Archive for November, 2010

Site Work

November 19, 2010

The Construction Phase of the House Building

  1. Site Work – Site work include clearing trees from the plot, cutting rough unfinished driveway , placing stakes o mark, where the house plan dimension on the the plot and making up temporary electricity service and do the bore well for water supply  which further used in construction of house plan as well as after construction for house hold user.
If the plot level is below the road level dump the soil to bring the level of plot to the road.
  1. Excavation & Foundation :- Digging the hole as per the drawing
Norms to be observed which laying the foundation
·         Take sufficient number of trial kits for exact study of the strata.
·         Confirm the strata with a consultant before proceeding for P.C.C.
·         Excavate the foundation bit at the same level and avoid the footing to rent on sloping strata.
·         Remove all the loose excavated material and clean the pit.
Site work
Excavation & Foundation
Roofing & Exterior work
Mechanicals (Installing Plumbing, electrical and heating/cooling system, security system running wiring for telephone, cable television placing pipes)
Interior Finish work, Trim, Final work.
·         Give the size of the excavation pit to avail the working space for the carpenter to fire and remove the shuttering box of P.C.C carry out shoring in case of block cotton soil to avoid accidents.
·         Insist on the foundation drawing to be incorporated with centre line plan to cross check overlapping of foundation, orientation of column etc.
·         De-watering of pits should be well planned.
·         Necessary permission should be taken prior to shifting underground service lines such as drainage, electric cables and water lines to start work.
·         Safety precautions should be taken while excavating. Sufficient lighting arrangements must be made to carry out the work at height
·         Take precautions so that the foundation of the adjacent building is hot exposed while excavating the basement. 


Kitchen Design

November 19, 2010
Kitchen is an important space in your house. The house lady spends maximum time in the kitchen. Like your living room and bedroom, the kitchen also needs to be trendy. But many homes today have less kitchen area and the storage that goes into it is enormous. A space saving modular kitchen is a good option to fulfill your storage needs and also make your kitchen look great. A few points listed below should be considered while designing kitchens.
The colours of your kitchen cabinets and the wall tiles usually depends on your personality. You may have bright colours like yellow and red or light shades in cream or white. It is best not to use more than two different colours for the cabinets. For example go for red and yellow or cream and brown. Metallic colours can be used as accents to give your kitchen a trendy look. If the kitchen is too small, it is better to go for light colors as they reflect light and make the Kitchen Design  look larger. The overhead cabinets which touch the ceiling can be painted in the colour of the walls to make the kitchen look less bulky.
It is very important to have a window in the kitchen which gives you fresh air and ample light. Invest in a good quality chimney even if the window is of a fairly large size. Chimney makes the kitchen less suffocating and keeps it fresh. If the chimney is not compatible, install a good quality exhaust fan.
Decide the layout of your kitchen depending upon the size. If the kitchen area is very small, a compact C-Shaped layout would work well. This way you can utilize maximum space for storage. An L- Shaped or a parallel layout would work well for an elongated kitchen. If your kitchen is large or you plan an open kitchen Design, go for the island concept. You can have colorful lamps hanging over the island counter to add a zing to the kitchen.
Try to keep most of your appliances inside the cabinets. This would make the kitchen look neat. Plan for storing your toasters, blenders and food processors inside the cabinets to keep the counter free. Besides the kitchen should have multi power points so that the fixtures can be used at a number of places. We can have a separate shelf above the counter for your microwave. Use the corners below the platform effectively by placing magic corners or revolving units. Use pull outs for storage of vessels and grains to avoid the task of bending to reach these things after you open the shutters.
As mentioned above, it is important to have natural lighting in the kitchen. Besides, have ceiling mounted fixtures which will illuminate the kitchen Design well. Use pelmet lights below overhead storage to light up your kitchen platform. You can have spot lights to illuminate crockery units or cabinets with glass shutters.
With a little bit of your imagination you can make your kitchen functional and trendy. So go ahead and kitchen design it to make it the best part of your house!