This is an incredible tale of how a family who were determined to build a house of their own managed to fulfil their dream by overcoming the spatial challenges of a meagre 2 cents plot. Davis, a native of Pulluvazhi in Thrissur, does painting jobs to make the ends meet. Despite the financial struggles, the family had always dreamed to live in their own house. They applied via Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana for financial assistance. They got half of the amount that was spent for the house through this project. The rest was managed by the family in the form of savings; their friends and relatives too had helped.
In this 600 sqft house, there is a small sit-out, living area, dining space, courtyard, one bedroom and a kitchen. This abode proves that a small house doesn’t mean a concrete structure that hardly has any facilities. The interiors stand out for their classy furnishing. Moderately priced marbonite has been paved on the floor. Only a few pieces of furniture are new, the rest are old ones that are reused.
The courtyard with the toughened glass ceiling has been designed as a possible stair area. They plan to build an additional floor, with two more bedrooms, in the future as their financial situation gets better.
The dining and the kitchen areas have been designed in the open style. This makes the spaces look and feel vaster. The old dining table has been given a fresh coat of polish before reusing it in the dining area. The wash area, meanwhile, is arranged in the courtyard. A sliding glass door is what separates the dining area and the courtyard.
The construction of this fabulous house, including the structure and furnishing, was completed on a pocket-friendly budget of Rs 10 lakh. Besides, the construction was completed in just under two and a half months. The family, meanwhile, is happy that they have moved into their small yet elegant abode.
Among the various factors that helped in keeping a check on the expenses, making the house space-efficient by reducing the area in square feet plays a vital role. Only a coat of white coloured primer has been applied to the interior walls. Aluminium fabrication has been done in the kitchen. There aren’t too many light fittings in this house. Moreover, the light points are directly installed.
Location – Pulluvazhi, Thrissur
Plot – 2.5 cents
Area – 600 SFT
Owner – Davis
Design – Arun Joseph and Sethuram
Mob – 9747704323, 9746949053
Budget – Rs 10 lakh
Year of completion – April 2021