At the edge of Kritsa, this Cretan family home has the traditional entry courtyard, wide internal arch, stone door and window frames. The house was in bad repair since the family had not used it for many years and lived elsewhere in Greece.
Walls needed to be knocked down or repaired. Handmade wooden doors were made; painted aluminum window frames were installed, with double glazing and mosquito screens. The old bathroom with entry from the courtyard became a shower room with toilet, sink and washing machine. The kitchen retained its large open fireplace as a feature, but all new electrical and plumbing installations were made.
The original mezzanine floor was retained and a second bedroom put here, with fitted cupboards.
Air conditioning was fitted throughout plus ceiling fans, including one in the courtyard, as this is a major sitting area in Cretan outdoor life. Decorative iron railings were added to the external stairs to the roof. The house was painted internally and externally.
As well as a holiday home for its Greek owners, the house functions extremely well as a holiday rental. Guests love the traditional aspects of the house combined with modern comfort.