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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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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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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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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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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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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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