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at home in TurkeyWe decided on the style of the house we wanted to build in Turkey and we both agreed that a traditional village-style house was what we wanted. Although we made a few upgrades, the house is essentially the same kind of small house you'll find in rural Turkey. What we did upgrade is that our house has an additional layer of red clay block layed over inside walls with styrofoam sandwiched in between with the second layer inside being half as thick as the exterior blocks. These old village houses made from block often were quite damp and cold during the winter as they had less substantial concrete subfloors like ours as well as not having the dual layer of blocks comprising the exterior walls.

at home in TurkeyWe had our builder - the Lazioglu's (2 brothers and their father) build the foundation and sub-floor, the walls and a steel framed roof for us and set the windows, doors and complete the kitchen and bathroom plumbing. They also did all the electrical wiring for the house and installed the septic system. The Lazioglu's come highly recommended by us as being excellent builders who deliver a quality job at a fair price. They are located in Koycegiz where they run their own realestate office and home supply store. (Lazioglu Emlak ve Ticaret)

at home in TurkeyWe started with building a wooden workshop where we could store tools and materials from lumber bought from our neighbor when he replaced his roof with a steel-framed one. As soon as we had finished the luxury chicken coop made from the same wood and the builders were finished with the shell of the house - we moved on to start the finish work on the house. All the interior floors had to be tiled, the walls painted and cabinetry fabricated and installed.



at home in TurkeyNext we moved outside to the rear of the house off of the kitchen to extend the porch, build a roof and lay a stone floor. We also added a short exterior wall to close one end off and installed the stainless steel restauarant sink we found at an equipment shop in Ortaca, built countertops, booth-style seating area and installed an outdoor gas cooktop and an oven. We then had an outdoor kitchen for the hot summer months as well as an outdoor dining area.



at home in TurkeyNext was a parking area against the other side of the house where 2 motorbikes, 1 Scooter, 1 Bicycle and a big quad SUV are parked under a red-clay tile roof to shelter them from rain and the hot sun during the summer. We then turned our attention to the garden where we used mountain stones to build a series of paths throughout the garden. It required tons and tons of large and very heavy stones and a fair amount of cement, but make a great looking atmosphere in the garden. Ellis also had a concrete contractor build a large circular pad in the garden that she layed out a big Kilim carpet in mosaic tiles on.

at home in TurkeyWe have also built an extended patio off the front doors that's covered with a wood-framed roof where we usually eat breakfast in the warm morning sun. On this porch a good friend from the Netherlands painted a mural of a village woman baking bread on the wall. We still are considering building a guesthouse on the property which would be a simple wooden structure with a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen area with stting room. But that's for a future project - right now we are rather knackered...

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