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January 21, 2023 admin

Since times immemorial, man has tried to adapt and recreate the surroundings according to needs. Renovation is a significant idea since it only increases the value of the house but also the comfort of the user. Face-lifting a home is a way to provide a dramatic and distinguished presentation of the surroundings with a knock-on effect of increased aesthetics. One can play around with colours, textures, elements, accessories and movable furniture.

To name a few building elements which dramatically change a house’s exterior are- decks, entry porches, verandahs, pergolas, and privacy screens. Replacing external cladding, rendering existing brickwork, re-roofing, upgrading landscape treatment, painting a house with a new colour scheme, and replacing and paving old driveways can significantly change the vibe of the exterior. While the interior design adds to the comfort and aesthetics of living spaces, the exterior contributes to the visual identity of a home, providing a distinctive appeal. This presents an opportunity to create a more contemporary appearance.

The recent reconstruction project by Design Consortia at DLF, Gurgaon demanded a delicate refinement of interior spaces resulting in an extensive makeover of the external North-west facade. For instance, when the bedroom on the top floor has been redesigned as a private sanctuary, a free-standing wall is created to form a screen that maintains the privacy of the bedroom. This wall runs across the side of the site, providing privacy for the premises while also allowing adequate natural light to flow through the spaces. 

In the case of this project, invariable importance is given to both the functionality and aesthetic regime of the structure. Though the renovation needed the strengthening of beams and columns to retain the existing structural grid, there isn’t a compromise on upgrading the aesthetics. The redesign of this home includes getting rid of RCC- therefore, steel-framed structures are projected out as balconies that also add to the elevation aesthetics.

The low-maintenance facade is in increasing demand with facelifting the exteriors in homes. Materiality plays a vital role in designing low-maintanance facades. For instance, the DLF project opts for a durable material palette, especially on the facade, that includes treated wooden panels, glass, and GRC jaalis, which contribute to low maintenance and as well as aesthetics.

The upgrade of the exterior also includes landscaping that surrounds the property, including the lawns, pavement, and driveways. The DLF home features an artificial lawn adjacent to the driveway as a part of the renovation. The double-height interior complements the exterior greenery by creating an outdoor connection. 

The exterior facelift to the home is almost a byproduct of the interior renovations which initiate the project. However, this external facelift can have just the appropriate impact on the comfort of the home simultaneously, creating a new identity for the home.


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December 1, 2021 admin

Man, no matter how advanced, is linked to nature. There is advancement in green architecture all over the world. According to a study, people are more positive and in a better mood when architecture and nature coexist, and environmental damage is reduced on a greater scale. With the recognition of this requirement, the architectural world is intervening with design styles and benefits that lets users experience the natural world in proximity. This is either introduced through biophilic design or green walls.

With the biophilic design, users can live in constant contact with nature by combining open spaces and landscape areas with developed spaces. One of the best ways to amalgamate architecture with nature is to use natural materials in their most raw or unprocessed state. Every day, one is in constant contact with spatial materials in their surroundings. As a result, the use of natural materials such as wood, clay, mud, stone, bamboo, and other similar materials in buildings brings one closer to nature. Additionally, using a colour palette that includes earthy colour schemes greys, blue, brown, earthy green, and rusty tints promote a sense of harmony between people and nature.

The use of solar panels, rainwater harvesting systems, natural heating and cooling systems, garbage, and sewage treatment systems additionally supply vital resources to the structure while simultaneously reducing the environmental effect on a larger scale. It also makes consumers aware of their responsibilities to the environment. Simple and minimalistic design without extraneous lines and forms, as well as the inclusion of natural materials, creates an environment that keeps consumers more linked to the built layout.

It is crucial to include outdoor spaces in the built environments and have an access to sunlight and ventilation throughout the day. Natural stones can be used as decorative elements and sculptures in the interiors of the house while planters can be used for indoor gardening and an aesthetic decor. 

Combining architecture with nature involves not just the design of spatial features, but also the impact that architecture has on the environment at a larger scale. The amount of waste generated during construction and afterward should be kept to a minimum, and the entire construction process should be meticulously managed. To lessen the adverse impact on the environment, one must aim to return what is taken from nature in the least polished form possible.

Design Consortia is one such architectural firm that truly believes in combining architecture with nature in all ways possible, be it sustainability or adding greenery in the designs. The infusion of architecture into nature is one step that the AEC industry is consciously taking with sustainable designs and using the resources available judiciously.


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November 30, 2021 admin

As people are becoming smarter, so are their homes! While this statement might seem outrageous, it is true. With a rapid rise and developments made in the field of technology, automation is an element that is also being embraced in the residential sector.  Home automation refers to the interconnectivity various Wi-Fi and BlueTooth based devices are connected to each other in a singular and comprehensive system. These systems are easily controlled with the help of voice assistants like Siri or Bixby. Through the introduction of home assistants like Google Home and Alexa, many Indian homes have already taken the first step for a full-fledged automatic home. By 2025, it is expected that one trillion devices will be connected through an Internet of Things (IoT), making for an easily navigable and smart home.

The most basic step developers have taken when the concept of home automation was introduced was by developing smart lighting systems. These lighting systems include bulbs, LED lights, and colour strips. What makes them unique from traditional lighting systems is that they do not need a physical switch to operate. As they are connected to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, they can be controlled through voice or physical actions. These systems are also smart for another reason – they are motion-activated. So, when there is a user in a room, these lights activate automatically, and as the person leaves the room, these lights switch off automatically. While this development might seem insignificant, they are a superb way to save electricity. Technologies like these are good for the environment while saving your money!

Safety & security is a very important part of being a modern homeowner. In recent years, the security systems developed have made leaps and bounds in comparison to the technologies seen a decade ago. The CCTV is a humble yet very powerful asset one can equip their homes with. Residents are able to access CCTV footage remotely, get alerts for movements, and even store important recordings on the Cloud. Apart from CCTV cameras, there is also smart doorbell and locks. Smart locks allow the user to lock the door remotely. Similarly, smart doorbells allow the resident to attend to doorbells remotely through an audio and video recording device. Home keys are also becoming obsolete – residents can simply enter their homes using an RIFD card. It is harder for thieves to get in as the card doesn’t leave any room for lockpicking. Some devices also trigger an alarm and alert the authorities if they detect any kind of suspicious activity.

There is nothing wrong with traditional sockets, per se, but in the age of technology, this house staple has also gotten a much-needed upgrade. The socket has been around for decades, but the modern socket also has a USB outlet that allows users to directly connect their wires to the socket. A great advantage of a USB charging port is that it can be controlled remotely. As these sockets are connected to the devices of the house, they can easily be controlled for user convenience. Some outlets have taken it a step further by adding an energy monitoring component, giving the user detailed reports on how much time it has been kept switched on and the amount of energy consumed. Similarly, speakers are also connected to a device system that runs throughout the house. Again, it is connected with the help of a voice automatic system that can easily be controlled by the user. 

Smart homes have become the revolution that no one expected but everyone needed. In a couple of years, smart homes will be as common as smartphones, which is a welcome change people need in their hectic lives.