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THE BULGARIAN HOUSE HAS THE SPECIFIC CHARACTERISTICS OF THE PERIOD AND THE REGION
Prior to purchasing real property in a Bulgarian village you had better learn about the history and development of rural areas and houses in Bulgaria. The first recorded descriptions of Bulgarian residential premises were made by Western travellers in the XVth, XVIth and XVIIth centuries. Bulgarian population inhabiting mountainous areas then built its houses with wood, and in the planes - with adobe. In some parts, for instance in the north-west of Bulgaria, the houses were dug into the earth. In most cases the buildings were long, and the residential premises had a hearth and beside it - a raised platform covered with hand-woven material, called odar (a kind of bunk bed). This type of housing in Bulgaria underwent development with the introduction of new interior elements, such as in-built cupboards, a hearth with a tall chimney above the roof, etc.
Later, with the development of trade and the increase in the demand for purchasing houses in Bulgaria, new types of buildings started to emerge. They were built by professional master builders who introduced into them elements that were typical of the builduing school, of which each master builder was a disciple. Their construction scheme started to get more complex, and the storeys were increased to two or three. This type of Bulgarian houses had half-open spaces, called "chardak" (a kind of large balcony) or "verandah", which was used for relaxation or meeting guests of well-to-do families.
With the development of city life houses in large Bulgarian towns came to resemble European ones, and the influence of the latter increased considerably. Possessing a large and richly furnished house in Bulgaria was already a matter of prestige. It was treated as a work of art - with rich decoration with murals, wood carvings and furniture that was mainly imported from abroad. It also had business offices, storage facilities, workshops, but they were all separated from the rest of the house, where the family entertained their guests.
If anyone, wishing to purchase a Bulgarian house, visits a Rhodopi village, they will come across interesting old Bulgarian houses built with stone and wood, covered with large black slates and having funny chimneys. Not only do the best examples of such construction evoke admiration, but so does the whole village as well, with its size and the location of its streets. Stepping over the threshold of any Bulgarian house from that period, one is astonished by the excellent suitability of the living conditions. The greater part of the houses was built in the early and middle XIXth century, but there are some buildings that date back to the XVIIIth century.
The modern Bulgarian house is a solid building, with reinforced concrete, brick walls and a stable tiled roof. Along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast Mediterranean type houses are also built, with large open-air terraces overlooking the sea. If you have decided to purchase a house in Bulgaria and make this sunny country your second home, our real estate agency will assist you in your search and acquisition of an appropriate place for you in Bulgaria. Purchasing a home in the Bulgarian countryside will allow you and your family to enjoy the peace and quiet and the comfortable surroundings that the picturesque Bulgarian village provides.