Our Ethos

 

Our Ethos

VALUE FOR MONEY
Stonemasonry - building in stone - is amongst the most challenging and formidable of crafts. Nowadays few young people are willing to enter the profession of stonemason, which demands a certain bent or even passion, as well as long years of apprenticeship. Consequently construction will become increasingly costly in the future, and ever fewer houses will be built entirely of stone. Stone masonry will be limited to mere decoration (fireplaces, facings) as being less demanding - which is already the case in much of northern Europe.
A beautiful, well-built stone house retains its value for centuries to come. The maintenance costs of a stone house in the Cretan climate are considerably lower than those of a house built of other materials.

Crete is a safe place to invest - for a number of reasons.
Suffice it to say that the island has its own burgeoning economy, and will be less affected by or dependent on mainland Greece in the near future.

EARTHQUAKE RESISTANT
• A stone house when soundly built can be far more resistant to earth tremors than concrete frame houses.
• Our architect-engineer Mr. Bikakis specializes in the design and construction of such houses and follows all specifications to the letter.
• Step-by-step photographs of every stage of construction provide proof positive of our constant supervision.
• Read more information on earthquake-resistance here.

HARMONY w. ENVIRONMENT
• We avoid cutting down mature trees. Our timber (pine) is imported from controlled-cutting forest areas in Austria.
• We space each of our houses in such a way as to retain the maximum land area around it.
• The stone used is extracted from licensed quarries.
We encourage owners to plant local plants: trees and shrubs which blend in with the local environment. Water in Melidoni is plentiful: this however, has not always been the case. Careful conservation is always advisable.
We do not install any garden lights, and our outdoor (veranda) lights are discreetly dim. We urge customers not ot place strong lighting outdoors after they buy the porperty for the following reasons. They:
• disturb animals such as owls when houses are set in a natural setting such as the edge of Melidoni village.
• alter the character fo a traditional settlement.
• are as disturbing as loud noise in a tranquil place.
Stone houses can be cooled naturally and do not need air conditioning even during hot summer days with no wind. All you have to do is open windows at night and keep them closed in the mornings. The outside air is hotter than the inside, until late in the afternoon.
Natural cool air conditioning cuts down on energy consumption.