Smart Design – Spacious Homes

Smart Design – Spacious Homes

by Naomi |August 30, 2022 |4 Comments | Architecture, construction companies, Interior Design | , , ,

Whatever size of plot you are planning your house on, it is often quite disillusionary to find it being short for space. A good Architect can easily understand YOUR requirements and work out a viable solution for you. However, the Quacks may not be able to do a decent Space planning. Your space planning should be such that they flow from each other.

The main entrance should lead you to the Drawing room and not to the dining or kitchen. Ideally, as you enter, the Drawing, Living, dining and kitchen sequence is the best option and flows with the utility of spaces. 

Often, many architects or designers are fixated with their ideas and want to impose them on you, emphasising on the benefits. A good Architect is quite akin to a good chef, who caters for your palate and not his culinary likes. 

Today it’s a norm not to have a Storeroom @ Bhandar, next to the kitchen. However, if I need a storage room next to my kitchen, its my lifestyle and the Architect or designer should understand my style and make a plan that suits me. 

A Gyan I always give to my clients – The earlier you learn to discard items you have not been using for 2-3 years, the more spacious your house will become.

There are numerous ways by which one can make the most of the available space without adding on to costs.  

Lets discuss a few of them:-

  1. FAR & Height. Building Byelaws in all states, give out the 
    1. Area which can be covered.
    2. No of floors, setbacks, height of the building, etc., that one can legally make.
    3. One of the most important parts of the planning is to use the maximum acceptable height and Floor Area Ratio (FAR) permissible. However, please never do the blunder of spilling over even by an inch, rather, keep it lesser, by a small margin. Else, the JE etc would trouble you.
  1. Ceiling Height.  Have max ceiling height possible, as it is easier to have storage above head level in a house with ceiling height of 10 ft, compared to one with 8.5 / 9ft.
  • Balconies. The byelaws lay down the length & width of balconies acceptable. In Gurgaon, in a plot of the size 225 meter or more, one can have a 180 cm depth for front balcony, while 1 m side balconies. So, if you wish to have more space, and have left a side setback, you could have a balcony over full length of the house.
  • Using temporary structure like Glass in Aluminum frame is permissible in balconies and these can be used as additional storage space without any legal violation. 
  • If you have a green thumb, go for hanging plants, could be above head height, if in the passage. 
  • If you feel hanging plants obstruct your standing space, you can create tiny shelves on the wall or railing, to place the pots, without feeling claustrophobic. 
  • Exploit the Balcony. Ever thought how much of the Balcony do you use? Exploit this space for storage, eg, in your rear balcony, have an enclosed / covered storage made which houses your Gas Cylinders, mopping & cleaning material, which also could hold some beautiful pots.  
  • Verandah. The area covered by a verandah, if it exceeds the depth allowed, gets included in the FAR. So, take this decision wisely. If you enjoy a Barbecue on the verandah, you could have a depth of, say 10 ft for that area, giving adequate space for the function.
  • Corridors. In all our designs for smaller plot sizes, we strictly avoid corridors. These cover a lot of space, which could have formed part of the rooms. So, we try and design the house without any passage / corridor. 
  • Walls. Unlike what we see in India, internationally, most residential buildings do NOT have brick walls. Even for external wall, the Contractor uses bricks only if he is told to. However, in India, safety factors make it mandatory to have strong external walls. It could be of 9 inches brick and columns or steel structure. Steel frames ie non RCC, are stronger, and take lesser space. Steel is costlier, as also, there is less expertise available in the market. 
  • However, internal walls should be max 4 inches, and wherever possible, use Gypsum or Ply or ACP sheets partitions. These reduce the cost and increase the space but need better planning.
  • Wherever possible, have glass separators; maybe frosted. 
  • Loft. In case the corridor becomes impossible to do away with, keep the passage with least possible length and make a loft in the area, with access to the loft from both sides, if feasible. Having openings on both sides helps keep it cleaner, ventilated, and easier to use.
  • Bedrooms. Ideally, if you could plan two Bedrooms side by side, the storage of both bedrooms could be on one wall. This saves cost, as also a uniform shape, while giving an open feel to the bedroom.
  • TV unit. In case you plan a TV Unit in bedroom or drawing or living, a Wall mounted unit is any day more space friendly, as also easier to maintain than a ground based one.
  • Storage. In India, in any household, one can find many stuff, which have not been used for maybe a decade. As a resultant, storage space is always less and wanting. 
  • As a rule, try and have a storage everywhere you can, but don’t go overboard, in that the house starts looking like a store house. For example, your beds, foot-ends, sofas, study table, etc, all can be designed with storage. 
  • Please avoid making any room like a Locker room of the Gym or swimming pool, with all round storages.
  • Doors and Windows. Placing of doors and windows affect the furniture layout of the room, as also the possible storage. This aspect needs detailed planning. 
  • Windows. Placing large windows specially in the direction from which sunlight comes, adds to the spaciousness feel of the rooms.
  • Dead areas around Columns. Columns are a necessity. Using the areas next to it aesthetically, could give you a lot of storage space for small things.
  • Storage in Furniture. As far as possible, utilise the space occupied by your furniture, to have storage. It could be your
  • Beds. Apart from normal designs, one can install trundle beds too, as they offer more floor space during daytime. You can roll out the bed from the regular bed to create additional sleeping space.  
  • Setties & Sofas. The sitting as also the back rest can have spaces for storage, without being conspicuous.
  • Side Tables. With drawers / shelves.
      1. Dining Table. Area below the top counter can have 3-4 “of storage for table mats, napkins etc. Compartmentalize it like the cutlery unit in your modular kitchen
  • Create A-frame Beam Shelves. Create A-frame beam shelves in your hall or kitchen and integrate the structural reinforcement with more space. To add to the longevity, ensure the quality of the material for shelves and vertical spacing in between.
    1. Cabinets Against the Shower. Finding space to keep individual items in your bathroom is quite troublesome when you lack storage in your Washroom. 
  • To make your bathroom spacious, build cabinets against the shower. Aligning your stuff properly protects them from being wet underwater; this is how you make small things work.
  • Mount a Towel Rack To help clear out the space in your bathroom closet, use vertical space and make your bathroom more spacious. Wall-mounted towel racks with no closed cubbies create ideal space for storing extra bathroom clothing essentials. 

Summing Up 

Are you spending your days in a small space and not comfortable? Installing and arranging things wisely can help you make the most of your tiny home. The tips mentioned above can help you build a dream home, creating an aesthetic setting and positive vibes around your premises.

If you want to build your home, reach out to our professionals. Team Colonelz is just a call away! 


Shading Devices

Shading Devices

by Naomi |November 6, 2020 |0 Comments | construction companies |

Shading Devices

Have you ever pondered that there is an overwhelming contribution of light & colour in every design, painting or art work?  Managing the amount and type of light, itself is a field of study. There are many different reasons why one wants or needs to control the amount of sunlight that is admitted into a building. Well-designed sun control and shading devices can dramatically reduce building peak heat gain and cooling requirements and improve the natural lighting quality of building interiors. Depending on the amount and location of fenestration, reductions in annual cooling energy consumption of 5% to 15% can easily be achieved.

The use of sun control and shading devices is an important aspect of many energy-efficient building design strategies. In particular, buildings that employ passive solar heating or day lighting often depend on well-designed sun control and shading devices.

During cooling seasons, external window shading is an excellent way to prevent unwanted solar heat gain from entering a conditioned space. Shading can be provided by natural landscaping or by building elements such as awnings, overhangs, and trellises. Some shading devices can also function as reflectors, called light shelves, which bounce natural light for day lighting deep into building interiors.

Exterior shading devices are particularly effective in conjunction with clear glass facades. Thus, solar control and shading can be provided by a wide range of building components including:

Landscape features such as mature trees or hedge rows;

Exterior elements such as overhangs or vertical fins;

Horizontal reflecting surfaces called light shelves;

Low shading coefficient (SC) glass; and,

Interior glare control devices such as Venetian blinds or adjustable louvers.

Fixed exterior shading devices such as overhangs are generally most practical for small commercial buildings. The optimal length of an overhang depends on the size of the window and the relative importance of heating and cooling in the building.

To properly design shading devices it is necessary to understand the position of the sun in the sky during the cooling season.

Shading devices can have a dramatic impact on building appearance. This impact can be for the better or for the worse. The earlier in the design process that shading devices are considered they more likely they are to be attractive and well-integrated in the overall architecture of a project.

Designing Shading Systems. Use fixed overhangs on south-facing glass to control direct beam solar radiation. Indirect (diffuse) radiation should be controlled by other measures, such as low-e glazing.

To the greatest extent possible, limit the amount of east and west glass since it is harder to shade than south glass. Consider the use of landscaping to shade east and west exposures.

Do not expect interior shading devices such as Venetian blinds or vertical louvers to reduce cooling loads since the solar gain has already been admitted into the work space. However, these interior devices do offer glare can control and contribute to visual acuity and visual comfort in the work place.

Materials and Methods of Construction. In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in the variety of shading devices and glazing available for use in buildings. A wide range of adjustable shading products is commercially available from canvas awnings to solar screens, roll-down blinds, shutters, and vertical louvers. While they often perform well, their practicality is limited by the need for manual or mechanical manipulation. Durability and maintenance issues are also a concern.

When designing shading devices, carefully evaluate all operations and maintenance (O&M) and safety implications. In some locations, hazards such as nesting birds or earthquakes may reduce the viability of incorporating exterior shading devices in the design. The need to maintain and clean shading devices, particularly operable ones, must be factored into any life-cycle cost analysis of their use.


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Build Your House – Choose The Best Construction Co.

by Naomi |October 12, 2020 |84 Comments | construction companies

Living in apartments and flats is an easier option for those not willing to take on the pain of building an independent house. However, whatever and whoever be the Housing Society / Builder, one ends up spending at least 10-20% of the purchase cost in remodeling, renovating & upgrading the house, for which too, one needs a good Construction Company In Gurgaon or NCR, it is a tough task to find one, and so is in other cities. read more

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Buying a House?

by Naomi |February 6, 2020 |6 Comments | construction companies, residential construction |

One is often pained to meet unsuspecting Friends (specially Faujis), taken for a ride by some Builder or the other including some very high ranking people.

Some of the basic principles you must  follow are:

  • In money matters, no friends. Its business and not charity. No faith, just go by black and white.
  • Not all that shown in the Brochures are true, as they are in 2 dimension & virtual, whereas the promise is in 3 dimension & Real.
  • Seeing is believing, so see the Proposed Sight, Property papers, Land registration, government clearances etc.
  • MUST visit at least two properties made by the Builder, interact with the Resident users & you will come to know of the Truth.
  • Read Complain Forums of the Builder before buying. Check No of cases pending against the builder. I know of a Builder Promising Moon, but having more than 200 litigations- none from the moon.

Anyone needing help in my friend Circle, pl feel free to contact. Its Your money, don’t donate to a Cheater Builder.

Reference Link:- https://colonelzbricklogic.blogspot.com/2014/10/buying-house.html

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Rera As An Exclusive Legal Forum for Real Estate Complaints- Is it Viable?

by Naomi |December 17, 2019 |46 Comments | construction companies |

It has become a recurring phenomenon of Builders & Infrastructure Companies defaulting for various reasons.

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Consumer Court, RERA or NCLT: Can a Home Buyer Approach all these Forums Simultaneously?

by Naomi |October 23, 2019 |5 Comments | construction companies |

The judgment allows flat purchasers aggrieved by errant developers to choose between redressal authorities established under the CPA or the RERA.62 petitions were filed by various developers challenging the order passed by the National Consumer Redressal Commissioner. Today Homes and Infrastructure Private Limited case, wherein, the National Commission held that remedies provided under the CPA and RERA are concurrent and the jurisdiction of the forums/ commissions constituted under the CPA isn’t ousted by RERA, particularly Section 79 of the RERA. Colonelz provides the construction services among all the services.

While the aforesaid petitions were pending before the High Court, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Rohinton F Nariman delivered a judgment on August 9, 2019 in Pioneer Urban Land and Infrastructure Limited and the Union of India &Ors (Writ Petition (Civil) No 43 of 2019) where it was held that remedies given to allotted of flats are concurrent and they are in a position to avail remedies under the CPA, RERA as well the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (IBC). The petitioners/developers advanced the following arguments in support of their petitions filed before the High Court. Colonelz upholds the services of the construction companies to the residential architecture.

The issue raised in the case of Pioneer (supra) was the relationship between remedies provided under IBC and RERA and the inter-relationship between RERA and CPA was never argued. Therefore, any observations regarding the remedy under RERA and CPA being concurrent must be considered as obiter dicta and doesn’t constitute the reason for the decision arrived at by the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court hasn’t adverted to Section 79 of the RERA, which inter alia provides that no civil court shall have jurisdiction over matters, which are to be decided under the RERA. Therefore, if at all, the judgment of the Supreme Court is regarded as holding that the CPA and RERA provide concurrent remedies, the finding to this effect overlooks Section 79 and the judgment to this extent is lacking in appreciation of relevant facts to that extent.

The Supreme Court in its judgment has observed that the parallel remedy of the CPA is recognised by Section 71 of the RERA, which provides that an allotted  has the option to continue with an application already filed before the forum under the CPA or withdraw the complaint and file an application before the adjudicating officer under the RERA. In view of the aforesaid observation, the petitioners urged that the judgment of the Supreme Court regarding concurrent remedies is applicable to cases, where complaints under the CPA were instituted prior to RERA coming into force.

There is no warrant for limiting the Supreme Court’s conclusion that concurrent remedies are applicable only to cases where complaints under the CPA were instituted prior to RERA coming into force by reference of Section 71 of the RERA. Section 71 was used as an example of a parallel remedy and doesn’t intend to reach a conclusion for only pending CPA complaints and not for ones instituted in future.