Thriving in art and architecture, Vadodara, the bustling city in the state of Gujarat holds the reputation of being the cultural capital of India. The city architecture stands in testimony of this honour and live up to its rich heritage which has flourished under the Gupta Empire, the Chalukya dynasties, The Sultans of Delhi, the Mughals, Marathas and British. In modern days, the 'global' people of Gujarat who are well travelled and open to adapt the best from world have proudly carried the rich heritage further which has made the city a beautiful amalgamation of traditional as well as modern architecture style.
The architecture of Vadodara is brimming with the reminiscence of Mughal, Maratha and Victorian style in its architectural landmark. Many heritage buildings like Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Baroda Museum and Picture Gallery, Hajira Maqbara, Nyay Mandir, Pratap Vilas Palace, Lukshmi Vilas Palace, Sayajirao Gaekwad Hospital bring in the architectural marvel narrating the rich history of all its rulers. While the walled city or Old Vadodara stands in testament of Mughal style of architecture, the Baroda museum and Picture gallery is inspired by Victorian style. Modern Vadodara was conceptualized by its ruler Sayajirao III (1875-1939) and his vision was given the shape by architects such as R.F. Chisholm and city planner Patrick Geddes. Since Sayajirao was a great admirer of European architecture, the building construction under his tenure is inspired and influenced by European and Indo-Saracenic architecture.
The beauty of Vadodara city is that the old and new world co-exists and has blended perfectly giving it its beautiful hybrid architecture. If there are people still living in old style bungalows, row houses, tenements and havelies; there are modern style bungalows, high-rise, villas and modern apartments with all the modern amenities just beyond the old walls, occupied and thriving with growing city limit. Modern homes are also a fine blend of traditional architecture and contemporary style. Halls (living room and dining room) in any home are built large to accommodate the members of the joint family and for family gatherings, the tradition which is quite common in Gujarat. Kitchen is built with a separate store room for storage and washes area for washing and cleaning of utensils and also has space for washing machine. Open kitchen plan is common. The size of the bedroom and bathroom depends on the size of the house but it is moderately sized. The modern buildings have adopted the modern construction materials of steel, cement, bricks, wood, glass and mortar.
Under the 'ease in doing business campaign', the Government has brought new building regulation which aims to generate more employment and will change the skyline of Vadodara.
Hiring architect is the first step towards building your dream home. It is not possible for an individual to know all about the technicality of buildings regulations, clearance and permissions to be needed from Vadodara Urban Development authority (VUDA) and Vadodara Mahanagar Seva Sadan (VMSS). There are many paper works to be done before the construction could begin. So it is advisable to appoint a professional local architect who will do the job for you. Hiring local architects has its own benefits. From taking the clearance for building from the local authorities to acquiring materials from local market at a reasonable rate, they can do it easily and efficiently. They know about the climatic condition of the area, soil quality, working environment, contractors, labour market, price and place to acquire the building materials and wages of the labours which becomes an added advantage. Being from the same city it reduces the cost of travelling which otherwise is charged from the client.
To find the best architect to build your dream home in Vadodara, you can check in the homify's architect directory. Just to name a few from the list, they are: Dipen Gada and Associates, Modi Srivastava and Associates, Ray Design World, Vaibhav Patel and Associates, Flava Design Studio, Matai Associates, etc.
Being a small city, the cost of construction in Vadodara is less in comparison to metropolitan and big cities of India. Since the property is cheaper, the average size of the plots and houses is bigger.
The average cost of houses is approximately from Rs. 1500-3800 per square foot. The cost of house in Vadodara varies depending on the localities and type of house (apartment or independent bungalow). Property value is costlier in city centre which goes down in the outskirts or developing areas. So Vadodara has home for every income group; from decent apartments with basic amenities to lavish apartments and independent bungalows, it can cater to every budget. Now it depends on you what you are looking for. From 1BHK (Bedroom, hall, kitchen) to 7(BHK) home, Vadodara has it all.
Typically the cost of construction (excluding the land cost and internal furnishing) depends on the quality of construction materials (bricks, mortar, cement, sand, steel, wood, etc.) used. If the best quality of material is used then a 1000 square foot of house would cost between 25-30 lakh. If medium quality material is used, 1000 square foot of house will cost 15-20 lakh. With low quality materials, 1000 square foot of house will cost around 8-12 lakh.
The services of the architects and interior designers are required in the entire project; right from the planning, designing, laying the foundation to making the building structure ready for possession. From Vastu, byelaws, subcontractors, electricity, water, ventilation, materials, budget, aesthetics, client requirements, detailing, etc. the service of architects are required everywhere. So the architectural fees are usually based on a percentage model. It generally is 7-7.5% of the project cost. In the group housing or large commercial complexes, the charges are usually based on square foot. It is generally between Rs.30/sq.ft to Rs.500 sq/ft depending on the reputation of the architectural firm.
Architects and home owner works together to make the dream home a reality. Though the technical side of the building is taken care of by the professional architects and it is advisable to leave it to them, the outer and interior architect of the home is designed are per the wishes and requirements of the client.