HYDERABAD: Most of the builders in Hyderabad are of the opinion that today’s house buyer is smart and wants value for money. When a consumer comes to a property exhibition he is fully prepared and ready with his research, and he knows what he is looking for in a house. Today the expectation of a regular buyer is much more than what it used to be five to ten years ago.
Several new projects have come up in areas such as Madhapur, Chanda Nagar, Kompally, Gachibowli, Nallagandla, Narsingi, Kismathpur, Bachupally, Nizampet, and Khajaguda. All these projects have combined with great care design, innovation, and technology, and that is what makes them new age homes.
It is about how the space is distributed all along, and it is about the design used for optimising space utilisation, proper lighting and ventilation. G Kiran Kumar, principal architect, Aparna Consultants says, “In the layout plan, lot of importance is given to preferential spaces such as, home theatre, party lounge, bar space, kids play area, small working spaces and so on. The entry-exit for preferential spaces is also given equal importance. Accommodating servants in the house is a major challenge; this becomes easy in villas and a tough task in apartment buildings.”
The price of a project varies based on the locality, built up area and facilities available. Ajay Salike, MD, Armsburg Properties says, “These days projects have contemporary design and a lot of importance is being given to landscaping and ventilation. We have apartments starting from 900 sqft to 2,700 sqft and our price range is between Rs 2,200 to Rs 6,500 per sqft”
Lot of importance is given to the location of rooms. If it is a 3 BHK, two of the bedrooms have attached bathrooms, and one bathroom is placed close to a bedroom such that it is accessible from within the bedroom and it can also be accessed without entering the bedroom. Bedrooms have walk-in closets, the shelves in the closets are well spaced out and of different dimensions making it easy for storing clothes and other essentials. The houses generally have veneer flush doors, and there are more windows than walls. UPVC (a fibre) windows have taken over the conventional wooden windows as they are long lasting, easy on maintenance and take less time for fixing.
Apart from bedroom, living and dining rooms; a lot of thought goes into building the kitchen and bathroom. A kitchen has many appliances and hence comes with more number of cabinets to accommodate everything. A kitchen is designed keeping in mind the fact that it should be functional and at the same time aesthetically pleasing. It is laid out in a way that makes working in the area easy and safe. There are three things in the kitchen which need specific space allocation -the stove, sink, and refrigerator. Most of the kitchens have exhaust chimneys, enough power points for using mixer, microwave, and fridge; and some of the kitchens have piped natural gas (PNG). Balancing all these needs appropriately is more of an art.
Kiran says, “These days most of the clientele want open kitchen with breakfast counter as an extension to the platform. Modular kitchen with sophisticated accessories are incorporated in order to enhance space utilisation. Glass is used as external finish in kitchen for easy maintenance.”
Next area of importance after kitchen is the bathroom. These days bathrooms have good toilet fittings such as Toto, Grohe, and Hindware. “Toilet design has transformed a lot, bifurcating dry and wet areas, shower panels, shower cubicles, and jacuzzis are also incorporated,” adds Kiran.
Bathrooms and kitchens are the areas where maximum innovation finds place. Once the space allocation and fitting are taken care of next aspect to focus on is the flooring. Kiran says, “Vitrified tiles and Italian marble are being extensively used for flooring and cladding purpose. Wood, glass and gypsum are mostly used in ceilings. Usage of LED lights have decreased the depth of false ceilings and increased the room volumes. Huge innovation is observed in painting these days. Apart from exterior and interior paints, there are lots of interior wall finishes which are stain resistant and give a textured look.”
Many of the projects use solar panels for outdoor lighting and water heaters. Home automation is another trend that is catching on, Ajay Salike, says, “Home automation features for temperature, light, fan, television and curtain control can be incorporated for an individual room or the complete house. The price range for this can be anywhere between Rs 50,000 to Rs 5 lakhs.”
Another unique feature that some of the gated communities have come up with is a pedestrian friendly podium (vehicle free podium). Sarath Babu, GM sales, Ramky Estates, says, “This innovation allows all the vehicles entering the gate to go to the cellar directly, leaving the podium totally free of vehicular traffic. It will help the pedestrians to move around and the children to play around without any tension.”
Technology is also being used keeping in mind natural calamities and man-made accidents. Many of the properties developed are equipped with specially formulated insulation, which enables the wire to withstand overloads, preventing electric mishaps and many of the houses claim that they are earthquake-resistant. Today’s buyer has many options to choose from when buying a house.