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Kitchen Remodeling






Some people think of kitchen renovation as a lot of fun. They have a lot of ideas and want to put them in practice. Other people think that kitchen renovation process needs a lot of knowledge and a lot of time. They are afraid to start the kitchen renovation process. We would say that both are right. Definitely kitchen renovation process is not the easiest one and it requires a lot of knowledge, but it also can be an enjoyable process. When kitchen renovation is complete, you can really get a lot of satisfaction.

As an idea of how to start kitchen renovation – you can probably go to your current (old) kitchen and look at it very critically. Try to analyze what you really don’t like about your kitchen and what has to be changed. You might not like its color or design. Your kitchen might be very small with not enough space for storage. You can make your kitchen bigger by knocking down walls. Or simply re-paint the walls lighter to make it feel more open. You might not like the present flooring or lighting. The list can be really big. Then you should budget the work and put all issues that need fixing into a priority list.

When it is all done you can ask for professional help- someone for whom kitchen renovation is a day to day business. Be prepared that you might need to hire contractors that will do all work, because kitchen renovation can be a very labourous process. The positive thing in kitchen renovation is that every rupee you will spend on kitchen renovation will be doubled at the time you decide to sell your house. Kitchen renovation can be a very good investment.


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Home Remodeling






This Special Feature is created to help Keralites around the world to get as much information as possible about the home remodeling process in one place. Home remodeling is not the easiest thing. You have to be aware of a lot of details and possible issues that may occur during home remodeling. The good thing about home remodeling is that when you finish it you will be incredibly happier and prouder of your living environment.

If you are planning home remodeling, spend some time (as much as you can) on detailed planning. Decide on the style of home you wish to have at the end. Analyze your possible options. Do the home remodeling step by step. We would advice you to start from the front look and windows and doors. You might need to change the current style and size of your windows and doors. Once you will be done with it, start the inside home remodeling. You might need to choose the color of your walls and floors, the style of your floors and colors and style of your furniture. Browse this web site topic by topic to make sure you have covered as many things as possible. Check the links like: interior design, furniture and probably your most favorable link - swimming pools.

It is impossible to give answers on all questions, but we try to get your attention on some common issues. Matters that help you organize your thoughts. Always keep in mind - it is much easier to do the work if you break it to smaller pieces and cover them one by one. Home renovation is not the simplest thing and you might need to use professional advice. Take it. These professional people do home renovation all the time and tell you where you can find the right material, what kind of style will be better in your situation. Be patient during your home remodeling process and you will get pleasant results at the end.


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House Plans






It is more likely that your first step in a home remodeling process would be discussing possible changes to your current house plan. This Newsletter is created to give you information about house plans. Why are house plans important? Because you do want to choose one house plan and stick to it; and you do not want to re-do it later for any reason. The decision about what kind of house plan to follow should be made thoughtfully. You should try to get as much information as possible and spend a enough time to be sure to have the most suitable house plan. Our advice to you - consider the search for the best house plan as an adventure. After all, who knows when you will do a renovation or remodeling of your house after this time? You can be as artistic as you could be. You might even get to like creating a new house plan so much that you will want to have it as a hobby or even a preofession.

Making a house plan is not a quick process. You should sit comfortably; take a piece of paper and pencil to make notes and drawings, and note all your ideas. For starters, it would not be a bad idea to get a clear image of how many rooms and what kind of rooms you want to have. Where do you want to have these rooms and how will they connect to each other? Browse the internet. There are a lot of house plans that already have the answers. Try to find a couple of plans that is the closest to your floor area in square feet and the number of rooms you want to have. It can really save your time. You can check out the Project gallery in www.KeralaArchitect.com for suitable house plans.

Once you will think you have a finalized your house plan we would advice you to get professional advice from consultants. This will guarantee that your house plan is really workable.


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House design and Home remodeling in Kerala






This House Design newsletter is created to help you find information about home remodeling and house renovation in Kerala. It is difficult to get all information you need on one web-site. You must have realized it if you have tried googling for house design and home renovation- The number of search results is scary.

That is why we decided to make a Special Feature Newsletter that covers as many areas as possible on house renovation. Even more, we have decided to be as more specific as we can. For example here you can find pages on interior design, home remodeling, doors, and windows, swimming pools etc. We believe this will help you to have clear understanding and will make your house design and remodeling process much easier.

You do not make desicions about house design and home remodeling every year. You do it once in a while and you sure want to make it in the best possible way; in a way you like; in a way that every visitor who comes to your home will be impressed by the new look after you finish your home renovation.

You want to be proud of your home redesign for the rest of your life. At the same time, you want to spend only reasonable amount of money and reasonable time on it. Browse all the sections in this Newsletter to get as much information as possible about home remodeling and who knows, you might trigger your creativity and get ideas that no one had tried before. Do know that effort is required to get outstanding results. Let us help you with home remodeling and we sincerely hope that this will be a very rewarding experience for you.


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DOWNLOADABLE HOUSE PLANS






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Architect's Services Online






Architect's Services Online

Dear Home Builder,

Here is a warm welcome from all of us at Askin Architecture & Construction Management, Kerala. We are privileged and thankful for your patronage.

The Internet is an amazing tool! It has brought all of us closer to each other. With the Internet, it is now possible to do things that were previously thought impossible.

It doesn't matter how far apart you are located on the globe; On the internet, we can be your architects, discussing your requirements, addressing your concerns and designing your Dream Home in Kerala.

If you are planning to construct your Dream Home, whether it is a 2 Bedroom Villa or an 8 Bedroom mansion, in Kerala, and would like to have it designed by qualified and experienced architects from the comforts of your location at your time, with the help of your computer and the Internet . . . then you have come to the right place.

Let us begin now . . .

With over 500 residences of various sizes designed since its inception in June 2002, Askin Architecture and Construction Management has proven to be the premier Home Designing Company for Keralites all over the world.

Registered with the Registrar of Companies as Askin Trades Pvt. Ltd., Askin Architecture and Construction Management has back-end offices in Calicut and Kottayam equipped to service the entire State of Kerala.

What's more, our unique House Construction Starter Kit (HCSK) helps you take the first step towards making your Dream Home a Reality!

From the moment you register, through our design discussions and until you get your customized HCSK in hand, Askin Architecture and Construction Management will be your Advisor on all matters concerning your Home Design.

The final HCSK will contain the Site Plan, all Floor Plans, the Roof Plan, two Elevations, two Sections, the Area Statement and the Schedule of Joinery, in both .pdf and .dwg format.

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Landscaped garden






Don't make the mistake that many self-builders do and assume -that 'That's it!'. All too many home-builders spend all their money on the home itself and forget to design its surroundings. You'll be spending a lot of time in the garden, and be wise to allocate some budget for making it complement the home itself.

A garden designed to harmonize with the design of the house is a treat for the eyes, and a joy to behold.

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Lighting






One often-overlooked aspect of the internal specification is lighting. A well thought-out lighting plan can be the perfect finishing touch for any interior, including wall lighting, ceiling lighting, accent lighting and down lighters.

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Flooring and Tiling

A key decision to make about the interior of your home is the flooring. The past few years have seen a rise in the number of people specifying vitrified tiles. It is stylish, durable and has a wide range of styles to complement your home design.

Other commonly used floor-tiling materials are ceramic tiles, marble or granite tiles and slabs, traditional clay tiles (tharayodu), and wooden flooring.

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Bathrooms /Kitchens






Bathrooms-


Ensure that you get the right number of bathrooms to bedrooms ratio. There is a wide range of luxury bathroom equipment available to meet all budgets.

Ensure that you have room for an individual shower enclosure and bath - or if you don't have the space, why not consider a wet room, a fully sealed bathroom with the drain in the centre of the room.



Kitchens-

On the same theme, a large kitchen is a must for most new homeowners, and increasingly, people are looking at the concept of a kitchen dining space, perhaps with a breakfast table, along with a conventional formal dining room. Modular Kitchens can cost from Rs.60,000 to Rs.3 lakhs or more. Do consider several suppliers before making your choice.

Some Leading Modular Kitchen Installers in Kerala-

Velbros International Modular Kitchen Pvt. Ltd
Holy Family Complex
Near Plantation, Muttambalam P.O
K.K Road Kottayam - 686004
Kerala, India
Phone: +(91)481 2575517 / +(91)481 2576067
Email: mail@velbros.com

FEBA KITCHENS, Delta centre,
Near Mosque, Angamaly.
Tel.: 484 2457365.,
Mob.: 9961444683, 9847035812
E-mail.: febakitchen07@yahoo.com

Kitchen Gallery
Patturaikkal,
Near Devamatha Provincial House,
Viyoor Road, Thrissur,
Kerala.
Ph: 0487-3200209, Mob: 9847242050
E-mail: kitchenkingdom@yahoo.co.in

Interiors /Home fittings






It's now time to begin thinking about internal fittings for your home, not just about how it should look, but about your family needs and the function of your home.

Before getting to the plastering stage, think about the electrical layout and structural cabling. An automated home is becoming more and more popular. An automated home enables you to have your home controlled from a central server.

For example, you could have a multi-room audio system supplying music to every room, control mood lighting systems at the touch of one button, or even centrally lock the home as you would a car. The possibilities are endless, and you can tailor a system to meet your needs and budget.

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Window /Doors /Roofing






One of the keys to a successful design is your choice of windows and doors. If done well, they can perfectly complement the elevation of a home. But, if done badly, they can spoil even the most well thought out of designs.

Choices vary from traditional designs and contemporary styles, using wood, steel, powder-coated Aluminium, PVC or pre-cast concrete - or a combination of them. To complete your thoughts on the exterior of your house you will also need to consider the roof. Roof tiles play an important role in the visual elevation of your home.

Choices for roofing range from plain concrete to normal, weather-coated or ceramic-coated clay tiles. Get samples and look at a range of materials to get an idea about what might best suit your project. In addition, details such as the guttering and down pipes will play a larger role than you might expect in deciding the success of the overall appearance of your home.

Please feel free to contact us at http://www.keralaarchitect.com/message.htm for more clarification on any topic.


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Foundations






Once you have assessed the site for the quality of ground conditions, you will need to think about the type of foundations you are going to have. The traditional method is the trench fill system.

It is well worth consulting a structural engineer who will advise on site-specific solutions. If you are engaging a local builder then chances are that you will be building in a traditional form of construction, with blockwork.

There is range of different options available- like laterite blocks, wire-cut or country burnt bricks, hollow blocks etc., offering larger formats and faster build times as well as more un-conventional systems like stabilized mud blocks or aerocon blocks. The three most common choices are brick, laterite and granite stone.

Take a look at the local area to decide which is most acceptable and then talk to a range of suppliers to see what's available and at what cost.

Please feel free to contact us at mail@keralaarchitect.com for more clarification on any topic.


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Building Permit from Authorities

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Now is the time to fine-tune the design of your home according to building regulations and submit plans for detailed approval to the Local Governing Body- Corporation, Municipality or Panchayat.

If there are no objections to your scheme, this process should take anywhere between 1 day ( Single Window Submission in Corporations) or a couple of weeks. Please check the official procedure beforehand, to avoid last-minute inconveniences. In some Panchayats, it is not required to submit building plans before construction.

However, in other Panchayats, Municipalities and Corporations, the design should adhere to the Kerala Municipality Building Rules. You can get a copy of the same from any leading Book Shop in Kerala.

Please feel free to contact us at http://www.keralaarchitect.com for more clarification on any topic.


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Employing a local builder






If you are employing a local builder or even doing the construction yourself - your next step would be to set up an account with the building material suppliers in your area. This will enable you to get 'trade' rates and ensure a steady flow of materials to your site. Make a list of materials, equipments and labour that you may need and contact the local suppliers and agencies for the best bargain.

Hiring the Right Contractor is one of the most important things at the start of your House Construction. However good your design and technical consultants are, if the contractor turns out to be incompetent, it will lead you to great frustration and financial loss. On the other hand, even if you don't have proper drawings or schedule made, a good contractor can build your home without a glitch.

The only way to find the best suited contractor for your residence is reference. Find at least 3 home-owners who had previously employed the contractor's services, sit down with them for a talk and inspect the finished houses. If the contractor cannot give you good references, or if he says that the reference is not available, travelling abroad, or seriously ill, it could be risky to take your chances with him.

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Deciding on what to build






Once you have found an appropriate site, you will need to consider what type of house you wish to build.

Talk to the Engineering Division of your Local Governing Body about site restrictions, look at neighbouring properties, use magazines such as 'Indian Architect & Builder' or 'Parpidam' for inspiration; because getting inspiration is important to maintain the enthusiasm of construction. Ultimately, you will need to employ an architect or home designer to come up with a workable design - that is also tailored to your budget.

An alternative to an individual designer is the package supplier who offers project management services all the way upto offering a full 'turnkey' service - i.e. you sign off the whole project to the company that designs and executes the project.

All you have to do is to turn up to move in after 9 months. This service, although is more expensive, will relieve you of the nitty-gritty of construction. But, be sure to verify that the Company is reputed and will be using quality materials for construction. This can be assured by mentioning the specifications of materials including sizes and brand names, in the contract document.

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Finding and purchasing a plot






Once you have established the level of funding, you need to overcome the biggest hurdle facing most home-builders - finding a building plot.

You should only consider purchasing land that has been earmarked for residential development or with the appropriate zonal exemption. Details about Zoning and Zonal Exemption can be obtained from the respective Local Governing Body- Corporation, Municipality or Panchayat.

You can search for plots in the same way that you would look for a house. It is quicker and easier to use the services of Real Estate Agents, if you are willing to pay their Fee or Commissions.

Please feel free to contact us at http://www.keralaarchitect.com/message.htm for more clarification on any topic.


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Financial Advice and Home Loans

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The idea of building your own home can be an overwhelming one, but the processes involved in getting started are similar to buying a house on the normal property market. First, you need to establish your financial situation and how much of your own - and a lender's! - money you will be able to spend.

You will need to pay for the building plot and also the costs of the building project, and the two should come to at least 10% less than the final value of the finished property. Chances are that most of the money will be coming from a bank or a home-loan finance institution so a good start would be to visit a few of the various home-loan agencies and Banks in Kerala, particularly those that finance property in your region.

You will be required to furnish details of your income, and the estimated cost of construction. Each financial institution has its own set of rules and documents to be submitted to be eligible for a home loan.

Please feel free to contact us at http://www.keralaarchitect.com for more clarification on any topic.


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Building your house in Kerala- An overview






Are you thinking of building a house in Kerala? Have you found a plot and need more information… or, are you halfway through your project, and hoping to check out the latest products for your new home?

Through this House Construction Guide, Askin Architecture & Construction Management gives you an overview of what all to expect at various stages of home construction to prioritize your time and effort more effectively.

We will be taking a quick look at the following topics-
1. Financial Advice and Home Loans
2. Finding and purchasing a plot
3. Deciding on what to build
4. Employing a local builder
5. Building Permit from Authorities
6. Foundations
7. Window/Doors/Roofing
8. Interiors/Home fittings
9. Bathrooms/Kitchens
10. Flooring and Tiling
11. Lighting
12. Landscaped garden

Please feel free to contact us at http://www.keralaarchitect.com/message.htm for more clarification on any topic.


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Ar Shahdad Karim graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from College of Engineering, Trivandrum (CET), University of Kerala and took his Masters in Construction Management from National Institute of Construction Management and Research (NICMAR), Pune.
 
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