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“Good buildings come from good people, and all problems are solved by good design.”- Stephen Gardiner
Among the million dreams of a person, owning a house is the special one. Constructing, renovating, or doing up the interiors of a house is not as simple as it may seem on papers.
Indian Real Estate Industry is one of the Most Unorganised Sectors in the country, and its input material has the largest varieties as compared to any industry. Budgeting, costing, analysis are all impossible for a non-professional. A minor fault in design or construction can cost you a fortune or worries of a lifetime. This Industry doesn’t work as per books. Enforcing the Contract is a gigantic task. Instead of hiring professional designers or architects, many go for some local, petty contractors. Apart from progressive cost escalation & quality mismatch, post completion service is always missing. Some of the reasons why one should prefer professional and qualified designers over petty contractors are elucidated. Have a look!
These are some of the crucial reasons to avoid local contractors, the list is quite exhaustive. Designing cost is a tiny fraction of the overall construction cost. So why opt for untrained local contractors and burn your hard-earned money.
At Colonelz, we have a team of highly trained and experienced designers that could draft your dream designs as per your requirements. Visit our website for more information and get the best-in-class designing and architectural services from us.
Money begets money. For a business to be successful, apart from money, Luck is important. It gets aided by an aura which helps create prosperity. It is extremely important to have a suitable positive vibrance at the business place, for the Businessmen, the employees, and the clients. One of the ways of achieving this is by the use of Feng Shui; a 3000-year-old Chinese art and science meaning “wind and water”. It is very effective in spreading and promote positive vibes. There are certain must have Feng Shui essentials for a business’ success.
In Feng Shui, it is known as the “Buddha of Happiness”. This is said to be the luckiest charm for business. The Buddha loves to see peoples’ worries go away. It brings wealth, joy and abundance in the place where it is kept. If you wish to display one, go for the one with a large belly to rub. Rubbing the belly is said to fulfil your wishes. The larger the belly, the more auspicious the Buddha. For efficient work environment and wealth growth, place the Laughing Buddha on your office desk or in the Southeast direction of your workplace.
In the Chinese zodiac, the OX is one of the most loved signs. It is said to possess the following qualities which attract good luck to a business:
If you plan to place an Ox Statue in your business place, place it on a bed of coins in the Northwest section of your office.
A lot of Feng Shui experts claim that a money frog significantly attracts wealth. It is available in both, gold and porcelain. However, it is advised to go for the gold one. The statue of this frog is depicted as sitting on coins with one coin in its mouth. Display it on the Northern side of your business space or near the entrance. Make sure it always faces inward.
A Bagua is a Chinese religious motif denoting the balance of yin and yang. Hanging a Bagua above your entrance door signifies the flow of positive energy. It is octagonal in shape and indicates eight essential areas of our lives like health, family, wealth, abundance, marriage and love to name a few. It has a mirror in the centre which acts as a dream catcher. The mirror traps and absorbs any negative energy while the octagon spreads positive energy.
A lot of business outlets have the statue of this lucky cat smiling and waving at customers. You can put it at a suitable place, maybe near the entrance or near the cashier.
These drive away evil spirits and negative energy. A wide variety of incense sticks are available. However, businessmen generally tend to pick the red ones for attracting prosperity, luck and wealth.
Feng Shui will definitely fetch you good results over time. They aide Business growth. Our Team at Colonelz, design your business place in a manner that it is Feng Shui friendly. Visit our website to know more about the expertise we hold in providing a client need specific architecture.
In these erratic &testing times, adequately coupled with stressful modern lifestyle make it a challenge for most of us to find tranquility and peace. To assuage the same, we thought of bringing to you some tips and tricks from our interior experts to help you turn your home into a bubble of bliss and peace.
So, let’s dive in!
Color inherently has mood-altering properties. However, research in the realm of color psychology has also found that the feelings elicited by particular colors are deeply rooted in one’s personal choice and experiences. This is exactly why our color experts often conduct in-depth discussions with our clients to find the perfect color for their space that reflects their personality and induces a feeling of calm and happiness.
However, a general rule of thumb when creating a calm space is to go for soft hues, neutral tones, or earthy colors inspired by nature. Some of our fave colors for creating a calming mood are –
Focus on incorporating softness into your space. Since we live in a tropical climate, thick and fuzzy fabrics like faux fur can feel very warm and uncomfortable. Instead, invest in plush textured rugs, cloudy cushions and pillows, and soft seating arrangements.
Clutter causes anxiety, coupled with Stress, and depression; is a scientifically proven fact. One of the most effective ways to avoid clutterin your space is to take a minimal approach. Do away with unnecessary accessories and décor items from your space. De-clutter the ancient treasure chest that is your closet. Invest in furniture with modern, chic, sleek designs featuring clean lines.
Be smart about accessories and invest in those décor items that look great and also serve a purpose. For example, artsy sculptured planters that act as an art piece and a pot for your house plants at the same time.
It is best to avoid electronics in an area where you want to create a relaxing mood. By electronics we especially mean television sets and computers. However, if you are trying to give your living room a makeover or do not have enough space to place your television set elsewhere, then consider keeping them concealed.
Soothing scents have been used traditionally in almost every culture to soothe and heal the mind and body. You can create a very spa-like relaxing ambiance with scented candles. Want to go for a more eco-friendly way? Try potpourri. However, nothing beats the beauty of a simple, compact humidifier with a few drops of natural essence oil to scent your entire room.
Some of the best calming scents are –
Bright lights are great to keep sleep at bay and keep you active. But, they are not conducive for relaxation. Research shows that blue light plays a deep role in relaxing us, unlike white light. Keep the intensity of your lights soft and ambient.
Want to give your home a professional calming makeover? We are just a call away. Invest in your mental health. Invest in your home. The returns will amaze you.
The term “Biophilia” was coined by social psychologist and philosopher, Erich Fromm to describe the innate human desire to commune and associate with nature and other forms of life. Biophilic architecture or design incorporates elements inspired by nature, natural materials, patterns, and phenomenon to connect residents with nature.
The approach has been found to have a profound psychological and physiological impact on us that is manifested through –
Categories of Biophilic Designs
There are 3 distinct approaches that designers adopt to execute biophilic designs.
7 simple ways to incorporate biophilic design elements into your home
It could either be a small fountain or a colossal pool with an artificial waterfall, including a water element into your space. It acts as visual, tactual, and auditory stimuli to bring residents close to nature. An aquarium is also a highly effective way to incorporate nature into a space.
Avoid stagnant water! They are a breeding ground for infectious bloodsuckers – mosquitoes. And, encourages the growth of algae which is a pain to clean.
Apart from being the most potent source of vitamin D, sunlight also has a significant impact on our circadian rhythm (which is under severe threat during this digital age). Make sure your home has large windows that flood your space with natural sunlight. Use classic sheer curtains or smart shades that do not block sunlight.
Incorporating furniture that has organic, fluid shapes is not just chic and modern but also brings us close to nature. Make sure that your furniture is made of natural materials like bamboo or wood and, shows off the material in its most natural form, without much processing or treatments.
Apart from being a raging trend in 2021, hexagonal tiles mimic the shape of honeycombs and are a famed representative of the Fibonacci sequence and golden ratio. The Fibonacci sequence is found abundantly in nature.
Some of the other patterns worth your attention are –
Ensure that your home or office has impeccable mechanical ventilation. Efficient fenestration calls for our architecture experts. The right window placement is the key to temperature control and cheaper energy bills.
It won’t be a struggle to include the sounds of rustling leaves or a gushing stream into your surroundings. It takes one YouTube search to transcend you into the middle of a thriving forest. Play is twice or thrice a day if playing it every 20 minutes is not feasible for you.
Last but not the least, plants are the simplest way to create the feel of nature in your home. Apart from using low-maintenance indoor plants such as areca palm, snake plant, syngonium, spider plant, and like, make an effort to include plants that attract bees and butterflies such as marigold, hibiscus, oregano, geranium, and like.
As we welcome urbanization, we move further away from nature. Biophilic architecture is a way to bridge the gap between nature and humans. For the ultimate biophilic makeover, contact Colonelz right away.
What is transitional-style interior design?
Interior design evolves with time as taste and preferences change. And, the transitional style of interior pays homage to the evolution of design. Simply put, the transitional style of interiors marries the old-world charm of traditional design with the chicness of modern aesthetics. It incorporates classic elements with trendier ones to give you the best of both worlds. At the very core of this style lies an impeccable sense of balance that fuses old with new, elaborate traditional designs with sleek modern styles, and opulence with sustainability for a curated look and feel.
Here are some key elements to keep in mind when one is striving to create this style in their own space.
Transitional style can be a hard style to pull off without making things chaotic, especially when you do it without the guidance of professionals. So, the easiest way to keep that from happening is to choose a neutral color palette. Paint the walls in classic yet fresh shades of white, taupe, beige, and grey. Feeling a bit more experimental? Try rich, dark shades of charcoal black, midnight blue, burgundy, or khaki green.
Always remember that darker shades work best in a larger space. It can make a space look smaller than it is, but the mood it creates will make you fall in love with it. If diving straight into dark shade seems intimidating for you, then you can try it on just one accent wall. Although it won’t create the same effect, it is the safest bet for beginners.
An accent is placed in a way to draw the eye and make it the focal point of attention. In a transitional style, an accent is a game-changer. We feel antiques work a lot better than contemporary style when it comes to accents. Although you can choose anything to be your accent piece, some of the fave pieces that we use most often are –
Fabric lends texture, color, and feel to any space. In a transitional design, they play one of the most significant roles. Some of the classic material that can be used to exude an old charm feel is velvet and leather. On the contrary, natural, solid-colored fabric such as linen and cotton or even satin for that matter impart a more modern feel. It is a very good idea to juxtapose sleek furniture with traditional fabrics. Like a minimal sofa upholstered in rich velvet.
When it comes to transitional style, we suggest you let your accents and furniture do most of the talking. Take a minimal approach with accessories to keep things looking clean and organized instead of a frenzied mess of accessories. This is where you should be incorporating your contemporary sense of minimalism. However, a dramatic sculpture or vase, or planter can elevate the appeal of your space if executed with restraint.
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Our homes have turned into a lot more than refuge within the past year owing to the ongoing testing times. Most of us have not only acclimated to the once novel concept of work-from-home but have also got a little bored.
So, we are here with superb ideas to give your home office a quick and quirky makeover that not only feels fresh and exciting but also boosts your productivity. Whether you have a palatial home office or have turned the space under your staircase into your conference, you could incorporate these ideas effortlessly.
A famous study conducted in the United Kingdom reveals that welcoming plants into the workspace can increase productivity by up to 15%! Plants are also a healthy and economical way to purify the air of your home which adds to your well-being (which is more significant than ever at this point).
Some of the beginner-friendly plants that are recommended by NASA for air purification are –
If you are short of space then go the Pinterest way and decorate your desk space with a compact and super-cute succulent. Plants also have a calming effect on your mind and reduce stress significantly.
Natural sunlight is not just the best source of Vitamin D that keeps your teeth and bones strong but also has a significant impact on mental health and wellness. Sunlight boosts moods and keeps anxiety and sleepiness at bay, thereby, enhancing productivity dramatically.
So, make sure your home office has large windows that flood the space with warm sunshine. Make sure to hang lightweight, curtains that filter out the harshness of the summer sun without blocking it completely.
But, what about those for whom a window is not plausible? We have a nifty solution for you too! Invest in high-quality artificial white light that emits short wavelengths of blue light to imitate natural sunshine. It is sure to keep you alerts throughout the day.
Create the illusion of space by keeping the floor of your room as to free as possible. Wondering where to stack your million files and books? Well, what’s that wall for! You can either invest in wall-mounted shelves or turn wire baskets into DIY shelves.
When it comes to your desk, be smart about it and go for a wall-mounted desk. Speaking of a desk, make sure to keep it free from clutter.
Keep your workspace from looking boring. It is a simple way to invigorate your mood and give you a sense of joy amidst the gloomy times. While an accent wall featuring bright colors and interesting texture is a classic, we are all for experimenting with a new idea. Instead of the run-of-the-mill wall color, have it painted in black chalk paint or a pastel shade depending on your preference, and use it as your cool to-do board. Stay organized and stylish at the same time.
Want to give your home office a professional makeover? The Colonelz team is just a call away! It is not just an investment for your home but also an investment for your career and productivity.
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Vastu Shastra can be extremely useful during the construction of a new house. Despite some misconceptions, Vastu is not beyond reason. These construction guidelines from the Indian subcontinent can aid you with several decisions. Choosing the right colors for the house is one of them. Since colors have the power to dictate our moods, they are not a trivial factor during construction activities.
How to choose the best colors for your home
Since the Vastu system puts a heavy emphasis on directions, decisions about color are also influenced by this factor. For instance, the color Light-Blue is well suited for the North-East direction. Furthermore, these directional considerations aren’t baseless. To explain this point further, let’s consider an example. The North-West direction is closely linked with air. Thus, the colors best suited there are Light-Grey and Cream. Planetary considerations also come into play when you think of how to select the right color for your home. To give you an idea of how these planetary considerations work, ponder over this example. As Jupiter represents the North-East direction, the colors that best enhance that part of the house are shades of Yellow and Cream.
If the laws detailed above are painting a murky picture in your mind, do not give hope. The following segment of our discussions will make it crystal clear how to select the right color for your home.
Guidelines about different parts of the house
When you know how to choose the best colors for your home, you can also synchronize your vision with the architecture companies in Gurgaon. Here’s a room-by-room layout that you should follow:-
The takeaway is that Vastu can be a great tool in your arsenal during the construction or renovation of your house. It can help you enjoy a pleasant and lively stay at your home. Thus, make sure that you tie-up well in advance with architecture companies in Gurgaon to avoid any last-minute quips.
“A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.”
We have all dreamy of a perfect home where we’d like to experience life with our loved ones. Big or small we all have our own ideas of a dream home. But sadly, not always can we afford the home we dream of and that’s where the banks come in; helping us finance the home we want. But, do they actually help us? Let me help you find the best loan for YOU!
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Deteriorating Environmental conditions pan India entails we MUST focus more on Environment Friendly Buildings & Infra development. We are a country of 1.5 billion people and counting , in which 32% of population lives in urban areas.India’s increase in commercial energy consumption in the last four decades has been 700% and is growing. Energy consumption in India will grow upto 3 times of current consumption by 2030. There is a shortage of about 250 million liters of water per day, if we only consider the major Indian cities. The crisis is approaching, lest we stem it. Green building construction presents a solution for sustainable growth.
What is Green Building? Green building, or sustainable design, is the practice of increasing the efficiency with which buildings and their sites use energy, water, and materials, while reducing the negative impacts of the building on human health and the environment over the entire life cycle of the building. Green building concepts extend beyond the walls of buildings and should include siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition; as also, community and land use planning as well.
There are numerous ways to make your buildings more Eco friendly. We list a few below
Sustainable Site Selection:
Easy availability of public transport/ Mass Transit system and conveniences helps cut down energy consumption for transportation. Rehabilitation of sites damaged by environmental contamination is a better option than any new piece of land where large amount of energy and resource is needed to make the land worthy of building on, thus saving large amount of energy.
It is very important to protect the existing Flora & Fauna, the soil and natural features. Avoid hard paving on the site to preserve top soil and ease rain water harvesting. There should be minimum storm water runoff.
Sustainable Building Components / Material
Material which can be recycled, have low toxicity, nil / low harmful air emissions, as also, have a long shelf life are better. Planning the Building’s structure and dimension can reduce the construction costs. Construction and demolition material can be reused and recycled for landfills. Proper planning for managing materials through deconstruction, demolition and construction is done.
Using renewable materials like bamboo flooring, wool carpets, straw board, cotton ball insulation (made from denim scrap) is good. Locally available materials must be given priority; Saves transportation costs. Alternative materials that can be generated from waste with lesser energy is used over conventional building materials, e.g. alternative materials for timber, like MDF board, Mica Laminates and Veneers on composite boards should be used instead of natural timber.
Industrial waste based bricks and blocks, aerated lightweight BPC concrete blocks, can be used for masonry structures and Fly ash, for bricks, outdoor paving and in concrete.
Indian Govt is giving numerous subsidies, including sharing of Solar energy generated in the Grid so that excess energy generated during day can be bartered for energy at night, thus being economically efficient, as also environment friendly.
Installation of water efficient or low flow equipment in kitchens and bathrooms to reduce water consumption is very important. Newly designed Vapor generating taps save 80% water while being as efficient.
1billion square foot building area has been certified as green by leading green building rating system LEED-INDIA.
There are two established Green Building rating system in India.
Some Green Building Projects in India
Hiring a place may seem very simple for the Landlord, as also the Tenant. Sometimes these become very unnerving if you miss out on some important aspects that need to be considered before moving into the house / letting out your house. Taking the paperwork lightly may have serious implications for both the parties. Apart from checking out the exteriors and interiors, the legal check on various aspects is equally essential.
Tenants Points to be considered:
Property Owner / Landlord. Rented Property generates additional income by way of lease or rent. But if leased to a wrong person, could cause numerous problems. It requires substantial care and a lot of aspects have to be kept in mind while selecting the right paying guests (PG) or purchasers on rent (rent party):
Wishing you a Happy Letting out / in. You may make lifelong friends with your Tenants / Landlord. Happy Safe homes is what is important.
We all are aware of the fact that nowadays, technology is being so advanced. In every field, we will find modifications which have been brought to us by technology. If you are also among those who are looking forward to such changes, then you can consider the architectural field.
The architectural field is one of those fields which are being one of the requirements when you are looking forward to availing the construction services. If you are not available with architecture companies that it will become difficult for you to pass the map of your location and also you will not be able to design it well.
If you are among those who are looking forward to designing their ambiance and want to contact with the best architecture agency, then you must get sure about few requirements. If you are not sure about all these requirements, it will become difficult for you to contact the architectural companies efficiently.
Things to get consider are:
If you are not sure where you can search for architecture agency, then you can visit the online platforms. Online platforms are all the detail available about these companies and will also help you to contact them. All the details which are necessary for you to contact them are available on the online platforms which will help you to get in touch with them quickly. Moreover, their website links are also available where you can raise your query, and they will get back to you within no time.
When you get sure that the services you are availing are the best and you are ready to invest in, then you are prepared to avail the services efficiently. Do not let yourself in any doubt. If you have any doubt, then clears them with the professionals in advance. Also if you find that you are not ok with the budget then also you can contact them freely. They will let you get available with services in your budget quickly.
What else you want when you are getting the best services within your budget and your dream will design according to your need. These services will not only help you in maintaining your private area but if you want you can also design your office area as well.