before Ristrutturazione

Even if some estate agents use this term as soon as somebody has spread a few buckets of paint on a couple of walls: a real 'ristrutturazione' is something very different. Please compare the picture on the left with the 'after' image at the bottom of this page....
 
A real 'ristrutturazione' does not leave many stones unturned. The typical rustico has cowsheds and pigstys on the ground floor and the living quarters on the first - the latter accessed via an outside staircase or (as in our case) via a footbridge from the road. In case you want to convert a house like this into a two-story living space you will need more than a few buckets of paint. Integrating an inside staircase and changing the layout will cause changes of the outside appearance of the house and the necessity of a building permission.

Now you will have to follow the current building regulations. For example an Italian residence has to have a foundation slab and drainage below, and the headroom has to be 2.7m or more. Both of which our poor rustico had never heard of......
   
excavation
First comes the scaffolding, and the ancient roof tiles are salvaged, followed by excavations below the ground floor......
foundation slab
kitchen door
.....to insert both foundation slab and drainage. Windows are moved and new doors added, as the kitchen door above.
still life staircase
Still life with power connection (a.k.a. The Front Door). Finally, here comes the staircase.
 
When everything is finished the house has reached the required headroom in every room by growing higher more than one meter...!

Let's not forget quake protection. The whole of Italy is affected by seismic activity though our region is one of the less affected. Even considering that our house has survived unscathed for more than 400 years: during the procedure of the ristrutturazione many precautions have been taken to further improve the stability of the property.
 
after: view from E
 
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