'The Grandeur of the Bungalow in Penthouse'

It’s not every day that you come across a house that makes you wonder if you’re really amidst the hustle and bustle of a city life! This dazzling duplex penthouse starts off with an entrance embedded with rich, natural wood, finished off with beaten copper. This lends a certain earthiness to the space and just like that, your visual appetite is hungry to take in more! Once inside, the soaring ceiling and expansive windows unite to create a light-filled living room, leaving you with the room’s grand sense of space. The first thing that catches your eye is the Pichwai art that spans an entire wall of the living room, followed by a striking wooden swing, by including these local elements, we have combined contemporary with the essence of Gujarati culture. The prime attraction of the house is the triple height central area that starts with an exposed brick wall and concludes with a skylight on top. Situated in this central area is the tastefully designed staircase with segments of polished wood and raw iron segments that merge seamlessly with rest of the decor. The entire east side of the house opens up internally by means of vertical fins, creating an aesthetic dance of shadow and light, whilst also ensuring that the house receives ample cross ventilation. Brilliant use of pivoted windows is spotted in the living room with different colour palettes on both its sides to compliment the space they fall in. All the designs reflect distinctive use of natural textures and palettes ranging from beaten copper, traditional fabrics, polished and unpolished kota, exposed concrete & brick combination, adding a sense of wholesomeness to the entire area. The house gives a sense of liveliness and comfort, with a hint of moody tones here and there.

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Preeti Singh added this to 9 Must-Have Sustainable Features For a Healthy Home27 April 2021

3. Natural finishesPlant-based materials and low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) finishes are easy and affordable ways to improve indoor air quality and overall house health. “I would recommend understanding VOCs and removing them as much as possible from your environment,” Glessner says.She adds that it’s important to consider the finishes and materials you are buying as they pertain to VOCs and off-gassing. “Air quality is critical, with regards to viruses, germs and chemicals that stay in the air. Air purifiers help but are not enough,” she says. “Wood flooring is great, but if it is finished with an unhealthy varnish, you will breathe in these chemicals for a long time.”In terms of products, Glessner says it’s especially important to pay attention to what’s in your bed and mattress, since you spend so much time on them. “If they emit VOCs, you will be breathing in a lot of chemicals at night for at least a year. [By reducing VOCs in your home], you will also help the environment overall by being a savvy and more sustainable consumer.”

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