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Building dreams

BEING A builder himself, Vishnuvardhan Rao has done justice to his skills by creating a dream home for his family.

Building dreams

A leading building contractor in the city, he is the owner of Vishnu builders. Though obsessed with work most of the time, he does manage to take time off for his family by indulging in his hobbies. Swimming and jogging are two activities that he revels in besides championing the cause of the underprivileged.

Nestled in the tranquil surroundings of the Officers' Colony, the abode has a majestic appeal. The entrance is dotted with terracotta artefacts and an iron swing that welcomes in the visitors. The stained glass panels covering the mesh door at the entrance provide it a unique touch. Style and space is perfectly coordinated to create a huge, luxurious and a rich interior with extraordinary partitions.

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A small seating area to the left of the entrance serves as a foyer. Further down is the sitting-cum-dining area. The L shaped sofas adorned with satin cushions and the drapes in a pretty peach shade complement each other. An antique jhoola with brass fittings is transformed into a contemporary two-seater.

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A wall covered with stained glass has an image of a peacock whose beautiful plumes add to the glow of the room. The partition between the dining and sitting rooms is unique. A hut-shaped wooden cabinet with a sloping roof is a big attraction. For, in it rests a huge aquarium and rare art collections by Radha. Ganesh idols in different sizes and hues adorn a corner of the house and the collection includes nine miniature, terracotta and musical Ganeshas. The paintings on the wall provide an exotic look while the Jaipuri miniatures with kundan work blend harmoniously with a Tanjore painting of Krishna -- a charcoal sketch of a beautiful maiden and a scene from the Mahabharata in mirror etchings.

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The dining table is simple and has a yellow tablecloth and napkins, balanced with rosewood cabinets to hold the cutlery and crockery. The kitchen is modern with its traditional touch intact. It has all the latest gadgets and countertops along with the traditional brass pots and pans.

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A harmonizing chant of Om Namaha Shivaaya emanates from the puja room diffusing divinity across the house. The ground floor includes a guest room. The curved staircase, which has a marble pedestal with a marble Ganesha ensconced in a bed of glass marbles, is highlighted with corner niches displaying clay pots prepared by Radha . Shades of red dominate the family room where the bright Jaipuri cushions adorning the sofas create an idyllic atmosphere. A novel concept adopted by the builder of the house is to hide the electric mains with a minakari jharokha.

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Radha has invested a great deal of her skills in creating a perfect setting in the master bedroom. The bay window has a low seating arrangement with satin cushions strewn around. It is enveloped by fancy double drapes in earthy colours lending a cool and cozy look to the place. Wall to wall wardrobes and an elaborate dressing table comprise the rest of the room.

A good badminton player and a swimmer, Radha likes to play Casio during leisure time. Collecting antique pieces from across the country and abroad is her passion. The room occupied by Tonia and Lohia, the two girls around whom all activities of the house revolve, is a delightful place to be in. Tonia is in her teens and has learnt kuchipudi. Playing chess, reading and writing are the hobbies of this loner. The chirpy Lohia is a pole apart from her elder sister. Friendly by nature, she loves to dance, swim and read. The girls revel in the company of the stuffed toys of different sizes that galore the bed. Vishnu and Radha's home is a rich tapestry of deep, dark tones, blended smoothly with colourful bright colours.