check on the expenses, making the interiors space efficient by reducing the area in square feet played a vital role. The interiors are furnished in minimal style without any over – the – top design features. Locally sourced materials have mostly been used for construction. The use of timber is limited in this house. Instead, classy metal furniture is used in the interiors. Moreover, false ceiling and panelling works have been limited to reduce the expenses.
Location – Munduparamaba, Malappuram
Plot – 6 cents
Area – 1600 SFT
Owner – Firos
Architect – Yahya Mahmood
Engineer – Rafi, Salman and Shabeeb
Mob – 96338 82554
Form Architecture, Kondotty
Budget – Rs 35 lakhs
Year of completion - 2021
Photo credit - Akhil Komachi