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After about 18 months of hard work this restoration in the Umbrian countryside is finally completed. We started with a ruin, just a bit more than a pile of stones and the challenge was to rebuild using the same stone and same footprint. The old farmhouse is now back to life, with a modern interior [...]

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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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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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3 new pools in Umbria

On August 10, 2013 By Marco Carlini

This June I have completed three swimming pools for three different properties in Umbria. This is the first one, a 10x5m simple rectangular pool overlooking the Upper Tiber Valley just South of Umbertide. As it sits with its shorter side towards the view, as expressly required by the client, I have made this the infinity [...]

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Energy-efficient, cost-effective and maximum comfort: this is the future of construction and retrofitting. The Passive House Institute (PHI), based in Darmstadt, Germany, ” is an independent research institute that has played an especially crucial role in the development of the Passive House concept – the only internationally recognised, performance-based energy standard in construction.”  I am becoming more and more [...]

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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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