Minimalist architecture has become a popular trend in newly developed real estate projects internationally, as well as in Pakistan. Property dealers believe that the value and demand of houses and apartments that follow a minimalist design is 18 to 20% higher compared to conventional (in the long-run) minimalist buildings is 10 to 15% lower than average.
If you are looking to invest in properties following minimalist architecture, factor in the Asa result, factor in the following:
The focus is on maximizing space and minimizing fishing costs. As a result, walk are covered with plaster or concrete and left devoid of any architectural detailing, such as skirting or cornice molding.
They are typically painted in basic shades of grey and white. This brings down overall finishing expenses by nearly seven to 10%.
Instead of furniture, concrete structure is built at the time of construction, which can be used for seating and storage. Such structure is usually constructed in balconies, courtyards, foyers and utilities rooms.
In bedrooms, raised concrete platforms are built on which cotton mattresses are placed to serve as beds. In kitchens and bathrooms, concerts aremolded to create basin-like structures, which serve as sinks. These structures should be incorporated in the floor plan so that they integrate with the architectural design.
Concealed electrical wiring and plumbing is installed ensuring that there is no surface damage to walls or ceilings, reducing the need for replastering and repaint.
Floors are made from natural hardwood or stone. Windows are large, unfarmed and covered with hard-edged metal venetian blinds or that screen that blend seamlessly with the walls. An international trend that has become popular is using stainless steel wall tiles, which are more affordable than ceramic ones, less likely to chip are easier to clean.
For curtains and wall floor coverings, cotton and jute are the preferred materials.
By Uzma Khateeb Nawaz