We are only on day 5 since construction of this umbrian wooden house started (although this post comes much later) and the roof is ready to go in. The middle floor and the roof are built exactly the same, with laminated beams (primary and secondary), matchboards and osb boards to add rigidity to the package. On [...]

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This wooden house in Umbria is not just ecological, earthquake-resistant and energy-efficient. It is also very quick to build. We are only on Day 3 now and the vertical X-LAM panels are almost all in place, showing the final shell of the building. It is amazing to see how all the pieces fit together, like [...]

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This week I started my second wooden house in Umbria, precisely in Umbertide, North Tiber Valley, on an urban plot bordering with a public pine tree forest. The basement is in concrete (wood is obviously not suitable for underground construction), but from now on there will be no more concrete. Just timber panels (X-lam, ie: [...]

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The umbrian regional law allows for most farmhouses an extension of maximum 100 sq.m. which can be very handy if you need extra space for your large family, for guests or if you simply like more space. This restoration project includes an “L” shape extension on the east side of the original building and the [...]

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If your roof needs repairing, there is still a great opportunity to install photovoltaic panels and make money! In fact Italy is the country where photovoltaic is still extremely convenient, due to the government financial incentives that pay €0,274 for each kw produced (for systems with power between 1-3 kw). And this is for 20 [...]

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After a mild and very dry autumn and first part of winter, February started with a lot of snow in central Italy and especially here in Umbria. What is surprising is certainly the amount of snow, even at lower altitude, but also the persistency of this cold spell, which has been going on . In [...]

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Now the restoration of this umbrian farmhouse is well under way, with the help of a surprisingly dry and sunny autumn. After the consolidation of the wall’s foundations, we are now rebuilding the first floor ceiling, partly in timber (main beams and planks in chestnut) and partly using the traditional ‘pianelle’ (terracotta thin brick) in [...]

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Since the previous post, when everything seemed to go backwards, with plenty of demolition and excavation work, we have now started to actually build something. The new extension – east wing – that will accomodate the new living room on the ground floor and the master bedroom on the first floor, is now under way. Due [...]

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A renovated farmhouse in Umbria or Tuscany is not complete without….a swimming pool! Whatever the size, location, style and….yes, budget, there is no better way to enjoy the umbrian summer than taking a refreshing dip in your own pool, or relax with a drink while your feet are dangling in the cool water. The pool [...]

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When starting a restoration project the first few days on site are rather puzzling: there is more demolition work than reconstruction and the house looks as if it is about to disappear bit by bit…But obviously there are weak, old walls and floors that cannot be salvaged and, in the light of new seismic regulations, [...]

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