Home Interiors and some tips to save money

Home interiors is one of my hobby and i am always fascinated about it. I am regular reader of at least 2 most popular interior magazines in India. But one thing that really worries me is the high cost associated with interiors now days. People have started giving a lot of importance to home interior designing and they are ready to spend at least 10% – 20% of the total project cost. That works out any where between 3 lakhs to 6 Lakhs for interior alone. But it is not advisable to spend that huge money when you buy a home on Loan.

One of my neighbors recently spent around 6 Lakhs for interior designing for his 2000 sq ft apartment in Velachery. It was really looking marvelous and defiantly there is difference when you do it by your own design or hire a designer to do so. I had visited a couple of popular design offices in Chennai, SpacioDesigns being one of the them, but their cost is roughly around Rs 600 per sq ft.

So you have to shell out any where between Rs 1.25 Lakhs to 2 Lakhs for Kitchen alone.If you pay 2 Lakhs towards home repayment, you can save up to Rs 16 Lakhs in home interest. My point here is spend money wisely. I would strongly advise not go for design firms but rather do it by your self. It does take your time and energy but you would save a lot of money doing yourself.

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Problems doing yourself
a) Need to find a good carpenter or contractor who does things on sq feet rate for labor alone rather than charge for the entire work.

When I was doing my house interiors, I got hold of a guy who was working with several architects in Chennai. I hope you understand that Architects just do the design everything else is done by these carpenters or contractors. I was really surprised when I checked the labor charges. It was just Rs 110 per sq ft. So even if you a do a big kitchen work with all those modern pullouts and fancy accessories the labor charges alone come to less than Rs 20000.

b)Other major expenses in any interior work the materials like Plywoods, Sun Mica, Fevicols, Knobs, Keels etc. Believe me the designers make a huge money in the materials. All designers usually buy Commercial quality plywood’s which usually cost around Rs 40 per sq ft.

They never use Termite resistant, Boiled Water Resistant Plywood’s (BWR) like Sharon or Century Ply (Rs 60- Rs 70). The life of BWR ply is more than that of commercial ply. I bought Commercial for all room work and Century Ply for kitchen and bathroom work where you expect water.

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You have to undergo a one time pain of Buying these raw materials. Most of the
accessories for kitchen is available for cheap at parry’s corner whole sale shops. There is not much need to monitor the contractors as their job is associated with job completion and you can have an easy control on the inventories. If you can buy Inventory as and when needed then you save more.

The ideal cost for the entire house would come to around Rs 1.2 Lakhs compared to Rs 3 lakhs when you hire a design firm to do so. That’s a huge saving. Rest of money can be spent on buying home appliances or others.

If you are looking for a contractor to evaluate the cost of home interiors, let me know. I can give the contact person details who can do this for you. You just need to tell how the design should look and work out a labor rate alone. You can buy the materials and pay him weekly according to the job completion.

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30 Comments

  1. Nice one again Uday. I do agree that if we spend some time for research and planning, we could do a pretty good job with the interiors we well. This is how I’d do

    1) Plan on the theme of the home (or theme of each room) based on your liking. As Uday pointed out, magazines, internet and observation can be very useful to get a good idea of how you’d like it to be. Try to make drawings if possible.
    2) Research on the costs and the ease of availability of furniture and other decor accessories for the planned theme.
    3) Re-adjust your theme based on 2.
    4) Buy on-the-market stuff that has a great finish already and is also reasonably priced.
    5) Others, try to do it yourself in the form of home-project.
    6) For the rest, hire a professional for just implementing ideas which you’ve already put on the drawing board.

    All this takes patience but at the end, its a cheaper and a fulfulling alternative.

  2. SV

    Thanks for this informative article. I recently bought a 3BRM apt in Vadapalani that will be completed in March 2008. I am interested in the contact information of the contractor you mentioned. Let me know.

  3. Vijayan

    I agree with you Uday, the only trouble in hiring a carpenter yourself & getting things done is when you find the end product not good :-

  4. Smitha

    Uday,

    Good one, I really liked your point about saving up the cost on interiors and use it for the loan repayment instead, actually makes so much sense… especially when the loan amounts are huge.When we talk about 1 lakh or so, it really doesnt strike us how much of a difference this amount makes in the total amount we would be paying for the loan repayment

    It is true that though it is a bit of hard work,it makes so much more sense not to outsource the work entirely to interior designers when we can save but putting in that extra effort.

  5. viswanathan s

    I am looking to do woodwork for my house in velachery.. Please let me know if you have any contacts of contractors.

    my mobile no is 9444634936

    I am asking this because your article is from 2008.

    thanks and regards

    viswanathan s

  6. pandian

    Hi all,

    If anybody looking for a teak wood for your kitchen and main doors. Please let me know, i am trading good teaks having more annual rings with competative price. Call me if you require : 9176678784

  7. Prabhavathi

    Actually i need to do carpenting work for my home. so i need a good carpenter and plywoods details. Please give me a details. i need to do kitchen,bedroom,showcase,hallroom so etc. Please give me a immediate details for plywoods and carpenter details.

  8. pandian

    Hi Prabhavathi, I do our own carpenter and timbers depot. We provide you a competative pricing and good quality of workmanship that you ever seen. Please contact 9176678784 or leave your number.

  9. sai

    i am interested in the contact of the carpenter information provided. pls let me know

  10. srinivasan

    I had done all carpentry works for my apartment in 2001 with good finish. The house was kept locked for a long time as we were out. Heavy infestation of termites was found recently and I got pest control work done. 50% of the damaged wood work has been removed, and balance has to be removed. Would like redo the damaged portion with termite resistant ply, bath door of sintex etc., etc.,I would like it to be economical as I am a very senior pensioner who cannot afford luxury. I can provide essential utility work and want reliability, and future protection against termites

  11. Sowmya

    We would like to do carPentry work at our house ..can you Pls provide us with details of carpenter ??thanks 

  12. aditya

    hii , sowmya mam ,
    this is aditya an interior decorator , who had done many interiors like false ceiling , wooden flooring , texture painting , all types of wooden works like , modular kitchen , lcd tv unit , wardrobes etc ,
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    email id : adityaalc@gmail.com

  13. B. Hemalatha

    Hi,

    Could you please give me the contact number of the person who can do carpentry work for my house.

    Thanks

  14. I.Shankar

    I am also looking for good carpenter to do Pooja Cabinet, Living Room Showcase, Dining Washbasin with mirror and Shoe Rack. If any carpenter is available may contact to the following number
    9840703133

  15. I.Shankar

    Could you please give me the contact number of the person who can do carpentry work for my house.

    Thanks

  16. sunitha

    i want to do loft for my house.pls give me the no: of carpenters who can do at an affordable rate.

  17. sunitha

    pls provide me with carpenters number

  18. pavithra

    i am interested in the contact of the carpenter information provided. pls let me know

  19. aditya

    @ pavithra : we do all types of carpentry work , as u have asked for the carpenters , can i know what types of work has to be done . where is the site situated at ..
    regards
    ADITYA
    adityaalc@gmail.com 

  20. balaji

    Iam doing interior all me

  21. Rakesh

    First I would like to thank the person who shared this useful information as well

  22. seelan

    pls let me the carpenter charges per sq.ft in chennai (velachery)…..

  23. suresh

    I need carpenter to do my home interior wood work.please give me the contact number. My number 9677086561.

  24. Ganesh

    I need to have the details of the carpenter whom the author has specified. Please share.

  25. Hi,

    We are doing Interiors for Residential and Commercial as well. For any queries, please call me @ +91-9382693824/srishankar.srb@gmail.com

    Regards
    Srishankar

  26. siyamala

    hi, very informative article. I would like to know what is the prevailing rate psft in Chennai for the following, woodwork for loft. woodwork for modular kitchen and woodwork for wardrobes.

  27. Hi Siyamala,

    Please mail me your requirement along with your contact details, I can help you with the same.

    Regards
    Srishankar

  28. i request you to give a good contractor or carpenter for executing wood work at my home

  29. Vidhya S

    Hi,
    Can someone provide me link/websites where I can get information on Home interior designs models/themes?

  30. Vidhya S

    Hi, 
    Can someone provide me link/websites where I can get information on Home interior designs models/themes?

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