Inspiration Pad

Manish And Urvi Choksi


When the principal architect of an interior design firm builds a house for himself, it is bound to become a culmination of two facts - labour of love and brilliance in design.

The KIHAT residence is carefully put together, just like its curious appellation that is an ensemble of the last letter of every person in the Choksi family. Located in Piplod, Surat, the house boasts of stunning views of both the city and the Tapi River. The residence stands for the ethos and personal taste of Manish Choksi, the chief architect from Design Core.

The designer, Moiz Faizulla, talks about how the home is actually a clever combination of 2 apartments that led to a sprawling single space measuring 6,500 sq. ft.  “We decided to create two separate spaces within the house, both with different themes – one for living and the other for lifestyle.”

To the right of the living room is the main section with 4 bedrooms and a kitchen, dining and puja area. The left leads to the lifestyle space which houses the home theatre, spa, yoga and meditation rooms, Jacuzzi, steam room and shower, the office studio and a guest bedroom.

“From early on in the project, Choksi was clear that he wanted a finished, contemporary look and not a rugged, earthy feel,” states Faizulla.

The Italian marble finish on the flooring, the use of wooden panels, and the false ceilings accentuating the lighting within the house provide the contemporary edge. Some rustic elements have been deliberately infused too. The pots, the lamps in the centre table, the huge wooden clock and the exposed brick structure (painted white to retain balance) behind the TV panel in the living room add an interesting juxtaposition to the otherwise ‘finished’ appearance of the house.

Combining the space of 2 balconies into 1, the vast semi-outdoor deck with a cushy swing chair flanks the living room. The green wall here is ingeniously highlighted by wooden panels on all the other surfaces in the room, including the floor, walls and the ceiling.

Explaining the grey-and-white theme, Faizulla says, “This is the in-thing now. We are now moving away from the traditional brown and white combination to a more subtle colour palette.” The colours blend seamlessly with the imported dining set and the stylish kitchen cabinets.The puja area has an uncluttered look with calligraphy details adorning the walls.

The grandmother’s room has a minimalist look, while the daughter’s room has a sporty lounge with the adjoining wall hosting pictures of her favourites – cars and boats. Her bedroom has a long Corian study table latched on to the walls with metallic frame supports. The master bedroom is segregated into sleeping and sitting halves, embellished by a huge projector for entertainment value. The wooden flooring flowing in continuity with the panelled wall creates the illusion of a separate lounge area.

To go to the ‘lifestyle’ section of the residence, one needs to walk through a long passage from the living room. The home-theatre room features pastel purple and green fabric stitched onto the walls, pure white comfortable recliners and ceiling lights punching out a bold, vibrant look.

The KIHAT residence looks great, but does so at no compromise to the fact that it is ultimately a place for the family.