Engineer’s own A-frame house grabs attention for its unique design

The A-frame elevation truly grants a contemporary vibe to the house. Photo: Special arrangement

Civil engineer Goutham’s brand new house at Thiruvizha near Cherthala attracts attention for its unique elevation. The owner who works in the construction field wanted his dream abode to look special. The A-frame elevation truly grants a contemporary vibe to the house.

The GI truss roof is paved with ceramic tiles. Meanwhile, there is a layer of TKT sheet panelling beneath the roof to add a wooden finish. The most amazing advantage of A-frame houses is that they could be constructed pretty quickly as concrete is used minimally. Moreover, the construction costs are quite affordable too.

Designed in 1400 sqft, this amazing abode has a sit-out, living and dining areas, a kitchen, and two bedrooms on the ground floor. Meanwhile, there is one more bedroom, sitting area, and office space on the upper floor.

The interiors are designed with an open theme to make the spaces look and feel vast. The living–dining areas have a double-height ceiling. This helped in reducing the cost of cement.

Another factor that helped in keeping a tab on the expenses is the limited use of timber. Only the main doors are built using timber in this house. All the other doors and windows are done in UPVC. Meanwhile, branded tiles with a wooden finish have been paved on the floor.

The kitchen cabinets are done in multi-wood with a PVC sheet finish. The countertop, meanwhile, has been paved with nano white.

Interestingly, the staircase made in GI pipes is cheaper than a regular concrete stairway. Pinewood planks are paved on the steps here. A quaint courtyard and wash area are arranged beneath the staircase. The wall here is decorated with beautiful Moroccan tiles.

The leftover materials have been used to build to the sitting area in the yard. This has now become the family’s favourite spot to spend their evenings.

The structure was built on a pocket-friendly budget of Rs 17 lakh. However, a hefty sum was paid to level the plot which was a pond. The construction costs wouldn’t be higher if such houses are built on regular plots.

The interiors are designed aesthetically using high-quality materials. Around Rs 10 lakh was spent on designing the interiors. So, the total cost of construction is Rs 27 lakh. Such houses could be built at affordable rates on firm plots with simple interiors.

Project Facts

Location – Thiruvizha, Cherthala

Plot – 10 cents

Area – 1400 SFT

Owner / Engineer – Gautham

Budget – Rs 27 lakhs

Year of construction - 2023


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