A Heavenly Ayurveda Clinic Designed for Well-being

A Heavenly Ayurveda Clinic Designed for Well-being

A Heavenly Ayurveda Clinic Designed for Well-being

An Ayurveda clinic designed to enhance the client’s physical and mental well-being, Uvas Ayurveda designed by the Design Thoughts Architects certainly provides a holistic experience for anyone who enters this holy place.

“Ayurveda is science of life- Ayushveda. I need my setup which is designed by a heart as we heal physically, mentally and emotionally with a holistic and a spiritual approach”. These were Dr. Priya’s words when our team met her for the first time, that’s when we started designing her thoughts.


Entrance :

The entrance has a beautiful combination of minimalist landscaping adorned with artwork that catches the eye immediately. The addition of indoor plants gives warmth and serenity that attracts clients inside, the colors used have an earthly warm tone with wooden finishing that syncs with the meaning of Ayurveda, The Science of Life. The seating area has seats with bold colors and Indian patterns. There is also an addition of a fountain that merges with the wooden panels. In the Vastu Shastra, it is mentioned that the flowing water in the fountain symbolizes the flow of money, happiness, and love. It adds positivism and a homely feeling to space.

Lord Ganesha at the entrance is a beautiful piece of work done by our artists. Ganesha, also called vygnhatra (protector) which in turn gave a cultural touch to the clinic.


Landscape :

The Landscape of the clinic leads directly into the Kuteera. The ornaments on the path are local handmade pots designed using materials sourced from nearby areas, the approach to this is to keep it luscious and green yet adding a touch of Indian artwork on the side. The Landscape has a brick wall that separates the exteriors into the Kuteera.


Reception :

The Reception is a luxurious structure with wooden finished flooring. The space is a perfect spot for clients to come and relax before their treatments. The wall is adorned with a unique statement piece created by local artisans. They are comfortable yet chic which thereby adds zest to the space with a pop of color.


Seating lounge :

The seating lounge is a unique place for people to relax before and after their treatments. The idea of this serene space is to break the monotony and distress. The vintage colors used helps to accentuate the flow of the positivity and mindfulness. The wall also has hanging lights that are made by using twine that is a take on olden practices of Indian homes. The potted plants that have Worli art painted signifies respect and adoration for our Indian heritage and cultural practices. The wooden seating arrangements with colorful cushions are mood elevating and pleasant to the eyesight.


Kuteera :

The Kuteera is a holy shrine for Ayurvedic treatments. The wooden door with its intricate design engravings adds a touch of royalty to the space. The room has a sacred look to it to help arouse the feeling of wellness. There is a partition wall made of bricks that helps to separate the room from the outside. The furniture is mainly wooden to help us connect with the nature. The flooring in grey tones pairs perfectly with the dark hues of the wood and white walls. The designs on the bricks are a pattern that are present throughout the entire clinic.


External Utility :

The external balcony can be accessed from the hallway. The red flooring is a statement color in most of the olden days architecture. The brick walls act as a partition from the clinic opening up to a serene outdoors. The walls also have worli art hand-painted on the red coloring which catches the eye immediately.


Consultation Room :

Ayurveda clinic consultation room is a personal den for Dr Priya with moody shades, statement sculpted piece on the side, and a wall of fame. It is a seamless amalgamation of contemporary and minimalist design with open windows for ample lighting.


Connector Hallway :

The hallway is a narrow path that connects the consultation room with the lab and the therapy rooms which leads directly to the exteriors. The lighting is a trendy take on hanging lights. The hallway is wide and long to elongate the feel of the space and open up the floor for people to walk. The double faced railway clock is perfect for this passage, it brings out the looks of the passage while keeping it very aesthetic.


Karma :

Karma, the therapy room as the name means is a simple yet well equipped space that is used for the Ayurveda treatments. The simple flooring with minimal wall paintings helps to keep the focus only on the clients and the treatments. The use of cool tones on the wall with worli painting and the center wooden structure invites wellness and relaxation.



Gate :

The raised wooden gate, was structured aesthetically to maintain the holistic approach of the clinic and serve as a shield for the privacy of the patients. The color used matches the color scheme and gives a vintage look.


Residential unit :

A place to feel like home and which looks chic was the goal here. We used the colors green and white which symbolize peace and harvest. The tiles used were 40 year old ancient mosaic which give the whole unit a homely feel.


The entire 4000 square feet of the Uvas Ayurveda aspire to promote health and well-being. Design Thoughts Architects has designed with the idea of preserving and adapting Indian interiors to help elevate the way of living. We believe in giving the best experience to our clients and cater to their needs with precision. Uvas Ayurveda has been a passion project which we enjoy immensely.

5 Simple Steps for a Better Living

5 Simple Steps for a Better Living

5 Simple Steps for a Better Living

Healthy living leads to a healthy mind. As we all face the raw challenges posed by the pandemic, we are bound to feel overwhelming emotions such as anxiety, fear, worry, and anger. However, during these distressing times, it’s more crucial to maintain a calm and composed mindset to efficiently get through the day positively. To aid you all lead a better and more fulfilling living, we give you 5 secrets that will help you discover a happy life! Here are 5 simple steps for a better living:

1. Declutter your Home : 

It is often said that a cluttered space leads to a cluttered mind. Remove excessive items in a home and get rid of objects that are obsolete. To make the space more useful, make use of storage boxes and compartments to organize all home appliances and accessories. 

2. Allow Natural Light in :

Sunlight is the best medicine for a happy and healthy home. Natural lighting will reduce the production of harmful bacteria that can grow in any home and improves air circulation. Keep the curtains and windows opens especially in the morning to allow cross ventilation and natural light to enter the homes.

3. Add Indoor Plants to Purify the Air :

Plants are natural mood enhancers. Indoor plants can enhance the aesthetic appearance of a space, reduce stress, and eliminate air pollutants. They can also become a hobby for people who enjoy gardening.


4. Use Functional and Comfortable Furniture :

Purchase furniture that is in sync with space. The key is to have enough surface space without overcrowding the room. Avoid too large pieces or multiple pieces to keep the space neat and classy. Always buy according to the function first rather than the look. Invest in good-quality pieces for long-term sustenance.

5. Use Soft Fabrics and Textures to Enhance the Mood :

Soft furnishings include upholstery fabric, cushions, curtains, and carpets. In interior decor features, the use of soft furnishings can help bring in positivity, calmness, and a sense of belongingness to home. The use of cool tones in textures like natural fibers, synthetic fiber, knit, or woven can add depth and happiness to space.

Healthy living may be a choice, but it’s a practice that is highly recommended. We ask you to make simple, conscious decisions about your everyday life as this can influence your physical and mental well-being. These little steps are just a start towards having a long and happy life ahead! As each new day comes, do work on making your life one step better!


Relevance of Courtyard in Modern Architecture

Relevance of Courtyard in Modern Architecture

Relevance of Courtyard in Modern Architecture

Courtyards have been the primary focus points of homes since ancient times to provide optimal Light and Ventilation. Modern architecture has enhanced the concept of courtyards to optimize space and add an aesthetic touch to space.


By placing more walls that open onto the outdoors, it allows for better cross ventilation and natural light to enter a space. Curating customized courtyards inside homes makes the space look bigger and more welcoming.


The figure shows how a courtyard helps in utilizing maximum sunlight and natural air ventilation which reduces the need for artificial lighting, fans, and air conditioners.


In the adjacent image, one can observe how a small courtyard accommodates different elements to complement each other. What stands out is the utilization of space which is effectively brought out through judicious planning of the court and the landscaping on the side.

 


If one can notice the seating space is carefully planned where there is ample light little shade from the plants.

The courtyard here acts as an accent for the entire living room.

The vertical wooden panels provide a sense of enclosure to the courtyard, while semi-enclosing the kitchen area just to give it enough privacy.


While accessorizing a space is important, it is equally pivotal to allow people to walk and move comfortably.

A strategic way to allow free movement can see in the adjacent image. At the base of the trees, there are many smaller aspects of design such as placing of outdoor furniture, stones, outdoor landscaping objects of various color and texture to add interest and richness, to accurate the main element of the courtyard.

A common aspect used in all these courtyards is the vertical connection of spaces from floor to floor through trees.

The courtyard not only caters to its conventional function of ventilation and light. But can be a space to relax, regroup and enjoy quality time with family and friends. It also provides the much needed connectivity of the exteriors with the interiors balancing a space. It provides a multi-functional extension to a home.

Brick use in Residential Structure

Brick use in Residential Structure

Brick use in Residential Structure

Do you know how brick can be used as a core element in modern residential homes ?

Bricks are one of the oldest building materials that humans got adapted into for both Residential homes & Commercial structures. India goes back as early as 3000 BC in Early Indus Valley Cities such as Mohenjo-Daro, Harappa and Mehrgarh. Production of bricks increased massively after an independent style of brick architecture, known as brick Gothic flourished into places where there was no supply of stone. The components of a brick have varied over the period of time, taking into consideration the climatic conditions, availability of materials and etc.

The Natural color and texture of a brick adds up to the ambiance without any effort. They can be used to create an earthy look to the surroundings. Clay bricks are naturally energy efficient. They have exceptional thermal properties like the ability to store heat and then slowly release it. They adapt well with winter and Summer Clay bricks are also one of the most sustainable green building materials. They are also recyclable, hence not adding up to the Carbon footprint.

Since, Brick having some versatile character they are highly economical & they add texture to a place, low maintenance cost, reusable and recyclable & very good compressive strength.

It is also known for its high compressive strength and load bearing capabilities. They can be used along with cement and reinforcement bars to build foundations, walls, load bearing columns and beams. It can greatly double as an aesthetic and a structural element which is also highly economical. They can be majorly classified into two. Burnt and Sun-dried bricks. Sun-dried is usually used for temporary and non-expensive structures whereas Burnt bricks can be used in numerous ways.

Assembling of brick during a design execute plays a huge role. In residential homes they can be aesthetically arranged as jaalis, arches, vaults and many more.

After various permutations and combinations of laying of bricks, they can lead to an interesting visual effect on the user. Also used to create jaali’s . These can be used as facade partitions, internal partitions, and even activity patterns. The standard brick can be assembled Diagonally, vertically and laterally.

In many circumstances, the brick is also used to highlight the elevation of a building by using it as a facade element. For example, Indian Coffee House by Laurie Baker. It has a circular structure with a few unassembled brick cavities that function as ventilation. This building stands out in the surroundings because of the vibrant color of the brick and the unusual form. Another very well-known building is Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad. Designed by Louis Khan, it is one of the best examples to consider brick as a versatile material. It has a highly attractive and unique facade created by Bricks.

How to use Metal as an Aesthetic Material in Residential Building

How to use Metal as an Aesthetic Material in Residential Building

Metal as an Aesthetic material in Residential Building

Metals are used for architectural purposes such as roofing, windows and decoration which has structural and other uses.

The most commonly used metals are lead, tin, zinc, copper, aluminium, nickels and alloys!  Here are structural applications where metals are used as aesthetic materials:

  • Window grill:

Metal window grills are part of a tradition and integrating security features with attractive designs. They have become more popular over the years. They are available in a variety of sizes, shapes, and degrees of ornateness. detailed metal window grills do have many advantages.

The most common material used to make window grills is steel, aluminum, and iron. But, today window grills are generally made of steel that is bright steel or mild steel because of its durability, sturdiness and also because it can be customized to various shapes and sizes.

  • Canopy:

     Canopies have been adding shelter for many years. Now days canopy comes in various shapes, sizes. And is made up of various materials. For typical projects such as a metal canopy, aluminum is the metal of choice. It survives well in the outdoors and is much more affordable and easy to work with steel, brass, or copper. For outdoor decorations, you may choose brass or copper, and for structural supports, you may want to work with stainless steel. Metal canopies add to your curb appeal, creating an element of unique designs and lettering. They are endless customization and easily changed as the occupant's change.

 CANOPY – AT VERANDAH

A metal canopy will last for decades while providing the perfect place to shelter. Canopies can be attached or free-standing add-ons to the buildings, providing a cost-effective covered space. Canopies are used for carports, to protect the vehicle from hail damage or keep it cooler in the sun.  Canopies are perfect toppers for an outdoor verandah, at the entrance area, and car parking. covered patio or a greenhouse enclosure to expand the space in your building. Canopies over doors and windows can help minimize the heat and light from the sun, saving energy and lowering your utility bills.

 

Canopy at Verandah
  • Railings:

Metal railings are not just recognized for support and safety via its strength and stability, it is increasingly becoming popular for its aesthetics.

“Its versatility and ability enhance any setting aesthetically,” says the team at Trex.

Metal railings are often used for styling in contemporary projects due to sleek and modern appeal. It has a traditional and intricate appeal, When selecting railing.
Ensure that it matches the design of the project, and carefully consider the infill material. Glass panels can add lightness and visibility, while other materials, such as metal mesh or cable, can create the impression of the Industrial look. The right combination of metal railing and infill material will provide a safe, secure railing, while also enhancing the aesthetics of the space.
Each of these metals has different properties and look. Some of the commonly used metals for railings are stainless steel, Aluminium, Brass, Copper, Wrought iron. These railings are used for Internal staircase, External staircase as well as Balconies.

Railing

Gate:

The material one chooses for a home’s gate must be able to withstand wind, rain, and sunlight and at the same time have the strength to keep robbers out.
Residential property owners prefer metal gates of large openings that are made of steel.
A large proportion of the domestic market for gates is made from metal, the vast majority being made from steel, the remainder from wrought iron, and cast iron. People prefer metal gates because they are more durable and there are many designs available in the market.

• Cost and Efficiency
Metal doors are less expensive than other doors. Steel doors are typically more energy-efficient because they have higher insulating values, so they’re better at keeping conditioned air inside your home and outdoor air outside.

• Installation
Metal doors are typically finished at the factory with a baked-on polyester finish or vinyl coating that doesn’t require further finishing by you at installation.

Types of metal

The four types of metal that are most commonly used are:

  • Steel: Steel is affordable and but not long-lasting. It s usually supplied as a hot-drip galvanized to provide a robust finish.
  • Aluminum: Aluminum comes as thin sheets and it has a tough layer that protects it against corrosion.
  • Zinc: Zinc is highly durable and weathers to an aesthetically pleasing lead-like hue if
    left untreated.
  • Copper: Copper is capable of achieving long lifespans, and requires very little
    maintenance.

  • Skylight/Pergola:

A skylight adds natural light to metal building that tends to be long and deep is one way to positively impact the well-being of the people working inside these facilities. Not only that, but it can also help in saving electrical lighting costs. Installing skylights in a residential building brings a taste of the outdoors in and brightens up the environment with natural light. Energy-Skylight enhances the quality of light and air into the structure. Also, suits provide diffuse lighting and heat source. It adds beauty and a pattern of lights in the building.

Pergola

FENCING:

  • Durability

It offers more durability and stability than other materials. Sometimes due to their major forces, metal frames won’t warp or crack.

  • Style and Appearance

It is available in various sizes, patterns, and customizes metal as required. Metal fencing the way they want. Metal fencing gives a bold and brutal appearance.

Top architects recommend choosing the right material. Metal is a flexible material that would possibly change the face of the architecture. And Metal, in turn, creates structures that are Durable, Resistant and Sustainable.

Secrets for Stunning Landscape Residential Architecture

Secrets for Stunning Landscape Residential Architecture

Secrets for Stunning Landscape Residential Architecture

Landscape architecture

Brief Ideas of Various Landscape Design

Landscape architecture is a beautiful amalgamation of planning, design, management, and nurturing of the built and natural environments. In residential homes, landscape architects work to improve human and environmental health for the well-being of a family. This concept has become a useful form of design where aesthetics and functionality both work simultaneously on the grounds of preserving ecology as well as bringing out the beauty of nature within the space.

While constructing a house proper landscape planning and architecture with the sustainability concept and approach helps to make a conducive and responsive environment. This article is predicated on the theoretical framework of the connection between landscape design in planning and development in urban design. Every decade there have been profound challenges as the architects, we have to address the approach towards sustainability while designing landscape architecture.

Landscape relates mainly to land-forms, vegetation, water, and climate. It is an art of arranging elements to create a healthy breathing atmosphere, vibrant community, and good outdoor space.

As we are talking about landscape in residential buildings, Let us recall our old article balcony designs which explains how landscaping could be incorporated within indoor spaces to visualize the feel of an external garden. It can create a healthy environment with elements like lawns, gardens, flowers, beds, etc.

Structures such as a seating wall can define a perimeter, or a hedge may serve as a living wall. Pathways bordered by planting or trees create the feeling corridors. An arbor, pergola, or overhanging tree branch may suggest a ceiling

Landscaping improves the quality of life. It cools down the temperature, provides physical and psychological benefits. One of the famous architect Hawthorn said: “Indoor and outdoor spaces should be integrated and flow one into the other”.

Outdoor living space balances with the related elements in the landscape, also enhance the natural beauty.

Landscape lowers air conditioning use. People are drawn to and gathered in the open spaces of a garden. Seating can be arranged along with the shades of thick vertical line landscape also sheltered from the direct sunlight. Seating areas with it gives a good and pleasant view.

It cleans the dust, smoke particles, carbon dioxide and increases oxygen. A well-designed walkway attracts the eye with a sense of movement, drawing visitors with a beckoning further. While designing, we should be able to analyze the dimensional depth of any designs and achieve various ways in implementing those to create the functionality within the space. The pathway can be sheltered using pergola or create an eclectic path by using a mixture of paving materials.

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Architectural pool, an attractive part of the landscape element creates a very stylish look throughout the house. This design tends to be viewed as more formal and includes long straight lines and sharp angles. They create a balance between your home and outdoor living space while providing function and a focal point for the yard.

Free form pools tend to create a more relaxed atmosphere through the use of curves and smooth flowing lines. It is a more non-traditional look that you would associate with a natural pond.

We are living in an era where we are facing lots of health issues due to air, water, soil pollution which is attracting many problems due to the deputation of forests and increasing industrial activity. As architects, we recommend evolving designs and bringing out nature within those designs to minimize the hazards for the near future. That could be followed in various ways such as :

Water features, the sounds of a waterfall will calm down the mind and harmony will be created within. The pump will save the water by recycling.

Retaining walls will prevent soil sliding when it rains. Thus, it is an integral part of the landscape.

As architects, we should have distinctive skills and training in designing with living systems and materials that are innovative and thoughtful towards the ecology of an area. These are a few easy steps to balance nature and designs without losing its beauty and retaining the true form of modern architecture through landscaping designing. Using Eco-friendly materials in order to create landscape designs, thoughts have been proven quite challenging yet as the best architects in Bangalore, we have achieved those difficult designs.

Talking about materials, Our next article explains the main material that is used in construction i.e., Metals used in Residential building. Stay tuned for this piece. Do reach out to us if you need any of our services and visit the Design thoughts architects page for more updates.

Versatility of Glass in Residential Buildings

Versatility of Glass in Residential Buildings

Versatility of Glass in Residential Buildings

Glass is the most versatile and oldest materials in the building industry. From window panels to structure materials, glasses have evolved tremendously in the last few decades. Here are some design ideologies about glass and how it can be utilized uniquely in residential building. Glass is one of the most favored architectural element that can be molded to suit its functionality and also it serves as a decorative piece of art.

Glass is a fascinating material and usually available in most places in both, conventional and contemporary architecture. Its function in the construction industry has proved it to be the best. The sleek and transparent nature of the material gels well with cement, mud or metal.

Glass has gained popularity in architecture because of its vivid properties, especially in residences. Here are some ways it is used in the structures :

As a Window Panel –

The use of glass started out as a layer for the window panes. It specifically contributed as a barrier to the intense weather changes, like the sizzling heat, rain, etc. Its see-through nature has attracted a lot of buyers in national and international markets. Now, alongside windows, there are sliding doors, however widely famous now. It helps to preserve the visible connection to the maximum.

Glass in window

Extra Clean Glass –

Extra clean glasses have two unique features, photo catalytic and hydrophilic. Due to these two features, it functions as being stain proof and gives beautiful look to homes. The maintenance is also easy.

Glass

Lightweight Structural Wall (External Surface) –

Different colored glass can be used for exteriors. The gradually processed and lightweight glass was seen, and all architects and engineers were interested in using the lighter material, contrasting the heavier materials used in the load-bearing method.

Roofing Material –

Gradually people started using glass for skylights and roofs. The colder places took it as a possibility for greater sunlight and heat inside the buildings. And, the hot locations used solar control glasses for optimizing sunlight and heat radiations.

Glass as roofing material

Railings:

Glasses are used as railings at double height and in staircases.

Railing at double height

Toughened Glass –

Toughened glass is a powerful glass that has low visibility. It is available in all thicknesses. This is as well called as tempered glass. This sort of glass is used for doorways, mobile display screen protectors, etc.

Toughened glass

Skylight above Living, Dining, and Entrance Lobby –

Skylight allows ample light through the glass. Also, provide simple and secure access to the flat rooftop.

skylight above living, dining, entrance lobby

Partition, within the Interiors of a Building –

Glass is widely used in the interiors of the homes. Usually used as partition walls, curtain walls among rooms, with doorways and windows, as an element of decor, etc.

Tinted Glass –

Tinted glass refers to colored glass. Color generating component like coating is used to convert normal glass to colored glass. It helps in reducing the passing of ultraviolet light in the case of windows. This results in the lessening of heat within the home.

Shatterproof Glass

It is usually utilized in the case of windows, skylights, floors, etc. Some type of plastic polyvinyl butyric is produced in its process of making. So, it can’t form sharp-edged portions when it breaks.

Laminated Glass –

It is the blend of normal glass sheets. So, it has extra weight than normal glass. It is extra thick. It is UV proof and soundproof.

Float Glass –

It is made from sodium silicate and calcium silicate. Its other name is soda-lime glass. It is clear and flat and, gives a glared look. These glasses range from 2mm to 20mm in thickness. They have a weight range of 6 to 36 kg/m2.

Chromatic Glass –

It is used in conference halls, assembly rooms, etc. It helps in reducing the heat by lessening the passage of sunlight in the interior. The chromatic glass can be photochromic which has mild touchy lamination, thermos-chromatic which has heat touchy lamination and electrochromic which has electric lamination over it.

Glass Blocks –

Glass block or glass bricks are fabricated from two halves and they are pressed and annealed together. These are used as an architectural element inside skylights etc.

Glass Wool –

It is fabricated from fibers of glass and acts as a good insulating filler. It is fire-resistant glass.

Merits of Glass:

Hardness and Brittleness – It is a tough material and has great impact resistance against an applied load. However, at the same time, it is a brittle material as it breaks immediately when subjected to load.

Weather Resistance – It is weather resistant because it can resist and bear the reaction of rain, sun, and wind. It has good capacity in case of absorption, reflection and refracting light. Hence it enables us to regulate and influence natural light. This helps in positively influencing our daily activities leading to better health.

Insulation – It is a superb insulator against heat, electricity and electromagnetic wave because of its good insulating response against light transmission.

Chemical Resistance – It can withstand the effect of the reaction under different environmental conditions or acidic effects.

Color and Shape Varieties – It can be given any shape and any color, and variety and is out there in the market depending upon customer’s use, dimensional requirements, and safety requirement.

Transparency – Transparency is one such property of glass that creates a visible connection with the surface world. With the arrival of technology, clear glass also can be altered, making it opaque.

Transparency glass

In conclusion, “A city’s progress is often decided according to its infrastructure”, it is really important to consider all the factors and know what needs to come up, and where to come up. As architects, we should also focus on Eco – friendly. To get the update regarding how we can use landscape or Eco -friendly architecture stay tuned we will update in our next coming article. Are you eager to read our next article? If yes, please be in touch with our website!

Concrete Blocks in Architecture

Concrete Blocks in Architecture

Concrete Blocks in Architecture

Concrete blocks are a commonly preferred prefabricated material mainly used to build walls as it produces maximum radiant heat within the building. Concrete pieces are made of materials that are utilized for building dividers. Like bricks, the squares are joined at the side of a mortar consisting of cement, sand, and water. The squares are an empty interior to permit steel bars and mortar filling.

Despite the fact that the primary squares were fabricated by hand, these days they are created in a robotized way and thousands of squares can be made per hour. Each unit can be manufactured on-site by bricklayers.

The concrete commonly utilized to create concrete squares may be a blend of powdered Portland cement, water, sand, and rock. The fundamental block has been changing to supply more total arrangements, such as waterproofing.

A few current models that are added to the substances will join the blend. It also prevents the section of water by extending the surface pressure of the square by arranging it.

Concrete blocks as a rule related to self-construction and low-cost lodging give the number of spaces to investigate past utilitarian plans.

Most modern engineering nowadays uses concrete as the most efficient fabric. In any case, due to the improvement of building technology and design, concrete has to be created as a building fabric to overcome its shortcomings. Expansion, the requirement for accomplishing maintainability in buildings has a coordinating effect on concrete’s development as concrete which is considered one as a major modern request within the building materials industry.

Concrete blocks can be used as :

  • Compound Wall

Compound – Solid wall block is defined as those blocks which have a core wide area greater than 25% of gross area having one or more holes open at both sides. The most commonly used concrete blocks have a nominal length of 40cm, a height of 20cm and nominal width of 8,10,15 and 20cms.

  • Facade

The material color itself creates a pattern when it is applied to the exterior surface. material is very natural & goes well with part of nature. Here, no additional effort is required in making a beautiful structure.

  • Partition

Lightweight, Precast, foam concrete building material suitable for producing concrete masonry units (CMU) like blocks. They are composed of quartz sand, calcined gypsum, lime, cement, water, and aluminum powder. AAC is cured under heat and pressure in an autoclave.

  • External wall

It’s a great idea to enhance the external surface with the concrete blocks as they form a beautiful texture surface in a grey finish. Thus the external surface looks attractive and stands out from the surrounding elements.

Concrete block technical detail

  • Wall Junction detail

The concrete block wall is erected with a mixture of concrete & reinforcement steel.

  • Corner wall detail

These are some simple ideas of Architecture that can deliver good solutions without being expensive. In conclusion I would like to mention couple of important merits of concrete blocks over the bricks. They form stronger walls than bricks. A house which is built using Concrete blocks can last up to 100 years.

Successful Design Strategies for Hot and Dry Climate

Successful Design Strategies for Hot and Dry Climate

Successful Design Strategies for Hot and Dry Climate


 
Climate has always been a pivotal factor in Architectural design. Thermal comfort, energy-saving schemes, and Eco-friendly principles are required to be kept in mind while building homes to make them most comfortable for the families that reside in them. Variations in weather conditions are beyond our control, thus preparing for changes is mandatory for architects to implement while designing a space. Here are a few successful strategies that can be used during the hot and dry climate:

Building Design:

  1. Detailing building fenestration design and construction details to promote shading, heat loss and insulation.
  2. Larger building dimensions should face north & south.
  3. Double walls with insulation in between are a suitable solution
  4. The size of the windows on the east and west sides should be minimized in order to reduce heat gain
  5. The flat roof is a good reflector and re-radiates heat efficiently, especially if it consists of a solid, white painted material.
  6. The courtyard is provided with water and plants, it acts as a cooling source.
  7. Internal courtyards provide cross ventilation and natural cooling.
  8. Inlets to be provided at lower levels and outlets at a higher level as they serve to vent the hot air.
  9. Suitable radiation barriers in the form of canopies, chajjas, and long verandahs should be provided on the west side of the building.
 
There are many states in India which has a hot and dry climate which are described below:
  • Rajasthan: Jaisalmer –

    This is called the “Golden City” of Rajasthan. The yellow sand and yellow sandstone that’s utilized in each engineering of the city gives a yellowish brilliant tinge to the city and its encompassing regions. The Architectural style plan that is used in this is “courtyard planning”.  Other cities in Rajasthan include Kota, Baran, Jhalawar, Banswara, southwest Udaipur and adjacent areas of Mt. Abu.

 
  • Madhya Pradesh –

    The places which have a hot and dry climate in MP is Gwalior, Jabalpur, Sagar, Rewa, Singrauli. 

 
 
  • Gujarat –

     Ahmadabad is the capital which has the maximum hot and dry climate throughout summer.

 
 
  • Andhra Pradesh – Vijayawada, Khammam, Thallarevu (East Godavari) are some of the southern places in AP.

In conclusion, would like to suggest a few points the one can implement for a comfortable living arrangement :
  • Increase greenery in your building wherever possible i.e., Balcony, Courtyard, Outdoors, Entrance etc. 
  • Know about the importance of interrelation between climate and design of the houses. 
  • Use Eco-friendly materials that are suitable for all seasons.
Tracing the Legacy of Athangudi Tiles

Tracing the Legacy of Athangudi Tiles

Tracing the Legacy of Athangudi Tiles

Are you searching for a good quality tile? Haven’t you got any of them despite multiple searches? Haven’t any building materials firm offered you the best one till now? Don’t worry, Athangudi tiles are your answer.

History of Athangudi Tiles:

Athangudi tiles are named after the village where they originated and are made – Athangudi, located in a village in the Sivagangai district of Chettinad, Tamil Nadu. They are handcrafted tiles using age old traditional practices and craftsmanship. These tiles are made of locally-available sand, cement and naturally occurring oxides. These tiles are very famous for their colorful and intricate patterns, mostly created in shades of red, blue, emerald, mustard and grey.

Purpose of the Tiles :

The architects always choose these tiles for residential and commercial projects. As Athangudi tiles are essentially made from cement, what sets them apart is that they are pressed and molded by hand on glass surfaces. Athangudi falls in the Chettinad region, where the palatial mansions of the Chettiars are filled with these specialized tiles.

The affluent Chettiars had their mansions kitted out with products from all over the world. Tiles from Spain, teak from Burma, enamel from Czechoslovakia, marble from Italy, and ceramic tiles from Minton. While traditional South Indian homes had floors made of clay or stone, the homes of the Chettiars were a veritable melange of cultures and products from all over the world that included floors sporting tiles that were easy to manage and came with a glazed, fine finish. Walk into Athangudi, and you will enter the world of color. Small and big homes contain with famous intricately patterned and gloriously hued tiles.

The factories are not large; most of them have a few workstations where craftsmen are hard at work using their hands to mold and craft these richly patterned tiles. What makes them so alluring even today? It’s the process and the fact that they are Eco-friendly.

The freshly finished tiles are kept immersed in water for around 8 to 12 days and dried for 24 hours to make them tightly knit and compact. At the end of this process, the tile slides away from its resident glass frame and is dried out completely by covering them with locally sourced rice husks. The natural oils in the husk are absorbed by the tiles, giving them a natural sheen and glazed finish.

Unique Quality of Athangudi Tiles

Athangudi tiles are considered sui generis because of their high durability, affordability, and their ability to be customized.

Although they come in a limited range of colors like red, green, and mustard, among others, they are not fried or baked, which makes them easy to maintain. In fact, the colors become brighter with use and additionally, coconut oil can be used to keep them shining.

The tiles are also environmentally friendly with no chemicals in them, which makes them ideal for urban living. Due to these features & Eco-friendly nature many prefer this tiles. Architects first give preference for these tiles.

Commonly Available Tile Sizes:

  • Flooring (0.75 inch thick)
    • 8 x 8 inches
    • 10 x 10 inches
  • Skirting (0.5 inch thick)
    • 8 x 8 inches
    • 10 x 10 inches
  • Borders (0.75 inch thick)
    • 10 x 5 inches
    • 8 x 6 inches
    • 8 x 5 inches
    • 8 x 4 inches…Reference

How are the Tiles Made?

This procedure can be understood in 10 easy steps:

1. A transparent piece of glass is clasped to a clean metal frame that acts as a bounding box to achieve the required size of the tile.

2. To print the chosen pattern or motif, a stencil is placed over the glass plate within the frame.

3. The coloured mixes are pre-prepared by blending finely-sieved sand and white cement with the respective coloured oxides in water, to a thick consistency. These different coloured mixes are poured into the different sections of the stencil with ladles. Alternatively, the coloured mixes are poured onto the glass plate directly and freehand swirls or floral designs are created with sticks (in a thickness of 3-4 millimetres).

4. To keep the colours in place, a dry powder of sand and cement is spread over the mix as soon as the stencil is removed from the frame. This layer has a thickness of 3-4 millimetres.

5. Next, the tile is filled with a layer of cement mortar and compacted with a hand spade. Once set, the dry powder is spread again to achieve a dry, level surface. This layer is 10 millimetres thick.

6. The bounding metal frame is then removed, leaving the tile on the glass plate.

7. The patterned cement tiles are dried for a day before immersing them in water for the curing process.

8. It takes about 8-12 days to cure the tiles under water to the desired strength.

9. Lastly, the cured tiles are dried under the sun among husks to soak up excess moisture. The glass plate detaches itself naturally from the tile in this process.

10. A stone is rubbed gently against the edges to obtain a smooth finish, and, finally, the tiles are stacked for dispatch.

Athangudi tiles are a legend that are now being dispatched across the globe. The beautiful little masterpieces are a sustainable option for homes and would definitely make a statement wherever it is used.

Balcony Design in Residential Buildings

Balcony Design in Residential Buildings

Balcony Design in Residential Buildings

A cool breeze on a rainy day, an array of potted plants arranged or a hammock to relax in are some of the little pleasures in life one can experience in a balcony, a space private only for oneself.

Balcony designs are made to resemble the front facade. As an additional space, they are often utilized for storage, relaxing or entertaining guests where one can enjoy the pleasures of outside while still being at home. Often treated as another small room, the trend to decorate balconies with upscale and modern designs is becoming a practice in homes. We would like to express the relevance of a balcony in a home citing a few client projects we have worked on.

Balcony 1 :

In this project, the balcony fans out as the main design element of the elevation. The defining minimalism is open space. With porous openings on the walls, this balcony does not compromise on the light and ventilation falling into the house.


Balcony 2 :

In this project, we have introduced balcony design concepts that are surrounded by greenery. Balconies are projections taken out from the surface which serves the purpose of sunlight, a space of shelter. These balconies are usually used for small leisure activities, Balconies are normally small scab projections enclosed by walls. They can be treated differently according to the requirements like seating, balcony wall enclosure, and materials treatment. Balconies are also called sit-outs . They can be used to relax, breathe fresh air and view the surroundings outside.


Balcony 3 :

This is a double-height balcony. The balcony design here is merged as a part of the living which gives the user a dual experience at the same time. The extension of living into the balcony with a double-height also magnifies the space. A heavenly space that attracts the user’s attention as soon as they enter the main door towards the living. This balcony also has a balance between openness and enclosure, opacity and transparency.

Double height balcony


Balcony 4 :

In this project, the client desired to add a touch of greenery to his home. So, we decided to place the natural plants in the Balcony. This way, the client can enjoy his mornings with beautiful sunlight as well the nights relaxing as the cool breeze refreshes him. We have also created a seating area to entertain guests and family members. This concept of a balcony is also called a sit-out balcony.

The main uniqueness of this sit-out is it gives us a pleasure to enjoy the surroundings and the view outside. It also gives us immense joy, happiness, and good health. The plants around the balcony give us oxygen and the luscious weather makes the environment pleasant and cool. The cool breeze from the balcony makes the house enjoyable to live in. It stands out as a prominent feature enabling the user to enjoy the lush green outdoors.

Eco friend Balcony


Balcony 5 :

In this image above, one can observe the balcony with lush plants, to create a pleasant atmosphere. The wooden ceramic flooring amps up the aesthetic view of the balcony with its natural wooden texture. The female doors further add up ample light and ventilation to the house and also adds more carpet area to the house. Built-in seating is suggested to not worry about the high winds or rain.

Wooden texture balcony

In conclusion, We would like to encourage clients to focus on the Balcony area while building their dream homes. We assure you, you can certainly enjoy the morning sunlight by holding a cup of morning coffee, sitting on the chair and reading some book that feels like you have got a real meaning for “Good Morning” . At Night, use the space for late-night hangouts by installing an outdoor pendant.

Balconies are a must in every home. Enjoy a little piece of heaven at your home!

Thank you

Designing Kitchen cum Dining

Designing Kitchen cum Dining

Designing Kitchen cum Dining

Did you know that people tend to spend the maximum time in the kitchen? Whether it is to cook, to eat or to just relax, the kitchen is often called the heart of the house! Just as exercise is needed for a healthy heart, a well-defined space with appliances is needed for a kitchen. One should feel at ease and comfortable while doing the chores in the kitchen. Most often kitchens are attached to the dining area so food can be carried over easily and meals can be eaten with the family. The spacing of the two areas i.e., Kitchen cum Dining must be well planned and strategically thought of so the transition is at ease. 

By knowing the different concepts of Kitchen cum Dining, will help while building your dream home. Check out these layouts where dining spaces have been successfully integrated within the kitchen areas.

KITCHEN cum DINING

Role of the Kitchen cum Dining area:

Kitchens play a vital role in Architecture design. Kitchens are spaces that require considerable thought when one is planning them. It is essential to spend some time working through the design as one needs a functional space that also reflects the user’s tastes. It’s the designer’s job to transform a functional space into something comfortable and beautiful. Kitchens should be durable and look great.

The kitchen and dining concept with bold colors furniture and light shades of walls, adds beauty to space. Usually, there is hesitation in using colors for Kitchens for fear that it will overpower the space, making it look cramped. However, consider the above kitchen, and one can see how beautifully coordinated it is. The light beige colors merge with the patterned wood to give it a charming look.

KITCHEN with Cabinets

Purpose of Kitchen Cabinets :

A closer look at the cabinets and you will notice how the shutters have been designed for a neat appearance. The handle-less design is quite trendy these days, and why wouldn’t it be? Considering that it gives a flawless and stylish look to any room, it should be used extensively in homes.

Quartz is increasingly being used for counter-tops in the kitchen. The sleek look and the fact that it is more durable than granite give it an edge over the latter material. Here, the designers have used an off-white color for the counter, which contributes wonderfully towards pulling the entire look of the kitchen together. INTERIOR DESIGN of the Kitchen and Dining should be perfect to have food.

In conclusion, Kitchens are the heart of the house which draws the family in with the promise of food. So, these were some of the design concepts to integrate the kitchen with the dining room.


Design Philosophy

Design Philosophy

Design Philosophy

This article “Design Philosophy” speaks about the various steps involved in design process. As the expertise for ‘modern simplicity’ to ‘classical minimalism’. Our core principle is to create spaces keeping all functional aspects in mind, giving full efforts to satisfy our client. Each of the projects envisions to enrich one’s experience of space, light, ventilation, context & materials through the experience of Architecture and Interior design. 

Process: It Involves the following steps:

Step 1 – The Thinking Process

As a first step of the Design, Good Architects deal with constant interaction between the clients and space. The outcome of this interaction will eventually become the basis of our thinking process that leads towards the final concept of a livable space as per the client’s desire.

Step 2 – Evolution of Concept

Once the Thinking process completes, The firm ideates through the use of design tools which is one of the main principles followed.  These tools help in the research process that in turn evolves a concept.

Step 3 – Building an Outcome

After the Building concept completes Emotional sensibility helps seek good spatial quality, and this is best portrayed through a series of images invoking the same. 3D visualization & physical models provide clarity to the entire design process.

Step 4 – Enriching the Outcome

In Enriching the outcome Understanding the importance and characteristics of materials based on their physical properties and appearances is essential to every design. Each material is carefully chosen to create the desired spatial effect required.

Why Us?

As a Architects in Bangalore, we have an experience of more than 10 years. We came into existence with the aim of providing customized solutions in the architecture field. The company has designed numerous small, medium and large residential and commercial buildings. The company serves different segments like residential, commercial, mixed-use, hospitality to institutional. The company is highly known as a result of its high quality designed building. The company contributes in terms of technical know-how and bylaws to its stakeholders from the pre-construction stage to the final-construction stage to introduce ourselves and like to associate and work for your Dream Home projects.

We Design Thoughts Architects located in Bangalore are known for a thoughtful approach to design and its attention to details, quality, and finishing. Our spaces are well planned, beautifully detailed and built to sustain. We provide the Best Architecture for your home.

Complete Solution

We are a one-stop for every residential architectural & interior design requirement. Design Thoughts is a provider, for both design and execution.

Remarkable Design, Quality, and Finishing

We are known for a thoughtful approach to design and its attention to details, quality, and finishing. Our spaces are well planned, beautifully detailed and built to sustain.

Practice

With over ten years of experience in the field of residential architecture and interior design, we are suitably equipped to handle a wide range of projects. With us, you can rest assured that you are in good hands.

Openness

You can expect complete transparency on all matters bringing clarity and reassurance.

Pace

At Design Thoughts we sincerely appreciate the importance of the client’s precious time.
Because every process from design through to execution is carefully regulated. The result
is quality, finishing, and attention to detail but also project delivery on time.

Satisfaction

Design Thoughts Architects believes in having strong and lasting relations. Our prompt, friendly and efficient customer service will exceed your expectations.

   

Fusion of Contemporary and Traditional Architecture

Fusion of Contemporary and Traditional Architecture

Fusion of Contemporary and Traditional Architecture

Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.”

The design of explicit time and culture is appeared to act as a perfect mirror, which will replicate a correct understanding concerning the manner within which the society has developed over the years.

The house fuses ancient forms and native materials in a trendy thanks to modifying the use of the natural facet and orientation of the location.

In straightforward words, it presents a transparent insight into all the most recent developments a society has witnessed with the days.

If you closely investigate the design history, you will be able to simply comprehend the shift that has taken place from the normal design observation to today’s up-to-date observation.
However, the class and therefore the richness that ancient design styles will bring around a building structure remains well-admired by several design enthusiasts all around the globe.

People who would like to maintain a link to their past invariably value more highly to ancient design while constructing their new building structures in order that their regional heritage continues best bet is to stay alive.

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Blending within the ancient design in conjunction with trendy up-to-date styles is that the best bet to stay alive the magic of ancient Indian styles in conjunction with the convenience of up-to-date styles.

In terms of materials, the house is firmly rooted in the history of tradition through the use of delicately exposed brick and stone (used for cladding and to create external walls), which gets well blended with the Contemporary approach by accents of C-projection and cantilevering balcony to accentuate the elevation.

Traditional Indian designs were not only about the aesthetic appeal but also rather blending in with the climate & atmosphere of a particular region.

In this residence, the building has a subtle and balanced look with a fusion of Contemporary architecture style and Traditional look.

The Beauty of Minimalism in Architecture

The Beauty of Minimalism in Architecture

The Beauty of Minimalism in Architecture

What is Minimalist Architecture ?

Minimalism or minimalist art can be seen as extending the abstract idea that art should have its own reality and not be an imitation of some other thing. 

Minimalism is also important to visual arts and design. While it may seem like a simple principle, achieving excellence in the Minimalist style requires great skill. It asks artists, designers, and architects to break things down into their essential elements, using simple forms to produce harmonious work.

Minimalism describes movements in varied kinds of art and style, particularly visual art and music, wherever the work is stripped right down to its most elementary options. As a selected movement within the arts it’s known with developments in the post–World War II Western Art, most powerfully with Yankee visual arts within the late Nineteen Sixties and early Seventies. distinguished artists related to this movement embrace Donald Judd, John McLaughlin, Agnes Martin, Dan Flavin, Robert Morris, Anne Truitt, and Frank Stella. it’s stock-still within the subtractive aspects of Modernism and is usually understood as a reaction against the art movement and a bridge to genre art practices. The terms have expanded to cover a movement in music that options repetition and iteration, as within the compositions of Los Angeles four-card monte Young, Terry James Whitcomb Riley, composer, Philip Glass, and President Adams. Minimalist compositions area unit typically referred to as systems music. (See conjointly Postminimalism). The term “minimalist” is usually applied conversationally to designate something that is spare or stripped to its necessities. it’s conjointly been wont to describe the plays and novels of a writer, the films of Henry M. Robert Bresson, the stories of Raymond Carver, and even the auto styles of Colin Chapman. The word was initially employed in English within the early twentieth century to explain the Mensheviks.

What is the significance of Minimalist styling ?

The reconstruction of Ludwig Mie’s van der Rohe’s German collapsible shelter in an urban center. The term artistic movement is additionally wont to describe a trend in style and design wherever within the subject is reduced to its necessary components.

In this project, the style involves the utilization of straightforward design components while not Ornamentation or Decoration.

The content and variety of the look are condensed to its base necessities and divulges the actuality essence of design by creating use of two key components that’s Sun breakers and C-Projections. 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Minimalist style has been extremely influenced by Japanese ancient style and design. Additionally, the work of First State Stijn artists may be a major supply of reference for this sort of labor.

First State Stijn expanded the ideas that might be expressed by mistreatment basic components like lines and planes organized in terribly explicit manners.

Designer Ludwig Mie’s van der Rohe adopted the locution “Less is more” to explain his aesthetic maneuver of composing the many necessary parts of a building to make a sway of maximum simplicity, by achievement each component and detail to serve multiple visual and useful functions (such as planning a floor to conjointly function the radiator, or an enormous hearth to conjointly house the bathroom).

Designer engineer adopted the engineer’s goal of “Doing a lot of with less”, however his issues were adjusted towards technology and engineering instead of aesthetics. The same sentiment was industrial designer Dieter Rams’ locution, “Less however better” tailored from van der Rohe. The structure uses comparatively straightforward elegant designs; ornamentation’s area unit quality instead of amount.

The structure’s beauty is additionally determined by twiddling with lighting, mistreatment the essential geometric shapes as outlines, mistreatment solely one form or a little variety of like shapes for parts for style unity, mistreatment tasteful non-fussy bright color combos, typically natural textures and colors, and clean and fine finishes. mistreatment typically the wonder of natural patterns on stone protective cover and real wood encapsulated at intervals ordered simplified structures, and real metal manufacturing a simplified however prestigious design and interior style.

Might use color brightness balance and distinction between surface colors to enhance visual aesthetics. The structure would typically have industrial and time vogue utilities (lamps, stoves, stairs, technology, etc.), neat and straight parts (like walls or stairs) that seem to be machined with machines, flat or nearly flat roofs, pleasing negative areas, and huge windows to let in a lot of daylight. This and fantasy might have contributed to the late twentieth-century futurist design style, and trendy home ornament. trendy minimalist home design with its inessential internal walls removed in all probability have a diode to the recognition of the open set up room and lounge vogue.

Another trendy master WHO exemplifies reductive ideas is Luis Barragan. In artistic movement, the subject area designers pay special attention to the affiliation between excellent planes, elegant lighting,  careful thought of the void areas left by the removal of three-dimensional shapes from a subject area style. A lot of engaging trying minimalist home styles don’t seem to be really minimalist, as a result of these use costlier building materials and finishes, and area unit comparatively larger.

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Designing Children’s Rooms

Designing Children’s Rooms

Designing Children’s Rooms

Kids aren’t easy to please. They’re very specific with their preferences and tend to have strong likes and dislikes. So, when designing children's room, their tastes have to be kept in mind. After all, the tiny tots will be very vocal about their opinion, no matter how elegantly the room is designed.

What to keep in Mind when Designing Kids’ Rooms ?

Go bright: Children love rooms that are colourful. However, each colour can have its effects on psychology, so choose what shades to use judiciously. For example, blue is known for it’s calming effects while red is known for the opposite. Hence red works as an accent colour instead of the colour for the whole room. Keep in mind that kids grow out of some shades very quickly- such as pink. So, using wallpapers, wall decals, art, rugs and textures in the colour and keeping the walls neutral can help the room grow with the child. This can also help when accessorising as it is easier to pair neutral palettes with other colours. Alternatively, mixing multiple colours strategically can also look great.

Add multiple lighting to the room:

Be sure to provide enough lighting for the kids to do their work without straining their eyes. A good overall light, a reading light and night lights are some basic necessities for a kid’s room..

Keep it Kid Friendly:

A child’s room will have face a lot of manhandling. Be it the walls or objects placed within his/her reach. So, when painting the walls use a satin or eggshell finish to cope up with stains easily. Also keep drawers and shelves at their height as it promotes their usage. Use their toys and books as décor or decorate using their favourite things as a theme for the room.

Using glow in the dark stickers or paint to add a night sky or having a stretch of wall painted with chalkboard paint so your kids can draw on the walls are some simple yet fun additions to the room.

Remember, this is probably where your child will spend most of their time growing up. So, make sure it’s a space they’ll love. Let them contribute to decorating the room. Any furniture you know they’ll grow out of can be painted by the kids themselves. Who knows, maybe those might turn out to be their cherished memorabilia someday.

Best Decorative Indoor Plants

Best Decorative Indoor Plants

Best Decorative Indoor Plants

India is becoming increasingly urbanised, with concrete replacing lush plants. Fresh, clean air is becoming harder and harder to find in cities. Hence, having low-maintenance indoor plants can give you fresh air and look amazing. Low to medium light indoor plants take little to no maintenance to sustain. Many plants even have the additional benefits such as cleaning out toxins, reduce anxiety and some are even believed to bring luck. Here are a few suggestions for adding that greenery to your indoors.

Aloe Vera is a super plant- they have healing, rejuvenating and soothing properties. Many objects such as cleaning products, upholstery etc. release harmful gases such as formaldehyde and other chemicals. Aloe Vera can purify these chemicals. Aloe Vera gel can be used in skincare, to treat sunburn, for hair growth, relieving heartburn etc. No wonder this is known as the “Miracle plant”. Put these near the windowsill because they need plenty of sunlight.

According to NASA, this plant is one of the most effective air purifiers. They’re flowering plants with long cylindrical lilies. They require very low maintenance, look good and removes toxins! They’re mid-light plants and require frequent watering.

Space Saving Ideas for your Home

Space Saving Ideas for your Home

Space Saving Ideas for your Home

No matter how big our house is, we always seem to need more space. Maybe it’s for keeping something important to you or storing things away. Using space cleverly and judiciously can help a lot with this. You can use space you already have differently, a win-win in my opinion.

So here are some space-saving tips you can use in your home.

Use your Stairs!

Chances are, you have a blank wall at the bottom side of your stairs that just sits there. Definitely put that space to use- either put a hanging shelf that takes a few minutes for installation, or you can make it a library with multiple shelves. Put up a few hangers and you can use it as a coat or hat hanger. Or you can create a space beneath the stairs to make it into a personalised nook- a pantry, a kennel, a reading corner, a meditation corner etc. You can even put in shelves within the stairs so each stair will have a shelf underneath. The possibilities are endless!

Bathroom Cabinets

There is just so much potential space to be used in the bathroom. In Indian households, the under-sink area tends to be ignored- especially in the case of pedestal sinks. However, there are shelves that are designed specifically to fit under pedestal sinks. Or you could just attach some sort of curtains underneath the sink and store things away without anyone being able to see it. If your sink is attached directly to the wall- the better! You can put in shelves, baskets etc. When you get sinks for a new home preferably get one with storage facilities.

Cupboards

This may seem like I’m stating the obvious- of course cupboards help in storage, but hear me out. Most cupboards aren’t used to their full potential, which wastes precious space. We have cupboards with just a hanging rack for clothes and the space beneath is completely wasted. You could add shelves to such cupboards and store shoes or something else and the extra space beneath it. Having a section with shelves within the cupboard can also help store your pyjamas and inner wear- stuff that you don’t necessarily hang up. Think of how you can organise to save space within the space you store things itself.

Modern Windows for a Modern House

Modern Windows for a Modern House

Modern Windows: A Modern House !

There should always be a blend of the elements in right proportion to make it more accessible. Natural light is something that never goes out of style, but homes that maximize natural lighting in a stylish way are among the top requests .People are looking for wide, expansive glass, lift-and-slide doors, and sets of large windows placed together. This allows unparalleled views and maximum daylight for the home.

Modern architecture is clean and bright, and that means windows are prominently featured. There should always be a blend of the elements in the right proportion to make it more accessible. Natural light is something that never goes out of style, but homes that maximize natural lighting in a stylish way are among the top requests. People are looking for wide, expansive glass, lift-and-slide doors, and sets of large windows placed together. This allows unparalleled views and maximum daylight for the home. Here are some types of modern windows:

Bronze Clad Windows in 2018

New Energy Efficient Windows

The popularity of energy-efficient windows has been growing for so many years, they might not even be considered a “trend” at this point, but rather the new normal. Double and triple-pane windows can be filled with insulating gasses such as argon that can improve your home’s effectiveness.

Less is more: Modern Homes Feature Fewer Windows in Larger Sizes.

  • Thin, clean sight lines: Modern window frames are typically thin and unadorned with flat, narrow profiles.
  • Angular hardware: Rather than fluid lines and scroll details, contemporary window hardware is simple and squared off. It’s also often flush-mounted to hide it from view, making the window appear as streamlined as possible.
  • Aluminum frames: Aluminum is the most common material used in contemporary window frames. The clean, smooth surface lends itself to a very modern appearance.
  • Choose corner windows: By opening up the corner to the outside, you enjoy panoramic views with fewer sight line interruptions.
  • Use sleek window coverings: Flowing drapes and outdated Venetian blinds don’t fit with a modern design scheme.

Windows do more than just provide light, ventilation, and a view of the exterior. If you listen, they’ll let you know when something is wrong.

The Window Seal Has Broken

If condensation forms between the sheets of glass, this means the double- or triple-pane window has a broken seal. Moisture has found its way in through the leak and caused your windows to fog up. A broken seal negates the insulating benefits of a multi-pane window, so you should have the panel replaced as soon as possible.

The Wood Frame Is Swelling

Is your double-hung wood window difficult to open and close? It could be trying to tell you that the wood has started swelling in response to high humidity. Simply sanding down the wood panes should help them slide more easily all year round despite changes in the weather.

Whether you like big and bright windows or strategic smaller ones, make sure they’re oriented to your benefit. Make smart decisions for your needs, you can really do your modern home justice by setting it up to do more with less.

Designing Modular Kitchens

Designing Modular Kitchens

Designing Modular Kitchens

There are a lot of factors that you need to consider when you plan to design a new kitchen or remodel it. Kitchen design plays a vital role in the design of your dream home. A kitchen is often the hub of the home, so it is very important to get it right, otherwise, it is heartbreaking.

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Purpose of Lighting

Purpose of Lighting

Purpose of Lighting

Lighting design isn’t as simple as one would imagine it to be. When designing one’s interior, paying attention to what kind of light you use and where you use it is of utmost importance. It gives the room more pizzazz and transforms how space looks. To break it down, there are different kinds of lights used for different purposes which are: Ambient, Accent, and Task lighting.

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Green Architecture Sustainable Practices

Green Architecture Sustainable Practices

Green Architecture Sustainable Practices


In today’s world, being environmentally conscious is more of a necessity than a luxury. With a view to preserving nature and its gifts, it is important for architects to design homes that improve the overall life cycle and sustainability in all ways possible. Green architecture is a sustainable method of green building design. It is an amalgamation of design and construction using environmentally friendly practices. This practice helps to safeguard air, water, and earth by choosing Eco-friendly building materials and construction practices.

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Daylight

Daylight

Practices of Daylighting

Research in daylighting focuses on increasing how much natural light we can use in buildings, so as to decrease energy consumption for lighting, heating, and cooling, improve comfort and well-being, generate aesthetic value, and provide a connection to the outside. 

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British Colonial Architecture

British Colonial Architecture

British Colonial Architecture

British Colonial architecture is an architectural style that has been incorporated into the buildings of settlements or colonies in distant locations. Colonists frequently built settlements that synthesized the architecture of their countries of origin with the design characteristics of their new lands, creating hybrid designs. Georgian architecture in Britain was the term used for all styles of architecture created during its reign by the House of Hanover. These included Palladian, neo-Gothic, and Chinoiserie. Initially, Georgian architecture was a modification of the Renaissance architecture of continental Europe. The city of Kolkata was also the capital city of British India, and a lot of colonial architecture is still clearly visible. One of the most beautiful examples of British colonial architecture in the city is the famed Victoria Memorial, which is today a museum.

Features & Characteristics:

English Colonial buildings typically included medieval details including steep roofs, small windows, and minimal ornamentation. Colonial homes are symmetrical, with a centered front door and an equal number of windows on each side. A typical number of windows showing on the front of the home is nine: two on each side of the door, two windows directly above the first story windows on the second story, and one directly above the door.

Palladian windows at the center represent the building symmetrically. Homes have a central chimney or one on each end of the house. Inside the home, a central stairway leads to upper bedrooms branching off from a central hallway. Wide Porches at the front with corner pilaster/ columned portico.

Some major elements and features include Dormer windows light and ventilation for top floors Triangular pediment as a shading device. Hipped roof or steeped roof. Decorative elements like a frieze,  dentils, oval stained glass windows, carved balustrades.

Plan:

  • Features commonly associated with the square or rectangular shape of the entire house.
  • This style emphasizes using heavily paneled entrance doors. Further, the doors have flattened columns on each side.

Here is a sample Architecture Design that we can work on for those willing to build their homes with this concept:

The following is another representation of how a British Colonial-style house can be designed:

Features and Dimensions:

  • Plot Size: 60’*60′ (3600 Sqft)
  • Garage: Attached Type and facility for two cars. 413 sq. ft space has been allocated.
  • Total Living Area:
    • Living Area: 3,048 sq. ft. | First Floor: 1,384 sq. ft. | Second Floor: 1,292 sq. ft.

Here is a collection of some more designs that could be improvised and enabled technically with smart features and interiors that suit today’s requirements in India. Aesthetically these buildings are pleasing and extend a Luxurious Feeling. For larger-sized plots, one could integrate this with nice Landscapes and water bodies, designed depending on the type of usage.

Colonial homes are traditionally either two or three stories tall – never one story. … These homes have steep roofs with gables. They are traditionally built with wood, stone, or brick. The floor plan of a colonial home usually features the kitchen and living spaces downstairs with all bedrooms upstairs.

Colonial homes are one of a kind that are quite an inspiration for homes today. The designs are exquisite and one of a kind. Adapting the designs would definitely give your home a royal finish.