There has been a sudden surge of inquiries for second homes in the last year. Manav Singh, Chairman Imperial Holding, says, “A home in the hills is three times cheaper than one in the city and a second home is a necessity more than a desire. We’ve seen interest from professionals with an income of over ₹1 crore, businessmen with an income of more than ₹3-4 crore, retired individuals with disposable incomes, etc.”
Singh adds that investors and developers are now eyeing Tier II and Tier III cities too. “Places like Amritsar, Chandigarh, and Shimla are on the radar of bigger builders due to reverse migration. People went to big cities, not for a better standard of life, but to create wealth. Now, if they can do the same job by staying in a place like Goa or Shimla, why would they not do that,” he reasons.
While developers are bullish about second homes and are focusing a lot on offering amenities, designers are focusing on creating second homes to enrich the life of the owner. Adish Patni, Principal Architect, Adish Patni Design, shares, “With second homes, we want to create a sensory experience, use beautiful materials and fabrics to achieve an effortless, serene place to unwind. We believe the starting point for second homes is the site. The setting of second homes in the wilderness, hills, by the coast, or within the countryside starts with maximizing the advantages of the location and how architecture can blend in the surrounding. We understand the landscape’s place within history and approach the design by balancing between materials and nature. The design needs to respect the environment it is nestled with. The fluidity of movement between spaces, both internal and external are fundamental in designing second homes.”
Architect Puran Kumar, Principal Architect, Studio PKA, agrees. “Designing a second home is designing a space to unwind in, and break away from a busy city environment. It is essentially about being one with the surrounding. This effectively changes the entire programme of architectural intervention,” he shares.
He adds, “Most clients want open and free-flowing spaces in their second homes. A balance between private, public, and liminal zones is always a priority – to cater to their individual requirements as well as to host family and friends.”
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