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The definition of a high-rise building in India differs from city to city GUIDELINES FOR BUYING HOMES IN A HIGH-RISE
We are a joint family and we are three brothers living in this property. We have lost our peace of mind. We do not know from where the problem is occurring. I am sending the map of our house. Please guide us accordingly.
—Arun Singh From the map you have sent us, we can see that there are multiple levels in the house, which creates imbalance in nature, may be things not be good with all your brothers. There is a T-point behind your home which is in the south-east direction. It can drag you into litigation and family disputes. We suggest you to make the ground level equal from every side and, plant Ashoka trees in the south-east direction and paint the door red. You can get a
Colours play a deeper role in our lives other than a mere visual stimulation. According to feng shui, each colour vibrates at a set frequency and emits a certain vibe. In fact, colours also correspond to certain chakras and if used properly, have the ability to heal us.
Green represents regeneration, life force, growth and new beginnings. It’s an expression of nature and is associated with rest, healing, balancing the heart chakra and spiritual awareness. Green is associated with the wood element and is best displayed in the east (health and f amily) and southeast (money and abundance) bagua area of your space. An excess of green can make you lethargic, sluggish and moody whereas too little green will make a person restless, hyper and fearful.
Here’s how you can use the site visit by a professional consultant.
My elder son is in bad company and has been smoking a lot. I fear that this can impact his future. Is this a Vaastu defect? I am sending you the map of our house.
—Fatima The problem is related to Vaastu. His bedroom has not been constructed as per Vaastu and feng shui norms. Paint it light blue and hang a photograph of his parents in the northeast zone of his room. Keep his school stationery in the west zone of his study room, and tell him to wear a silver colour chain.
I am planning to construct two balconies in my flat and I have place in the north-east, east and south-east direction. I am getting confused whether to construct a balcony in one of these directions or not. Please suggest a remedy. Yin (feminine) green to nurture your space. It is auspicious to add fresh flowers and lush plants like bamboo inside the house. Money plant and jade are good options too. Plants purify the air, fuelling growth, harmony and cooperation. However, make sure that they do not wither away or turn yellow. This signifies death and decay in your career/ home and that’s not something you want. Try and replace them if required.
Avoid c actus and ot her thorny plants indoors. In feng shui, dried flowers and potpourri are a big no- no. Keeping roses in a vase is good feng shui once you get rid of the thorns.
Green colour is ideal in the bedroom and bathroom as it helps one unwind and relax. Green generates vitality and spurs new beginnings and opportunities. According to the five-element theory, since wood fuels fire and green represents the former element, it works well in the kitchen too! Use it in small quantities and avoid green in the dining area and hall.
If you are working on build-
—Mohan Lal Garg Vaastu principles are different for every type of construction. Make sure you paint the house light green colour in the south-east direction, or you can use a photo of trees in the same zone from inside of your room, in the south-east zone.
I usually feel that there is some negative energy in my home and I do not feel good. Is this a Vaastu defect?
—Surbhi Anand There is not only a single reason behind the negativity in a place, it could be related to the soil of that home, previous construction of that home, may be some issues with the old users of that property.
Problems with your new (or old) home? Write to mail@ vaastunaresh.com for quickfix remedies ing new skills, have enrolled in a training programme or are simply seeking wisdom, then green is the way to go! It is the colour of wisdom and knowledge. A simple way to incorporate green is to use a pen with green ink to spike creativity and boost concentration.
T he i ntensity of g r e e n matters — light, soft greens are expansive in nature. They destress, reduce depression and lower anxiety. Olive green lends a sense of calm and security. However, note that dirty shades encourage stagnation, possessiveness and apathy.
Green has the potential to soothe frayed nerves and calm down a hyperactive, over-worked mind. It expands the capillaries, lowers blood pressure and banishes fatigue. Hang a picture of lush forests or perhaps a serene meadow in the east or southeast area of your space to attract money, wealth and abundance.
Ahigh-rise is a tall or multistorey building equipped with elevators, but various bodies have defined the term ‘high-rise differently. For instance, the International Conference on Fire Safety in High-Rise Buildings pessimistically defined a high-rise as a structure where height can seriously impact evacuation, while the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary merely refers to highrises as buildings having many stories.
From a real estate development perspective, it makes more sense to use the definition accepted by most building engineers, inspectors and architects - namely, a high-rise as a building that is at least 75 feet.
In India, the definition of a high-rise again differs from city to city, because of the parameters dictated by each city’s available infrastructure for firefighting, solid waste disposal, water supply and sewerage facilities. These are the agencies whose capabilities dictate how high a building can be in any particular city.
It takes roughly around 18-36 months to build a high-rise, but this period can vary according to who the developer’s funding flow, who the architect, building contractor and structural consultant are, and on local development and environmental clearances laws.
The good and the bad
Among the most important advantages that high-rise buildings offer to consumers is the fact that they tend to have wellestablished occupier profiles - in other words, tailored neighbourhoods. The other appeal factors for high rises are that they offer all the conveniences of modern life, including swimming-pools, gymnasiums, grand entrance lobbies, high-speed elevators. Since property prices in a highrise are higher than in smaller projects in a locality, developers tend to provide a lot of extra amenities and features, say real estate experts.
On the negative side, sociologists have found that high-rise tend to isolate their occupants from the outs;ide world by creating their own closed environments. This is, in fact, the reason why squabbles with neighbours tend to escalate and intensify more quickly in a high- rise. Also, high-rises can pose serious challenges to both firefighters and occupants, especially in older buildings that do not have the benefits of modern building design, HVAC systems, fire sprinkler systems and stairwell and properly managed elevator evacuation protocols.
Developers of high-rise buildings often add a premium called as floor’rise premium’ to the sale price of units, which can be anything between ₹ 40- 150 per square feet per floor, says Arvind Jain, managing director, Pride Group.