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Raising the bar from Home Trends volume 0203
Creating a grand house is not all about acessories and embellishments. A house truly becomes luxurious when it is customised around the homeowners comfort. The onus here then lies with the architect or the designer to create a home that attracts attention for its magnificence and but is still a very personal space.
This 13,500 sq ft house in a Chandigarh suburb is high on the luxury quotient. Architects Deepak and Parul Ghavri of Aashray Design Consultants have designed a home that boasts of all possible high-end amenities and comforts.
Ghavri says, "The only brief that we got from the owners was that they wanted a house that would be grand and stylish, and would attract attention with its impressive decor."
The owners utilise their house for business matters as well as socialising. This sets the precedent for a residence of both a formal and informal ambience. With its five bedrooms and multiple formal and informal areas, this double-storey house also has a basement that is reserved for the son to entertain his guests.
"The owners did not want any windows in the house. A fully air conditioned space was one of the pre-requisites. Thus, natural light and circulation of air were a concern," adds Ghavri.
Two large light vents have been built to allow natural light into the interiors. One is in the atrium and the other is in the second floor lobby. To reduce heat transmission, Ghavri installed a solar slab. The windows in the house are permanent and cannot be opened. The installed Treated Fresh Air (TFA) maintains the freshness of the air within.
Designed as a waiting area for visitors, the atrium rises up till the third floor of the home. The wood-panelled wall hides the staircase and the private areas behind.
"We have installed an elevator in the atrium that allows access to the basement. This elevator has a biometric system which only allows the owners to use it," says Ghavri.
Apart from the formal living, dining and kitchen, the ground floor also has two bedrooms that includes the master bedroom. The son's bedroom along with the guest bedroom is on the first floor followed by an additional guest bedroom on the second.
Ghavri says, "The owners use their formal dining for business deals and meetings. While designing we had to ensure that we gave the space a lavish yet formal tone."
As opposed to the Italian marble flooring in the rest of the house, wood has been used for the dining room to lend subtle warmth to the space. The kitchen is the extension of the dining. A show and working kitchen have been combined in the same space.
"The show kitchen is basically used for heating and serving food whereas it is the working kitchen where the actual cooking is done," says Ghavri.
All the bedrooms in the house have been designed according to specific themes. Each bedroom has a specific seating area along with walk-in closets.
"Since the home had to be luxurious and grand, it was imperative that the guest bedrooms reflect the same tone. We have chosen a classical Victorian theme for one room and a country look for the other," says Ghavri.
The Victorian theme bedroom is in dark formal tones and has classical furniture. The flooring is wood and marble. A classical motif wallpaper accentuates the theme of the room.
In contrast to the Victorian bedroom, the country themed room is in soft shades of white and beige. Splashes of orange colour along with yellow lighting enhance the glow of the room.
The pergola creates a play of shadows on the facing wall and gives the house an interesting outlook.
Deepak Ghavri, Parul Ghavri, Aashray Design Consultants, Chandigarh
Council of Architecture (COA), Indian Institute of Architects (IIA)
R.K. Constructions, Rajeev Kher
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Story by Kamna Malik
Photography by Sameer Chawda