Uvas Ayurveda – Priya Jain

Uvas Ayurveda – Priya Jain

Uvas Ayurveda – Priya Jain

An Ayurvedic clinic design

Uvas Ayurveda is a quaint office designed by the Design Thoughts Architects to enhance the client’s physical and mental well-being. Located in the middle of the bustling city, it provides a holistic experience for everyone who enters this serene place. Using traditional Indian artwork such as paintings and warli art, minimalistic landscaping, and locally sourced artifacts, it’s a slice of heaven on Earth! The entire 4000 square feet of the clinic aspire to connect with nature. Design Thoughts Architects has designed with the idea of preserving and adapting Indian interiors to help elevate the way of living.

Client : Priya Jain, Uvas Ayurveda

Location : JP Nagar, Bengaluru

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.

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.


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.

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.

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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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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