Dinesh and his family’s new home in Kanhangad, Kerala is a symbol of hope and happiness. Dineshan is a worker. His disabled wife also goes to work. The development of the National Highway came like a bolt from the blue for this young couple. So they have to give away their little house and their land. But in the end, everything turned out to be beneficial for the couple. A good amount (approximately Rs 90 lakhs) was received as compensation. He bought 16 cents of land for around Rs 35 lakhs. He also built a nice new house for Rs 37 lakh.
Under normal circumstances, even if they worked hard for the rest of their lives, they would not be able to save that much money or even dream of such a house.
Through a mutual friend, they were introduced to architect Shinu and assigned their home. Shinu, who had just finished his course, was struggling to find a job and this was a blessing for him. After the completion of the house, he was inundated with offers.
The new house should reflect their best living conditions and contain three bedrooms. That was the only demand of him. Everything else was done by the architect.
It was a combination of flat and sloped roofs. The roof has Mangalore tiles made in GI truss. Below this is the roof run. The space of the intermediate cavity prevents heat from flowing into the interior.
Then there is a porch. The 2,100-square-foot home features a small sitting area, living and dining rooms, kitchen, work area, and three bedrooms.
The construction is designed to provide maximum ventilation and light during the summer season. Kanhangad is a place where many quarries are available locally. Therefore, the wall was made of fine stone. The house is west facing. The jali terracotta wall was built above to block out the western sun.
Breathing space is provided with porothermic bricks that provide good ventilation on the walls of the stairs, patio and living room. Restricting the use of wood in furniture has helped keep everything within a budget. Steel doors are used, including the front door. Vitrified tiles, costing just 35 rupees per square foot, were laid on the floor.
The wall was made of gypsum plaster. And it had many benefits. The plastering was completed in just 7 days. There was no need for a curing time. Putty could be avoided. They could also avoid the use of expensive paint.
The interiors are designed to resemble a premium home. But all this was done profitably.
The open policy includes double-height spaces that also become spacious interiors. The double-height living room also connects both floors. In a nearby patio, a polycarbonate sheet was spread to allow light to enter.
The kitchen was made in aluminum fabrication. The kitchen work cost barely sixty thousand rupees. So all is well and today Dinesh and his family are the proud owners of a beautiful two-story home.