Monday, January 30, 2012

#Kerala House Construction-Replies to client queries

House cum clinic for Homeopath doctor


Hello Mr. Thomas,

I am a homoeopath from Trivandrum. I would like to build a house cum clinic in Kazhakuttom, Trivandrum. I was quite impressed by your way in which you present your strategy and i am a person who does my system also in a different way. So, coming to the point, my plot is situated near the NH and MC road but there is only a small panchayath road to the plot only 50 meters from NH at present.   So i intend to keep about half of the space of my 6.9 cents plot for the approach of vehicles and their parking. Hope you got the idea. Actually, i was working out my plan myself in this pattern in the floor planner site. My family comprises of me,my wife and 2 children and also my mother. So, i intend to have only one bedroom cum bath, a clinic room and a waiting room, small mini kitchen and a drawing cum dining on the first floor( you can suggest me changes regarding anything) and plans to have 2 bedrooms cum bathroom and a common space for ironing and washing and 2 open terraces in the first floor. I intend to have one bedroom cum bath alone in the 3rd floor and leave the rest as open terrace. I am attaching the sketch of the property also along with this. I have a budget of 20 lakhs for the same. I am expecting a detailed answer from your part regarding the same.


My reply

You want so many features.But do not want to spend more than Rs.20 lakhs?

Does the Architect or building contractor has a magic wand with him? House or building construction is a bit of complicated affair.First and most important step is to get a good design for the building.All that you can do in that case is to provide complete details on your dreams,needs and plot details to the Architect.If you think you can on your own prepare plan of the building,it is wrong.It require professional training,software tools like Auto CAD and a wealth of resources obtained by Architect through years of training,practice,experiments and observations.

When you get the best possible design from the best professional you can get,during construction, cost of all inputs will keep going up and labour will get costlier and difficult to get.These are realities of our land.If you think a contractor will suffer losses just to keep his promise of a certain amount quotation in tact,you are highly mistaken.No one is going to loose money to give you a building at promised low cost.Unless he get comfortable profit,contractor will walk away if quality compromises even at risk of structural stability of building do not give him profit.So get professional assistance in both design and implementation of the building project.

Position of house in a plot


Thanks Most Valuable Articles , a question that In a plot which corner is the best and second option ?

My reply

It is for the Architect to decide location of house in a plot after careful study of site and environment conditions during a Site visit prior to design of the building.

Going by Vasthu considerations alone,it will be better if the house can be closer to North eastern part of the plot

Locating house plot,arranging documentation of purchase of land ,design and building house


Hi Thomas,

I stumbled upon your blog whilst searching for information on building permits for Kerala. You had mentioned that there are some restrictions on building near rivers and lakes. Could I trouble you to elaborate on what these restrictions might be as I am in the process of looking for a waterfront plot on which to construct a house.

Furthermore, do you know of any reputable companies who could provide me with valuation services to ensure I'm not paying more for a plot than I need to?

And the last thing, could you please send me more information on the type of services you offer?

Thank you in advance and I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards and best wishes,

My reply

Yes.This is what we can do unlike others:A comprehensive package of locating land for building your house,arranging legal ,technical evaluation,land registration, documentation and follow up.Finally designing and building your house.

We have done this for a Delhi based Director of a MNC who wanted a retirement house in a peaceful Kerala village even though he has no close relative to take care of anything in Kerala.

Details on type of services we do are available at our website

More info on buying land in Kerala is available at “Architectural Guidance “ link of our website

Cost effective Plan


Dear Sir,

Good Afternoon.

Hope you are fine!

I'm working in Dubai, and am planning to construct a 4 BHK house at my native place in Alleppey next year. I want to construct a house with prayer, study & storeroom.

Can you please suggest me a cost effective plan.

Please note I have 22 cents of land for use.

Prompt response is appreciated.

John Daniel

My reply

Just any plan I have in my computer will not be suitable for you.Architect will have to visit your plot,take measurements,study features of land and also study your requirements in detail.

A plan suited for you and suited to your budget limitations if any will have to be specifically designed for you.Then with that plan as base for discussions,a series of discussions with you may lead to revisions in the plan and finally we arrive at a plan specifically designed for you.

You need such a plan and not just any plan from me,from anybody else or from any websites, magazines offering free plans

Interlock bricks


Dear Mr. Thomas,
Apropos your opinion on Interlocking Stabilized Soil Block (ISSB), I would like to add a bit on the technology. In recent times, the technology is gaining immense popularity in many parts of the world including Asia, Latin America, US, Europe etc. Giving due respect to your experience in the field of construction and architecture, let me disagree with your comment that ISSB is suitable for compound walls. The reasons for the disagreement are many. Nevertheless, the primary argument is that during my several years of professional experience in Europe especially Denmark and Germany, I have seen aplenty durable buildings constructed with interlock technology. Secondly, your argument on Kerala's climate is rather blunt as I have seen interlock brick houses without outside plaster in Brazil, a country with humid tropical climate and rains similar to Kerala. Only thing of my concern is the quality of the interlock bricks produced in Kerala. Interlock bricks are durable and comparable even without plastering provided good quality clay and cement in right proportion and compression is used in production

Sreejith Aravindakshan (Denmark)

My reply

I was talking about interlock bricks manufactured in Kerala.In Kerala and even in other parts of India we specialise,in finding out how bad any product can be made but still appear to be good for eyes of customer.Inferior quality manufacturing,cheating people in any manner are considered to be credit worthy capabilities in our country.People take pride in doing so!

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