Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Free Consultation,18,February,2013

Architectural guidance


Dear Mr. Thomas,

What are the prevailing rates for architects in Ernakulum, my architect is quoting Rs30 / sq. ft..

Dr Mohan

My reply

There cannot be any fixed  universal rates for architectural services.Each Architect is different in qualifications and experience.also capability varies from person to person depending upon his exposure to works of different nature at different locations.

For example I have direct exposure in designing and building more than 200 houses in different locations and designing many more buildings.Each new work brings up new challenges. Problems encountered and solved will increase my capability while designing a new house.


Respected Sir/Ma'am,

I am a final year architecture student from Aayojan School of Architecture, Jaipur.

I saw your website today. I read all the features of Kerala architecture mentioned on the website and found them very interesting and useful.

I am doing interiors for a jewelry showroom as a part of my academic curriculum and I have chosen Kerala Gold Jewelry as my product and am interested in giving the showroom Kerala-style interiors.

It has to be in 400 sq. ft. area. Now, since I don't have much knowledge about the interior style of this region , can you please help me by throwing some light on how a typical Kerala styled jewelry showroom should be.

Your help will be really appreciated. Please share some knowledge with me in this respect.

AASHIMA 5th Year, B.Arch (I.D.) Aayojan School of Architecture

My reply

I don't know how you are going to do it without even visiting a typical Kerala Jewelry shop.I cannot work out your assignment for you and mail it to you.If you have any specific query you can ask by mail or even by phone


Hello Sir,

I am an Architect working in the gulf. I am designing few houses in Kerala being abroad i am not much aware of the rates in Kerala. I have listed below a few questions if you could reply to.

1. what would be the estimated cost of construction per sft without any finishes like flooring tiles, hand rails, switches and would be helpful if you could give me an idea of labour cost separately also.

2. The houses mostly designed are with double height spaces do we have to calculate with same rate/sft in the double height area or can we exclude this area from the total sft when calculating.

3. can you help me with the rate for medium rate poly carbonate sheet cost/m2.

Expecting your response.

Don Thomas.

My reply

You are a Designer or a Contractor? Each contractor work out his cost based on his way of doing construction and no two contractor do it in the same manner.So there cannot be anything called a square feet cost of construction applicable anywhere in Kerala for any soil conditions,any design or any type of finishes and for any period of work.

Normally design of the house is done by professionals in a manner which will reduce cost of construction while trying to utilise every bit of space inside building in the most appropriate manner avoiding wastage of space.Appropriate design is the most important cost reduction method.

While preparing Engineering Estimate giving item wise costing,even though quantity can be calculated using engineering methods unit rates are always arrived at based on data on cost available with a contractor considering also his method of doing construction.This method of construction varies from contractor to contractor and the most important guiding principle for a contractor is maximising his profit and definitely not ensuring best quality of construction and engineering standards


Hello Mr. Thomas

I saw your details through Kerala architecture. Thank you for providing lots of useful information about home building

I wonder if you take a project ,on the basis of complete execution of project ,from design to land scape, what percentage will be your professional fee?

Kindly let me know.


My reply

We do not work on percentages.We start systematically from development of Basic Plan for the house to providing complete detailed drawings for working,Site supervision and guidance.In some cases we arrange our own workers and construction management.In other cases we act as consultants giving drawings and guidance include monitoring of work at site and ensuring quality construction as per Engineering standards.For details write to

Construction of house


Hi Sir
I am Renjith, just want to know , we got 1acre of land purchased 30 years back, that time it was agriculture land,
and in document its same, but we had filled that land with soil and kept coconut tree all around that time itself(25 year back)
now we are planning to build house and sale, i want to know can we do that, or if any new rules came, can u give me clear
idea about it, hope you will reply

My reply

You have to approach concerned local authority with Survey No and other location details of your property and check up about construction of house allowed in that plot.Possibly they may refer the matter to a committee.Committee after visiting the plot will take appropriate decision


Dear Mr. Thomas,

I have gone through several blogs on various architecture topics written by you. Really appreciate the kind of effort that goes into it.

I am aware that you hate replying to queries if details are not provided. Being naive in this field, mine is a very basic query!

I have 11 cents of land and I intend to build a small 3 bedroom house in traditional Kerala style. Would it be possible to build such a house on a rectangular plot (narrow front of 17 meters), while leaving decent space in front and two sides of the house for landscaping?

Thank you in anticipation of a reply.

My reply

Why should you start with a negative assumption that a 17M frontage plot will not be suitable for building a three bed room house? You can comfortably build even a single floor house with three bed rooms in that plot.Instead of trying to assume and take decisions on your own,get professional guidance and assistance in design and construction of your house.

People are happy in spending lakhs of rupees on payments to building contractor.Even if they take excess money even for poor quality construction is okay for them.But paying few thousands to a qualified person with rich wealth of experience in  designing and building hundreds of houses is something they hate.It is considered as waste of money!


I have seen your designs Duplex villa elevation 3500 sq. ft. luxury villa, 4 bedroom luxury house design, flat roof luxury home design. modern villa design 2100 sq. ft. home and like them (ALL BIG SIZE), i will select any 1 of them after your suggestion and then i will contact Kerala home design.

i want to know that how much minimum plot size should i buy according to the above mentioned plinth area which will also have small lawn which will be good looking in totality?

please reply a.s.a.p. because I'm going to buy a plot in this week.

i want this to be built in Uttar Pradesh.

Aslam Khan

My reply

Design of the house is done to suit your plot,requirements and budget and definitely not the other way.Before finalising on your plot purchase,please go through link,Architectural Guidance in our website

and if possible get an experienced professional to assess the plot for suitability of house construction on technical aspects and Vasthu aspects.


Dear sir,

I am in the process of building a 2000 sq. ft. house at Edappal. I would be thankful if you could suggest some ways and approaches that can be adopted to to reduce the heat build up inside the house and to keep the inside cool.


My reply

If you want to reduce heat inside your house to be built,first and most important step is to get a professional design from qualified experienced expert.People seem to think Plan of the house as something any one can draw.Whoever gives it for very little cost seems to be the most desirable designer! Very few people have the expertise to understand implications  and meaning of those few lines drawn.Even they will be able to understand defects and plus points of plan possibly after completion of structure of the house.But that will be too late to do anything

Even after getting a good professional plan of the house,you require continuous guidance,directions,detailed drawings and supervision of work being carried out by contractor .Don’t simply believe sweet words of contractor who has only his profit as the  interest.Your Architect will guide you not only on reduction of heat inside house but on many other aspects of house design and construction

Dear Sir,

I am Jose  working in Istanbul (Turkey)

I am planning to build a House in Kannur. I am attaching the Plan here.

Could you please tell me that. How much the minimum land area is required for that house

and how much will be total cost of Construction including Materials

Please don't avoid this mail.

My reply

Simply taking plan or other drawings of a house from any website  will not help you at all,however impressive it may look.

House design and construction is not a silly affair.It is one of the most important investment in your life possibly taking major part of your earnings of a life time.So you have to get expert professional guidance to spend your hard earned money in the most appropriate manner to save your money and to get best out of your investment

House design has to be done by an expert considering features of your land (both technical and Vasthu aspects),your needs for the house,budget and other aspects.Don’t start with a plan of the house taken from a website and land in trouble later


Hello Sir,

I have seen your blog.. The info you provide is extremely useful.

I would like to know about the cost of boundary wall construction cost in Kerala for 30cent land. Only three sides needs to be constructed,one side wall is existing.

Is id advisable to give on contract basis or on daily wages.


My reply

Without visiting site,taking measurements of all sides of plot , getting information on material cost and labour charges prevailing at site,no one can tell cost of constructing a compound wall with the information you have given


Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Free Consultation,15/12/12":
Dear Thomas,
I am having a Rectangular Plot of size 74 ft. X 55 ft., in Jammu J&K. Now i want to construct a 3 BHK house with car garage in it.
kindly advise how can i approach you and further details you will require from me.

My reply

Such messages to blog without an email id prevents me from replying.Instead of typing on blogs as comments email your queries directly to my email id

Write to above email id.We can design your house not only in Jammu and Kashmir but anywhere in the world 

Building rules and clearances


Hello sir,
I have a property in front of vattakkayal in Kollam Sakthikulangara. This is municipal area . Will i get sanction to construct house there ?


My reply

You have to check up about it with town planning dept. of concerned local authority CRZ act restrictions will be applicable for a plot  facing lake/river or sea


Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Building Permit":
I am planning to purchase a new house consisting 1100 sq.ft. with total area of 10 3/4 cents land. this is in panchayath area. kindly advise what are the documents required for registration of this property. this property is in Palakkad district, Ottapalam .

My reply

Go to our website

and click on link Architectural guidance.You will get required information

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