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Every Indian homeowner has heard of the ancient science of Vaastu Shastra. However, very little is truly known about its benefits and why a home should be Vaastu friendly. The central idea behind Vaastu Shastra is to design your home in a way as to derive the maximum from the natural environment and to circulate positive energy in your home. When a home is in perfect harmony with the environment it trickles into the personal and professional lives of the people inhabiting the space. Vaastu is based on logic and not hokum! Make your visitors feel naturally welcomed and feel the positive energy pulsating through every nook and cranny of your home by following these simple tips.

When building a new home designed by an architect it is only natural to wonder about the quality and feasibility of the finalized design. As a layman you may not be in the best position to evaluate the intricate nuances and implications of a complicated architectural design completely. Hiring another professional like an architect to evaluate the design thoroughly, an interior designer to provide inputs on space sizes, or a quantity surveyor to vet the design for budget constraints etc., will let you review your architect's work accurately. There are many good reasons to double check an architectural design to weed out any flaws that your architect may have missed.

An architect's brief and the initial design discussions, and sketches, are followed by stage 2, the developed design. In this stage the initial design that is agreed upon by you is converted into a more developed conceptual design, including a floor plan, the proposed elevation drawings and a cross sectional drawing enabling you to more fully envision what your finished home will look and feel like. Your architect will provide concept drawings at this stage and discuss the implications of this design on the timeline and project costs as well as other issues like permits etc. So what exactly does a developed design entail? Read on to find out.

An architect provides a design based on your brief and the requirements that you spell out in it, the more detailed and in depth the information the higher the possibility that the design meets your expectations. The design of your home is fluid at the initial stage, where a number of proposals and sketches will be presented by your architect, to provide you with alternatives and options to choose from. It is important to inform your architect of your needs and any concerns that you may have regarding the drawings to achieve a final design that is to your complete satisfaction. To this end we recommend a few additional points to include in your brief for an architect.

When you choose an architect, the decision is based on trustworthy recommendations and reliable referrals. It is important to remember that even a highly recommended, established architect will deliver a design based only on the information that you provide in a 'brief'. Including as much pertinent information as you can in the brief that you put together for your architect will ensure that you achieve a design that is as close as possible to your vision for your home. So what should you include in an architect's brief? Here are a few ideas to get you thinking along the right lines.

An architect's job does not end at the time of handover of approved designs that have been made with your inputs and meet your approval. In fact it is your choice as the client to retain the architect for a variety of services related to building a new home, from conceptualization to move in, a full service architect firm will cover every stage of building your dream home. An important service offered by full service architectural design firms is construction management, where the architect works as your agent to make sure that your building contractor follows architectural plans, ensuring design integrity and a finished home that is made according to the plans on paper as well as supervising the quality of the construction, covering both grade of material inputs used and workmanship standards.

Every home is built on a budget, and every component adds to its final cost. While some contributions to the final cost are obvious like materials and physical inputs procured to actually build your home, others like the cost of hiring an architect may not be as clear. So how do you actually go about matching an architect to your budget? Read on to find out.

Most homeowners or new home builders will wonder what the rate or cost of an architect might be, how to arrive at a reasonable rate to pay and how the payment to the architect will impact the overall construction costs and their bottom line. So what exactly affects the cost of hiring an architect? Read on to find out.

German architect Ole Scheeren has been transforming Asian skylines with his signature geometric style for over a decade. From the gravity-defying CCTV tower in Beijing to The Interlace in Singapore -- which was awarded World Building of the Year 2015 -- Scheeren likes to challenge traditional notions of what constitutes a skyscraper.