Home & Garden
I met Emilios and Karina when they first opened in Paralimni in 2007, the name ‘Basics’ grabbed my eye and I now inevitably pop in often, because if I want anything for the house, pool, and garden, there’s a good chance I’ll find it in this Aladdin’s Cave of literally thousands of things for your home and garden … Basically, it’s all your ‘basics’ under one roof!
A qualified Radio, TV & Electronics Engineer, when Emilios returned to Cyprus from the UK 16 years ago, he decided to open his own shop. The first in Ayia Thekla, which he outgrew very quickly, then opposite Lidl’s in Paralimni. Now in their third shop, its around 1,500 square metres, split into about 10 sections, with so much on display, you’ll probably find what you’re looking for and if not, Emilios is so helpful he’ll either get it for you or tell you where to find it … There’s too much in here to cover everything, but I’ll try …
You’ll find everything you’ll need for your pool, or to build your pool. Starting with many Pool Chemicals, Zodiac Robotic Vacuum Cleaners, and Pool Accessories. Plus a wide range of Pool Pumps and Sand Filters and an extensive selection of Spare Parts, Pool Heaters, and just about every type of Pool Cover you can think of. They also have Pool Liners, Tiles & Mosaics, with professional installation all part of the excellent service.
Garden Furniture & Equipment
Stocking everything from Sun loungers, Sofas, and Sets, to Hanging Cage Swings and Garden Tables & Chairs, to reclining Armchairs and Patio Heaters, BBQs, Ceiling Fans, Stand-Up Fans, Steps and Ladders. Plus a lovely selection of Kids’ Play Houses, Swings, and Slides and really cool Workstations and Inflatable Splash Pools and Spas, because summer’s coming … On that note grab some Plant Pots while you’re there.
Sheds & Storage
One of their specialities is High-Quality Sheds by Keter and lots of different sized storage from Deck Boxes to Storage Benches and Garden Boxes, also from small Sheds to Walk-in Sheds, Garage Cabinets and Outdoor Cabinets, Tool Boxes, Shelving and really cool Outdoor Cocktail Bars and Ice boxes and water coolers … coz summer is coming!
Emilios also has an excellent selection of quality Power Tools by Ryobi. Everything from Hedge Trimmers and Vacuum Blowers to Chain Saws, Jig Saws, Grinders, and Drills, and much more.
Paints & Varnishes
Emilios also stocks a wide range of interior and exterior paints and varnishes by Dulux Paints, Hammarite, Aquaxyl by Vivechrome, Gold Arrow, and all the required accessories like brushes, rollers, trays, and cleaning spirits … Plus a selection of Motip Spray Paints and Chalk Spray Paints.
For your BBQ needs, Emilios has everything from the traditional Cypriot BBQ, to Gas BBQ’s and CampinGaz with all the tools you’ll need … because summer’s coming!
Electrical & & Accessories
A fine selection of Light Bulbs, Extension Leads, Toasters, Kettles, Microwave Ovens, Air Fryers, Pizza Pans, Garment Steamers, Rice Cookers, Hair Dryers, and Blaupunkt Radios … Plus some quality High-Pressure Washers and Wet & Dry Vacuum Cleaners by Karcher and Annovi Reverberi.
DIY & General
All the basic tools you’ll need, from Spanners and Chisels to Hammers, Grips, Saws, Silicones, Fillers, Kitchen and Bathroom Taps, Diamond Blades, and cool Toolboxes to keep them all in. He also stocks Fire Extinguishers, Fire Blankets, and even First Aid Boxes … Plus a wide range of Safes and Key Safes. There’s also Water Pumps and Stuart Turner Twin Shower Pumps … on a recent visit, I did a little Live Video around the shop …
I’ve tried to highlight the most sought-after things for your home and garden you might need, probably need, hope you never need, and at some time, the things you’ll need to Do It Yourself … But I’ve probably missed a few things, so just pop in for a little helpful advice and you’ll probably find just what you’re looking for! … Not just for the summer!
Open all year
Daily: 7.30 am ’til 7 pm
Winter: 7.30 am ’til 5.30 pm
Saturdays: 7.30 am ’til 2 pm
You’ll find EMK Basics at 5, Soteros Road, Paralimni 5286 … about 100 metres down from the Bank of Cyprus traffic lights towards Sotira, with ample off-street parking out back … it’s directly opposite the Polyclinic Lito … Click on the Google Map icon below …
GPS: 35.0335872, 33.9766718