Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Estates - - ESTATE -

In a time of jew­ellery, mo­bile phones and TVs be­ing be­ing bought on­line, it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore the home it­self was added to cart. No more tramp­ing about all Sun­day, ev­ery Sun­day, house-hunt­ing. Or clam­ber­ing up build­ings that are still un­der con­struc­tion. To­day’s buyer prefers to just go on­line, get a 360-de­gree view of the prop­erty and its sur­round­ings, chat live with a builder’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive, ex­plore their op­tions and dis­cuss pos­si­ble dis­counts and pay­ment op­tions. There are even those who go all the way and are will­ing to book on­line be­cause it is faster, eas­ier and con­ve­nient.

As twin in­comes be­come more com­mon and cook­ing be­comes less of a pri­or­ity — ei­ther it’s a rush job or some­one else is do­ing the cook­ing — kitchens are get­ting smaller (al­beit bet­ter equipped), and that space is be­ing added to ‘so­cial sec­tions’ of the home, ar­eas such as bal­conies.

Gone are the for­mal din­ing rooms and kitchens large enough to ac­com­mo­date a ta­ble. Most 21st-cen­tury MMR floor plans have larger com­mu­nal spa­ces, and lay­outs that peo­ple can flow through rather than be sec­tioned off in. And the bath- rooms… they have to look like a ho­tel’s. The glass door / cubicle is al­most manda­tory, as are those mar­ble-toned lit­tle shelves just big enough to fit a sham­poo bot­tle on.

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