Thursday, August 2, 2012

Free Consultation,2/8/2012



Dear Sir,

Can you please provide me the Square Feet Rate of House construction.

I would like to use
Concrete Blocks (solid block)
Concrete Frame with Wooden Doors / windows.
M sand


My reply

Term "square feet rate of construction" normally used by non professional contractors to woo clients has no scientific basis and it is just a bait used by contractors to catch less informed potential clients.

When no one can predict cost of even one material or labour cost for one item after one year or more ,how can any one predict cost of more than a hundred materials and different type of labour after one or more years when construction of house is expected to complete,if commenced now?

And no two contractor does construction in similar manner using same amount of material and labour for a particular house construction.Then how can you compare rates given by two contractors?



Good Morning Mr.Thomas,

I happened to view your free consultation web-site and would like to know that whether you undertake any projects at Chittur Palakkad, I am planning to build a house together with some profession advisers like you, please let me know whether you are interested and how must does it cost?


My reply

Only after a site visit to study site conditions and preparation of Basic Plan which is the most important and critical document for house construction,I can say whether your house can be constructed by our team directly or even as consultants giving detailed drawings,occasional site visits to give instructions to the contractor taking up construction for you.

Of course we will prefer a location closer to Cochin.But we have taken up construction directly with our team of workers in different parts of State of Kerala and even outside state of Kerala.

Cutting down portion of house


Anonymous   has left a new comment on your post "Kerala House design and Construction:Replies to ...":

Dear Sir,

I have a house in Cochin ,but due to certain reasons I need to change some layouts and would like to cut around 5 -7 meter length of wall (double brick masonry) The building has proper pillars and beams . Is there any cutting services available in Kerala , if if is so what is the cost of such services.


My reply

Do not try to cut portions of house or even make alterations to the structure of building without getting professional advice on what you intend to do on the building

Trouble with house construction is that almost everybody thinks that he knows a lot about these things and all that he need to know from others is bits of information.People are willing to take opinion and advice of any one they may meet on such matters and finally land up in wastage of huge amount of money and trouble .

They think that saving few thousands which one may have to pay to a professional Architect/Engineer has to be avoided even at the cost of wasting lakhs of money

After Structure work


Dear Sir,

I have finished my concrete for ground & first floor, plastering, electrical wiring.

Could you please tell me now about the quality of steel doors, is it preferable than wood comparing to cost, quality & design, where i can select this.

Another thing now a days people go to Bangalore / Rajasthan to select their flooring materials like Marble and granite. is it profitable to do so. where i can locate the best supplier.

I appreciate your valued response.


My reply

After completing structure and plastering work, you require continuous guidance from a qualified and well-experienced Architect on each of the following works that will come up.

You need advice and guidance of a qualified and experienced person to know various options available to you, latest trends and ways and means to decrease cost while improving utility and appearance of the building.

Look at some of the pending works

1. Putty finish for walls and painting

2. Flooring and toilet wall/floor tile laying with latest trend,designs/patterns

3. Plumbing and sanitary works

4. Electrical wiring and fittings

5. Interior woodwork like modular Kitchen, cupboards and interior lay out design

6. Furniture work with woodcarving

8. Land scape design, arrangements and much more

We can undertake these after structure work by providing professional guidance and expert workers

To assess work already done in the house and to suggest/advise on pending works to be done I would like to visit your site.

Use of Marble and Granite for flooring is an outdated issue.There are better flooring products which are less costly and more trendy

Use of wood for door shutters are less costly and better compared to steel doors

Total Cost?


Joe has left a new comment on your post "Free Consultation,25,July,2012":

what is the total cost to build 3200 sq. ft. individual home including furniture and interior designing

My reply

Is the cost calculation for a house construction that simple? just by knowing possible square feet plinth area of a house to be built can anybody correctly predict cost including every type of work that can be done for the building?

Answer to these questions are simply a NO.

Cost of construction depends upon so many factors like

1.Site conditions

2.Soil nature

3.Design of the house

4.Materials used for the construction

5.Quality of work

6.Options you choose from different options for every type of material required for house construction

Most important of all these factors is to get a professional design from the better qualified experienced professional.Not only the initial drawings but each and every detailed drawings for construction adapted to site conditions and your requirements will have to be given by your designer from beginning to end of construction with close professional guidance and monitoring

Most important reason for cost increase during construction is wrong design which creates lot of wastages and unutilised areas in the building.Any one without proper knowledge and experience will be able to notice defects in design only after the building is completed.But then your reluctance to pay few thousands to a professional will make you loose lakhs and you will have no other option but to live with defects in the house forever.

Ecofriendly house



I  plan to construct  ecofriendly/green architecture house . Do you undertake similar projects ?


My reply

People may get confused about what this term “eco friendly house” mean.

Look at some of the ecofriendly options possible in building a house

1.Rubble work in dry pack for foundation where soil has required strength for rubble foundation:It reduces cost and increases foundation strength when properly done with professional supervision

2.Concrete frames for door window frames:cost reduction and you can avoid frames getting deteriorated with low quality wood that the contractor may supply to increase his profit

3.Filler slabs for roof slab:It will reduce heat inside rooms and will reduce cost of concrete and steel reinforcement

4.Clay tiles on roof top,both flat and slope roofs:It will reduce heat inside building and  avoid leakages of concrete roof

5.Solar heaters to heat water:It will avoid cost of electricity for heating water and will provide hot water at practically free of cost wherever you need in the house

6.Solar panels to generate Electricity:even though there will be an initial installation cost,you can simply forget about power cuts and can get Electricity at practically zero cost in the long run

7.Rain water storage:You can use rain water stored for your daily use.It will give good quality water at practically zero cost throughout the year.initial cost of rain water storage tank is the only cost involved

8.Waste water pits:This will ensure recycling of used water to your soil

9.Clay tiles or wood for flooring:Flooring materials like Marble,granite and manufactured tiles are not healthy for living

These and several more eco friendly features can be used for your house to be built.We can guide you on these

Plastering and Flooring work


Anonymous   has left a new comment on your post "Elevation for 3000 sft 4 Bed house at Thoppumpady,...":

Hi sir,

I need your advice.,that first i need to do the  wall plastering or flooring work..please guide me..

My reply

How can I give reply to such comments posted on to blogs? There is no name or email id of the sender

Write directly to my email id given below for faster response from me:

Checking of Plan prepared


Dear sir ,

Please find the attached pdf file of my house plan,

Please check the room setout is as per Vasthu.

My main gate of plot from southeast .and how much will be the cost for this house

Thomas Mathew

My reply

On quick checking following are the defects

Vasthu aspects

1.For East facing house,Car porch,Main door and Gate should come at Northern half of the frontage

2.North East is Esaana Konam ideal for Pooja and not for Kitchen.There is no need to put Kitchen in the front side and create inconvenience.For this house,better keep Kitchen at North West as Agnikonam (South East) is also in the front side


Light and Ventilation in dining area is poor owing to placing Stair close to light passage wall thereby  preventing light and ventilation to that space

As per Vasthu Master bed room should come at South west.But this is far away from your Kitchen which will be inconvenient

There are several inner spaces like Foyer,Wash etc which are completely dark during day time without light and ventilation.A good Architect would have avoided such dark spaces

In view of the above I feel a total revision of plan is required before going in to Construction

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