Space for festive cheer

Space for festive cheer

Chennai

On occasions, have you ever felt like you are being held back by something and do not have the energy to succeed in what you wish to pursue? There could be many reasons for such a feeling to exist in a home, but from the Feng Shui point of view, the primary cause could be clutter. Clutter is stagnant and confusing energy that drains you out. The area where the clutter exists in your home is said to have a negative influence and blocks the flow of events pertaining to specific areas in your life.

Most people hate to accept that they have accumulated clutter, while some avoid clearing it up because it calls for effort and time. But the real reason is that clearing clutter is an emotional process and requires a lot of emotional stamina too;

The benefits of clearing clutter, both, of the living space and mental clutter by adapting Feng Shui ensures that you don’t get burdened in the long-run;

Most often, the areas which are prone to stagnation and clutter are the main door or entrance area, kitchen and bedroom;

The entrance of your house gets most of the energy nourishment, and in Feng Shui, it is called the mouth of Chi (energy). Hence, provide a visual relief to your main entry. Discard or move any objects such as the recycle bins from full view, old, unused or broken pots, dust bins, etc;

In the kitchen, clear out the refrigerator, clean the stove and all the pots and pans. Clean out all the drawers and wipe the light fixtures clean. In Feng Shui, the state of your kitchen is the state of your health, especially the liver. So do your health a favour and clean up that kitchen;

Next look at your bedroom; clear the clutter under the bed. Thoroughly clear and clean your closets. Let go of as many items as possible that you have not used in a long time and give away to charity;

Once you have been able to identify and de-clutter your space, you can bring in a spot of freshness and a breath of life by adding lush green plants or a water feature in the east sector of your living room or entrance. Alternatively, if you cannot have plants or a water feature in your space, bring the energy of the certain Feng Shui elements with the colour green or brown or with artwork depicting either a body of water or lush greenery;

Remember, no amount of wind chimes, good Feng Shui colours, water features or Feng Shui plants will negate the depressing energy of clutter in a home. So, focus on decluttering and you will surely see positive changes soon.

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

Studio apartments: Easy on pocket, low on maintenance

Studio apartments: Easy on pocket, low on maintenance

Chennai

Changing tastes and preferences have led to a demand for studio apartments over the years in many parts of the city.

In the last decades, the demography of Chennai has changed drastically. There has been a steady inflow of population into the city from different parts of the country. Many of these new generation professionals are looking forward to buying their own home within the first few years of their first job. This has led to a demand for studio apartments, which comprise all the elements of a home in a single room.

Right from low cost to low maintenance, the advantages of a studio apartment are many and are preferred by bachelors and travelling executives alike. Ravi, a city based realty expert says that these studio apartments are also being used as service apartments by the corporates. “Primarily, it catered to the needs of travelling executives posted in different cities. The professionals who have offsite assignments always tend to invest in studio apartments if they are offered by the developers, which gives them flexibility to travel during a shortterm assignment.”

Often termed as one room-kitchen apartment, these apartments have an attached bathroom and have an area range of 200 to 450 sqft. A studio apartment, also known as a studio flat or self-contained apartment, efficiency apartment or bachelor apartment, is a small apartment which combines living room, bedroom, and kitchenette into a single room. It is apt for a small family area ranging around 200 to maximum up to 450 square feet. Studio apartments are the entry level in the housing spectrum and are priced between ’25 to ’30 lakh.

Prices do play an important role; if the pricing is high then the buyer would opt for a compact two-BHK apartment instead of a studio apartment. Chennai being a conservative market, the design is slightly tweaked to accommodate a separate bedroom.

Arun Nair, a marketing representative, who moved into a studio apartment two years back maintains that price was the deciding factor. He says, “The cost played a key role and getting the best deal in the heart of the city is tough. I wanted a studio apartment as it provides you a compact space which is easy to maintain and clean. Also, studio apartments are always a good option for bachelors because of the low maintenance and cost factor.”

The demand for studio apartments is big among business executives. Ravi adds, “The demand for studio apartments has been growing consistently over the last few years and this demand is here to stay. With large companies setting up their units in Chennai and emergence of IT-space, we are looking at serious numbers required in the coming years.”

Source: Times Property, The Times of India, Chennai

How to find some extra space in your home – 360 Property Mgmt

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

2019

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