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Tips while designing the floor plan for your holiday home

Tips while designing the floor plan for your holiday home

Continuing with our series where we are reaching out to those who are in the process of building their Holiday Home, I felt another article was needed on the things to keep in mind when designing the floor plan or layout of the home.

Firstly I assume that the reason you are reading this blog is that you are not just interested in a holiday home which is a white Read the rest “Tips while designing the floor plan for your holiday home”

Places to look for your second home

Places to look for your second home


This article was carried by the Times of India on December 4, 2010 under the title ‘Make the Most of your Second Home.’

When the time comes to look for a second home, we all have different ideas about what constitutes a second home. Most people will tend to agree that a second home should be one that is conducive to extended stays and one that probably could Read the rest “Places to look for your second home”

99acres: review of Indian property listing website

99acres: review of Indian property listing website

There may be several property listing and property classified websites in India like 99acres.com or Magic Bricks (Magicbricks.com), etc. but even with a host of property listing websites claiming to be using advanced technology it’s not easy to find relevant, correct, and up-to-date information on holiday home projects in the country.

 

I tried going through the process of listing my property and what surprised me was the cost – Read the rest “99acres: review of Indian property listing website”

Surge in second home market in India: report

A recent media report has said that while residential property sales have witnessed a significant decline in metros due to higher prices and high home loan rates, demand for second homes has picked up in the past couple of years in the outskirts of cities. This is especially seen in the upper end of the market as customers are not essentially dependent on housing loans to finance their dream home Read the rest “Surge in second home market in India: report”

Accessories to go with your holiday home bathtub

What could be more annoying than expecting a soothing bath, but walking into a tacky bathroom?These days bathrooms have evolved with the times. Installing a bathtub is no longer a statement of luxury, it is a feature that many owners deem important. However, many people don’t pay as much attention to bathtub accessories, which can really add the finishing touches to a wonderful bathing experience.

Here’s a list of bathtub Read the rest “Accessories to go with your holiday home bathtub”

Selecting the right colours for your holiday home walls

Painting is every house’s need. New or old, a building needs painting on a regular basis, and as a holiday home owner, you probably need to do it more frequently than others. But it is a messy job and for it to be effective, it demands your time and attention. That’s why you need to be careful while getting your holiday home painted; you must choose the right colours, the Read the rest “Selecting the right colours for your holiday home walls”

Choosing the right furniture for your holiday home

Decorating your holiday home with the right type of furniture is costly and time-consuming as well. But at the same time, it is rewarding as the right set of furniture can create a perfect ambience for your travelers.

Selecting the right furniture requires proper planning. You have to consider many factors like your needs, lifestyle of your visitors, existing decoration theme of your holiday home, furniture colors-textures-patterns, and importantly, your Read the rest “Choosing the right furniture for your holiday home”

Lighting up your holiday home

A home is like a stage; with appropriate lighting, you can transform it into an entirely different place altogether

Planning the lighting in your holiday home is not daunting but not particularly easy either since the owner has to take into account many factors like a room’s design, user requirements, levels of light expected, energy efficiency and so on. 

To start with, keep in mind that each and every room Read the rest “Lighting up your holiday home”

Window shading – getting the right blinds for your holiday home

These days, window shading is becoming increasingly popular among hotels, cafes and pizzerias. As a holiday home owner, you can consider them as a solution for your humdrum windows.

Why opt for window shading?

Window shading can make windows elegant and fashionable, and at the same time, can also keep out dust and ultraviolet rays.Moreover, they apparently block upto 90 per cent of sunlight entering a room. Some home owners Read the rest “Window shading – getting the right blinds for your holiday home”

‘Holiday homes must know the benefits of SS tank geysers’

Holiday Home Times caught up with the winner of the Special National Award-2010 for outstanding Women Entrepreneurship in MSMEs, Mrs. Ruby Garg, of M/s Imperial Home Appliances, Solan, Himachal Pradesh, who underlined the benefits holiday home owners can get from water heaters fitted with Stainless Steel (SS) Tanks.

Excerpts of the interview…

Congratulations ma’am on winning the award. What do you think is the reason behind your success?
Ruby Garg:Read the rest “‘Holiday homes must know the benefits of SS tank geysers’”

Effective maintenance of your holiday home when vacant

Owning a holiday home is always a matter of pride. But maintain it poorly and it will weigh you down. Make sure your home is always clean and well-protected.

Holiday home owners tend to lock the doors and go away until they arrive next time. However this time between visits is an excellent opportunity to tighten all loose ends like repairing fittings, servicing doors and window locks, replacing tiles or Read the rest “Effective maintenance of your holiday home when vacant”

Holiday home key-holding services

Owning a holiday home is always like a dream coming true. But it can soon be a lurid nightmare for the owners, particularly for those who do not intend to reside there or nearby. Besides ensuring safety and keeping the property damage-free, there are a lot of maintenance issues which you have to deal with, unless you hire a key-holder or take the services of a key-holding company. While in Read the rest “Holiday home key-holding services”

Securing your holiday home with the best security system

Vikram Atwal, Director at VySecure Pvt. Ltd, a company offering complete security solutions to home owners, speaks to Holiday Home Times on why a holiday home owner must install a security system in his home.

Excerpts of the interview…

Please tell us something about your company, VYSecure.
Vikram Atwal: We at VySecure are neutral to vendors, manufacturers, and technologies. Instead we are customer-centric, which means we understand the requirements of Read the rest “Securing your holiday home with the best security system”

Certain facts about your holiday home swimming pool

“Home owners usually have this misconception that having a swimming pool in one’s home amounts to wastage of water,” says Vivek Mishra, proprietor of Premium Pools and an active member of the Indian Plumbing Association. “On the contrary, a holiday home owner can construct a swimming pool and with a little intelligence can conserve a lot of water,” Mishra says, in an exclusive interview to Holiday Home Times.

“Apart Read the rest “Certain facts about your holiday home swimming pool”

‘Holiday home owners can benefit from solar water heaters’

Solar water heater

In an exclusive interview to Holiday Home Times, Mr Nitin Gupta, Solar Thermal Head (North) at Tata BP Solar India Ltd, says that holiday home owners can benefit immensely by installing solar water heaters in their vacation homes.

Excerpts of the interview…

Kindly explain in brief what solar water heaters are all about.
Nitin Gupta: Solar water heaters are a cost-effective way to generate hot water for one’s home. Read the rest “‘Holiday home owners can benefit from solar water heaters’”

Home of your own in Gurgaon near Delhi

Dinesh Bharat who has a home with 3 rooms for guests in Delhi’s NCR area of Gurgaon, tells Holiday Home Times why guests love his home and why the presence of premium hotels in the vicinity of his home doesn’t bother him!

Excerpts of the interview…

Tell us about your homestay/ holiday home.
Dinesh Bharat: Our homestay is located in Gurgaon, just South west of Delhi and very close to Read the rest “Home of your own in Gurgaon near Delhi”

Artistic and exquisite – create your holiday home bathroom

A modern bathroom in holiday homes

Always go to the bathroom when you have a chance! King George V would not have said this if he saw most of the boring holiday home bathrooms with the owners hardly paying any attention to interior design, technical fitness, maintenance, and cleanliness. Ugly tiles, slippery floors, dull paint, no natural light – who would want to visit a bathroom like this for a second time?

These days, people expect Read the rest “Artistic and exquisite – create your holiday home bathroom”

Flexible housekeeping best suited for your holiday home

Good, reliable and flexible housekeeping services are the lifeline of a holiday home. Housekeepers are the eyes and ears on the ground, and therefore, an invaluable asset to any holiday home owner. So, as a holiday home owner, it requires to be thorough while recruiting them.

1- Flexibility during odd hours: This is a key concern area. In general, we go ahead with an understanding that housekeepers will arrive on Read the rest “Flexible housekeeping best suited for your holiday home”

Property photography – tips for holiday home owners

Photographs of your holiday home give the first impression to your prospective guest – they can either intrigue him enough to send an enquiry and make a booking or just as easily turn him away.

Unlike products which can be physically seen and experienced before making a purchase, a holiday home can be viewed only through photographs so it is of paramount importance to get the first impression right.  Sometimes, Read the rest “Property photography – tips for holiday home owners”

Preparing the holiday home for weekenders

Weekends are a time of relaxation and social gatherings, filled with parties, celebrations and other events. For holiday home owners, in contrast, these are the days to welcome guests looking for a short and enjoyable break.

Holiday home owners need to be realistic about plans and programs for the weekend. Here are some guidelines to host successful weekend breaks for your guests:

1. Register the number of people or bookings Read the rest “Preparing the holiday home for weekenders”