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Vernacular Single Floor Architecture with Modern Security E-books Ongrid Design

Vernacular Single Floor Architecture with Modern Security


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At OnGrid.Design, we understand the allure of traditional architecture. The time-honoured techniques, indigenous materials, and local craftsmanship all come together to create homes that resonate with history. But we also recognise the importance of safety in today's world. Hence, we seamlessly integrate state-of-the-art security systems without compromising the essence of vernacular design.

The Charm of Vernacular Architecture

Vernacular architecture is characterised by its regional relevance. It's the architectural style developed out of local needs, local materials, and local traditions. India, with its vast geographical and cultural diversity, offers a rich tapestry of vernacular architectural styles.

  • Northern Plains: Houses often feature courtyards to keep the interiors cool during hot summers.
  • Coastal Regions: Elevated houses to protect against flooding, with ample ventilation to combat humidity.
  • Desert Areas of Rajasthan: Thick walls and narrow streets to combat the desert heat.

Modern Security: A Paramount Need

While the aesthetic and functional aspects of vernacular architecture are undeniably charming, the modern world demands an emphasis on security. Home is where the heart is, and it's essential to keep it safe. At OnGrid.Design, we incorporate:

  • Surveillance Systems: Hidden cameras that don't interfere with the design but offer 24/7 monitoring.
  • Secure Entryways: Reinforced doors and windows, ensuring safety without compromising on the traditional look.
  • Alarm Systems: Advanced alarm systems blend into the design, offering peace of mind.

Merging Tradition with Technology

Achieving a balance between maintaining the traditional essence and integrating modern security can be challenging. But with careful planning and design:

  1. Localised Materials: Using materials like locally sourced stones, woods, or bricks not only maintains the vernacular look but also offers inherent security features.
  2. Craftsmanship: Local artisans are roped in to ensure that the security integrations are seamless and don't stand out.
  3. Landscaping for Security: Natural barriers like thorny plants or water bodies can act as deterrents, all while enhancing the beauty of the property.

Client Stories

One of our recent projects involved designing a single-floor house in the heart of Kerala. The client wanted a traditional 'Nalukettu' design but was concerned about security. We integrated hidden cameras within the ornate woodwork and added reinforced mesh behind the traditional window grills. The result was a house deeply rooted in tradition but fortified against modern threats.


At OnGrid.Design, we believe in honouring the past while embracing the future. Our designs reflect this philosophy, ensuring you get a home that's both timeless in appeal and contemporary in safety. Explore our portfolio, and let's create a space that perfectly blends tradition and safety.

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Elevation Designs: A Fusion of Tradition and Modernity

Welcome to Ongrid Design, where we craft facades that resonate. With a rich legacy spanning over two decades, we seamlessly blend traditional architecture with contemporary elements, resulting in elevations that speak volumes.

Understanding Elevation Designs

Elevation designs are not just about the visual appeal of a home's exterior. They are a comprehensive representation, capturing the essence of a dwelling, its cultural inspirations, and its modern aspirations, at OnGrid.Design, an elevation is more than a design; it's an architectural narrative.

The Architect's Vision on Elevation Designs

To our team of architects, crafting an elevation is akin to weaving a tale. It's about imbibing the legacy of traditional designs, understanding the pulse of modern trends, and marrying them into a cohesive blueprint. It's an art of balance, ensuring the design is timeless, relevant, and aesthetically captivating.

Your Journey with Ongrid Design

Step 1: Discovery

Every design journey begins with a conversation. We delve into understanding your vision, inspirations, and aspirations for the elevation.

Step 2: Conceptualization

Guided by your vision, our architects draft elevation designs that harmoniously blend traditional motifs with modern elements, ensuring every facade tells a story.

Step 3: Refinement

After the initial draft, we engage with you for feedback, refining and tweaking the design until it aligns perfectly with your vision.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is it just about the looks?

While aesthetics are vital, our elevation designs at Ongrid Design prioritise functionality, environmental considerations, and a seamless flow with the home's interiors.

How do you blend traditional and modern elements?

Our designs draw inspiration from age-old architectural motifs, which we then juxtapose with contemporary trends to create a harmonious facade.

Is customisation possible with my elevation design?

Of course! Customisation is at the heart of our design philosophy. We ensure each elevation is a unique reflection of the homeowner's vision.

Our Commitment to Excellence

At the intersection of age-old architectural wisdom and contemporary design trends lies our unique elevation designs. Our commitment is to provide homeowners with facades that are not just visually appealing but also deeply resonant.

Eager to craft a facade that stands as a testament to both tradition and modernity? Embark on your design journey with OnGrid.Design today.

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