Architects with projects in great Villas

If you are looking for your dreamed house, it is very important to pick the right architects who are specialized in great villas that can shape your home in a unique way and under their expertise.

If you pick the right architect you will get the exclusiveness and the comfort you are looking for.

Get to know some of the most relevant architecture firms in this post, who can fulfill your dreams of having an unbelievable home.

On the following lines, we are listing some architecture firms that are known for their work in villas:

González & Jacobson Arquitectura

This architecture firm has been around for more than 25 years and has designed projects nationally and internationally.

Luxury Villa project in Los Monteros

The property is located in Los Monteros neighborhood, 5 kms away from Marbella close to the coast.

It is a one-family, isolated, contemporary, extraordinary and spacious house with all kind of facilities.

Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

Luxury villas designs by the architect Fran Silvestre absorb and synthesize the numerous problems of programming, locating and context, structure, technology of construction and more, including them in his architecture style of game of space and shapes.

Casa del Acantilado project

It is a one-family house located in Calpe, Alicante. It is built on the edge of a cliff, as it is hanging in the air, walking on the water, a piece of land that looks towards the sea. It fits nicely in the natural surroundings.

LUITOM Interiorismo

It is an architecture and interior designing firm specialized in projecting and constructing modern luxury homes.

Luxury homes architectural and construction projects

The carry out architectural projects for modern luxury homes in Valencia, Malaga and Madrid.

KUBO Architects

They are a team of architects who are experts in luxury one-family home management and designing.
They are known for a great customer service, great commitment and unusual creativity along with passion about what they do.

Añoreta project

These house have two floors, main floor and basement looking for a good space topographic management of the property with a minimalist concept and good scenery exploitation.

CANEXEL Arquitectura & Construcción

Its foundations are exclusivity, designing and quality. Canexel´s priority is to offer and provide each client whatever they are looking for and need whatever their tastes or preferences are.

Casa Brava House project

The Brava House home is located in a natural environment of pines and eucalyptus very close to the beach. It was designed as a second home to enjoy with family and friends so spaces between the interior and exterior of the house were well taken care of.

Galván Arquitectos

Galván Arquitectos has a very experienced team of professionals in the field of integral management of any kind of interior designing and architecture projects. It is led by the firm founder, Francisco Martínez Galván.

Villa Silver project

It is an spectacular one-family house with a modern style located in Marbella on a 2024 sq meter property and a built surface of 1050 sq meter. The design and personal style of the house is something to point out.

Ismael Mérida Arquitectos

It has a wide team of professionals who are specialized in every phase of the project , achieving any kind of projects with a precise control system and time of delivering.

Villa Elvira Reform project

The house designing is based on a contemporary style reinterpretating the one-family isolated white Andalusian model of home.

08023 Architects

This firm believes in architecture as collaboration between the people who enjoy it and the architects who design it. Personal and tailor made architecture.

Casa Herrero project

One-family home located in Alella (Barcelona) in which modernity, innovation and pure lined designing combine with an unique mediterranean experience.

B8 Architecture

It is the leading company in Bynok Group which offers services internationally. Its goal is to surpass the client´s expectancies and make their dreams come true.

Villa Apolo project

This magnificent and modern luxury villa is located in one of the most exclusive areas of Madrid, in a privileged and natural environment.

Grupo Auma

It is an important architecture firm, urbanism management and designing founded and directed by the architect José María Pérez Gutiérrez.

Luxury chalet project in the Real Club de Golf de Sevilla

Project and interior design of a brand new luxury chalet in the Real Club de Golf de Sevilla in Alcalá de Guadaira (Sevilla).

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The luxury of setting up a home theater

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Having a home theater is a great investment that not everyone can afford. Today we want to show you amazing home movie theater rooms, so you can be inspired if you are considering setting one up, and not missing a single detail.

Having a home movie theater room allows you to watch movies in the company of family and friends, a good excuse to get together and have a meeting.

It can also be used to play video games, watch soccer games with friends etc.

Essential elements that you need to set up a home movie theater and some aspects that you must take into account to come up with the perfect result:

Screen

It is one of the essential elements for the room. You have to choose the right size according to the room size. There are several types of screen.

 A white bed sheet:

It can serve as a screen but only as a quick-fix solution because small wrinkles can prevent good image quality.

Wall:

It can also be used as a screen. It is less recommended because it is very difficult to have a wall like that at home.

Rolling screen:

Another of the most economic screens. Its base is fixed to the wall and unrolls when we want to see a movie.

Motorized screen:

Same as above, the only thing that changes is that the screen rolls down with the help of a remote control. More comfortable and practical.


Projector screen stand:

They are usually used to make presentations but they also work great as a movie screen. Another economic option.

Fixed projection screen:

It is solely and exclusively for watching movies. It is fixed to the wall.

Stereo

Audio is a very important constituent for immersion in the storyline. A good home stereo system can make the difference. The 7.1 system is the best option for home cinema  offering a quite realistic and professional experience. You can find at the following link other audio system options.

 

Projector

The projector plays a crucial role in the viewing of the movie. There is a wide variety of types and prices. We recommend the following ones:

 

Projector Full HD/4K: The best option to watch your movies. The resolution of a Full HD projector offers a high level of detail for home theaters. Full HD projectors are only surpassed by 4K resolution. If you want to enjoy a good home theater experience, choose a projector with at least 1920 x 1080 pixels.

HD Ready Projectors: A 720p projector or one with a little less native resolution but without falling into the VGA system. It is the second best option to watch movies in a very good image quality.

VGA / SVGA / XGA / WXGA Projectors: More economical and with more limited resolutions. Most of these projectors offer a 4:3 quality, which is domestic quality but not a movie theater one. Good option for a slightly lower budget.

 

3D Projector: Indicated especially for films that have been planned as 3D and 3D video games.

Check these spectacular home movie theaters to inspire you.

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Location is the most important factor when designing a home theater. It is more likely to use a room without windows that can dazzle the screen, the basement is the most common choice in order not to loose floor space or exterior views.

Sometimes you can choose small skylights when the room is not dedicated exclusively to audiovisual use.Soundproofing the room is also very common to prevent bothering other people in the house.

If you choose to use  the basement then you will need less soundproofing, since it only had to be executed in the ground floor slab. Even having a large room, having a home movie theater room is the dream of many home owners, and a more than interesting option to make the social area something unique.

If you want to have some more ideas on how to set up your home movie theater room we leave this link with some examples and decorations.

 

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The search of your design kitchen

kitchen design

The role of the kitchen at home is essential. When we make a reference to the heart of the home, is none other but the kitchen. As such, keeping the kitchen as the most treated part of the home seems to be fundamental. That’s why kitchen design has much to do with how the heart of the home could look like, and how to play it up.

Kitchen design has to proceed on a basis: how  and what for we are using the kitchen.

Firstly, we have to define the key parts of the kitchen, these have been defined in 5 areas by the best kitchen designers:

  • Pantry: the cupboard for provisions and food, and so home appliances to preserve them: fridge, freezer, etc.
  • Warehousing: brooms, mops, pads, vacuums and all the required elements for a good performance.
  • Sink: cleaning are for the own kitchen tools.
  • Preparation: reserved space for worktops, lunch tables and generally working in the kitchen.
  • Cooking: kitchen tools with a high electricity consumption and dedicated to the food elaboration, the basic fuction of the kitchen.

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These 5 areas in a well-designed kitchen, perfectly complement and don’t generate any space or use problems while working simultaneously. Yo can reach an efficient use of the kitchen. Also, we have to recall that 3 of these 5 areas are fundamental for kitchens with urgent needs of space. And these are: Preparation, cooking and sink.

To design and build properly your kitchen requires of a measuring precise work. And also, of a perfect unison between the architect and the furniture designer, especially if it’s about a new construction.

That’s why we want to give some unfailing advices so your kitchen design becomes a resounding success:

  • Knowing the room you’re working at: apart from checking the previous conditions of it, in order to solve moisture problems or ventilation issues, to buy the right sized furniture for our kitchen.
  • Stay within the budget: if we dont’ want to exceed our initial budget with last-minute details, we have to keep an expenditure control in order to meet what we first thought.
  • The triangle of work: preparation, cooking and sink will guide the first line of functionality in our new kitchen.
  • Define you style: the designer is an expert, and normally respects your tastes and help you to define your idea.
  • Security: if we have childen or pets at home, we have to avoid dangerous shapes at low parts of furnitures which could damage to the little ones. Also, regarding ventilation and closures, we have to check that the kitchen meets security and energy efficiency standards.

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But we know our brand new kitchen would look better if we could represent it off-plan without the need of turning to a professional. That’s why nowadays we have at the market some free apps to help you to represent your future kitchen.

Here we leave list with 10 websites for kitchen design:

Floor Planner

In order to create and share interactive plans on line. With Floorplanner you can recreate your home, garden or office in just two clicks. And you can also add furniture to your plans with its great object library.

IKEA 3D Kitchen Planner

Looking for an improvement at user experience, IKEA created this tool. Like this, each customer becomes his/her own kitchen designer. And once you have your design done you can print it at home or take it to the shop and start your home’s assembly!

Homestyler

This is one of the most popular and used interior design softwares. It offers an specific module for the kitchen, finishings with 3D and it has an app for your Smartphone.

Lowe’s Virtual Kitchen Designer

It offers three-dimensional and renderings designs. It isn’t easy to use, but the finishings for a free app, are more than good.

RoomToDo Software

It’s another webpage with mobile version. It has a very good approval among individuals and interior designers. It has very complete design options.

Planner5D

This one meets its functions perfectly well. Although it’s a bit limited for kitchen design itself. It’s more responsive with desktop version.

Home Hardware Kitchen Design Software

The best thing about this tool is that it offers prepared templates for editing. But you can also start your design from zero.

Backsplash and Cabinet Design Software

This is the best prepared tool for cooktops and furniture designs, and it counts on a powerful range of colours.

Home Stratosphere’s Interior Design Software

It’s a tool which, personally, is particularly very difficult to use at mobile version. You can use it to design the whole home, but it has a speacial model for the kitchen

Roomstyler

For 3D online kitchen designs. It has such a level of detail that you can even add kitchen tools.

Finally, don’t forget that in iLuxenio, we have plenty of experience at remodelling with the best architects of the market, to help you with one part of the home as the kitchen is, or for several. Giving special relevance to design exclusivity and energy efficiency.

 

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Building your Smart Home in 2050

smart home

Who didn’t dream of giving an order and see how it’s instantly followed? To turn on the lights, to put on a song… this is already a reality.

Smart home or intelligent homes are the future. But in order to keep the whole house connected, it’s necessary to count on a good connection. For it, we simply need a strong router which i sable to teach any of the home’s devices. We also need security in the systems. Likewise, it’s importants security in the systems

This future which apparently seemed to be far is already a reality and technological facilities add some new added value to a home.

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Which are the new trends?

Virtual Reality

Current leading companies are starting to rub their hands with virtual reality. A 6% of users make use of one of these devices, but the trend doesn’t stop growing, so this increases companies’ expectation at the time of attending this technology as something to offer a wide variety of services to their customers.

Technology and ‘retail’

The use of a Smartphone represents a real chance. A 73% of users affirm to use their ‘smartphones’ to look for products or services. Apart from that a 68% also uses it to check some opinions and reviews about these product and services.

‘Fitness band’

The use of connected devices at the time of exercising is experiencing one of the greatest gowths in just two years, its adoption has risen more than a 100%.

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What could we appreciate as breaking trends in our future Smart Home?

– VR and AR contents. Virtual reality and augmented reality already settled in other markets and we have a good feedback to work on, but there’s also coming a kind of content which would help us to design furnitures or to watch ideas for home design.

– Increasingly bigger screens.

– 3D food printers. Imagine to create your own espagueti, tamales or perfect hot cakes.

– It’s the kitchen where we would see more advances with smart home appliances, as these are ovens with cameras, integrated digital thermometers which would be very helpful for chefs.

Mirrors that allow to simulate your look and so you can easily choose your clothing.

– Mattresses with dream monitoring and with individual setting for each part of the body.

Apart from these trends we’ve just mentioned at future smart homes, they’ll exist many more of them thanks to Artifical Intelligence and Big Data, are we ready?

What can we control in a smart home? Here we’re telling some of the home appliances and devices that we could control:

Washing machines

-Powder control.

-End of washing time alarm.

-It notifies when it’s time to buy more poder.

-Puede hacer el pedido y comprar online. You can make and order and buy online.

Fridges

New fridges which contain a 21,5” digital screen on the door with Internet connection, so you won’t need more magnets to hold all the papers. Other innovation is that they dispose of internal cameras with a dual system to take pics on the interior and send them to your Smartphone.

– You can make your order online.

-Watch televisión.

-Send and receive emails.

-You can check if you have enough yoghurts, for example if you are in the supermarket.

-You can even make zoom to check products’ expiration date.

Dishwashers

Same as washing machines, some dishwashers start to make available a WiFi connection, with the purpose of sending to your smart phone all of the information.

-Control of the state of washing programmes.

-Some models are already able to make online orders.

-It notifies you when there’s a lack a powder and you should buy more.

Televisions

In terms of image, customers look for the purest black as it highlights the rest of colours and advance towards a 3D image, but without being it.

Bed

The smart mattress developed by Sleepnumber values you in terms of weight, heart rate, temperature, night moves or breathing. Its price is over 900.000 euros.

Entryphone

The most innovative technology of smart home has arrived to your home’s door. If someone rings the bell and you aren’t in at that moment, the system sends you a message to your mobile device so you can chech who’s that person and consequently act.

Pans

This is the latest! Smart pans that calculate the number of calories that you’re cooking and even the ideal temperature and time that you should cook them.

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Ultimately, transforming your house into a smart home requires of process of systems integration connected to the Internet and which offer several control possibilities inside the home, as those we have already told you about. If you’re thinking of building a home with all of those new technologies, in iLuxenio we can offer it to you, thanks to the professionals working with us.

 

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How much is your dream home?

dream home

You may already have the land where you want to build your dream home, if you’re exactly going through that moment, you may wonder: how much is it going to cost building my dream home? Where should I start from? It would depend on the location, materials’ quality, construction size and the investment we can afford on the infrastructure.

But the purchase of a land doesn’t allow us to build any kind of construction there. Before deciding to buy a property, we should read each community and town legislation, which is available at each town office.

We have to check the laws in terms of buildability and land-use, these characteristics are defined at each town or city’s legislation. The buildability of a land is the percentage over the whole surface in which we can build. And land-use is referred to the quantity of metres we can use in the field.

It’s important to check construction’s legislation in the place we’re going to build too. So it’s advisable to ask for help to a technician in order to understand the field’s construction legislation, as these laws can change even if the fields are in the same town, changes such as colours, materials, the number of floors and the exterior appearance.

Once you have chosen the field, we go to the project’s draft order. This is the stage when your dream home is designed and details are decided to make your project a reality. This is the longest stage of the process. Approximately, to have a final project it could last from 2 to 4 months depending on the size of the house.

The next step after having the project and the building permit would be to find the construction company, which is one of the most important factors for building your dream home.

You choose the price, as you tell the architect how we want our home to be and its qualities. It’s important to know the construction company’s reliability. Their team capacity and their commitment to finish the work at the proper time. The home style would depend on the customer’s preferences, classic, colonial, rustic, modern, minimalist… although we can find some of them in the same home. Materials are another factor to consider, and the façade’s design which is the first overview you receive from the work.

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Other technical aspects to take into account are:

Making a topographic study.

For the foundations we have to know how the soil is and where is it. Those data are provided by the geotechnical study.

And on the other hand, the building engineer or technical architect, as this figure will be in charge of the correct work execution and will entrust himself with accomplishing the expected budget.

The periods are the following :

  • Project: between 2 and 4 months.
  • Visado colegio de arquitectos: 1 week.
  • Local permits: normally, local towns give you and answer between 1 or 2 months.
  • Work construction: with industrialised systems between 4 and 6 months. With concrete structure 8-12 months.

Another point which could be interesting for us is the funding and its requirements:

For these projects, banking institutions make available for us what we know as self-build loans, an installments kind of funding, the bank transfers the amount as the work advances. Before thinking of borrowing this loan, we have to have in mind three previous conditions:

  • Being the actual owner of the field in which we’re gping to build the home, it must be duly registered at Property Registration office.
  • Having a construction project from an architect and endorsed by theCollege of Architects.
  • Getting a building permit from the municipality where the home is.

 

These documents are submitted with the loan request. And the bank institution would review the operation’s financial viability and the needed quantity. Afterward, the interest rate to apply and the loan’s installments, which is usually a maximum of 30 years, although this depends on each bank.

About the loan’s installments:

Generally, the loaned money is from 80% to 85% of the final cost, but the bank doesn’t give the money in one go. The bank makes a first disposal, to allow the works to begin and which is a quantity between 40% and 50% of the total loan quantity. Immediately, construction stages are set up, so the bank checks the project is advancing as expected. And so after each stage we receive a new quantity of money until completing the loan’s entirety.

With these advices we don’t pretend you to follow all of them. But to help you making clear what is really needed.

 

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The 4 most eccentric villas

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On today’s post we’re telling you about those luxury villas whose owners didn’t want to give up on their most personal tastes, they didn’t have any hesitations to pay for custom services and facilities either. All of that, in order to get the most accurate to the dream home they desired the most.

It does exist a considerable list of people who have no qualms to pay any price for accomplishing their most desired dreams and self-induging themselves, as the last detail and the less important to take into account is money.

It exist an Economics term about the luxury goods, which perfectly fits with the construction of the most eccentric luxury villas. It’s about Veblen goods, and these describe demand’s behaviour conversely. This is, if a standard good reduces its demand when its price rises, Veblen goods have the particularity to increase their demand when their price rises.

This behaviour perfectly defines the most personal luxury villas’ owners tastes. So as they are obviously billionaire, they want their home to be different and unique from the rest too. And the higher the price of it is, the most exclusive it will be, less people could own it and more different it would be.

Hereafter, and by knowing how owners tastes and preferences define, we’ll show you a list of the most eccentric luxury villas, each one of these, with their peculiarities:

Acqua Liana, Florida.

It’s a luxury villa for the American real estate guru Frank McKinney. The best thing about this home is that it’s ecological and environmental friendly. This guru wanted the design to be inspired at tropical islands. It has an infrastructure fully dedicated to the house’s supply. As for example, a fleet of solar panels which take the place of a basketball court. Its rainwater collection system is so efficient that it would fill an olympic pool each 14 days. The most eccentric about this home could be it’s huge aquarium, a spa with waterfall or 11 terraces to enjoy of them.

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Versalles, Florida

It’s about the biggest familiar home ever built in the United Sates. The name of it is due to its exact similarity of the home’s entry with the Parisian Palace of Versailles. By now, it’s property of the real estate businessman David Siegel, who has it on sale for a new owner to get to finish it construction. The overall budget amounts to 100$ millions. In this property, we can find a some facilities such as a skating rink, an olympic swimming pool, a cave which leads you to 3 spas, 30 bedrooms, 10 kitchens, and a 25 metres high waterfall.

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Barbie Malibú Manor

It’s a 1000m2 manor fully dedicated to Barbie’s world and you can find it at the coastal area of Malibú, California. It was build by the famous interior designer Jonathan Adler due to doll’s  50th anniversary celebration. What attracks attention the most about this is manor is its pink colour. And all the references it touches upon Barbie. It’s a museum around Barbie. From a vanity with an exclusive collection of 25 dolls, to a living room worth to mention. A chandelier made of Barbie’s wigs and a mirror which frames are made of 64 dolls.

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The Manor, Los Ángeles.

It was the home for the renowned TV producer Aaron Spelling, sagas’ creator as for example of Charlie’s Angels TV series. Although it’s currently on sale, it was the dream of Aaron to live there with his family. The house’s counts on 123 rooms, an indoor skating rink, a bowling alley, and a room which only goal is to wrap presents inside of it. It also counts on sports courts and several swimming pools.

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Certainly, these luxury villas stand out for their eccentricities, and it is that luxury sometimes doesn’t know of bounds.

All of these luxury villas have in common the personality of each of their owners. And all the element required to build them up.

In iLuxenio, luxury and exclusivity defines us, and the first thing we have into account is the customer’s will. In every respect, we provide them with different options to make their dream home a reality.

As you can see in our works’ portfolio on the website, each villa is so different itself as their owners’ tastes. We are in charge of it until the end of the process. The result turns out to be even better than expected.

 

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How are new luxury brands?

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On today’s post we’re telling you about the most valued luxury brands in the world. The most renowned and their creations. A 90% of luxury brands included in the TOP ranking are European, and besides, them are the most valued in the world.

Globalization is one of the main causes which changed the model of social relationshios. This created an increasing homogenization at tastes and fashion.

Hence in this industry, they exist many kinds of Premium experiences, from travels to jewelry, going through clothing or tehcnology, it attempts comsumers and it’s adapting to new purchasing experiences. And great luxury brands didn’t stop growing.

But the most exclusive luxury brands increased their value between 2006 and 2017. Hermès, second at BrandZ Ranking, rised a 385%. In comparison, Louis Vuitton, leads this luxury BrandZ Ranking, it growed a 50%, and the value of other luxury brands rised up to a 29%. Super luxury brand in this ranking went from weighting a 27% in 2006 to a 41% in 2017. The highest positions in the classification are completed by Gucci, Chanel, Rolex and Cartier.

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In the last year, luxury brands consider the alternative of widening their audience, including the possibility of renting luxury ítems to specific occasions, but with the need of protecting luxury exclusivity”, points out Kantar Millward Brown report. Luxury brands kept doing traditional advertising, by trying to increase their audience while they retain loyal customers”, marks out Kantar Millward Brown. Just one out of three brands count on online and mobile sales channels. According to Luxury Spain data research. (A Spanish Luxury non-profit Organisation registered at National Organisations Register with the purpose of gathering professionals of Spanish companies and luxury brands).

While Apple, Google and Microsoft are the three most valued companies in the world. Louis Vuitton takes the first place in the list as the most valued luxury brands, with 19 years of experience, thanks to its relevant brand-culture relation. But, according to 2017 Interbrand Best Global Brands ranking, they sum up the most valued brands in 2017 according to their economical value and their ability to influence at customers’ choices.

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1.Louis Vuitton (19) — $22.9 billion USD

2.Hermès (32) — $14.2 billion USD

3.Gucci (51) — $9.9 billion USD

4.Cartier (65) — $7.5 billion USD

5.Tiffany&Co. (81) — $5.3 billion USD

6.Burberry (86) — $5.1 billion USD

7.Prada (94) — $4.7 billion USD

8.Dior (95) — $4.5 billion USD

(Source: itfashion)

Hermès got a great growth in the last two years, coming from the brand’s integrity protection and for the committed to preserve its cultura of excellence.

The key factors at luxury brands industry:

-Liable products range dimensioning to be part of luxury industry.

-But, which is the purchase decission-making process. A luxury product is normally related to something which purpose isn’t just satisfying a primary need.

– Buyer’s purchase power: something more decisive than the life style or a social class belong.

Globalization caused, two consequences: an easy access to luxury products. And then the entry into worldwide market of new actors coming from emerging countries.

-It turned complicated due to counterfeiting appereance.

-There have been an evolution from brand consideration as a logotype to a brand as as relation model.

-Expected quality, we can say that luxury always means quality, but nowadays they what they look for in luxury is more distinction and exclusivity.

How do luxury brands differentiate?

Finally, the answer to this for the most part is related to intangibles, as they are customer service, and making of purchasing act an unique experience.

-Customer service. At online buying, it’s very complicated to find an online valued relation with the customer.

-Turning the product selling and the product itself into an experience. As these are very difficult to replicate.

Because of this, all the brands had to define the “customer journey”. about buying process. How to achieve a purchase from a potential customer, but above from all, what to do to maintein the loyalty; and what to offer to turn them into a prescriber of the own brand.

 

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The best sustainable villas in the world

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On today’s post we’re telling you about some of the essential elements which define iLuxenio’s activity. Our subject is not other but the construction of sustainable villas.

After reading this post, you’ll know what actually means a sustainable home, which elements are them composed of. As well as the reasons of the customers to choose this kind of construction. Finally, after explaining you the current scenario for these, we’ll leave you a list with the best sustainable villas in the world.

A sustainable home is that which bases its performance and construction on sustainability principles. This will imply a clean energy consumption and even energy self-sufficiency. We can also talk about homes made of ecological materials, or which performance (apart from coming from clean energy), it doesn’t provoke any impact on the environment.

The main reasons for buyers to go for sustainable villas are:

  • Comfort: living in a sustainable house guarantees you the maximum comfort with nature, although visually it doesn’t seem to be like that. Feeling, breathing and touching a home made of fine materials always make you feel good.
  • Health: inside a sustainable villa, it’s impossible to perceive signs of excessive moisture, lack of ventilation, etc. This would help the increasing number of people who suffer from respiratory diseases. As it avoids allergy problems, asthma, migrain or skin irritations.
  • Savings: the fact that sustainable villas are built in the best conditions, talking about thermal insulation, orientation, or cross ventilation would mean that it’s easier to reach a constant temperature and that it wouldn’t require a greater energy performance for it, due to low-quality enclosures, or an inadequate construction as much as for materials as for home’s orientation. If we really want to have a full sustainable home, we won’t regret about the great advantage it brings at long-term.
  • Regulations: the Technical Building Code (TBC), on its Basic Document of Energy Savings binds all new constructions before December 31st 2020 to be considered as nearly-zero energy.
  • Lifestyle: if you feel yo owe nature, ori f you think you could be more responsible with it. The peak of a healthy lifestyle isn’t only affecting to diet or exercising, but to all the activities we’re daily doing.

How to identify sustainable villas? Which elements make them different?

First of all, the wealth of natural materials.

Sustainable villas are made of fine and local materials, and make use of them for its correct functioning. We talk about locals because of obtaining easily resources. And because these materials are naturally made for adapting to the environment where they’re extracted and where they’re going to be built.

On the other hand, the plants multitude. Those help to mantain a constant temperature and moisture in the home. Apart from it, it’s ideal to use plants which require of very few water resources an those covered with rain collected water.

Secondly, by its design and orientation.

Sustainable villas projected on a plane seem to be perfect bioclimatic architecture works. But on the ground, these could mean a pain in the neck.

On the ground, the correct orientation of the home could be something impossible to get, or the correct functioning of the house not as efficient as expected. The same thing could happen with design, the work execution has to respect and understand the villa’s performance so the inital purpose of the construction doesn’t ruin itself.

Finally, the use of renewable energies and technological elements.

Sustainable villas are match really well with technology, although we apparently match sustainability with natural and ecological. Technology is able to control some certain elements of the villa in order to reach ideal temperature conditions (smart home). And obviously, another differential element would be to see renewable energy devices joined to one of the adjacent parts of the villa.

After knowing these features of sustainable villas, here we leave below some of the best sustainable villas in the world:

sustainable villasYing Yang House by: Brooks+Scarpa

It’s a full efficient villa located at Venice, California. It’s a single-family home which adapts to the needs of a family with children.

sustainable villasZEB Pilot House by: Snøhetta

It’s located in Norway and it’s the perfect example to build rustic sustainable villas.

sustainable villasLa Casa de los Vientos: José Luís Muñoz

It’s a villa located in the province of Cádiz. From its balcony you can watch Sotogrande, the Mediterranean Sea and even the Rock of Gibraltar.

sustainable villasS-House by: KO+KO architects

In this case, the villa not only stands out for its meandering shape with S form. But for being one of the fews which provides itself with geotermal energy.

 

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Why is luxury becoming eco-friendly?

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What made environmentalism and sustainability to take part into major luxury firms rather than keeping at background? As much as construction, fashion, weddings, and travels. Even touristic draws, glamping, etc., ecofriendly world and luxury are already going hand in hand. And they’re getting on really well.

But they exist complementary concepts as eco-healthy, eco-chic.. . An endless list of definitions thai s eve making us to wonder if we really understand what we read whethe to embrace it.

But, in a scene of a strong bet for what is socially responsible. And for an ecosystem which isn’t letting us more time to hesitate about respecting the environment or not. All the luxury companies from all the industries are shaping their business model performing by the rules of environmentalism principles. And for it, ecofriendly concept (friends with eco world), comes out ahead.

How did luxury and environmentalism manage to complement each other?

Probably luxury is a concept conventionally related to resources waste and to extravagance. Environmentalism, to a simple life or to make the most of resources. In common, the change in society’s mentality. Resources provided by nature and required to any created and consumed thing. Apart from that, purchase power doesn’t save anyone from floods, earthquakes or hurricanes.

Now, more aware of a responsible consumption, companies want to become leaders in opinion, trends, and consumption in this field too. Selling luxury as a way of resources conservation, the purest and as less transformed as possible.

Once this trendy relationship explained, we would like to tell you about different industries related to luxury, which are very commited to ecofriendly philosophy.

Homes and construction

A recognizable ecofriendly character is related to a tolerant furnituring in respect with the environment, materials’ recycling with which they’re made of, or to their ecofriendly production and performance.

A zen luxury villa is the style (even visually) which better represents how an energy efficient house is.

Using plants for our garden that don’t require of much water resources.

Also, using disposable pallets, with a fresh painting and varnish layer, are a perfect solution for a portable table.

Painting without chemicals (mercury or lead) or holes used as stores under the stairs.

If you want to build your sustainable home or you want to check if your house is, the ideal thing is to appeal to certification mechanisms as LEED or BREEAM certifications.

These certifications establish some performing patterns for a home, and certificate it helps you to guarantee that your home is being respectful with the environment.

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Fashion

Also, in the world of fashion, we can see how real consumption clothing leaders as H&M or Inditex are creating their own ecofriendly and exclusive business lines.

In Inditex, ‘Green to Wear’ is in charge of the ecological management of clothes tinting, water management and machinery energy management.

On the other hand, Green Carpet Challenge event, where celebrites are challenged to parade with eco brands throughout the carpet. Eco-Age brand, supplier of eco products to the greates fashion brands, and the footwear designer Sergio Rossi left us stunning designs as this is:

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Pic by: itfashion.com

But we would like to highlight too a Spanish company positioned at bathing clothes market. AllSisters has also known how to read the market’s needs and it’s already conquered several continents thanks to its organical clothes, with no need of giving up on processes functionality nor vanguardism at designing.

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Pic by: allSisters.com   

Travels

Especially relevant, Costa Rica is one of the most renowned countries for leading sustainable tourism. It’s an earthly paradise which has properly known how to take over ecofriendly market. Which offers wealthy hosting and activities options, all of them respectful with the environment.

Since they know their customers’ need, they know they these are ready to pay a higher price if they’re provided with services which guarantee that they’re not damaging environment. In the own country, they grant the Certificado de Sostenibilidad Turística (CST) to those hotels which meet the requirements.

Also, in the last few years an ecofriendly housing trend called glamping, has been created. It’s about the combination of glamour and camping words. And these are real sustainable pieces of art, which offer the maximum contact with nature at the same time with luxury services and equipments.

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Along this post, you could see the wide variety that ecofriendly and luxury offers.

In iLuxenio we are experts in the construction of luxury villas. By applying sustainability and exclusivity principles, from the main shaping material of the villa until its energy certification. We believe in a sustainable life style.  Beginning by your own home is a more than good way to make it.

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Floating houses

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On today’s post we’re telling you about a housing system very different from the beaten track. Although this doesn’t mean the lack of luxury and sustainability. We are referring to floating houses.

There are two kinds of existing floating houses, one is fixed kind and the other is mobile kind. Fixed homes are those which we build above an artifitial platform over the sea and mobile ones are those units with motor or boats with a motor that adapts as a home for their inhabitants.

A standard floating house would have a capacity from 2-12 people and a lenght from 7-15 metres.

But, what is the origin of floating houses?

Were them born from the space need? From the taste for a life on board? In fact a mix of both of them.

At the turn XX century, living in a port meant to live into a cargo vessel, in which normally took place activities related to delinquency, organized crime, or those were a shelter for socially excluded people. Nothing similar to a normal and an average life.

Also, the American West Coast piers were used as shelters for temporary workers, although they followed the same path talking about precarious cabins, as these were the only option to avoid the vessel’s plunder and so of gettind rid of the prohibitive prices for a humble worker.

For Europe, since the emergence of Industrial Revolution, the vessels’ traffic for transport of goods and people by the rivers of the main European trading cities and where we see the clearest example nowadays is in the well-known floating houses of Amsterdam.

Although we can’t forget either other focal points as it could be Landwehrkanal  in Berlin, from which we could say that it’s literally a floating neighbourhood.

Another mecca for floating houses is Sausalito. By the Golden Gate, the most famous pier of Sausalito Bay is no longer the fishermen area it was during the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, to become a residential area for professionals of high purchasing power.

Further on, we will place the certain value of what current inhabitants of floating houses appreciate about their home, but first we want to point the differences out according to electricity and water supply from a normal house.

How do they supply themselves?

A current luxury and modern floating house stands itself for the values of sustainability.

For it, all electricity need covers by the means of solar panels placement. Although it’s also true that the most basic floating houses of public lightning to be able to supply itself.

In respect of water supply and consumption there are several available options:

  • Obtaining water from mainland, in charging points, and at the same time to use this points to get rid of water wastes that the house generates.
  • This other option is the ideal one and the most ecofriendly. Having in the house an own mini treatment plant, which filters and clean it. And so the house only empties to the sea or to the river the water which has been already treated. For water consumption there are two options: collecting rain water and treat it. Ot also to have you own treatment plant to purify the river’s water or to desalinate the sea water.

Why is it a luxury trend to move to a floating house?

Living in a floating house is a good way to hide from the stressing life of a big city . Even if this floating house is in the own city, you enjoy of a centric position, and a perspective of the city that any conventional house could ever give to you.

It perfectly adapts to the current values which the new bueyrs are looking for: luxury, mobility and peace. The new lifestyle based on having the best, during a short period of time to change towards the newest trends. And avoiding that many other factors to stop that life’s rhythm.

The new floating houses are modular constructions, this is, removable and portable houses.

This means if I’ve been for a period of time living in a specific place and I decide to give my life a change of scenery. I could be the following day on the other side of the country or in another country, but in the same house. Whether if I transport it in a truck or in my own ship towards the next port.

Here we leave you 3 of the most amazing floating houses in the world:

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Float Home by Designs Northwest Architects, in Dubai.

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Floating House by MOS Architects in lake Huron, Canada.

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Icebergs from Daniel Andersson in the Åland islands, Finland.

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