Very nature driven homes
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The conventional notion of a builder’s office is an elaborate all concrete and glass swanky affair. But the ‘Good Earth’ offices at Vytilla are an anathema to the conventional notion that real estate development has become. In fact even the company’s ad campaigns are very different from how builders usually advertise their products or services. Nature, greenery, eco-sensitivity are the catchwords and ‘Good Earth’s USP as well.A visit to their main office is an eye opener. If you are looking for the conventional builder’s corporate office, you are in for a surprise. Situated on the banks of the backwaters at Vytilla, a four-storey structure on the left goes up like a lighthouse. On the right are the conference room and another office.
“Having bay-windows, for instance, where children can sit, see each other, maybe communicate in some manner. At least this is what happened where I live,” he adds. Most of the apartments, according to Mathew, overlook the common areas so that people are not or do not feel cut off from rest of the population as is wont to happen in an apartment block.Mathew says that ‘Good Earth’ projects are by no means cheap, in fact they are marginally more expensive than other builders. The reason is that “we use less energy sensitive materials say, for instance better quality premium bricks (terracotta) which are more expensive than the ones usually used.”Besides the raw materials working out the logistics of living spaces that are varied too is challenging. Thrown in for good measure are rain water harvesting and waste management for the complex. In order to utilise rain water, the paving material used is conducive for maximum percolation of rain water. Living in an apartment block no longer means living in assembly line flats, but rather your own space made keeping the person in mind.So, here’s to saying hello to your neighbours.
Shilpa Nair Anand in Kochi Metro Plus for The Hindu