• after you have bought your ruin...

    a restoration story

  • our journey

    ...started in 2005 after buying our ruin in the beautiful LeMarche region of Italy. As designers it is of course a dream to create a wonderful home restoring an old structure that has history and a story.

    We spent many hours photographing and sketching the vernacular buildings of the area for inspiration, working out how to use details and materials in our farmhouse. The following pages show the four phases of work.

    As designers one might guess that the initial phase of work is the most exciting for us, but design is nothing unless it gets built. Sadly, from experience, the design phase can often not be done by a designer,  it might be a Geometra (local planning consultant) or possibly an engineer, more worryingly it might the building contractor... 

  • are you restoring

    ...an old farmhouse or hilltop town property?

    We would love to meet you and find out how your project is progressing and share experiences.

    If we can help in any way through design, planning or specification and build, we would be pleased to hear from you, the link is towards the end of this document...

     

    you can also see more of our house at www.casatoto.co.uk

     

    in the meantime, you might find our planning information graphic useful with initial thoughts and desires...

  • big ideas...

    we hope that this information graphic might help,

    all of the items in the circles must relate strongly to the big idea

    our big idea was; 'the structure is beautiful and should remain so'