Quaint Kollam home that blends tradition and modernity

The tiled, slanting roof and intricate external jali work contribute to its remarkable aesthetic appeal. Photo: Special arrangement

Mohan Mathew, originally from Kollam, had a long-cherished dream of finding a peaceful and idyllic home to return to after spending many years abroad as an expatriate. Finally, his dream became a reality with this splendid house in Kollam, set on an expansive 86-cent plot of land, complete with a picturesque farmhouse. The 750-square-foot farmhouse is a stunning complement to the main house. Its tiled, slanting roof and intricate external jali work contribute to its remarkable aesthetic appeal, mirroring the beauty of the primary residence.

This house seamlessly blends elements of tradition and modernity, offering a harmonious fusion of architectural styles. The approach from the road has been thoughtfully designed to provide an unobstructed view, enhancing the overall aesthetic. The landscaping, meticulously executed with great attention to detail, complements the property's appeal perfectly.

The formal living area boasts a double-height ceiling, with tiles adorning the GI truss roofing. The remaining spaces within the house feature a more conventional straight roofing style, accentuated by intricate tiling work. The architectural design of the house follows a linear concept, with interiors seamlessly interconnected through a corridor that extends from the main entrance, facilitating a fluid flow throughout the property.

The lower level of this spacious 3200-square-foot house includes a welcoming sit-out, both formal and family living areas, a dedicated dining space, a well-equipped kitchen, a work area, and three bedrooms. Moving up to the upper level, there is an additional bedroom. The thoughtful design of these spaces prioritises the infusion of ample natural light and effective ventilation. Numerous strategically placed openings and carefully designed skylight vents contribute to an airy and refreshing ambiance, even during the hottest hours of the day. All the furniture in the house has been expertly customised to seamlessly blend with the interior themes, resulting in a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing living environment.

Vitrified tiles are used for flooring. The bedrooms are all set in such a way that there is a complete view of the farmhouse and the farmland behind the house. All bedrooms have bay windows. So, the house provides the owners what they wanted — a peaceful abode to spend the second innings of their life.

Project facts
Location: Kollam
Plot: 86 cent
Area: 3200 sq ft
Owner: Mohan Mathew
Architects: Jefin Jose, Sherin Elsa Samuel, Nordit Architects, Kollam

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