This article is a part of Thannal Homes series – Owner’s Build
In today’s world, where modern architecture dominates our living spaces, there is a growing awareness of the need to live in harmony with nature. Many people are looking for ways to build homes that are sustainable, eco-friendly, and affordable. In this article, we look at the inspiring story of a young farmer, Jagadeesh, from Mettukadai, Erode, Tamil Nadu, who built his G+1 natural home in just 7.7 lakhs using Thannal’s techniques.
Jagadeesh V, a nature enthusiast, participated in our Thannal Native Farmer’s Natural Building Workshop in April 2019. His passion for living in harmony with nature inspired him to embark on a journey with Thannal after gaining experience in natural farming. Three years after attending the workshop, Jagadeesh began constructing his own natural home in August 2022, which he completed by January 2023.
The home covers an area of 570 square feet and was built at a cost of 7.7 lakhs rupees. The cost per square foot comes to about 1350 rupees, significantly lower than conventional construction costs. The house comprises two bedrooms, one on the first floor, a hall, a kitchen, a toilet, and a portico. The walls were made of burnt bricks with mud mortar and burnt bricks with lime mortar. The roof between the ground floor and the first floor is an intermediate roof made of palm wood rafters with wooden planks. The first-floor roof was a combination of Mangalore tiles (terracotta tiles) and wooden planks. The finishes included mud plasters, lime-sand plasters, and lime-clay final renders. The project utilized only reclaimed wood from old buildings.
This project is an excellent example of building a natural home in a village with the help of local artisans. With only five to six people, including Jagadeesh, the owner, working on the project, it was completed in a short amount of time and at a reasonable cost. The project also revived the skills of the village artisans, which could benefit both themselves and others. The project helped the artisans recognize the importance of these skills and the potential to pass them on to future generations, ensuring the preservation of traditional building techniques and knowledge.
Jagadeesh’s constant involvement in the project made it cost-effective and less time-consuming. When the owner takes a more active role in building their home, it eases the process and adds a personal touch to the natural home.
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Jagadeesh, a natural farmer from Mettukadai, Erode, Tamilnadu, is a nature enthusiast who attended Thannal’s Farmer’s Natural Building Workshop in April 2019. His passion for living in harmony with nature and his experience in natural farming inspired him to embark on a journey with Thannal and build his own natural home.
Jagadeesh’s natural home took six months to build, from August 2022 to January 2023. The natural home covered an area of 570 square feet and comprised a 2BHK, a hall, a kitchen, a toilet, and a portico. The total construction cost was 7.7 lakhs rupees, with a cost per square foot of about 1350 rupees.
The walls were made of burnt bricks with mud mortar and burnt bricks with lime mortar. The roof was a combination of Mangalore tiles and wooden planks, with a flat roof for the first floor. The finishes included mud plasters, lime-sand plasters, and lime-clay final renders. All wood used in the project was reclaimed from old buildings.
There were five to 6 workers involved in the project, including the owner to build this sustainable home. The masons were Arumugam and Ganesan, and the carpenter was Hariharan.
Owner’s constant involvement in the project made it more cost-effective and less time-consuming. When the owner takes a more active role in building their natural home, it adds a personal touch and ensures that the home is tailored to their needs and preferences.
Jagadeesh’s natural home is not just a building but a testament to the power of community and local knowledge. With the help of local artisans, he was able to build a sustainable home that is not only affordable but also in harmony with nature. By choosing to build a natural home, Jagadeesh has demonstrated that we can live comfortably and sustainably without compromising on our quality of life. We can all learn from his experience and take small steps towards building a better and sustainable future for ourselves and future generations.