(2013 May) Home Trends

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Raise a toast Architect Reza Kabul uses contemporary design forms to make this residence an exclusive entertaining zone The owners of this Lonavala bungalow near Mumbai wanted their home to be an exclusive entertaining zone. Kabul says, “The owners use this home exclusively to entertain guests. And thus, the only brief we got from them was that they wanted this residence to be apt for parties and large gatherings. We have dedicated a large part of the house for the same purpose.” The owners had purchased two adjacent bungalows and Kabul combined them. As this residence is a part of a gated community, maintaining the design of the exterior was imperative. Using natural stone cladding, the exteriors have been tweaked slightly to match the decor of the interiors. Kabul adds, “We added detailing to the exteriors in form of wrought iron railings for the balconies and windows. We also created wooden pergolas and designed special sit out areas to add more character to the structure.” Built on a 10,000 sq ft plot, this doublestoried house consists of a formal living room, dining, family lounge, kitchen, bar along with six bedrooms and bathrooms. The basement of the house primarily functions as the entertainment zone and includes amenities like a pool table, table tennis room, a home theatre area along with a dance floor that is fully equipped with a DJ console and other features. “We have also utilised the courtyard outside and turned it into a barbeque area that could be used during outdoor parties,” says Kabul. Apart from entertaining, dialogue between areas was another factor, which the architect had to take into consideration during the space planning of the house. As two homes were merged, there were certain beams and columns that acted as obtrusions to Kabul’s design. To overcome this, he designed the living, family room, dining and bar as a singular space where these columns and beams blended as

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These pages: With entertainment being the design focus, architect Reza Kabul has designed this weekend home in Lonavala on a 10,000 sq ft plot. As the house was a part of a gated community, exterior changes have been kept to a minimum. However, the architect has added pergolas and has created a seating area to allow the for outdoor entertaining.

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Above and right: The architect merged two adjoining bungalows to give shape to the current residence. Due to this, there are many beams and columns in the living spaces. As these could not be broken down, they have been utilised in the design. Using beige as the base colour, contrast has been brought in through the wooden panels, which are used in the ceiling as well as on the walls.

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part of the design. “For the interiors, we have used a light colour pallete of beige. The contrast is brought in form of brown, which is used for the wooden panels in the ceiling as well as on the walls,� says Kabul. The living room smoothly leads to the bar, which is tucked in the corner and has an adjoining pool table. The dining and the kitchen are located at the other end of the living room whereas the family room is at the rear end. As multiple features were to be accommodated in the basement, Kabul has smoothly

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demarcated each area that allows privacy yet binds it with the overall space. A double-height was created here to lend it a voluminous appeal. Being a weekend home, maintenance was a concern and to account for the same, the architect has used very few accessories for the bedrooms. The master bedroom especially stands out for its design. Due to the sloping roof in the exterior, this bedroom has a higher ceiling that is accentuated with the use of wood. The ceiling has square skylights that create an interesting play of light in this space. To make the bathrooms more airy and open,

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Left: The dining follows the same colour scheme as the living room. Frosted glass has been used for the tabletop and cushioned chairs to compliment it. The passage here leads to the kitchen. Following pages: The entertainment room in the basement is equipped with amenities like a home theatre room, a table tennis area and a dance floor. Special disco lights along with mood lighting has been used to create the right kind of ambience.

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Above: The master bedroom gets a voluminous appeal due the sloping roofs. Wood has been used on the ceiling to accentuate that effect. The architect designed a long leather headboard for the bed to bring in an element of grandeur. Right: The bathroom is a vibrant space that exhibits use of natural yellow stone. The textures lend character and give the area an interesting visual element. The basin counter allows for further storage.

the architect pulled in the adjoining walk-in wardrobe areas. Whilst the spaces accommodate all amenities, they stand out for their innovative use of materials and wall cladding. The location of the plot allows ample natural light in the interiors and keeping the same in mind, Kabul has used lighting in a strategic form. Different mood lights have been used throughout especially in the basement. Disco lights have also been used in the dance floor area to enhance the ambience. For the living areas and bedrooms, focus lights have been used.

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Top: The guest bedroom is a vibrant space in orange. As it’s meant to be a weekend home, Kabul has gone low on accessories. Above: Walk-in wardrobe areas were pulled in to make the bathrooms spacious. Niches have been created within the walls to provide storage. Facing page: The adjoining terrace to one of the bedrooms has a seating area. Keeping the weather in mind, cane furniture has been used here.

Architect: Reza Kabul; Reza Kabul Associates Designer: Akbar Maredia Kitchen manufacturer: Metrika Furniture: Pallate, Pinakin Patel Flooring: Floora Marble, Estilo Paints: Asian Paints, Oikos Lighting: Spectrum Lighting Benchtops: Floora Marble Oven: Metrika Stove/hob: Metrika Microwave: Gorenje Bath: Artiez Basin: Estilo Taps: Jaquar, Grohe

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Tiles: Nitco Tiles Toilet: Artiez Bedroom suite: Pallate Bed linen: Seasons Furnishings Landscaping: Della Enclave Outdoor lighting: Spectrum Lighting Story by Kamna Malik Photography by Ravi Kanade

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