When We bought our house I had just come back from travelling around India and the surrounding countries. I fell in love with the havellis in Rajisthan and the Portuguese villas of Goa, Kerela and Sri Lanka. Sardinian architecture leaves a lot to be desired and country properties in particular were built to be practical and little else. Still our house felt like it had character, it was built by a wealthy (for the countryside) family who owned a lot of land in the early 1940’s. They tried to create a house similar to those in the city with high ceilings and tall windows, inside however has low doorways!
We knew from the outset we would extend our house, I loved the idea of a veranda or roof terrace, enjoying a breeze in the shade sipping a lime soda. Ahhh, those were the days! I knew we’d need some areas which would stay cool in the hot summer months. Havellis do a great job of this with rooms built around a central open courtyard. I was lucky enough to stay in the villa owned by Antonia Green, co founder of Graham and Green. It too benefits from a central open courtyard, however, the Goan climate is slightly different from Sardinia’s and I don’t think we’d appreciate the chill in winter!
As our house was built on a slope, we decided that where you enter the house, the ground floor, would be the day time zone with lounge, dining room and kitchen etc. And the extension would be built at lower ground floor level and house the bedrooms and bathrooms. In fact the house actually has 5 levels! Up a few steps to the kitchen, down a few to the family bathroom and shower room, down a few more to 2 bedrooms and down again to a further 3 bedrooms which have their own private access and en-suites built in the extension. Eventually we will convert the loft space so our children each have a bedroom. The extension was built on the back of the house and is roughly 80sqm and the roof is a terrace accessed via french doors from the dining room with steps down to the garden.