Sebastian’s brand new home in Kurichi in Kottayam district, Kerala is a modern abode with all the necessary amenities. Plus, this well-designed house was built without going broke, making it a perfect model for those trying to build affordable homes.
The family of five wanted a comfortable two story house built on a moderate budget of Rs 20 lakh. Using alternative building materials and avoiding unnecessary and exaggerated design features helped reduce expenses.
The structure was built using interlocking mud bricks. It is not necessary to cement structures built using these bricks. A clear coat of paint was applied for shine. This gives a natural finish and rustic charm to the elevation.
The flat-box-style elevation plays a major role in saving space in the 6-cent plot. Designed over 1,200 square feet, this charming home features a sitting area, living room and dining room, prayer area, kitchen with work space, three bedrooms, living room and dining room. ‘an upper living room and a balcony.
The front door opens onto a spacious living-dining room. This open hall makes the spaces larger.
Gray vitrified tiles were laid on the floor, giving an elegant charm to the interiors. The ready-made furniture is classy and suits the overall theme of the house.
There are two bedrooms on the ground floor. Meanwhile, the upper floor has a bedroom and a balcony. Two bedrooms are en-suite while there is also a shared bathroom.
GI guardrails were installed on the simple concrete staircase. The open terrace is where the clothes are dried.
The orange hue of the interlocking bricks adds a graceful vibe to the home. However, the kitchen is a unique space where the vibrant yellow hue instantly catches the eye. The cabinets here were constructed from aluminum composite panels. All of these factors contributed to reducing expenses.
Not many people know that interlocking mud bricks are extremely environmentally friendly. In addition, the construction could be completed quickly as the use of concrete is limited. A fabulous house could be easily built in just three months using interlocking mud bricks.
The presence of laterite stones helps reduce the heat inside the house. In addition, the structure was designed to allow the construction of an additional floor, if necessary, in the future.
This beautiful abode proves that anyone can easily build their dream home using interlocking mud bricks without burning their pockets.
Among the many factors that helped reduce expenses, the use of locally sourced interlocking bricks played a central role. Interiors are designed as space saving areas by reducing square footage. The kitchen has been furnished with inexpensive aluminum composite panels. Concrete window and door frames are used instead of timber. During this time, ready-made doors were used in the interiors.
Location – Kurichi, Changanassery
Land – 6 cents
Area – 1200 square feet
Owners – Sebastian and Aniyamma
Architect and Interior Design – Sajith Vattapara and Surya Sugunan
Etern Architects, Ernakulam
Mob – 9747100103
Completion year – 2021