Inside a Bengaluru home that gives reclaimed building materials a new lease on life


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Extra bricks from one different mission have been used to clad a wall in his mattress room as a layer of insulation between his and the neighbour’s home. “Instead of using a PUF panel sheet or plywood and an additional layer of plaster, it was an easier solution since I had access to this leftover material.”

An classic Rajasthani door with a glass prime makes for the bar counter, whereas railway sleepers bought at an public sale wrap throughout the perimeters of it. Wood from columns and beams that used to hold up earlier Goan properties for the time being are positioned as rafters above.

Isha Shah

Simple chattai mats shield the terrance adjoining the lounge. “While being cost-efficient, they also weather beautifully in our climate,” Reddy elements out.

Isha Shah

The partitions all through the home present what Reddy describes as an undulated finish, similar to the kinds you’d uncover in Grecian homes in Santorini. “What otherwise takes eight steps and almost double the amount of sand, cement, water and paint, now takes only four steps done by hand. This was achieved with three-fourths of an inch of cement applied with a sponge and then cleaned up with sandpaper. Over it, I added a waterproof primer and two coats of paint—that’s it!” Reddy explains as he runs his fingers all through the partitions’ distinctive finish stating how there’s not a single crack even after 5 years.

“I finally received some form of validation when people started coming over once this house was complete,” he chuckles, together with, “Now my friends who are architects and interior designers ring me up asking to come see my home, not me! I guess I’ve done something that actually works while reducing my consumption of raw material by around 40 percent.”

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