Everyone, without a single exception, had a great laugh with my desire to build a small, stone built home and a detached guest-home in Serifos during early 1990s since brick is the easiest material for modern constructions. But it has happened as hoped. It was built by local artisans; with local stone. It was characterized as a prototype house for Cyclades and it was a low budget story that needed much tenacity and loads of personal labor. It has been more than 50 years since a stone house got built on the island, which is a rock in its entity.
Without ruffles and frills, the simplest builds are usually the most appreciated in Cycladic architecture. With plain constructive elements, the locals built their homes to cover their daily needs, meaning mainly to be protected from the lusty winds and the strong sunlight. The Writer’s home & Guest-home is a well-appointed feature of the pleasingly simple Cycladic Architecture.
More than 25 years ago, walking down the dirt road to Platis Gialos, I fell in love with Serifos: red soil and schist stones till the sea and in the shadow of the tamarisks, the flavors Nikoulias’ wife, the mother of many smiling daughters and sons had to offer. That same unforgettable autumn, I fell in love with a boulderstone in Rammos; some time later with