Monday, June 30, 2008

BUILDING YOUR DREAM HOUSE IN KERALA

Architectural Guidance

TOPIC 1-BUILDING YOUR DREAM HOUSE IN KERALA

Step 1: Selection of Plot
If you do not have land of your own either inherited or acquired, you will have to purchase land for constructing your dream house. While choosing land suitable it is better to avail professional guidance to check suitability on account of
a) Soil nature
b) Statutory clearances and other building rules compatibility
c) Vasthu considerations
d) Level of land whether plain or sloped
e) Other architectural and technical considerations including shape and dimensions of the plot
Step 2: Legal Verification and Documentation
You have to verify the legal title of the property with the assistance of a lawyer experienced in civil cases
You also have to make enquiries with local administration authorities whether the land is frozen for any public projects or any other objections in constructing a house in that land is prevailing
Proper drafting of deed of purchase of property will have to be done to ensure that your title of property is clear and without any complications.
Step 3: Preparation of Basic plan of your Building
This is the most important part in the construction of your dream house
A real good plan can make your house real good with most appropriate design, effective space utilization, substantial savings in cost, good appearance
An improper plan literally make you waste the money spent on construction with many inconveniences and problems which you will start realizing after you move into the house. But that will be too late to do anything to improve or correct the damages
Always get your house plan prepared by an expert experienced Architect.
Step 4: Preparation of engineering estimate for your Construction
Costing is not as simple as multiplying the square feet area of your plan with some square feet cost which a non professional builder or contractor may quote to you
There is no common square feet cost for a building. Each building is different in material inputs, work involved, specifications, choices of owner and many other factors
You need an engineering estimate giving detailed costing for each part of the work involved quantified in engineering terms
A proper picture of the expected cost of construction along with various options to control costs should be ready before you start construction.

Step 5: Proper selection of Woodden or other types of Joinery
Wood used for your Joinery (Doors and Windows) are going to be part of your basic structure. Care should be taken with professional assistance to select good quality wood or other type of joinery.
Step 6: Structural Design of the Building
Steel reinforcements and concreted parts of your building are extremely vital for the stability of your building. Never leave it to a nonprofessional labour contractor to do as he pleases. It can be real harmful to your building and its long term stability. Get the design done by a qualified Structural Consultant and ensure that your builder follows it correctly.
Step 7: Proper selection of material used for Construction
Do not go by the advice of material suppliers or traders on quality of material to be used for Construction. Get professional guidance.
Step 8: Electrical and Plumbing works
An Architect can guide you on Electrical and Plumbing lay out for the building along with material to be used and proper installation of electrical and plumbing, fittings and equipments. Even while selecting fittings you need professional advice to choose the best within your budget among various options available.
Step 9: Painting
Painting is now an important part of Construction. It can change the appearance and inner good feelings as well as outer appearance of a building to great extent. Colour consultants are now available to guide you on colour selection. Your architect can guide you effectively in this.
Step 10: Flooring
We now have several options for appropriate flooring for your building. Depending upon your budget the best option for you can be selected with the assistance of a professional. Proper laying of the Flooring material is also equally important to obtain the best results
Step 11: Interior design and Interior work
A Proper Interior design can make lot of difference to utility, appearance and even the
moods and comforts of the inhabitants of the building. Get a professional Interior design and go for traditional Kerala hand carved interior woodden work if you can afford it.
Step 12: Compound wall, gate and other outside works
Compound wall need not be just a compound wall. It can be a designer compound wall adding value and beauty to your house. Even the gate, gate pillars can add value to your house if properly designed and done. Car porch Floor and drive way can be done with designer tiles.
Step 13: Landscaping
Landscaping deal with designing your outer space around the house in the most appropriate manner giving utility and appearance adding value to your house
Step 14: Other servicesYou have to keep the services of an Electrician and Plumber on call basis to meet any emergency requirement. It is preferable to have the same professional agency who have done your building as they alone will know details of the connections

For guidance and assistance mail me to vhthomas@viruvelil.com or call me 00 91 9388701702,9388701700,9388701707

24 comments:

zamier said...

MR THOMAS,
I AM ZAMEERALI WORKING IN ABUDHABI.
I AM LOOKING FOR AGOOD CONSTRUCTION ENGINEER TO BUILD MY HOUSE AT KANGARAPPADYN ERANAKULAM.
AREA OF LAND IS 4 CENTS . PLEASE REPLY ME FOR FURTHER PROCEEDINGS

MY E-MAIL ADRESS
zamier_ikka@yahoo.com

thanks
zameerali

angel said...

sir,
I AM SANDEEP (TAX PRACTITIONER)AND I WANT TO BUILD SMALL HOUSE OF ABOUT 750 SQ.METER AT KOTHAMANGALAM ,ERNAKULAM AREA OF LAND 15 CENTS.PLEASE REPLY ME FOR FURTHER PROCEEDINGS AND ALSO NOTE HOW TO CONTACT YOU?

varghese said...

sir,
I AM REJI VARGHESE AND I WANT TO BUILD HOUSE OF ABOUT BETBEEN 1800AND 2000 SQ.METER AT PATHANAMTHITTA AREA OF LAND 15 CENTS.PLEASE REPLY ME FOR FURTHER PROCEEDINGS AND ALSO NOTE HOW TO CONTACT YOU?

MY E-MAIL ADRESS
reji_sharq@yahoo.com

Viruvelil Hormise Thomas said...

Mr.Sandeep and Mr.Reji Varghese
Send me email about your requirements to vhthomas@viruvelil.com.Mr.sandeep has not given his contact information.I will reply directly to Mr.Reji Varghese

Viruvelil Hormise Thomas said...

Email id given by Reji not correct.My mail came back.Write to me by email
vhthomas@viruvelil.com
info@viruvelil.com
vhthomas@hotmail.com
vhthomas@mail.com
vhthomas@eth.net

Varsh said...

Hello Sir
I am Varsh wking in Qarat planning to build a 2 storied 1000 sq ft low cost but traditionally fasionable house in Kollam , can I get more details and some models
Mail Id -- varshsathya1@gmail.com
Budget up to eight lakhs
flooring teracota, or tiles
hope u reply
Thx
varsh Sathyadevan

Prithesh said...

Dear Thomas,

Im looking for a good house plan to construct a house in 15 cent land. My budget is 13 to 15 Lakhs. Kindly help me with your unique plans. I hope u will reply
My contact number is 09986828827.
My email id is pritheshvm@gmail.com

Thanks and Regards
Prithesh

Gireesh said...

Dear Thomas,
Im looking for a good house plan to construct a house in My land. My budget is 10 to 12 Lakhs. Kindly help me with your unique plans. I hope u will reply
My contact number is 0097150-5096943
My email id is gireemullachery@gmail.com

Thanks and Regards
GIREESH KB

Viruvelil Hormise Thomas said...

Mr.Gireesh,Pritheesh and Mr.Varsh
I have written directly to your email id giving details on design and construction of house

MINI said...

Dear Thomas,

We are planning to build a traditional Kerala house in 16 cent of land in Guruvayoor, my budget is around 12 to 15 lakhs. Please help me with your valuable suggestion on its possibility. My email id is mini.sureshbabu@gmail.com

AMONRAVI said...

Dear Thomas,
iam plannin to build a house at 10 cent land in rectangle shape with small side towards front. my budget is 12-15 lacs including the interiors. 3 bedroom is planned. Kindly guide me ..

Viruvelil Hormise Thomas said...

I have replied to Mini by email.Mr.Ravi has not given any email id and hence I could not reply.Instead of writing here,please mail me your queries as I do not check all blogs of mine(nearly 30) regularly
Write to me to
vhthomas@viruvelil.com

IAM A MUSLIM said...

dear,thoams
my name is badsha and iam a bcom graduate,
we want to built a home in 1500sqft at 10 cent of land,our budget is 10 lakhs. can i get details and some models
id; BADHDONHUH@gmail.com
mob;00919846443473

Viruvelil Hormise Thomas said...

First of all plinth area of house will be known only after plan is prepared by your Architect.With present day costing building 1500 sft at Rs.10 lakhs will be difficult and you may require professional guidance for such drastic cost reduction.Write to me to
vhthomas@viruvelil.com
as by writing here you may not get quick response

shabana said...

Hi,
My name is Shabana from Qatar
Would like to know a approximate cost of building a house of 1500 - 1800 Square feet. is it possible to make it as a single floor in 10 cents of land? Expecting your reply.

Viruvelil Hormise Thomas said...

Shabana
Read my blog entries at
www.architectkerala.blogspot.com
You will get all relevant information you would like to have before commencement of construction of your house
Write directly to my email id
vhthomas@viruvelil.com
to get more information,clarifications or assistance from me
I check these blogs rarely and hence you may not get immediate reply if you wruite here

dileep said...

Dear V.H Thomas,

We r currently in U.A.E and wud like to make a 2 storeyed house (front side facing lake. We wud like to have 4 bedrooms, hall, dinning, kitchen, pooja room, attached bath for atleast 2 rooms. The total sq.ft we are planning ranges between 1500 - 2000. How much will be the budget for this project. Pls reply back to me with approx budget and if possible a rough plan or an idea whether rhis is possible along with ur contact #.
My ID : dileepkumaraac@gmail.com
Rgds
Dilip

Viruvelil Hormise Thomas said...

I replied to you by email

prasad said...

Sir,Iam Prasadkumar.I need a good house plan in Chengamanad Ernakulam District.My budget is 5lakhs&i have 4cent plot.My email id prasad.sounds@gmail.com

Viruvelil Hormise Thomas said...

I have replied you by email

arakkal said...

dear,thoams
my name is habeeb
we want to built a home in 1500sqft at 8 cent of land,our budget is 10 lakhs. can i get details and some models my email id habibarakkal@yahoo.com


thank you

Viruvelil Hormise Thomas said...

Habeeb
Replied by email

abhilash said...

hello sir, i am aju. we want make a home in 1200 sq.feet cost with in 8 lakh.we have 10 cent in land.can i get some models and further proceedings..my email id abhikkd1982@gmail.com..thanks

Viruvelil Hormise Thomas said...

Aju
I have sent email to your id giving details.For further details write to
vhthomas@viruvelil.com