The basic idea behind the design I propose is to give a feel of a two-storey house instead of an apartment.
The internal staircase separates the formal and the informal spaces. The [b]reading lounge[/b] in the east acts as the main connector of all the major spaces of the house: the [b]guest bedroom[/b], [b]kitchen[/b] and the [b]staircase[/b] on the lower floor and the [b]children's bedroom[/b], [b]informal living[/b] area and the [b]home-theatre[/b] on the upper floor. All these spaces overlook the reading area. It is kept as a double-height space to bring in the non-glare indirect natural light throughout the day from the fixed glass window. In a way, everyone is a 'shout' away from the reading lounge...[i] shhh!! :)[/i]
The [b]reading lounge[/b] was not a requirement in the brief, but I decided to include it since the client and his wife are both voracious readers. The space below the staircase can act as a book-shelf, and the reading lounge itself doubles up as an informal living area on the lower level.
The staircase is free of walls on either side and hence opens up the formal living area to the large window on the east wall. The space below the staircase is used as a wardrobe on the guest-bedroom side and as a show-case on the formal living room side.
The [b]formal living[/b] and [b]dining areas[/b] are a large chunk of space separated only by a semi-open partition (to be made in wood/plywood, etc), which holds a crockery shelf. The dining area has a small opening towards the kitchen, and this serves as a service window, when there are lots of guests.
The study and the master bedroom are the only space which are somewhat secluded from the main areas.
Kindly note: The furniture design, decor items and the colour scheme are only representative to the layout and variable.
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