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PROP TALK
`Take lessons from traditional techniques'
Tackling cost increase in construction means keeping an eagle eye on wastage. The science of recycling has more relevance in architecture in building earthy, artistic creations, says architect Benny Kuriakose in a chat with RANJANI GOVIND


BRICK AND MORTOR
Window of choices
We have come a long way... from the openings in the faraway forlorn dwelling of the caveman to automated window shades that flip to give us just the required shade.
GREEN VISTAS
Landscape can make for disciplined parking
Can't avoid the straight drive that literally takes you to the building or your parking space? Most buildings have no option... but hold on, your architect can skilfully get in the subtle curves to drive away all the monotony.
BOOK BUILDING
Exploring skyscrapers, beyond the facade
In shops, cafes and bars, façade can impact sales says the book Façade: No. 2 Restaurant & Café packed with fifty two specimens that explore with plans, sketches and photos.
HOME LOAN RATES - FIXED

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Tackling cracks and heat in buildings
Question: I have purchased a two-bedroom 1150 sq feet flat — third floor flat at Tiruvanmyur. There are no floors above us. It is 80 per cent complete. In three rooms of my flat I have noticed hairline cracks in plastering. The ...
Details on set-offs
Question: Readers like me will appreciate if you give details about `set-offs' with reference to individual houses, twin type and row-type houses, as it would help not only when we go in for new constructions but also in effecting ...
Construction on black-clay soil
Question: Is it advisable to construct a house in the black clay soil land? It is said that though the construction is made with pillar foundation, crack appears on the walls and floor in due course. Please clarify. V. Krishnakumar, ...
Queries on Capital Gains Tax
We have been receiving numerous queries from readers on computation of capital gains tax on sale of house property. Most of these queries do not contain the required information for us to answer them correctly. Readers may furnish the following ...

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