Courtyards: The Soul of Traditional Indian Architecture

Courtyards are to traditional Indian homes what a soul is to a human body. An inseparable part of our olden homes, a courtyard goes by many names and boasts of many benefits. Although, dryly described as an enclosed space which is open to the sky and surrounded by a structure, when we ponder upon Indian architecture, we find a courtyard is really a world of its own within a home.

Starting out around 6500-6000 BC in the era of the Indus Valley Civilization, Indian courtyards have surely come a long way. Molded in accordance to its locale’s climate and culture, the mythology of a courtyard changes as it travels across India. Below we briefly discuss various aspects of Indian courtyards and their impact on our homes.

Courtyards: The Soul of Traditional Indian Architecture

Courtyards: The Soul of Traditional Indian Architecture

A Cultural Place

To list, Britain, Egypt, China, Iran, Spain, Italy, Russia, Japan and India is to name just a few countries where traditional homes have courtyards. It seems courtyards are in the human civilization’s DNA and they have evolved uniquely the world over by absorbing the defining qualities of their regions. By putting the traditional Indian courtyards in the spotlight, we discover that they have performed many different roles in our residences such as being the home of the sacred Tulsi (Basil) and a place of worship, to being a venue for a family marriage, gathering or a festival, to being a site for a Havan (offering prayers to God in front of fire) and other rituals, to being a setting for a beautiful garden and home-grown fruits and vegetables etc. [Read more…]

Is Wallpaper Right for Your Home?

A fresh paintjob of your home, within a year or two, has been a staple of Indian homes since ages. Each year, mainly during Diwali, the advertisement channels go berserk in reminding us to get our home repainted with the newest and finest paint out there. Taking note of its importance, repainting a home seems to be a tradition of its own in India. However, modern times are painting a new picture on this canvas for Indian households through the painting alternative, wallpaper.

Is Wallpaper Right for Your Home?

Is Wallpaper Right for Your Home?

Wallpapering homes has been long done in other parts of the world and is now a rapidly growing trend in India. And so, before plunging our walls into the world of wallpapers, it would be nice to go through its various aspects first and then decide for ourselves. [Read more…]

Top 10 Reasons Why Noida is the Best City to Have a Dream Home In

When Delhi started saturating with properties and prices touched the sky, Noida came to the rescue of many homebuyers. With developing infrastructure and affordable properties, it was no less than a boon for the mid-segment buyers. And now, Noida takes pride in its excellent infrastructure and an assortment of amenities that can put even megacities to shame. The lifestyle in Noida is no less than Delhi or Gurgaon. This ever-developing city is riding therealty wave of NCR.

Top 10 Reasons Why Noida is the Best City to Have a Dream Home In

Top 10 Reasons Why Noida is the Best City to Have a Dream Home In

Listed below are 10 reasons why Noida is emerging as the first choice of home buyers-

1- Pricing

Competitive pricing is one of the most attractive features of buying a house in Noida. Whether for end use or investment, there is a price to suit all budgets and pockets. Since the circle rate is low here, developers are in a position to offer the property on lesser price compared to Delhi. [Read more…]

Bathtub vs Shower: Which is Right for Your Home?

It is an inherent fact that a good bath not only refreshes our body but our mind and soul too. An incredible bath has the power to wash out all our worldly stress and give us an ethereal experience. For ages, Indian bathrooms have been equipped by only the bare minimum tools required for a bath, a mug and a bucket. Although, since globalization, the bathing tools in our bathrooms have been rapidly changing and evolving.

Bathtub vs Shower: Which is Right for Your Home?

Bathtub vs Shower: Which is Right for Your Home?

Since the 90’s, because of its ease of installation and spatial advantage, showers became a standard in bathrooms all across our nation. However, as increasingly, India picks up the pace with the developed world, further modernization of our homes including our bathrooms sound imminent. And this brings us to our point of argument here, Bathtub vs Shower: Which is right for your home? [Read more…]

This Valentine’s Day, Turn Your Home into A Love Nest

In this fast paced world where there is no time to sit back and relax, keeping the love and intimacy alive in your relationship looks like too much of a task. It’s not just the work pressure or financials or kids’ responsibilities that have turned you into a boring couple; the environment you live in also affects your mood and relationship. It is extremely important to connect with your better half but this doesn’t mean you have to go outtodinner, or take a vacation. A healthy and sweet relationship is about togetherness, about spending some meaningful time with each other.

This Valentine’s Day, Turn Your Home into A Love Nest

This Valentine’s Day, Turn Your Home into A Love Nest

This Valentine’s Day, let’s create a home that encourages you to spend quality time with your better half and keeps the spark alive-

Celebrate Your Relationship

Whether you are just a honeymoon couple or you have spent a decade together, a relationship grows with every moment and you would have millions of memories. The home you live in is your love nest and some parts of it should speak of the love between you and your better half. Use symbols of togetherness to adorn your house, they will also keep your cool in tough times. A framed picture, a painting you both love, a memorabilia- anything can make your house more loving. [Read more…]

Vertical Forest Building Coming Up in China to Combat Rising Pollution Levels

Over the last few years, China has been fighting uncontrolled levels of pollution leading to extremely unhealthy air quality. It is the side-effect of large scale industrialization in the country. This extreme pollution level in China is a trending topic all over the world and one Italian architect- Stefano Boeri- has found a solution for it.

The architect is coming up with a vertical forest in Nanjing city of China. This project will consist of two towers adorned with over a thousand trees and more than 2,500 shrubs and plants. The buildings will absorb enough carbon dioxide to produce around 60 kilograms of oxygen every day. The shorter tower will house a Hyatt hotel, while the taller one will be home to a museum, offices and a school of architecture.

Vertical Forest Building Coming Up in China to Combat Rising Pollution Levels

Vertical Forest Building Coming Up in China to Combat Rising Pollution Levels

According to an official press release, Nanjing has an air quality index of 167 which is considered very unhealthy. The air is full of pollutants from industries which make it unfit for breathing. At times of post-Diwali smog, Delhi had a respirable pollutants level of 283-517 micrograms per cubic metre which exceeds the safe level by multiple times.

Nanjing will be the third city to have a vertical garden after Milan (Italy) and Lausanne (Switzerland).

Rising pollution level across the globe is a major concern for everyone. Architects and planners are doing their bit in making homes eco-friendly. Delhi should also take cue from this vertical forest in Nanjing, China.

Stefano Boeri also has plans to build similar structures in Shijiazhuang, Liuzhou, Chongqing, Guizhou and Shanghai.

Read More About……Pollution Control: How is the Real Estate Sector Contributing?

Drones: Revolutionizing Real Estate Photography

If you own an apartment, or a commercial space, or an industrial unit or a piece of agricultural land and are looking forth to create an impeccable portfolio of your property for selling purposes, there is a must-have ingredient for that portfolio nowadays which will make your property flashier, classier and more saleable, Aerial Photography through Drones.

Drones: Revolutionizing Real Estate Photography

Drones: Revolutionizing Real Estate Photography

Gone are the days of the old-fashioned, straight-angle, customary snaps of your real estate property. Sticking to such photographs is one of the most common mistakes made by home-sellers. So you need to step up the ante in the looks department and give prospective buyers a view of the complete package that your property offers. Offering a better and wholesome view of the property to be succinct, getting aerial shots of your property through drones is the ideal path for you to walk on. [Read more…]

Low-Cost Staycation Ideas: Make the Most of Your Family Time

“Staycations aren’t just trendy they are smart”, say experts.

Holiday season is round the corner, but everyone cannot afford a holiday, so instead of running a debt and trying to go for a holiday make sure that your time off is relaxing and fun- that is a real vacation. Same place, different mindset- that’s the challenge of a staycation.

Low-Cost Staycation Ideas: Make the Most of Your Family Time

Low-Cost Staycation Ideas: Make the Most of Your Family Time

So, let’s talk about some of the best ways of making the most of your stay-at-home vacation-

Set your boundaries and budget

Approach your staycation as you would do with a regular holiday and create an activity plan and a corresponding budget. You’ll need to establish some boundaries to keep ‘real life’ from intruding while your family is on its staycation. Small staycation stint helps you strike a good work-life balance later when you are back in the real world. So it is important to decide on limits of cell-phone use and set up an out-of-office email message for the duration of your time ‘away’. However you handle your time off, it’s important to treat the time as special so that you don’t spend it as a working holiday. [Read more…]

Choosing the Right Garden Structure for Your Home

If your garden looks flat this spring maybe all it needs is a little structure. With a bit of imagination and right elements, you can use garden structures such as trellises, pergolas, and sheds to enhance your garden’s design.

Choosing the Right Garden Structure for Your Home

Choosing the Right Garden Structure for Your Home

No matter what structure you add to your garden make sure that not only is it beautiful but also functional. An arbor covered in fragrant climbing vines creates a memorable welcome for friends and family. A flower filled trellis screens out unsightly views, and a well- crafted pergola seamlessly extends a home’s living space. Remember the main function of a garden is to please, so whether you want to throw an awesome garden party or create a play structure for your children it should be attractive and practical. [Read more…]

How to Save Water in Your Home Garden

Water is a necessity for life. No living being on planet Earth can survive without water. It is a prerequisite for human health and well-being as well as for the preservation of the environment. In hot and dry weather, water used in outdoors can add up to fifty per cent of total usage at home. As it’s also essential so maybe you also want to save water at home and help the environment. Let’s see how we can save water in the home garden by using less amount of water.

How to Save Water in Your Home Garden

How to Save Water in Your Home Garden

Watering plants

While watering your plants there are many things you can do to save water:
Use a Watering Can in place of a hose. If you do use a hose, use a trigger to manage the flow.
Water plants early in the morning or late at night so water doesn’t evaporate in the heat of the day before it can reach the roots

Leave your plants dry until they show signs of wilting because watering too often can keep roots shallow and weaken plants. [Read more…]