This residence in located in a posh area of Chennai, and was built 30 yrs ago. The client's brief was to remodel the house to bring it in the contemporary fold without loosing the traditional values. They also preferred adding new areas and rooms to the existing house. They liked ample amount of natural light filtering in to the interiors of the house.
The house id facing North. We added two new Courtyards to the existing house, one in the front (North side) and another along the West side. The Courtyards were separated from the house by clear sliding glass doors. These were added in the dining and living room sides to allow natural light and also a touch of outside nature in to the house. Courtyards were designed in natural 'Rough Satherly gray' stone along with pebble flooring and few plants to bring in natural touch to the main areas in the house. Stone seating and pergolas in the courtyard add to functional use of the courtyard. These are left open to sky so as to experience rains falling in to them.
Lobby in the front was given a contemporary and airy feel by removing an existing wall and solid wall and fenestration by way of cutouts and niches. This wall acts as a partition between dining and the main entrance. The existing metal handrail was removed and a simple elegant white wall added in its place. Many new niches were carved in to the thick old walls to add to the simple and sleek look of the house.
All white walls with touch of colors brought in by the furnishing make the interiors cheerful and bright. Existing floor of the house was removed and changed to 'Rosalia' Italian marble bought from Dubai.
Solid wooden furniture in living room were designed specifically to infuse tradional touch and custom made. Other loose furniture in the house were brought from U.A.E. Artifacts and curios from client's collection give a complete look to the house.
Exterior view of the house.
View of stone courtyard from exterior
Stone courtyard view from the dining room.
Natural stone and wooden seating provided in the courtyard.
View of main door in the verandah.
Solid wall remodeled in the lobby with niches and opening for a contemporary look.
Handrails were redesigned to match the interiors.
Dining room, which which looks to the courtyard through a clear sliding glass.
Wash basin area neatly planned in the courtyard of dining room.
View of dining and living areas.
Partition wall created in between dining and lobby area.
Clear glass sliding door from dining area leads to the courtyard.
View of courtyard in the dining.
Landscape created in the dining courtyard.
Wash basin planned in dining courtyard with stone clad wall backdrop and pebble flooring.
Customized wooden sofas designed in the living room to match the simple and contemporary interiors.
View of living and dining areas.
Plain white walls and simple false ceiling give a bright and spacious feel.
Courtyard in the dining room divided by a clear glass brings in abundant natural light.
View of living room from the lobby.
Courtyard from the dining room extends to the family area.
View of family area and the courtyard.
Courtyard as seen from the family room.
Courtyard designed in stone clad wall and pebble flooring with with simple bamboo trees.
Artifacts and curios from client's collection add up to the interiors of the house.
Informal seating arranged in family room with bright cushions.
Powder room in the ground floor has sky light roof with pebble bed and plants below.
View of staircase area and mid landing with some classic furniture.
Staircase in the lobby area.
Simple lines and plain white finish define the remodeled exterior of the house.