What we got, and where

Here’re the people who helped us in getting our house built – the architect, builder, vendors for the reused material.

Architect. We got Maya Praxis, an award-winning architect firm, to design our house. Vijay Narnapatti and Dimple Mittal translated our wacky ideas into designs, and added a whole lot of wacky ideas of their own. We totally love what they’ve done for us !
http://www.mayapraxis.com/
Phone : 26576552.

Bamboo corrugated sheet roof: Timpack Pvt. Ltd., Byrnihat, Meghalaya.
Contact : Mr. Arjan Singh Bhusri, Sr. Executive. Phone : 9810321839

Keep away from these firms / people

Builder : Vismaya Interiors. They goofed up on a lot of things, and there’s zero warranty on their work.
Contact: Mr. Prakash. Phone : 98452 16065

Rain water harvesting system: Great Bear Promotions, Bangalore. The rain water system started coming apart after some months, and the sump leaked. Got no remedy from them.
Contact : Mr. John Daniel. Phone : 2543 1414, 6559 3006

Sources of used stuff

Bangalore has a large demolition industry. Specialist demolition firms break down old buildings and sell the wood and other reusable material in the building through their shops. You will find these shops all over the city, but the heaviest concentrations are in Shivajinagar and City Market – both places coincidentally called Bamboo Bazaar.

Pine wood from packing cases : A whole lot of shops in Bamboo Bazaar, Shivajinagar.

Glass : Munaaf can source used glass for you from demolished buildings, and also does lovely glass painting and glass frosting. The dining table in the hall was painted by him. He has a factory in Shivajinagar.
Phone : 90194 93549

Kitchen sinks : Ahmed has a whole range of used stainless steel sinks, from demolished homes and restaurants. He has a shop in Sunday Market (only open on Sundays) at the end of BVK Iyengar Rd., near the City Market flyover.
Phone : 98867 33132

Toilet fittings – commodes etc. : We got our used commodes, wash basins and plumbing (taps and showers) from Akram in Bamboo Bazaar, City Market.
Phone : 93432 06841

Door and window frames : Lots of shops in the two Bamboo bazaars, and others dotted around the city.

Floor tiles : You can sometimes get unbelievable deals on these. Ceramic tiles are used for the flooring in booths in exhibitions, and are useless after the exhibition is over. I once saw a whole bunch of them from the Air show, selling at the absurd price of Re. 2 each (new ones would have cost Rs. 30 each). Tiles are useless if they are pasted to cement at the bottom, but this lot were just laid on sand. Tiles from old buildings too are sometimes usable because they are laid on lime mortar which comes off easily.

Granite slabs : Granite slabs on a lot of footpaths around the city are being replaced with tiles. You can strike a deal with the contractor right where the work is being done, and get them very cheap. He does not have to spend money carting them to some other place, so you save this money too.

The general method
Basically just scrounge around – you never know what you’ll find.

What you should do (in fact what we did) is this:
1. After the design of the house is ready, make a list of what you need and what type. E.g., the quantity, type and size of kitchen sinks, wash basins, etc.
2. Keep going periodically to the demolition material markets, pick up whatever you can get and store them away in your place. Remember that they may actually be used only after many months.
3. Give a list of the stuff you need to any vendors you think are suitable, with your phone number. Ask them to call you when they get anything on your list.
4. If you see a building being broken down anywhere and see some useful stuff, strike a deal with the demolition contractor right there and cart the stuff away. He saves on transport to his shop, so he’ll pass on this benefit to you.
4. The price you pay for anything should be approx. 20 % of the same thing new.

The markets

Metal stuff in Bamboo Bazaar, City Market

What things looked like when we bought them

Commodes, wash basins

Taps and shower

Kitchen sinks

  1. Anjali Chandavarkar
    January 3, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Amazing, Das!

  2. Kiran
    July 3, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Brilliant!
    I would love to do all this; doing a bit alreay and also segregating waste at home, in our colony and now getting to work with the Municipality to make it applicable city wide. lets connect.

  3. arunima
    December 6, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    hello,
    can you tell me places in bangalore , where i would get good wood and carpenters in moderate rate. i dont mind taking used woods as long as it is in good condition.i want to use it for my furniture in my new house. πŸ™‚

    • December 6, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      Used pine wood (and other wood too) : Bamboo bazaar near Cantonment station. Also in Vijayananar, but don’t know the exact location here.

      Carpenters : I don’t know, but I guess it’s better to get people who live nearby.

  4. shripathi
    March 21, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    I am greatly impressed … looking at starting construction -low cost , eco friendly ideas -need your suggestions.

    • March 21, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      Thank you. Will email you my phone number and email ID. can give you suggestions on phone, or you can come over and see the house sometime.

  5. prasad
    April 5, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Hi Das,
    This is brilliant, very impressive. I am planning to construct house and follow your path of being eco friendly & of course cost effective (hoping I will be successful in sourcing materials), possible to connect with you for a dialogue to get even more clear direction please?
    Thanks, Prasad

    • April 5, 2014 at 10:04 am

      Thanks Prasad.
      Have emailed you my phone number. Please get in touch, and you’re welcome to come over and see my home.

  6. Naga
    April 18, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Dear Das,
    Thank you very much for this amazing webpage and an awesome initiative. I started all this research about six months back when i just started my construction in Kalkere, Bangalore. I wanted to reuse since I was on a tight budget. Luckily, your webpage came in very handy. All my window frames, MS railings etc came from the same bamboo market you mentioned. I am sure your contacts for Bathroom fittings etc are going to help as well. I wanted to get in touch with you and also invite you over. I will drop in my email ID.

    • Naga
      April 30, 2014 at 10:09 am

      Dear Das,
      Was trying to get in touch with you. I wanted to get some details regarding the Cemented Flooring that you have done.

      • April 30, 2014 at 6:38 pm

        Hi. Have emailed you my phone number.

  7. Sam
    October 25, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Hi Mr.Das, I have been construction my house in Hennur, I am very much interested to see your house. Would you be able to provide the address an your contact.

    • October 25, 2014 at 8:22 am

      Hi.
      Have emailed you my contact details.

  8. March 6, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Hello Sri. Dasarathi,

    Your house is amazing – everybody should follow the 4R principle πŸ™‚
    May I please ave your contact number; would like to visit and also see how I can maximise my space.
    Been cheated by many “masons” and others, need to repair the damage in a low-carbon, low cost way!

    Thank you,

    R

    • March 10, 2015 at 10:32 am

      Hi. Have emailed you my phone number.

  9. Sunny
    May 24, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Can you please send us your contact and the suitable time for us to contact.
    purconline@gmail.com

  10. Srinivasan
    August 16, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Sirji, Hats Off! I dont have any site in bangalore. live in a rented place. I managed to pick up an acre of land off bannerghatta road. dont have a single paise now but would like to meet you to get ideas for a farm house which may be my only home…

  11. Chetan
    April 14, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Hi Das,

    I have just completed my new house. I must admit I am feeling dumb after seeing what you have done. Great work! Hope to meet u sometime.

    • April 15, 2016 at 7:51 pm

      Come over some time and see the house. Might help in extensions or renovation.

  12. Sandra D'sa
    May 2, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Just amazing ! I am so encouraged ! We were on the verge of awarding the contract to build our new house and we have stopped short on seeing your great work on the internet. We have a plot of 500 sq meters located at the bottom of a hillock. Two sides of the plot are bounded by the sides of the hillock one of which has a perennial stream of mountain water. You guessed right ! I am in Goa :). Das, you are a God send. Can we badger you for some advice in case we hit a wall ? Not really sure how much of used building material we can find in Goa but I’m sure we we start looking we will. Thanks for being n inspiration and making a difference, one house at a time πŸ™‚

  13. Sagar
    May 24, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Hello Mr. Das. Thats a very beautiful house you have constructed. Im starting a cafe in Bangalore. I would like to use refurbished furniture and eco-friendly decor. Any idea where i can get used solid wood furniture? And also any ideas for the roofing?

    • June 7, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      Thanks.
      I just saw this post of yours, in the Junk folder – I have an overactive spam filet that takes itself too seriously πŸ™‚
      I’ll email you my phone number.

  1. June 27, 2013 at 9:19 pm

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