Monday, 17 August 2015

How to Calculate the Cost of Constructing a Bungalow in India

In India it is more common than any other place, that client usually runs out of money before construction of his bungalow is complete. So we at consider that a well thought out cost estimation of your house plan is an essential element of house construction and cannot be avoided. If you have a well planned costing of your house design you will be able to distribute your funds evenly across the duration of the project, ensuring you can complete your bungalow as intended. Imagine if you built your dream home but ran out of money to install any windows and doors, or any toilets and sinks!?
Understanding the costing of house design is probably the most important step in constructing your own bungalow. In this article we will cover the key elements to consider when creating your own cost estimation of your house plan.

1. Land Cost
Buying land is likely to be the first cost you will encounter on your journey. As this is a fixed cost, it is easy to work in to your overall cost estimation. However don’t forget there are usually legal fees and taxes to pay on top of the value of the land. If you are making this cost estimation of house plans before you have purchased land we recommend you speak to some local realtors who will be able to give you a guide price to use in the costing of your house design.

2. Paperwork
The amount of paperwork that is required in constructing your own bungalow is often something that surprises people, costing significantly more than expected. This can vary from state to state so be sure to check locally what you will need and the associated costs involved. You are likely to need various surveys and ground tests as well as planning approval and a building licence. Try and find out what you will need to spend as early as possible and include it in the cost estimation of your house plan.

3. Architectural Design
Choosing the design of your bungalow is the most exciting part of the construction process for most people. If you going for a custom house plan then it is worth to get a custom fee proposal for your design requirement so that it can also be included in your overall house construction budget. If you are employing an architect then their fee will vary according to your design, typically costing 5 - 9% of the overall construction budget.

An alternative to hiring an architect is to purchase readymade home plans that fit your lifestyle. Choosing readymade house plans will provide you with a fixed costing of house design to include in your cost estimation plan.

4. Construction
Construction costs will vary greatly based on the complexity of design, the location and the desired level of specification of your bungalow. The usual method to establish an initial costing is to speak to various local building contractors and ask them about their usual “Costing per Square Foot” for the type of property you are interested in. This will give you a great ballpark figure in the costing of your house design.

It is a good idea to get this “Costing per Square Foot” before you start the design process. If you are using an architect they will use this cost to design a house that can fit within your budget, or if you are buying ready made plans you will know how many square feet of built space you can afford. Once you have a price you can insert it into the cost estimation of your house plan.

While this method of costing your house design is only an estimate, when you come to agree the actual fee of the Construction Contract with the builder there are various different types to choose from that will affect the overall costing of your house design.

5. Finishing & Furnishing
Typically the building contractor’s “Costing per square foot” will include all built work such as: walls, floors, ceilings, roofs, windows, doors, electric cabling and plumbing. All other items are budgeted for separately in what is known in the industry as Fixtures, Fittings and Equipment (FF&E). In the costing of house design this includes everything else your house will need: light fitting and bulbs, sinks, toilets, faucets, showers, oven, cooker, fridge, freezer, furniture etc. In the cost estimation of your house plan this is the most difficult cost to predetermine and one where people frequently find their projects costing more.

At the early stage of your “Costing” process you can use an estimated figure in the cost estimation of your house plan. However after you have a detailed design it is a wise choice to list every item that you will need to complete the build and associate with a fixed cost. Contact your local suppliers with a list of what you need and they will usually be more than happy to send you a detailed cost break down.

So there you have it, the five major costs associated with constructing your own bungalow. While the design of your new home is the aspect you may approach with the most gusto, be sure to stay on top of what all is going to cost you. It may not be as much fun as it sounds but a good cost estimation of house plans is an essential part of the building process.

Remember to find out all the costs as accurately as possible before you begin construction to avoid any nasty suprises. Making a detailed cost estimation of your house plan will, not only make your life easier and less stressful throughout the construction process.

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If you do have your house plan ready and are planning to start with the construction, then maybe you would like to check with us once and we can prepare a Cost Estimate for you. This should give you a 90% correct estimate of your house construction expenditure and you can be rest assured to be within your budget. Do write to us at

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Introducing Luxury House Plans and Designs by - August 2015

Our current set of 100 house plans and designs covers most of our clients requirement, as we have customised our house plans to fit on common plot sizes, like 20 x 40 or 30 x 40 or 40 x 60 or 30 x 50 etc. Now we do see an uprising demand for large scale weekend houses or luxury bungalows for plot owners outside the city. With this thought we felt the need to share our much more elaborate designs and houses which are grand in scale and are much more spacious with a sense of belonging to the overall plot and nature. We feel these plans are luxurious as they are not just dwelling places which just includes basic requirement of any family with living room, dining, kitchen and bedrooms, etc and rather celebrate the vastness of the plot and tries to explore more interactive areas for the families multiple activities which can be entertained  in these large spaces.

We are also trying to define luxurious house plans in our way through these few ready made plans. All these layouts have few common essences of our design ideology which we think defines and makes any house plan a luxurious house plan. There is no dearth of house plans which anybody can search  on the web and can make it there own, but what makes a striking difference between any house plan from functional use to a house with thought for all comforts is very much dependant on the scale and volume of space that is available for use. A space is defined not just with its layout and furniture, but with its sheer simplicity and availability of grand spaces which our eyes and mind relishes the most. We in India live in crowded cities and cramped apartments or homes. Every Sq.ft. area of the house is a premium to us, so all of it is used for some or the other purpose of our daily life activities. Whereas this is where a large plot outside the city gives us the opportunity which our cities don't have, i.e. enough green open spaces, but we all know; how much we all love to have a great view of a lush green garden just outside our bedroom or from our balcony. That is where we feel our latest luxury house plans will work well for clients who have the privilege of having large plots available and are also open to the idea of grand spaces for there family.

Do check our collection of Luxury House Plans. If you have any query you can write to us at we will be glad to respond back to you.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

18 Different Flooring material suitable for Bungalows in India

A variety of flooring material is available now in India which are best suited for bungalows in India. Among the vast variety of flooring material available there are quite a no of them which are cost effective,

1. Terrazo Flooring

It is one of the oldest known flooring material used for doing flooring for houses. It is a mix of Aggregates of marble chips, granite chips or onyx chips mixed together with cement based bonding material mixed in proportion and laid directly on concrete unfinished floor to level. While it is still wet, it is levelled to slope as per the overall flooring design.

2. Ceramic Tiles

3. Concrete Finished Flooring

4. Vitrified Tiles

5. Laminated Wooden Flooring

6. Natural Marble Flooring 

7. Natural Granite Flooring

8. Oxide Flooring

9. Laminated Wooden Flooring

10. Burnt Brick Flooring

11. Compressed Stabilised Earth Block Flooring

12. Composite Marble Flooring

13. Hardwood Flooring

14. Laminated Wooden Flooring

15. Finished Earth Flooring

16. Bamboo Flooring

17. Glass Tile Flooring

18. Carpet Flooring

Monday, 1 June 2015

The Need for Structurally Sound Housing in India 2015

Planning to build a house in any part of the world is a task that requires not only a good amount of money but also a generous amount of time & thought. This also applies to the Indian housing market. While most Indians prefer to come up with their own house plans or designs rather than professional architects, then they land up hiring a contractor to build their house with the best available knowledge which most often than not results in certain structural defects as they are not properly designed, analysed and constructed to last forever. A house is built more with a common practice followed by a contractor who is aware of building materials, like cement, sand, rubble, reinforcement, etc but not is not well versed with the science of building construction. Constructing a house involves multiple tasks but before the process begins at site they need to be vetted properly so that in even worst case scenarios, the house still survives and also doesn't cause damage to the residents. Recent example of Nepal Earthquake is a constant reminder to us as architects and to the plot owners in India to build more stable structures which are designed by professionals and not with team of labour with hands on work experience. Destruction of homes is not only a financial loss but an emotional and logistical nightmare. Below are ten reasons why Indians need to think of hiring professionals to plan and design their house.

1. The nature of the Asian continent

While India is a beautiful country, it is prone to environmental and weather hazards that more often than not tend to destroy homes, leaving families homeless and distraught. If there is ever a reason for one to hire professional planners and designers of houses, the nature of the Indian continent ranks highest. The recent earthquake in neighbouring Nepal, the yearly typhoons and floods and many more hazards should be catered for by professional planners as they advice one trying to build a home. Professional planners have the ability to advice one on the kind of house they can build depending on where their property is located. This will prevent any tragic eventualities that affect builders without structurally sound plans.

2. Quality of the construction

Nobody likes to live permanently in a house of temporary quality. A house is a long-term investment for the builder. It is meant to withstand generations of habitation. Houses are a history unto itself, a good example being the Taj Mahal. It is, therefore, imperative that the second best consideration for a builder would be to put up a good quality structure that could be relied on for hundreds of years to come. A quality house plan can therefore not be a compromise.

3. Better Services

Most planning and design companies provide package services. Hiring house planners allows one to get other quality services by the same company or by their partners. The headache of having to scan through profiles of contractors is relieved, and one can focus on other issues. Besides, planners will have to produce a well-designed house plan as they are aware that their partners are in charge of the construction. So better quality drawings and details are produced before the beginning of construction at site, so all unexpected shocks are experienced and make the plot owner aware of the overall investment he/she will have to incur for the house over the period of construction. This also helps in better financial planning for the house owner.

4. Relief from Legal Disputes

Legitimate house planning and design can only be done on properly acquired property. House planning and design must first verify the legal status of the property before dealing with it. This will help the one building to ascertain their property and rest assured that it meets legal requirements before any construction can be started on it.

5. The Benefit of Budgeting and Estimation

Many an Indian home owners does come across this big headache when it comes to building a house as usually the overall budget shots higher up from what it was initially thought to be. This happens with and without a professional planner, but if the architect has prepared all the necessary drawings and a proper Bill of Quantities are developed then the same can provide better Cost Estimate from different contractors and this can be used for comparing their rates as well as to come to a reasonable conclusion about the Overall cost that the owner will have to incur to build the house. Apart from a well designed house plan, professional planning, and design breaks down the costs of the house the owner wants.

Many home owners end up either making unrealistically small budgets or failing to include all requirements in a budget and then struggle to finish the incomplete house or start cutting corners to fit it to their budget. This trimming of construction specifications do lead to wrong preference which at times doesn't maintain the structural stability of the house.

6. Ability to get advice on the structural requirements depending on location of the house

While most prospective home owners know how they want their ideal homes to look like, the ideas might not be very sound on the ground. Professional planning helps the prospective owner to understand the nature of the terrain upon which they are building. This informs what they can or cannot do to produce a structurally sound building as well as what other structural alternatives are possible towards making their ideal home.

7. Green Energy

The world is moving to a phase where green energy is the preferred source of energy for homes. A well-designed house is structurally capable of maximizing heat from the sun and storing it for future needs. Only a professional planner would come up with structurally sound improvisations to adopt into making one’s house a green energy booster.

8. Structural Safety

Houses are built for human beings to live in. Safety is, therefore, an important measure when talking about structurally sound houses. A good house plan includes the needs of members who may be blind, paraplegic or with any other disabilities. A professional planner will ensure that needs of all members are incorporated in the structural plans. This goes a long way in saving the family money in case of injuries caused by poor planning and design of a house.

9. Save expenses down the road

A proper house plans importance cannot be underestimated especially in the long run. A structurally sound house will save the owner costs of repair as the years go by. Good planning and design prevent the occurrence of the typical wear and tear shown through cracks and leakages when the house can no longer support its weight.

10. Building material that suit location of the house

A design professional will tell you that a structurally sound house is all about the material used to put it up. India is a country with a varied mix of climate, so a good understanding of the same is critical for design process. An architect knows it well about this and will put up your house with building materials that is available locally and also right for the use on your plot.  A proper house plan will, therefore, point out what a home owner needs to know to inform them of what steps to take to build a lasting house.

Anyone building a house should ensure that they incorporate all the above ideas into building a house that can stand the test of time. Even better, professional house planning and design can produce the home of your dreams free of any encumbrances for future. A structurally sound house in India is soon becoming a necessity, not a luxury as it was considered before so plot owners now need to be moving ahead with time. Paying for a properly done house plan that takes all the above factors into consideration will be essential in making sure citizens of India live comfortably and safely. Besides, the cost of acquiring a house plan now is nothing compared to the cost of repair or loss of homes several years down the line.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

12 House Plans sold online by HomePlansIndia in March 1015

Its no more a secret any more that we have come so far with our four years of online Architectural design consultancy that we sold twelve house floor plans online in March 2015. These floor plans and designs are readily available on-line amongst other 100 ready to use house plans, so you can just search house plan as per your plot size or the area of the house.

So here we take great pride and enthusiasm to share all the house floor plans which we have recently sold online. Don't miss a chance to check them out.

Do have a look at these house design and if you still have a plot size which needs special attention then we can do custom house plan for. Write to us at

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Why buying House Plans Online in 2015 makes sense for plot owners in India

Building a house is a full scale project in itself and also is the most important investment and also a very expensive one if you do not have an actual house plan and design. makes sure that you have the best house plan before you start with the construction of your new home. Here are some reasons why buying house plans online in 2015 makes sense for plot owners in India.

1. Unique / Custom Designs & Plans offers a wide range of home designs and plans which will suit your desired plot size and family need requirement. The site has a vast collection of house plans and you will have more than enough high quality house plans, sketches, images, 3d views, animated video of house plans to choose from that you will absolutely love. The collection of home designs range from traditional architectural design to modern home plans that are suitable for your plot in India.

2.  Low consultancy fee, high House Plan Design quality 

Architectural Design for overall house design and development is very expensive as it involves lot of work, but understands the need and requirement of various plot owners in India and strives to develop and design great houses. Compared to other house planners, provides you with flexible and affordable price range for your plot, the one you can actually afford.

3.  Professional Architects Consultation

The professional house design consultation provided by is unmatched to any other online service provider as they develop the plans along with you so as to make sure that the idea you have in mind is aligned well in the home plan model that they develop. The team of experts will be happy to hear out your ideas and wish list before they even start with the house plan and views. Along with the same they will offer new ideas and advice on how to utilize the plot well for your use. This combined idea along with their effort will bring out a new home plan that is realistic and easy to construct at site

The company has invested a lot of time in developing better house plan ideas over the years along with skilled professional staffs so that you can check all the various sections like traditional house plans, small house plans, apartment plans, family home plans. Currently the site holds 100’s of ready to use house plans and designs.

4.   Customer Reviews

No one can convince you about is the best option than the real customers and there actual reviews. Once you browse the site you can have a look at the reviews of the actual customers (not paid) on the site to take a more calculated decision about your house construction work.

5.   Diverse Home Plans and Designs

All the various house plans and building designs includes ground floor plan, first floor plan, other floor plans, elevation design, sections, external 3d views etc. Each home design in India is unique in its own way as HomePlansIndia believes in exploring various design options with every house planning opportunity made available to them. All the house plans are also developed as 3Dimensional views so that you can get the best view of the house for your understanding.

6.    Benefits of becoming Privileges Member

When you buy any house plan online from, you become one of the valued and respected customers to the company and they extend their favour by providing you with additional information about home building. You will have free access to contact some good construction companies or contractors who provide services such as professional house construction with labour, material, site supervision, etc. They are a comprehensive team to build your house from start to finish.

These additional supports will positively affect the amount of cash you intend to use for building your house.  

Sunday, 28 December 2014

3 House Plans to Fit Narrow Plot sizes from HomePlansIndia - December 2014

From our wide collection of home plans we have assorted few of these house plans which are best for narrow plots. The minimal size of the plot can be 26 ft x 40 ft and Small House Plan - SHP 1014 will be best to suit the same.

Small House Plan - SHP 1014
Basic Specifications about SHP 1014

Total Built-Up Area - 595 Sq.ft.
Floors - 1 No.
Bedrooms - 2 No.
Toilets - 2 No.
Garage - 0 No.
Overall Size of Building -  30.25 ft x 20.5 ft
Min Plot Size -  40 ft x 26.25 ft
Price - Rs.4,250 | $ 85

Cost of Building the House - Rs.  8.95 Lac

Other than this we feel that there are few duplex house plans which are best for narrow plots. Once of the best 2 storey home plan which can fit a plot of  26 ft x 50 ft

Small House Plan - SHP 1017

Basic Specifications about SHP 1017

Total Built-Up Area - 595 Sq.ft.
Floors - 1 No.
Bedrooms - 2 No.
Toilets - 2 No.
Garage - 0 No.
Overall Size of Building -  30.25 ft x 20.5 ft
Min Plot Size -  40 ft x 26.25 ft
Price - Rs.4,250 | $ 85

Cost of Building the House - Rs. 8.95 Lac

Another most amazing and perfect fit house floor plan for narrow plot will be our Small House Plan - 1005 which can fit any plot of size 30 x 45 ft,

Small House Plan - SHP 1005

Basic Specifications about SHP 1005

Basic Specifications about SHP 1005
Total Built-Up Area - 985 Sq.ft.
Floors - 1 No.
Bedrooms - 2 No.
Toilets - 1 No.
Garage - 1 No.
Overall Size of Building - 29 x 44  ft
Min Plot Size - 49 x 63 ft
Price - Rs.7,000 | $ 140

Cost of Building the House - Rs. 14.80 Lac

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

4 most commonly sold House Floor Plans by in December 2014

We at are quite stunned to see the number of viewers who have been showing interest in these house floor plans which start from a minimal plot size of 40 x 30 ft and more. With repeated sale of these house plans from our vast collection of 100 plans have coaxed us to highlight them for our new site visitors / customers. We hope the way these house plans have helped others to develop or build there house, that you should also find them worth for your plot size.

Note: Kindly remember that all house floor plans are delivered to our customers by email in PDF format. All drawings have room name and dimension mentioned clearly in Ft. Inch format. If you need the drawing in Metric system then the same can also be provided. 

Monday, 8 December 2014

Why sells more house plans in a month than any other home plan selling site

At homeplansindia we listen to our customers and come up with designs which are not just floor plans which work for a particular plot size rather we design for the most common plot sizes available in India. So here is why we are class apart from our contemporaries

1. Just send us your house planning requirement and we will respond back within 12 hrs. We are faster than you can think off.

2. Share your idea of total area of the house that you want for your particular plot and we will share at least 3 ready made house floor plans from our site. It is all because we have thought over and over about different plot sized house plan so we can share our ideas faster. If you still don't like it then you can mail your requirement to

3. Our fee proposals are very very reasonable as compared to the amount of work we do to develop a good house design for you. If you have your house plan details ready then do send it to

4. Our architectural design is much more superior and aesthetically appealing and easy for your contractor to follow. So what would you select good drawings to ease your construction process or break your mind on understanding the drawings to build the house. Take a good look at our sample drawings and judge for yourself.

5. We develop designs with our skilled team of architects and interior designers in a very short period of time which saves lot of your precious time and money. So take a wise call and contact us now.

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