How to find some extra space in your home

How to find some extra space in your home

Chennai

Are all your closets and drawers already way too occupied? Irrespective of how big your home is, some extra space is always a boon. Most homes overlook spaces that would be ideal for storage. Here’s how you can find that space in your home.

While growing up, weren’t you enticed by stories of secret nooks and hidden compartments in homes and attics mentioned in your favourite mystery books and movies?

These days, however, with living spaces in the city getting smaller, hidden spaces have become a necessity. They take care of the extra stuff and make your home appear clutter-free. Here are a few ways through which you can incorporate some secret storage spaces in your home. The target here is to utilise your visible space for storage without making it look like a storage space.

Raghav Kapur, Region Head – South India, SILA gives us a few hidden storage ideas:

Under the bed and headboard – With rolling bin and drawers, the area under the bed can be utilised for off-season clothes and footwear. The headboard too can be used for multi-storage purposes; above the toilet – Install a traditional medical cabinet or hang a wicker basket to store your towels or toiletries. Hang it right above the toilet seat;

Inside the cabinet doors – Install hooks on the inside of your cabinet doors, which can be used to hang utensils and measuring cups in the kitchens, cleaning supplies in the bathrooms and clothes in the bedroom;

Corner of the walls – The corners of walls are spaces that are usually overlooked. They can be capitalised on by adding a shoe rack, book table, or a cabinet for electronics. This can be done for every room in the house.

Gita Ramanan, Co-founder and Designer of Design Café helps us with the pros and cons of hidden storage spaces

Pros:

You can hide valuables and important documents; an intelligent way to organise spaces and give the illusion of a clutter-free home; for families with children it helps store their toys and can also be utilised to keep a few things out of their reach.

Cons:

Hidden spaces have to be customised into your furniture and may not meet the space expectations; they tend to be a bit unwieldy and might not be very handy in an emergency; you may end up cluttering the home in order to store more. Make a design plan and follow it to make your home look organised as well as attractive.

DIY ideas to create storage spaces

Staircase

Use removable ply or drawers to make storage spaces under each step;

Tuck-into innovations

Use pullouts and pushaway furniture for those units, which don’t have high utility;

Furniture storage

Opt for storage ottomans and closet cradles to turn your functional items into storage spaces. You can also build a drawer under your dining table; this way all your cutlery items would be where you require them. You can also do this under you coffee/ centre-table and use it to store remote controls, magazines, etc;

Floating shelves

Incorporate floating shelves with drawers under them on one of the walls of the room. You can utilise the shelf to display books, artifacts or plants;

Wall cavities

Make sure you have all the permission required to make cavities in your wall. These cavities can be used to store a variety of things. Just add a photo frame over it to cover up the hole in the wall.

Slides next to the kitchen counter

A sliding vertical drawer next to the kitchen counter or kitchen can be used to store spices or utensils. A similar drawer next to the wardrobe can be used to store dupattas, neck ties, socks and much more.

Pooja Mahimkar, Times Property, The Times of India, Chennai

Old is Gold – the bloom of OMR Chennai

Old is gold

Chennai

Although the rise of OMR began more than a decade back, it seems that the growth of this stretch in the realty space is set to continue for a long time to come.

The IT boom in Chennai brought with it, apart from the numerous job opportunities, the bloom of OMR. In no time, the city had expanded into the outskirts and OMR transformed from a sleepy little stretch to the bustling area we know today.

The area that no one considered worth investing in, has today become the most sought after address in Chennai. With one of the best ecosystems in the city and good infrastructural development, the area has become one of the most sought after areas to invest in. According to Vidhyadharan G, General Manager at a home appliances showroom, the IT corridor has also given other business in the area, an opportunity to thrive. “With the floating population as well as a huge number of people looking to settle down here, businesses have hit the jackpot. Also, the disposable income has been a major factor in the enhancement of the economic development of the area,” says Vidhyadharan G, General Manager at a home appliances showroom.

The real estate industry has benefitted most from recent developments. The demand has been quite high in the past five years and has been led mainly by tech corporates, media, infrastructure, real estate, logistics and BFSI firms. “The 45km long Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) stretch, also known as the IT corridor, is witnessing heightened real estate activity in the Rs 40-80 lakh price bracket due to the establishment of various IT business parks and dedicated SEZs in this region. OMR continues to thrive among home buyer’s attention with around 35,000 units launched over the past 5 years. The average capital values of OMR are between Rs 3,500-5,900/sft,” says Santhosh Kumar, Vice-Chairman for a well-known property consulting firm.

It is not just the demand for buying property that has seen a major boom, there is also a huge demand for residential spaces on rent. Bachelors choose to rent apartments with friends and colleagues instead of buying an apartment. “I relocated to OMR about a year back when a friend needed a flatmate and asked me to move into his house. Not only did it cut down the travelling time by half, I also get more space and more amenities for the same amount I was paying in R A Puram and there are so many people like me who moved to OMR for the cost benefits,” says Karthik Kumar, an IT professional. And it goes without saying that there is no dearth of residential spaces put up for rent in the area. “For many home owners, buying a second home here was an investment and they choose to give it out on rent to people working in the area. And plus, the rent is not as high as other areas, so it is a win-win,” says Sundar Kumar, an HR consultant.

The growing population in the area has led to whopping investments in residential projects in the area and a steady infrastructural development of the area. IT parks, arterial roads, schools, hospitals, parks, shopping malls, movie theatres, play grounds, hotels, restaurants, resorts, recreational facilities and a bus terminus have brought about a slew of residential facilities that can boast of being the best in the city. With all amenities available at an arm’s length, social infrastructure has come a long way from what it was a few years back. Even within gated communities, most developers offer amenities like health clubs, sports facilities, supermarkets etc, so that residents don’t need to travel far for basic needs. OMR has grown into a well-planned suburb sought after by everyone.

Source: Times Property, The Times of India, Chennai

Feng Shui prosperity vibes

Feng Shui prosperity vibes

Chennai

Prosperity and abundance circulate through the universe and through all our lives. It is a never-ending flow of giving and receiving. Many associate prosperity with financial wealth but true riches are of many kinds. Along with material wealth, there is also love, friendship, family, health, knowledge and spirituality, which are essential in our lives.

Harmonising our inner self and immediate surroundings can open the channels to achieve greater prosperity and abundance in our lives.

It’s no surprise that we would most often be faced with bad energy due to our immediate surrounding and environment around our building. These may give rise to ill-fortune in the form of bad relationships, loss of wealth, legal entanglement or illness.

When Feng Shui principles based on accurate compass readings and a variety of specific calculations are applied, they can indeed activate your ‘human’ and ‘earth luck’ and help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

Feng Shui teaches us that our surroundings affect us and that we, in turn, are reflections of our surroundings.

Oriental texts say that abundance has a particular vibration, a signature energy field; hence, when the building resonates in harmony, it leads to both, more flow and energy between occupants and their desires.

SBS Surendran, Times Property, The Times of India, Chennai