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Hire and build acts as a marketplace for customers and construction service providers similar to zomato/swiggy for restaurants. We provide a list of contractors, manage the project from designing till key hand over and deliver a quality product

We ensure you don’t have any unreasonable time or cost overruns in your project. You may not have the time or expertise to manage your project, that’s where our expertise comes in. We manage the project for you, provide weekly progress reports, make sure the progress is going as per schedule. 

Yes, we can work with your contractor if he agrees to our company policies and signs an agreement with us

Our primary value is to any customer who wouldn’t be able to spend time or effort in monitoring their project even if you are overseas. All our process is digital, signing of agreements, money transactions, project progress reports. We ensure a safe and peaceful project delivery.

House Construction

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Choosing the type of cement depends on various factors like cost of the cement, it’s availability in the market, quality requirement and structural importance.

Normally OPC 43 and 53 grades are used. OPC 43 grade cement is best to use for plastering works, brickwork, flooring work since this is cost-effective compared to OPC 53.

OPC 53 grade cement is used for concreting the structural members(foundation, columns, beams etc) as this will offer high strength. Higher-grade cement shows higher strength but due to high heat of hydration, this develops cracks on plaster.

This is the reason lower grade cement is best to use for plastering.

The average cost of construction of a house in Chennai ranges from Rs.1500-2000/- per sq.ft in 2020.

Note that the cost depends mainly on the quality of materials and quality of the work done.

Here are a few brands of steel you can rely on:

ARS and JSW are the standard brands used for house construction. There are also premium brands of steel used for construction like TATA Tiscon bars, Vizag Steel and  SAIL

Of course, everything is customizable. You can change the brands of the construction materials or you can upgrade any construction material as per your choice. You only need to pay the difference in the cost.

A load of lorry water will have a capacity of 8000 litres or 9000 litres, based on this sump capacity will be determined. Normally a family of four would require 10,000 litres sump and the cost per litres of sump would be Rs.18/- per litre.

The ideal level of foundation height is 2 feet from the existing road level.

There are few other factors that are to be considered before deciding the height of the foundation:

  • Check if there is drainage connection in the locality if it is not available, government will increase the road height when drainage connection is built.
  • If there is drainage connection available but if the area is prone to flood height of the foundation should be increased.
  • Also make sure the foundation height is not increased too much, if the car parking ramp is too steep it will be hard for to park the car.

We offer 6 months warranty for electrical and plumbing materials. For structure, we offer 15 years warranty.

Compound wall construction

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Compound wall not only provides aesthetic appearance, but it also provides privacy and security to your property. The compound wall serves as a barrier between your property and the rest of the properties. It acts as a boundary line showing the extent of your plot and prevents encroachment of your land. Compound wall also prevents any movement of unwanted objects to your property.

As per NBC(National building code of India), the compound wall can have a minimum of 1.5m height and maximum of 2.4m height with the permission from the local municipality. This height is measured from the centerline of the front street of the building.

The ideal height of the compound wall would be 6 feet from ground level. As per Vastu the height of the compound wall should be 6 feet and if the surrounding Vastu is bad the compound wall height should be 7 or 8 feet. In certain cases where the ground level below road level, increased height compound wall will be required. In those cases height of the compound wall can be decided based on the basement height.

A low-cost compound wall can be built with precast concrete posts with slabs. The cost of such low-cost compound wall would be Rs.800/feet. If your plot is 30X40, total length of your compound wall will be 30feet+40feet+30 feet+40 feet = 140 feet minus 10 feet gate = 130 feet. Cost of this compound wall will be Rs.1,04,000 approximately. This cost includes painting & it does not include the compound wall gates.

We have provided 4 options in compound wall construction

1.Precast compound wall:

Pros – Low cost, fast construction, less thickness, can be re-used

Cons – Has only 2 to 3 feet deep foundation, not as strong as regular compound walls, can be easily knocked down

It’s suitable for empty plots where the owner visits frequently

2.Hollow block compound wall (without plastering)

Pros – Low cost, fast construction as there is no plastering, Has 5 feet deep pile foundation along with beams and columns, very strong – cannot be easily knocked down

Cons – Not as low cost as precast compound wall, some customers may find it odd since the wall is plastered.

3.Hollow block/ bricks compound wall (fully plastered)

Pros – Looks neat and pleasing. Has 5 feet deep pile foundation along with beams and columns, very strong – cannot be easily knocked down

Cons – Takes more time to construct, cost is high when compared with the previous 2 versions

4.Granite / natural stone finish compound wall

Pros: Looks premium and extravagant, uplifts the building appearance to a whole new level, Has 5 feet deep pile foundation along with beams and columns, very strong – cannot be easily knocked down

Cons: Takes more time to construct, cost is highest of all the options provided.

Building plan approvals
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Before undertaking any building construction you have to get Planning Permission from the CMDA or Municipality Township or Panchayat Union which is must under the Town & Country Planning Act. 

The permission you get from the government is valid for 3 years from the date of issue.  You can renew the planning permission for another 3 years by applying within the validity period.

For getting plan approval from the government you have to submit the filled form to the CMDA office or Municipality Township or Panchayat Union. There are two types of form available. Form “A” is for laying out the lands for building purposes and Form-‘B’ for all the other developments like residential, commercial buildings. You can get this application form by paying the fees for the form and get from these offices(Chennai City Municipal Corporation or Municipality Township or Panchayat Union). CMDA office won’t sell these forms, you have to fill these applications directly with the Corporation or local body.

You should submit five copies of plans showing:

  1. A detailed site plan with the floor plan of the proposed structure clearly indicating the dimensions and set back from the property boundaries.
  2. Plan, elevation and sectional details of the building which is proposed to be constructed.
  3. Key plan which shows the location of the site. All these plans and the applications should be signed by the applicant and an Architect or a licensed Surveyor.
  4. Clearance from the respective authority (whenever necessary)
  5. Sale deed or Lease deed and Patta to establish your title to the land.

You have to submit the filled applications to the Chennai Corporation or Municipalities or Panchayat Union Offices or the Town Panchayat. This depends on the location of the land you want to build the structure.

Government officials will check your application for the agreement of land use. They will check the contract for which the land is under the detailed development plan observance of the development regulations. If your plan matches the development regulations, you will get the planning permission.

Architectural Design
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Designing of a building, it can be a home or a commercial building. Creating a design using software’s like Autocad to have a clear representation of how the building should be constructed. It helps in visualizing the building even before it’s constructed.

The sole purpose architectural design is to convert your thoughts or expectations into a design so that it can be easily conveyed to the engineers and technicians who are constructing your building. Customer might have certain expectations on how their building should be, sometimes it can’t be conveyed to others only through words. Combining customer’s expectations with architect’s professional touch in bringing out a stunning building is the purpose.

“To avoid costly mistakes”

Customer may have a different expectation of a building, but after construction it will not look the same. At that particular time the customer has to either rebuild it or compromise himself about the outcome. Both of these can be avoided with a design. You will get a clear picture of how the building will look after constructing. During designing you can get inputs from your family & friends also.

A good design saves you a lot of time & money.

An architect’s role is to design and provide best possible options utilizing the optimal amount of space by taking customer’s requirements as input. He collects the key requirements from customer like type of building, no. of floors, buildup area, no. of bedrooms & build up area. Based on these inputs he creates 2 or more versions of designs considering vastu (if required) natural flow of light and air ventilation.

For the architectural design we charge Rs.12/- per sq.ft. The customer will get vastu compliant (if required) 2d floor plan,3d elevation and 3d interior as per their requirements. You can check out the samples provided by us.

The cost of designing depends on the level of work, the level of detailing they offer in the drawings, their expertise and their experience.

Structural Design
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Structural engineers design your building based on the soil capacity. For example: If you want a 3 storey building in your plot, a structural engineer will analyze the soil capacity and design foundation and the structure accordingly. They evaluate the structural problems present in existing building and establish solutions.

Yes,prior to any significant remodelling project, it’s important to consult a structural engineer. They will conduct a review and make recommendations to keep the building structurally safe.

For example: If there is a wall between the living room and dining room, you just want to remove the wall in between to make the living room much bigger. You cannot simply remove it if the wall in between the living room and kitchen is a load-bearing wall it will make the structure collapse.

Some of the signs are cracked columns, sagging ceilings and cracked walls. Other signs that you should notice is cracks in tiles on the floors, moisture on the floors, these signs indicate that there might be a problem with the foundation. It’s best to fix when the issue is smaller before they become big headaches in future.

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CREDAI seeks Tamil Nadu's intervention to reduce cement and steel prices

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Tamil Nadu CM's consent sought to resume river sand distribution

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