Greek houses were really neat. Each house was built around an open air courtyard. Houses were built of stone, wood, and clay bricks. They were sturdy and comfortable.
Larger homes might have several bedrooms, a kitchen, a bathing room, a woman's sitting area, a men's dining room, and one or two rooms for storage.
The central courtyard was a wonderfully private place. Because women were only allowed to leave their homes for short periods, and only if they had their husband's permission, they could always enjoy sitting out in the privacy of their courtyard. They probably sat in the shade, because a pale complexion was a sign of beauty to the ancient Greeks, but at least they got fresh air. Mothers and daughters would sit in their courtyard and sew or cook or gossip. Meals were often eaten in the courtyard. The family would gather there in evening and share what happened to them that day and tell stories and fables. The courtyard was the center of family life.