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scope of individual house

In order to provide safe and healthy habitat, careful consideration needs to be paid to the building construction activity. Building planning, designing and construction activities have developed over the centuries. Large number of ancient monuments and historical buildings all over the world bear testimony to the growth of civilization from the prehistoric era with the extensive use of manual labor and simple systems as appropriate to those ages to the present day mechanized and electronically controlled operations for designing and constructing buildings and for operating and maintaining systems and services.

The detailed specifications given hereinafter are for the items of works described in the schedule of quantities attached herein, and shall be guidance for proper execution of work to the required standards. It may also be noted that the specifications are of generalized nature and these shall be read in conjunction with the description of item in schedule of quantities and drawings. The work also includes all minor details of construction which are obviously and fairly intended and which may not have been referred to in these documents but are essential for the entire occupation in accordance with standard Engineering practice. The construction sequence as follows,

  • 1. Site Clearance
  • 2. Site investigationā„ Survey
  • 3. Soil Testing
  • 4. Water Testing
  • 5. Setting and Making Profiles
  • 6. Foundation
    • Excavation of Earth Work in trenches for foundation.
    • Laying out Cement Concrete.
    • Laying the footing in case of raft or column construction.
    • Anti termite treatment.
    • Plinth Beam
    • Brick work up to plinth level.
    • Damp Proof Course
    • Refilling of earth around the walls
    • Refilling of earth around building portion up to the required height according to plinth level.
  • 7. Form Work
  • 8. Column, Slab and Beam Laying
  • 9. Brick Work
  • 10. Plumbing
  • 11. Plastering
  • 12. Carpentry
  • 13. Electrical Wiring System
  • 14. Flooring
  • 15. Painting
  • 16. Water-Proofing
  • 17. Laying of Paver Blocks
  • 18. Checking of Installations
  • 19. Final Finishing Works
  • 20. Landscaping
  • 21. Handover

Type of house

The basic types of house people build in Chennai are

  • 1. House for self use. - (Luxury, privacy and comfort in mind)
  • 2. House for self use + Renting out (Luxury + cost effective)
  • 3. House for renting out. (Cost and revenue generation in mind)
  • 4. House for self use + Renting out + Commercial outlet like (ATM, Shops etc)

Once you decide which category you belong you can move on to the next stage. Few people are not sure if they fit in category 1 or 2 for them I would advice to think ahead and plan their home design in such a way that they can expand if the need arises in future.

Pick a design style. There are a few house design styles that are prominent in Chennai. The style you pick will also impact your cost.

  • 1. Contemporary designs - Boxes shapes and angles.
  • 2. Mangalore / Kerala style - Sloped roof with tiling.
  • 3. Colonial style.
  • 4. Roman style - Pantheon roof, big pillars etc.


Learn about Vaastu. Even before you think of putting a plan on paper read a few articles on vaastu so that you know how to come up with a sound plan. Vaastu has some science behind it Eg: Flow of light, Flow of wind etc. Here are a few basics on Vaastu.

  • 1. Kitchen to the south east.
  • 2. Master bedroom to the south west
  • 3. Entrance & Car parking in north east.
  • 4. Sump to be in the north east
  • 5. Pooja room not to be next to / below / above bathrooms.

This leaves out just the middle sections and the north west corner for the plot for modification. To have some cross ventilation its ideal if the rooms (Kitchen, Master bedroom) are in the corner.

A house cant be 100% vaastu complaint, so try to comply based on feasibility.

modul elevation of individual house