We left the layout of the house as close to the original as possible, allowing for modern plumbing and services. All the old main roof beams have been retained and left to view, though the roof itself has been completely redone.
Stonemasonry and plastering were the key skills needed. Woodwork and ironwork provided finishing touches.
The stairs are original stone and cement.
We'd hoped to use the original cotto floor tiles but the builders advised that relaying them was not practical. Instead, we’ve used easy-care ceramic tiles in the kitchen and dining room, and different types of modern handmade terracotta in the cantina and top floor rooms. A few of the original tiles have been set into the paving under the cantina arch and in the new garden terraces, as a memory.