Anoop Phillips and his family's new home is at Omallur in Pathanamthitta was designed without the help of an architect or engineer. The expatriate owner’s involvement was there during every stage of the construction—from sketching the basic plan of the house to organising the housewarming ceremony.
It was his friend and designer Arun Das, who made the necessary revisions to the plan prepared by Anoop. The subsequent construction was entrusted to reputed builders.
The house, porch, and surrounding walls are done in a white and gray colour theme. The porch has been furnished in a detached style.
The imported roof tiles were spread with a GI truss over a flat template. Along with adding beauty to the exterior, it also helps in reducing heat inside the house.
Bangalore stone and tandoor stone paved courtyard and pearl grass garden add a special charm to the landscape of the house. Sit-out, formal living, family living, two courtyards, three bedrooms, dining, kitchen, and workshop are there on the ground floor. A bedroom, home theatre, party space, and balcony are on the first floor. The total area is 4950 Sq.ft.
It is a smart home that makes use of every possible advanced technology. Gate, shutter, and home theatre are all automated. And there is a fully automated lighting system. The lights can be controlled via internet app from anywhere in the world.
Ready-made furniture, TV unit, gypsum false ceiling and LED lights lend a special charm to the formal living space. They have set aside a prayer space that complements the family living. There is an eight-seater dinner table and adjacent to it is a crockery shelf and a wash area.
Bedrooms have been designed taking into consideration the occupant's tastes and needs. They have included an attached bathroom, wardrobe, dressing space, and study space in the bedrooms.
The kitchen is very modern with inbuilt imported kitchen appliances. There are tall units and cabinets for storage.
They have also tried to keep their house eco-friendly by using solar plants. A certain percentage of electricity required for the house is obtained through the solar plant installed on the terrace. The rainwater falling on the terrace is collected in an underground tank of 50000 liters capacity through the pathway. So water and electricity will never be scarce in this house.
One has to appreciate the thorough homework done by the house owner to build this house. That explains the stunning result.