Understanding Vastu Shastra: Easing the Dilemma of a Home Buyer [Part I]

This is part 1 of the series of 9 articles presented on Vastu Shastra. A home buyer, at times, begins the journey of owning a home with a single point agenda of ‘Vastu compliance’. The journey is not an easy one, and is riddled with many roadblocks and confusions. These articles are meant to ease the confusion, or perhaps, bridge the lack of a balanced perspective around Vastu while: i) planning on buying and/or constructing a home, and ii) to assist the home buyer to zero-in on the most sensible choice of an apartment.

Buying a new home? Have the right checklist before booking your apartment or house!

Understanding the difference between three factors is extremely critical for a new home buyer viz. Legal factors, Extraneous factors, and Intrinsic factors. Normally, when we browse for a checklist or consider buying a new home, we tend to focus on two things: ‘legal factors’ and ‘extraneous factors’. ‘Legal factors’ comprise things like ownership, conversion & land permissions, occupancy certificate, RERA compliance and other statutory approvals. The ‘extraneous factors’ comprise considerations like buyer-requirements, unit size, family & lifestyle needs, location & access preferences, amenities, possession time frame, budget & financials, purpose of investment, and so on.

A key element of a vigilant home buyer’s checklist: Soil testing rigour by the builder

It is horrifying to see cracks develop in your home after a few years, to see the structure slowly deteriorate, get a rundown look, and worse still to see the structure tilt or collapse!  The preventive solution lies in an uncompromising pre-construction rigour that helps alleviate all the threatening and negative possibilities. One such critical activity that a builder must undertake is a thorough Soil testing, and take construction decisions based on the wisdom of soil testing results.

Era of Electric Vehicle (EV) arrives! Residential builders respond by offering EV charging sockets!!

Consumer sentiment globally is driving the Automobile industry towards producing high performance, energy efficient Electric Vehicles. With a promise of zero emission and a rapidly increasing environmental consciousness, this global green crusade is underway at a much faster pace than we can imagine. So, if the era of Electric Vehicles has arrived, then we need the equivalent of a gas station, which is a charging station both commercially, and also at our homes or places where we visit. A charging station is a part of infrastructure that supplies electric energy to recharge plug-in electric vehicles.

Robosand vs. Natural Sand: a trade-off?

Traditionally, construction materials like ‘concrete’ require mixing of cement, river-sand, larger aggregates (gravel), and water. With the unprecedented growth of construction industry world-wide, procuring ‘river-sand’ is becoming more difficult and costlier with every passing year. Global regulations are applying brakes over the excessive exploitation of river-sand.

Which is better? RMC or Miller?

We often see construction ‘Ready Mix’ trucks carrying big ‘concrete mixer tank’, bearing names like Birla Ready Mix, UltraTech Ready Mix, ACC Ready Mix and so on. Adorned with huge spindle-shaped tanks, these trucks catch our attention. Let’s ponder: As home buyers, should we look only for homes/apartments made with the most modern equipment like RMC mixer? If we see an old school manual ‘Miller’ being used for construction of our home, does that mean we are getting a sub-standard home or apartment that lacks sturdiness? What if the ‘columns’ or ‘slabs’ in our apartment/home are crafted with the old-timer manual ‘Miller made concrete’? Would it mean that the builder has gotten us befooled?