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Eco home / green home design trends

Eco home / green home design is a powerful trend worldwide which has been emerging over the last couple of years, and in 2019 will be more popular than ever. More and more people also in Cyprus are accepting green living as the norm and it is really becoming more convenient and affordable to embrace sustainable design trends in our homes. Let’s have a look at some of the eco-friendly home design trends/ideas.

-Thermal insulation: Wall thermal insulation slows down the flow of heat that travels out of our home during the winter and into our home during the summer. With proper insulation, we can reduce the need for heating and cooling system and make big savings on our monthly energy bills.

-Energy-efficient lighting: LED lighting is the latest modern technology in energy efficient lighting. It uses 85% less energy than incandescent or halogen lighting and can reduce energy bills significantly.

-Solar-powered photovoltaic (PV) panels: They convert the sun’s rays into electricity by exciting electrons in silicon cells using the photons of light. Producing our own power energy protects the environment and saves money again on electricity bills.

-Water-saving appliances and fixture: Water-saving trends include timed sprinklers, water-filtration systems, low-flow toilets, and water-saving showerheads and faucets.

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8 Simple tricks to keep your house warm in winter

Here are 8 simple tricks to keep your house warm in winter and stop that precious energy escaping…

  1. Open your curtains in the day and close them in the evening. During daytime, open your curtains to let sunlight in. In the evenings, shut your curtains, and keep the warmth in your rooms.
  2. Eliminate the source of Drafts from outside. Common culprits are around doors, door frames, windows, and frames. Fixing these draft sources will greatly increase the comfort level inside the house. One easy first step is to use an insulating tape – it’s a great investment.
  3. Set your central heating timers accordingly. Try not to leave your heating on all day as this will waste energy and increase bills. When you are going out set your timer for the heating to come on for when you return.
  4. If you have radiators, place tinfoil behind them. Keep your homes warm and not your walls. Tinfoil will reflect the heat back into your rooms, meaning they warm up faster and retain more heat.
  5. Get your Boiler serviced. Boilers, like people, like to be looked after. Give yours an annual boiler service. It will last longer and work more efficiently.
  6. Bleed your radiators or your wet underfloor heating. Air can get trapped in the system which can prevent you from getting the most out of it.
  7. Use pipe-lagging. If your hot water pipes are not insulated have them covered with foam tubes. The purpose of this is to keep the water inside your pipes hotter for longer and protects against the cold.
  8. Use the Oven to heat the house. Leave the oven door open and let the heat transfer slowly into your kitchen, it’ll help keep your house warm while you eat.
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4 mistakes we should avoid when building a new home

 

Poor planning choices
People plan without taking their needs and lifestyle into consideration, in the long term. Apart from the present, there is a future ahead…. Are you now single and plan to get married? Are there any plans for children? How about later on in your life? Will the planning of your house be convenient and practical for you?

Underestimate the importance of the HVAC system
Very often we underestimate the importance of the HVAC system (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning). When the HVAC system is not properly planned it will cause huge energy loss without offering the desired results. It may also be the cause for moisture and mold problems which can raise serious health problems.

Not enough storage space
A very common problem that many house owners face is lack of storage space and therefore, they end up dumping their unused things all over. Would you like your guestroom or kitchen eventually become a storage room? When planning your house remind your architect to include all the necessary storage spaces according to your own needs.

Unused Rooms
Due to our enthusiasm, we tend to add rooms in our house that we will hardly use, like a gym, an office, a playroom, a cinema room… When planning these rooms it is a good idea to consider a few ways we can use this extra space so that when it is not used for the purpose it was built for, we will be able to easily transform it into something else, instead of dumping stuff we do not use or need.

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Did you Know that IMPERFECTION can be beautiful?

In Japanese aesthetics, Wabi-sabi is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. Imperfection is beautiful… Wabi-sabi aesthetics include: asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes. Wabi-sabi can find new applications in contemporary architecture and interior design, making us appreciate the beauty of handmade objects through the use of natural materials.

 

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Colors – psychology emotions

Did you Know that colors affect our psychology and emotions?
Are we looking for a peaceful and calming environment?
We might choose cool colors such as green and/or blue, as they are considered restful. There is actually scientific logic applied to this – because the eye focuses the color green directly on the retina, it is said to be less strainful on our eye muscles. Blue is also a typically calming and serene color, said to decrease respiration and lower blood pressure. The bedroom is a great place to use these two colors as they could help us relax and sleep well….

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At Kuutio we focus on the function!

At Kuutio we focus on the function!
Five of the top 10 requested features for new homes deal with functionality and storage: Kitchens, walk-in closets, linen closets, walk-in pantries and laundry rooms. It is extremely important to remember that rooms that are functional don’t have to be huge. If you have a giant kitchen but nowhere to store your foodstuff the room won’t be as useful….
When we plan these functional areas, we always focus on storage and shelving.

Together we build your dream house

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Setting the standard for innovative designs and environmental excellence!

KUUTIO HOMES sets the standard for innovative designs and environmental excellence!

KUUTIO HOMES’ FELICIA GARDENS received two major awards in the categories of Best off- Plan Development in Cyprus and Best off-Plan Development amongst all the finalists in the 2018 Homes Overseas Russian Awards Ceremony held in Moscow on Thursday 19th April 2018.

Homes Overseas Russian Awards are the most prestigious awards of overseas property in Russia which annually reward the best developments and real estate agencies from all over the world. These awards are a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of Kuutio Homes

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Water Proofing

At Kuutio, we not only give emphasis on design, functionality and finishes but also protect our residences from serious dangers….such as water infiltration. Waterproofing your Kuutio home using the best modern materials combined with the knowledge and experience of our experts is one of our top priorities. Water infiltration does not only destroy your home but also causes mold and damp which can be dangerous for your health. With us, you have nothing to worry about. With us, you are safe, because we care!

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Feel safe with us

With us you are always safe.
Our buildings are designed to comply fully with all the strict anti-seismic regulations that the Cyprus government requires, as Cyprus is in a seismically active region of the world. Our properties are built using a rigid, reinforced concrete skeleton with a brick infill, designed to keep both yourselves and your house safe in the event of a serious earthquake. Other anti-seismic construction methods are gradually appearing, which of course are currently being carefully studied by our experts.

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Thermal Acoustic Insulation

The thermal and acoustic insulation of our residences enhances both comfort and quality of living.

Energy saving is also a great plus, as a well-designed thermal insulation is our top priority. All the external walls of our houses include superb insulation properties, balancing a comfortable warm interior in winter and a cool interior in summer, ideal for Cyprus’ weather conditions.

The windows and balcony doors are made of thermally insulated aluminum with low-emissivity double glazed glass to economize heating energy, combining high levels of thermal and acoustic insulation, exceptional performance against extreme weather conditions as well as the ability to cater for large openings