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 DESIGNING YOUR HOUSE

Once you become the owner of a building plot and know your building budget, please do not hesitate to contact us for an initial discussion.
When considering your home's design and orientation, we take into account the following:

1. Your needs - size and number of rooms etc.
2. Your budget and what can be reasonably achieved within it.
Importance is placed on accurately estimating the cost of shaping the surrounding area (potential excavation works and general land formation).
We want to have no surprises in store.
3. Views, present and future. We predict the likelihood of neighbouring building, as well as the growth of trees that may partially block panoramic views in the future, and work out the optimal placement for your home.
4. The course and arc of the sun, for maximum sunlight penetration. particularly in winter.
5. Local microclimate and weather conditions in the wider area.

Our mutual aim: you you will acquire a beautiful and functional new home in complete harmony with its architectural and natural environment.
We do not build homes which are not in tune with their environment, even if they would be fine in another setting.
That goal agreed on, we can proceed together.

After initial discussion, which may take place on your plot free of charge, you may authorise us to move ahead with producing first/rough drafts of building options, for which there will be a reasonable charge. These will include (vertical elevations) and horizontal/ground plans. Of these drafts and drawings, one may be selected for further development. The final architectural plan to be submitted for approval by the Urban Planning committee is completed by our associate architect and designer, for a very reasonable fee.

BUILDING COST ESTIMATION
We can estimate the total cost of your finished home, with approx. 7% variation (deviation). Stages of construction, time schedule and cost per phase are explained in detail in a printed offer.
To keep costs low, we recommend that each construction crew issue its invoice directly to you, while SOLID STONE HOUSE will issue a separate invoice for the overall supervision and coordination of construction. This will reduce our taxation and profits, to the customer's benefit.

BUILDING IN PROGRESS
You will receive a weekly report with photos/videos. All earthworks are filmed, as they are paid on an hourly basis directly to the contractor.
Your house will be completed down to the smallest detail with your own choice of floor tiles, bathroom fittings, woodwork, fireplaces et al. We will help you select from local materials, or order from Athens or further afield. We can also provide handcrafted traditional furniture and kitchen cabinets direct from a very good local cabinet-maker. Lighting is also important, to bring out the colour and texture in internal and external stone walls.

Plastering and surface texture of walls -
We believe that the face of a stone wall is a work of art in itself. This means that we cannot hang photos or paintings on it - how can you place a photo on what is itself a work of art? They can however be hung on plastered walls. We therefore suggest that some interior walls be plastered in white or light pastel shades for enhanced reflection of light, while others retain visible stone surfaces.

Examples of plastering
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INSULATION
A stone wall over 50 cm in thickness provides excellent thermo-insulation (with the exception of a certain type of stone, which we never use), as any heating engineer will verify. Nevertheless, Urban Planning has issued an EU directive (---------) implying that a thick stone wall does not provide adequate insulation.
To implement this directive we are therefore obliged to place insulating materials inside the wall - in other words, we lose the stone surfaces on interior walls. Thus, we may choose an irregular plaster surface that creates the perception that stone lies just beneath it. If we want to have interior walls of solid visible stone, wall thickness must be increased to 70 cm. In this case total building costs will rise by a small percentage, and interior living space will be reduced to some degree.
For our part, we consider this directive excessive, and affirm that a stone wall 50 cm in thickness provides excellent thermo-insulation, as well as being visually beautiful . Such walls, the product of a centuries-old building tradition, should be highlighted rather than concealed.