The architects highlight design elements that bring a resort feel to home spaces.
Subhash Sarav, Principal Architect at A360 Architects, Bengaluru says contextual design is a must. He explains, “In our Masinagudi holiday home project, the house’s contours match the undulating mountains that form its backdrop.”
In vacation homes, you need ample parking space for a large SUV but you don’t want a garage that robs you of the natural beauty of the terrain, says Subhash.
“We used the ramp at one end of the plot to create an underground garage, saving the space needed, without disturbing the beautiful silhouettes of the house,” he explains. Subhash adds that since the site was located near a forest, a machan (a platform set up on a tree to watch the animals) was a must.
He points out that it is important to maintain the natural appearance of the landscape. “We’re not adding any manicured lawns. Instead, we’re adding more trees and plants that attract birds and butterflies.”
The company is working on a contemporary style holiday home project in the middle of a farm in Sacklandboro, Hassan District.
harmony with nature
When the building comes in the way of a tree or rock, the design is modified so that it goes around the existing tree or rock and is included in the design.
He adds that eucalyptus, teak, natural stone and Mangaluru clay tiles are indispensable materials. “These materials age over time. We used recycled wood for the distribution panels, fixtures and furnishings,” says George.
He adds that while most of the natural materials used are sourced from the site, other materials are locally sourced. “As you enter the house, you have a leafy patio, formal living space, and an open kitchen. The house also features our signature outdoor bathroom. The second floor contains a kitchen, a casual living room, and two bedrooms. The two levels are connected by a bridge with glass on either side. The third level has an infinity-edge pool. Surrounded by lily ponds. You can see birds splashing around lily ponds on the roof of the vacation home, and you use them like a birdbath,” George explains.
He also added a gazebo (a small structure that provides a wide view of the surrounding area) on the third level. Gazebo has a daybed and outdoor dining area.
Architect Sebastian Jose of Silpi Architects, Kochi says vacation homes shouldn’t feel overly designed.
The sense of place should dominate, not the design of the house. It is recommended that the landscape does not look like make-up. The goal should be minimal interference with nature. He explains, “If the trees are wild and overgrown, we can add a roof over the landscape to protect it from it while capturing a view above the tree.”
“A swimming pool, game room, party space, barbecue and campfire space, and a night bar are all a must in a holiday home,” says Kalyani Tari, interior designer for Studio Amaavi in Bengaluru.
Furniture design should allow for family gatherings. She adds that he kept the house spacious so the kids could play. You also get a children’s pool and a fishing pond.
To create a holiday vibe, Kalyani’s colleague, Nihal Musa, says you should use indirect lighting and ambient lighting and complement it with automation.
The company’s ongoing holiday home project is surrounded by coconut groves in Arsikere near Hassan. The design here includes an infinity pool that flows on one side, and on this side, there is a charming space for a fire and barbecue.
In the kitchen of your vacation home, you don’t need a lot of storage and backyard space — you can have an open kitchen and keep the layout minimal, Sebastian adds.
Vivek Pawar of Hubballi-based Soham Architects & Interior Designers uses unique architectural features from North Karnataka in his holiday home designs. One such feature is a frieze (the part of a roof that surmounts and protects the walls of a building). You can watch the nest of bees and birds here.
The company also has an ongoing farm project in Buderasingi featuring a helipad. Vivek says the mountainous terrain is best for vacation homes. In his vacation home project on Koppikar Street in Hubballi, there is a 40-foot ramp, where you can dive from a ladder that descends directly into the pool.