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The Home’s Interior

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“The first homes had low ceilings. They were built with stone and had two internal partitions. The roof was built with huge  chunks of raw wood, panels, cedar and elm trees as well as large one-piece boards that were sparsely laid out. For the slates to support the planks they’d use small fir trees, laurels and cedar trees. The one-story homes were spaciously built. The affluent would add a second story which was double the height of the first which they’d call Κούλια (Koulia), i.e. the attic. The attic was accessed through the ground floor with an indoor and outdoor ladder. Many attics also had a roof covered balcony. Almost all had special storage spaces that we’d call “μπίμπτσα (bimptsa)”, i.e a dark basement under the home which served to either store food (cheese, butter, honey, wine) or was a hiding place”. [1]

The floor was made either of stone or a special kind of soil mixed with thinly shredded hay so that the soil would stay damp. They’d lay the mix with their hands if it went dry. The very first homes that were built had a fireplace that was located in the middle of the house. There was also an incision in the roof for the smoke to escape. Over the years the fireplace shifted from the middle of the home to a side wall where it stretched from top to bottom.

[1]. Petros Benekos, Works from the Houliarades Settlement, p 55.