Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Free Consultation,30 July,2014

Send your queries by email to

vhthomas@viruvelil.com

or Call 9388701702,9388701700

for quick response.Posting queries on blog may not get quick response

Remodeling and Renovation of existing house

Query-1

Dear Mr Thomas,
My house is in Tiruvalla. We desire to remodel the interior of our homer to include a Den, an extra bedroom and patio. Will you be able to help us?

Oommen Thomas

My reply

Sending communication like this to blog cannot get you quick response.Write to

vhthomas@viruvelil.com

Or call me on 9388701702

or 9388701700

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

Site visit fee including my travel expenses by car in your case will be Rs.

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

4. Checking Vasthu compliance of the building and suggesting corrections if possible

We have the best talent with us in house design, interior design, Vasthu, and all related works for houses. Our experts can do professional quality work with excellence in craft and finish on all aspects of house design and construction. We also can take up house furniture work with latest trends, technology and traditional Kerala art features like hand carving.We also undertake technical/legal evaluation of property to help you purchase property with professional guidance. Our experts can provide you safe legal registration formalities for real estate purchase including follow up activities

Square feet rate

Query-1

i would like to know how much is he cost per sq ft for doing interior works in house using teak wood and plywood.is present day plywood of good quality ,is it worth the extra money in using wood.
ARUN

Query-2

I am planning to build a house(Contemporary style) in 1600 square feet with 3 bedroom , kitchen , wash room , living room , Dining room and two bathrooms. Could you please let me know how much it will cost according to current trend.

Query-3

What would be approx. cost per sq.ft as of today to built two rooms and adjacent bathrooms ....approx.1400 sqft. area

My reply

Square feet cost is a term much misunderstood by almost all. But you can understand how it is simply a term used to cheat you by looking at what it means

Take the case of house construction. Hundreds of material is used and different types of labour are used. Construction normally takes about an year or more. Cost of all these inputs goes up with no predictable nature. Still contractor who need business quote a so called “square feet cost” not because he like the idea but simply because you as customer or owner of house to be built will give work only to those who quote lowest “square feet rate”. You are not bothered whether the contractor is technically qualified or not. Most of them do not know anything about Architecture or Structural Engineering. Still you allow them to build as he pleases. You do not want a qualified experienced person to provide detailed execution drawings during construction and to check at every stage whether work is being carried out properly as per drawings. You are not bothered even if contractor uses only 400 Kg of steel for roof concreting which may require 1000 Kg of steel as per Engineering standards

Contractor will advise you not to spend money on an Engineer for continuous monitoring of quality of construction as he has done “several such buildings without any help from Engineer. He may even boast off saying “these Engineers do not know even half of what he knows” To save consultation and drawing charges of a professional, you allow free rein to contractor and contractor try hard to increase his profit by reducing both labour and material. Who is bothered about quality problems which may start showing after three or four years.

Your craze for getting lowest “square feet cost” make contractor richer and quality of construction suffers

How can there be a uniform rate applicable anywhere irrespective of specifications and quality of construction? Two contractors never do the work in same manner. Without a qualified professional to design and monitor work, you tend to waste lot of your money by improper advise by contractor and you loose better facilities you could have got in the house with professional design .

A professional experienced in house design and building can save you lakhs of your hard earned money and you can get you better facilities in the house at lesser cost.

All these arguments hold well in the case of Interior work also. When you go for lower rate, contractor goes for lower quality materials and less labour content work to increase his profit. Unless there is a professional to design and supervise work, contractor will take you for a ride. He is there in business to make profit and he always try to make you believe that what he gives you is the “best quality” .You think of you as smart for saving design cost and professional fees. Only the contractor turns out to be smarter than you

Cost of Construction

Query-1

Sir, I desire to construct a house that is having all essential living infrastructure in low cost at Kayankulam. Would you like to assist me to construct a house of my dream in low cost.

My reply

First of all such queries should be sent directly to my email id rather than posting it in the blog.My email id is

vhthomas@viruvelil.com

Ours is a professionally managed Engineering organisation based at Cochin handling Architecture, Construction, Industrial Marketing, Real estate assistance, Engineering and Management Consultancy

For making your dream house a reality we can do following for you

1. Assistance in land purchase

We can arrange technical and legal evaluation of property with site visit by technical expert, verifying property documents by documentation experts and lawyers and also arranging property registration formalities with expertise and professional services. Land and House purchase loan can be arranged through M/s HDFC Limited

2. House design

In the present situation, where cost of all inputs used for House construction going up every day, cost control and obtaining maximum utility for money spent can be achieved only by house design by experienced expert building professional. With over 200 houses built directly by us in different parts of Kerala and many more buildings designed, we have expertise and experience which you may not find elsewhere

3. House Construction

In Kerala, people look for a contractor who offers lowest “square feet cost”. Each house will cost differently depending upon design; work involved material used, site conditions etc. and there cannot be a common “square feet cost of Construction”

Each contractor build as per his choice of materials, labour and most of them do not even know about Architecture or Structural Engineering. There can be common rates for construction only if all contractors follow same specifications, and Engineering standards which never happen. Unless you have an expert experienced building professional to provide technical drawings and construction is monitored on a daily basis you cannot ensure that a contractor looking for profit will do a quality work satisfying engineering standards

We offer professional quality work with latest technology and trends using expert workers closely monitored by Architects and Engineers

4. Vasthu Consultancy and Vasthu compliance for House Design

We follow Vasthu Sasthra while designing house for you thereby ensuring peace and prosperity during your stay in the house. We can also visit your house under construction and existing house to check on Vasthu aspects and to suggest suitable changes in building to ensure Vasthu compliance

5. After structure work and checking of work done

We can take up any work related to construction from beginning to end. Even in case where you already working with another contractor, we can visit site, check on work already done and advise on future works

It will be better to have our expert services for after structure works like Plumbing, Electrical, painting, flooring and Interior wood work even in cases where you have opted for a contractor for structural work

We can also act as Consultants giving detailed execution drawings and periodic site visits

6. Remodeling of existing house

In many cases your existing house can be remodeled and renovated with our guidance and involvement. We have done several such remodeling works in different parts of Kerala using our expert workers

7. Interior wood work and Furniture

We have fully equipped manufacturing facility at Cochin for taking up Interior wood work like Modular Kitchen, cupboards etc. All goodness of traditional Kerala Architecture including hand carving of wood can be done with modern technology inputs

8. Starting with House Design

House design starts preferably with a Site visit by our Architect to study site conditions and your needs for house. After Site visit, Basic Plan which is the most important design part of House Construction can be taken up. If you are far off from Cochin, you can forward plot dimensions of all four sides with directions indicated along with position of roads nearby to start working on Basic Plan.

Are you interested in walking with us to convert your dream house in to a reality with best technology inputs and lowest cost possible with better facilities?

Call me on 9388701702 or 9388701700 or reply me

Log onto our websites

www.viruvelil.com

www.keralaarchitecture.com

www.kerala-dreamhomes.com

Click on photo gallery to view few pictures of houses designed and built by us

You can have a look at few pictures of houses designed and built by us at Facebook page. You can even add me as a contact in Facebook so that you will get continuous updates on my blog entries and interactions with clients.

Here is the link:

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Follow me on twitter

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Rapid wall technology

Query-1

im jacob and im representing everyone who wants to build a LOW COST house in kerala ..
can i use GYPSUM WALL instead of normal wall everywhere ?
is it cost effective ?
is it available in Kerala ?( fact is nearly at shutdown)
can i use it for a double storied house ?
do i need a crane for positioning the wall ?

My reply

Reducing cost of construction cannot be achieved if every person trying to build a house  start acting as if he is an expert in Architecture and House construction.To reduce cost of construction,there is no point in you trying to get bits of information about house construction from different sources and try to make decisions with bits of information

Only way to reduce cost of construction in present scenario where cost of construction goes up every day is to get expert experienced professional involvement from design to every stage of construction.You cannot all that knowledge and experience however hard you make enquiries about bits on house construction

A professional can assess your needs ,budgets site conditions and can offer you better design which can meet your needs within your financial constraints if any

In Kerala only FACT is doing Rapid wall construction technology by using Gypsum walls prefabricated in their factory as per Architectural drawings.Of course this method reduces structural construction cost.As walls are manufactured in factory these walls can be transported to construction site only by using heavy load trucks and cranes.So this method can be used only for large Villa projects or apartments and not for small houses

You can contact me on 9388701702 or 9388701700

Or mail to me to

vhthomas@viruvelil.com

Building Materials

Query-1

Hi sir, In our village some of contractor replacing 50% sand as a metal powder, is it ok ? It have any disadvantage?

My reply

There is nothing wrong in using Manufactured sand(M sand) if it is properly crushed to right size.Metal powder is not good for such use

Query-2

Can I get an advice about Shingles roofing for my house, planning to do roofing on top of truss work frame.Is it advisable to do roofing with shingles sheet? What about ceramic tiles roofing?
Rejoy Thomas

My reply

Do not try to get bits of information on house design from different sources and act as Architect for your House.Your Architect/Building expert can decide on the matter after studying the case with a site visit and interaction with you.

You can have our services by contacting me at

vhthomas@viruvelil.com

Building rules

Query-1

I am planning to construct a house in my 7 cent plot which is nearer to a small river. The distance from plot to river is only 1 meter. Is it really wise to build a home there ? can you advise me sir ?
Jibin

My reply

Check with your local administration office with specific details on plot whether construction is allowed in your plot

Room and Joinery sizes

Query-1

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Room sizes":
Very straight forward. Appreciate that.
Could you also likewise specify the joinery details like the standard sizes for main doors, internal doors, bath room doors e.t.c.,

My reply

It is for your Architect to decide what size and shape of joinery will suit your house.Do not try to get bits of information on house design from different sources and act as Architect for your House.You can have our services by contacting me at

vhthomas@viruvelil.com

Free Consultation,29,July,2014

What we can do for you for House design,Construction

Ours is a professionally managed Engineering organisation based at Cochin handling Architecture, Construction, Industrial Marketing, Real estate assistance, Engineering and Management Consultancy

For making your dream house a reality we can do following for you

1. Assistance in land purchase

We can arrange technical and legal evaluation of property with site visit by technical expert, verifying property documents by documentation experts and lawyers and also arranging property registration formalities with expertise and professional services. Land and House purchase loan can be arranged through M/s HDFC Limited

2. House design

In the present situation, where cost of all inputs used for House construction going up every day, cost control and obtaining maximum utility for money spent can be achieved only by house design by experienced expert building professional. With over 200 houses built directly by us in different parts of Kerala and many more buildings designed, we have expertise and experience which you may not find elsewhere

3. House Construction

In Kerala, people look for a contractor who offers lowest “square feet cost”. Each house will cost differently depending upon design; work involved material used, site conditions etc. and there cannot be a common “square feet cost of Construction”

Each contractor build as per his choice of materials, labour and most of them do not even know about Architecture or Structural Engineering. There can be common rates for construction only if all contractors follow same specifications, and Engineering standards which never happen. Unless you have an expert experienced building professional to provide technical drawings and construction is monitored on a daily basis you cannot ensure that a contractor looking for profit will do a quality work satisfying engineering standards

We offer professional quality work with latest technology and trends using expert workers closely monitored by Architects and Engineers

4. Vasthu Consultancy and Vasthu compliance for House Design

We follow Vasthu Sasthra while designing house for you thereby ensuring peace and prosperity during your stay in the house. We can also visit your house under construction and existing house to check on Vasthu aspects and to suggest suitable changes in building to ensure Vasthu compliance

5. After structure work and checking of work done

We can take up any work related to construction from beginning to end. Even in case where you already working with another contractor, we can visit site, check on work already done and advise on future works

It will be better to have our expert services for after structure works like Plumbing, Electrical, painting, flooring and Interior wood work even in cases where you have opted for a contractor for structural work

We can also act as Consultants giving detailed execution drawings and periodic site visits

6. Remodeling of existing house

In many cases your existing house can be remodeled and renovated with our guidance and involvement. We have done several such remodeling works in different parts of Kerala using our expert workers

7. Interior wood work and Furniture

We have fully equipped manufacturing facility at Cochin for taking up Interior wood work like Modular Kitchen, cupboards etc. All goodness of traditional Kerala Architecture including hand carving of wood can be done with modern technology inputs

8. Starting with House Design

House design starts preferably with a Site visit by our Architect to study site conditions and your needs for house. After Site visit, Basic Plan which is the most important design part of House Construction can be taken up. If you are far off from Cochin, you can forward plot dimensions of all four sides with directions indicated along with position of roads nearby to start working on Basic Plan.

Are you interested in walking with us to convert your dream house in to a reality with best technology inputs and lowest cost possible with better facilities?

Call me on 9388701702 or 9388701700 or

write to

vhthomas@viruvelil.com

Log onto our websites

www.viruvelil.com

www.keralaarchitecture.com

www.kerala-dreamhomes.com

Click on photo gallery to view few pictures of houses designed and built by us

You can have a look at few pictures of houses designed and built by us at Facebook page. You can even add me as a contact in Facebook so that you will get continuous updates on my blog entries and interactions with clients.

Here is the link:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=531348963&sk=photos

Follow me on twitter

http://twitter.com/#!/archtomy

Thanks and regards

For Viruvelil Group of companies

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Building rules

Query-1

I am having 4.7 cent land (24 meter length & 8 meter width) in Trivandrum corporation area, its having 3 side tar road, but this road is for the house owners only and its dead ends there, and not connected to any road, What are the things to be consider for building a home, please advise.
regards
Ambareesh

Query-2

Hello I have 5 cent property which has a road in the front and the same road goes through right side of the property. Ho much space I need provide in front .rear and sides

Query-3

HI SIR, i would like to know the setback at the front portion,where the road comes if we are designing a residence in a plot with 1.5 cent of area.Only 1 meter is sufficient?

My reply

Plot having roads in all three sides will have constraints in building a house.Even if roads are not too long,you may have to leave 2M on all three sides minimum and possibly 3M for the front side.Exact implications of Kerala Building Rules for this plot can be ascertained from nearest local administration office after providing them specific plot details

Query-4

Can you  tell me the statutory distance to be kept for construction of a retaining wall in my compound near to my neighbours WALL for earth filling. give info about the rule and clause...i heard that a minimum of 30cm has to be kept between walls for flow of rain water help very urgent!!!!!

My reply

I am not aware of a rule which states that clearance space required for constructing your compound wall from compound wall of nearby plot

Query-5

I have constructed a house through Real Estate co. house after obtaining one day permit. Now I have to approach the corporation for completion/occupation certificate they same construction is within 30 mtrs. from Railway property. Whether the corporation can raise this objection after issuing a permit earlier. Secondly, whether this 30 mtrs limit is from railway line or railway boundary,

Query-6

i own a 3cent plot in Maradu. one side of the plot is service road. how much space should i leave for building a 1000sq.ft house

Query-7

We have land at Kannur , which is near to Railway Track . Is it possible to get permit to build house on land near to a rail track . Also the road belongs to railways

My reply

Check up with concerned local authority office with all documents related

Construction cost

Query-1

I would like to build a small house about 700 - 800 square feet. I live in Thrissur.
My budget is 10 lakhs. Is this possible. I already have the land

My reply

Cost of construction of a house goes up every day as it involves hundreds of material and different type of labour cost of which goes up every day

Only method available for reducing construction cost in present scenario is not by going to a contractor who offers lowest “square feet cost”

You have to get services of an experienced talented expert in designing house who can get you the best possible with the money you have to spend for house construction.If you are interested in our services,write to

vhthomas@viruvelil.com

or call me on 9388701702 or 9388701700

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Free Consultation,09,March,2014

1.Building rules

Query-1

I have built a new house near my old house and the distance between them is 2 meter in front and from middle to rear end it is only 1.2 meter.Is it allowed.if not please advice me a rectification

My reply

I can comment on it only after a site visit.

You are supposed to carry out construction activities as per Building rules in consultation with a professional in the field.If construction is done violating existing rules,you may have to dismantle those portions violating building rules

Query-2

I have given token for purchasing a land from an Individual in a Panchayath area of Thrissur. This land was bought by the current owner in 2008 and he has done 'Pokku Varavvu' in panchayath and also he is paying regular Land tax.

This property was bought in a gated communitty where in the previous owner has not taken Land Development approval from Panchayath to split up his 1.7 acre land. Hence currently the Panchayath is not ready to give Building permit. And also no house has been constructed in the said Gated community.  

As the land has been sold to different persons, now there is no option to extend the road width from current 4mt to 5mt ( as panchayath per panchayath rule).

Kindly let me know, what could be done in such a scenario to get Building permit

Vinod

My reply

As per rules person who sub divide and sell plots of land should get division of land approved by Regional Town planning authority whether plot is in panchayath or other areas.RTP may insist on specified width for inner roads,drainage facilities etc.So you should buy land only after verifying that your seller has got RTP approval in writing

2.Architecture

Query-1

.I am planning to construct a home (nalukettu) in Aluva, the plot size I am having is 18.6 X 18.8 m,Can you please advise me whether this is enough for a nalukettu with 3 bedrooms, living, dining, study and kitchen.

Sajith

 

My reply

a Nalukettu type of house should have the following features in addition to what you may require for the house to call it Nalukettu type of house

1.Poomukham which is an extended sit out projecting towards front portion of house connected to verandah

2.Chuttu verandah which is an open covered space with usual width of 5 feet.It was around the house in the earlier days.Now restricted to front portions of the house

3.Nadumuttom or inner court yard open to sky

Basically without studying site conditions,your requirement details it is not practically possible to state exact dimension needs for the house

A Nadumuttom which is an open space in middle is not preferred these days due to security reasons and weather conditions in Kerala which is rains for nearly six months.There will be problems of pests like mosquitoes in an open to sky arrangement

If you are particular about having a Nadumuttom ,it can be done even with these dimensions.But basically these things can be confirmed only after preparing a Basic plan and site study

Query-2

My name is Kabeer and i am working in Qatar. I have decided to construct a house of plinth area 1500 Sq. feet (single floor). I am thinking to do the Column - Beam structure and Asbestos sheet partitions for the inside wall. In this regards i need your advice in the following things

  1. Which cost is more for the inside partitions with finishing Asbestos or Block work?
  2. Is there any health problems while using the Asbestos sheet.

Waiting for your favorable reply. 

My reply

If you want a good house to be built with your money,first of all you should avoid trying to be Architect and Structural Engineer for your house.Leave that role to experts even though money is yours.A house construction require getting the services of a qualified experienced professional from beginning to end of construction.He will advise you on all aspects.You should not try to get bits of information from any one you come across.

House Construction

Query-1

I am confused to decide to select what type of flooring best for our new home . I came to know that many people experiencing leg pain due to tile flooring. But our builder telling that it is because of vitrified tiles and if we use ceramic tiles, leg pain will not occur. Our budget for flooring is around Rs. 50 per sft. Sir, Kindly guide me in this

My reply

Vitrified tiles ,ceramic tiles,granite and marble are not healthy materials for flooring.Clay tiles and wooden flooring is good on health point of view.While doing finishing work of house,you need continuous guidance from a building consultant and definitely not from your contractor.

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 can visit your site and give proper guidance

Query-2

I am planning to construct a my dream home in a plot where  nearby houses exhibits wetness from under (walls are found peeling and wet from down). there is a  canal stream within 500mts. people say there is "adee-ozhukuku". kindly please advice us on the most suitable foundation for a 2storeyed house. lack of experts in our locality has added to our agony. seeking your professional advice at the earliest.

My reply

I cannot make suggestions on design without site visit and study of your needs for building.Basically the question of type of foundation has to be left to qualified and experienced building professional.Even though you are spending money,trying to act as Architect or Structural Engineer with bits of information obtained from any one you meet and deciding on design of building on your own is not good for you and your building

Query-3

I am residing in Cherthala, the ground soil is firm and is with silica sand

I am thinking of a foundation with rubble packed with this sand under pressured water , bottom portion like to make PCC for 10 cm and the total cavity as 60 cm, Is it okay for the foundation for 1600+600 (FF) sqft house.

Also I have a doubt on the heat generation aspects of solid cement block, clay brick and laterite block, which is better

Looking for your valuable reply

My reply

This is the most important problem in house construction and design in Kerala.Person who spend money for house construction think that house design and construction should be done as he feels.He is not willing to accept the fact that he is not an expert in Engineering or Architecture

Why do you want to avoid a building professional that too the best expert you can find when you are going to make major investment in your life spending almost major part of your earnings in a life time?

Involvement of an expert with experience and knowledge  will get you the following if not more

1.Right design for the house which can get you better facilities at lesser cost

2.Better utilisation of your limited space and money

3.Advantages of latest technology which you may not even be aware of

4.Continuous professional guidance from beginning to end of construction

We are one of those professional agencies based at Cochin which can give you the best expertise to save your money and get you a better house by design and construction.Mail to me to

vhthomas@viruvelil.com

or call me

0091 9388701702

0091 9388701700

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Free Consultation,1,December,2012

House design and Construction

Query-1

Construction of house in earlier paddy field

Dear Mr. Thomas,

I am having 91 cents of paddy land which was given to me by my father through his VILL under Guruvayoor Municipality.   Since many years there is no any cultivation. Half portion of the paddy land has been filled and big coconut trees, mango trees and bamboo are there.  Half of the portion is not filled and laying un-cultivated.  I am a retired Army person and presently living in Bangalore due to my children education.  

Now I want to come to native and construct a house in the land given to me.  But as per rules people are saying that permission will not be given to construct a house in paddy land.  

Please advise me the action to be taken for construction of a house in the paddy land.  I do not have any other land.

Looking for your valuable advise.

Andrew

My reply

Do not simply go by what people say. You have to enquire with town planning section of Guruvayoor municipality by giving specific details about the plot like copy of your title deed ,survey No's and location sketch. If you need for us to depute some one to Guruvayoor to make enquiries, we will let you know charges applicable. If you can get services of a local Architect/Engineer with license for local administration, they will check up status and let you know how to proceed on the matter.

Query-2

House design and construction by a Civil Engineer

I go through your blog and i felt its quite interesting. I have one query regarding the permission obtaining from panchayat ...am planning to build a 2100 sft house in my 12 cent plot and it is near to 2 meter width panchayat road. My doubt is can i get permission directly without any help of a civil engineer to build a house there from panchayat as my wife she can draw the diagram and do other things by herself (she is a civil engineer).  Is there any new rule if build a house more than 2000 sft?

My reply

You need services of an Architect/Engineer who is well versed with Building rules to proceed on the matter. Just by passing B tech/diploma in civil Engineering from an educational institution do not make any one capable of designing the best house possible.

Even after designing Basic plan, you require detailed Architectural/Structural engineering drawings, information and guidance on latest technology adopted in the field/latest trends etc. Thus from beginning to end of house construction you need services of  a well qualified and experienced professional. Probably engineering education of your wife may help her understand the professional in a better manner than a lay man and it may help in interacting with the experienced professional better.

I am not aware of any new restrictions for house construction above 2000 sft plinth area

2000 sft single floor house

2000 sft plinth area,three bed room  single floor house designed by us with two bed room attached,another bed room with common toilet and wash area close to it and dining space,with all usual facilities like separate living,dining,Kitchen,Work area,car porch,spacious sit out with wooden charupady and traditional Kerala Architecture Poomukham

Have a look at the Elevation and contact us if you would like to have the design or build a similar house by our professional team in your land.

joseph koshy-29-11-13

Email me to

vhthomas@viruvelil.com

or Call 9388701702,9388701707 ,9388701700

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Free Consultation,28,Nov,13

House Construction

Query-1

My contractor is charging 1475/Sqft only for the cement an metal work without flooring, wood work, toilet work . ..etc Is it too much?

Zachariah

My reply

Square feet cost is a vague term which has no scientific basis. For a manufacturing activity which takes not less than one year to complete with hundreds of materials and quite a  few different type of labour for which cost goes up everyday, contractor is making a wild guess or gambling by giving a square feet rate. If there are hundred contractors each of them follow different standards(If at all they have any standards),different materials of different quantity, with different capability workers .

How can you compare rate of one contractor to another? As you will not give work without quoting a square feet rate, he is giving you such a rate. If he is smart ,lucky and capable of doing compromises in quality of construction without you noticing or understanding it, he may make good profit in spite of rising cost of all inputs. Unless you have a professional design, detailed implementation drawings by qualified experienced professional and mechanism to check construction going on, contractor will work as he pleases to get more profit

Query-2

we are building our home and in the foundation above ground level, my mason told me to fill m sand clay so that no fungal problem later. is it right or better use the red sand for filling?

Joseph

My reply

Red sand or gravel filling is fine if you use powdery form with forced filling of sand with water.To prevent pest in future,you have to get pest control treatment of inside basement and outside.There are professional agencies doing such pest control treatments.You can have a consultation visit by me to your site.

During the visit, I can study your problem in detail, take measurements from site and check on following aspects related to building/plot

1. Vasthu compliance

2. Architectural defects if any and improvements/modifications possible

3. Structural Engineering defects if any and improvements/modifications possible

4. Advice on future works related to building /plot

5. What our company can do to improve your construction work by quality, cost reduction and value addition of space

Write to

vhthomas@viruvelil.com

or call 9388701702,9388701707,9388701700

Query-3

I would like to build a economic house at my plot in Kannur which is 70 cents.

I want build a house with Nadumuttam and with 4bedrooms. Approximate cost may fall to 50lakhs.

I need a consultant to site survey design complete drawing vasthu based traditional house.

What is the cost of consultation. How is it calculated? I have local contractor. Design must be introduced to my contractor. Please help me.

Francis

My reply

For building Design and Construction ,all architects are not alike.Each differ from other based on qualifications,talent,and exposure to design and construction of house.Naturally each person charge you in a different manner.

Even contractors differ from each other.I do not understand how can any one compare rates given by different contractors who do work in different manner with different engineering and quality standards

If we have to act as consultants for your house design and construction,we have to first visit site,study site conditions,discuss with you in detail on your needs for house and then start working on appropriate plan of the house for you which is the most important part of designing and building a house.Once the plan is discussed and finalised,we move on to construction either directly or as consultant in case you have a local contractor.

When we take up work directly and even when we act as consultants we give proper professional detailed Architectural and Structural Engineering drawings for each stage of construction to ensure that your house is not built as per convenience of an almost illiterate contractor simply to increase his profit while talking nicely with lots of smiles to you

In our projects each work is monitored properly to ensure the best possible and best engineering/Architectural standards.While we offer to give you good elements of traditional Kerala Architecture,we ensure that latest technology /trends are available to your only house.In short,goodness of tradition with excellence of modern technology

Query-4

Dear Sir, I have gone through your blog and it is very informative. 

Please clarify my doubt on construction of Hostel. I have a 3 cent plot near to techno park and would like to construct one Executive Hostel for bachelors. My doubt is,whether it is possible to construct a 3 storey hostel in 3 cents of land? 

How may rooms can be constructed legally, in a 3 cents of land?

Do we require any special approvals for constructing lodges/ hostels?

Thanks in advance for your help,

Vinod

My reply

Cents do not give any idea on frontage available close to road.Cents of land indicates only area of land.Specific side measurements are required to know how much can be built.Positions of roads nearby is also important.A local Architect/Engineer will be able to guide you on this after a site visit.You can also check with concerned local authority office with specific details of the plot like Survey No and location

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Haripad House,nearing completion

Compound wall and gate with different style based on traditional Kerala Architecture and modern architecture elements.See pictures:

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Front Main door in teak wood with hand carving using features of traditional Kerala Architecture with excellence in hand carving.See pictures:

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Stair case with hand carving in Kerala Plantation teak wood.The best you can get with traditional glory of Kerala Architecture.See pictures:

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Front views of the house

This 3000 sft plinth area house with four bed rooms and all usual features of a modern house is also pleasant in external appearance with richness of Kerala Architecture features.Once,hand carved teak wood charupady is added to traditional Poomukham,this house turns out to be another unique work of Architect Thomas Viruvelil.A house you can be proud of being an achievement in your life time and almost a dream house,come real.

If you would like to have a similar dream house,contact

vhthomas@viruvelil.com

9388701702,9388701707,9388701700

See few pictures of front views:

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Hand carved teak wood Stair case with a difference,Cherthala House

Cherthala house designed and built by us has a special hand carved teak wood stair case.You cannot see a similar stair case any where as each of stair posts are carved by our expert craftsmen in the form of a tree.See the pictures:

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If you need a similar or a different type of hand carved stair case for your house even if it is not designed and built by us, write to

vhthomas@viruvelil.com

or call

9388701702,9388701707,9388701700