There are several features in our house that we take for granted. Simple things like positioning and colour make a huge difference when it is out of place. A very good example of this can be traced to my uncle's place who, had built a palace like home but chose to keep the kitchen on the first floor. The number of crockeries that had to be replaced was most definitely e in the three digits since 15 years of its construction. There are so many who colour their homes with bright colours so as to stand out from the crowd but after time it showed how shabbier the house was when compared to the other homes who had a greyer tint to start off with. Most of these factors are now being considered and well- thought off while designing houses. This is why most of the houses for sale in Kerala have restructured for the same. Of course, I have to also mention that I know several other homes who have a kitchen on the first floor and managed very well. And there are really good paints that last near lifetime.