Saturday, October 15, 2011

Home Interiors - Some photographs of my latest project @ Elita Promennade


Before I get into the visuals...I have been getting questions on design best practices, materials to be used for interiors etc. from a number of you. This blog already has posts written earlier that answer some of these questions. As a refresher the links are given below. One more thing ... the blog archive (Look in the left pane of this page) has more than just what is mentioned below...feel free to browse through the same as well.

1. Choosing the right material for Woodwork

2. Thumb-rules for Costing & Budgeting for Interiors

3. Design best practices for making Sliding Wardrobes

4. Design best practices for building a modular kitchen

....and finally - here are the photographs...would welcome any bouquets & brickbats :)



Book rack in veneer and wood
Elita Promenade - Book Rack & Show Case.
The pebbles in the bottom part of the unit are still to be put in

Foyer Unit
Elita Promenade - Entry Wall
I hand painted a part of this personally :)

Elita Promenade - Another view of the bookshelf.
Now you can see where the pebbles will go in

Elita Promenade - Sliding Wardrobe
Laminate & Glass Shutters & Metallic Edge Handles

Elita Promenade - Kids Study Area

Wall papered panel
Elita Promenade - Wall paper in Kids Room. Bed Headboard in Leather

Elita Promenade - Dressing Table

Elita Promenade - Master Bedroom Sliding Wardrobe
Laminate & Metallic Edge Handles

Elita Promenade - Guest BR Wardrobe
In Veneer & Melamine Matt

Elita Promenade - Bathroom Storage

Duco painted wall panel
Elita Promenade - Dining Table, Bar Unit & Wall Pannel (in Duco)

Membrane Shutters
Elita Promenade - Kitchen Counter top is Quartz

Elita Promenade - Breakfast Counter Cum Storage. Acrylic (Hanex) Counter Top

Elita Promenade - Kitchen - Another Angle

Kitchen Storage
Elita Promenade - One More Kitchen
the LED lights are visible in this photograph

Elita Promenade - Storage under the Breakfast Counter

Elita Promenade - Full Modular Kitchen

Elita Promenade - Dining Table, Bar Unit, Wall Paneling, Book Rack

Pooja Unit Lighting
Elita Promenade - Unit hosting the 4.5 feet Krishna Statue.
The whole living room was designed around this unit

Elita Promenade - Another image of the Krishna unit (in Duco) - with the lights off

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Home Design Vaastu Shastra - Episode 2 - Best practices in Kitchen design back after a looooong break. Have been neck deep in work as well as daily household stuff these past few months.

One of the most tricky spaces at home in terms of design is the kitchen as it needs to be ergonomic, utilitarian, maximizing storage space as well as good looking all at the same time. The fact that the kitchen has "hot spaces", "wet spaces", "work spaces", "wash spaces"...(I guess you get the idea) complicates the design even further.

I am giving below some practical best practices in kitchen design that I have learnt in the course of the last few years I have been in the field, I hope you find these useful

1. Use the right wood & material for the kitchen. For more details refer my earlier post at

2. Ask your builder to give you a raw kitchen - with no tiling or the slab fitted  - In most cases the slab & tiles need to be changed or re-laid which ends up adding to the overall cost. Ask the builder to just hand over the tiles & the slab to you.

3. If possible ask your builder to provide tap points in the wall " Below" the slab height. This way you will be able to pull the pipe from behind the bottom cabinets and do the sink placement according to your need & design rather than be restricted by where the builder has provided the points.

4. Place the gas cylinders in the utility and have a piped connection to the hob. This is not only safer but also gives you vital storage space inside the kitchen since the cylinders move out.

5. Always provide a loft in the kitchen....this not only provides storage space but also hides the chimney exhaust pipe.

6. When deciding on the placement of the refrigerator keep in mind whether your refrigerator is right or left handed as this affects the "ease of access" while reaching inside the fridge.

7. The above applies to placement of the Microwave as well.

8. Drawers are ideal for storing stuff for daily use as stuff in drawers is easily accessible while cabinets (palla) are ideal for storing items that are sparingly used.

9. Use corners wisely. Corners provide fairly large spaces and can be well utilized for items of long term storage like grains, spare crockery, plastics etc.

10. If you prepare non veg at home then suction capacity of the chimney should be minimum 1000 cum/hr

11. Put the water purifier alongside the "second" sink in the utility. This reduces the "wetness" of the kitchen as it moves the "extreme wet work" to the utility.

12. Preferably leave work space on either side of the hob. Avoid putting the hob next to a corner or alongside the edge of the slab.

13. Keep spaces for refrigerator/ microwave/ dishwasher etc based on exact measurements. With space too small - things will not fit & spaces too large don't look good.

14. Never use Stainless Steel wire type cutlery unit. The cutlery keeps "peeping" out of these, obstructing the movement of the drawer

15. Plan for a hidden electric point to power the chimney as well as the hob (you may or may not know this but ignition systems of most hobs available in India are electrically powered - not battery powered)

Thats all that I can think of at the moment...will welcome any bouquets or brickbats.

Happy Home making

Signing off


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

More Photographs - Latest project at Elita - JP Nagar

Elita Promenade - Guest BR 
Elita Promenade - TV Unit ...awaiting the TV :)

Book Rack
Elita Promenade - Study Unit

Elita Promenade - MBR - Sliding Wardrobe
(Read the earlier post on how to make one)

Elita Promenade - Self Explanatory

Elita Promenade - Kitchen 1/3

Elita Promenade - Kitchen 2/3 - Magic Corner

Elita Promenade - Kitchen 3/3 - Full
Tall unit on the left, space in the Right side unit is for the dishwasher

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Home Interior Vaastu Shastra - Episode One - Master Bedroom

On looking back at my posts I realized that while I have delved upon the design, engineering & cost aspects of home design, what is missing is something around aesthetics - things like colours, lighting, spaces etc. - a very important ingredient in converting your house into a "home"

In the next few posts I will try to cover a kind of a checklist of comon sense things to take into consideration while designing your home from the perspective of pure aesthetics. This is definitely not a "must do" kind of an input as individual tastes & situations will vary, however these checklists will help provide a broad guideline while designing your own home.

I am going to break this into 4 parts (Episodes) -  each around Master Bedroom, Childrens Room, Living Room & Kitchen. The first one below is on designing the Master Bedroom

A small disclaimer before I start - I am no expert at Vaastu and will not even attempt to sound intelligent on the august subject, what follows below is just Home Design Common Sense.

1. Head of the bed should not be under the Window - you don't get head rest space that is used for both comfort & decor (e.g. highlighting the wall around the head rest or putting a large family photograph there) + the cold breeze on your head in winter is ingredient for illness.

2. Align the length of the bed to the longer edge of the room - this gives better space utilization

3. Align the wardrobe (especially if long) to the longer edge of the bedroom.

4. In small size rooms go in for a sliding wardrobe

5. Bed should not be placed in front of the door (entrance). Leads to lack of privacy as well as blocks the view as when you see inside the room from outside...makes it look cluttered

6. For the same reason as above don't make the wall facing the entrance very heavy - in terms of both colour or woodwork.

7. Don't have heavy woodwork on both sides of the bed - makes the room claustrophobic

8. Don't extend the loft above the bedroom entrance - makes the room look boxy when seen from outside

9 For small rooms look at the possibility of reducing the depth of the Wardrobes. Use parallel coat hangers - along the face of the wardrobe (coat breadth is usually the constraint when designing wardrobes).

10. Use soothing colours in the bedroom. You can however highlight the wall that has the headrest with a brighter colour or textures.

11. Preferably use yellow lighting in the bedroom.

Thats all I can think of right now. Look forward to Episode 2 on Kitchens in the next post.

Signing off