Choosing the right apartment

2 08 2008
Apartment blocks, Kolkata
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It’s booming, mushrooming and raining houses in India.

After a lot of queries by the discerning flat buyers I would share few architectural tips on selection of right apartment. Because buying the right apartment would not only reduce your energy cost, but also fetch you greater sale/rental returns. No harms taking a measuring/sonic tape with you.

Avoid flats in the vicinity of aerodromes/railway lines, main roads.

Apartment having decks more of south along with some east sun is best-no matter where the entry is from. Ensure there is no pond, river, sea in that direction.

Buy apartments in the block which have a lot of trees and greenery in the west or a little north.

If you are planning to buy lower floors(4th or 5th). Make sure that they, especially the bedrooms, are not near the main entrance gates. For higher floors, ensure that the parapets should be solid (3′6″-4′ high)

Ensure the ceiling should be at least 9′ high and beams etc shouldn’t be visible. If visible you’ll have to shell in some interior makeover costs.

Try finding ones which have contiguous toilets. This entails maximum open views and ventilation.

See the drawing room. It should have 2-3 adjoining walls so that even if it is too small, it can accommodate maximum perimeter of sofas.

The dining and the kitchen are always near and it is like a lobby. Check that it should at least have a 5′ and 7′ adjoining walls so that a dining table can be well placed without cramming the chairs.

The bedrooms should be in such a way that you walk minimum to go to the wardrobe, toilet and balcony. If you are a right hander then look for a place for the study table so that light enters from the left. Also TV should be in place left or right of the light source.

Checkout for a small latticed drying balcony in NW or SE.

Your entry should be as near to lift but as far from noise from neighbor’s transit. (Former adds value by minimizing vestigial area).

It is not necessary that flats having a 90 degree angle are the most functional.

You are investing your hard earned money into a one time house. Act wisely. Consult your local realtor and technocrat for further advice.

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From student to professional

26 07 2008
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Dear Young Architects,

Most of us are really skeptical about what should we do and where should we go after college days. Some take up design work, while others like site work more.

It’s a matter of your core-what you decide. You can be really fond of making a max model, or relish talking with others in clubs. It is really difficult when you look at totalitarian aspects of architecture.

Draw a circle on a tracing paper. & try to lay up various aspects of & related to architecture. You can branch any node which is away from architecture.

It is something similar to mind mapping tools.

Like Design>Modeling>PS Envo>Permit Drawing>Working Drawings> Site>Accounts etc.

Try to arrange your colleagues circles with you and see how they lap. Interact more with your colleagues in trio. Try to find that common triangle.

This kind of collaborative interdependent graph will also filter out physical and mental strain factors if you form a consortium later on.

Happy doodling.

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Optimising the Search Engine called “Life”

23 07 2008
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God is a principle. The moment god takes over us when we surrender, we focus on making our business more for the benefit of the end user.

We plan and earn money for our coming generations. Why, we love our kids because we see ourselves in them-the self image in our subconscious when we used to be toddlers-we can’t recall ourselves when we were in front of that mirror. So we prepare the edited version of our path for them.

There is a lot of suffering in some countries like Africa. So we have to think about humanity too. We realize we can’t be everything. So, we find out small core competencies like we look at our kids and relay the work cycle-like our employees , freelancers and corporates. We are the purpose of their business and rightly expect that we aren’t outsiders as well.

That’s how we shortlist the providers. That’s how we look at our suppliers. We have to segregate essentials and luxuries if we want to create utopia.

Relationships start just the way micro blogs so. We initially get paid in differentials and then trust too exponents. There is a definite way to optimize work/pay. So we remain down to earth and money works for us-it is not our master. And some day we are really rich-materially and spiritually.

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Some dos and dont’s in planning your house.

5 05 2008
Mahapitha Mandala
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I am sharing the basic house planning principles. Consult your architect to incorporate these in you home plan. We practice the same as “Vastu-Shastra” in India.

1.Make the room approx 2:3 ratio-This not only makes the room look good, but improves the flexibility in usage
2.Try to consolidate doors-Try to bunch all the doors-from other rooms, external and internal-so that you have continuous furniture keeping space,
3. Alternate side windows-on opposite walls are the best-to create cross ventilation and health.
4.Kitchen Location-Should be opposite to prevailing wind direction.
5.Toilet Location-Should be away from kitchen and preferably on the cross wind corners.
6.L-shaped, long and irregular rooms impair the functionality of the house. Please consult your architect.
7.Try to scribble movable routes from room to room for all and ask your architect to minimize the circulation area.
8.Divide the house into 3 zones-Public, family and private. 1 & 3 should be exclusive.

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Wedo

10 04 2008
IPSWICH, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 16:  Detect...
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We do not create gothams
We do not sing money’s secrets 

You can think of man days we put in
Flying like a sea gull on the shore

Take two somersaults
Then dive into hard dash wells

Ship is single
Deeps mingle

We think 3D
That’s our success CeeDee
I learnt maths (T/R)

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Arsonnet

10 04 2008
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Forms morph Tangling tessellations

Walls dwarf In the flight of fenestrations
Creativity logifies In the era of sophistication
Applauses echo Apparent appreciation
Business centricity Celebrity celebrations
Abide law geeks Manifold manifestations

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Beyond square

10 04 2008
Dueling Pencils
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Some think that Architecture is drawing 4 lines!
Engineers say where to put 4 lines

Don’t suggest solutions! That’s what architect is for. He analyzes what owner want realizingly & else and whether the owner is clear in his thinking?

Architect sees where not to put the lines
He thinks of the sun and wind and beeline services
He thinks about room relationships and exclusions
He thinks of your lifestyle and hands you your future

Give him a budget!!!
He contemplates before drawing that very first line by pencil
He realizes the line chisels the owner’s destiny
He cuts corners by oblique lines & extracts the want of curved lines

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