Michalis Stambouzos (Houston. Texas, USA)

“Stelios is a bit of a rarity in Greece: He grew up on Crete but has studied,lived and worked abroad for many years. His portfolio ranges from large commercial developments, to palaces, yachts and villas – including his house in Italy for which he has a great passion.

He has recently returned and set up business in north west Crete, a place where he is very much at home. He is up to date with the latest developments in building methods and materials, energy efficiency and aesthetics whilst at the same time he takes a practical approach about what is actually feasible in Greece.

Stelios has helped us with the conversion and upgrading of our ageing beach house near Kalyves (a challenging project with restricted access) and we are now working with him on our new build retirement home in the hills behind Platanias. We have found Stelios to be punctual in his appointments, straightforward and totally trustworthy. He takes the long term view, complying with local regulations and refuses to break the rules, and this ultimately protects his clients from problems in the future.

He has set very high standards for his building crews. We are very pleased both with what he has done for us and with the way he has done it, so we have ended up being good friends and would unreservedly recommend him to anyone considering building a home on Crete.”