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The design intent is to maximize the comfort and the openness of the available space. Rather than sticking exactly with the clients suggestions for the appropriation of the space, uses have been accommodated keeping in mind the longevity of the design and sustained comfort in the environment. The studio apartment has been converted into the master-bedroom with the ensuite bath. The existing bedroom has been modified to make a flexible space housing the teenager’s bedroom that could be split either to a library or a guest room when required. The living and dining area has been kept in the central bay. All structural walls have been retained and the modulation of space keeps in mind the connection of the utilities in future.
The design vocabulary is industrial / minimal with an earthy palette- white paint, wooden flooring and furniture and distressed metal finish for the internal partitions. Glass has been used extensively in the design to allow for maximum penetration of light enhancing the feeling of openness.
The walk in the house- as soon as you enter, the clothes’ racks / shoe racks are on your right with ample space for storage. You enter into the living / dining area with glass partitions on either side with the teenager’s room on the left and the master bedroom to the right. The kitchen has been extended along the wall that would carry the utilities. It is open by design and an informal eating space with stools has been incorporated in the counter design. The dining table would seat 8 people and seating for about 4 people has been provided in the living area. The idea is that this open space would be the heart of the house where most waking hours would be spent. You could see into the rooms on either side by continuous glass that starts from about the window height. The teenager’s bedroom would in the general course of thing house a study / library that can be partitioned off as well. The partition is made of frosted glass. When divided, the library would be come an independent entity with a work surface for a computer and a printer. A sofa bed has been provided that would be used for when a guest is staying over. This flexible system ensures that for most of the time, the teenager gets access to natural light. The toilet next to the dining would be used by the couple’s son and the guests. On the other side of the living area is the master bedroom that has an ensuite bathroom along with wardrobes and a space for a washer / dryer.
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