Draped in mist, this enchanting Pattamabi house embowers surprises galore

Only the bedrooms are concrete while truss roofing has been installed over the rest of the areas. Photo: Special arrangement

Nestled in the middle of verdant paddy fields is ‘Neeharam’, the dreamy abode that boasts the essence of traditional architecture in Kerala. The beautiful structure seems to be in perfect harmony with the scintillating greenery. The construction was stalled for some time when the family had to part ways with the first team of designers due to differences. So, they had to rope in another architect to complete the construction.

Eco-friendly construction materials have been used to build the house. The walls built using laterite stones are left unplastered with the intention of retaining its rustic charm. Meanwhile, old roofing tiles have been reused here, without even giving them a coat of fresh polish. All these features make us wonder whether this house has been here since ages. Only the bedrooms are concrete while truss roofing has been installed over the rest of the areas. Besides, a layer of ceiling tiles too has been paved beneath the roof to complete the design.

Designed in 4200 sqft, this scintillating mansion has a traditional style sit-out, formal and family living areas, dining space, courtyard, kitchen with work area and two bedrooms on the ground floor. Meanwhile, there is a bedroom, living area and a balcony on the upper floor.

Natural wood like teak, rosewood and irul are used lavishly in the interiors for furnishing. Meanwhile, timber of doub palm is used in the areas where moisture gets trapped. Old furniture pieces grant an antique look to the interiors. Cement and wooden-finish tiles have been mostly used for flooring in this house.

The formal living area with wooden windows on both sides is furnished majestically. Fiber cement board is paved beneath the truss roof here. Meanwhile, a simple wall separates the formal and family living areas. A TV unit is installed in the family living area where a bay window too could be seen.

The elaborate stair area that includes the dining hall is the soul of the house. The timber of vaka tree (delonix regia) has been used to craft the steps of the staircase. The wash area that has been designed like a small wooden table is an interesting designer element.

The courtyard is the family’s favourite spot in the house. The partially opened ceiling brings in rain in a controlled manner. Meanwhile, this area is secured using a sturdy grille. The window adorned with CNC cutting works and the in-built sitting area, make the courtyard a cozy space. Moreover, the indoor plants enhance the mesmerizing ambience of the courtyard.

The bedrooms feature traditional designs and furniture pieces. The bath-attached bedrooms have in-built wardrobes and huge windows.

The house is cool even during the harsh summer as eco-friendly materials have been used for the construction. Meanwhile, the monsoon turns ravishingly beautiful when it embraces the courtyard. ‘Neeharam’, as the name suggests, looks as enchanting and delightful as a droplet of mist.

Project Facts
Location – Pattambi, Palakkad
Area – 4200 SFT
Owner – Raju Suvarna
Design – Padav Design Collective 

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