The recent earthquake in Umbria and Marche has stressed the importance of (re)building and restoring with particular attention to the actual structure and not just to the external look (such as nice old beams, stones, etc). One of the key points of making houses stronger against earthquakes is to create a connection between the walls [...]

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This tiny studio loft of just 15 sq.meters is in the very heart of medieval Perugia, Umbria, central Italy, on the second floor of an historical building overlooking a charming, narrow alleyway. It was brought back to life after years of neglet and it will be used as a pied-à-terre by its new owner, who [...]

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Winter can be cold even in Umbria and what’s better than sitting in front of a crackling fire without the problem of smoke and drafts that an open fireplace usually produces? This is a sleek, design stove manufactured in Germany (www.oranier.com) with a heavy mass and a glass door, through which you can see the wood [...]

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The mild winter has allowed us to work hard on this ruin, located on a hilltop between Gubbio and Umbertide, in the heart of Umbria. A beautiful stone building, previously a farm, abandoned for over 30 years, that we are now aiming to bring back to life and to become a holiday home and eventually [...]

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This old farmhouse, situated at about 450m above sea level, has one of the best views over the Nestore Valley, a narrow Northern Umbrian valley that leads to the border of Tuscany. The new owners wanted to extend it, to create a large kitchen/dining area and a master bedroom on the floor above. The addition [...]

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Just completed in time for this hot summer, this new swimming pool enjoys fantastic views over the Nestore Valley, a scenic and quiet valley in Umbria, on the border with Tuscany. The pool is a traditional 5×10 m. rectangular shape with roman steps on one end and a raised platform on the other, where an [...]

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With the final touch of a dark red paint, this one-family (plus small mother’s flat) house was finally completed, after 2 years of construction.  It is a standard, modern construction, built in reinforced concrete frame and clay block walls, but designed with particular care in energy efficiency, sustainability and comfort. The ‘new generation’ clay blocks [...]

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They look really charming these ruins, with big holes in the roof  like giant skylights, timber broken in half, piles of terracotta tiles on the floor, stones with vegetation crawling up and inside…even trees inside the rooms! But then it’s time to give them a new life, so they can become a proper home and [...]

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