House on a moderate budget in Kodungallur where beauty meets simplicity

Sit-out and porch were eliminated since the lifestyle of the family didn't require them. Photo: Special arrangement

For ordinary people who are trying to build homes, the price hike is a double burden. But this particular family proved that if you have put your mind to it, it is possible to build a comfortable low-cost home.

Meet Riaz and his family who live in Kodungallur. They wanted a cozy little home that could be made under a budget of 17 lakhs.

After the roof was levelled, they lined GI-trussed clay roof tiles. A small storage space could be utilized under the sloping roof. If you want to expand that space in the future, that can be done as well. White is painted on the exteriors and interiors, which helps keep the interiors brighter and also helps cut down the painting budget. Formal living, family living, dining, kitchen, three bedrooms, and bathroom are accommodated in 1100 square feet.

Costs were kept down by minimizing the built-up area. Since their lifestyle doesn't require a sit-out and a porch, they were eliminated. Wood was used extensively for furnishing. As the timber was taken from a familiar place, the labour and carriage charges were discounted. The furniture is made of rubwood.

Two lakh more was incurred due to an increase in prices of goods and other unexpected expenses. So they were able to finish the house within 19 Lakhs with all the amenities they needed. The best part is that there were no debts.

They avoided a lot of luxury brands and also the most sub-standard ones. Medium-branded materials were used for furnishing. This helped keep the budget down.

They purchased tiles costing Rs 60 per square foot. The tile was laid joint-free. This saves money on epoxy and labour.

Project facts

Location- Kodungallur, Thrissur

Area- 1100 Sq.ft

Owner- Riyas Chulliparambil

Designer- Zakkaria Kappat

SB Architecture, Malappuram


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