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Kochi: Spending a fortune of life savings to get a home is and continues to be religiously followed by many Malayali. However, the need to build a dwelling on a large plot of land now seems like a thing of the past. With the prices of building materials, land and wages skyrocketing, many now prefer to build homes on smaller plots – up to 2.5 cents of land!
According to the architects, the demand to build innovative homes on a small piece of land, sometimes as little as 10 cents, has risen in the past five years. However, building a house in a small space is a challenge in itself. Calls for unique designs. In Kochi, there is such a house that would turn a few heads – the dream home of the famous architect L Gopakumar. He came up with the idea of designing a house in the city on 6 cents.
“People who want to build homes on small lots is not a trend, it is a mandatory option. Affordability factor is an issue, especially while living in cities,” says Jupakumar, to complement the unique design of the scheme, which was more on the steep side rather than ninety degrees. Gopakumar added an element of elevation. Although the structure looks like a box from the outside, it is designed at 2,944 square feet and is more spacious than if seen from the outside.” The biggest challenge was to design a comfortable, airy and spacious building. To achieve this, I had to split my designs. On the inside, it is well protected with minimal openings, which is why it has a box-like design”, adds Jupakumar.
The common areas are designed in a semi-open style. Family living, dining space, kitchen, home theater, and laundry are all connected visually. The family living area and dining space are part of a spacious open hall. In the formal living area, instead of a concrete wall, the space was transformed into an elegant antiques shelf with wooden beams to ensure privacy. Flat roof for solar panels. The house is also known for its minimalist interiors. The bedrooms are also spacious and well furnished.
The Jubakumar House questions the stereotype associated with homes built on small plots of land. “There is a social stigma, that when you live on a smaller plot, your social status also goes down. More than utility, a house is seen as a symbol of social status, which has made many go to big houses. If you are a family of 3 Design them accordingly and don’t waste resources on the occasional guests,” he says.
According to architect Arun TG of Graphite Homes, people are now accepting the concept of the utility of space. When families go nuclear, homes are designed in a way that brings their members together. When spaces are connected, it saves time and gives the family the advantage of closeness,” he says.
The architect proposes the idea of multi-purpose rooms. “In this way, the cost of construction is reduced. A room with a folding door can be a living place during the day. At night it can be a bedroom by making changes to the same door. Similarly, convertible furniture is also another idea – the sofa can be transformed into A bed to our liking, says Aaron.
Aaron says that by avoiding many walls and adopting an open concept, interior spaces can become spacious. Avoiding dead spaces and making use of them in a more beneficial way might be another possible idea. “For example, the space under the stairs is dead space. So one can use it as a countertop for the washbasin,” he says. He adds avoiding bulky furniture and heavy curtains. Earlier, people preferred large bedrooms. Many are now looking for upscale spaces by downsizing by adding wardrobes.
Among the many small projects by Aaron, the contemporary four-cent house in Nemom, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), is a private home. The house looks like a room in the front. “The cabin is shaped similarly to the outdoor seating area in a cost-effective way. The seating is on the first floor, and this gives members the freedom to sit outside fearlessly at night, as it gives a sense of security,” he says.
Young people prefer small plots of land
According to Santhilal, coordinator of the Center for Science and Technology for Rural Development (COSTFORD), young people choose minimal plots of land, unlike the older generation. “They are not interested in investing a large part of their income in building a house, so four cents of land is ideal for them. That demand increased when he started working from home. After spending a lot of time within the four walls, the idea of having their own home developed,” Santhilal says. .