Graciously simple, this single-storey house in Kochi oozes a mesmerising charm

Levelled roof laid with GI trusses gives the house a grand view. Photo: Special arrangement

When they decided to build a new home, Ajmal and his family were clear that it had to suit their nuclear family setup. That also meant that a single-storey home would be ideal. Their new home in Pallarimangalam, Kochi, Kerala, had levelled roofs laid with GI trusses. It gave the appearance of a tropical-colonial style to the house. The texture paint along with the white colour helped in enhancing the exteriors.

There is a field just behind the house and therefore the openings are arranged in such a way that the wind and views can be accessed from here. The house is built on a spacious plot with a courtyard setback. The driveway was prepared with a blend of natural stone and grass. There are lawns and gardens on the side. The 2900 square feet plot covers a porch, sitting room, formal living, family living, dining, kitchen, four bedrooms and bathroom.

When you enter the home, a spacious open interior stares at you. Formal living has also been given some privacy. It is part of a spacious hall with a corridor connecting the family living, dining, and, other areas. The living space has customized furniture done in wooden hues. A wooden finish gypsum false ceiling and LED lights are provided to match.

They have provided a TV unit in the family living. The area is highlighted by laying wooden finished tiles. In the family living and dining room, a wooden finished ceiling has been prepared to resemble the woodwork of old houses. A display shelf has been placed in the middle of the hall that serves as a partition that hides the living-dining areas from the rest.

Even the challenge of furnishing the four bedrooms comfortably yet differently on the ground floor was effectively done here. The rooms here have been given a different look by using highlighter colors and paneling on the head side wall. There is also a small dressing space and an attached bathroom.

While the kitchen has been designed keeping an eye on the storage facility. The cabinet is finished in plywood finish and there are granite countertops.

In hindsight, the family says opting for a single-storey house was a great decision. It was inspired by the fact that many of the two-storey houses of their acquaintances had empty upper floors. That also helped in maintaining communication between members of the family as well as in easy maintenance.

Many people who are planning to build a house are now regular visitors to this house. In short, this house stands gracefully in the middle of a spacious plot and is now the star of the area.

Project facts
Location- Pallarimangalam, Ernakulam
Plot- 50 cent
Area- 2900 Sq.ft
Owner- Ajmal
Architect- Ashly Mary Joseph
Design- Mejo Kurian
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