Living on top floors:(Why select a top floor)
With an ever increasing urban population and need for urban living space, it is inevitable that we live on the higher levels. “One of the major benefits of living on the top floor is the good lighting and ventilation,” says Prasana Kesavan, chief architect of Studio 7 Consultants Pvt Ltd, a Chennai-based architecture consultancy firm.
“They are also comparatively secure and have a good view which some people crave for. Capital appreciation is comparatively faster on the upper floors as well,” says Mohammad Hisham, owner of Hisham Architects, another Chennai-based architecture firm.
What to consider. Both, Hisham and Kesavan, advise that buyers looking to stay on the upper floors of a high-rise building must focus on the material used in windows. It has to be of very good and reliable quality. Generally, un-plasticised poly (vinyl chloride) is used to make windows. The frame has to be durable to sustain the wind load during extreme conditions.
One must also check if weather proofing has been done properly or not. Emergency evacuation is another major factor that must never be ignored. Safe and proper provisions to prevent or safely deal with fire outbreaks must be part of the structure.