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Old 25th May 2020, 05:37   #31
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I believe it is a factor of age, family size etc. At a younger age, one can put in the effort of maintaining an entire home have space for family, entertain guests and simply be independent. For elderly people, an apartment brings predictability and support from others around. That is built into our culture. Add to it, security, elevators, common spaces, and even in some case stores within the complex.
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Let me add my perspective, having lived in both types. I currently live in a very large Villa type area. Its been 3 + years. 3 in the family, son is 16 and my wife and I are both 46+

1. You mostly end up spending a lot of time at the ground floor. The terrace is used just twice a day, mostly by my wife to dry clothes.
2. The mosquitoes are a menance. Its almost impossible to keep the doors open. This means that even the slight evening breeze is stopped from getting into the house. The mosquitoes always win in the Mosquito Vs Breeze decision making process
3. We have a couple of neighbors who are quite loud or are very passionate to their fellow family members. Its very clear to hear. We are also careful to ensure all the curtains are rolled in so that the peek available for my neighbors who are 3 feet away doesn't happen
4. In an independent house, you almost always end up finding way to spend money on something or the other - a Plant, a pot, a grill, a small gate, a small wooden fence, a pipe connection gone wrong, a tile in the parking coming out etc..etc..There will always be something extra each month to spend on
5. Parking is never a problem.
6. Ample open space and green lung spaces.
7. You get to do your own terrace garden, kitchen garden and stuff ( i somehow don't spend too much time there, its my wife's territory)
8. Relatives who visit love it. There is ample space in the ground/first floor rooms
9. Days where the maids cant come, its tough indeed to just finish sweeping and mopping all rooms.

I still love this set up. I do get in that a fully equipped high rise can provide a different experience, but i have got used to the 'quiet' nights here. I so love the SqFt / Person ratio of space available to the residents. The # of cars and people in one tower of an 8 floor building can be as high as 150 Cars / 150-160 people dense. Just for the 'Quiet', i would continue to stay in my own home. There is also this sense of security of having your own small piece of land that you live in.
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I stay in a high-end gated villa community and probably enjoy the best combination of privacy, common amenities & services, space etc. Plumbers, electricians etc are a phone call away, common areas are vast and well maintained, and privacy is pretty good depending on the size of the plot.

What is a must is a good lift (excellent pneumatic lifts available nowadays)! More than the age-related factor, you just need to sprain your legs badly to realize how constraining a G+2 villa can be. I learnt it the hard way when I badly tore my ankle ligaments, and was more or less restricted to the ground floor of my villa. Each journey up or down was an agonizing 15 minutes to cover 3 short flights of stairs!

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I stay in a high-end gated villa community and probably enjoy the best combination of privacy, common amenities & services, space etc. Plumbers, electricians etc are a phone call away, common areas are vast and well maintained, and privacy is pretty good depending on the size of the plot.

What is a must is a good lift (excellent pneumatic lifts available nowadays)! More than the age-related factor, you just need to sprain your legs badly to realize how constraining a G+2 villa can be. I learnt it the hard way when I badly tore my ankle ligaments, and was more or less restricted to the ground floor of my villa. Each journey up or down was an agonizing 15 minutes to cover 3 short flights of stairs!
In a GND+2 independent house on a 30 ft x 40 ft plot built using formwork technology (so all walls are fully RCC) with just 3 feet wide yardspace all around the house, is it possible to build a small lift (elevator) in the yardspace (or inside the house), to help avoid climbing stairs? Say even for a single person capacity with space for carrying say a laundry basket.

If anyone has done such a thing, pls share, along with vendor details.
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Please google vacuum lifts in India. Very early buildings had vacuum tubes to send stuff around the office in USA, this works on same principle. Or you can go for conventional single person lift - https://www.eliteelevators.com/produ...RoCe0oQAvD_BwE

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is it possible to build a small lift (elevator) in the yardspace (or inside the house), to help avoid climbing stairs? Say even for a single person capacity with space for carrying say a laundry basket.
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Please google vacuum lifts in India. Very early buildings had vacuum tubes to send stuff around the office in USA, this works on same principle. Or you can go for conventional single person lift - https://www.eliteelevators.com/produ...RoCe0oQAvD_BwE
Not sure how many people will be able to spend 40L on a home elevator. I think these will get hugely popular at about 5L price range. Also hope the maintenance rates will be reasonable compared to traditional lifts. We have 8 lifts in our apartment and we spend around 3.6L as yearly maintenance.

The best thing is to leave provision for the lift as of now. This duct can be used as a skylight or something useful for the time being and install the lift when you really need it.

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is it possible to build a small lift (elevator) in the yardspace (or inside the house), to help avoid climbing stairs? Say even for a single person capacity with space for carrying say a laundry basket.
As Sebring has put it, it's easily possible to do so. I would suggest the pneumatic type inside your house if you have a stairwell wide enough. That would be ideal in my opinion. I don't have any vendor details but there is a lot on information on the Net.
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I would like to contribute my 2 paise to this thread.

Close to 20 years of my life I spent in various individual houses with my parents moving from one rented house to another before they built a nice duplex house. I had the luxury of my own room, plenty of terrace space to grow my own plants. 11 years ago, my father took the decision of selling that house for a throwaway price to move in to a much smaller 2 BHK closer to the city.

I regret his decision till today. There are certain advantages of staying in an apartment, security, if you are lucky you might get friendly and helpful neighbours.

I see more disadvantages here.

-As the apartment building gets older, things start breaking down. We face elevator breakdown every now and then, I can climb three flights of stairs, but imagine moving groceries, gas cylinder and any other heavy lifting. Its a back breaking task. The short sighted builder has installed a used lift.

- If you buy an apartment from a not so very reputed builder, the titles may not be clear.

- You do not have the freedom of using terrace, basement, or any other common utility area without getting nasty looks from your neighbours.

- some builders show a lot of cost cutting everywhere. For example, the height of my ceiling is only 9ft, and we stay on the top floor of the apartment, it gets very hot during summers and there is very less I can do to help it.

- When my father purchased the apartment, we had a decent view outside with lots of trees, birds chirping and plenty of space. A few years down the line the builder got greedy and now when I look out of the balcony, I see my neighbours dining room.

- if you are elected or nominated to be the apartment association's office bearer, be mentally prepared to be ill treated. I unfortunately accepted the responsibility and regretted it very soon. People show their corporate mentality on you and expect you to share status update on housekeeping issues, water issues, security issues and everything under the roof. Due to heavy rain / wind yesterday, the plastic sheet covering one of the air ducts in my apartment was broken. One of the resident posted a photo in the whats app group and was cringing about it since it was not fixed in the morning.

- A lot of apartments do not have pooja room / god room if it is a must for you.

- The depreciation value. You would have paid xx lakhs 10 years back, and theoretically your apartment may be worth at least 1 crore, trust me, you will not find a buyer for half the price you think it is worth it, especially if its an old building.

I can keep ranting about this, but I personally feel if you have an individual house, dont ever do the blunder of selling it and moving to an apartment.
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