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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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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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After over two years of intense labour and collaboration between the various trades (builders, electricians, plumbers…and the architect), a new restoration in Umbria is now completed. Formerly a farmhouse with a pig-sty, this complex sits in the foothills of Monte Acuto, with extensive views over the Umbrian landscape. I have already posted some other pictures [...]

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I have just started a restoration work in Bagnoregio, the small town in Lazio famous for its amazing ‘suburb’, Civita di Bagnoregio, the so-called “dying town”, a true jewel founded by the Etruscans, noted for its striking position atop a plateau of friable volcanic tuff, in constant danger of distruction as its edges fall off. The [...]

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When a client asked me to transform his tiny, dark basement into a wine cellar where he could store and taste hiw wine collection, I thought I was in heaven! A new job and the possibility of creating a ‘home’ for one of my greatest passions: wine! My passion for wine started about 15 years [...]

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The restoration of this old farmhouse in Umbria is nearly completed, it’s now time for terra-cotta floors. The terra-cotta or ‘cotto’, as we call it, comes from Cotto Etrusco, a local factory which produces a wide variety of terra-cotta material, but it is well known for its wood fired cotto floor tiles. They are hand-made, [...]

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