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Build up your own kitchen the modular way
A kitchen is not just a place to enter, cook and leave. It is one of the most-used areas in a house and hence needs adequate planning, writes M. Soundariya Preetha.


Flights of fancy with the stairs
Apart from playing their functional role of enabling movement between the floors, staircases help in defining the overall look and feel of a building, especially a house, writes ANIL RADHAKRISHNAN
Small print of rental agreements
Ever wondered why rental agreements are made out for 11 months?
LEGAL CHAT
Evolving a mechanism for large tract acquisitions
There could be mortgages, encroachments, third party interests, communal interests, social issues. All these need to be addressed effectively There could be mortgages, encroachments, third party interests, communal interests, social issues. All t hese need to be addressed effectively
The `real work' in building
Architects and civil engineers say that works such as concreting, masonry, plastering and curing give a strong foundation to the building. But most people believe that the "real work" — flooring, woodworking, plumbing, painting, ...
Caring for the courtyard
Keralites show great care in maintaining not only the interior of their homes but exterior as well. Courtyards have begun to get better attention these days as more and more luxury cars are being parked on the porches. People today spend on their ...
Know about the details of encumbrance certificate
An Encumbrance Certificate is a document issued by the Registration Authorities which is an important document relating to title and its investigation vis--vis immovable properties. Encumbrance Certificates are issued either in Form No.15 or ...
Many questions remain unanswered
Chennai's master plan belies hopes and leaves issues unresolved, writes A.Srivathsan
Indo-Arab real estate conference at the Park Hyatt in Dubai
The ensuing Indo-Arab real estate conference on May 16 prior to the Indian Property Show 2007 in Dubai will bridge the gap between India and Middle East
Craze is intact
The boom started in Hyderabad on a rather quite note. Forget the average investor, even the best of the real estate watchers were caught off-guard. For almost three years, the property scene took the centre-stage and ended up touching every ...
To feel good, first be safe
Our basic needs are food, clothing and shelter, we all know. More important, in the current context, is security. However much our leaders try to brainwash us, we have to accept that we don't live in the idealistic Ram Raj when, they say, doors ...
Skylights for more sunlight
Is there any light better than sunlight? Channelling light from the sky into your home sounds easy, but when you get into the matter it gets tricky. It can turn out to be a daunting task when faced with challenges of positioning windows for ...
Service apartments are a cost-effective alternative
Prominent hospitality brands are yet to enter this sector in Bangalore. The advent of international brands will lead to an increase in competition.
Changing dynamics
April is generally the month for financial planning and tax planning. If you are a stock market investor, you would be keeping a close tab on the earnings season as India Inc. gets ready to present its report card for the previous year. However, ...
Ensuring purity of drinking water in houses
Periodic testing of water from sources meant for domestic supply is advisable to ensure that it is fit for drinking, says T. NANDAKUMAR.
Baker's dream remains on paper
The late Laurie Baker had dreamt about the rejuvenation of Alappuzha, by upholding and preserving its rich architectural tradition.
Grounds for eviction
A decoction of red roses made with wine is very good for a headache, said the 17th century rather eccentric herbal healer and physician Nicholas Culpeper who studied at Cambridge and wrote his famous book "Culpeper's Complete Herbal." Whether ...
Hiranandani group eyeing Chennai
There is a large gap in demand and supply of quality residential apartments in the city
Source of income for aged people
Under the draft reverse mortgage loan (RML) guidelines issued by the National Housing Bank, the bank or housing finance company (HFC) will recover the loan along with interest on death of the owner or expiry of mortgage period by selling the ...
Draft guidelines for reverse mortgage
The National Housing Bank (NHB) has issued the draft guidelines for reverse mortgage in pursuance of a budgetary announcement made by Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram to allow senior citizens who own houses to have a monthly stream of income ...
Before you buy a plot
Check whether the layout has been approved by the CMDA. (Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority) and the local body. (Copy of approved layout can be obtained from the CMDA for a nominal fee.) Check whether the roads and park ...
Construction tips
For measuring sand and aggregate, a wooden/steel box with handles having a volume equal to one sack of cement will be most accurate and as well as convenient to use. Where mixing is done manually, it should be done on an impervious platform ...
Grounds for eviction
The main grounds under which a landlord can seek eviction under Section 11 of the Act are as follows: When rent is kept in arrears and is not paid despite a specific demand from the landlord. When the landlord or any family member dependent ...
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