Ar. Sandeep Jain is a graduate in architecture from I.I.T. Kharagpur and is working in the interior designing industry from past 20 years. He and his team carry out detailed study of every project including the residential, commercial, plot/flat and townships to craft out the best design.
Q: What are the elements required to design a perfect Bachelor Home? –
To me, a Bachelor House & Studio Apartments are the similar things. In both the cases, the key elements are compactness, affordability and easy maintenance. The same can be achieved by right planning and choice of finishes. For example, a bachelor would definitely like to have a cozy and vibrant feel for his/her house but might not able to spare much time in cleaning & dusting of artefacts and crystals.
Q: How does a glass/wall partition make the space look bigger in a residential project?
I have always been fascinated by using large glass openings or clear glass partitions between two spaces especially in apartments where we have tight spaces and we still want space to look big. Many a time we pick one room of the apartment as a multitasking room, which can be used as a T.V. Room, recreation room, study room or puja room with glass partitions. People sitting on either side of the space can be visually connected and have the feeling of a bigger space. One can also have the privacy by using curtains as and when required. For some places we have given a glass wall even between bathroom and bedroom.
Q: Can a home get renovated with textured walls, false ceiling and modular kitchen in a budget-friendly manner. Or you incorporate a different approach to design a residential project in the client’s budget?
A home or any other space can look good even by the choice of right colour scheme. Modular kitchen, wardrobes, lighting etc. are the basic essentials. After this the budget depends largely on the cosmetics elements like texture paint, false ceiling etc. Different designers have their own set of criteria/cutoff for a minimum budget of work they undertake.
Q: Does people wish to have an interiors designed while keeping eco-friendliness in mind? Or people emphasis on designing home in the regular style?
Lots of manufacturers are focusing on eco-friendly interior products. Be it the use of low watt LED lights, water saving water-closets, eco-friendly paints or insulation glass. Solar panels are also being used for water heating or producing electricity. Customers are also keen to use such energy saving and environment-friendly products if they are aware of such products and it suits their pocket.
Q: How do the closets, wall cabinets and a modular kitchen help to make home look spacious, smart and stylish?
Being stylish is subjective thing. But yes adequately planned wardrobes, modular kitchen and cabinets do help in making homes more organized. Any organised space looks smart too.
Q: How long does interior designing industry came in past 22 years of your career and where does this industry heading with coming of various townships especially the integrated ones?
Though it seems to be a long journey, the few changes I have experienced are
- Earlier Interior designing was limited to luxury segment or upper middle class but now all income group people are getting attracted toward the possibilities of interior designing. People with all kind of budgets want good looking spaces. The advent of internet has changed the working method of almost all the industry including Interior designing field. People have global exposure and awareness level has increased a lot. Earlier we used to show the designs to our clients; now a day people visit us with their ideas.
- 22 years back there was a limited range of materials, be it plywood, marble or furniture. Interior Designing was more of craftsmanship based working; hand-carved woodwork, intricate inlay work in marble, beautiful patterns in ceilings and things like that. Now the biggest change is the availability of a range of interior products especially the imported ones. Some products are so exclusive that spaces are designed keeping the products in mind.
- Though the spending power of people has increased by manifold in the last two decades but they don’t want to spend that much of time on their interior projcets, people prefer more of factory-made products.
Q: Is it different to design a private property and that of a realtor as many real estate firms today have a full-time architect to design their projects including residential, commercial and mix land.
Yes, it is very different to work on a private property because all planning & design elements are taken as per the choices & requirements of an individual or a family. Whereas in a builder project the planning & choices of elements are taken in such a way that it should suit more number of people. An individual can afford to get his entire house painted in pink or blue but a builder can not, also an individual can afford to spend extra money or waste little bit of space here and there, but a builder would need to optimize on cost and space as he/she would need to make multiple such units.
Architects and designers working full time with builders are not always into designing; sometimes they are also involved in the implementation of the outsourced design projects.