This Alappuzha home self - designed by the family oozes traditional charm

The three sloped roofs are the highlights of the structure. Photo: Ajith

Pramod’s dream dwelling in his home town in the serene countryside of Vettiyar in Alappuzha, Kerala, is unique in many ways. The house wasn’t designed by a professional architect or a designer. Instead, the family deserves the credit for conceptualising and designing such a fabulous abode. The three sloped roofs are the highlights of the structure. Meanwhile, the structure has been built using high-quality laterite stones imported from Kannur. Skilled artisans who specialise in building laterite stone structures lived here for a few months in order to construct the house.

The sit-out stands out for its scintillating temple design that isn't commonly seen in houses. The entrance door opens to the well-furnished living area. Even though the exteriors have been designed lavishly in exquisite patterns, the interiors are quite minimal. The owner says that the interiors are designed to suit the needs of his small family. Moreover, it is easier to maintain spaces too.

Designed in 1900 sqft, this house has a sit-out, living and dining areas, kitchen with a work area and two bedrooms on the ground floor. Meanwhile, there is a bedroom, living-cum-study area and a multi-utility space on the upper floor.

Each space has been specially designed as per the needs and the liking of the family members. The four-seater dining table is compact and the chairs could be slid underneath the table to make it space-efficient. A quaint wash area too has been arranged as part of the dining hall.

The area beneath the staircase has been turned into a TV unit. You could watch TV from anywhere in the living or dining area. Meanwhile, the hand railings of the staircase are done in GI. The glass ceiling here brings oodles of natural sunshine into the house.

The kitchen is compact and has everything within the hand’s reach. The cabinets here are built in marine plywood while granite has been paved on the countertop. Besides, there is a multipurpose sink too in the kitchen.
The bedrooms designed in 12 x 16 size are furnished minimally with in-built storage spaces and attached bathrooms. Meanwhile, the upper floor is quite cosy with a study area, a bedroom and a swing for the kids.

The construction of the house, including the structure and the furnishing, was completed on a budget of Rs 60 lakh. The owner confesses that the budget had overshot a bit as he was not willing to compromise on the quality of the building and furnishing materials. The family is delighted that they themselves had designed the house of their dreams. 

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