Now, office-cum-home becomes a reality

Written by Varun Soni | New Delhi, Sep 27 | Updated: Sep 28 2007, 05:37am hrs
In order to differentiate themselves from the crowd, many builders are now including novel concepts in their projects to increase their sales value. One such concept is to build flexi-homes, where an apartment comes with an annexe that can be used as an office. Though priced slightly higher than the other apartments, this home-cum-office concept not only benefits the self-employed, but also saves them the cost of buying/renting an office as well as on transportation.

Such projects are coming up all over India in places like Indirapuram, Gwalior, Bangalore etc. Says Sanjeev Srivastava, MD, Assotech, which is building such flexi-homes, It is an experiment that stems out of the premise that offering something extra to our projects can be a good value-add for the customers. It will also differentiate us from the other projects that are coming up nineteen to the dozen and set our offering apart.

Though more expensive than the normal apartments, property experts feel that this concept especially helps those who are self-employed like architects, designers, IT professionals etc. It is also ideal for those women who do not wish to do a 9 to 5 job and want to be close to their home and family. Working from home gives them the opportunity to do just that, says Srivastava.

The opening up of the economy and the exposure that people have today has also prompted builders to include features like dedicated lounges, powder rooms, videophone, wi-fi connectivity etc.

Says Abhay Grover, an architect who has booked a flexi-home, This would help professionals like me a great deal as it would give me an opportunity to operate from home. Also, getting a little extra with the apartment always helps.