Friday, October 17, 2014

Kerala House Construction: Free Consultation,17,October,2014

For faster response to your queries, please write to

vhthomas@viruvelil.com

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9388701700

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House Design

Query-1

Mr.Jos has copied an Elevation shown in our website and wanted a similar house but with different needs

My reply to him is that it will not be wise taking elevations and plans from websites to save cost of design .You may save a few thousands. House construction involves lakhs of your hard earned money and unless you are wise enough to get experienced professional to design and construct your house you may land up in a defective designed house which cannot be corrected at all and you may loose lots of your money simply due to your eagerness to avoid professional design

Query-2

We have 1 acre paddy field 90% already filled, we need to built some houses for sale, what all the things i have to do in the time of foundation, will u please advice me. i am planning to built 800 sft home.

Jayanmon 

My reply

Quite a lot of people think of constructing house as a simple affair which can be done by them if they can find a contractor who can give lowest “square feet cost”

It is not a simple affair. For most of the people it involves almost their entire life savings and practically no house building person is an expert on house design and construction. Acquiring expertise need not only careful technical study but also experiences in designing and building houses especially in Kerala environment where both labour and material are costly with each day adding up cost

It is not within the control of a contractor to reduce cost. Most important cost reduction possible only by appropriate design of house by an expert. He can avoid wastages, cost increases and get you better facilities at lower cost. Contractor reduces cost not for you but for his profit putting quality of construction at risk

Without even getting design of building done, here he is asking about foundation. Foundation design will vary from place to place depending upon soil conditions and also depending upon design of building. Nobody can blindly advise you on foundation without site study and finalisation of house design

Query-3

Came across your highly useful informative write up on Kerala house construction.

Planning for a house please find attached model plan. Few doubts on modifying room sizes.

1, Could we use bed room sizes as 11 x 12 (Master), 11 x 10, 9 x 12 and 10 x 12 with Vaasthu compliance?

Master bed on South West corner in model plan.

Thanks in advance. Hope you are an expert to help us.

Britto

My reply

On quick perusal following defects noticed in your plan

Plan not a professional design

Lots of wastage of space. Adequate ventilation and lighting not available for most of living spaces

Toilets are too narrow with 120 cm width.

Plan is the most important critical part of house design. Do not try to save money on it to loose lakhs of your money and a house which will not give what it can with professional design

As per Vasthu bed room at South east is harmful

Bed room at North east not good for regular use

If you are interested in me designing your house, please let me know

Query-4

I would like to send you my house plan for your comments as soon as possible.

Rajesh

My reply

On quick perusal of plan, following are defects noticed

As per Vasthu, toilets at North east, South west corners are harmful

Kitchen at South east(Agni Konam) is better .North east is Easana Konam ideal for Pooja.As the house is facing East it is better to provide Kitchen at North West

Dining room is completely dark with no light or ventilation

In modern kitchens with modular Kitchen Store is a waste of space. Second kitchen is also dark with no light or ventilation

I have checked only ground floor plan which itself have several serious defects

Plan of the house is the most important critical part of house design .Do not try to get it done by some one who simply know Auto Cad drawing only

If you want me to design house, please let me know

Query-5

I am one of your website follower. My name is Arun Mathew, I have just started construction of my house (foundation & basement completed), it is 2900 Sqft and my budget was 60 lakhs, however my builder has given an approximate estimate which is coming around 88 Lakhs, which is of course based on the specifications I demanded (materials, brands etc).

I believe I can cut the cost considerably if I get a professional advice and review of the material quantity quoted by the contractor. Therefore I request your service to review the Estimate and advise me of cost savings wherever possible. Would you please review the BOQ if I send and I will be more than happy to pay your fees

My reply

There is no generally accepted material, quality and engineering specifications when a nonprofessional contractor builds a house. His objective is simply to make maximum profit and all his talk of quality will be only to please your ears and nothing more than that

No two contractors build a house in similar manner and hence rates of one contractor cannot be compared with that of another contractor

Only method of ensuring quality of work and saving money without compromising quality is to have an experienced building professional who will not take money from contractor and will ensure professionally acceptable design, engineering standards and quality of work

You do not seem to have taken professional assistance from design stage and simply believed false promises of the contractor

All that I can do now is to visit the site and assess work done and give suggestions on future work to obtain better utility and to save your money on future work.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Kerala House Construction-Free Consultation:25,September,2014

For faster response to your queries on house design and construction in Kerala and even outside,write to

vhthomas@viruvelil.com

Or call me on

9388701702

9388701700

9388701707

Thomas Viruvelil

Few house Elevations

1.Four bed room house for client at Ettumanoor,Kottayam

ajaykumar-01-01-13

2.Three bed house for client at Kottayam

benny thomas-22-07-11 copy

3.Four bed house for client at Thoppumpady ,Cochin

frazer antony-30-07-11 copy

4.4000 sft house for client at Adoor

jacob thomas-22-04-10

5.Three bed 2000 sft house for client at Palghat

MURUGADAS-14-11-12

6.Four bed house for client at Haripad

roy john-18-06-12

7.1400 sft 4 bed house in 3.5 cents land at Edappally,Cochin

seetha-24-11-12

8.3500 sft house for client at Cherthala

Tomi thomas-12-04-10

Cost of construction

Query-1

My name is Mahesh, from Kannur.

I would like to construct a house of 2500 sft

Can you please advice how much budget should I consider for the subject house

with granite flooring including a semi luxurious interiors.

My reply

Most of the mails I get and telephone enquiries I get ask me the same question;”What will be the cost of house which I am planning to construct?”

Is house construction that simple for any one to answer this question? If I ask you what will be cost of 1 Kg of rice after one year will any one can answer me?

Any house construction normally will take not less than one year.Hundreds of materials are used in house construction.All of us know cost of these materials will only go up in Kerala conditions during this period.

Labour is difficult to get for any type of work in Kerala even though govt statistics still talk of unemployment and govt funds are wasted as unemployment wages to be used by those who get it for alcohol.

Again technology and trends change a lot in house construction with each day coming.

Then why non professional contractors always quote a square feet cost of construction? It is simply because that is the only way of getting work from you.Have you ever thought of the fact that these non professional contractors who do not know anything about Architecture or structural engineering follow strictly engineering standards and quality? Not at all.They build as they please simply to make profit.Do one contractor build exactly in same manner as the other? Not at all.Then how can there be a uniform square feet cost applicable any where irrespective of site ,soil conditions and design? This talk of square feet cost is simply a lie to cheat house owner who think of himself as smart if he find a contractor who promise to build at lowest square feet cost

Have you ever checked whether these contractors complete house construction with quoted amount? Will they give you exact square feet area? Answer for both these questions is a simple No

For cost reduction,what you need is not a contractor who quote lowest square feet rate.You need a qualified experienced professional in building construction.Tell him your budget restrictions if any.He will design the house in such a manner so that you will be able to complete construction with quality,better utility for space inside house.Just getting a drawing from him will not be enough.Let him continuously monitor your house construction with engineering drawings for each stage of construction and proper supervision to ensure that your contractor build as per Architecture and Engineering specifications

Lot of people think an Architect is required only to give a better appearance for your house.It is wrong.You need him from beginning to end of house construction to get better value for money and to save lakhs of your money in house construction

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Kerala House Construction-Free Consultation:25,September,2014

For faster response to your queries on house design and construction in Kerala and even outside,write to

vhthomas@viruvelil.com

Or call me on

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9388701700

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Thomas Viruvelil

Nalukettu model house

Query-1

My name is Rakesh am working as a professional  abroad ,while searching for some architectures in web  i found your site ,can you just tell me about the cost of a Naalukettu model house with modern infrastructure included.

My reply

Nalukettu model house has got additional features peculiar to Kerala Architecture.House construction was not so much costly in olden days.Wood was available in plenty.Labour and materials were available easily and without much cost.Naturally earlier house construction did not bother much about reducing cost by minimising use of both labour and materials

High cost of construction these days force any one who want to reduce cost to reduce unwanted or avoidable spaces in the house,by economical design while providing necessary features and facilities.Attempts to reduce use of labour and materials also form part of cost reduction

Nalukettu type house has following essential extra features which when incorporated will push up cost of construction

1.Open to sky space in the middle of house called Nadumuttom or central court yard

2.Chuttu verandah or verandah around the house:Even though verandah around entire outside walls was quite common in olden days,now this feature if adopted  restricted to front portion and /or another side of house

3.Poomukham: Connected to Chuttu verandah this portion is like a sit out in front side but bigger in dimensions to have sort of informal chat with people outside house or even family members.This place traditionally was used by head of family to relax in a reclining chair with cloth support for body portion

While Poomukham and Chuttu verandah reduced can be incorporated in houses where budget is not a constraint,providing Nadumuttom will create more problems than comfort in present day conditions as open to sky space can create security problems and nature induced problems like pests and rain water inside centre portion of house.In my opinion ,Nadumuttom can be forgotten in present day houses with Kerala architecture elements

Nalukettu or Ettu kettu type houses need be considered only for those with no budget constraints.Some one with less money  for a house should avoid such luxury features in the house

Vasthu compliance for apartments

Query

I am interested in buying a flat which is vasthu wise good Kindly advise.

Minju

My reply

It will be practically and economically difficult for an apartment designer to design with Vasthu compliance as every apartment builder is trying to make maximum flats from available space.Positioning living spaces like Kitchen and Master bed room in a particular direction  to comply with Vasthu may not be possible.All that is possible is to get a Vasthu expert check the apartment before you buy it.If the flat meet Vasthu features,fine

Building rules

Query-1

My question is .
Is it ok new plan  can submit at the time of completion?First approval is going to expire Mostly it will take another 2 more years What is the minimum requirements to get completion certificate.
Advise me .

Mohamed

My reply

Building permit is usually given for three years.Before date of expiry you can apply for extension.

If you have to increase plinth area from approved plan,you have to submit revised plan and get approved from local authority

You cannot wait up to completion stage

For revised plan and completion plan ,you need services of a licensed Engineer/Architect/supervisor

House Design

Query

My name is Abhilash and my home town is in Palakkad.

I am planning to have a single storey house with 2 bedrooms Could u please send me some designs of single storey house and estimate.

My reply

I get similar mails asking me to send “few house plans” quite often.

Please understand any plan of house or Elevation taken from anywhere will not suit your needs,site,budget and Vasthu factors related to your plot

Most of the people spend  major portion of their savings in life for building a house in Kerala.I do not understand why they avoid professional Architects/Engineers who can give you better designed house which will give you more facilities at lesser cost and structural stability of building.All that non professional contractors can give you is simply a lie of some “square feet cost” which will trap you to him and will make you spend more to get  a house with lots of wastages of your money with lesser facilities

Get professional help from design stage itself.Plan of your house is the most important most critical drawing.Do not go for free plans which will drain your money.Pay for services of an experienced professional in thousands and save lakhs of your money and get a better house by design and structural stability

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Kerala House Construction-Free Consultation:18,September,2014

For faster response to your queries on house design and construction in Kerala and even outside,write to

vhthomas@viruvelil.com

Or call me on

9388701702

9388701700

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Thomas Viruvelil

Remodeling of existing house

Query-1

This is Saju ,i planning to remodel my old home ,kindly sent me your mob no to contact you & what is your service charge to see my  home in Trivandrum

My reply

What I have observed during most of the remodeling cases which I attempted are the following:

1.In most cases houses are not  in a condition of remodeling or renovation as most of these houses are built by non professional contractors without any consideration for Architecture or Structural Engineering

A house built without compliance to Engineering and Architectural standards may not last more than 30 years as  non professional contractor would have done the work purely on profit making basis with only lip service for quality

2.It is almost impossible to assess exact cost of remodeling and renovation with additions.alterations to existing building as the structural stability of the existing structure will be known only when we start breaking portions of existing building

3.Some people resort to remodeling thinking that it will be cheaper compared to new construction.It will never be the case

4.Certain inherent defects in design and construction  of existing building cannot be corrected and you should not expect remodeling to make it right

5.Some people go for remodeling simply due to sentimental attachment to existing building.In that case,you should not bother about cost

6.Wherever possible it is better to avoid addition,remodeling and go for new construction unless you are sure about Architectural excellence and Structural stability of building which is only remote possibility

Attempt to remodel/extend/alter existing structure should be done only if an experienced building professional recommend you to go ahead on proposed additions/remodeling.If the expert do not agree for such remodeling work,do not attempt to do it

We can check up existing building and give you professional advice and if found feasible can take up work with our expert workers in a professional manner with latest technology inputs

House Construction

Query-1

Dear Sir,

I have around 5 cents of land and I am planning to build a house of around 1250-1500 sq ft with 3-4 bedrooms soon.  My budget is around 25 lakhs. 

First I would like to know whether you can recommend any reliable contractor to carryout the work. .Also pl.let me know whether giving the work on labour contract or on full building contract would be good.I am planning to take loan from bank for carrying out the work

Let me have your valuable comments,

S.BINIL

My reply

House Construction in Kerala is carried out mostly by non professional contractors who do not bother about Engineering or Architecture.Most of them do not have even elementary knowledge in Engineering or Architecture

Some how they have created a wrong idea in minds of people that there is a so called fixed square feet cost of construction

People also think a contractor can reduce cost to any level.People do not realise that no two contractor do work in same manner with same quality and Engineering standards

People do not realise that a good design by an expert with enough experience in house construction can save lot of cost and provide you better facilities at house at low cost.Cost reduction can be given to you without compromising quality of construction only by an experienced building professional

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

Monday, August 25, 2014

Kerala House Construction: Free consultation,25,August,2014

How to send your queries for free Consultation from Thomas Viruvelil

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vhthomas@viruvelil.com

Any other method of sending your queries may not get you a faster response

You can call on these mobile numbers

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9388701700

9388701707

House Construction cost

Query-1

I'm Renuka from Cherthala.planning to build a house.my plot is 5 cents,land original soil.i would like to build
a 1000 sft 3bedroom house.my budget is 12 lakhs.kindly advise whether
a single storied or double storied plan will be more cost
effective?whether there is any advantage to contemporary style over
traditional one?what may be the approximate cost for foundation for
single and double storied plans?How can i build it more cost
effective?kindly advise.

My reply

House construction involves hundreds of materials and different type of labour.Cost of all these inputs keep going up almost everyday causing  cost increase everyday

Most of the houses in Kerala are built by non professional contractors who do not know anything about Architecture or Structural Engineering.Luckily for them even the owner of house for whom construction is done also do not know about importance of using knowledge of Architecture or Structural Engineering.It allows contractor to do construction as he pleases compromising quality of construction and design and making him comfortable with his profit

Whatever may be the amount of money you may have,it will be possible to construct a house with that money.Best use of your money can be possible only if you get professional involvement and guidance from beginning to end of house construction

Most important part of house construction which decides cost,facilities and utility of built up space is the design of the house .Just any one who knows how to draw a Pan and Elevation in Auto CAD can give you the best possible design.Just a degree in Engineering or Architecture will not make any one an expert in design as our educational institutions do not produce persons who can perform with professional competence.So you need a qualified experienced expert who will give you advantages of expertise gained by being a practicing professional

Deciding in advance certain sft plinth area of house and facilities and looking for a contractor who will promise to give you all these within the budget figure fixed by you can only be a dream.Non professional contractor who need work for his survival may agree to anything to get work from you knowing well that you can be made to shell out more money as work progresses

In 5 cents plot,u cannot have three bed rooms and usual living spaces in ground floor.You will have to go for two floors.If you have more land building house with three bed rooms in single floor will be cheaper

Traditional Kerala architecture with at least slope sunshades will be better suited to Kerala climate with more than six months rain.Going for only flat sunshades may make your outer walls wet due to heavy rains.Your Architect will be the better person to decide on appearance of your house considering all aspects in each case

Query-2

Sir, I am Midhun, . I am planning to build a new home. I am a strong believer of vastu concepts, so i made a plan for my house with the help of a vastu expert ,an "aashari" who is not an engineer. I send the image and pdf file of the plan for your advice. The area of house is 1260 Sq ft. If possible i want to limit the total expenditure to 15 lakhs.

I wish to give labour contract to my neighbor who is a friend also. He says he can do labour either for Rs.300/- for sft or for daily "thachu" basis. They charge  700/- for mason and 600/- for helper He also said when they measure sft area, it includes area of the walls also. I am very confused about that. I don't want to loose our friendship after this project and he is unable to explain it properly.

I have a plan for GYPSUM plastering for inside walls which i will be giving a separate contract.

From the beginning i always say that i am not making the house for others eyes, but only for me and my family.. so the exterior beauty is not an issue for me

My reply

It is a typical case of how people go about designing and building a house in Kerala.He has not considered design of the house important enough.A Plan prepared by any one is good enough.He do not realise the fact that proper design can reduce cost and offer better facilities at lesser cost

While proceeding on construction he do not think it necessary to have an expert to provide detailed drawings at each stage and visit site to give instructions to workers.Workers engaged on daily wages will try to increase days of work and the contractor who may get a cut on daily wages of worker may also like the idea of earning without doing any work

He also think that an Architect can only make his house look better and nothing else which he consider a waste of money

Query-3

I  Varier working as teacher, decided to construct a hose of maximum 12x12 M house I wish to construct it in a Kerala nalukettu model  Is it possible construct it with in this dimension. I need 2 bed room , one office room, a hall ,kitchen , dining,and a Nadumuttam not more than 9mt sq.waiting for your suggestions rules

My reply

A Nalukettu house with two bed room in single floor may require at least 3000 sft in plinth area.Nalukettu type construction is costly and open Nadumuttom in centre will be a security and climate threat.It will not be easy to seal open court yard on security aspect especially since houses in Kerala do not have many members staying these days.Rain and insects will fall down in centre of house creating more trouble.

Dimension wise 12M x12M will not be enough for such a house.Unless you are very particular of having Nalukettu house whatever may be the cost do not go for it

Query-4

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Free Consultation,25,October,2013":
We had property at Kanthalloor, hill top station. Total property is apprx 40 cents. Want to construct mud house & wood house for home stay and Ayurveda treatment. Is there anybody who is technically sound and can guide us in construction at a reasonable rate on the construction.

My reply

We can take up work if we find it workable after a Site visit and assessment

Query-1

Sibi has left a new comment on your post "Building Permit":
Please anybody tell me how much is the minimum width for a  panchayat road in Kerala..

My reply

It will be better to check with your local administration office with specific details of plot like Survey No and location sketch to know exactly clearance space required in your case

Interior work

Query-1

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Free Consultation,25,October,2013":
I recently purchased a 2 BHK flat of 1600 sft in Kakkanad. I know that work of interiors will vary depending on material used. Still what is the approx. rate in case the same has to be carried out in a decent manner.Also please inform whether your firm carries out the interior works alone.

My reply

We can do any portion of work for a house or flat in part or full subject to decision of our management after assessing each case.This is what we can do related to construction activities

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. Consultancy and supervision

We can act as consultants for your project giving technical as well as management consultancy for smooth running of your house construction project or any other Engineering/Management related activity. If you are an NRI, we can keep you posted on daily progress of work through specific blog for the project which will have complete progress details of project including pictures from site on a continuous basis. Even in cases where you opt to have a different builder we can give technical drawings, site visits to ensure quality and technical correctness of work on a regular basis. Details of consultancy package offer available on request

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Kerala House Construction: Free consultation,12,August,2014

How to send your queries for free Consultation from Thomas Viruvelil

Write to

vhthomas@viruvelil.com

Any other method of sending your queries may not get you a faster response

You can call on these mobile numbers

9388701702

9388701700

9388701707

Few Elevations of houses designed by us

1.2000 sft  three bed house

benny thomas-22-07-11 copy

2.3000 sft four bed house

frazer antony-30-07-11 copy

3.3500 sft four bed house

jacob thomas-22-04-10

4.2800 sft four bed house

roy john-18-06-12

5.3200 sft four bed house

Tomi thomas-12-04-10

Cost of construction of house

Query-1

My name is saxon, i have just saw your blog about low cost house building techniques( http://kerala-architects.blogspot.ae ) and i was truly impressed as I am planning to rebuild my house .

My house is located at  cochin in five cents of land.What i have in my mind is a single storied(concrete roofed, with no elevations) apprx1200 sqft house with four bedrooms with two toilets,hall and kitchen.that is what "i wish for" but I am not too knowledgeable in building plans and techniques.but the real  challenge in front of me is that whether i can finish it within my small budget of 12 lacs.

please be kind enough to inform me  whether it is possible or not? and if it is possible how you can help me with construction of my dream home with low budget building techniques.

My reply

Several people have this mistaken notion that cost of construction can wary from contractor to contractor and if the contractor feels so he can build house at any cost!

No contractor will try to reduce cost of construction.His operation strategy will be to give you wrong idea that he only can build house at very low cost.How can a contractor reduce cost of many materials which go in to construction?All contractors buy materials and hire workers from same market which never offer him or any body else a lower cost.In fact  cost go up everyday.

As both labour and materials going in to construction of house goes up everyday,only person who can bring down your cost of construction is a qualified experienced building professional.He may not work for you without charges.But his fees will be negligible when compared to following benefits he will bring to your house design and construction

1.Better design of the house giving more utility for each built up space,avoiding wastage of space and money

2.Advice on each stage of construction giving you advantage of information on latest technology and trends

3.Proper engineering and design for each stage of construction with periodic site inspection to check compliance with drawings and quality of construction

Contractor has only one prime objective of increasing his profit even though you try hard to reduce cost.He may even compromise on structural architectural correctness of work to increase his profit by  pushing you in to trouble at later stages of life of building

Finally ,there is no such square feet cost of construction applicable everywhere.No two contractor build house in same manner.How can there be comparable rates of contractors?Square feet plinth area of the house will be known only after your Architect complete at least plan of the house and not by your imagination

Friday, August 1, 2014

Kerala House Construction:Free Consultation,1,August,2014

Send your queries for free consultation to

vhthomas@viruvelil.com

and do not post queries in blog for quick response

Building rules

Query-1

Ali has left a new comment on your post "Building Permit":
Is there any relaxation for the space which has to be left according to rule , if we have concerned letter from our neighbor .

My reply

You can get relaxation in clearance space of building with property of neighbour provided
you are willing to  avoid doors and windows in that side and neighbour is willing to give consent in writing in stamp paper

Query-2

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Building Permit":
In Calicut corporation area,I want to construct a ground(for parking)+2 floor(ONE FOR RENTAL AND THE OTHER ONE FOR SELF )in 5 cent area.
any rule regarding the road width like 8 feet/10 feet/12 feet like that?
if so what is the rule?

Query-3

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Building Permit":
Would you know what is the maximum height allowed for constructing a building in the Kota Maidanam (Fort Maidan) area in Palakkad. The area comes under the 300 meter Regulated Zone around the ASI protected monument of Palakkad Fort.
I was first told that under ASI rules, the height restriction is 18 meters for residential and 24 meters for institutional buildings. However, locals say that because the Kota Maidanam hosts VIP meetings regularly, the height restriction is capped at G+2 storeys.
I would be grateful if you could clarify what is the right answer.

My reply

Get the matter clarified from concerned section of local administration office by providing specific details of your plot

Query-4

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Building Permit":
I have recently purchased a three cents plot with road on two sides in a panchayat area. It is reported by all that it is necessary to leave 3 m from two sides. Is there any relaxation or exemption to build a house without leaving 3 meters.

My reply

For three cents or less there are relaxations in clearance space to be left while constructing house.Get specific information from concerned section of local authority office

Query-5

mrpc has left a new comment on your post "Building Permit":
should we any "licensed engineers seal and sign" for panchayath drawing for number...? (now.2014)

My reply

As per present rule,completion certificate from Licensed Engineer/Architect/Supervisor not required for getting completion certificate from panchayath excluding special grade Panchayath

Query-6

Muneer has left a new comment on your post "Building Permit":
I have built a new house near my old home.The distance between old and new building is 2 meter in the front and from the middle to rear it reduces to 1.2 meter.Can you please advice me ,is it allowed .if not how to rectify this

My reply

I can comment on this only after a site inspection

Query-7

Sujan has left a new comment on your post "Building Permit":
Sir,
I am planning to purchase a plot(4 cents) , its falls under panchayat limit. In the village tax receipt its mentioned as "Nilam" ,can i get permission to construct a house .or i need to convert it as 'puraiyedam' . is it possible to convert ? as almost 97 houses are already constructed there. please advice

My reply

If 97 houses have come up in the area why should alone be prevented from constructing a house there.Before purchasing plot check up with local authority whether sanction will be given for house construction

Query-8

Sakeer has left a new comment on your post "Building Permit":
I have 8.5 cent , i am planning to construct a house but there a 11 kv electric line is passing over the property. Please clarify any restriction to build house under the 11 Kv line

My reply

Constructing house below 11KV or any high voltage electric line is not advisable as the inductive field around high voltage line can cause  problems for those who stay under it

Building materials

Query-1

Balu has left a new comment on your post "Is a plan enough for building house?":
This is about chimney. The store bought modern chimney does not serve the purpose totally. How about building a compact chimney in cement and using an exhaust fan on exit?

My reply

Chimneys of different sucking capacity are available in market.Using chimney in brick work and using an exhaust  fan is like using a bullock cart instead of a car

Consultancy Services

Query-1

Philip has left a new comment on your post "Building Permit":
I am a frequent reader of your blog and its a gr8 help for people like us recently I purchased a 1.20 acres of land in Chengannur town and i want to build a villa project there. I am not a registered builder. what things i need to do to start a villa project and what is the minimum road width i need to leave in my plot?

My reply

To start a project like this you first need assistance from an agency like ours.Write to me to

vhthomas@viruvelil.com

See what all we can do for you:

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. Consultancy and supervision

We can act as consultants for your project giving technical as well as management consultancy for smooth running of your house construction project or any other Engineering/Management related activity. If you are an NRI, we can keep you posted on daily progress of work through specific blog for the project which will have complete progress details of project including pictures from site on a continuous basis. Even in cases where you opt to have a different builder we can give technical drawings, site visits to ensure quality and technical correctness of work on a regular basis. Details of consultancy package offer available on request

 

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