I want to add a water feature to my apartment terrace. What would you recommend?
First, hire the services of a structural engineer/architect who can guide you about the load-carrying capacity of your terrace. He will also guide you about waterproofing the area. After this exercise, select the material and design of the water feature. It could be a fountain or a cascading waterfall. Just keep in mind that the design should be easy to maintain in terms of cleaning. Stagnant water can cause all kinds of problems. If the engineer decides against any structure, buy a ready-made water feature of fibreglass from the market. Add a few plants within or around the feature to soften the look.
How can I add more plants inside my home, without making it look like a jungle?
The simple rule is to occupy corners. Take care to display them in a position that has light and suits your decor as well. Next, you can place plants near pillars, alongside walls and near entrances. But always think about the functionality of space. The plants should not become obstructions. Just add two to three plants per room, if you’re thinking of a 250-sq. ft room. One can also put plants in corridors alongside fixed structures. Don’t put plants in the bedroom as they release carbon dioxide in the night.
(Sameer Parashar’s company, Vividh Landscapes, consults around the country. Ask Sameer a question at firstname.lastname@example.org)