TOP 10 SECRETS TO REDUCE CONSTRUCTION COST | A PLUS R ARCHITECTS 

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Building a dream home is everyone’s aspiration. Every person wants to construct a home where they can cherish their memories. But when people want to make their dream into reality it is very hard to fulfil. It is because house construction costs are not cheap nowadays. For the middle-class family it is about investing their whole life income in building a home. People always search for ways to reduce construction costs. 

That’s why many people find it a large investment in their life. For this reason, they try to save as much as possible to get the optimum value of their price. Also, some people go for loans that are why it is necessary to effectively use the money to get maximum benefit. It is not a big task nowadays to construct a low-cost house in India. 

1. SOIL TEST:

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Soil test is critical for constructing a building. The most important part of any building is the part under the ground – the foundations. The larger the building, the more important this is. 

Soil testing gives necessary information to determine the type of foundation required. Indeed, it also determines what sort of material to be used for construction and the load it can bear.  Soil testing also helps eliminate various types of building failures. 

  • Identifying suitable construction materials 
  • Identifying type of foundation needed 
  • Helps avoid resting foundations on poor soil or inadequate depth 
  • Helps avoid resting foundation on reclaimed soil 
  • Identify soil liquefaction possibilities during earthquake 

2. BUY FROM LOCAL VENDORS:

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While buying material for construction, try to buy from local vendors in and around 5km of the site, as this will reduce your transportation cost, labour cost  and material cost. 

 If you purchase material from the local dealers and wholesale shops, then there will be less expenditure regarding construction material. Because the dealer will give you more discounts and offers as you purchase more material. 

For example if the site is Chennai, buy from surrounding places like Coimbatore, Bengaluru and Hyderabad

3. HAVE AN ESTIMATE/PLAN:

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Before getting started on the planning process, start collecting estimates. These early estimates will be approximate, but they can help in making important building decisions. Once the likely costs are estimated, you can modify the  plans to meet the budget. Estimating building costs helps you get closer to the budget, when more details and information are gathered. 

4. LOCALLY SOURCED MATERIALS:

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Ensure that you go for local materials. It’s not just about the cost of gas on default, seeing as how an overloaded truck (or any vehicle in general) tends to spend more gas to traverse the same distance. 

Furthermore, the greater the distance it passes while overburdened, the more often it will break down. In other words, going for local materials saves you money in more than several ways. You will lower the environmental impact of your construction site, which is one more thing worth keeping in mind. 

For example, in Kerala red bricks and laterite blocks are available. In Chennai, you can opt for fly ash bricks and concrete. 

5. MORE NO. OF WINDOWS AND OPENINGS IN HOUSE:

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Having a lot of windows and openings in the house reduces the wall quantity. Lesser walls mean more natural light inside the house, implying lower electricity costs. It also reduces the surface area of the house so it reduces construction costs like material costs of foundation, brick concrete, bricks etc.,

6. BUILD DURING OFF SEASON:

Constructing during the off season has a lot of benefits. It saves you on the manpower, material costs and the availability of the resources is also high during this season. 

7. FILLER SLAB AND RAT TRAP BOND:

Instead of building a full concrete roof, you can use filler slabs that could reduce up to 40 per cent of the overall cost of your roof. You use far less concrete and steel when you use filler material such as bricks, tiles, mud blocks, or broken cement blocks on the roof. Filler slabs also reduce the weight on load-bearing walls and foundation. 

You can save about 25 percent of costs on bricks with this simple method. The Rat Trap Bond is a masonry technique that creates a hollow cavity between bricks while keeping the thickness of the wall intact. It reduces the amount of bricks and cement used, while also reducing the overall load of the structure, leading to cost-cutting in other areas. The hollow space in the walls also thermal-proofs the house. 

8. CUT DOWN ON PLASTERING COST:

The cost of plastering and painting is quite a huge part of the overall budget, as it involves plastering, adding putty and then adding colour. However, if you have an excellent team of skilled labour, you could actually consider leaving the brickwork exposed, without any plastering. It adds a warm and simple touch and can cut costs down by 10-15 per cent. The same applies to concrete works. Exposed walls and surfaces are aesthetically very appealing.

9. WATER EFFICIENT FIXTURES:

Control of water flow and water efficiency can be gained using various fixtures like low flow shower heads sinks with auto shut off mechanism and water saving toilets and urinals and equipment that saves water including dishwashers, clothes washers, other commercial kitchen equipment such as sprayers and steam cookers. It reduces costs in the long-run and advocates a green concept.  

10. HIRE A RIGHT ARCHITECT:

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An architect is more than a mere designer of buildings. An Architect, in fact, has the unique advantage of having a 360-degree view of a construction project by virtue of which she/he plays a critical role in any building project from conception to delivery. An Architect is usually the only person who has discussed and understood a client’s requirement with his/her budget constraints and the one who also understands local site and planning constraints. The decisions taken by an architect at every stage impact not only the spatial design of a building but also the construction costs, quality and time taken for completion of the same.

Why hire an architect ?

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1.Most Important aspect by saving Cost

2.Project Management

3.Prevent Major Blunder And Errors

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4.If there are Errors then Architect can provide Solutions more Creatively

5.Better Understanding of the Client and Project Needs

6.Good Design is A Very Good Investment on a Long Run Saving Operation Costs

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7. Specific Design Solution

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8.Contractor Negotiation

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9.Select Appropriate Material and Finishes

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10.Energy Efficiency and Time Management

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Top 10 Best Architectural Cities to Visit in Europe

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1. Brussels

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Brussels is rightly famed for its Art Nouveau architecture – this was the home of architects Victor Horta and Paul Hankar, after all, who is credited with designing the two first Art Nouveau Building in the World.


More than 1000 buildings, from private homes to schools, cafes, and shops, were built in the Art Nouveau style in Brussels at the turn of the 19th century, using materials usually associated with an industrial building, such as iron, glass, and exposed brick – and around 500 remain intact.

2. Barcelona

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In Barcelona, the cradle of contemporary urbanism, the landscape is enriched with endless layers of history. Since its first settlers, Roman colonists, generation after generation built here, one on top of another.


Romans, Visigoths, and a brief Islamic period are still embedded within the city’s prettiest streets. These old architectural stories are delightfully present nowadays. At first glimpse, the traveler can spot a 14th-century stone cathedral coexisting with a computer-generated undulating structure – in harmony. Not many cities manage temporary tension as good as Barcelona.

3. Amsterdam/Rotterdam

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Amsterdam is the capital city of the Netherlands and one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Amsterdam’s name derives from Amstelredamme, indicative of the city’s origin around a dam in the river Amstel. Its origins lie in the 12th century.


Amsterdam is a fascinating architectural mixture of 17th-century canals with UNESCO status, works of Dutch architect Berlage and the architectural movement Amsterdam School and innovative new projects in the business district The Zuidas and the neighborhood Eastern Docklands.

4. Prague

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Prague is one of the best-preserved cities in all of Europe. It miraculously survived the bombs of WWII that were prevalent throughout the continent, and much of its historic center looks the same way it did hundreds of years ago. Today Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and is home to over 1.3 million people. Prague is also one of those rare examples of a city that contains buildings from every major age in architecture.


Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo architecture can be found throughout the city. There are even spots within Prague, such as the Old Town Square, where you can see several different styles of architecture directly next to one another. Although the city is sometimes overlooked, Prague is one of Europe’s architectural highlights and is worth a visit for anyone looking to see some incredible buildings.

5. Berlin

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Berlin’s history has left the city with an eclectic assortment of architecture. The city’s appearance in the 21st century has been shaped by the key role the city played in Germany’s 20th-century history. Each of the governments based in Berlin—the Kingdom of Prussia, the 1871 German Empire, the Weimar Republic, Nazi Germany, East Germany, and the reunified Federal Republic of Germany—initiated ambitious construction programs, with each adding its distinct flavor to the city’s architecture.

6. Rome

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The architecture of Rome over the centuries has greatly developed from Ancient Roman architecture to Italian modern and contemporary architecture. Rome was once the world’s main epicenter of Classical architecture, developing new forms such as the arch, the dome, and the vault. The Romanesque style in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries were also widely used in Roman architecture, and later the city became one of the main centers of Renaissance and Baroque architecture.[1] Rome’s cityscape is also widely Neoclassical and Fascist in style.

7. Paris

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The city of Paris has notable examples of architecture of every period, from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. It was the birthplace of the Gothic style, and has important monuments of the French Renaissance, Classical revival, the Flamboyant style of the reign of Napoleon III, the Belle Époque, and the Art Nouveau style.


The great Exposition Universelle (1889) and 1900 added Paris landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower and Grand Palais. In the 20th century, the Art Deco style of architecture first appeared in Paris, and Paris architects also influenced the postmodern architecture of the second half of the century.

8. Athens

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Athens, the capital of Greece, is named after Athena, the goddess of wisdom. it is believed that there was a competition between Athena and Poseidon to decide who would become the protector of the city. The myth says that the people of Athens chose Athena as their protector, and hence the city was named after her.


Athens incorporates architectural styles ranging from Greco-Roman and Neoclassical to Modern. They are often to be found in the same areas, as Athens is not marked by a uniformity of architectural style. A visitor will quickly notice the absence of tall buildings: Athens has very strict height restriction laws in order to ensure the Acropolis hill is visible throughout the city. Despite the variety in styles, there is evidence of continuity in elements of the architectural environment through the city’s history.

9. Venice

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Venice is a city famous for both its canals and its incredible architecture. Venice started out as a cluster of islands that grew into a small fishing village in the early Middle Ages. Over time Venice transformed into one of Italy’s leading powers thanks to its vast trade network within the Eastern Mediterranean.


The Republic of Venice was established at the end of the 7th century, and at its peak, it controlled a large territory stretching from Northern Italy to other areas in modern-day Croatia, Slovenia, Greece, and Cyprus. Venice peaked during the Gothic and Renaissance periods at which point the wealthy mercantile class commissioned incredible works of architecture throughout the city. Today Venice is one of the most popular tourist destinations on earth and visitors are constantly amazed by the former glory of the Venetian Republic.

10. Budapest

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Budapest’s diverse architecture spans from Roman ruins to award-winning contemporary buildings, with plenty of treasures in between. I’ve assembled the below list with the help of local architects; the buildings are grouped chronologically, and this map will help you find them.


If you’re interested in a thematic architecture tour of Budapest, the Center of Contemporary Architecture (KÉK) offers various walking tours led by competent local architects. Also, Budapest has an excellent architecture center, Fuga, where English-language books about Hungarian and regional architecture are available.

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1.Find An Independent  Architect 

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2.Find An Architect and Connect directly With HIM/HER

Personal contact important for design and detailed discussion

 

3.REFEREES

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