Jishad, who is a teacher wanted his brand-new house at Chadayamangalam in Kollam to be an elegant single-storey structure that is in sync with the surrounding nature.
Interestingly, most of the materials that were used for the construction were sourced from the plot itself. This area has lots of rock deposits. So, the foundation has been built using rocks. Besides, rocks have been used on the four pillars in front of the house. Meanwhile, the timber from the plot were used to make the furniture pieces.
The sturdy compound walls are not easy to miss. The rocks from the plot have been used to build the compound wall too. Meanwhile, the gabion wall made of rocks stacked in a wire mesh is an attractive feature. The front yard is paved with baby mettle to add a clean look.
Slanting roof in multiple layers is the highlight of the elevation. Old roofing tiles have been reused on the GI truss roof. Meanwhile, the fresh coat of paint adds the perfect finish to the tiles. Besides, there is a layer of ceiling tiles beneath this. Interestingly, the ceiling in the sit-out and the dining area is done using the filler slab technology.
Designed in 1900 sqft, this amazing abode has a sit-out, living and dining areas, courtyard, kitchen with a work area and three bedrooms.
The four rock pillars stand out in the ‘L’ shaped sit-out. The entrance door opens to minimally furnished interiors. The high ceiling makes the interiors look and feel spacious. Moreover, it allows excellent ventilation inside the house.
The flooring works done using the iconic Athankudi tiles is the highlight of the interiors. Expert artisans were brought from Karaikudi to do the flooring works. Meanwhile, the customised designs add a personal touch too.
The simple yet elegant staircase feature the classic combination of timber and glass. The compact staircase is perfect for a minimal house like this. The skylight ceiling here brings lots of natural sunshine into the house. Taking advantage of the ceiling height, a mezzanine floor has been added. A library and a study space are arranged here.
The bedrooms are simple and has all the facilities. The bath-attached bedrooms have wardrobes and dressing areas too.
The kitchen cabinets are done using aluminium fabrication. Meanwhile, granite has been paved on the countertop.
The construction of this house, including the structure and furnishing, could be completed on a budget of Rs 40 lakhs. This is quite profitable when the current rates of construction is considered. Experts say that it would at least cost Rs 50 lakh to construct a house like this. The family was able to keep a tab on the expenses by using materials that are available in their plot. Besides, lots of materials were reused too. The house looks incredibly beautiful at night when the highlighter lights are switched on.
Location – Chadamangalam, Kollam
Plot – 40 cents
Area – 1900 SFT
Owner – Jishad
Architect – Hasan Naseef
Urvi Sustainable Spaces
Year of construction – February 2023