Stone-Built Residence Renovation in Ysternia, Tinos (78 m2), Ysternia, Tinos
Architectural Representation, Design, Construction, Supervision, Decoration & Heating System
In 2020, the architectural firm Sophia Emfietzoglou Architect undertook the renovation of a three-story stone-built residence with a total area of 78 m2, built before 1975, located in Ysternia, Tinos, within the traditional settlement. Three determining factors shaped both the design and implementation of the residence renovation: adherence to the regulations of the traditional settlement, the unique location and surroundings of the residence, and the client’s wish to enjoy their stone-built residence all year round.
For the renovation of the residence, we meticulously proceeded with the architectural representation of its three interior levels and exterior spaces. The strategic southwest orientation and its location at the entrance of the traditional settlement presented a serene ambiance and picturesque view of both the majestic mountains and the sparkling sea. These factors prompted us to reassess the functional utilization of each floor, ensuring an optimal living experience throughout the house.
The ground floor and first floor of the residence were dedicated to the design of two master bedrooms, each accompanied by its own bathroom. These carefully crafted spaces embrace a minimalist simplicity that not only complements the traditional charm of the stone-built residence but also enhances the practicality of the rooms.
The second floor was thoughtfully organized to accommodate the living room, dining area, and kitchen. The open floor plan was cleverly divided both horizontally, taking into consideration specific needs, and vertically, with the intention of maximizing the flow of natural light from two perfectly aligned windows and a door that grants access to the outdoor area of the level.
Throughout the renovation process, we adhered to the regulations governing construction and building works within the traditional settlement of Ysternia, while also staying true to the aesthetic identity of Cycladic architecture. With these guidelines in mind, the residence’s external frames were crafted from wood, providing a touch of warmth. Additionally, all the floors in the outdoor areas were meticulously paved with light gray stamped cement, reflecting the traditional charm.
The same approach was carried over to the interior spaces when renovating the residence. The interior floors were also adorned with light gray stamped cement, creating a seamless harmony with the prevailing white color on the walls and ceilings of the rooms. White acts as the foundational hue in the interior design palette, guiding the selection of furniture that adheres to the same color scheme. To enhance the overall aesthetic, touches of earthy warm tones and wooden textures were introduced. The combination of traditional style and minimal furniture choices creates a harmonious blend, resulting in cohesive compositions with clean lines.
As for the residence’s infrastructure, in response to the client’s desire to also utilize the house throughout the winter months, a complete heating system was incorporated during the renovation process. This system was carefully designed to meet the energy demands and climatic peculiarities of Tinos Island, taking into account the specific location of the property.