Restoration of a traditional house on Mykonos | Werner Maritsas
This house is situated on the island of Mykonos within the South Aegean Sea. It was in ruins when purchased by new owners who asked Athens-based architect Werner Maritsas to supervise the restoration and design a new interior layout, staying true to the island’s architectural heritage.
The stone house, built in 1890, was a typical family home for that time period with one room for cooking, a second room for sleeping and socializing, and the bathroom in a small outbuilding.
The old kitchen became the new master bedroom with the original oven turned into a fireplace. A narrow addition along one side of the floor plan added a second bedroom and brought the bathroom inside, bringing the home’s living space to 78 m2 (840 ft2). The main room was previously on a single level but the new kitchen was lowered, making room for a mezzanine loft above that is used as a study and additional sleeping space.
The architect created terraces and rock gardens around the side and back of the house. A shaded outdoor dining area extends the living space and has views of the neighboring fields. At the far end of the garden, discreet stone steps and a wood plank provide access to a sunny rooftop terrace.
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Photographs by Werner Maritsas and Solon Paisios, courtesy of Werner Maritsas.
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