To balance out the stress that comes from being highly successful entrepreneurs, a mother and daughter-in-law duo wanted a home that felt more like a tranquil retreat away from the city. Spread across three acres, the farm came with plenty of beautiful trees, peacocks and other exotic birds. The homeowners’ requirement was that they wanted a space they could relax in and one where they could socialise.
To shape their dream, designer Monica Khanna of Monica Khanna Designs had a clear vision from the word go. “After seeing the space, it was clear that the concept needed to revolve around nature,” says Khanna. The design for this family home is planned in two parts – the main house that consists of private quarters where the family lives and a two-part outhouse which holds the socialising areas. While the outhouse has been ready and complete since 2014, work on the main house still continues.
The outhouse is divided into two parts and covers about 4,000 square feet (371.6 square metres), not including the pool, lily pond and other additional open spaces, while the main house is an additional 15,000 square feet (1393.5 square metres).
“Conceived as an all-inclusive entertainment pad,” says Khanna, “the outhouse has everything from a pool, deck and six-seater open dining area to an informal sitting room, a separate massage room, library, meditation room, a shower-cum-steam room, a powder room and two bathrooms.”