An Arbanasi house is closed from the outside. The groundfloor is stone. At the first floor the walls are wooden. The interiors of the rooms are richly decorated with ornaments and wood-carving. the ceiling is wood-carving, cabinets, doors, plaster decorations of ceilings and friezes. The house has an open veranda, no balconeries and grids on the windows and covered gates. The basement is build from stone, having cellars and places to hide. Here the servants lived. At the second floor there is a drawing room, the room for the lying-in woman an oven and kithen, and bathroom. These rooms are located on both sides of the hallway where you get by a double staircase. The house was build on the idea that it was possible to stay inside as long as possible without goung out, except for getting water. Therefor the houses are surrounded by a high stonewall and an entrance, two big thick oak doors under a little roof. In the yard is a water well. The idea of having nearly fortifified houses could be a sighn how insecure the times must have been, as living in the old days. But this then, contradicts the documentary on the village as a wealthy place with flourishing trade, even with privileges under the Ottomans. I think it is just, like it is these days, a matter of protecting the private wealth. A very rich village, like a sort of premodern Beverly hills, large villa’s with high walls. Bullywood. NB, to be more specific. houses in Arbanasi come from 3 different periods, the discription above is about the 18 th century ones, however, you find these the most. There are a few other types, f.e. gouses without wood -- completely in stone.