Vaastu tips for apartment owners

As an apartment owner there’s not much you can control in terms of room orientations, plumbing, entrance direction etc. Still it’s important to bring as much positive energy into your home as possible. With this in mind we’ve curated some Vaastu tips that are relevant for all types of apartments.

1] Never have exposed beams visible in your home, in case you do, consider a false ceiling with recessed lights.

2] Recommended vaastu colors are blue, green and yellow.

So find ways to incorporate these into your interior palette. Avoid painting any wall black.

3] Wooden furniture in regular shapes are good for harmony, avoid round or oval shaped furniture. Sheesham, Chandan, Sagawan, Sal or neem wood are auspicious types of wood for homes. Keep furniture atleast three inches away from walls.

4] Place mirrors on north and east walls only, as positive energy comes in from these directions and you don’t want to reflect those away. Use square or rectangular shaped mirrors and place them 4-5 feet above the floor. Don’t place mirrors opposite your bed.

5] Cleanliness is important. Make sure wall paint, flooring, appliances etc. are fresh and well maintained. Dirt and faulty electrical appliances attract negative energy.

6] In the kitchen, place the cooking hob in the south east, cooking should be done facing east. North east direction is best for kitchen sink

Hope these help you create a positive home that brings prosperity and good health for you and your family.

Picking the right color palette

Picking the right color palette and style is key for a good renovation project. But most of us are confused about how to go about this, It’s hard to know where to begin; here is our advice on how to get started.

Inspiration piece

This is a great way to begin. Think about an artifact, a piece of furniture, a rug, lamp, clock, anything that you already own or plan to get for this room, once you have this in mind use it as a jumping off point and pick a color that either compliments this piece or contrasts with it. Your room style should also be in line with the style of the selected inspiration piece.

 

References

In case you don’t have an inspiration piece in mind, you can browse reference images and identify a primary room color that you would like to incorporate into the design.

Complete the mood board

Mood boards are made up of colors, textures and patterns that define the style and design of the room. Once you have a picked a primary color you’ll need to create the entire mood board to complete the design, the color palette will be a set of colors that are either monochromatic (shades of the same color), analogous (corresponding colors) or contrasting the primary color selected.  The patterns and textures are derived from your preferences of style (contemporary, minimalist, classical etc.) and habits.

Hope this gets you inspired and helps you get started on designing your dream home.

12 Balcony Design Ideas you will Love

Here are some balcony design ideas which we have curated from various online sources. We hope you like them!

Balcony design with a bamboo wall, swing sofa, wooden and pebble flooring (source: Cuded)

 

Rustic balcony design with some plants, wooden flooring, and raw wood furniture (source: Cuded)

 

European balcony design with some plants, magazine rack and basic furniture (source: DecHQ)

 

Balcony design with a wooden feature wall, log wood table, and bench seating (source: DecHQ)

 

Balcony designed centered around colorful furniture and decor (source: DesignRulz)

 

Balcony design with plant beds and artificial grass (source: DesignRulz)

 

Balcony design with metallic orange furniture and a colorful rug (source: DigDig)

 

Balcony design with simplistic modern furniture and plants to liven the space (source: DigDig)

 

Balcony design with a metallic mesh screen, outdoor rug, kitchen herb garden, and simple furniture (source: MigDesign)

 

Balcony design for the golfing enthusiast (source: Orvis Grand)

 

Chic, modern balcony design with glass windows, and a metal-wood fusion rack and black patterned tiles (source: Slideco)

 

Modern Balcony design with a wooden feature wall, plant racks, full glass windows (source: Urban Ladder)

 

Checklist when Starting your Interior Design Project

If you’re starting to plan your renovation, here’s a starting checklist which will help you get off the ground and also help you plan the early phases of getting your project off the ground.

General

  • List out your scope of work so you don’t forget when talking to a designer/contractor
  • Meet 2 contractors and get quotes
  • Think about where you will store all your stuff (if any) in the rooms/apartment you plan to renovate
  • Think about where you will stay during the renovation

Budgeting

  • Pick a tentative budget, keeping something aside for décor and furniture, after you have a rough estimate of what things cost (for which you can use the BuildingBlox estimator)
  • Identify what you want to retain in the existing home, this could be furniture, flooring, woodwork, doors, windows, electrical wiring etc. this will help you remove these items from the budget and get a more reasonable quote.
  • Determine the goals of the project (e.g. increase storage, modernize space). This will allow for a meaningful discussion with your team, as well as prioritize decisions

Design

  • Browse the internet for room design ideas; this will help in creating the final look and feel of your space
  • Think of a color palette; pick a primary color for the room and some complimentary colors to match

Balcony Design Ideas for Home

The balconies in our homes are often significantly under-utilized, mostly because we don’t know what to do with them. If you live in a city like New Delhi where the heat can be extreme and the winters quite chilly, that problem is compounded because your window to use the balcony is not very long. Yet a nice balcony design can accentuate your adjoining room and bring a cozy feel to the apartment. Here are some of the major components of balcony designs that help define that look.

Plants

Balcony plants are one of the best ways to make your space come alive and break the monotony of bricks and concrete. Depending on the season, flower pots can add a lovely burst of freshness. You can also buy colorful pots to give that pop of color. Get creative and hang planters on the wall or from the ceiling instead of putting them on the floor. Depending on how far you’d like to go, you could even construct a green wall.

Source: digsdigs.com

Balcony Furniture

Instinctively you might think of putting a couple of chairs and a small table in your balcony, but you can vary it up with a Chaise lounger or a small foldable table for your laptop. You have plenty of options to play with in terms of colors and materials of furniture; there’s the cane furniture look, or the eclectic color look, or ethnic Indian look, or the modern straight line feel.

Source: onekindesign.com

 

Flooring

The balconies of your house probably come with standard tile flooring but you could modernize it with the wooden look, or even consider putting a rug. Though the latter may be tedious to maintain and keep clean. Artificial grass also a popular option these days if you’re going for a garden theme.

Source: home-designing.com

Décor

Like with every room, the décor is one of the final elements which help your room really come together. Balcony décor elements to play with include cushion covers, pots, lamps, and even rocks/stones.

Source: decorating-hq.com

10 tips to Save Money on your Renovation

Image Source: Moneycontrol.com

So here you are, ready to start a new renovation project. Surely, one big thing on your mind right now is the money that you’ll be spending. You’ll have plenty of people come to you and try to increase your budget, but we’re here to suggest a few ways you might be able to save money on your project.

  1. Compare quotes from a couple of companies
    • Don’t just go with the cheapest, look at the detailed specifications closely and judge professionalism
    • Often your local contractors will leave smaller details out which impact costing later on, or won’t tell you the brand of material they plan to use thereby reducing your quote in order to get the project.
    • A professional with proper documentation and scope definition up front leaves less ambiguity for some of these scenarios
    • Professionalism comes at a cost in the short term, but in the longer run
    • Note: BuildingBlox is happy to discuss any other competitive quote you might have received (that includes details)
  2. Commercial tiles where its not visible (behind kitchen cupboards)
  3. Repair doors & windows & get them polished instead of putting new ones
  4. Pick and choose where you want to spend more (e.g. hardware is a good idea)
  5. Designs – if you’re one for trendy designs, keep in mind that you might have want to redo it once the trend changes in a few years, at which point it will be expensive. Consider going with something that you will like for a longer time for items that are harder and more expensive to change (e.g. tiles, flooring)
  6. Make sure your specifications are as detailed as possible. The more you detail out and think of up front, the less likely you’ll want to make changes, which then cost money and time. In other words do invest some time and money in planning up front
  7. Bathroom design suggestion – use basic sanitaryware but pick nicer taps, faucets
  8. Plan 10-15% for contingencies because it does happen
  9. Reuse components if possible
    1. Wood chaukhats, doors for example. Other wood if sure its termite free
    2. Glass if you are replacing windows or partitions
    3. Latches
    4. Electrical fixtures, appliances – fans, lights, ACs, gysers
    5. Kitchen appliances – microwave, oven, toaster, mixer, fridge
      (take a look at our appliance calculator sheet to budget your appliance costs)
    6. Furniture
  10. Products
    1. Pick product brands that fit your price segment. E.g. Jaquar, Kajaria/Nitco, Crabtree fall in the midrange good quality product band. One can always go up the price range but you don’t need to if you’re trying to save money
    2. Use 1-2 shops to make your purchases as opposed to spreading them out. That allows you to negotiate better