Ajith and Athira’s new home in Kizhakkambalam was built in such a way that the space limitations of five and a half cents turned irrelevant. Their main requirement was a studio for the homeowner who was a music director. The elevation of the house, which is in a contemporary box pattern, was prepared keeping this in mind. This area is filled with Gray + black hues. The highlight of the house is the two CNC-designed metal screens. The house faces west. Apart from adding a different look, these screens help to block the scorching sun and also provide some much-needed privacy.
The porch, living, dining, courtyard, kitchen, workshop, two bedrooms, and bathroom are on the ground floor. Upstairs there is a bedroom, bathroom, upper living room, and studio. The total area is 1939 Sq.ft.
Interiors have been designed with an eye on open spaces. But there is also a slight height difference between the spaces. When you open the main door, the living room is slightly lower than the floor level. Customized furniture adorns the place.
There is also a difference in construction materials. The walls are made of AAC blocks. Gypsum plastering was done inside the house. It also has the advantage of not having to paint separately as well as generating less heat.
A shift from earlier use of wood to less metal furnishings has also helped keep costs down. Many alternative furnishing materials have been tried at home. Usually, most Malayalees use teak for the main door when building a house. But here including the main door, they have used steel. Windows in powder-coated aluminium. The wall, gate, and stair are all in metal finish.
The sitting area and porch are cantilever style. Above the porch is a bedroom with a studio setup.
The dining table is made of pine wood on a metal frame. One side bench is also prepared like this. The stairs are made by laying interlocking over the metal sheet. The handrails are also made of metal.
An open kitchen leads to the dining space. What sets it apart is the breakfast counter. The cabinet is made of plywood + fluted glass finish.
The head side walls of all three bedrooms are highlighted with different colours. The rooms also have bay windows with seating.
In short, what sets this house apart is that it's off the beaten path. This house is now the cynosure of all eyes in that part of the world!