Monday, December 3, 2012

Free Consultation,3/12/12

1400 sft and 1200 sft houses with three bed rooms

1400 sft  three bed room house for client at Palakkad


1200 sft three bed room house for client at Edappally,Cochin


Building rules,Clearances


I have 3 cents of land one the side of Karamana river in Trivandrum only 6mts from the side of river. How to construct a building with clearances. Any Govt. exemption required for the clearances on all sides.



Dear sir . I already had two foot way for my home since 1970. but now i need 4 foot way .Is can i got it sir .and what is the authorisation of way for home.

Rahul Krishna


Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Building Permit":
Is there any exemption to crz rule for construction a house within 50 meters distance from a nilam,(kandam) which does not have any cultivation since 10 to 15 years.


Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Building Permit":
I would like to construct a new house in my 4 cents land. Its a square plot with compound wall and panchayat road on its west and north.The road on the west side ends to river pumba(may be less than 75 meters from my plot) and my question is that do I need to leave 3 meters space on the west end side ?( My planned house faces west) Is it legal if I leave only 2 meters because that panchayat road ends to the river?
Your valued answer is highly appreciated.


Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Building Permit":
I have a place 4cent (in 'adharam) ,but I scaled there is only 3.5cent. And there is a panchayat road is in front of my place.I got sanction from panchayath for construct a house in 580sq.ft. I keep 3mtr. distance from 'the edge of taring' of the road to my house.Now my house's foundation is ready(in pillar and beem).Now some people said that the distance may not be from the edge of taring, but may be the border of my place and the road. Is it true? They have any consussion from the side of panchayat? What will be I do?
Please replay to me immediately.


Arun Raj has left a new comment on your post "Building Permit":
We are bulding a house in an area of 5 cents. It is nearing completion. I just want to confirm that is there any remedy if the side facing towards road is not meeting the 3 mtrs criteria. The average distance of the same side is more than 3 mtrs, only one portion of the wall is falling short of 3 mtrs. Please suggest any remedy


Ranju Mukkala has left a new comment on your post "Free Consultation:21,July,2012":
we plan to design a commercial building we want to know about set back rules

Replies to all above queries

For finding out clearances required,it is better to approach town planning section of concerned local authority with specific details of your plot like survey No and location.I can only talk of general KBR provisions

Where there is a side with inclination average clearance should be okay

Clearance required is from your border and not from end of tar road.

CRZ rules are applicable for rivers,lakes and sea and not paddy fields

Nalukettu type House Construction


Ann Joe has left a new comment on your post "Nalukettu type houses-Do we really need it?":
can you guide me how the courtyard is designed in nalukettu? what type of measurements are used for it ?I am an architecture student interested in Kerala architecture. What i have seen is that the Kerala measurement is different than the rest . I mean vasthu based measurements for courtyard. There is a typical procedure for designing a nalukettu.
looking for your suggestions

My reply

If you are an Architecture student ,you can meet me and clarify all your doubts after obtaining prior appointment by contacting phone 9388701702

Vasthu aspects


Dear Sir

It is with deep worry i am writing to name is sindhu and am from palakkad.

We have been living (my parents are staying there as we are stationed in uae) in our newly constructed house since 6 years and we have no problems till this time by the grace of god..and our house was constructed as per expert vasthu consultation too...

recently some visitor came and they raised some doubts..

Please if you can clarify my below doubts please

when we buy the plot (10 cents) there was a well on the north west side of the plot and as per expert advise we built a small wall extending from east to west to separate house from the it ok ??

also the septic tank is on the west side more towards the south...

i attach a simple diagram of how it comes.

your personal reply will be of much helpful to ease my worries...

thanking you



Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Vasthu compliance":
Hi I have a west facing plot/house..fully covered.i want to dig a tube-well, i no space inside the walls of the house..the only space i have is outside the walls/house/gate in the west direction to the left of entrance gate....please suggest


Praveen has left a new comment on your post "#Kerala House Construction-Replies to your queries...":
Help Needed
ബഹുമാനപെട്ട സര്‍,
എന്റെ പേര് പ്രവീണ്‍ ജി നായര്‍ , പത്തനംതിട്ട ജില്ലയില്‍ വടശേരികര ആണ് വീട്. ഞാന്‍ MCA വരെ പഠിച്ച ഒരു കുട്ടി ആണ്. ഒരു ജോലിക് വേണ്ടി അലയാന്‍ തുടങ്ങിട്ട് 2 വര്ഷം ആയി.പല ജോലികല്ലും കിട്ടി എന്ന് ഉറപ്പിച്ചിട്ട് പോലും അവസാന നിമിഷം അതോകെ നഷ്ട്പെട്ടു..പലരെയും കൊണ്ട് നോക്കിച്ചു ചിലര്‍ പറയുന്നു വീടിന്റെ ദോഷം ആണെന്നും സമയ ദോഷം ആണെന്നും ഒകെ.ഞാന്‍ ജനിച്ചത് (10-10-83,10.05 am Delhi ) ആണ്. എനിക്ക് സര്‍ നോട്‌ ചോദിക്കാന്‍ ഉള്ളത് വീടിന്റെ ദോഷം കൊണ്ടാണോ ജോലിക് വേണ്ടി എത്ര അലിഞ്ഞിട്ടും കിട്ടാതെ? .പാതി പണിത കിഴക്കോട്ടു ദര്‍ശനം ഉള്ള ഒരു വീട് ആണ് എന്റെത് .വസ്തു വാങ്ങിട്ടു വീട് പണിതതാണ് .ഇപോ ഉള്ളത് Hall, sit-out,1-Bedroom,kitchenആണ് . ബാക്കി പണിയാന്‍ ആയിട്ട് തറ കേടിയിട്ടെക്കുവ.ഇനി തറ കേട്ടിയിട്ടെക്കുനത് തെക്ക് ഭാഗം ആണ്. bedroom,pooja room,bathroom ,അതായത് കന്നിമൂല ആണ് പണിയാന്‍ കിടകുന്നത് .കന്നിമൂല തുറന്നു കിടക്കുന്നത് കൊണ്ട് ദോഷം ഉണ്ടോ ? ഉണ്ടേല്‍ കന്നിമൂലയില്‍ ഒരു room മാത്രം ആയിട്ട് പണിതാല്‍ ദോഷം മാറുമോ അതോ തറ കെട്ടിയിട്റെകുന്നത് മൊത്തം ആയിട്ട് പണിയേണ്ടി വരുമോ?ഈ ദോഷങ്ങള്‍ ഒകെ പണിയാതെ കിടക്കുന്ന വീടിന്റെ ആണോ, ഒത്തിരി പ്രതീക്ഷയോടെ ആണ് ഇ മെയില്‍ അയകുന്നത് .കൈവിടില ഒരു വഴി പറഞ്ഞു തരുമെന്ന പ്രതീക്ഷയോടെ ............

Replies to above queries:

1.As per Vasthu there is only one position for well.It is at Esaana Konam,North East.Here also exact position can be marked by a Vasthu expert.If you have no other option but to keep well at some other position,try to cover well from getting view from the house.Septic tank should not be at North East,South West and South East corners

2.Will some body allow you to construct well outside your plot?

3.Just because of House construction your possibility of getting a job cannot be affected.Employers do not simply look for some one having a certificate of passing exams.They look for people who have capability and knowledge to do their job.It is called Employability of the job seeker.You have to improve your communication skills,personality and smartness.Before commencing left out construction portions of your in completed house,try to consult a Vasthu expert to guide on improvements to be done to make the house Vasthu compliant..I can visit your site,check Vasthu aspects of the existing structure and suggest suitable corrections for balance work.

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Construction cost


hi Thomas
appreciate if you could advice the cost to construct 3300 sqft house in trivandrum .
furthermore, can you pls advice which way to construct most cost efficient.
thanks and regards
robin cruz


has left a new comment on your post "Free Consultation:21,July,2012":
sir, i wish to build a 3BHK house at ranni, having a budjet of 20 lakhs, if it may possible


Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Free Consultation,18,September,2012":

Dear Sir,
I have 4 cents corner plot in trivandrum within corporation limits. Can we build flats in small size land. My plan if this is possible is to build stilt + 4 levels. Each level with 2 x 2 bedroom apartments. Kindly advise budget requirements for this project.


has left a new comment on your post "BUILDING YOUR DREAM HOUSE IN KERALA":

Hello Sir,

Iam nikhil. i want to make a house in kerala model and my budget is around 20-25 lakhs with 3 or 4BHK. multi storey. I have 20 cents of land. So can you please give me an idea about the design and costing.


Ram Murthy has left a new comment on your post "Low cost house construction":
sir, I am in Hyderabad AP. here flats r very costly nearly 30lakhs this is minimum cost.I want to make flats of 10 lakhs for one flat which is affordable rate to the common people. will you guide me in this regard.
thank you very much.
Ex-service man.


Susheela has left a new comment on your post "Free Consultation,18,September,2012":
What type of low cost building can i construct for tourism in Kumily in a cardamom plantation


Manu has left a new comment on your post "House Construction-Queries":
I have a query about construction business, there is my property and I would like to construct flats on it, and commercial property on it,I would like to know,which option would be better in terms of profit
1.)Building it as we make our individual house and then selling them
2.)Starting a construction firm and making the commercial buildings through the company and selling it out.
Note:I have no liquid assets,so I would be mortgaging my property for any construction activity.


Varghese has left a new comment on your post "Free Consultation #Kerala House Construction":
dear sir,
my name is Varghese now in Sharjah.i want to make a normal home @single floor ,3 bedroom,living dining hall,kitchen work area,sit plot is square 13.5 meter width,19 meter length,can i make this with 7 feet gap in any side(left or right)width only 13.5 meter.
please give me a reply

My replies

1.To Robin Cruz

Cost of construction is not simply dependent on possible square feet plinth area.Even the square feet area will be known only after a professional Architect prepares plan suited to your requirements and site conditions.Knowledge and experience of Architect can reduce your cost of construction by proper design

Cost of hundreds of input materials and labour going in to construction keep on going up everyday.No one can predict cost of a single material after about an year.Then how can any one predict cost of hundreds of materials and labour on completion of building construction which may take about an year?Each contractor does construction using methods convenient to him without bothering about Engineering or quality standards.All that they bother about is their profit.Term'” square feet cost” is simply a lie used by non professional contractors to get work from building owner.No contractor has ever completed construction of a building within the promised square feet cost.Extras and revisions in rates will be silently accepted by building owner who may not even bother to enquire about “square feet cost” on completion of building construction.

Reply to Anonymous persons

House construction is not a simple task.An ordinary person cannot design and manage construction properly.Professional expertise is essential for design and construction management.Fees which you may pay to the expert will not be an additional expense.It will actually save you lakhs of your money and will get you a better building which you can be proud of.Do not get carried away by sweet words of non professional contractors.You will be loosing money,better design,better facilities for building and better appearance for your reluctance to get professional assistance

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Renovation of existing house

Chandra Mohan has left a new comment on your post "Free Consultation-8,August,2012":
I have got a house with arayum nilavarayum in perathumukku,Puthiyavila PO,Kayamkulam (Kerala) I want it renewed with hurting the religious sentiments.

My reply

To start with, I will have to visit villa to be remodeled and study work involved for remodeling/extension

After the site visit, I will give a report on what exactly can be done on the existing structure to meet your expectations/needs

After the site visit we will give you a report giving following details;

1. Whether the remodeling/extension considered by you is worth proceeding

2. Possible cost implications on a guess basis without going through Engineering Estimate methods

3. What exactly we can do for the work

Based on this initial evaluation of work, using measurements collected from site and your old drawings related to the house if any, if required we can prepare what we call a Basic Plan for the modified house which will show positions and dimensions of rooms, doors and windows of the remodeled house only. This Basic Plan if required can be revised without any extra charges to meet your requirement fully, subject to our acceptance of your change requests.

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