houses in the village were built with no street plan at all. They were
usually two or three storeyed, high-ceilinged, convenient and after all
built in such a technique to make everyday life and agricultural works in
big families, convenient. A typical old house -a two storeyed one -
with a wooden ,roofed balcony and wooden balustrade was usually built
in such a technique so that the foundations and the first floor
were made of stones –the walls being 50cms thick-which kept the house
cool in summer and warm in winter. Whereas the 2nd floor was built in the
technique of "tsatma",
that is:thin, vertical and diagonal planks inside the wall and outside
plastered in lime.
three-storeyed house had the following rooms: on the first floor (or
“katoi” as it was called)there were the food stores, where they used to
keep the flour,the wheat and barrels of wine that they made themselves. They
also salted several sorts of food to preserve them from
spoiling. Very often the first floor was their stable, too( or else "ahouri"). Most
families kept a stable because they were farmers and, so it was necessary
for them to have at least one donkey, oxen, mules and others.
days the rich people of Neo Souli were one or two families that had fields
and cattle. On the 2nd floor was the kitchen, the living room- a very
formal place, where they used to sit only when they had visitors-, the
sitting room, where they spent their free time and the roofed veranda,
which was like an inner balcony , where they did most of their works. In
summer they were busy with the leaves of tobacco, and tied them up in
parcels. On the 3rd floor were the bedrooms, where there was a couch ,a
wardrobe and several drawers.There was a fireplace –called "hontzaki" - on
every floor for the heating of the rooms. On the ceiling they used to store
and hang the plants of tobacco, which, later, put in the basement and
covered its trap with a piece of wood or something very heavy.
house there was a toilette which they called "hria" or "anageon". Besides in
all the houses there were ovens. The roofs were covered with tiles of
Byzantine type. The floors, the timberings and the ceilings were all wooden.
So the houses were perfect from every point of view.