Simple, eco-friendly house in Keralapuram impresses with modern interiors

Gypsum plastering too has been done to avoid painting. Photo: Special arrangement

Shyam and Sharanya’s brand new house in the picturesque countryside of Keralapuram in Kollam district, Kerala, stands out for its traditional architecture and modern amenities.

The eco-friendly abode has walls built using mud-interlocked bricks. This grants a rustic charm to the house. Interestingly, only the bedroom and kitchen are constructed using concrete. The rest of the house has GI truss roofing with mud tiles paved on them.

Besides, gypsum plastering too has been done to avoid painting. As gypsum helps in pushing out heat, the interiors are relatively pleasant.

Designed in 2350 sqft, this amazing abode has a sit-out, formal and family living areas, dining space, kitchen with an adjacent work area and two bedrooms on the ground floor. Meanwhile, the upper floor has two more bedrooms, a living area, and a balcony.

The entrance door opens to a well-furnished formal living area with a double-height ceiling. The classy elegance of Moroccan tile paved flooring is the highlight here. Meanwhile, tiles that have oxide finish have been paved on the formal living area. Interestingly, this brings back nostalgic memories of the red oxide flooring in old houses.

The family living area has been designed in the spot which was initially planned as a courtyard. So, there is a skylight ceiling here that illuminates the interiors with golden sunshine. Besides, the jali wall on the side ensures excellent cross ventilation too.

The dining area and the kitchen are designed with an open theme. Profile lights are used here to add dimension.

The staircase made in GI frame with rub wood panelling dons an interesting pattern. Meanwhile, the waterbody adjacent to the staircase exudes positive vibes. The upper living area isn’t built using concrete. Instead, wooden panelling has been done inside a GI frame. From here, one could easily grab a view of the formal living area on the ground floor. The beautiful ceiling work done using palm leaf mats is a scintillating feature.

The kitchen cabinets are done in marine plywood with a laminate finish. Meanwhile, grey tiles have been paved on the countertop. A breakfast counter that opens to the family living area completes the modern kitchen.

The sitting–dressing–storage area that ensures a multi-purpose facility is the highlight of the bedrooms. The head side walls decorated with beautiful Moroccan tiles is truly eye-catching.

The construction of the house, including the structure and the furnishing, was completed on a budget of Rs 50 lakh. The minimal use of concrete, gypsum plastering and excellent cross ventilation ensures cool interiors.

Project Facts

Location – Keralapuram, Kollam

Plot – 15 cents

Area – 2350 SFT

Owners – Shyam and Sharanya

Design – Razim Nasar, Arun Murali

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Year of completion - 2023

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