How a Kerala Architect Renovated Her 100-YO Dwelling With Rs 30 Lakh



Nestled in between cocoa plantations and greenery with no homes seen inside a mile, Anupa Kurian grew up in a inexperienced oasis. For many of her childhood, she grew up in a conventional Kottayam-styled residence.

Laced with Mangalore tiles and conventional structure, the home, as per Anupa, “has a soul that must be saved intact.” So when the time to renovate the 100-year-old residence got here, Anupa, an architect and designer, knew the place to search for inspiration.

“I knew I used to be not going to carry it down and make it trendy however incorporate trendy facilities whereas holding the authenticity of the home. I didn’t need to look anyplace for inspiration, the bones and construction of the home have been inspiration sufficient,” she says in a dialog with The Higher India.

While you step into the home immediately, all the things round you adjustments. It isn’t 2023 anymore, however you might be transported again to the early 1900s. All the things from the flooring and the home’s format to the furnishings provides a glimpse of the bygone period.

Modernising the home whereas preserving its authenticity

Born and raised in Kottayam, Kerala, the 31-year-old says, “At the same time as a child, I used to be very drawn to designing issues and repurposing previous objects. This curiosity later flourished right into a ardour.”

After finishing her commencement in design, Anupa moved to the UK to get a grasp’s diploma.

“I like nature. I’ve all the time been inclined in direction of sustainable dwelling and design. So doing a grasp’s in sustainable design regarded like the best selection for me,” she notes.

Having labored within the discipline for some time now, when it got here to renovating her personal home, she was positive about two issues — to maintain the home as genuine as doable and use sustainable means to take action.

At present, sitting on a 3,000 sq ft space, Pullolickel Veedu is an impressive instance of sustainability and traditionality.

Anupa wanted to keep the house as authentic as possible and use sustainable means to do so
Anupa needed to maintain the home as genuine as doable and use sustainable means to take action. Image credit score: Anupa Kurian

“Whereas the home was in good situation, we needed to present the home a facelift. I additionally needed to make it adapt to the newer life-style,” she says.

“The home initially didn’t have a library house and a storage, however my grandfather and father added them as our household grew. The garages have been appearing as a wall between the greenery and the plantation. I made a decision to drag it down and make it an open patio house,” she says including that this was the one main change she has executed to the home.

Upon coming into the home, you may be greeted by a lavish eating space made by restructuring two smaller rooms.

“Most of my studying got here from the constructing itself. I didn’t need to discuss with another properties for the design,” she shares.

“The home has plenty of home windows that flood mild in; my father by no means used bulbs and lights in the course of the day. I needed to maintain that intact. I added a couple of extra home windows to utilise the solar to the fullest,” she says.

“It additionally has a really sturdy basis with mortar bricks. I didn’t need to contact them as they have been the inspiration of the constructing,” she says.

“At any time when I noticed the home, I all the time thought of what number of man-hours should have gone into making it 100 years in the past. The talent and masonry should be preserved, and subsequently, once I determined to drag down the storage, I used handbook labour,” shares Anupa.

The house has several windows to utilise the wind and keep the house cool naturally.
The home has a number of home windows to utilise the wind and hold the home cool naturally. Image credit score: Anupa Kurian

“It will have taken a JCB simply minutes to interrupt the place down, however all of the bricks would have gone to waste. Due to utilizing handbook labour as an alternative, I used to be in a position to make use of these bricks in developing a few of the extensions in my room and the patio,” she provides.

“Whereas my father was in opposition to eradicating the storage and developing a patio, presently he’s the one who makes use of it probably the most!” she laughs.

One other instance the place Anupa selected to maintain the originality of the home is with the roof rafters. 

“The home was constructed utilizing wood rafters and most people suggested us to vary it to metal. Nonetheless, on inspection, I discovered that the roof was stronger than ever. I made a decision to go in opposition to all that recommendation and saved the unique rafters,” she explains. At present, the wood rafters give the home a country and extra conventional look.

Championing sustainability throughout renovation

Anuja additional shares that to maintain the home cool throughout harsh summers, she made two water our bodies on the northern aspect of the home to assist cool the wind that enters her residence.

To make the home extra sustainable, Anupa additionally added water gutters on the roof to make use of the rainwater. “The water from the gutters flows into the 2 ponds that now we have, and we additionally retailer it to make use of the water for landscaping the home. Though my mother and father didn’t perceive the necessity for the gutters, I needed the home to be as sustainable as doable,” she says.

Anupa was able to renovate the house fully for just Rs 30 lakh.
Anupa was capable of renovate the home totally for Rs 30 lakh. Image credit score: Anupa Kurian

Regardless of encountering some opposition resulting from its divergence from present tendencies, she has chosen to protect the unique mosaic flooring of the home.

“It regarded previous and was dropping its attraction. Most of my household and buddies prompt that we alter it however I needed to protect it. I obtained it polished and renewed. We obtained plenty of suggestions from my family and friends later, and most of them beloved it,” she says.

“Revival of previous supplies is one thing that I needed to do with this home. Now we have used plenty of previous furnishings mendacity within the storage to make new furnishings. My mattress, as an example. Additionally, the brand new home windows have been made utilizing the wooden from the previous home windows,” she says.

Many of the substances used within the renovation of the home are recycled and upcycled supplies. “Upcycling and recycling the supplies whereas refurbishing the home helped us save some huge cash. Most of our household and buddies speculated the price to be round Rs 70 lakh after we began and suggested us to assemble a brand new home as an alternative. Nonetheless, I advised them I’ll carry down the price just by reusing issues,” she shares.

And that’s exactly what Anupa did, and he or she was capable of renovate the home totally for simply Rs 30 lakh, she informs.

To mix their residence much more with nature, Anupa says they’ve quite a lot of bushes. “Now we have mango, coconut, chikoo, jackfruit, and gooseberry bushes surrounding the home,” she informs, including that additionally they have fish in one of many ponds in the home.

Joking about how the home seems now, Anupa remembers, “My father, on completion of the home, advised me that our home used to look 50 years previous, however now, it seems 150 years previous! This, to be trustworthy, is the most important praise I’ve ever gotten.”

Edited by Pranita Bhat