The four houses standing on a large plot at Kurumassery in Aluva are the symbols of deep love and affection between brothers and sisters. The houses may look different; however, this did not affect the special bond that the siblings share. Interestingly, it was Mohandas, the eldest brother who designed his own house and his siblings’ houses.
Mohandas says it was their parents’ greatest wish for the four siblings to stay close and live in the same yard. In addition, their children work or study abroad. So staying close is the best way to take care of each other.
Mohandas’ home boasts the elegant features of traditional architecture. GI canopy is installed over a flat roof. Additionally, roof tiles are paved to add that classic touch.
The pillars crafted in mahogany are the highlights of the traditional sit-out. Meanwhile, the leftover wood was used to make the furniture and beds.
Designed in 1480 square meters, this stylish residence has sitting, living and dining areas, courtyard, pooja room, kitchen and two bedrooms with attached bathrooms.
The courtyard is what catches the eye as soon as the front door is opened. The golden sunshine and the cool rain showers enter the house through the open ceiling of the courtyard. Interestingly, the interior spaces are arranged around this courtyard.
The floor of the house reminds one of the red oxide floors commonly seen in old houses. However, instead of red oxide, red epoxy floors were done here. It is also relatively cheaper.
The spaces are designed in the open style to make the interior look and feel large. The dining-kitchen areas are also designed in the open style. The bedrooms are simple yet elegant. The bedrooms attached to the bath have closets for storage.
Interestingly, the family temple is built within the plot. In addition, there is also a walkway that is used by the family members to walk in the evenings. A big old mango tree more than four decades old stands in front and provides shade. Even though many advised the siblings to cut down the tree because it would block the view, they decided to keep their favorite mango tree. The tree would be home to birds and squirrels during the mango season.
The construction of the house, including the structure and the furniture, was completed at a reasonable budget of Rs 26 lakh. Beautiful woods including teak have been used for furniture to impart a classy charm. The owner says that around Rs 6 lakh was spent for the woodwork alone. The cost can be reduced by using alternative furniture materials.
The family is excited and relieved to be able to enjoy the love and warmth of their loved ones who live nearby.
Location – Kurumasseri, Aluva
Area – 1480 SFT
Owner and Designer – Mohandas
Budget – Rs 26 lakhs