VIOLATION OF BUILDING BYE-LAWS FOR SHORT-TERM GAINS

With land being at such a premium, it has become common practice for builder floor home constructions around Delhi and Gurgaon to violate some building bye-laws to allow for more coverage to increase the selling price. Most clients are either unaware of this or turn a blind eye to it seeing only what they perceive as the immediate monetary and space benefit. However, one must realise, that bye-laws are developed first and foremost for the safety of the inhabitant and the city.

Some areas where builders and contractors typically violate bye-laws:

  • Ignoring setbacks to increase plot coverage or basement size
  • 4 inch outer walls instead of the 9 inch mandate
  • Providing elevator access to terrace level against recommendations
  • Shaft dimensions lesser than that stipulated in bye-laws
  • Using of basement or stilt level for unauthorised office spaces, servant’s quarters and other habitable spaces

 

Bye-laws are designed to safeguard the occupants from hazards like fire, flooding, earthquakes, poor light, ventilation, indoor air quality and so on. Violations of these bye-laws compromise the building’s safety standards and put its occupants at risk. We must also realise, some rules like minimum balcony width of five feet and minimum ventilation shaft dimensions are for improving the quality of the space for the user. The bye-laws are not unreasonable – recent revisions in the Delhi bye-laws have allowed bathrooms on stilt and terrace levels to meet utility needs. A good design is always the better solution – it will ensure the best utilisation of your available space minimising negative spaces like long corridors and poorly lit rooms.

While ignorance of bye-laws definitely puts the occupants of the building at risk, it also creates other problems. Many of these buildings do not get a completion certificate as the completed building is different from the sanctioned building. This creates problems as potential buyers of builder floor home constructions do not want the litigation problems that could arise out of purchase of such properties.  Reselling in the future also becomes a hassle for the same reasons. Sometimes completion certificates are acquired by means of hefty bribes but there too there is no guarantee of peace of mind.

At the end of the day, the risks associated with violation of bye-laws are too great a gamble for some extra benefits that comes hand-in-hand with legal troubles. As a property owner of a collaboration project, clean properties complying with the bye-laws give you both peace of mind and a better premium than a property with possible litigation issues. Any legal issues post-completion will be faced by you and not the builder. So think long-term and always opt for builders like Prithu that will give you the best designs within the framework of the building bye-laws to ensure a safe and hassle-free home for you and your loved ones.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Space functionality – future of urban living

Small room with large space

There is an increasing space crisis going on across the world. The per sq. ft. cost of land in all major cities all around the world is at an all-time high and doesn’t seem to decrease given how less space is left to erect a new home. Buying a plot has become almost impossible and now there are flats and multi storied buildings that provide accommodation to all the families everywhere. In cities like Hong Kong, Mumbai, New York, Paris, there’s no space left to accommodate people lavishly and generally families squeeze into a 400-500 sq. ft. apartment comprising of 3-4 members. Below mentioned is the amount of land you can buy for 1 million dollars in the top 10 most expensive cities of this world to buy property –

  • Monaco – 15 sq. meters
  • Hong Kong – 20 sq. meters
  • London – 25 sq. meters
  • Singapore – 33 sq. meters
  • Geneva – 35 sq. meters
  • New York – 40 sq. meters
  • Sydney – 41 sq. meters
  • Paris – 42 sq. meters
  • Moscow – 43 sq. meters
  • Shanghai – 46 sq. meters

If you notice the maximum amount of land in the top 10 most expensive cities of the world that you can afford with 1 million dollars is 46 sq meters, which is equivalent to close to 500 sq. feet. This area is so small that it can inhabit a single bedroom flat for 2-3 people maximum. Now when the land prices are as high as this, what is it that is the solution? The solution is effective utilisation. The biggest struggle of any architect or interior designer today is to use the space available to them effectively because while the space available is decreasing, demands of residents to have the comforts adjustable in a larger home is increasing and thus it’s a challenge for them to utilise the space available such that they don’t compromise in comfort and luxury while they don’t make the home look clobbered and clumsy.

This quest to achieve effective utilisation of smaller spaces architects are coming up with very innovative and ultra-modern techniques to fit in a 1000 sq. ft. apartment in a 500 sq. ft. space. The techniques could involve a lot of modification, from converting the walls into movable ones, though not so easily moved that the house looks unstable, to making storage space within walls, thus eliminating the need for separate storage space. Small bed roomThere could be beds hidden in walls, walk in closets attached to other parts of the house and bath tub fit under a book case with a shower cubicle right behind a study table, with the study table being detachable to work as a dining space for 5 if required. The innovations that can happen are endless and while most of them are non-feasible, architects and interior designers are trying their level best to come up with an idea that would revolutionise effect utilisation of space for comfortable and luxurious homes.

What are the added benefits of having such designs? With a space of how much ever area, if we try to include rooms, it gets tedious to maintain. Space functionality is a major leap into the future of urban living. Doing daily chores in rooms of sizes 200-300 sq. ft. is tougher than having multiple accessible rooms in that one bed room. With the help of movable walls, we could create multiple rooms in one. For e.g. with the help of movable walls running on tracks, we can develop the design of rooms within a room. While a bedroom traditionally used to be comprised of just a bed and may be a closet space for storage of various items of use, it will now have a bathroom, a working table and a dining table all within one small space of say 60-70 sq. ft., with blinders separating this with other spaces. This will decrease our work of moving from room to room doing our chores or in need of anything and will be not only space friendly but also would satisfy ergonomics.

Such designs have been developed in Hong Kong and Iran and look as if they are the future of urban living. In Iran, there is a house of 7 floors with rooms that move out away from the house on and above the street at the push of a button. This helps the rooms get more sunlight, improve the use of space which is generally ignored – the open space above the grounds in front of the house and provides with extra terrace space when in use on that floor. Each floor has an area like the bedroom, the office and the living room which are movable outside and hence don’t take up much space inside the house as separate rooms.

The other design which is very brilliant and is taking the architectural world by the storm is the one made in Hong Kong. Gary Chang, an architect has transformed the way we look at small spaces by inculcating 24 rooms in one. How, you ask? Well, he has effectively put movable walls and blinders to either have rooms in walls or behind walls or in between walls and blinders to separate one room from another. His bed is in built in the wall, has a TV which is right in front of the bed. The blinders separate the bedroom from the kitchen with tremendous storage space, or move it away and you will find a well-built bath tub with constant water supply. The wall right beside the kitchen has a washing and drying area with drawers to keep stacks of clean clothes in them. There’s a shower cubicle, a walk in closet and a toilet with tons of storage area fitting in that 360 s. ft. area.

With the decreasing amount of space and increasing cost to buy that limited area, it’s becoming more and more important to create such homes. It’s very encouraging and exhilarating to see such designs taking centre stage in architecture and architects and interior designers constantly battling it out to show who used the space more effectively. If we divert more of our time and energy in developing what Gary has done with such little amount of space, we can do wonders and create a new era of urban living.

Build a home where the heart of India resides.

Heart of India - Delhi

India, a land of varied cultures, varied languages and varied emotions, gives you an exciting opportunity to live wherever you want and experience something different each time to move to a different place even in the same state. There’s a very beautiful saying about homes – “Home is where the heart is.” This saying is befitting and explains a lot of situations you are put in which are uncomfortable and unnerving for anyone. Travelling alone to an unknown place, shifting to a new town or city can bring about that pang of anxiety, given you are away from the comforts of your home and most importantly you are away from the place where you are loved the most. A home is built out of love, for those you love to provide them with all sorts of comfort and care you can impart. A home is no more the mere explanation of a mere shelter to sustain life, rather it has become the definition of comfort and luxury now and most importantly it has become the place you come back to after going around the world.

Delhi – the capital of India, is a city which you cannot help but fall in love with. Delhi, being a capital has an amalgamation of all the cultures in India, and by all the cultures, I do literally mean all the cultures. Delhi, being the capital of a nation this huge attracts a lot of crowd from all across the county in search of either working opportunities, for people who have political aims and for people who wish to just be a part of this multi-cultural society. You can find Telugus, Tamils, Keralites, Biharis, Assamese, Kashmiris, Gujaratis among others. This city is filled with people who wear their heart of their sleeves and can make you feel this world is a happy place after all.

Living in Delhi, i.e. building a home on your plot, creating it from scratch in one of the localities in Delhi is an opportunity that shouldn’t go amiss. Delhi, New Delhi or Dilli is a city with a heart and it’s the heart of India. Since the times of the Mughals, when Delhi was the capital of their large territories, Delhi has been the hub of “Bharat” for power, trade and culture. There’s so much culture hidden in the modernities of Delhi that you can’t walk by one statue without wondering it’s historical importance among others. Those small tombs made by Sher Shah Suri on the Sher Shah Suri Marg (known as the Grand Trunk Road) to notify travellers that they were on the right path, the tombs of the greatest rulers of India and the world – the Mughals which are stupendous works of architecture, the food which is again an amalgamation of innate Delhi-ness and the rest of the nation, the celebrations of every major and minor festival, the culture of giving, is what makes Delhi a city like none other.

The city of Delhi, as I see it, is a city of misfits, people misfit for jobs, misfit for the life they are living, cultures misfit with each other, lives, entwined but misfit, coming together to create something beautiful and magical. The people who live there are not only those who have lived there for years, but it also has a population which is largely comprised of refugees. These refugees fled to India during partition. These refugees who had been living on the other side of the border for generations, some of whom had properties and other riches had to leave everything behind and start their new lives as misfits in a fresh new land. Some did well for themselves, while some had to struggle. But that’s the beauty of this city, it takes care of everybody who wishes to be a part of it. And you get to be a part of this magic, by creating a home in the heart of this country, a heart which pumps life into the soul of this nation through its food, its love and its passion. When you live in this city, you become a source of this life support for this nation. The moment you buy a home, you have now marked your territory on the heart of this nation, and you can’t help but be a part of this misfit world.

The tall Qutub Minar on a sunny day, the magnificent Red Fort on a blistering Republic Day and Hauz Khaas Village on a wintery afternoon.Food in Delhi The “chole kulche” from the roadside vendor or a splendid dinner at The Taj, a friends’ day out in Connaught place or a family time in Worlds of Wonder, Delhi has an offer to let you experience everything not as a tourist but as an intricate part of the system when you live there, on its soil, owning a piece of its land. Whether it be Malviya Nagar, Nehru place, Karol bagh, or Rohini, Delhi has the same enigma to offer.

Delhi is not your regular city where people just get on with their lives and don’t care about the world around them, rather Delhi is a city which is tightly knit with bonds holding all the people together. The perks of owning a home in Delhi can never be compared to renting a place. You don’t get to create a home with the help of Delhi’s soul rather you live in a body which was never yours to fit your soul in. A house you own in Delhi can help you understand the different dimensions of the world through experiencing cultures, people, behaviours and festivals. A house in Delhi can make you finally feel a piece of ground to call yours in a world which is unstable and ever changing. Delhi can give you a home within its space if you are willing to call it your city and be a part of it. A house you own in Delhi would be a home in the heart of your nation. And as it is said, a home is where the heart is, and what if your home was in the heart of things?

6 Best ways to make your new home pet friendly.

Pet Friendly house

Our dogs, cats and other pets like hamsters and fish are more than just animals to us. They are our pets. We live with them, take care of them like our own babies and make it sure they have fun. But in the process of taking care of them, we tend to overlook the fact that a home unfriendly to pets is hazardous to their health and consecutively to their fun. We try to accommodate them in the setup that we have created for ourselves and our family and ignore the fact that that setup is not friendly to them as we know that drier is not a place to call your resting spot, but pets don’t understand that. The saddening part is even pet owners don’t realise the importance of a pet friendly setup.

What you need to do while building a new home or while thinking of adding a pet to your family is to think about the specific needs of a pet. How a cat cant be left alone with reachable glasses on table tops. How dogs cant be dashing out of the house to find themselves on a high traffic street and specially to think about the things that affect pets but not humans. With the further pints, you’ll be able to create a home for your pet and your family to live in perfect synchronisation, not worrying much.

1.  Think on all fours

When you get down to the thinking process of your pet, you get to have a point of view of things which can be hazardous to your fluffy friend. Look for stuff which can cause choking or strangulation to pets. Keep the garbage away from your pet’s reach, keep food items like chocolate, grapes and any other item which is hazardous to him health like antifreeze, pesticides, etc away from their reach buy putting them in latched cabinets. Keep your toilet down as you wouldn’t want your cat or dog fishing down the drainage to attract bacteria and viruses which can be fatal to their lives and the lives of the residents. The medications for humans should be kept out of reach of pets as they do not have the same effects on animals and cause major discomforts to them. Knowing about the things that can poison your pet beforehand can help you and your pet avoid conditions which involve regular visits to the Vet.

2.  Dedicate a space 

Pets like cats and dogs are very curious about open and closed spaces like the driers, loose cabinets, and other dangerous places. It’s important to provide them with their own defined space which will then minimise your worry about them taking up refuge in other uninhabitable areas. A defined area with a cozy bed, a fixed feeding bowl and harmless toys can distract your pups and kittens away from other locations in your house. You could go ahead and include a washing area for them in your bathroom with enclosures and a drainage system. You could provide a cat litter bathroom and something similar for your dog but away from feeding areas. An entry and exit door from your mud room to your house can help your pup wander out in an enclosed area without the scare of cars. A pet fountain and sturdy toys can always add charm for your pet to access water and fun time without much trouble.

3.  Flooring and fabrics to suit your pet and you 

Carpet in a house of pets is a nightmare for residents. Carpet is a retainer of dust and, in this case, pet fur. The fuzzy hair of your pets get attached to the carpet and thus can create a lot of trouble for you to remove them. Flooring for dogsTo stay clear of such troubles you can use the stylish fabrics of easy care leather and ultra-suede. These fabrics are easily wiped clean and don’t require as much maintenance as carpet. However if you wish to keep carpet, wall to wall, make sure the carpet is in the same shade as your pet’s fur to avoid the easy identification of your pet’s hair on the carpet lying around. Make sure that you are vacuuming your carpet at least twice a week with special vacuum cleaners which make it sure that the fuzzy fur of pets are extracted from your carpet and your house.

4.  Pet washing and cleaning 

Grooming your pet is a tough task, tedious and time taking. But the moment you take it in your hands, rather than going to the pros, you will save money which can be invested further in better grooming and cleaning of your pet and your home respectively. Bathing the petBrushing your furry pet before and after washing them can help prevent hair clogging the drainage during washing and the left over hair post washing to hamper your carpet. If the flooring and fabric isn’t pet friendly, stain removal is something that you’ll have to learn as and when they come. For such stains, you’ll need to monitor your pets and be ready with the best ways to remove them for your pets to not catch a habit of the same. Along with these, you will need to keep a track of flees and ticks that your pets might carry and hence it is suggested to use shampoo and other cleaning products to keep your pet and your home clean and healthy and most importantly inhabitable.

5.  Yards and outside playing areas 

If your pets are used to going in the open, whether it be your yard or a park outside your home, you will have to worry more than just flea and tick. Your yards need to be built keeping in mind your dog can escape and easily move on to the road. You will need to install fences and add structures. Apart from building your yard escape proof, you will also need to take care of the kind of flora you have provided and if any of the plants growing there could be poisonous to your pet. The APSCA keeps an extensive database of toxic and non-toxic plants for pets. Make sure that in order to make it a more environment friendly playing area for your pet, you are not accidentally killing him.

6. Feeding and nourishing 

While trying to save up on pet food, we tend to buy in bulk. This bulk amount of food can be a little hard to safeguard from contamination and also from the direct reach of your pet. This can be achieved by providing a storage area with a latched door. These latched doors are hard to swing and are therefore, out of reach of your pets. While it’s a common practice to store food in large garbage cans in your garage, overtime the food gets contaminated due to being exposed to high temperatures and the plastic of the container disturbing the nutritional value of the food stored. It’s suggested to have a separate storage for your pet’s food and to be served with a clean scoop and in clean bowls.
A home for pets is safe only when you are aware of your pet and what enriches them and what harms them. Stop thinking of your pets as animals and disposable, rather as a part of your home and how it is important to make home worth habitable for them as well.

5 ways to make your new house ideally ventilated.

Are you planning to build a new home for you and your family? Are you planning to provide all comforts to your family in your home with a living room with a lavish sofa and a study that keeps you glued to your desk? A home however has more factors to look at than just comfort and luxury; ventilation being high on the priority list. A home could be filled with luxury items to fulfil your comfort needs and could provide you technology to help you with your work at home, but a good ventilation helps you multiply the comfort levels and ensure good air quality for you and your family.

Ventilation is more important in the modern homes being built today, than the houses erected in the earlier centuries. The homes created before weren’t perfect works of architecture, as in the material used in building up the walls and roofs were such that they left minor cracks and crevices which helped the home breathe in and breathe out. The material used then like, mud, grains of sand, different types of soil, were porous and thus helped your house maintain the process of ventilation. This was a natural way of providing ventilation in your house. But for this, there was a need for a gentle breeze and as we moved forward in time, our materials became sturdier and the breathing space for walls decreased exponentially. The walls that are now erected are erected with a need to provide a solid structure, not ventilation for homes. And this how the need of ventilation arose. It’s a basic necessity while building a home to have proper ventilation or your home would be no different than a gas chamber with the temperatures soaring ever so much every day.

Ventilation in homes is becoming a very important point of study for architects as homes are being built on every piece of barren land and hence, its important to provide homes with the proper ways of ventilation to exemplify the comfort levels. Following are the common practices that one can use to improve ventilation in their homes –
Traditional ventilation method.

This is the most traditional way of providing ventilation for homes all across the globe. Here there are no mechanical devices utilised and ventilation is purely based on traditional ways of providing cracks and crevices for the home to breathe. This is common because it doesn’t require any extra effort by either the architects or by the residents to either spend more or tweak the design of the home. This however is a traditional way to ventilate a home which relies largely on a gentle breeze blowing outside or a significant difference in temperature between the both sides of the walls. The reason being, with the afore mentioned conditions, a pressure difference is created to circulate the air and create ventilation. But, for this ventilation method to work, the walls need to have natural cracks and openings which are impossible to achieve with modern materials and building techniques. Today the walls and the roofs are so built, as to not allow any external factor to hinder the lives inside hence no ventilation is a no-go for modern times.

Natural ventilation

Natural ventilation is the most common mode of ventilation in modern homes, where not a lot of money is spent and the design is more important. Here, the ventilation is carried out through a lot of sunlit windows provided in strategic locations, so as to help regulate exhaust and supply of air. In this technique, the sun coming through the windows help heat the air inside the house, which then gets lighter, rises up and cooler air from the outside or other places rush in to take its place. This hot air has an outlet and the cool air as an inlet, through which it can gush in to take the place of hot air, thus providing very crisp ventilation with strong circulation of air. But again, on a dry and humid day, this type of ventilation is futile as it is dependent on a breeze blowing outside and a difference in temperature between the two sides of the windows.

Drain only ventilation

This type of ventilation is an exhaust only ventilation in which mechanical devices like an exhaust fan is stationed in rooms like the kitchen and bathrooms which are the sources of foul air and hence leaving the home with more space to fit in fresh air which can be circulated through windows. This type of ventilation is effective in a way to remove the air which can harm the atmosphere in a home and help in creating more space for fresh air. This is most effective in kitchens, above your cooking area to extract the smell and the fumes rising from the food being cooked. It’s also effective in bathrooms to not let the moisture settle down on the walls, the roof and floor, thus not allowing bacteria and fungi a chance to grow and contaminate the surrounding. However it gets ineffective with no powerful supply of air against the mechanical exhaust system. This system is again effective if there’s a breeze blowing through the windows to replenish the air being extracted.

Inlet only ventilation

This type of ventilation is the exact opposite of the drain only only ventilation method. This method helps the fresh air from outside to gush. There is no mechanical extraction method to drain out the air inside the house, but that is not a big issue as with fresh air coming in, the surrounding air inside the home can be extracted through open windows or cavities. However, generally people don’t open windows all around the year and are only comfortable to do so in the summers. This limits the effectiveness of this mode of ventilation and can cause the moisture laden air to be infused in the walls which can create a lot of problems.

Balance ventilation

This is the perfect mode of ventilation, if the residents are ready to shell out a little money. In this mode of ventilation, there are exhaust and supply fans situated at strategic locations to regulate the incoming of fresh air from the outer surroundings and extract the stale and moist air from the atmosphere inside the house. This is a balance mode of ventilation. The extraction fans are situated in rooms like the kitchen and bathroom while the inlet fans are situated in most lived areas like the living room and the bedrooms. This helps in creating a balance of the inlet and outlet of air and drives the ventilation of a house most effectively.

A well ventilated house is no less than a haven as the surroundings inside always remain fresh and healthy and the family breathes easy. All the comforts of a home are worthless if the ventilation is ineffective and when you live in that same bout of stale and moisture laden air from kitchens and bathrooms. With the use of balanced ventilation or other mechanical modes of ventilation, we can assure regulated fresh air inflow in our homes. So, let’s keep our homes well ventilated and our families healthy.