sq.yd. plot




4,500 Sq.ft.


2,340 sq.ft











G. Size

No of cars: 2
Front Facade
Serenity residence is designed for a professional couple who wanted spaces for family to get together, as well as places for adults only. The light-filled living area shown below is the most public space in the house because it’s visible from the kitchen, dining, and the front porch areas. When adults need privacy to watch movies on a big screen TV, they retreat to the “away room” just down the hall, see plan. Forces of weathering play a prominent role in determining the building palette and the decision to use concrete blocks, wood, granite, and limestone on the facade. With it’s broad, overhanging eaves, the house is mean to blend in with it’s surroundings.
Photo taken at A on the floor plan


  1. The Entrance- At the entry, the client wanted to display some of their precious artefacts that they had collected from their trips around the world, a place for a writing desk, a storage space, and access to the powder room. We created an Alcove in the front wall to display the artefacts and planned the front foyer in such a way that it led to the living room on the right and the powder room on the left, see plan.

A combination of simple objects, artfully displayed in a foyer, tell a homeowner’s story without a word having to be said.

Ground Floor Plan
Photo taken at B on the floor plan
2. The Public Kitchen- Nowadays, the kitchen is the heart of the house, and serenity residence has a big heart. The client wanted the kitchen accessible and open to all the living areas of the house. The aim was to have a place for living, where family and visitors can gather near the kitchen. We placed the kitchen adjacent to the living room creating a strategic partition between them that also acts as a feature to both the rooms. When the kitchen is open to the rest of the house, the opportunity exists to integrate it visually. As the house features natural woodwork in public areas, we had the kitchen feature natural woodwork as well. We brought the materials used in the rest of the house to the kitchen.
Photo taken at C on the floor plan
3. Double-Duty dining- Most new houses feature two or three places to eat: formal dining room, informal eating area, and kitchen island. In many homes, the formal dining room is used only a few times a year. Rather than put their resources into a room used so infrequently, our client wanted a place for dining that could do Double-duty, for everyday use, as well as for those few formal occassions. We designed an eating area to accomodate a long table, which seats six informally and upto 10 or more on special occassions with the addition of table leaves.

We saved at least 200 sq. ft. combining the informal and formal eating areas into one.

Photo taken at D on floor plan
4. The “Away room” – Our client requested a room that can have several functions: Cozy and slighlty more fromal entertainment space, quiet place where adults can retreat to read or work in the evenings, and a place to watch Television. We created a space away from the living room, with a different style from the rest of the house. In the light and airy interior, the away room is a cozy and book lined alternative. It is furnished with soft easy chairs, and old family photos to offer a comfortable place for living.

Because houses are filled with televisions, appliances, and computer equipments, they are filled with noise. In an open floor plan, there needs to be a place that provides acoustical privacy. In our office, we call this place the “away room”, a place for providing escape.

Living and kitchen area
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