Do I Need an Architect?

Being in the business of home renovations one often gets asked for architect recommendations. One of the first things we like to ask them is what is it that you’re really looking for. Most of the times it turns out that there is little need for an architect. So we thought we’d try to explain the difference between professionals in this space.



Architects are trained, certified and have a college degree (undergrad, or masters) to show for it. The main job of an architect is to conceptualise the space in terms of the structure (floor, walls, ceilings) and plan layouts. They tend to have specialists on their teams for structural evaluations, plumbing and electrical planning. If you’re constructing a new floor, or a building you need to get an architect involved to make sure the planning is sound. While its not their core skillset, some architects get involved with the interiors and take on things like floorings, walls, ceilings, and even décor & furniture.


Interior Designer or Decorator

Interior designers focus on the interiors of a space. They help you make your space more livable/usable by suggesting how your rooms should look, how can you organize your furniture, what color theme you could pick for your bedroom and so on. They can also help you pick things like the right tiles for your bathroom, the marble for the flooring keeping in mind the overall chosen look and feel.



The contractor is the one who gets the work done – i.e. the demolition, civil, plumbing, painting etc. There is a category of contractors called the general contractors who have teams, either on payroll or as affiliates who can help execute all your requirements. Then there are specialist contractors who only execute one type of task (e.g. painting contractor). Whatever your project involves, you will have a contractor on site. Even if a designer or architect says they do turnkey projects they will be working with a contractor to execute.


Project Manager

A project manager is someone who keeps track of your project and makes sure work is proceeding on time. It is their responsibility to firefight in case of issues, remind you when certain product decisions need to be made by, and push the contractors when their teams are not showing up on time. As with PMs in any organization, a good construction PM is an extremely useful resource during the execution of the project.

Maximize your bathroom storage

While bathrooms are usually the smallest room in the house, they tend to have a lot of stuff in them and usually this leads to clutter, everyone would love a little more space in the bathroom, but most of us don’t have the luxury of a large apartments with ample square feet available. Here are some ideas on how to maximize storage space in smaller bathrooms and make them feel more functional and spacious.

Use narrow cabinets to fit into wasted spaces, maximize every square inch.


Add a shelf above your sink, this can be used for placing items that are needed often.


Use spice racks for makeup and toiletries.


Hang your towels behind the door, why waste wall space when you can use the door.


Increase the hanging rod space.


Stick shelving above your door, another space that is usually wasted.


Maximize the area above your toilet, don’t neglect this space.


Medicine cabinets are a classic space saving item, there are quite a few designs available in the market.



Add a long cabinet to your bathroom vanity, if you have a little space after your sink dont waste it.



We hope these tips will help make your bathroom experience more pleasant! Let us know if you have some innovative ideas to maximise bathroom storage in the comments section.

Design Visualization for Your New Home


What is design visualization for your home?

Design visualization is an important part of any home interiors project today because it helps customers see what their space might look like before they start their project. No longer do you need to start your project blind, and discover that you don’t like it once its complete.

Options for home design visualization

Today there are a few different types of design visualization modes out there.

2D Home Views


These are the line drawings, or architectural drawings of your space that help you understand the dimensions and layout of your floor. They are also typically done for woodwork, such as wardrobes, modular kitchen, and TV cabinets.

3D Home Models

3D models are built to help you see your space in a way that’s as close to real as possible. It starts out as a 3 dimensional rendering of your space, on top of which layers such as walls, flooring, furniture etc. can be added. These models aren’t usually shared with customers because they require rendering software to be able to see and navigate through them.

3D Home Views

Given 3D models are complex to work with, usually designers and architects offer you 3D views of your 3D models. These can be thought of as snapshots or photographs of your virtual space, which you can print out if needed. Each view tends to be charged at anywhere from Rs. 2,000 – 5,000 or more depending on the modeling complexity of your space.

VR Home View

VR in design and architecture is relatively new, and is starting to change the way we visualize new spaces. Our 3D models serve as the starting point in a series of steps that then allow us to view our space in the VR world. Imagine putting on a VR headset and looking around every corner of your new room. What’s more, you can navigate (or walk) from room to room and experience every detail as if you were there.

Why does this cost money?

Visualization of your home requires a combination of design, modeling, and technology professionals to work on your space to give you the views you want. Additionally the technology systems to host these models, and view them (VR headsets) are also quite expensive. Therefore, someone charging you to see these models is not an unreasonable ask – it costs them money to produce. You can reduce the number of rooms you want to visualize to lower costs. However, in the grand scheme of things spending 2-3% extra to see your space before you invest all that money in redoing it is totally worth it at the end of the day.

How real is my image?

Visualization is not perfect, it is after all a virtual image/model that you’re looking at. The quality of renderings is constantly improving though, and sometimes its hard to even tell which one is real and which is computer generated.

Can you tell from looking at these two?

BR1Two BR1One

(The one on the right is real)

Bathroom standards to keep in mind

Bathrooms are important to get right, a badly designed bathroom can get you off on the wrong foot each and every day. Keeping this in mind here are a few things you must incorporate into your next bathroom remodelling project.
Bathroom Colors

Pick the right colors to reflect your personality. Weather you go for a contemporary charcoal and white palette or a Mediterranean blue theme take the time out to research your color choice and if possible find the right reference image to start with.
Bathroom Clearances
Make sure basic standards are met. Here is a list of things that you must make sure of:
WC location – Minimum 20 inches is recommended from the center of the toilet to the nearest wall or obstruction.  This means a span of 40 inches is recommended for the toilet.  The recommended clearance in front of the toilet is 30 inches.
Toilet paper holder – The standard placement is 8-12 inches from the front of the toilet seat to the center line of the toilet paper holder, at a height of 26 – 30 inches.
Standard washbasin height – Standard vanity height or washbasin height starts at about 30 inches high and goes up to say 43 inches.  At the lower heights most people will have to stoop to use the sink. Standard vanity cabinet depth is 2 ft.
Standard Shower dimensions – The minimum recommended size is 32 x 32 inches. If you can fit in a rectangular shower of 36 inches by 48 inches or larger you’ll be more comfortable.
Note: Shower enclosure door should open outwards (for unobstructed entry and exit into the wet area)
Bathroom Lighting

Good bathroom lighting needs to be a combination of overhead and task lighting. Use a mounted or recessed light overhead for general illumination. You’ll also want to light the vanity area with some excellent task lighting, which can be a fixture above the mirror or sconces on either side. Additionally, you need to light the shower area with a dedicated overhead light.
You also should avoid light pointing directly down on your head because it will be harsh and unflattering. Instead, position your ceiling light over the walkway area so you’re lit from behind rather than directly in front of the vanity.

We hope these tips will help you with your next project. If you have any suggestions or opinions on this please do share your comments with us, we would love to hear your renovation stories.