Building a dream home

by Thursday , May 28 2015 10:19

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I recently built my new home at Vadakemannayil, Malapuram. The total expense of this came up to 15 lakhs 20,000 rupees and out of this 6 Lakhs was the cost of constructing the structure of the house. The remaining budget was used for the finishing works. The painting and flooring of the top floor is yet to be completed.

There is a living area, dining area, kitchen, two bedrooms and three bathrooms in the ground floor. Whereas on the top floor, there is a big hall that could be converted into a bedroom in the future, one bedroom and a bathroom.

I got a designer to draw up a 3D plan of the house and then hired a builder on a direct construction contract. I took the help of an engineer to supervise the construction of the house. I used the sand that I got from the Panchayath. I got close to 12 tonnes of sand for this purpose.

One load which is around 3 tonnes cost me just 2,500 rupees. The window frames of the ground floor was done in wood and solid concrete was used for those on the top floor. Perpendicular bars were avoided for the windows.

Unnecessary beams and sloped roofing that increase concrete expenses was also done away with. 2 coats of white cement and a single coat of paint without putty helped bring down painting costs. Granite slabs were used in the sit-out and in the main hall. In the other areas, small pieces of granite was laid.

Instead of building a separate work area, the provision for a sink and grinder was made in a 160 x 150 cm section within the kitchen itself.

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