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Bangalore has always been the “garden city” with its lush green spaces, its old, warm, bungalows, and its pitched roof residences. Vertical growth was a concept alien to a Bangalorean of old.

2003 was a game changer: in the wake of the economic boom that took place, land prices started escalating and demand for dwelling units overshadowed supply. Everything became about vertical growth and apartment living. This and the burgeoning population meant that the only way to go in major metros - and in Bangalore - was up! It used to be the lower- to a middle-income group that would look at apartments as home options, but today, with the introduction of what we will call “Bungalows in the Sky,” the trend has caught up with not only the upper-income group but also with the so-called “Elite.”

“Bungalows in the Sky” have everything a regular, independent bungalow would have, with the added advantage of round-the-clock security and power back-up systems, concierge services, and other five-star amenities. Clubhouses, infinity pools, aerial jogging tracks, cafes and restaurants: you name it, they have it. The definition of community living has been rewritten with a new dimension added in… the new-age living is up in the sky!

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Terrace gardens provide a personal patch of green in the sky. 

These high-end apartments come fully loaded with Italian kitchens and wooden flooring. Home buyers looking for the bungalow experience are drawn to the upper levels, which are typically duplexes or penthouses, and feature skylights, independent lifts, and panoramic views.

Most of these double-height homes create feelings of expansiveness and volume, making space feel larger than it actually is. Some even have private elevators, creating a world of privacy in a community living environment. They may even have infinity swimming pools or private lap pools.

The materials used and the way space is designed can add to the feeling of living in a “Bungalow.” Most high-end apartments come with their own lobbies, so a mini haven of greenery can be created at the entrance to add a personal touch. Mood lighting, artwork, and plants (which can be placed in large, baked and glazed urns and pots) can be used to personalise this space - a water feature can also be added for a serene effect. The material on the floor can be played with - Kota stone or flamed granite for a rustic look, Italian or composite marble for gloss, and hardwood for a highly polished, charming look.

Stepping in, it is important to create an alcove. This provides privacy and also creates a transition space; which further leads into the private spaces. A mirror, a chandelier, or a metallic or wooden jaali with the addition of a painting, can all enhance the nature of the alcove. Under-lit onyx can be used in toilets, as bar counters, or to top dining tables for added drama.

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A hardwood floor lends a highly polished look. Add a wooden jaali to enhance the alcove.jaali to enhance the alcove.

As we move further in, we have an explosion of space with double heights, panoramic views, and volume. Ideally, the ceiling should be kept as high as possible, with only cove lighting and pin lights. 

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Cove and pin lighting help to soften a space.

Wraparound balconies can be laid with artificial grass or turf for a garden feeling, helping to bring a sliver of nature home and reinforcing the impression of living in a bungalow. You can create a study, a den, or a family room by demarcating and designing the space to complement your style. Efficiently and effectively designed kitchens, with their own utilities and staff room, enhance the liveability of the space.

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Wooden floors in bedrooms add charm to your Bungalow in the Sky.

Today, with the variety of materials and options at our disposal, it is quite simple to translate an apartment into a Bungalow In The Sky. Everything is in the attitude: it’s all about going vertical!

 

Discern Tips: Getting your Own Bungalow in the Sky

How do you get your patch of green in the sky? The following are some cool, pocket-friendly tips to achieve the “Green” Look:

  • Convert your balcony into a patch of green by assorted pots and hanging plants. Pebbles and a small water body can add to the look.
     

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  • You can create your own green wall: Maybe a herb wall near your kitchen or a green wall in your balcony. All you need is a ladder, a metal mesh, or a wooden trellis and small plastic pots with hooks.

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  • Terrariums are very hot this season and you can hang an assortment of them near a window at different heights. It creates visual interest and also brings green into an indoor space.

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  • Quirky teacups, colourful tea pots, and jars can be used to create bonsai and grow small cacti.

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  • A coffee table could be created with two levels, where the lower level acts as a planter topped with glass!

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  • A wall in the living space of the house could also go green! It could be interspersed with mirrors or distressed wooden frames depending on the look being tried to achieve.

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  • If you have a duplex space and a stairwell, the landing wall of the stairwell can be used as a horizontal planter surface to hold pots and add a tall green volume.

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All images in this section are from Pinterest

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