Archive | January 2014

Doors that have a story to tell-Icon Homz

As per Feng Shui, main doors are important elements that need attention since they are literally a doorway to all the energies that enter the house. So, it is necessary to make sure that your home attracts only good energy.

Doors that open to your home should also speak for the home and the home owner. You can style your doorway in many ways.

Sufficient lighting: an entrance to one’s home should have sufficient natural light. Additional lights need to be installed that can be lit during dusk. White lights are said to attract good luck and opportunities.

Colour: Some countries are superstitious about certain colours on the main door, such as this. Feng Shui permits the colour red as it signifies positivity. Colours like blue, green, and yellow are also quite popular in many countries.

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Architecture: You may opt for heavy and ornate doors or a more contemporary and chic design but make sure that it does not clash with the interiors of your home. The main door should be a precursor to what the guest can expect from within the house.

Greens: Adding of plants around the entrance or at the pathway or even having small pots of low-maintenance shrubs outside the main door not only brings a positive feel, it also adds to the overall appearance.

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Embellishments: Lovely door knockers, handles, brass bells, attractive and unique name plates, torans, etc can take a plain looking door to a new level. Most homes in South India have intricate rangolis drawn outside the main entrance. These are said to invite Goddess Lakshmi.

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So, what story does your door have to tell? Do let us know if you’ve liked the above ideas.

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Letting in nature perk up the indoors-Icon Homz

A lot of people have begun to realize the multiple positive effects of having greenery around their homes. One need not go all the way to become a full-fledged gardener to experience the benefits of having plants indoors. And, almost as a side-effect, plants also act as inexpensive and instant face-lifters of your space.

Here are some very do-able ideas to get the much needed green beauties within your home:

Start with fuss-free plants: Plants bring in the much needed fresh air and liveliness. Simple, fuss-free plants like the Victorian Fern and Bromeliad can add a lot of vibrancy with their white and pink foliage respectively.

Using recycled bottles as planters: A simple shoot of money plant placed in a recycled bottle can add that extra zing to your book-rack, or T.V. unit. Any space that needs a fresh look can be metamorphosed by placing cute planters strategically.

Using small areas to grow herbs: contrary to popular belief, one does not really require a huge terrace or even large balconies to grow our much needed daily herbs and veggies. A small space in the kitchen utility or even window sill can be effectively used to grow a variety of herbs.

Bring in fresh flowers: Growing ornamental flowering plants will ensure you of a regular supply of fresh smelling flowers to adorn your dining table or foyer.

So, go on and bring in that much needed freshness to your interiors.

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Efficient Kitchen layouts to suit your cooking style-Icon Homz

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Clearly a kitchen in the house is more than just a room where food is cooked. Every family works in a different way and every kitchen is different. No one type of layout can work for all. We take you through some of the kitchen layouts to enable you decide which one works best for you.

The U-shaped one: This works for a large kitchen. It gives a lot of counter and moving space and also provides for ample storage. There is enough space to have an island or a breakfast counter. For people who like to cook up a storm and entertain their guests in their kitchen, and also have huge kitchens, this is the perfect layout.

 

The Galley: A best option when it comes to space crunched apartments. It can either be I shaped, that is spread against one wall or with two parallel counters where the sink and hob stand on one side and the preparation counter on the other providing the perfect work efficient triangle.

The L-shaped kitchen: This is probably the most preferred and popular layout since it is versatile enough for maximum space utilization especially for small or mid-sized kitchens and works even for an open kitchen.  A large kitchen might need an additional island for effective utilization of space and storage.

So, choose your kitchen layout according to the space available and also taking into account your working style.

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Have you taken a home insurance yet?-Icon Homz

We build our home with much love, effort and money.  Imagine the loss if God forbid a disaster, either natural or otherwise was to strike it! When we guard our life and health with insurance policies, does it not make sense to guard our home too like-wise?

Home insurance, though not a popular concept a while ago, is gaining on importance in India. Your home loan lender is the best person to guide you on the process. You have the option to insure the contents of the home along with the structure against a host of factors like earthquake, floods, fire, theft, and so on.

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It is also possible to cover the valuables like electronic items, jewelry and any other items of high value. The insurance value will generally be the market value of the insured item minus the depreciation value. In case of any untoward incident, the amount payable will be the sum that is required to restore the property to the same condition as it was before the incident.

Whether you own an apartment or an independent house, take into factors you’d like to have covered in your insurance policies and also do read the policy document carefully. It is also prudent to compare a couple of policies before deciding the one that suits your requirements. Another point to note is that factors like natural wear and tear, depreciation of the property and any damage that is proven to be caused deliberately by the owner is not covered under the insurance.

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What to expect while buying a re-sale home?-Icon Homz

Should you go for a newly constructed flat or buy a re-sale one? This is a million dollar question that hounds most property buyers at some point or the other. As to any situation, there can be a host of advantages and disadvantages and a careful consideration of these will help you to take an informed decision.

In a re-sale deal, you are ensured of an established neighbourhood. The amenities are in place and you exactly know what you are getting into in terms of the carpet area, location advantage, proximity to essential needs, or services available. You are also aware of any faults in the construction and can plan your re-design accordingly. You’ll be getting into a well-oiled community without the hiccups of intermittent essential services that the newer complexes generally face. There’s also no delay in the date of possession or move-in as compared to under-construction ones where you risk larger outflow of cash than expected due to constant delays in completion.

On the other hand it is cumbersome or may not be even possible to implement any structural changes. Any change fittings or fixtures could be cumbersome since a lot of breaking and re-modeling would be involved. The amenities may not be at par with the latest and newest. You are also not covered under the standard warranty period that the builder gives for a new apartment.  Since the age of flat plays an important role in a sale deal, you may not find buyers easily if and when you decide to sell a second-hand home.

 

Buying a home is a decision that has a lot of emotional as well as rational factors like finance, etc playing equal roles. Hence it is prudent to consider all options, weigh the pros and cons in each possibility and then take the plunge. Ultimately home is where the heart is.

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