La Casa Emilia

Property renovation in Italy

property renovation in Italy

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Frequently Asked Questions
What planning permission will I need to obtain to carry out restoration work?


The permission required to restore property in Italy depends on the work you wish to carry out. Let's take an example of the new owner wishing to fit new doors, windows and a central heating system or other electrical fittings. In this case an authorised Geometra (local architect/engineer) has to submit the plans/project to the local council at least 20 days prior to the commencement of the work. This type of project is called "D.I.A."

VIlla after renovationAnother scenario may be you wish to make structural changes to the property such as restoring the roof or addressing problems with the walls or foundations. In this case a project has to be submitted to the council and approved by a specific department "Commissione Ediliza". Approval will take slightly longer in this case, approximately two months, and taxes of around 5% of the restoration costs become payable.

The renovation may also require a seismic study.

Note: Some of our properties already have planning permission to build. Use our search page to find your own property in Italy.

How do I deal with local tradesmen and suppliers?


The Geometra and the purchaser usually prepare a plan as to the work that needs to be done to complete the restoration. The Geometra then approaches local firms/tradesmen and invites estimates for the work. In conjunction with the purchaser a decision is made as to whom the work should be awarded to. It is worth noting that the lowest price may not always be the best value for money.

Property completely restored Many of our Italy properties have been built in stone, which need tradesmen who are experienced in working with this material. It is also true to say that our Geometras will approach only those firms and tradesmen who have a proven track record in this type of renovation work and whose ability and reputation for reliability are well known. The Geometras, knowing the likely cost of any restoration, will be able to independently verify the estimates for the work provided by the building contractors.

Obviously during such projects unforeseen circumstances arise where additional work may be required. We suggest that if this is the case a fixed rate per hour or fixed cost is agreed before the extra work is carried out.

Once the building contractors have been decided the Geometra will draw up a contract which will contain details of the costs, the date that the work commences, duration of the work and payment schedule (a deposit is usually payable and further payments, at agreed intervals, as the work progresses). The contract should also include a penalty clause, if the work extends beyond the agreed dates. (It should be noted that the weather may make building work impossible, so some leeway should be considered.)

In some situations the purchaser provides a safety plan of the work, this can be prepared by the Geometra.

How is a house restored?


La Casa Emilia's houses are often built in the traditional materials of the area: stone and wood. The stone comes from either the Secchio river valley and are rounded with a dark blue hue or the Apennine mountains, which are flatter with a light brown appearance. The wooden beams used in the farmhouses are oak, poplar or elm. Many of the roofs are red tiled using the traditional "Coppi" tiles. Most restorations will use the materials already 'on site'. Stone from outbuildings would be used to restore the main accommodation. Original beams would be restored to their former state. Where possible terra cotta floor tiles (often hand made in older farmhouses) would be returned to look as new. If this were not possible, new tiles to do the job would be used. Lets not forget Emilia is the centre of ceramic production in Italy so the choice in floor, wall and roof tiles is vast.Italian farmhouse restored

The walls may need to be replastered and in this case the same original mixture of sand, lime and cement could be used if desired. Outside, the walls may need to be cleaned and a new mixture of cement and lime would be used for the pointing. Additional reinforcements would be added to the walls if need be. However, the most modern techniques would be used for the insulation, electrical wiring, heating and plumbing systems. Most of the properties on our site can be easily connected to the local utilities and the Geometra would also arrange for the utilities to be changed into the name of the new owners.

The restoration of farmhouses usually means a transformation of the floor plan. The ground floor, which may have been used as a cold storage area would be transformed into living accommodation and the upper floors into sleeping accommodation. Of course every building is different and we are only describing possible situations and solutions.

You will also have to think about internal fixtures and fittings such as bathrooms, kitchens and furniture. Our colleagues in Italy would be more than happy to recommend quality, which fits within your budget.

Restoration from afar?


Italian Farmhouse to restore It is possible nowadays to undertake such a restoration project without necessarily being on site. The work can be followed through the use of digital photos, faxes, Emails and even videos. Alterations or problems can be immediately highlighted and all parties made aware. Visits would, of course, still be necessary but the day to day management of the work could be safely left in the hand of the local Geometra.

 


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La Casa Emilia www.lacasaemilia.com Beverley, East Yorkshire, UK
Tel: +44 (0)845 331 2812 (local call in UK); Fax: +44 (0)20 8196 2383; Email Enquiry

RealPoint Property is a trading name of RealPoint Property Ltd., registered in England and Wales.
Registered Number. 4753346

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