The importance of On-Time Delivery for your home construction

There is much truth in the age-old saying, “home is where the heart is”. Your home is not just
a collection of rooms, but a space within which memories have been created and collected
over generations. It is never easy to let go of that home in favour of new builder floor home
constructions. As if it isn’t bad enough to have to give up the family home and relocate while
the new building is constructed, most property owners suffer endlessly at the mercy of the
hollow promises of the builder regarding delivery time of the completed project.

Most builders are hesitant to contractually commit to a project delivery time with penalties for
cases of delay in handover. The standard practice is to win plot collaboration partnerships
with a lump sum amount to the owner at the beginning and then wait to secure finances for
the project via bookings. This leads to delay in payments for goods and services, which in
turn stalls the work progress. As a result, the delivery time keeps extending till all bookings
are finalised and money is secured to finance the project. The stress and agitation caused
will be passed off as an inevitable part of the process.

It is quite easy for the novice property owner to not give much importance to the delivery
time promise when generous sums of money are offered in the initial stages. One assumes
this would be a lucrative deal as the margin of delay could only be minimal as compared to
the financial gains of a large settlement. It is the simplest error to make, yet one of the most
regrettable as the repercussions of a move-in delay are many. Remember, time is money.
Rebuilding your existing home requires a lot of pre-planning. Most commonly, a temporary
residence has to be rented. In cases of unforeseen delays one has to undergo the hassle of
extension of rental contracts, not to mention extra rent payable month after month till your
new home is ready. Not only this, your whole family’s routine is upset as you are often forced
to relocate to a different locality and live with the limitations of a temporary home.
Additionally, any interiors work planned independently for your home is also stalled until
handover. Such uncertainty also makes it impossible to plan for future family events,
functions, vacations, etc.

The builder undertaking a project should have the necessary funds to execute the plot
collaboration project as promised to the client independent of revenue from sale of future
units. This ensures steady flow of payments for all stages of work on the building, making
sure the work progress is on-track. If the contract clearly states a penalty clause for delays
the property owner can rest assured that the builder will do his best to ensure on-time
delivery to safeguard both his money and his reputation.
In Prithu, we have a clear contractual 14-month delivery promise. We guarantee to have all
the funds necessary to deliver the completed house on time, regardless of the timeline of
bookings and sale of units. So don’t be penny wise and pound foolish, chose a builder who
commits to deliver your builder floor home construction on time and guarantee your peace of
mind.

Turnkey Partnerships with Prithu

The changing times makes it more and more appealing to convert your vacant plots or stand-alone residences in Delhi into build floor homes. However, home construction often includes various aspects that a layman property owner is not even aware of. There are a million little things to consider – conducting soil tests and other site studies, consulting local byelaws, finding the right design and execution team, working out an effective work schedule, selecting and budgeting materials and fixtures – and they all have to be perfectly planned in the right sequence to achieve economy of time and money. Working with different sets of independent contractors often also means having to chase after different sets of labour and getting fleeced by individual contractors, consultants and vendors.

A company like Prithu has experienced in-house design and execution teams from the premium institutes of the country. They offer total supervision and responsibility of the turnkey project with a 14-month delivery promise. Many make the mistake of assuming that a partnership with such a company would be very expensive and their returns on the property investments would suffer. But this is far from the truth.

There are several reasons why turnkey partnerships with Prithu can be a more cost-effective alternative to working with small independent builders and contractors:

  • Prithu has in-house stand-by design and execution teams. This ensures smooth work progress and prevents additional expenses, like labour charges, caused due to delays.
  • We buy materials and fixtures in bulk, which reduces the purchase price. They are also sourced by professionals who are aware of the quality standards and the current market prices for goods and services, securing the best value for money deals
  • We supervise work keenly to ensure minimum waste of materials so that you do not end up paying for large amounts of scrap materials that cannot be used in your home
  • Comprehensive specifications of materials to be used and their costs are shared right from the beginning and factored into the quoted cost right from the beginning. Total cost of the turnkey project is transparent and fixed with no surprise additions with time
  • It is very common to hear stories of home constructions by contractors getting delayed by months beyond the deadline. The unfortunate client not only has to bear the cost of those delays but also ends up paying rent for their temporary accommodation for months more than intended. Prithu offers an incomparable on-time delivery promise of 14 months from the start of work so you never suffer through this.
  • Companies like Prithu aim to grow with the aid of positive reviews of their clientele. So you can be sure that they will use only high quality value for money materials that will reduce problems like damp, seepage, cracks in plaster and so on

Your home is a long-term investment and it is worth nothing if it does not stand the test of time. Prithu assures you a quality builder floor home construction of the highest standards that incurs the minimum maintenance costs as we only use premium materials and employ a highly experienced workforce. So collaborate with us and let us take on the challenges of execution while you simply take in the pleasures of your dream home in 14 months.

 

Collaborating with the right Developer

There was a time, not so long ago, when upscale neighbourhoods in Delhi would consist of neat rows of bungalows or private stand-alone residences. Lately, however, the skyrocketing property prices and high maintenance costs involved have led to a shift from this single-user trend in real estate. The contemporary urban solution to home construction is builder floor homes that are, at the same time, more affordable than a single residence and also more intimate than an apartment in a multi-storied building.

The sudden growth in the numbers of property owners looking to develop their land into builder floors has flooded the market with promoters who have neither the training nor the experience in design, construction and management. Sadly for the unsuspecting clients, many of them even lack the financial means to independently see a project through, using instead initial monetary incentives and fake promises to seal the deal but soon enough the property owner begins to experience the lapse between reality and expectations from the developer. Poor home designs, shoddy materials and delayed delivery of finished product are common woes most clients face. The lucrative offers in the initial stages often blind us to the problems of selling sub-standard builder floors and in the long run the property investor ends up on the losing side.

The double standards one may be forced to deal with calls for caution and carefulness. When deciding to convert your plot into a builder floor home, consider not only the incentives offered by the builder but also run a check on the builder before signing on the dotted line. Important things to keep in mind are:

  • Financial capabilities of the builder – they must have the resources to independently complete the project
  • Size and quality of the team – they must have on board adequate number of capable professionals equipped with the necessary tools to deliver on the project goals
  • Transparency of terms and deadlines – designs, materials, costs and targets should be clearly communicated to all concerned parties including the property owner
  • Feedback from previous clients – reach out to clients of completed collaborations to get a better idea of the quality and professionalism of the builder

At Prithu, the focus is on an equal collaborative partnership between the property owner and the builder. Working with Prithu you can be sure that:

  • The builder floor design, construction cost and profit margin are discussed openly and stated clearly and transparently in the contract
  • The home construction has an on-time delivery promise of 14 months as construction at Prithu proceeds on the company’s finances and not waiting on the marketing/booking/selling of units
  • The finished product is true to the promised product with no compromise on quality of materials, fittings and fixtures and is sure to command a high rental value
  • The communication between you and the developer is effortless at all stages

The aim of Prithu is to not only build homes but lasting relationships with the homeowners so partner with us to convert your residential plot into a builder floor home and let us prove the old saying “never mix business and pleasure” wrong.

Strategies to reduce energy consumption costs in Homes

Good architecture is the perfect blend between aesthetics and functionality, which is why the best builders will aim for a design that is both economic and sustainable while being pleasing to the eye. When talking of an economically feasible approach, especially in the case of home designs, it is important to consider not only the construction costs which are a one-time investment but also the recurring running costs of a building that can only grow with time and the increasing use of energy-consuming gadgets and appliances in homes today.

When buying a new car, one not only considers the features of the car, its maker and model, but also the estimated maintenance and upkeep of the car, its mileage, servicing costs, and so on. And for example, while diesel models cost more at the purchase point, the cost/distance leads to gains in the long run. Similarly, when designing a house, a good builder will keep in mind the electricity and water consumption costs and aim for a scheme that might require a slightly higher initial investment but would reduce these recurring costs to a minimum without compromising the comfort of the occupants or the aesthetic appeal of the building.

Positioning of cutouts for better cross ventilations

There are several ways to guarantee lower running costs. Smart planning after adequate research on site climatic conditions, wind, rain and sun patterns will lead up to a design with the right orientation and position of openings to improve cross-ventilation and allow desirable natural light.

 

 

AAC blocks for cooler wall

This reduces the costs associated with air-conditioners and unnecessary lighting. Another very important factor is the choice of materials. The best builders will use materials like AAC (Autoclaved Aerated Concrete) over the more traditional brick as it has several advantages, including better heat insulation, fire-proof and mould-proof structures with considerably lower greenhouse gas emissions making it a healthier home environment. The right choice of roof insulators can also greatly minimise the heat absorbed by the building, reducing the need to artificially cool the indoor spaces.

Investing in renewable energy sources is the call of the hour, not only because it is a more environmental approach but also because they ensure long-term cost benefits. In hot sunny areas like New Delhi, solar panels are an ideal alternative for generating energy for your household consumption and solar water heaters can eliminate the need of electrical geysers in your home. The viability of solar power is only increasing with time as more local players enter the market creating competitive pricing. Also, with your own solar panels and a reliable battery, one never has to suffer through a power cut again.

At Prithu, we make it our priority to not just sell homes but also to collect satisfied customers. In order to achieve this goal, we adopt several of these discussed methods. Aside from carefully planning your home with reference to the climatic factors, as a matter of policy, we opt for AAC Blocks because it creates naturally cooler indoor spaces with lesser risks associated with fire and damp hazards for the occupant in the long run. We also encourage the use of solar power and help you estimate your energy requirement and design your solar needs accordingly. So book a design consultation with Prithu and discover how to reduce your electricity bills without compromising on your lifestyle.

The Struggle For Light In South Delhi Row Houses

Actual Photo of Prithu’s N-80 home

“The history of architecture is the history of the struggle for light.” – Le Corbusier (celebrated architect)

Nowhere is this struggle more evident than in New Delhi, where even in the most elite South Delhi addresses like Green Park, Hauz Khas, Panchsheel Park and Greater Kailash, one finds builder floor row houses sandwiched between each other. The plots are fairly large but the long rectangular shapes with only narrow open sides along the road create problems of lighting and ventilation. The central portion of a typical row house becomes a dark and dingy space that requires artificial lighting throughout the day. This is an unnatural and undesirable phenomenon best left for the casinos in Vegas, not your home.

Lobby View

While this artificially lit and poorly ventilated central area may be the unfortunate norm, it does not have to be the rule. However, most commercial builders in South Delhi design only considering the total consumption of the permissible FAR/FSI and the maximum achievable built-up area. When the focus shifts from intelligent floor plans to simply consume FAR, the end result is often dull unimaginative home designs with poor layouts. As the wise men say, always choose quality over quantity.

Smart planning techniques can achieve both full FAR and create spaces with adequate light and ventilation. However, in common practice, ventilation cut-outs are of the bare minimum sizes as per the building norms and these are unsuitable for servicing liveable spaces like living/dining rooms and bedrooms. Additionally, when talking about multi-storey buildings, the lower floors receive very little natural light and ventilation when the cut-outs are small. Not only is this an aesthetically lacking approach, it also negatively impacts the occupants’ physical and mental health. Another very important factor to consider is that while artificial light and mechanical ventilators are substitutes for natural light and ventilation they add considerably to your energy consumption if used throughout the day on a daily basis.

Large scale external doors for maximum light
Well lit master bedroom

A good floor plan for a Delhi home would have cut-outs that let in natural light and ventilation to all parts of the house. These create well-lit spaces even in the central portion of your plot that automatically makes the area look larger and more inviting. Larger cut-outs in the center of the plot also encourage cross-ventilation and vastly improve the quality of the space. Even a 250 sqft room will have poor indoor air quality and look shabby when it only has one 4ftX4ft window opening. Creating large central cut-outs affords one the luxury of providing a second window that makes the room light and airy.

Family Lounge Area

The purchase of a home is a big decision and making the right choice for you and your family is crucial. So if you are looking to invest in a builder floor home in the NCR region, think beyond just the numbers and consider these aspects of well-being provided by a home with enough natural light and ventilation. Think of what happens to a healthy plant left indoors without sun and wind for too long and make sure you don’t wilt away and share its fate in your new home.

Book your design consultation with Prithu and let us help you achieve a home design that meets both the FAR and the desired light and ventilation needs.