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Vaastu For Children's Study Room

Posted: 19 Oct 2010 07:01 AM PDT

  • The apt direction for constructing children's room is west. North or East directions can also be used for constructing kids room.
    Vastu for children room suggests that a married couple should not use East direction bedroom. There is no problem if an unmarried child uses that room.
  • The colour scheme should be mild.
  • Don't place the furniture sticking to the wall, as it obstructs the flow of positive energy.
  • Bed can be placed in the southwest corner.As a part of It is recommended to avoid placing the mirror just on the opposite side of the bed.
    While sleeping children should place their head at east side and legs towards west side, this is good for intelligence, knowledge and memory.

    Your child not have his or her head in north direction while sleeping, it is supposed to be bad for knowledge and memory power.

    If you have more children and need more rooms, construct bedrooms at southwest , south, west, vayavya, agneya, north and east sides. You should not have children's room in the eshan corner.
  • The study desk should be placed in such a manner that the child faces eastern, northern or north-eastern corner while studying. East is the most appropriate direction, as it paves way for enhanced concentration.The books should always be kept in south-west, south or west as lots of books and papers in study room create clutter and mental pressure.
  • Avoid placing the electronic gadgets like TV and Computer in the kids' bedroom. But still if you wish to install one, then for computer, the right place is Southeast corner and for TV, Northwest corner would be fine.
  • Almirahs and cabinets should be located in south or west direction.
  • Use up-lighters at south-east corner in children's room as it is good for health and generates positive energy. Never use sharp lights and spot lights as it creates mental strain.
  • Color affects mood and every aspect of life. Green color is ideally recommended for children's room as it gives freshness, peace and increases brain power.
  • The door of children room should be in the East or the North. Windows in the East and North of the room are beneficial.

Bed Sizes For Rooms

Posted: 18 Oct 2010 11:46 PM PDT

Single or Twin Bed
A single bed is suitable for an individual. This is ideal for bachelors or guest rooms or or kids' room or if you have a servant room.

The dimensions for a typical single bed are 36" X 75".

Twin beds are nothing but single beds that are narrower and can fit into tiniest bedrooms. They are good choices for kids' room or guest room and often come as bunk beds or have 'trundle' fitted under them that can be pulled out to accommodate a sleepover friends. They are 39" wide and about 75" long. Their bedsheets are easily available but it may be too short for some adults. 

Extra long twin beds are 39" wide like a twin bed but is 80" in length to accommodate tall teenagers and adults and are favorite choices for college dorm rooms or attic rooms for singles. However, finding bedding for it can be bit of a headache.

It is not necessary that 'standard' beds and bedding sizes is same everywhere so it is advisable to have the exact measurements with you for better fittings.

Double Bed or Full Bed
A double bed measures 54" X 75". So it is just one and a half times larger than a single bed. If you and/or your family members have a large body frame this is not the right choice for you.

Double and full sized beds may be too short for some adults.

Queen Size bed
This measures around 60" X 78" and is larger than the double/full bed. This allows allow each person 30" of space, which is still much less than the one offered by the twin bed. However, couples often prefer to use it because it occupies less floor area and fit snugly into small master bedrooms of new couples or guest rooms.

Olympic Queen Size bed
An 'Olympic queen' bed is slightly bigger than the standard queen size but neither queen-sized not king-sized bedding will not fit it correctly.

King Size bed
Standard King bed or Eastern King bed is 76" wide and 80" long and allows for 38" of space per person for a couple, while California or Western King bed is 72" wide and 84" long, allowing 36" of width per person and more vertical space for taller persons. You can also opt for two extra-long twin beds instead on one standard sized king bed to allow greater versatility. You may need to search for right fit of sheets before buying one.

Wardrobe Tips

Posted: 18 Oct 2010 11:40 PM PDT

To design a walk-in wardrobe you will need a separate room. You could also use the bedroom balcony. A niche in the wall is also a neat way to contain a wardrobe. But remember the wardrobe should be at least two feet deep.Do not have the wardrobe directly opposite the bed. It is very imposing. Plus, if you want mirrors on the shutters, it is considered bad luck according to Vaastu.

Who's Wardrobe?
The size of the wardrobe depends on who you are designing it for.
For instance, your five-year-old will have trouble reaching his clothes in a six feet high wardrobe or your husband will need more hanging space for his shirts.

Hung Up
You could have hanger space in the lower or upper half. But the height depends on what you need to store. If you have long coats and pants, take into accountthe length.
For a tall wardrobe, you could include a pulley mechanism that lowers the hanging rod every time you need to access something.
Hooks on the insides of shutters are great for belts and ties.

Slide In
Drawers are a must for all the little stuff like lingerie, perfumes and junk jewellery.
For airing purposes you could have pullouts of plastic, cloth or even metal for your lingerie.
Try a pullout about three feet above the ground. This drawer will have a base of horizontal metal rods. Hang up your pants directly on the rods without hangers. This way you can have a view of all the pants from the top.
If you don't want to hang up ties and belts, try drawers with partitions of about 2 inches thick for these.

Rack It
Store your shoes in drawers at the bottom of the wardrobe. But this is not advisable if you have a bad back.
Try a shoe rack in the wardrobe itself so you don't have to bend too much.

All Closed In
There are various designs you could choose from for the wardrobe shutters.
Vented shutters help air out your clothes. But if you are worried about dust getting in, you could have these shutters for just one part of the wardrobe.
If you have a space crunch, try mirrors on the shutters. It makes your room look spacious and doubles up as a dressing area. Avoid mirrors on the insides of shutters.
You could also have a veneer or laminate shutter in a colour of your choice. Another option is Duco paint for that glossy effect.
Lastly, avoid a wardrobe that extends to the floor. Keep a skirting of about 5 inches so the floor below can be easily cleaned. Also the material of thecupboard won't get destroyed in case of contact with water

Furniture Maintenance Guide

Posted: 18 Oct 2010 11:22 PM PDT

There are a number of things that we do not know about the furniture we use. There a number of small problems that crop up every now and then with the furniture that is regularly used. It would be simple if someone gave you a few ideas on small repairs that you can do yourself at home. Given below are a few tips on dealing with simple problems with furniture and answers to some common questions about furniture.
  • Be careful while buying wooden furniture. Furniture made of particleboard and medium density fiberboard is also called "solid wood". But furniture made out of these is not worth buying, as it is harder to repair and heavier than real wood. Buy furniture with signs that explicitly say solid oak wood or cherry wood or ash wood. These are safer to buy.
  • A number of times you want to know the kind of finish that has been used on your furniture. To find out you will have to do a solvent test. Dip cotton in some nail polish remover or acetone and rub over an area that is not easily visible. If the finish softens then the finish is nitrocellulose lacquer, which is the most popular finish in the furniture industry. If the finish softens with alcohol then the finish is shellac. If it does not soften with either acetone or alcohol then the finish is varnish, polyurethane, catalyzed lacquer etc. that cannot be dissolved by its original solvent.
  • If you are applying finish on your furniture then remember to account for humidity. High levels of humidity in the air will prevent the finish from drying and it will turn white or have a dull finish. If a professional is finishing your furniture then allow the piece to dry completely, for a few days before using it.
  • Placing any kind of potpourri directly on the furniture will damage the finish even though it is kept in cloth or plastic bag.
  • If metal bed frames are squeaking then just apply oil to the rivets and this will stop it from squeaking. If a bed made out of wood squeaks, it means it is getting loose and needs re-gluing.
  • In a drawer wood moves against wood and certain parts need to be lubricated. If drawers stick rub some paste wax on the drawer and the wood that it rides on. If this does not work then the drawer needs some repair or is very worn out.
  • Glass tabletops actually protect the wooden tables. Do not allow moisture get trapped between the glass and the wood. Raise the glass tabletop with rubber bumpers, this will allow airspace and let the wood breath.
  • Before using wooden screws rub a little candle or bee's wax or soap on the screw threads and it will move more smoothly.

Choosing Your Builder

Posted: 18 Oct 2010 11:18 PM PDT

Choosing your builder is an immensely important decision. If you pick a skilled craftsman who is properly qualified to do the job it will make the renovation experience stress-free and exciting.
But hire an incompetent goof who doesn't know a spanner from a spaniel and your housing project could be less than enjoyable.
That's why you need to do your homework. Keep the following in mind as you select a builder.
  • Create a list of builders you would consider using. Ask your friends and family for recommendations.
  • Ask these builders where you can see recent examples of their work and speak to the people who employed them. Was the quality of the work up to scratch? Was it completed on time? Was the builder easy to work with?
  • Narrow your list down to three builders. Supply all of them with exactly the same set of requirements and ask each of them for a quote. Read each quote carefully to ensure nothing has been left out and watch for unrealistically low estimations as you may be the victim of a blow out of the budget later down the track. Keep in mind that it's worth paying more for a reputable builder who takes pride in his work.
  • It is absolutely essential to make sure your builder is properly qualified for the type of work you want done. In many states it is illegal for a builder to do residential construction without a proper licence. See below for a summary of licensing laws in each state and tells you who to contact to check that your builder has the appropriate licence.
  • Your builder will not be an invisible presence during your renovation he (or very occasionally she) will be an active member of your household, perhaps for months on end. So ask yourself, 'Can I live with this man in my house?' If the answer is no, it may be advisable to look for a more compatible partner.
  • Many states require a builder to have home warranty insurance to protect you against a botched job or unfinished work. You should ask to see your builder's insurance for yourself. Read more in our section on home warranty insurance.
  • If a builder is pressuring you to sign a contract to avoid 'price rises' he is probably just trying to secure the job. And be extra careful of any builder who wants you to get an owner-builder licence he may not have the right kind of licence for your work or he may be unable to obtain home warranty insurance.
You should ask your builder these important questions:
  1. Are you properly licensed?
  2. Where can I see examples of your work?
  3. What other jobs have you got on at the moment? A contractor with a lot of work on their plate may not be able to properly manage your job.
  4. Who will supervise the work? If your contractor is using a supervisor, make sure the supervisor has sufficient experience in the type of work you want done.
  5. Do you have proper insurance?
  6. How much money do you need for your deposit?
  7. When can you start the work and how long will it take?
  8. What sort of contract will be used? Plain English contracts are available from a number of sources, including the HIA.
  9. How much will it cost?
  10. When are progress payments to be made?
  11. What happens if the work is defective?
  12. Who cleans the site?

House Buying Tips

Posted: 18 Oct 2010 11:07 PM PDT

Must it be a bungalow, a condominium, an apartment or a penthouse? The actual area and size will depend on the size of your family as well as your own personal requirements. Think long term. Maybe you and your spouse require just a one-bedroom apartment at this point in time but plan to have two children later. In that case, a two-bedroom or even a three-bedroom is a better option.
                            Why do you need a house?Are you purchasing it to reside in it? Or do you view property as an investmentand you are looking at capital appreciation. If you are buying to reside in it, you may consider a 3-bedroom apartment. But, if you are planning to rent it out, even if you can afford a 3-bedroom apartment, you may want to settle for a 2-bedroom because the chances of giving it out would be easier. Also, if you are looking at capital appreciation, you should consider making the purchase in the suburbs, where the price appreciation will be higher than in the case of prime property.

  • Which city/state?
  • Will you retire in the city you buy your house?
  • do you want to buy land instead and construct your own home? If you are purchasing a home in a rural set up or in an area where you are not currently residing, you may have to give a Power of Attorney to someone you trust to handle all the property. matters.
  • Check for proper approach roads
  • Ensure secured electricity and water connections.
  • Ensure that well laid out drainage, sewerage and garbage disposal arrangements have been made.
  • Is there any pollution due to industries etc in the area?
  • Level of developmental activities of the area - adequate public transport facilities and other vital amenities like educational institutions, hospitals and shopping avenues
  • What is the distance from your home to the market? Are you comfortable with it?
  • Are you children's schools nearby?
  • What about a hospital or nursing home?
  • What is the distance from the main road? Would you prefer it as far away from the main road as possible. Is public transport easily available?
  • Is there a club nearby?
  • Is there a bank branch in the vicinity or at least an automated teller machine (ATM)? Are you happy with the greenery? How far away is it from your workplace?

  • Check if your builder/promoter has been granted documented approvals from Municipal Corporation, Area Development Authorities, Electricity Boards, Water Supply & Sewerage Boards, Airport Area Authorities
  • Check if the builder/promoter has secured approvals from Pollution Control Boards, Agriculture & Forest Authorities

  • Check for proper Development Agreements and the authority for conveyance of title in favour of builder/promoter.
  • Obtain a clear and marketable title of the property.
  • Ensure execution of proper sale agreements on your initial payments.
  • See the sanctioned plan.
  • Register the property.
  • Verify the plinth and carpet area of the property

  • Verify the specifications given by the builder regarding including quality of construction and availability of drinking and potable water have been delivered
  • Assess the natural lighting, ventilation, water connection & sanitary connection status of your prospective property.
  • Check up common service area charged and their reasonability

Other factors
If it is an apartment, you will have to check out the building too.
  • Is parking available? Is it open or closed?
  • Is there any security provided by the society? Is security provided round the clock?
  • Is the builing well maintained? Is the monthly maintenance affordable?
  • Are you on the lookout for a housing complex that also has a pool and agymnasium?
  • Is water supply proper and available for all 24 hours in a day?
  • Are there many power cuts in the neighbourhood?

Is it a resale?
  • Are you happy with the size of the rooms?
  • Would your furniture fit into this house?
  • Does this home receive adequate sunlight?
  • Would you prefer your entrance facing a particular direction?
  • Are you happy with the flooring, wiring and the tiling?
  • Is the paint peeling? Has the plaster cracked?
  • Are you happy with the plumbing?
  • Is there any evidence of termites?
  • Does it have adequate number of bathrooms and toilets?
  • If you had to do work in the house, get an estimate of how much that is going to cost you.
  • Is it Vaastu compliant?
  • Documents
  1. Title deeds of the vendor of the property.
  2. Previous title deeds covering a period of 13 years.
  3. Sanctioned plan.
  4. Encumbrance certificate for the past 13 years.
  5. Upto-date tax paid receipts.
  6. Valuation of the property from a registered valuer.
  7. Check if the flat/apartment is free from tenancy.

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