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Families are increasingly flocking to facilities such as the Murasoli Maran Park near Perambur flyover in Chennai on Sunday. Photo: V. Ganesan
The HinduFamilies are increasingly flocking to facilities such as the Murasoli Maran Park near Perambur flyover in Chennai on Sunday. Photo: V. Ganesan
The future looks bright for north Chennai with the extension of phase II of Chennai Metro Rail, the planned smart city in Ponneri and the completion of the Outer Ring Road. Vishal Menon looks at three... »
More than a loo, with a few small changes, your bathroom can be a beautiful part of the home. Photo: Special Arrangement

Room for Relaxation

Your ignored bathroom can be so much more with just a few touches, says Teja Lele Desai »
Light it up Skylights make balconies and verandahs look bright and roomy. At the Nalapat residence.

Healthy designs

Depending on functionality, the elements can be tweaked to create an ambience that is positive and healthy, says architect Arun Nalapat »
Potted Plants: Make great gifts

Nurture nature

Are you busy and still interested in gardening? Green Orchid Nursery offers tips and services that you could find useful. »
The initiative comes in the background of the Union Ministry’s ongoing National Solar Mission, which aims to generate 20,000 MW of grid-linked solar power by the year 2022.

Solar harvest

A recently launched scheme to encourage grid-connected small solar power generation facilities on rooftops will go a long way in achieving the goals of National Solar Mission. »
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Let your garden be a mix of vegetables, fruits and ornamental plants Photo: K. Bhagya Prakash
HYDERABAD,September 18, 2014

Fresh from my garden

Will palak dal taste better if the spinach is plucked from your own kitchen garden? Is it better to use baby spinach, cherry tomatoes and lettuce from your backyard to toss up a salad, where you k... »
Her Atri Herbal Nursery has 15 plant varieties. She also has ready-made garden kits for people. Photo: R. Ravindran
Chennai,September 13, 2014

Home-grown solutions to life’s little problems

You have cold, she has the cure. You want to look good, she has the beauty solutions. You want to go green, she has the expertise to show you how. If Subashree Vijay of Alwarthirunagar has... »
September 12, 2014

The sanitation challenge

The U.N. set the Millennium Development Goals or the MDG between 2000 and 2015. Goals 4 and 7 was to halve the number of people without access to improved water or sanitation. The goal for water is... »
Dennis Kelsey addressing 12th Indian Green Building Congress2014 in Hyderabad. Photo: Special Arrangement
September 12, 2014

Smart buildings make for a smart city

Soon after the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of 100 smart cities, there began a buzz about making the buildings smart. Only smarter buildings can make a city smarter, assert those off... »
Accesorize your home with gold-plated artefacts
Chennai,September 12, 2014

Gold-plated artefacts for your home

Artefacts store Mantra has launched a line of gold-coated decorative accents for the home. The products on display range from traditional pieces to larger-than-life Buddha statues made of brass,... »
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September 12, 2014

Legal Q&A

Please clarify my query regarding patta or name transfer of property. In 2009, my father had constructed three new flats on one ground of land in Chennai. He had executed three separate irrevoc... »
Koichiro Koide, MD
September 5, 2014

Smart and safe

What is a smart city?We envision smart cities as part of a sustainable society in which people live, work, and play in safety and comfort while coexisting in harmony with the environ... »
Ravindran’s bonsai garden at Padmanabhapuram
September 5, 2014

Honey, I shrunk the trees

A two-acre spot hosts them all. Sprawling banyans, lime and jade trees, various species of adenium, tamarind, bougainvillea, tropical pine, baobab (that’s said to have the biggest trunk in the pl... »
September 5, 2014

Chennai developer bags awards

Amarprakash Developers, a city-based real estate company, has bagged six awards at the 5th CMOASIA Awards 2014 for Excellence in Branding and Marketing held in Singapore recently. Of the awa... »
A multi-storey building under construction on L.B. Road
September 5, 2014

Legal Q & A

There is a residential tower on the OMR, with nearly 800 apartments, for which booking commenced in 2007. Several customers who have booked apartments even from the year 2010 are still waiting t... »

Making it affordable

Living in beneficial homes

Restore and reuse

Temple of education cries for attention

The world water week is here

Suburban problems

Hasty haute

Thumbs up for Bangalore

MYSORE,September 16, 2014

IIM-B’s realty portal aims to promote transparency

In an effort to usher in transparency in the real estate market, the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, will launch a crowdsourcing portal, www.iboughtproperty.com, on Wednesday to create... »
September 12, 2014

Green sense: a connect with local rating systems

The Indian construction industry operates on a long delegation chain stretching from owner, manager and designer at the starting point to the helper at the other end. In between we have the builder... »
Air-conditioners at a shopping mall on Mahatma Gandhi Road in Vijayawada. File Photo
September 12, 2014

Proper building plan can avoid use of ACs

Can Green homes and air-conditioners go hand in hand? Can one design a green home without shunning the usage of refrigerator? “Yes, it is possible,” says D. Nirmal Ram, national president,... »
N. Sridhar, a resident of Saibaba Colony in Coimbatore, has installed solar panels at his house. Photo: S. Siva Saravanan
September 12, 2014

Conserving energy and water

N. Sridhar, who resides in Saibaba Colony, ventured into green initiatives five years ago. He went in for rainwater harvesting structure first and later installed 3.5 kw rooftop solar energy system... »
Eco-friendly: Artist sketch of the mobile home
Chennai,September 12, 2014

Small idea

As the trend for tiny houses heats up, New York design firm Stereotank has come up with a startling new idea for a very basic home. Called Taku Tanku, it is made from two 3,000 litre recycled water... »
Multi storeyed building construction at Ambattur Industrial Estate in Chennai. Photo: K. Pichumani
September 5, 2014

Life in the West

With north Chennai struggling to break out of its unglamorous reputation and south Chennai fighting to fulfil the hype, west Chennai has emerged from the shadows to make a strong case for itself a... »
All rise: View of the skyscrapers coming up in south Mumbai
September 5, 2014

Luxury doesn’t come cheap

The developers are trumping it up with designer labels for homes. You’ve got Armani, Trump and even several Indian star designers lending their names to properties. And at first glance, some of th... »
Mukul Goyal
September 5, 2014

Art of creation

Mukul Goyal was always interested in art; so interested that after completing his engineering degree from IIT-Kanpur, he thought he would be an artist. In the late 80s, while studying at NID-Ahmeda... »
Car parking
September 5, 2014

Parking goes to another level

The Chennai Silks store in T. Nagar has installed a new German parking system to ease congestion, and make parking easy for its customers. The store has introduced the Klaus Car Parking system, a... »
September 5, 2014

Mid-end housing segment scores

Bangalore sees highest appreciation of 41% in the mid-end segment and 37% in the high-end segment amongst major cities across India during the last 3 years Bangalore records maximum appreci... »

Durban lessons

Out of Space?

Country of flowers

Breathing life into buildings

Try retrofitting first

A step in the right direction

Spaces: Traditional Kerala-type house in Injambakkam