This two-storey dream home in Thrissur is eco-friendly to the core

Part of the roof has been done in the filler slab technology which helped in reducing the expenses. Photo: Special arrangement

This amazing abode in the beautiful countryside of Cherppu in Thrissur, Kerala narrates the love and camaraderie shared by two siblings. The ancestral home of Keezhilathumana, which was decades old, was pulled down to build this brand-new house. Interestingly, the family wanted a simple house with all the required facilities, that does not push them into a lifelong abyss of financial burden.

Twin brothers Vishnu and Jishnu are the owners of this house. As they are quite young, they had to complete the construction using their limited financial backup. They had roped in noted architect Shantilal of Costford to design their dream dwelling.

Instead of knocking down the old structure, it was carefully dismantled in order to retain the materials that were fit to be reused. The mud roofing tiles, timber and laterite stones from old house have been used in the new house too.

Part of the roof has been done in the filler slab technology which helped in reducing the expenses. Moreover, it plays a major role in keeping the interiors coolers and pleasant. GI truss roof has been installed in the remaining area. Mud tiles are paved on this roof with bamboo ceiling done beneath it.

The floor is built using hard rocks. Meanwhile, the outer walls are constructed using laterite stones that were newly purchased. These walls aren’t cement plastered; instead, a unique mixture of mud, lime, jaggery and inknut has been used for plastering. The walls are then painted using a mix of mud and lime to grant a rustic charm.

Designed in 1750 sqft, this splendid abode has a sit-out, living and dining areas, a kitchen with an adjacent work area and three bedrooms. Besides, an upper living area has been arranged at the upper landing of the staircase.

Ceramic tiles have been paved on the floor in this house. Meanwhile, the staircase is built by paving old timber planks on a steel frame.

There are two bedrooms on the ground floor while one bedroom is on the upper floor.

The family says that many were sceptical about the house when the construction had begun. However, after the construction, they were impressed by the classy designs and the amenities in the house.

Moreover, the owners have tried to be as carbon-neutral as possible by reusing old materials, without harming the surrounding environment.

The estimated budget for this house was Rs 23 lakh. However, the sudden rise in the price of the construction materials post-pandemic was reflected in the expenses too. The construction of this house, including the structure and furnishing was completed on a budget of Rs 28 lakh.

Project Facts

Location – Cherppu, Thrissur

Area – 1750 SFT

Owners – Vishnu and Jishnu

Design – Shantilal

Costford, Thriprayar

Budget – Rs 28 lakhs

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