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Nov 03

Before & After – the story so far in pictures

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I recently started posting before and after pictures of the house on my Facebook page Dreamlifeofmine.com – I think it really shows what a dramatic change a building can go through and what is possible with reliable and open minded contractors.

I still laugh when I think about how little Italian I speak and my contractors have virtually no English language between them yet will still understand each other, we get the job done and we consider new options and alternatives along the way and talk through the pros and cons of each. Many stories of major work between non-Italians and the locals are not always so positive.

When I first met my house this was the view of the frontage

The Ruin March 2011

The Ruin March 2011

I think everyone thought I had gone completely insane when I declared I was going to buy THIS house which I saw by chance on the internet in December 2010.

But look at what it looks like today;

La Casa Mia 31 Oct 2013

La Casa Mia 31 Oct 2013

My bedroom is located on the top floor and has had a lot of work needed – new roof, earthquake strengthening and eventually will have new flooring. It also required a new terrace to be built.

Here is the bedroom in it’s original condition;

My Bedroom March 2011

My Bedroom March 2011

As you can see above the ceiling was much in need of attention but not surprising after more than 40 years of neglect!

 

Just a peek

Just a peek

Sorry for this only being a corner of the room – the builders were busy in the other corner leveling the floor. You can see here the iron rods put in to reinforce and the new roof looking splendid from above.

The terrace was mostly non-existent when I bought the house – the clever angle of the publicity photos implied it was still there! This was the view of the terrace when I first viewed the house.

The Terrace March 2013

The Terrace March 2013

As you can see – terrace is a very ‘loose’ description here!

Step forward into time and I can finally step on this terrace.

The New Terrace

The New Terrace

And the view from here is spectacular!

Terrace View

Terrace View

The side exterior of the house was already exposed and without plaster but had bits of old weeds growing out from it and it really showed as a rather neglected unloved house.

Corner of House March 2011

Corner of House March 2011

And now you can see the transformation with restored window architraves and the new terrace above – it is astounding the difference it makes!

New Exterior Corner View

New Exterior Corner View

You can see here the beautiful new terrace above replacing the crumbling exterior walls and my beautiful copper spouting too!

With that I shall bid you all a very good afternoon and thank you for your continued interest in my little ruin! Even though I’ll not be able to call it ‘my little ruin’ for much longer!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Penny

    What a great idea to do before and after photos – I think I’ll borrow your idea at some stage if you don’t mind.
    And what a difference a few weeks makes – I think it’s easy when it’s your house to “see” how it will look once the work is done, others think you’re stark raving mad!!! Looking forward to seeing it as some stage in situ :)

    1. Ingrid

      Thanks so much Penny! I think it’s good to remind even ourselves how far we’ve come before we find ourselves buried in so many photos we can’t quite decide on! I’m not sure I had a grand plan on how the house would look and be when it was finished and still aren’t sure! Just asked my architect about a new plan – relatively simple change but I think we have to make sure it will be accepted! I’ll have to find a good local prosecco in preparation of your visit ;)

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