Shaji, a social worker and businessman based in Chungam, near Feroke, Kozhikode district had always wanted to stay close to his ancestral home. So, he purchased a plot not more than a kilometre away from his relatives. However, it was quite a challenge designing a house in the plot that lies in two layers.
The plot was levelled before the construction began. The owner says that around 30% of the budget was spent just for levelling the plot and preparing the basement. He runs a business of interlocking blocks. So, these are paved in the front yard.
Designed in 4950 sqft, this beautiful mansion has a spacious car porch, sit out, formal and family living areas, dining space, kitchen with a work area, four bedrooms, upper living area, balcony and a swimming pool too.
The family was determined to mostly use natural materials for the construction. Kota stones that were imported from Rajasthan have been used for the flooring works. Besides, imported African wood adds elegance to the furnishing. Some of the furniture pieces are custom made while the rest are ready made.
The couple lives here with their three sons. The swimming pool has been built for their leisure. A sliding glass door in the family living area opens to the pool area. The owner says that he can easily keep an eye on the kids, through the glass door, when they are in the pool.
There are two bedrooms each in both the floors. Interestingly, the bedrooms don unique designs and patterns. These bath - attached bedrooms have wardrobes for storage and separate dressing spaces too.
The kitchen cabinets are done in plywood and laminate finish. Meanwhile, Kalinga stones have been paved on the counter top. The adjacent work area makes it space efficient. A breakfast counter too has been arranged as part of the main kitchen.
The dining area is close to the staircase. The wall here is highlighted with wooden cladding.
A room in the upper floor has been turned into an office space. A separate stair and entrance from the outside are arranged here.
The long balcony and the open terrace are the perfect spots to enjoy family time. The owner has lots of relatives and friends who often visit the family. So, these spaces could be used for family gatherings and parties.
The family, meanwhile, is thrilled that they got the house of their dreams by amazingly overcoming the challenges of an uneven plot.
Location – Chungam, Feroke
Plot – 15.75 cents
Area – 4950 SFT
Owner – Shaji P
Designer – Mushahinu, hin_design studio, Calicut
Mob – 8921538938
Year of completion – 2022 January
Pictures – Akhil Komachy