Latest Trends in Interior Designing

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Building a home is a highly complex process that involves a team of professionals to take care of the numerous aspects involved. It all begins with an architect and a draughtsman working together to design the basic structure of the house. This is done keeping factors like the climate, locally available materials as well as the seismology of the area in mind. The design is executed by the civil engineer and his team of masons, electricians, plumbers, etc, with regular checks by the architect to ensure that the design is being followed. Then there are the interior designers who work with the architects and engineers on arranging the basic layout of interior spaces within the building. Builders like ‘Favorite Homes’ have their in-house interior designers.

Interior designing gained prominence with the development of society and an increasing complexity in architectural designing resulting from the development of homes and buildings going vertical. It is an art that requires scientific knowledge of technical issues like placement of doors and windows, acoustics and lighting. Interior designers make interior spaces more functional, safe and fashionably beautiful by adorning spaces with harmonious hues of colors, lighting and decorative items. These designers are fully educated on the blueprints of the buildings which’s interiors they design as well as the building codes and inspection regulations.

Getting the interior designing right is key to bringing out the beauty of the architecture of the building; it’s like the spice added to the curry to bring out its flavors… Proper designing is not only supposed to make your home aesthetically pleasing, but also attractively functional. Interior designers can even make a 1HK home appear spacious and attractive, when done right.

Trends keep changing every year and the interior designers have to be up to their game in knowing what’s hot and what’s not. This year, the emphasis has gone back to soft pastel hues that represent peace and simplicity. Their use in any room is bound to create a sense of calm and restfulness. From dusky pinks to frosted blues and lightest beiges, you can create the best of color schemes to get a sense of spaciousness in your home.

A good place to start would be with the soft furnishings; pastel shades give the room a feeling of softness and freshness. Even if you don’t want to invest in re-upholstering your sofas, you can introduce pastels in the form of throw cushions to create a harmonious ambience. Mix-and-match them with different wood tones to create an interesting mix. Beige cushions go extremely well on soft blue upholstery for gentle simplicity as well as with praline hues for overall feelings of calmness.

Team them up with walls that are dusky pink or soft peach in color for added warmth. Wall papers featuring pale flowery or geometrical designs in double shades of soft hues would get you a similar effect too.

Since some pastel shades can be considered too feminine, go for contemporary homewares and decorations that have clean lines and aren’t too ornate or big. The use of large pastel colored rugs that fit all the furniture are not only luxurious but create a sense of spaciousness too.

Overall, pale shades create a sense of space and airiness, so get your home designed the right way…

 

Approvals and Certifications of the Builder to be verified before Buying a Villa/Apartment

Real Estate Approvals and Certifications

 

Investments in property take a lot of time and effort, unlike investments in the stock market. Exiting from property investments also takes a lot of time as compared to selling off stocks, so do take your time to think carefully before buying into property.

That having been said, we as Indians are ‘duty-bound’ to buy a home, whether a villa or an apartment, at least once in our lifetime….. as per the dictates of our culture – and human nature. Just like the birds, we also need a nest to call our own. But buying into a villa or apartment can be a tricky process as not all builders have above-board work ethics. Which is why when you are buying a property, make sure it’s from a verified builder who has been around for some time and has a reputation to match – just like us at Favorite Homes!

Once you have zeroed in on the property of your choice, you will have to roll up your sleeves and go vigilant! This is the point where many people get into trouble for not having gone through the fine print on the builders papers. You will need to check through all the approvals and licenses obtained by the builder prior to starting construction work. Some of these include approved layout plan, environment clearance, as well as commencement certificate.

You also need to find out the status of the land – whether the builder owns the land or just has building rights over it. Also check the land-use zone – whether the construction site is in a government-approved residential area or in an industrial or commercial area. Ask for latest tax payment receipts on property as well as the building before buying it.

The title deeds as well as the purchase agreements are the two documents that need the maximum attention, where everything, especially the tiny writing needs careful scrutiny. Instead of being penny-wise and pound-foolish, it would be better to hire the services of a property lawyer to go through these paper-works to ensure that there are no hidden clauses that could put your hard-earned money into jeopardy. And do note that ‘No Objection Certificates’ do not represent legal approvals….

Be vigilant that the property isn’t pledged for some bank loan, in which case you will need a Release Certificate stating that the loan has been repaid. Ask for an Encumbrance certificate too to ensure the land is free from any litigation. You will also need to ensure that the entire layout has the approval of the local development cooperation body.

Aside from the legalities, ask for the total cost of your venture. This should include the basic cost plus other charges like internal/external development fee, parking/club fee, preferential location fee and service tax. All these elevate the final cost of the property.

After finalizing with all the documents and approvals, check with the banks financing the construction project as they are more likely to offer you lower loan rates. And finally, verify your builder’s credentials. Visit their completed and ongoing projects for an idea of what you are getting into.All the best!

All the best!

 

Different Colors to Paint the Rooms and their Significance

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Believe it or not, but a subject known as color psychology actually exists and deals with the effect of various colors on the human psyche and behavior. Colors have been known to influence our moods and thoughts since ancient days; they affect people in different ways depending on their gender, age and ethnic background. Color psychology studies have shown that certain colors or group of colors elicit similar reactions from most people. They are a universal, non-verbal language that humans speak instinctively.

When it comes to decorating your home, you will need to choose your colors carefully, keeping in mind that colors affect the emotional well-being of you and your family in a profound way. They are a tool that can be used to leverage human behavior. For example, studies have shown that colors enhance the effectiveness of placebos in clinical trials with brightly colored red and orange pills being better stimulants.

While choosing colors for your home, forget about current trends and fashions as color trends come and go. It’s the people who will live in that home that’s going to make the house beautiful. Your choices should reflect the preferences and personalities of the people who are going to live in it to make it an emotionally healthy home. The trick to choosing the right color is by first considering the primary function of each room as some colors work better than others at promoting certain activities. You should then decide on a predominant color for the room with not more than three colors in each room or they might make the room look ‘busy’ or cluttered up. Colors have the power to affect the shape and size of a room as well as impact on the furnishings. They even have the power to change your mood from tranquility to rage! So when choosing room colors, work on the moods you want them to create.

According to psychologists, colors work in three basic ways – active, passive and neutral. Depending on your personal tastes and the rooms’ purpose, choose light colors where you want the rooms to look airy, larger and brighter; for a sophisticated warm look, go for dark colors which make large rooms appear more intimate.

Living room

A combination of warm tones like shades of reds, yellows, oranges as well as browns and beige work well in encouraging conversations and forging connections here.

Dining room

Reds and yellows raise the energy level and are great at stimulating appetites and conversation levels in formal dining rooms.

Bedroom

This room is primarily for relaxation and should include hues of calming and peaceful colors like green, blue or lavender. Red color is known to increase blood pressure, and breathing and heart rates and should be avoided here.

Green on the other hand is supposed to help with fertility, so a great color for the bedroom for young couples.

Kitchen

This is the nerve centre of the home where great meals are cooked and great memories are made. Green is the color of comfort and togetherness and is great in the kitchen. Bright and airy yellow also does the trick.

These basic guidelines should be enough to get you started on choosing what’s best for your family’s needs.

Documents that the Buyer Must Possess while Buying a Property

Documents for Buying a Property

 

Buying a property of your own can be one of the most exhilarating and gratifying experiences of a lifetime. Most people buy a home only once in their life and you wouldn’t want anything to go wrong with it. While choosing a home can be lots of fun, getting down to the nitty-gritty of the payment and change of name can sometimes turn into a nightmare – that is, if you don’t go through the ‘small writing’ carefully or if you don’t bother with asking for all the necessary documents to ensure everything is clear and aboveboard.

Paying for a property upfront and then waiting for it to be built, all the while paying rent for your current accommodation plus the EMIs on the property purchased, can get a tad inconvenient. Sometimes the builder may delay the project in which case, this gets worse; and there are times when some unscrupulous builders over-promise and then do not deliver the product! This is the story of many property buyers. All these factors can take the charm off buying the property. So when buying a home, go for property builders who have a reputation at stake and an impressive history to back them up –like ‘Favorite Homes’!

When buying a property, there is a list of documents that the buyer should posses; this list may vary from state to state, but some basic set of permissions and documents are essential and will be needed for applying for a home loan too. The following is a summarized list of these documents:

Deed of Sale

From this document you will get to know whether the seller owns the property being sold and whether he has the right to sell it and transfer ownership. It will also throw up any outstanding loans or litigation if any, on the property. You will need to check the original property deed too, to confirm that it’s in the name of the seller.

No Objection Certificates

These are required at various stages of construction and are a set of permissions from various departments including forest department, environment department, sewage department, storm water and drain department, traffic coordination department, airport authority, chief fire officer and pollution board, etc.

Approved Layout Planning

These need to be approved by the authorities responsible; in some rare cases, developers deviate from the plan and add extra floors or additional spaces not approved, which could lead to hassles and delay in delivery.

Commencement certificate

This certificate permits the builder to start construction work. Without this certificate, any construction is illegal.

Encumbrance Certificate

This can be obtained from the sub-registrar’s office and can throw up any pending legal or monetary liabilities from as far back as 30 years.

Purchase Agreement

You should scan this document very carefully to ensure the builder provides all that is offered in the project aside from payment terms, completion deadlines and default payment penalty; the agreement should also have a clause to transfer the common areas to the society so the seller has no further claim over it.

Occupancy certificate

This is issued by the local authorities and includes provision of water, electrical and sewage connections.

Remember to collect the latest tax receipts too – and this should cover a majority of the documents you need.

Comparison between Villas and Apartments

 

Making the decision to buy your own home is a humongous one and it doesn’t come easy. Because once you have made a decision, you need to follow it up with a plethora of homework on a variety of issues. The first thing you need to decide is whether to opt for an apartment or a villa. Then comes the location. This is followed by the budget and loans. Then come a myriad of other things to look out for. But the single most important factor through all this is choosing an experienced and reliable builder, with a reputation to match.
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Why we should own a Villament

 

The real estate industry is evolving in numerous ways, all for the betterment of mankind it would seem. Earlier people lived in independent homes, cottages, lodges and town houses that lined the city streets like multi-storied walls with gaping shapes representing its numerous doors and windows. Then came the bungalows, villas and apartments; and now we have a further entrant known as the ‘villament’. Just as the name suggests, a villament is an amalgamation of the good things of both the villa and the apartment.
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Comparison between Independent Houses and Villas

 

Whatever name we give it, all it takes is basically four walls and a door to make up a home. Depending on its design and location, homes are increasingly being given new types of names. We can have attached home, detached homes and independent homes and to make it spicier, there are homes that are part of buildings or a whole complete building. Still, want more? Ok, there are also homes depending on their location and purposes….these include lodges, cottages, villas, bungalows and apartments – or flats as they are more commonly known in the UK!
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Why is Trivandrum the Best Place to Live in Kerala?

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Kerala is known as ‘Gods own country’ and lies on the southern side of the country’s coast, a slim band of evergreen land sandwiched between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats. With its great climate, abundant greenery and numerous beaches, Kerala is one of the best places in the country to set home base in. In a survey conducted by the Times Group among the five top cities in Kerala, the capital came out tops. While Kozhikode and Cochin are large metropolitan cities brimming with congestion and pollution, Thiruvananthapuram is the state capital and is comparatively smaller than the other two cities. Also known as Trivandrum, the capital city is still in its expanding phase and by virtue of its size, is easier to manage its facilities and infrastructures.
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