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Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Building Permit":
I had 3.5cents of land in cochin. There is 2 meter private passage for 4 houses including me. How many meters we leave in the front area? Shall we get any concession from building rules?
If the private road is no longer than 75M, you can leave clearance of 2M instead of 3M
Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Building Permit":
I have applied for plan approval in Panchayath, Overseer came and given the report but till date not given the approval. Already two months has passed I am waiting for the reply.
How can I move legally?
Till date they have not moving the file to higher authority
It is better to move Building permit application through licensed Engineer/Supervisor. In Kerala conditions corruption has become part of our culture. No one is punished for taking bribes or looting public money. As you have to get your work done, go through agencies familiar with such procedures. I cannot comment on legal aspects
Govind has left a new comment on your post "Building Permit":
I have about 30 cents of land on the banks of a tributary of Periyar near NH 47 very near to Alwaye. The Puramboke land between my property and the river is approximately 30ft. My property is almost in a rectangular shape with about 50ft facing the river bank and about 250ft length wise and perpendicular to the river. My plot is the only one in that area without any building on it whereas; the next door neighbor has a building almost on the boundary of his Puramboke land. Are there any restrictions for construction of a residential house on the property and if so, I shall feel grateful, if I am enlightened about the same.
As per CRZ rule, 50 M clearance is required from your building to river. There are certain relaxations in specific cases. Approach your local authority with your land Survey No and location sketch to get matter clarified
Anil has left a new comment on your post "Building Permit":
I have 4.25 cent plot in rectangle shaped and two sides of my plot is Panchayath road. I wish to build a home in the same plot and i could leave 3 meter from road from front end of proposed plan. But left side also has Panchayath road. Can i get any relaxation on leaving less than 3 meter from one side ( i mean left side of the plan). This road will end in next 100 or 150 meter.
You will get relaxation only if the road is 75M or less in length from your plot
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Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Cost of house construction and usual queries on ho...":
Being an Engineer myself and considering the typical mentality of an average person in Kerala, I have to agree with every word that you have written in this article.
The 'Not-So-Grand' feeling (I purposefully avoided the word cheapness) that we usually get when entering villas worth Crores of Rupees is a simple result of this.
A good article and a good blog. Thank you for spending your time in this and please continue the good work.
Thank you for your appreciation
Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Queries and replies-House design,construction ,rem...":
We live in a 1200 sft house for last 15 years. It is not properly planned for space utilization or air passage. Now we want to add first floor to it. I want it to be built with max space utilized and with max air passage. But someone told us that if we are building first floor, it has to be exactly same as ground floor. Is it true? Cant we change plan and position of rooms according our convenience? Could you please advise
Your first floor construction need not be exactly as in ground floor. Normally walls can be constructed in first floor only above ground floor walls except in cases where your structural Engineer allows construction considering all related aspects. Plan can be different if it meets structural engineering requirements
George has left a new comment on your post "Kerala House Construction-Free Consultation:03,Oct...":
Out of curiosity, during the last one year how much was the range (in lakhs) that the cheaper houses you constructed came to ?
I don’t think its unreasonable to ask that.
A house can be constructed with any budget if the requirement for the house can be made to meet available funds. What I observed in Kerala conditions is that people generally think that it is up to a contractor to build at any cost. They think contractor has huge margins and if pressurized he can build house as required by a person at any cost by cutting down his huge margin.
Contractor does not know or bother about Architecture, Structural Engineering or quality of material or labour. He wants the building not to crumble down before he finish his job and walk away with money. But some times that happen also in spite of his prayers as he do not know about structural engineering to ensure stability of building
None of the so called “square feet rate contractors” have completed construction with the originally accepted square feet rate. He will find excuses to ask for extras and revision of rates and house owner after getting trapped with him will go on giving extras in his desire to complete house some how
Cost reduction happen not due to any profit thirsty contractor. It can happen only if you get services of a qualified and well experienced building professional. Few years of study in Engineering college is not going to make any one an expert. Years of working with projects will make an intelligent professional quite conversant with building construction and only he can give you better value for your money with better facilities
SIbi Mathew has left a new comment on your post "Flooring for house-options":
Which one is better for roof, Concrete Tile or Clay Tile?
Can u please tell me the advantages and disadvantages of both?
Tile is used over concrete mainly for heat reduction and to act as protection against leakages. For that purpose clay tile is better
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