The house belongs to Thalassery’s Sajid Maliyeckal and family. If you are wondering what’s so special about this single-storey house, the family will insist that you first take a good look inside before passing an opinion. Because the real surprise is inside. The interiors have floors done in Athangudi tiles and they are spectacular. Each room gets a different colourful design.
There are no gimmicks on the exterior. One storey is more than enough. But since they are part of a joint family, many functions are held in the house. So the family had just one request that the interiors should be expansive and beautiful to accommodate a large gathering. That’s how much open interiors were built and flooring was done in Karaikudi’s special handmade tiles.
For common areas (living-dining-family living) they have used blue+yellow colour-themed Athangudi tiles. For bedrooms, they have used different coloured tiles. There have used green tiles and terracotta tiles. The kitchen tiles reflect a yellow glow which helps in retaining a fairytale ambience.
To reduce heat, they did flat roofing with GI Truss roofs. They have allotted space to expand upstairs if needed. The charupadi-designed verandah lends a traditional look to the house.
Sit-out, formal living, family living, dining, kitchen, courtyard, work area and four bedrooms are contained in 3000 sq ft.
When you enter the main entrance the first thing you will notice is the formal living. They have also kept a space for a TV unit. The interiors are done in a linear fashion so that from the main entrance you can see the courtyard at the other end.
Family living -dining is part of the open hall. On one side they have a bench concept dining console.
Another attraction of the interiors has to be the courtyard, which is located below the floor level. Natural light pours in abundantly through the skylight. Here, chairs and sofas have been provided to give it a good relaxing space.
They have a compact modular kitchen here. They have installed a breakfast counter near the dining area.
All the bedrooms are well-ventilated. Some have traditional coloured glasses that reflect colourful rays of sunlight inside the interiors.
So the reality is that to those who found the exteriors simple, interiors will be a pleasant and colourful surprise.
Location: Thalassery, Kannur
Plot: 30 cent
Area: 3000 Sq. ft
Owner: Sajid Maliyekkal
Architect: Rezwin Ahmed.
Meraki designs, Thalassery.