SPV in black whiteSathya Prakash Varanashi studied architecture in Bangalore, urban design in Delhi and heritage conservation in England. A former Professor of Architecture, he is involved in academics, outreach activities, freelance writing, professional associations and NGO initiatives.

Right from his early days, he was attracted to designs ideas rooted in cost, culture, climate and creativity, thanks to the influence of architects such as Laurie Baker, Shankar Kanade, K. Jaisim, A.G.K. Menon and K.T. Ravindran. His consultancy firm, Sathya Consultants, in Bengaluru has been professing and practising eco-friendly cost-effective architecture for the last 28 years.

These articles were authored by Sathya and published in THE HINDU on their Saturday’s Column titled Habitat/Property Plus.  These are archived and republished here by Rajesh Kav.

Sathya Consultants
#166, Kathriguppe Water Tank Road
4th Cross, 4th Block, 3rd Phase
Banashankari 3rd Stage
Bengaluru – 560085

Tel : 080-26794220, 26797854
Email : sathyaconsult at gmail.com  (replace ‘at’ with @ when you write )

  1. Intersting to read in detail about all the why whats of building a home…amazing research done by you could have made it possible to throw light on so many simple local materials that a normal person like me would never ever get to know of!! thank you for sharing evrything here…

  2. Ridhima Mehrotra

    Thank you sir for sharing this rich archive. It is really important for us- the young architects to understand this “design with logic” which is lacking among most of us.

  3. Thank you for sharing all this information with us. It is extremely useful for anyone who is thinking of constructing a house.

  4. Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you penning this write-up plus the rest of the website is also very good.

  5. Superb sir. Simply best. I don,t know what more to type speech less. All points are clearly explained.

  6. Sir on reading your blog on red oxides , we had decided to put the same in our home ,I hav few doubts on it , wat should be done to avoid the surface cracks?

  7. Ram Mohan Sarma mylavarapu

    Settled in tiruvannamalai after retirement. Sir need to talk to you to design purpose serving terrace roof shed facing arunachala. My mobile 09789846145.

  8. Dear Sir,
    I am really happy looking at this information, thank you for sharing the details. I am planning to go for concrete flooring for a house is under construction, please advise what all different options available for a modern house considering the cost factor.


  9. Hi, can you please correct the e-mail ID provided? The correct one is sathyaconsult@gmail.com

  10. Hi sir,I am planning to have 1st floor constructed,is it advisable to go for filler slab and mud bricks,if so how much will it cost 10 x10 sq ft. And whom to consult.please guide me.

  11. Hello Sir. I have read your solutions regarding eco friendly roofs. I have a open to sky terrace of around 11×15 feet on the 11th Floor and was planning to convert it into a room. Can you suggest what material to be used for the roof? I was planning to use a marine ply along with Mangalore tiles. If you have better solutions, please advise

  12. I sent an email to the mentioned email address a week back for my design enquiry. I haven’t got any response at all. Please reply.

  13. Dear Rajesh. I’m renovating my 2nd floor-expanding with additional rooms. I want to go green, I’m looking froward to use Filler Slab. Could you please direct me or share contact details of expert who is doing it in Pondicherry. I’m based in Pondicherry. Much Appreciate your reply. Thank you.

  14. Sarathy Wodeyar

    Mr Rajesh, your site is such a treat for eco conscious people like me. Sir, I want to make a small rammed earth wall in my farm in Hassan. Could you direct me to any contractors that can do this work for us? Thanks a lot
    Sarathy Wodeyar

    • Hi, thanks for your interest. You may contact Sathya at ,

      Sathya Consultants
      #166, Kathriguppe Water Tank Road
      4th Cross, 4th Block, 3rd Phase
      Banashankari 3rd Stage
      Bengaluru – 560085

      Tel : 080-26794220, 26797854
      Email : sathyaconsult at gmail.com

      Please call during Office Hours at 10am to 5pm

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