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Plan your dwelling

In ancient times, house planning was never left to the individual. The State saw to it that a certain construction standard was adhered to, says Vaastu expert Rakesh Chawla.

india Updated: Sep 20, 2003 12:04 IST
Rakesh Chawla
Rakesh Chawla

In ancient times, house planning was never left to the individual, as it was the responsibility of the State/ruler to see that a certain construction minimum standard was adhered to by every house owner. However, the present state of affairs leaves much to be desired in this connection. Consequently, congestion as well as lack of sanitation and symmetry can be seen in abundance everywhere.

While the regulating authorities are primarily concerned with the set back and covered area, the fundamental basis of a house plan is purity, which includes sanitation, ventilation and good lighting. Further, a plan is incomplete if accessories such as flooring, furniture, doors, windows, pipes, cables and bricks are not included in it.

But, if you want to lead a life of simplicity, filled with happiness, a new orientation will have to be made in house planning. The criteria: ‘plan’ happy homes, like in the good old days and not just ‘build’ houses or buildings, as in the cyber age.

The author is the principal of Institute of Vaastukala and can be contacted at

First Published: Sep 20, 2003 12:00 IST