When NRI Baiju Pappachan planned to build a house, he wasn’t sure whether to go with a single-storeyed or double-storeyed house. After much thought, he decided it was better to go with a single-storeyed house.
What happens when you have a double-storeyed house is that when there are guests children rarely come down to meet them. They usually behave like aliens. So when it is a single-storeyed house, at least the communication will be easier between the family members. Not just that a single-storeyed house is easier to maintain, especially when you are only planning occasional visits. Since there was enough land, the idea of a single-storeyed house sounded better.
The single-storeyed house was built in accordance with the Vaastu rules on a plot rising above the road level. The sloping roof of the house adds to the beauty of the exteriors.
The house was built facing East. A paddy field is there on the opposite side of the plot. The arrangement is such that not only will you get a great view but it will also be windy inside the house. They have built low round walls around the house just so that the beauty of the house won't be obscured. Since the house is placed in the backdrop of a charming landscape, it looks even more gorgeous. There are driveways lined with natural stones, lawns and plenty of plants.
The 3,150-square-foot home features a porch, seating area, formal living, family living, dining, kitchen, work area and four bedrooms. In addition to the main porch, there is another porch in the detached model. It is made like a miniature model of the house. The roof of the porch has dormer windows reminiscent of the colonial style.
The main door opens to a wide-open hall. Formal-family living rooms are part of this long hall. A showcase divides the two rooms. This hall will be ideal for family get-togethers. A swing is set as the focal point in the center of the hall.
They have used vitrified tile with a glossy finish on the floors. The furniture was customized according to the interior theme. Stunningly upholstered chairs are the highlight of the dining unit. You can also spot a false ceiling here. From the dining room, you can enter the side yard through the door. When this door is opened, wind and light can enter. There is also a pergola glass ceiling at the exit.
All four bedrooms are done in different themes. The rooms have different wallpapers and false ceiling lighting that gives a different ambiance. Other facilities include attached bathrooms, wardrobes and dressing spaces.
The kitchen is U-shaped. The partition that opens into its dining area has been converted into a breakfast counter. The kitchen cabinet is in veneer + laminate finish. Granite was spread on the counter.
They admit that the decision to keep it single-storeyed was right as it kept their families together.
Location- Pandalam, Pathanamthitta
Plot- 35 cent Area- 3150 Sq.ft
Owner- Byju Pappachan
Architect- Sreerag Paramel Creo Homes Pvt. Ltd, Ernakulam
Year of completion- 2021